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Minnesota Sports Briefs: Vikings schedule OTA's for next week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will host Organized Team Activities next week at Winter Park.

Every NFL team can ask its players to take part in ten such days of organized off-season training, although they are not mandatory workouts. The first set of three OTA's are scheduled for May 28-30 before seven more days of OTA's are set for the month of June. The team's mandatory mini-camp is slated for June 18-20.


Here is the 2013 Vikings schedule:

Friday, August 9 - vs. Houston, 7pm (preseason)

Friday, August 16 - at Buffalo, 6pm (preseason)

Sunday, August 25 - at San Francisco, 7pm (preseason)

Thursday, August 29 - vs. Tennessee, 7pm (preseason)

Sunday, September 8 - at Detroit, noon

Sunday, September 15 - at Chicago, noon

Sunday, September 22 - vs. Cleveland, noon

Sunday, September 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London), noon

Sunday, October 6 - BYE WEEK

Sunday, October 13 - vs. Carolina, noon

Monday, October 21 - at NY Giants, 7:30pm

Sunday, October 27 - vs. Green Bay, 7:40pm

Sunday, November 3 - at Dallas, noon

Thursday, November 7 - vs. Washington, 7:25pm

Sunday, November 17 - at Seattle, 3:25pm**

Sunday, November 24 - at Green Bay, noon**

Sunday, December 1 - vs. Chicago, noon**

Sunday, December 8 - at Baltimore, noon**

Sunday, December 15 - vs. Philadelphia, noon**

Sunday, December 22 - at Cincinnati, noon**

Sunday, December 29 - vs. Detroit, noon**

** - gametime subject to NFL Flex Scheduling


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won't be taking part in team drills for a while. He's expected to be out of action for about three weeks after surgery to remove a cyst from his back. He says he chose to get the surgery done now in order to be 100-percent when training camp starts. Romo thinks he will be able to take the field for mini-camp next month. The Cowboys started organized team activities yesterday. The Cowboys host the Vikings in a regular season game on November 3rd.


Super Bowl sites, the draft and stadium issues are highlighting the NFL owners meetings in Boston. The league awarded Super Bowl 50 to San Francisco and Super Bowl 51 to Houston. Meanwhile, the draft will be pushed back to May next year due to a scheduling conflict with New York's Radio City Music Hall. Other cities will be considered in the future. The Pro Bowl will be played in Hawaii next year, but captains could be appointed to pick teams. The NFL has also approved funding to help with construction for a new stadium in Atlanta as well as renovations in Philadelphia and Carolina. The league is also working in tandem with Microsoft to enhance the fan experience both at home and at the stadiums.


University of Minnesota senior men's tennis player Rok Bonin of Koper, Slovenia lost a three-set match to Auburn's Andreas Mies in the first round of the individual NCAA tournament in Urbana, Illinois. He lost 1-6, 6-3, 5-7. Mies entered the match ranked 19th in the nation, while Bonin was No. 53. Bonin ends his Minnesota career with a 72-49 overall record.


One of the all-time great Minnesota-born hockey players is back in the NHL as an assistant coach. Phil Housley will be an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators next season under head coach Barry Trotz. Housley is a South St. Paul native who has spent the past nine seasons coaching Stillwater Area High School team, as well as coaching various USA teams in international competition. He guided the American team to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in January as the head coach.


Five new members will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next year. The 2014 Class was unveiled Wednesday after a vote by the 54-member panel. Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Maurice Petty, Dale Jarrett and Fireball Roberts were selected from a group of 25 nominees. Induction ceremonies will take place January 29, 2014 in Charlotte.