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Twins' Perkins reports his arm feels fine

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:51
The All-Star closer missed the final two weeks of the season, but he says he has had no issues this offseason.
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TFD: A roundup of the best police scanner activity during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:17
If Doug Schneider isn’t doing the Lord’s work, we don’t know who is. Schneider listens to police scanner activity from every Packers home game, then documents all the nefarious activity. We only became aware of this on Sunday — sadly, Green Bay’s final home game of the season — but he will be a must-follow on Twitter next fall. For now, please do enjoy the totals for the season: The Packers’ 11 preseason, regular-season and playoff games at Lambeau Field averaged six arrests and 25 ejections during the 2014 season. And please also enjoy some of Schneider’s best tweets from Sunday. This is the NFL: Your favorite #scannersquawk today, with 86 RTs and 28 favs: “Male passed out behind the port-a-potties. Laying in the snow.” — Doug Schneider (@PGDougSchneider) January 12, 2015 “Suspects: One male in an Aaron Rodgers jersey, one in a Jordy Nelson jersey, one in a Clay Matthews jersey.” #scannersquawk — Doug Schneider (@PGDougSchneider) January 11, 2015 Ejection: “First name is Dallas.” #scannersquawk #Packers #cantmakethisup — Doug Schneider (@PGDougSchneider) January 11, 2015 “138 … female passed out.” #scannersquawk #Packers — Doug Schneider (@PGDougSchneider) January 11, 2015
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Hockey Day in Minnesota. And Kuwait.

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:01
Hockey Day in Minnesota details are set.
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Gophers tumble in college men's hockey rankings; Minnesota State No. 1 for first time in program history

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:00
Gophers fall to No. 16 after being swept at Michigan.
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Pitino plans to shake up lineup for Tuesday's Iowa game

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 15:51
Pitino wouldn't say exactly which changes he plans to execute. But he hinted that it would be more than one position affected. Point guard DeAndre Mathieu is a candidate to be benched.
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A couple signs of hope for Wolves

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 15:42
Center Nikola Pekovic and guard Kevin Martin took part in all phases of the Wolves' two-hour practice Monday. But neither is expected to play Tuesday at Indiana.
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A Vietnam vet talks about meeting J.P. Parise

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:56
Paul Hannan was a 19-year-old serving in Vietnam when Parise and North Stars teammates made a visit in 1972. He remains grateful for J.P.'s interest.
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Cavs coach takes subtle shot that Kevin Love surely did not enjoy

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:58
The Cavaliers are a mess (again). They’ve lost five consecutive games and eight of their past nine. Even with LeBron James out with an injury, there’s no way they should be this bad. That seemed to be the upshot of a postgame question asked of Cavs coach David Blatt following Cleveland’s most recent defeat, a 103-84 loss to Sacramento. Per SB Nation: Following a 103-84 blowout road loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, Blatt was asked how a team with two “max players” on the court could be playing so poorly. Blatt responded with what appears to be as a shot at forward Kevin Love. “Kevin’s not a max player yet, is he?” Blatt said, via Sactown Royalty’s Blake Ellington. “I mean what does that mean?” When the term was clarified as meaning one of the best players in the league, Blatt responded with a simple “OK,” later adding that Cleveland’s five-game losing streak “can happen to any team.” There are a lot of problems with that: 1) Love is, in fact a “max” player in that the contract he signed with the Wolves was for the maximum dollar figure. 2) But Blatt seems to be referring less to the money Love is making and more to his performance on the floor. A coach can say what he wants, but calling out a player like that — if that was the intent — probably isn’t going to sit well. 3) It won’t sit well, in particular, with a guy like Love — who for as talented as he is always seems to be playing as though he’s battling a perception that he’s not worthy of star status. If Blatt is trying to push Love’s buttons, that’s not the one to push. All that said, this Cavs season sure looks like last year’s Wolves season: a .500 record and Love putting up big numbers — 23.4 ppg and 13.8 rpg in his past five games, all losses.
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Monday (The Wild's complicated mess) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:29
Wild fans are angry. They want accountability for the team’s spiraling season, which has gone from mediocre to dreadful in the past couple of weeks. They want heads to roll, or trades to be made, or both. And we can’t say we blame them. Can’t even say we disagree with them. But like most situations, this mess the Wild finds itself is complicated — enough so that it can be difficult to truly discern why this season has gone wrong, and what exactly should be done about it. *The goaltending situation is the biggest problem. The Wild is taking the fourth-most shots per game in the NHL and giving up the fourth-fewest. But their goalies rank 35th and 40th among 43 qualified goalies in the league in terms of save percentage. Switch to goals against average, and Darcy Kuemper (27th) and Nicklas Backstrom (35th) aren’t much better. A portion of the goaltending problem is simply bad luck, of course. Josh Harding was playing at an all-world level last year, but he hasn’t played in more than a full calendar year now. Kuemper showed promise last season, and Backstrom was still under contract. So the Wild and GM Chuck Fletcher hoped the team could piece it together. But it was a bad plan for hockey’s most important position, and Fletcher is still culpable for signing Backstrom — an aging goalie who had an average season in 2012-13 — to a three-year deal in 2013. So the goaltending mess is part bad luck and part bad management. *But other players are underachieving, too. Our guy Russo tweeted during last night’s latest debacle that Ryan Suter is a minus-18 over his past 19 games. Other veterans have played a notch below expectations, while youngsters have stalled. Effort is an issue some nights. The team, as a whole, just doesn’t feel like all the pieces fit together. Is that on them? Is that on head coach Mike Yeo? Is that on Fletcher? If it’s a combination of all three, who takes the fall? *Yeo got a three-year contract in the offseason after last year’s playoff run. He’s the same coach he’s always been. Is his message wearing thin, or is he just up against unfair expectations in a brutal conference and without adequate goaltending? *If the Wild decides that Yeo isn’t the answer, then Fletcher has to go, too. Yeo is the second coach he’s hired, and combined with other roster missteps it would not be fair for one to go while the other stays. That complicates the decision on Yeo, since Fletcher has to know that his job could be on the line as well. *Here’s what we think is the best and most fair course of action at the season’s midpoint: Fletcher, motivated perhaps by self-preservation but more so by true need, has to make a deal for a goalie NOW. Yeo built up just enough equity during last season’s playoff success to deserve a chance to turn things around, but he can’t do it without a goalie. When the Wild turn things around last season in January, goaltending stole a few wins for them. It changed the entire dynamic of the season. Neither Kuemper nor Backstrom is playing at a level to steal games right now. But if improved goaltending only solves one problem and doesn’t prove to have a domino effect that jump-starts other failing parts of the Wild’s game, then changes at the top need to be made. Whether that happens later this season or in the offseason likely would be irrelevant, but it would most definitely be the right thing.
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Another big moment for an admirable organization

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:48
Take away geography and division alignment, and there's no good reason to say, "I hate the Packers.''
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On Yeo, Manning, NFL

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:05
Wrapping up the weekend of sporting outrage
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Collars are tightening in Minnesota, where tension is building as the Wild keeps losing

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 23:34
The Wild lost for an 11th time in 13 games, and the locker-room talk afterward sounded some alarms
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