First pieces of giant crawler crane arrive at Vikings stadium site

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:42
A 400-foot crane will help get Vikings stadium plans off the ground.
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Former Twins pitcher Bobby Castillo dies at age 59

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:35
The righthander was with the Twins from 1982 to 1984, compiling a 23-24 record with a 3.98 ERA.
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TFD: Timberwolves among least-efficient NBA spenders last year

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:09
ESPN.com took a look at all 30 NBA teams in 2013-14 to determine which were the most efficient spenders. The Timberwolves finished 21st out of 30, at least when ranked by marginal dollars per marginal victory. What does that mean? Per the article: I’ve used team salary figures compiled by ShamSports.com, which are updated through the end of the season but aren’t final until the close of the fiscal year. The key measurement is marginal dollars per marginal wins (MDMW), or how much it costs a team to win a game. Seems straightforward enough. Also, per the article, the teams were divided into eight “buckets” to sort out the efficiency of spending: The buckets are listed in order from most desirable (playoff teams below the salary cap) to least desirable (teams over the tax apron that managed to miss the postseason). The Wolves were in bucket 6 of 8 along with seven other teams — the dreaded “above the salary cap, below the tax threshold, but missed the playoffs” category. It is written of this category and these teams: You really don’t want to be in this class. You’ve exceeded the cap, suggesting you want to win, but you didn’t win, suggesting you don’t know how. There are a number of possible foundation players in this group on rookie scale contracts: Ricky Rubio, Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving. Their teams haven’t yet capitalized on the flexibility created by having players that productive for that little money. 
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Xcel Energy Center, Wild will unveil new center-ice video board Sept. 27

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:08
The new board six times larger than the original one and stretches from blue line to blue line
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Wolves won't give Hummel, Jeffers qualifying offers

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:06
Wolves players will become unrestricted free agents tonight, but still could return
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Twins restore Plouffe, Nunez to roster

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:01
The two veterans replace shortstop Pedro Florimon, optioned back to Class AAA Rochester after going 0-for-11 in four games since being called up, and infielder Jorge Polanco.
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Osenieks to undergo knee surgery on Tuesday

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 14:36
The former Minnesota forward hopes that the procedure will help successfully bridge the gap from his past to his future.
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Jones' ACT score falls short; several options for eligibility at U

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:11
Minneapolis Washburn running back Jeff Jones didn't get the ACT score he needed, but he's still in summer school, hoping to raise his GPA enough to qualify for a Gophers scholarship.
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