Kill wants ground broken on new practice facility by April; U not giving timetable

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:28
BTN.com reported that Kill said ground will be broken in April, but for now, the U isn't committing to a timetable.
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Three things to watch during Vikings-Cardinals

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:27
There was plenty to like from the Vikings’ top units in their 10-6 preseason win over the Oakland Raiders eight days ago. The Vikings scored on their first two drives and the defense produced a pair of three-and-outs on the Raiders’ first two drives. Not too shabby. There were some negatives, though, when it came to both the first-stringers and the backups who played more than three quarters of the game. And some important questions remain unanswered. The hope is that the Vikings will provide a little more clarity tonight against the Arizona Cardinals, especially when it comes to the all-important quarterback position. Here are three things I will be watching for at TCF Bank Stadium tonight: 1. HOW WILL CHRIS CROCKER DO IN HIS DEBUT? Head coach Mike Zimmer said the other day that he wants to get a good look at four safeties tonight: Chris Crocker, Kurt Coleman, Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo. The only one of those four who played against the Raiders was Coleman, and he picked off a pass and played pretty well. Sanford and Sendejo missed the game due to injuries but are expected to play tonight. And Crocker was new to the team, so he did not play. Since last Friday, though, Crocker has seen a lot of time with the first team next to Harrison Smith. I’m curious to see how the 34-year-old plays tonight. Will he make a claim for the position? 2. WILL THE OFFENSIVE LINE PROTECT BETTER? The starting offensive line fared well when it came to run blocking. They got good push at the goal-line on Matt Asiata’s 1-yard touchdown run and gave rookie Jerick McKinnon some room to run before exiting the game. The top group did, however, allow a pair of sacks to the Raiders. And the team as a whole allowed six sacks throughout the game. Afterwards, Zimmer said that two of his biggest critiques were the pass protection and the pass rush, and he feels the Cardinals will be a good test for his offensive line. That group must pass protect better this season to give whoever the Vikings’ quarterback is a fair chance. 3. CAN MATT CASSEL SEIZE THE STARTING SPOT? If the veteran quarterback doesn’t already have the starting gig locked up, it’s pretty darn close. Cassel led an efficient TD drive against the Raiders and followed it up with a mostly mistake-free week of practice. Meanwhile, his competitor, rookie Teddy Bridgewater, had an up-and-down performance in that preseason opener then threw five picks in a span of two practices in Mankato. There is nothing to worry about what it comes to Bridgewater. We’re seeing a young quarterback learn what he can and can’t do at the NFL level. But another sharp performance by Cassel and Teddy seems likely start the season on the bench.
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Royals get to Nolasco in one shaky inning

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:42
The recently activated Twins righthander was done in by a brutal five-run Royals fourth in his first start since July 6.
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Losing streak reaches three games as Lynx fall in San Antonio

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:50
The inspired Stars defeated a Minnesota team without Seimone Augustus.
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Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner jumps back into position

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:47
It was an uphill battle to clear his name and regain his title.
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Gameday preview: Tulsa at Lynx

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:43
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Spring champion United still aims to improve

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:18
United FC is on a nine-match unbeaten streak, which includes a 4-0-1 fall record.
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Brinkley back on familiar turf with Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:03
After spending last season with Arizona, linebacker Jasper Brinkley has returned to a very different Vikings team than the one he had left.
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Kluwe, Vikings reach out-of-court settlement

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:33
Chris Kluwe’s lawyer said the Vikings and Kluwe have reached a settlement that will prevent a lawsuit by Kluwe against the team. The former Vikings punter threatened to sue for more than $10 million because the team would not release the full investigation into his claims about what he said was a culture of discrimination. Lawyer Clayton Halunen, in an e-mail to the Star Tribune, said there would be a joint press conference next week with details of the settlement. Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer was suspended for three games in the regular season for using homophobic language. The Vikings, earlier this month, added Ted Wells and Roberta Kaplan to their legal team, either bracing for a lawsuit or to join in the settlement talks. Wells provided the NFL with a report on the atmosphere of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room. Kaplan is best known for her work opposing the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Twins pregame: Nolasco returns to the mound against the Royals

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:20
The Twins open a four-game series against Kansas City on Friday night at Target Field. Ricky Nolasco makes his first start since July 6 as he tries to remind the Twins why they signed him to the richest free agent contract in team history.
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Mille Lacs walleye reproduction is topic for upcoming public meetings

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:08
Meetings set for Aug. 21 and Aug. 28
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Lynx's Seimone Augustus will miss tonight's game

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:52
This will be the 10th game Augustus has missed because of knee pain this season
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