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MINNEAPOLIS -- Like the afternoon light on a short December day in Minnesota, the Vikings have been fading fast. Cheap Football Jerseys Online .For all the fight theyve displayed over the last two months in trying to overcome their offenses injury-influenced limitations, the harsh reality is that the 5-0 start has given way to a 6-6 mark. Victory in the rest of their games is likely the only route to the playoffs, and even in that scenario theyd probably need some help from other teams.Well have to win out, linebacker Anthony Barr said after the Vikings fell 17-15 to league-leading Dallas on Thursday night. I was hoping to get this win today and go on a run, but hopefully it starts next week.The Vikings visit Jacksonville on Dec. 11 before hosting Indianapolis, traveling to Green Bay and wrapping up against Chicago. Finishing on a four-game winning streak, as they did in 2012 to make the playoffs after falling to 6-6, wouldnt be a stunner even with the depleted offensive line and nonfactor running attack. Their 4-6 record in the NFC wont help their tiebreaker cause in the wild-card race, though, and theyd need to finish one game ahead of division-leading Detroit (7-4) to defend their NFC North title.Games among fellow conference competitors down the stretch will help guarantee some of the losses theyd need, but the crowd of teams in the mix is much bigger than the ones that are out of it.Now we go win four in a row. Thats our only chance essentially, linebacker Chad Greenway said. Thats our mentality. Weve done it before.Theres a chance that star running back Adrian Peterson will return during the final stretch from the right knee he hurt in the second game of the season. Perhaps tackles T.J. Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles, repeatedly overmatched by recent opponents with the Vikings up to their seventh starting combination, will settle in and help keep quarterback Sam Bradford from feeling too much pressure. Maybe the defense can repeat the stellar performance it produced against the Cowboys and their potent offense.The first priority, though, is to get coach Mike Zimmer back after emergency surgery Wednesday night to repair a detached retina in his right eye. That kept him from joining the team against the Cowboys while special teams coordinator Mike Priefer took over the main mans responsibilities .Vikings players were given off until practice Tuesday morning, with no availability with anyone in the organization scheduled until then. Team spokesman Bob Hagan had no update on the condition of the coach, who was scheduled for a doctor visit Friday.He eats, sleeps, drinks football. This is a guy who really wanted to be here tonight for us, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. For him not to be here, we know it probably kind of hurt him a little bit. At the same time, hes got to take care of his health and be ready to roll when he can go.Zimmers defense did him proud against Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and the rest of the Cowboys. Minnesota held them to season lows and well under their game averages in first downs, points and yards. Two big whiffs, letting Prescott scramble for 15 yards on third-and-14 and allowing Bryant to get loose in the secondary later on the possession, led to the first touchdown for Dallas. The Cowboys had only one other drive that went longer than 33 yards, and that time Everson Griffen forced a fumble.Weve got to find a way to win these, Griffen said.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ;Wholesale NFL Jerseys . Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. Jerseys NFL Cheap . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. http://www.cheapnfloutletjerseys.com/ . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. MOSCOW -- Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities, world swimmings governing body FINA said Monday.Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said. The others are Natalya Lovtsova, Anastasia Krapivina and Mikhail Dovgalyuk.The International Olympic Committee on Sunday said Russian athletes with previous doping bans would be banned from the Rio Games. That followed the IOCs decision not to ban the entire Russian team over allegations of state-sponsored doping.FINA said three more swimmers were identified by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren when he examined evidence that Russian government officials ordered the cover-up of hundreds of doping tests.They are 2008 Olympic silver and 2012 bronze medalist Nikita Lobintsev, bronze medalist Vladimir Morozov and world junior record holder Daria Ustinova.Russias top Olympic official, Alexander Zhukov, told Russian agency R-Sport that he now believed a total of 13 Russians would be ineligible due to previous doping bans. They would be withdrawn from the team, he added.The 13 are likely to include athletes in swimming, cycling, weightlifting, wrestling and rowing.On Sunday, the IOCs executive board asked individual global sports federations to decide on the entry of Russian athletes, and announced new eligibility criteria.The rules prohibit Russia from sending to the Rio Games any athletes who have previously served doping bans. Sports federations can also reject Russian entries if they have not undergone enough international drug testing. Results of Russian tests will not be accepted following allegations of routine cover-ups at Moscows anti-doping laboratory.It remains unclear whether there could be legal challenges to the IOC criteria. A similar IOC measure, known as the Osaka Rule, which would have prohibited any athletes who had received doping bans from competing in the subsequent Olympics, was declared invalid by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Zhukov said the IOCs latest criteria violated the principle of equality because they only applied to Russia, although he has previously ruled out legal action.However, Russian Swimming Federation president Vladimir Salnikov told the state Tass agency that the four swimmers cut from its team have the chance to appeal to CAS. Efimovas agent, Andrei Mitkov, told Russias Sportbox website that she intended to file an appeal if she was not allowed to compete.Russias track and field athletes remain barred from the games by the IAAF, a decision upheld last week by CAS and accepted by the IOC. Cheap Authentic Football Jerseys. ow, with the Aug. 5 opening ceremony approaching, it is up to the remaining 27 international sports federations to vet Russian athletes on an individual basis.The archery federation said Monday it had approved the entry of three Russian archers after determining they have no links to doping.World Archery said it was satisfied that the three female Russian archers nominated for the games had been tested extensively and have never been sanctioned for doping. They were listed as Tuiana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova.Archery was not implicated in the World Anti-Doping Agency report released last week by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, which accused Russia of covering up doping in 20 summer Olympic sports.Russian archers have been targeted for additional testing, both in and out of competition, since the report was released, the federation said.No Russian archery athlete has received an adverse analytical finding, it said, adding that it would submit its findings to the IOC.The International Tennis Federation said Sunday it expects Russias eight-player Olympic tennis team to be eligible for the games. The ITF said the players have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing program outside Russia.The International Equestrian Federation said there was no indication of doping within Russias five-rider team.Russian cyclist Ilnur Zakarin, who won a stage during the Tour de France which ended Sunday, could be ruled out because he served a two-year ban after testing positive for a steroid in 2009.The International Judo Federation, whose honorary president is Russias President Vladimir Putin, said it has already tested 84 percent of the 389 athletes from 136 countries who are qualified to compete in Rio. It made no mention of the 11 Russian judo athletes entered.The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said it has taken note of the IOC ruling and shall fully adhere to it. It said it would establish a pool of Russian eligible athletes. Gymnastics was not mentioned in the McLaren report.Boxings governing body, AIBA, said it was examining Russias entrants. Eleven Russian boxers have boxers for Rio, including reigning world champions Vitaly Dunaytsev and Evgeny Tishchenko.We are reviewing and analyzing, on a case by case basis, the anti-doping record of the 11 Russian boxers currently qualified for Rio 2016, AIBA said. This information and the decision of AIBA in respect of the athletes eligibility will be submitted to the IOC for confirmation in due course.---AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson in London contributed. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseyscheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '