Wild players enjoy living on the plus side

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:41
As the Wild’s season turned around, so did players’ stats.
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Howard gives Gophers their fourth in-state commitment

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:52
Robbinsdale Cooper athlete Phillip Howard committed to the Gophers on Tuesday night.
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Good read: Twins pitcher Trevor May and the art of being 'present'

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:20
Three weeks ago, I saw a tweet from Trevor May, a Twins pitching prospect who was in camp at the time (and has since been sent down to Class AAA Rochester). It read, simply: Consistently being mindful and present is the most underrated skill a person could have. As someone who has dabbled in the areas of meditation and mindfulness — dipping toes in the water and wanting to jump in further when I can — it struck me as interesting on both a personal level and professional level. I jotted it down as a possible future story idea. While I might still ask May about it at some point if/when he makes it to the big league club for good, Al Melchior from CBS Sports was seemingly curious as well and has a great piece on May that answers a lot of my questions. Here’s a sampling of what May does in attempt to stay in the moment: That entails a daily meditation practice, which normally involves sitting or laying down for periods of 10-to-20 minutes, doing nothing but breathing and noticing what he notices. This isn’t just recharging in order to deal with the demands of being a professional ballplayer. For May, this is a form of practice in the same way that a bullpen session is practice. These extended periods of silence prepare May for the emotional ups and downs of pitching in game situations. He sees his ability to stay even through these emotional waves as an even more critical factor to his success than the actual execution of his pitches. To understand the importance of May’s mindfulness practice to his performance, it helps to understand how he approaches in-game situations. He views every pitch as a three-step process. First, he determines what pitch he wants to throw and where to throw it. Second, he gets his mind in a focused state. Third, he executes the pitch. So while Yogi Berra said 90 percent of the game is half mental, May’s game is two-thirds mental. And if the first two steps of pitching — the mental steps — aren’t executed properly, the physical work of making the actual pitch is all for naught. The extended story delves deeper into May’s ups and downs, while also taking a look at the mental side of sports as an emerging frontier. It’s worth a read, for sure, whether you are casually interested about May or more deeply interested in the larger topics broached.
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Matt Cooke, Kyle Brodziak return to practice; Logjam of forwards may hurt Erik Haula

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:12
The Wild is anxiously awaiting resuming its schedule Thursday against the New York Rangers
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New Vikings OT Aiyegbusi is tall, but not an anomaly

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:08
There has been a lot of curiosity in Vikingsland about Babatunde Aiyegbusi, the offensive tackle the team signed last week. The Polish product, who I wrote about in today’s newspaper, is 6-foot-9. His height is certainly noteworthy, but height-wise, “Babs” is far from an anomaly in today’s NFL. Because I have too much time on my hands at the moment and too few hobbies, I decided to scan through every NFL roster to see how many players are listed at 6-foot-8 or taller. I counted 29 of them, including Aiyegbusi. The majority of these tall men are offensive tackles or defensive ends, though there are a few exceptions, including a guard (Dennis Kelly of the Eagles), a tight end (Levine Toilolo of the Falcons) and a quarterback (Brock Osweiler of the Broncos). While no active player is 6-foot-10 or taller, eight others are as listed as being tall as Aiyegbusi. Interestingly, only one of the 29 players who are 6-foot-8 or higher has been selected to a Pro Bowl. That would be Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (6-foot-8). However, despite their lack of Pro Bowl invites, Cardinals offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (6-foot-8) and Patriots offensive tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer (both 6-foot-8) are pretty good players in their own right. Still, height isn’t everything, or the late Manute Bol would have been quite the NFL superstar. Anyway, while Aiyegbusi is the tallest player on their 90-man roster, the Vikings do have three other offensive tackles who are 6-foot-7 or taller in left tackle Matt Kalil (6-foot-7), right tackle Phil Loadholt (6-foot-8) and backup Carter Bykowski (6-foot-7). Throw in Antonio “Tiny” Richardson (6-foot-6) and Mike Harris (6-foot-5) and every Vikings offensive tackle is at least 6-foot-5. In other words, Aiyegbusi isn’t the only Vikings offensive tackle who has to duck into doorways.
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Sources: Alabama expresses interest in Gophers coach Richard Pitino

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:42
Gophers basketball coach among Alabama candidates.
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Travis Boyd signs two-year entry-level deal with Washington Capitals

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:05
Gophers senior forward Travis Boyd will join Washington affiliate the Hersey Bears.
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Pinstripes vs Twinstripes in Fort Myers

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:40
The Twins cut one player from camp before the game, then face a Yankee team full of players we may never see again,
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December decisions haunt Twins opening roster

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:36
The Twins' field staff was filled with angst over the projected bullpen -- and that was before Duensing threw batting practice to the Red Sox.
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A listless Wolves loss, but with a few memorable moments

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:27
Wiggins provides at least a few impressive dunks
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Pekovic will not play again this season

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 00:35
Wolves against very short-handed vs. Utah
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Molitor on Duensing's bad night: "We'll let it go by"

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 00:15
Lopsided loss still an opportunity to teach, manager says after 14-2 defeat
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Soccer land deal hints at public subsidy request

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:20
The owner of the site for a new pro soccer team says developers want time to appeal to lawmakers.
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