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Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen vow to carry Tony Sparano’s legacy forward

EAGAN, Minn. – As the Minnesota Vikings conducted their first full-team practice of training camp, the offensive linemen, once again, found themselves in the spotlight. The center of attention is precisely where these players would prefer not to be, and their position coach’s sudden death was about the worst circumstance imaginable. The day after the starters served as pallbearers at Tony Sparano’s memorial service, they turned their focus back to the field while carrying forward those lessons learned about the game and about life.

Vikings cancel Friday practice at camp for Tony Sparano service

The Minnesota Vikings have canceled their training camp practice on Friday so the team can attend the memorial service for offensive line coach Tony Sparano. The Vikings announced the cancellation two days after the 56-year-old’s unexpected death. Sparano died of arteriosclerotic heart disease, or hardening of the arteries, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56

Tony Sparano once beat Bill Belichick with the single wing, but wasn’t as old as that made him sound. Sparano was only 56 when he died unexpectedly Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings announced his death in a statement that did not provide a cause.

Giants keeping Coughlin

New York Giants co-owner John Mara says Tom Coughlin will return to coach the team next season. Mara spoke after the Giants failed for the second straight year to make the playoffs. He said there was “never any doubt” that Coughlin would be back.