Wild goalie Harding, eager to prove himself, is injured

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:47
Goalie wanted to show he could be a No. 1 backstop.
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Nolasco's strong effort saved by Twins' ninth-inning rally

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:31
Glen Perkins’ blown save was erased when the Twins got to Joe Nathan.
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Chip Scoggins: Vikings should be ashamed of Peterson decision

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:24
One thought kept reverberating in my head and still does in wake of the Vikings' deplorable decision to reinstate Peterson immediately: The boy was 4 years old.
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Craig: Vikings players face pressure of the interview

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:14
Football isn’t the lone topic NFL players have to be knowledgeable about when dealing with media.
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Gophers' Leidner fights to get back on track

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 21:22
Mitch Leidner seeks to get on track, mentally and physically, in time for San Jose State.
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Wolves sign Glenn Robinson III, giving them 16 guaranteed contracts

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:17
Wolves sign second-round draft pick
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Arcia sitting out tonight with sore back

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:14
Outfielder said he could play, but Twins don't want to risk aggravating injury with just 12 games to play.
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Sources: Wild goaltender Josh Harding sidelined by ankle injury

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:42
The Wild goaltender is expected to miss at least the start of training camp
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2 local Nike stores pull Peterson jerseys; Dayton critical of team

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:43
The Vikings and the NFL are under fire over the reinstatement of the team’s star player.
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Gophers injury updates: Leidner, Edwards, Kirkwood, Gentry, Alex Mayes

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:09
Mitch Leidner, Berkley Edwards and Donnell Kirkwood were all banged up at TCU but are expected to practice Tuesday.
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Vikings keep fullback Line on their practice squad

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:07
In between a barrage of media tweets about sponsors distancing themselves from the Vikings and the NFL as if they were on fire, the Vikings tweeted an announcement of a minor roster move. The Vikings added fullback Zach Line to their practice squad today, a few days after they were forced to release him following the deactivation of troubled running back Adrian Peterson. When Peterson was declared out of the game, the Vikings cut Line and promoted Joe Banyard from the practice squad so they had three tailbacks available for the home opener against the Patriots. Banyard is still on the 53-man, so the Vikings gave the vacant spot on the practice squad to Line. Line played three games for the Vikings last season. He made the team out of camp despite the presence of starting fullback Jerome Felton because head coach Mike Zimmer said good fullbacks are hard to find. But the 24-year-old did not play in Week 1, in part because of a minor ankle injury.
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Twins' bullpen is predictably wearing down, melting down again

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:14
For the first four months of the 2014 season, the Twins bullpen was among the team’s bright spots. Even as the starting pitching faltered yet again — outside of Phil Hughes and every other Kyle Gibson start — the ‘pen was holding things together and keeping Minnesota at least somewhat competitive. The bullpen ERAs, by month this season: March/April: 3.42; May: 3.86; June: 2.96; July: 2.53. The MLB average for the season is 3.58; the Twins were better than that mark three of the first four months, and certainly better than that overall number through the end of July. But now we are seeing, yet again, the burden of an overtaxed bullpen. Early in the season, arms have an easier time compensating for the short starts (and therefore long bullpen nights) created by an underwhelming starting staff. But now? The Twins’ bullpen ERA soared to 5.09 in August and has ballooned to 5.70 so far in September. Being overworked doesn’t explain all of it, since September callups can also contribute to a swollen ERA, but watching Casey Fien give up back-to-back homers in the ninth last night in his 71st game of the season (tied for third-most among pitchers in the majors) was another piece of anecdotal evidence that these lads are tired. The same thing happened last year, with very good bullpen numbers through August before the ‘pen ERA bloated to 4.96 in September. This year, Minnesota’s bullpen is tied for the second-most innings pitched in MLB. Last year, the Twins led the majors in that category, with the next-closest team a full 24 innings behind them. It’s yet another reason the Twins need to figure out this rotation. Not only has another disappointing year from starting pitchers wasted an unexpectedly good offensive showing, it is helping to turn another positive year from the bullpen into a negative finish.
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Wolves will open camp with midnight madness in Mankato

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:08
Wolves borrow a college-basketball tradition to open camp with their new-look team
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