Wolves rookies push through exhaustion to end season

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:30
Wiggins, LaVine learn day-to-day rigors of NBA life.
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Masters leader is nice, lucky — and outstanding

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:36
Jordan Spieth’s 64 might rattle other players if they didn’t like him so much.
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Audit likely after hunters challenge DNR

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:55
Estimating deer herd size is at crux of dissatisfaction.
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Live from Augusta...Thurs nite

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:11
Wrapping up Day 1
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MLS team owners begin stadium push at Capitol

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:43
Team owners will meet with legislators next week and outline their plans
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Vikings' 2015 preseason schedule announced

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:42
The NFL has revealed the 2015 preseason schedule. The Vikings, who have already been announced as one of the two teams playing in the annual Hall of Fame game, will play five preseason games. They will open against the Steelers in Canton, Ohio. They then host the Buccaneers and the Raiders before finishing the preseason on the road against the Cowboys and then the Titans. Here is their complete preseasons schedule: Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 9, 7:00 p.m. CT): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Canton, Ohio) Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 14-16): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 21-23): vs. Oakland Raiders Preseason Week 4 (Aug. 28-29): at Dallas Cowboys Preseason Week 5 (Sept. 3): at Tennessee Titans
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Fifth-year option decisions loom for Smith, Kalil

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:26
NFL teams have started to exercise their fifth-year options on 2012 first-round picks. The headliner is Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick that year and now the franchise quarterback for the Colts. The Vikings will soon have to make decisions on a pair of players in Harrison Smith and Matt Kalil. Picking up the option on Smith, who was a Pro Bowl-caliber safety in 2014, is a no-brainer. The Vikings will have a tougher call on Kalil, who has regressed since making the Pro Bowl as a rookie. In case you need a refresher on these fifth-year options, they are only available for teams to use on first-round draft picks. In the case of Kalil and Smith, the Vikings have the ability to keep them around through the 2016 season. Their fifth-year salaries — $11.1 million for Kalil and $5.3 million for Smith — would only be guaranteed in the event of injury. So if a healthy Kalil struggles, they can simply cut him before the 2016 league year and won’t have to pay him a dime of that $11.1 million. The deadline for teams to exercise the option is May 3, the day after the draft wraps up. I recently chatted with Joel Corry, a former NFL agent who now writes for CBS Sports, for another story I’m working on. While I had him on the phone, I asked him about the fifth-year options for Kalil and Smith. He agrees that Smith is a lock, but he’s curious to see how things play out with Kalil. “Which Matt Kalil are you exercising the option for: the rookie year Matt Kalil or the one we saw the first part of last year? I guess that’s why it’s a decision,” Corry said. “It would be kind of hard not to since it’s not guaranteed unless there is an injury. “So maybe you exercise it and take a wait-and-see approach,” he continued. “And if he isn’t what you thought he was — a cornerstone guy who is going to anchor the offensive line — then you don’t keep him after the 2015 season or you try to work out something for a lower salary in 2016 instead. You have more flexibility by exercising it. Because what if he puts it all together and lives up to his potential? Then you’re looking at the franchise tag, which would be more than the option.” Last year, the first year that the fifth-year options came into play, the Vikings declined to use theirs on quarterback Christian Ponder, another young player who wasn’t living up to his draft status. My gut tells me things will be different with Kalil and that they’ll exercise his on deadline day. But it is no sure thing, especially if the Vikings draft another left tackle with their 11th overall pick.
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Wild's top three goal scorers all sit tonight; Cooke returns; Yeo on lineup, starting Kuemper

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:25
Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter and Thomas Vanek, who have scored 77 of the Wild’s 221 goals (34.8 percent), won’t play. They all have nagging injuries.
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