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Wisconsin's new coach Paul Chryst familiar, confident with returning talent

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:08
Paul Chryst introduced at Big Ten media days as Wisconsin's new head coach.
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'Miracle' goalie empties attic, puts it all on auction block for $5.7M

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:00
Jim Craig said he wants to support his children and grandchildren, and intends to give some of the proceeds to charity.
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Cordarrelle Patterson's development tells us plenty about Vikings coaches

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:54
Cordarrelle Patterson was set up to fail by succeeding. As a rookie in 2013, Patterson busted a few big plays as a wide receiver, looked terrifying as a kick returner and was downright dangerous whenever he took a handoff in space thanks both to the element of surprise and his own gifts. His head coach that season, Leslie Frazier (along with Frazier’s staff) was in win-now mode. That’s not a bad mode to be in one season after making the playoffs (and with the interest of self-preservation in mind), but we can say with some certainty now that it was probably the worst thing for Patterson. Instead of insisting that Patterson learn the nuances of playing his position, he was put in spots that accentuated his limited strengths. For a developed role player who has proven to be a specialist, that’s fine. For a rookie first round draft pick, it’s downright dangerous. Again, it’s not necessarily that Frazier was to blame; if my job depended on winning games, I would throw WR screens to Patterson all day, too. But we can agree it did him no favors in the long run (and Frazier ended up getting fired anyway). Perhaps because of his philosophy, his longer leash as a new coach or both, Mike Zimmer has of course taken a much different approach. Akin to a baseball organization demanding that a young pitcher learn to master more than just a blazing fastball, Zimmer has sacrificed some short-term gains — i.e. just letting Patterson run the routes he is comfortable with — in hopes of a bigger long-term payoff. Zimmer was asked about Patterson, who is about to enter his third season, on Wednesday. The coach is not one to blow smoke, at least in my limited experience, so his comments are worth something: “So far he’s doing well. So far he’s done well. These two days he’s been impressive. Today is a new day, we’ll see how he does today. I’m hopeful that today is just as good as yesterday and yesterday was as good as the day before. I don’t know that he has turned the corner yet, but he is definitely kind of rounding it.” It’s strange to think of production from Patterson in 2015 being viewed as a bonus when there were such high expectations — and perhaps unfair ones considering he really didn’t accomplish much as a receiver as a rookie — a season ago. But that’s where we are. If Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner can turn Patterson into the complete package, it will be a testament to the techniques they are teaching and the approach they are taking. If Patterson doesn’t make it, the biggest culprit will be his own inability to blossom. But it will also be fair to speculate that having too much success as a rookie in too easy of a fashion played a major role as well.
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Gophers debut at No. 34 in Amway Coaches Poll; Ohio State, TCU are No. 1, No. 2

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:00
The Amway Coaches Poll was released Thursday. Ohio State is No. 1 and Minnesota's opening game opponent, TCU, is No. 2.
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Brady fighting noble battle against Goodell's crazed power

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 07:03
Brady destroyed his cell phone. Rog the Ego acted like he had caught an axe murderer.
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Minnesota was a good fit for Bernie Allen of the '65 Twins

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 23:05
Bernie Allen will return for celebration of 1965 Series team.
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Moore, Whalen team for 51 points as Lynx defeat Sparks

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:58
The Lynx took advantage of 22 L.A. turnovers to score 21 points. And Maya Moore, who struggled at times hit two key baskets late to preserve the victory.
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Kill, three Gophers players in Chicago for Big Ten media days

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:56
Each team can bring three players, and Gophers coach Jerry Kill is taking quarterback Mitch Leidner, cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun and defensive end Theiren Cockran.
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Twins pitchers get ahead in count but struggle to close deal

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:46
It happened during both games of the series with the Pirates. A Twins pitcher would get two strikes on a hitter but fail to put him away.
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Scott McCarron knows winning early is key on the Champions Tour

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:57
Players aged 50 or 51 top leaderboard consistently.
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Vikings notes: Patterson 'impressive,' according to Zimmer

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:48
Third-year receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has mostly worked with the second team during training camp but has impressed coach Mike Zimmer.
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Vikings nose tackle Joseph puts 2014 in the past

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:42
In his first year as a Viking, the nose tackle face adversity — including being shot in his leg.
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RandBall: A Lambeau Leap by Vikings infidels at Packers shareholder meeting

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:18
Get to know the two Vikings fans who attended the Green Bay Packers shareholders meeting on Tuesday and sparked a stir on social media.
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3M Championship notebook: Blaine McCallister hasn't lost love of baseball

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:08
The five-time PGA Tour winner’s drive into golf started with baseball.
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Wolves, Andre Miller reach one-year deal

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:01
The 39-year-old will provide depth at the point guard position beyond Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones.
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