Maxx Williams named AP second-team All-America

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:53
The Gophers sophomore tight end added to his list of postseason hardware. Williams was also named a Walter Camp second-team All-American, Big Ten Tight End of the Year, and a Capital One Academic All-American.
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Craig Engwall named to head Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:47
He's a deer hunter, attorney and DNR employee
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Mauers want normalcy as they raise twins in shadow of his celebrity

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:40
In an interview with Cretin-Derham Hall’s alumni magazine, the two graduates of the St. Paul high school also reminisced about their days as Raiders athletes. Joe pondered what the future may hold after his playing days are over.
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Moore picks Gophers over reported offers from Texas, Kansas and BYU

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:07
Tyler Moore, from Houston's North Shore High School, gave the Gophers a verbal commitment on Tuesday.
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Greenway named Vikings' Community Man of Year

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:59
Chad Greenway has been selected as the Vikings’ Community Man of the Year for 2014. Since joining the Vikings in 2006, the outside linebacker has volunteered with several local organizations, including Memorial Blood Centers, Sanford Health, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Fuel Up To Play 60, The Salvation Army, Taste of the NFL, United Way and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. In 2009, Greenway and his wife, Jenni, started the Lead The Way Foundation to provide seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout the Twin Cities “with daily support and life-changing experiences.” Since its inception, Greenway’s foundation has raised more than $1.3 million. Greenway is one of 32 NFL team representatives vying for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The winner will be named at the Super Bowl. This is the second time Greenway has been selected as the Vikings’ Community Man of the Year. He also won the award in 2011. Yesterday, Greenway was named as a finalist for the inaugural NFL Sportsmanship Award.
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Tuesday (Flip's third rebuilding project) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:59
Flip Saunders took over as head coach of the Washington Wizards in 2009. Armed with a lineup featuring Gilbert Arenas and a cast of others, Washington had slumped in 2008-09 but had made the playoffs each of the previous four seasons. Thinking the Wizards were in prime contention for a rebound year, they swapped the No. 5 pick in the 2009 draft with the Wolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. The move backfired for Washington.  A whole host of problems with Arenas and others led to an eventual youth movement — one that didn’t involve that No. 5 pick, who the Wolves turned into Ricky Rubio. Flip started the process of that youth movement, coaching John Wall and co. to 23 wins in 2010-11 before getting fired 17 games (2-15 record) into the 2011-12 season. Now, the Wizards are one of the best teams in the East with a 17-6 record heading into a game in Washington tonight against the Wolves. It’s a reminder — the second reminder — that Saunders can head into a rebuild and his teams can come out on the other side looking pretty good. The first, of course, was his work with a young Kevin Garnett in the mid-1990s, helping take the Wolves from perennial lottery team to perennial playoff team. His third such effort, of course, is pretty much the same as his first: getting the Wolves from the lottery to the playoffs again. Time will tell how that plays out — and it does take time — but the track record is at least encouraging for Wolves fans. We had a chance to chat with Flip Saunders about the rebuilding mentality last week: “When I was in Washington, they made a decision where we traded Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas had the situation with the gun so he was gone, traded Caron Butler, Brendan Hayward, (DeShawn) Stevenson, we (lost) our whole starting five. We had like nine guys with two or fewer years of experience. So what was going to happen is that we were going to lose. It’s frustrating, it’s hard to go through, but if you’re committed to that and to development, by letting those guys play and play a lot of minutes, you facilitate their development,” Saunders said. “I look at them and where they were four years ago, and now they’re one of the best teams in the East. John Wall developed. And if you look at the league, and you look at all these players … when we traded (Kevin) Love, we became in essence what I would call a lottery team. We traded our best player for the No. 1 pick in the draft. If Love wasn’t on our team a year ago, we probably would have struggled. if you look at teams that have been lottery teams and gotten the first pick, whether it’s Cleveland with (Kyrie) Irving and Anthony Bennett, New Orleans with (Anthony) Davis, Wall with Washington, they don’t even win 27 games. LeBron James, he won (35 games) his rookie year. So there’s a process you have to go through. But what you have to understand is that there’s a history and that it will pay off. (Kevin) Durant and Russell Westbrook were (2-24) at one point (in 2008-09). It would be easy for people to put their head in the sand and say, ‘That’s not going to happen,’ but it’s kind of the reality. People that are basketball people understand what we’re going through.”
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Moral victories must end for Gophers, Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:51
The whole "moral victory'' deal has been completely out of hand for Minnesota's two major teams this football season. I'm declaring that it stops -- right now, and far into the future.
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Pohlad family ends direct ownership of banks

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:47
A family that built its fortune on banks sold its last direct holdings to a Missouri financial firm.
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Kings fire coach Michael Malone after less than 2 seasons, make Tyrone Corbin interim coach

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 23:15
The Kings fired Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season with the team over philosophical differences over the team's style of play.
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Chip Scoggins: Muhammad crosses over into favorable territory

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 22:53
Shabazz Muhammad appears to be developing nicely in his second year with the Timberwolves.
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Saunders has history of working well with young players

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 22:46
The veteran coach has a history of helping young players reach their potential.
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Wild notes: Cooke close to return

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 22:28
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Wild's off-ice team ready for traumatic situations

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:59
Wild’s medical team practices hard for rapid responses.
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Vikings winless against NFC North

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:46
The Vikings fell to 0-5 vs. division foes with their loss at Detroit.
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