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NFL announces full draft order for 2015 NFL draft

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:08
The NFL this afternoon released the draft order for next month’s NFL draft, so we now know when the Vikings will make their — as of right now — seven total selections. The Vikings have no sixth-round pick and two seventh-rounders after sending quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills and acquiring receiver Mike Wallace from the Dolphins in two separate trades. They sent their original fifth-round pick to the Dolphins in the Wallace deal and kept the fifth-round pick, which originally belonged to the Buccaneers, they received in the Cassel trade. That selection is 12 spots before their original pick, so they kept the better of the two fifth-rounders. Anyway, here are the seven 2015 draft picks that the Vikings currently have to work with: — 11th overall (first round) — 45th overall (second round) — 76th overall (third round) — 110th overall (fourth round) — 137th overall (fifth round) — 228th overall (seventh round) — 232nd overall (seventh round)
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Twins postgame: Nolasco, Dozier, Graham, Hunter, Hamburger, Rosario

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:10
The Twins beat Toronto 6-5 on a walk-off single in the ninth by Eddie Rosario.
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Hard-throwing Graham pushing to make Twins roster

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:01
Rule 5 draft pick isn't big in size, but he has shown off his big arm in spring training
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Vikings sign safety Taylor Mays

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:43
Free-agent safety Taylor Mays has agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings, an NFL source confirmed. In five NFL seasons with two teams, Mays made 98 tackles, recorded one sack and forced one fumble. The 27-year-old has broken up six passes and is still looking for his first NFL interception. Originally a second-round pick of the 49ers, he joined current Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, then Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator, and the Bengals in 2011 and played 50 games for the team over the past four seasons. Mays was mostly a backup, but when Zimmer was in Cincinnati, he used Mays in a hybrid safety-linebacker role in some of his sub packages.
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Casey Matthews checks in with Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:17
Free agent linebacker Casey Matthews visited the Vikings on Tuesday, according to nfl.com’s Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet). Matthews, the brother of Packers All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews, was taken by the Eagles in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2011 out of Oregon. Casey Matthews, 26, started 11 games for the Eagles last season, replacing an injured DeMeco Ryans at inside linebacker. He played four years in Philadelphia, playing in 16 games each season, including a lot of special teams duty. He had 2.5 sacks in that time. Here’s a phillynews.com profile of Matthews from last season.
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Is Wiggins slipping in Rookie of the Year race?

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:29
Andrew Wiggins has some competition for Rookie of the Year from Nerlens Noel and Nikola Mirotic. BasketballInsiders.com’s Jessica Camerato joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to break down the race.
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Wild makes final trip to Nassau Coliseum; Dubnyk awesome on the road; Brodziak injured

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:19
Kyle Brodziak, a big part of the Wild’s penalty kill, won’t play tonight due to an upper-body injury sustained in last night’s fight with Dion Phaneuf.
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Rogers, Huff among Gophers' surprises this spring

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:14
Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said two players who've surprised him this spring are safety Charlie Rogers and linebacker Julian Huff.
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Twins hand Kevin Garnett the ball for Opening Day first-pitch honors

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:16
The day starts at 6 a.m. with free breakfast on the Target Field plaza. When the gates open, Twins legends Bert Blyleven, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek and Tom Kelly will be at the entrances to greet fans.
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Twins-Blue Jays: Newsy pregame today with Dozier contract, roster moves, Opening Day plans announced

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:32
The Twins announced all kinds of things on Tuesday before playing Toronto
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Peterson situation exhausting but Vikings shouldn't budge

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:35
Vikings should tell Peterson to play or sit
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Twins sign Dozier to $20 million contract through 2018

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:28
The Twins locked up their second baseman after a strong 2014 season and appearance in the Home Run Derby
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Shorthanded Wolves slip past Utah in overtime

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 23:18
Rookie Zach LaVine’s clutch three-pointers in the final 25 seconds of regulation sent the game into overtime.
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Wolves' Martin lost to injured list

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 22:19
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Scoggins: Twins slugger Vargas back in groove

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 21:53
Teammates gush over his raw power, and urged him not to worry about striking out.
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Molitor, Sandberg make Hall of Fame history

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 21:40
Molitor, Sandberg are first to face each other as managers.
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More like Same Sixteen: Where did NCAA madness go?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 21:36
Underdog stories in the NCAA tournament were short-lived during the first weekend, leaving mostly familiar names advancing.
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