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Coalition gathering strength to oppose Redskins at Gophers' stadium

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:37
American Indian leaders say they are ramping up effort to keep the offensive slur off the University campus for the Nov. 2 game
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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly wants to play for the Cowboys someday

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:44
Per ESPN.com: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a June telephone call he would like to play for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure with the Vikings, according to an “Outside the Lines” report. “Well, I understand, Adrian,” Jones told Peterson during the call. “I’d like that, too … Well, I love your story. I love your daddy’s story. I’ve always respected what you’ve been about. I’ve always been a fan of yours.” The telephone call is recounted as part of an expansive “Outside the Lines”/ESPN the Magazine profile of Jones by ESPN senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. that was published Thursday. What’s interesting, of course, is that in the actual longer profile the version is a little different. Peterson never explicitly says he wants to play for the Cowboys — or at least we don’t get to hear that part of the conversation. Then a man taps Jones on the shoulder, says Adrian Peterson wants to say hello and hands over an iPhone. Jones says hi to the Minnesota Vikings’ star running back and listens, nodding but not smiling. “Well, I understand, Adrian,” he says into the phone. The slanted smile returns. “I’d like that, too. … Well, I love your story. I love your daddy’s story. I’ve always respected what you’ve been about. I’ve always been a fan of yours.” Listening to half the conversation, it is obvious Peterson is telling Jones he wants to play for the Cowboys. Peterson, 29, is in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract that will pay him $11.75 million this autumn to play for the Vikings. “Well, we’ll see what we can do, if we can make that happen,” Jones is now saying. “Hmm-hmm. … I’d like that, too.” We look forward to seeing how the Vikings try to handle this, but we do not look forward to the endless hand-wringing of Vikings fans. Then again, Peterson is 29 years old, and some have suggested this could be his final year in Minnesota because of the way his contract is structured.  Peterson, of course, is a Texas native and has said in previous interviews he was a big Cowboys fan growing up.
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Gymnastics coach out at U of M after investigations

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:41
University calls Meg Stephenson’s resignation as women’s team coach “mutually agreed-upon.”
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Minnesota Wild's Traverse City prospects tournament roster

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:25
The Wild announced its roster for the upcoming Traverse City prospects tournament
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Milkweed

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:38
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Monarch season arrives in Minnesota

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:38
Sightings of Minnesota’s state butterfly are peaking — as is the time to gather milkweed seeds for fall planting.
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Thursday (A defining season of Gophers football) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:05
The Gophers football team won eight games last season, including four consecutive Big Ten contests for the first time in 40 years. The offense was ragged at times, but the defense made huge strides. In the hard to quantify “eye test,” the Gophers looked the part of a Big Ten team for the first time in a while. They were fundamentally sound and rarely made those crushing mistakes that cause fans (and coaches) to rant and rave. It made them enticing to watch, if not always exciting to watch. As such, Minnesota enters a season with honest momentum for the first time in many years. A lot of established players are back — most notably in the secondary and on the offensive line, two positions that have become even more critical on a football field in recent years — and there are legitimate reasons to think that the team can take another step beyond last year’s progress. Then again, there are legitimate reasons to think this season could take, at least in terms of achievement, a step back. The schedule is brutal. The passing game is still unproven. And even though the team’s depth looks to be improved, it’s hard to know for sure until the games begin. As such, this season — which begins tonight with a home game against Eastern Illinois — could become a “defining” season in the tenure of Jerry Kill. If last year was the one that brought the program back to respectability, this one has the chance to either sustain, stifle or perhaps even exceed that. Ultimately, even with a tough schedule, the year will be defined in a lot of ways by wins and losses. Anything less than seven wins is a step back. Seven or eight wins is a solid holding pattern against this slate. Anything better than that means we can start really getting excited about this program in 2014 and beyond. Our money is on the solid holding pattern. But decades of Gophers history have told us to expect worse … while a few years of Kill have made us think we could expect even better.
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Replay: Wild's Yeo talks with Russo at the State Fair

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:53
Wild coach Mike Yeo talks with Star Tribune Wild beat writer Michael Russo on Wednesday at the Minnesota State Fair.
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Scoggins: As football begins, a time to honor and remember at Minneapolis South

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:32
For Minneapolis South, the football opener helped with the healing following the death of Sha-kym Adams.
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Strong eighth inning lifts Kansas City over Twins

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:42
The Royals sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run eighth inning that spoiled a good outing by Phil Hughes.
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Lynx-Mercury series offers intriguing matchups

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:30
The one-on-one battles between the Lynx and Mercury will tell a lot.
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Former Augsburg coach Nelson dies at 100

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:18
Edor Nelson was honored just last week by his school.
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