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A tale of two Twins deals: Joe Mauer vs. Torii Hunter

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 21:04
Who has been a better value?  The answer may surprise you.
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Proposed changes to 'body-grip' traps have not gained traction

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:33
Proponents want to reduce the chance of their hunting dogs being harmed by accident.
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On graduation day, Bobby Bell extends thanks to the U of M

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 18:26
Bobby Bell, 74, wore his cap and gown for Thursday's graduation ceremony at Mariucci Arena.
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A house afloat on water: Adventure and friendship on Rainy Lake

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 17:54
A houseboat in Voyageurs National Park got friends clear of the daily grind.
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Favre: What Brady did is not 'cheating'

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:31
Brett Favre weighed in on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" Wednesday night.
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Robison suffers pectoral injury while working out at Winter Park

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:13
Vikings defensive end Brian Robison suffered a pectoral injury while working out at Winter Park today,  league sources confirmed. Robison said in a text message that “I’ll be OK,” but didn’t elaborate on the extent of the injury. Medical tests were pending. The Vikings through a spokesperson declined comment on the injury. Robison has been a full-time starter for the Vikings the past four seasons, playing and starting in 63 of a possible 64 games. The 32-year-old started every game in 2014, Mike Zimmer’s first season as coach, but he had just 4.5 sacks and 24 tackles, his lowest totals since becoming a starter in 2011. The Vikings have used a third-round pick in each of the past two drafts on defensive ends. In 2014, they selected Scott Crichton to back up Robison at left end. He played sparingly as a rookie, though. Earlier this month, they drafted Danielle Hunter, a speed-rushing right end, in the third round, too. The Vikings also have a trio of unproven defensive ends on their 90-man roster in Leon Mackey, Caesar Rayford and Justin Trattou. FOX Sports first reported that Robison had suffered a pectoral injury.
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Twins pitchers thumped by Tigers in 13-1 loss

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:22
Mike Pelfrey fell behind in the first inning and things only got uglier for the Twins, who lost for the seventh time in nine games to Detroit.
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Randy Moss to sign autographs at Ridgedale -- for $84 (or more)

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:16
The former Vikings star will be signing autographs to raise scholarship money for a summer football ame run by former Vikings and Gophers player Tyrone Carter.
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Janel McCarville needs time off to let her body heal, agent says

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:35
The Lynx starting center is leaving the door open to returning to pro basketball after taking the summer off.
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Hunter's hot, but out of Twins lineup for a day

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:11
Manager Paul Molitor made the difficult choice, he said, to leave the 39-year-old Hunter out of the lineup as the Twins try to win this series today.
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Lynx announce signing of center Asjha Jones

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:10
Jones enters camp as presumptive starter at center. Training camp opens for the Lynx on Sunday.
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Zimmer feels Vikings will be 'all right' after 'open competition' at safety

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:01
The Vikings went into this month’s NFL draft with quite a few needs. They targeted the cornerback and middle linebacker spots early. It took them a couple of days, but they got around to addressing the offensive line and added a couple of young pass-catchers for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The one seemingly-pressing need they neglected was the safety position. “We didn’t address it because there were other positions that came up,” Mike Zimmer said yesterday. “There were some guys on the board we liked but they were gone or we took somebody else at that particular time.” Translation:  The Vikings didn’t feel the need was all that pressing after all. Seven rounds passed without the Vikings picking a safety, though they feel good about Anthony Harris, the rookie free agent they inked after the draft. Harris and free-agent signing Taylor Mays were their only two offseason additions at the safety position. The Vikings covet safeties who can cover out of the slot if needed and they have converted corners to safety in the past, but Zimmer says Terence Newman isn’t a candidate to make the switch. Zimmer said it will be “an open competition” at the safety spot next to Harrison Smith, so Mays, who at the very least should have an unique role in Zimmer’s sub packages, and Harris could play their way into the mix. Robert Blanton claimed the starting job by default last summer. He held it for 13 games before he was benched in December for Andrew Sendejo. The Vikings also have Antone Exum, a 2014 sixth-round pick whom they moved from corner to safety as soon as he arrived in Minnesota. General Manager Rick Spielman brought him up out of the blue after the 2015 draft. “We’re very excited also about the progress he has made,” he said. “Also with Blanton and Sendejo, I think we know what those guys are. But you know Exum is someone were definitely going to be keeping a close eye on and see how well he comes along from last year, but [he's a] very talented athlete.” Spielman’s comment about knowing what Blanton and Sendejo are at this point probably shouldn’t be seen as an argument in their favor, by the way. So for a second straight summer, the Vikings will head to Mankato and try to figure out who should start in the defensive backfield next to Smith, their skilled free safety. But Zimmer doesn’t seem to be too worried about it. “It will be all right,” the coach said after yesterday’s media film session.
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Christmas comes early: special Timberwolves jerseys revealed

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:12
A couple of years ago, the NBA made a lot of fashion-forward fans gag when it had teams wear sleeved nonsense for their special limited edition Christmas jerseys. Last year’s jerseys were OK if somewhat bland. This year’s jerseys leaked Wednesday, and … they’re nice! See, we can have nice things! (Those are the Wolves jerseys you see, in case that wasn’t obvious). Uni Watch broke the story (so much as jerseys are a story, but still a great get for the site) and has images of all 30 right here. As the site notes: Remember, we don’t yet know which teams will be playing on Dec. 25, or even how many games there will be on that date, because the NBA hasn’t yet released the 2015-16 schedule. (For reference, last year there were five games on Christmas.) So we won’t be seeing all of these designs on the court, but the designs were developed months ago, so they did one for every team, just in case. That said, as someone who hasn’t bought a jersey in more than 10 years … those are tempting. Very tempting.
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Milone, Berrios have excellent outings for Twins minor-league teams

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:13
The Twins got excellent pitching performances in games involving their top two minor-league teams on Wednesday.
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