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Madsen still 'feels some pain' after three-pointer fiasco

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 23:53
Guilt remains nine years after Wolves forward was goaded into misfires that saved them a draft pick.
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Season finale will only help determine Wild's playoff opponent

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 22:31
First-round playoff foe won’t be set until hours after matinee.
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United shooting for title this season after falling just short

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 22:11
The Loons, the NASL’s best team in 2014, have nearly everyone back plus several key additions
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Spieth shows off power of patience at Augusta

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 21:53
Jordan Spieth set a Masters record with bold strokes — and timely restraint
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Fêting old-time rasslin' and an old-time rassler

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 21:35
Larry Hennig will have stories to tell when he is honored next week in Las Vegas.
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Gophers install quick-pass, no-huddle attack for diversity

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 21:26
A no-huddle offense has been one focus of spring practice.
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Milone strikes out seven, Twins blank White Sox for first win

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 18:23
Tommy Milone kept the White Sox off balance all day with his mix of 88-mph fastballs and 80-mph changeups in a 6-0 victory.
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Gophers' standout Mike Reilly earns back-to-back First Team All-America honors

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 16:46
Junior defenseman Mike Reilly adds another All-America honor to his hockey resume.
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Wolves' OT win at New York last month still the difference in lottery odds

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:13
Last month, the Wolves and Knicks played a game in New York that I figured could very well determine which team would wind up with the most ping pong balls in the NBA draft lottery. Both teams were well along the losing path by then, be it by circumstance or extra effort. I was so sure it would be a crucial game in the draft race that I wrote a preview story for it, dubbing the game “The Battle of Who Could Care Less,” and making other references to Ben Folds Five songs to prove that I have a finger on the pulse of 1990s piano rock music, which is surely what the kids these days are listening to. Both teams were 14-53 going into that game, tied for the league’s worst record, so it stood to reason that the winner could very well be the draft loser, and vice-versa. While it’s only a matter of a few percentage points difference (25 to 20) in the chances of landing the top pick, having the No. 1 spot going into the draft also ensures falling no further than No. 4; being No. 2 means you could fall all the way to No. 5. In a top-heavy draft, that means something. In any event, I figured the Knicks had the upper hand in winning that game against the Wolves. It was in New York, after all, and the Wolves were playing the second night of a back-to-back. But I underestimated New York’s will to lose. Despite a combined 12-for-43 shooting night from Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Martin, The Wolves prevailed in overtime. It pushed their record one-game better than New York’s — 15-53 to 14-54. Both teams have gone exactly 1-9 since then, keeping the Wolves one game ahead of New York with four to play. The Knicks do have winnable remaining games against the Bucks, Magic and Pistons left. Wolves at Lakers tonight is probably their best bet at getting a win before the year is out. It wouldn’t be altogether surprising, though, to see both squads lose all of them the rest of the way. It would set up an interesting night on May 19 when the NBA draft lottery is held. That Battle of Who Could Care Less could determine the fate of both franchises.
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Christenson still a big part of Gophers' O-line plans

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:37
Jon Christenson isn't practicing this spring while he rehabs his left leg, but the Gophers' coaches consider him a candidate to start at center or guard this fall.
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May will start home opener as Nolasco goes on DL

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:34
MRI found no structural damage in the righthander's elbow, but Twins want to be cautious and will place Ricky Nolasco on the disabled list.
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