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Wild can't keep up momentum in loss to Columbus

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 20:43
Trying for a back-to-back win for the first time in over a month, the Wild couldn’t cash in on third-period power plays and ended the calendar year on a down note.
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Will New Year's Day bowl be Gophers' peak or an annual stop?

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 20:13
Finally, on a day more than a half-century in the making, the Gophers are ready for some New Year’s football
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Wolves veteran Young hoping bad year ends with 2015's arrival

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 19:37
Wolves forward Thaddeus Young is hard on himself but says he’s ready every night.
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Gophers' Santoso at home in Florida

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 19:06
Placekicker Ryan Santoso is one of 13 Gophers back in his home state.
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Gophers postgame: Ah yes, things will be harder in the Big Ten

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 18:43
Three quick observations on today's loss at Purdue to start the league slate.
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Wild looks to stay happy -- and full -- during New Year's game at Columbus

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 17:47
The Wild hopes to win two in a row for the first time since Nov. 16 and 20 – the end of a four-game win streak. Darcy Kuemper gets the start and Niklas Backstrom has returned to the team as it sets to face Columbus.
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Gophers blow big lead in Big Ten opener, fall to Purdue

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 16:40
Up by double digits at halftime, the Gophers came out cold in the second half en route to a 72-68 loss at Purdue to open the Big Ten basketball season.
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Our 10 predictions for Minnesota sports in 2015

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 16:16
Knowing what we know — and that ain't much — here's what we expect in the world of Minnesota sports in 2015.
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Matt Cassel will be Vikings backup quarterback

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 14:17
The Vikings are expecting to have a healthy Matt Cassel next season, but there won’t be a quarterback competition this time in training camp. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer hasn’t had a chance to speak with the veteran quarterback about his role, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will continue to serve as the starter. “Teddy is the quarterback, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Zimmer said. “He’s the quarterback regardless of, I won’t say that.” Cassel will be in the final season of a two-year deal he signed last offseason. He carries a $4.7 million cap hit at the moment. He won the starting job over Bridgewater and Christian Ponder in training camp but suffered a broken foot in Week 3 against the Saints. Cassel was placed on injured reserve, prompting the start of the Bridgewater era for the Vikings. As evident in his play, Bridgewater showed enough to  retain the starting job next year. Cassel will enter his 11th season next year and hasn’t finished a season with double-digit starts since 2010 with the Chiefs. Barring an unforeseen injury to Bridgewater, Cassel will turn 33 in May, and he’ll give the Vikings a solid veteran to backup and mentor Bridgewater in the final season of his contract. Bridgewater, for once, soldifies the quarterback position for the Vikings heading into the offseason. “I think we’re fortunate in the fact that we learned an awful lot about Teddy this year and the progress that he’s made,” Zimmer said. “He’s still got to get a lot better to get to where we want to go. He’s got to improve in the offseason and things like that, but yeah, I think it will allow the focus to move to another spot, other spots, not one spot, but other spots, we’ve got a lot of spots we’ve got to get better at. I think that helps solidify probably the number one question that was going on at this point in time last year.”
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Kill pleased with Gophers preparation for Citrus Bowl, says team is ready to go

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:59
Gophers coach Jerry Kill met the media on Wednesday and said the team is ready to play Missouri in Thursday's Citrus Bowl.
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