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Minneapolis South High football player who drowned in Nokomis is ID'd

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:33
“Our hearts are heavy with the tragic death of Sha-kym Adams on Wednesday,” School District Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said.
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Strength & Conditioning coach Shaun Brown on Gophers newcomers: "They're home runs"

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:29
The two international recruits are still not on campus, but the four newcomers that are have integrated nicely, Brown said.
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Report: Love will sign five-year, $120M deal with Cavaliers

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:15
Trade that will send Wolves' star to Cavs for No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins can't be completed until Aug. 23
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Teenager's body recovered from Lake Nokomis

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:24
The 15-year-old was swimming with friends when he slipped under the water at a beach on the lake’s east side.
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Lynx hoping to catch Phoenix for fourth West title in a row

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:43
The Lynx are playing their best, with a 10-game win streak and a conference title still at stake.
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'Power 5' conferences could set agenda in NCAA

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:06
College’s most influential conferences are pushing for more benefits for athletes.
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Craig: Ponder trying to make the most of his situation

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:03
The fall from would-be franchise QB to third-stringer isn’t easy, but he’s persevering.
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Reusse: Town ball rivalry has a bit of brotherly shove

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 21:57
Bob and Mike Poppitz have passion for town ball and healthy competition.
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Hartman: Claeys says Gophers defense should keep getting better

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 20:10
Improved experience and depth should help against a tough schedule.
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Interesting critique of the Twins Way by Dan Gladden on Tuesday radio broadcast

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:17
We happened to have the Twins game on the radio as we drove home from an important event Tuesday night. It was the fourth inning of a fairly uneventful game against the Padres, with Cory Provus and Dan Gladden doing the call as per usual. In the midst of describing the action, though, we were struck by some commentary from Gladden and quickly snagged a recording of it. Josh Willingham, Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia were the batters due up, and Gladden was describing a conversation he had pregame with Willingham about why so many of his home runs go to left field. Willingham, per Gladden, said it has to do with his top hand — that his swing style made him a pull hitter — and Gladden concluded that part by telling Willingham to keep doing what he is doing and not worry about going to right field. That led into this exchange between Gladden and Provus: Provus: “I wonder for a young hitter coming up in today’s game, if they’re labeled as a dead pull hitter, if that’s a label they are eager to change as their careers kind of blossom?” Gladden: “You know what, here’s one thing I hope can kind of get rooted or maybe even changed to an extent, and that is the philosophy of the Twins. … You’ve heard it: ‘You’ve got to hit the ball the other way.’ It’s almost like everybody who puts a Twins uniform on, they’re taught to go the other way. … A guy like Arcia right here, what are we hearing? ‘He’s trying to pull the ball. He’s trying to pull the ball. We need to have him go the other way.’ Arcia to me is a dead-red pull guy, so let’s teach him to pull the ball rather than try to teach him to go the other way and hit doubles and singles — which he can do, but that’s not his game. … We had Jim Thome here, kind of a one-dimensional, one-field type guy. David Ortiz, when we heard after he left, they told him to pull the ball and that’s what he’s done. I think the philosophy — you need to be able to evaluate the player. Vargas is a guy that should have opposite-field power.” While we’ve certainly heard Twins radio broadcasters critique bad pitches or poor at bats, we couldn’t recall hearing such a strong commentary on a general philosophy. While it’s not particularly controversial — and to be honest, it’s refreshing — it did catch our attention. But truth be told, we don’t listen to the Twins on the radio often — usually just if we have some errands to run at night, or if we happen to have a long drive within the region during a game. In that regard, maybe folks who more regularly listen to the Twins on the radio can help us out: Was that in character with what Gladden might typically say, or did it branch into different territory?
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Zimmer confirms Bridgewater will get some reps with the first-team offense Friday

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:07
We have been given clues that Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would get some time with the first-team offense Friday night. This morning, Mike Zimmer finally came out and said it.
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Twins-Padres: Twins look to win fourth in a row

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:18
Kevin Correia is on the mound today as the Twins look to win both games of their brief homestand
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