Hughes returning to strong '14 form

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 21:08
After disposing of the White Sox, he keeps improving after a slow start to the season.
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Wolves first draft had hype, surprise choice

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 21:07
Amid hype, media “experts” didn’t expect Pooh Richardson.
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Wild's Dubnyk wins Masterton Trophy

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:49
The goalie, who was the key factor in the Wild’s second-half run that resulted in a playoff berth, was honored for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
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Postgame: Byron Buxton learning, even on a four-strikeout day

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:44
Hughes had to talk his way into an eighth inning of work, but brought his ERA down to a season-low 4.20.
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Minnesota DNR to launch Operation Dry Water this weekend

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 17:50
State and local patrols will be out in force this weekend to combat boating under the influence.
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3-on-3 overtime, coach's challenge approved; Expansion process beginning

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 17:01
The league introduced several rule changes today and officially paved the way for future expansion.
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Vikings' Charles Johnson not satisfied with new stability

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:14
Charles Johnson seemed to have gained some stability for the first time in career last year. The wide receiver emerged as the Vikings No. 1 target last year in his second season, though he didn’t even start the season with the team. Johnson won’t have to worry about getting cut and being placed on a practice squad out of training camp for the first time in his career, but that fact doesn’t satisfy him. “In this business, you’re never secure,” Johnson said. “You never want to lie down and say, ‘Hey, I made it.’ I’m always working, and we’re always working together. Nobody here has been handed anything, and we’re just ready to come out here and work and become the best players we can be.” The Vikings signed Johnson off the Browns practice squad in Week 3. He finished with 31 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 15.3 yards per catch. Johnson, a seventh round pick in 2013 by the Packers, was signed off Green’s Bay’s practice squad by the Browns during offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s only season in Cleveland. Johnson spent his entire rookie season rehabbing from a torn ACL and was placed on the Browns practice squad out of training camp last year before he was reunited with his old offensive coordinator in the Twin Cities. “CJ has picked up where he left off in December and he’s having a good spring,” Turner said. Johnson won’t technically be labeled as the No. 1 receiver with the Vikings trading for Mike Wallace from the Dolphins, but he’s expected to have a big role in the offense. Johnson built a rapport with Teddy Bridgewater once he took over as the starting “X” receiver over Cordarrelle Paterson, and the chemistry continued throughout OTAs and minicamp this offseason. “When I was with Green Bay and first went to practice and seen how [quarterback] Aaron Rodgers orchestrated the offense, it wowed me and amazed me,” Johnson said. “He’s one of the great quarterbacks in this league. I know Teddy’s look up to him as another player to watch, and I can see Teddy growing in that aspect. I can see him having the same type of similarities that Aaron Rodgers demands when he gets to the huddle.”
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Wild to open Oct. 8 at Colorado; first home game Oct. 10

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:08
St. Louis will be the opponent in the home opener.
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Mo Walker on his nine NBA workouts, his Gophers career and what lies ahead

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:04
Former Gopher center Mo Walker isn’t on any of the major NBA mock drafts, but he’s still gotten plenty of attention from the next level as Thursday’s draft night approaches.
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Saunders doesn't tip his hand about top pick

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:22
The Wolves have come to a decision with the No. 1 pick. But we'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out, for sure, who it is
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Twins will try to disrupt Sale's hot streak in series finale

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:42
Byron Buxton is back in the leadoff spot, but his manager believes "he'll have his hands full" against Chicago's ace lefthander Chris Sale.
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Postgame: Torii Hunter has good night and bad in outfield

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:02
Twins' shifting defense is foiled by White Sox; Thompson gets vote of confidence from manager.
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