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Gophers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell bulks up to 240 pounds -- or 239.7, to be exact

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:19
The junior linebacker said he was timid at 220 pounds last year, but he looks forward to facing Big Ten competition at his new weight.
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Augustus' tip-in at the buzzer gives Lynx 66-64 victory over Indiana

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:56
The win is Minnesota’s 10th in a row.
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Grimes wins record fourth Women's State Open

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:42
Two under-par rounds turn 54-year-old’s State Open win into a cakewalk.
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What you missed at Vikings training camp on Tuesday: Penalty pushups!

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:46
Tired of players jumping offsides, Zimmer makes everybody drop and do pushups.
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Schafer makes Twins debut in left field

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:34
New outfielder is accomplished base-stealer, but will he hit?
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Adrian Peterson won't play in preseason opener

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:44
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said running back Adrian Peterson won't play in the preseason opener against the Raiders on Friday.
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Even in fourth straight down year, Twins doing decent ratings on FSN

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:13
Everything with the Twins these days is, we suppose, relative. They are on pace to win 73 or 74 games this season, depending on whether you round up for wins. That’s not good! But that’s still at least seven more wins than in any of the last three seasons. That’s progress! We can look at their TV numbers in the same way. Forbes did a big piece crunching the numbers of MLB broadcasts on all the regional sports networks to see how they are faring. As it turns out, the Twins on FSN are doing fairly well, particularly considering the team is a non-contender for the fourth year in a row. The Twins on FSN are among the 19 regional sports network products that has a top-three prime time rating in their market. In data spanning from the beginning of the season through July 24, the Twins have a 4.09 rating and are being watched in an average of 71,000 households. The 4.09 rating puts them 13th in MLB — slightly above middle of the pack. The Tigers lead all of MLB with an 8.38 rating, more than double the Twins. Still, the Twins are not far off from where they were in 2013, when they were being watched in 73,000 households. So that’s the good news for the team — even as they continue to lose, they’re not losing much more ground with viewers (so far). The bad news? It’s still waaaaaaay down from their last good season in 2010, when they were being watched in 152,000 households. So basically their four-year swoon has cost them more than half their regular viewers. It will be interesting to see if they are able to get those viewers back if/when the team starts winning more consistently again.
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Vikings release their first 'unofficial' depth chart

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:06
The Vikings have released their first "unofficial" depth chart, and there are no major surprises.
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Moore is WNBA's Western Conference player of the month for July

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:04
Maya oore averaged 26.4 points per game, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists during July, helping the Lynx go 9-1 in the month.
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Rookie mistake? Vikings shirts sport name of new QB Teddy 'Bridewater'

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:59
Highly touted rookie’s name has come up a little short on Target souvenir shirts.
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On sale: Vikings rookie Teddy 'Bridewater' jerseys

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:35
The Vikings rookie quarterback needs a letter to fill out his last name.
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Dispute erupts over hiring Outdoor Heritage executive director

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:16
Four members of the 12-member Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, upset with the hiring process, said Tuesday they won’t participate, and three walked out of a meeting at the State Capitol in protest.
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Turner: Bridgewater playing at an 'awfully high level'

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:03
Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said on Tuesday that despite quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's recent string of interceptions, he's still playing at an "awfully high level."
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A big week looms for the Lynx

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:54
The Lynx have a big game Thursday against a Chicago team that has star forward Elena Delle Donne back after she missed a month battling Lyme Disease.
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Wolves preseason schedule set, two games at Target Center

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:24
Two of the seven games will be at Target Center.
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Tuesday (The Vikings' safety dance) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:34
In the NFL, now more than ever, a team has to have quality depth in the secondary. The Vikings, like any team, are trying to build toward that. But right now, they are not even close to being there. Head coach Mike Zimmer knows it, and that’s why he yanked old security blanket Chris Crocker out of semi-retirement for one more season on Monday. Per Mark Craig’s assessment of the safety spot, which is is more urgently in need of help than cornerbacks but perhaps not by much: Zimmer had eight safeties on the roster before adding Crocker. Other than Harrison Smith, the group has been a disappointment that merited Sunday’s transaction. Injuries to Jamarca Sanford, Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton have dogged the position since Zimmer was hired in January. Sanford, the incumbent, missed most of the offseason installment periods, while Sendejo sat out everything from the end of last season until coming off the physically unable to perform list and practicing in full pads Monday. Blanton was given the job to lose at the start of camp and then lost it four practices later when he pulled a hamstring. Kurt Coleman, Mistral Raymond and rookie Antone Exum have seen time with the first unit in camp, but weren’t good enough to keep Zimmer from reaching out to his old, reliable friend. Read between the lines — or even right on the page — and you could tell Zimmer was getting frustrated with the safety play. Here are a few of his quotes from various transcripts during camp: July 25: Q: What do you want to see from the safety position opposite of Harrison Smith? A: It is hard for me to evaluate that right now because I have not seen Andrew Sendejo and the walk-through today was the first time I saw Jamarca Sanford. But in the NFL, you have to have a guy that can cover pretty well because of the situations you can get into. Harrison is a pretty smart guy, so you can get by with a guy that is maybe not as intelligent and quickly making the snaps. But for our safeties, we are always looking for the same thing in the guys – guys who can cover, guys who are good tacklers, guys who can blitz well, and guys who are good at making decisions. For each position in the back end, we are looking for players that have great acceleration and can get out of a cut. July 28 (basically the same question as three days earlier): Q: What do you see in the competition in the safety spot opposite Harrison Smith? A: Well right now, I would say (Robert) Blanton is a little bit ahead of the rest of the guys, but that will be a lot more determined when we get into the camp and preseason games, tackling, and how things go. He has been doing a lot good things as far as lining up, covering people, being in the right place, but with the safeties until you find out how they tackle, what kind of angles they take, what kind of instincts they have in the course of ball games, I really don’t know. Monday: Q: Does it make it easier when you have a couple of safeties that have experience at cornerback, like Robert Blanton and Antone Exum? A: It helps a little bit. They’re probably playing safety because they can’t play corner. And then in comes the 34-year-old Crocker. Perhaps he and Smith can be every down guys that stabilize the position and make depth less of an issue. Or maybe the questions about safety will dog the Vikings all season. Time will tell.
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Gophers' Fasching, Collins among 27 remaining at U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:31
Three Gophers released after opening weekend of camp.
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