Wild drops another home game, 2-0 to Winnipeg

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:19
The Wild was shut out for the first time since Nov. 26 and lose by more than a goal for the first time since Jan. 19.
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Gophers' All-America sophomore Zahui making a beeline for WNBA

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:35
Gophers’ All-America aims to be just the second women’s star drafted early.
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Rubio will concentrate first on getting healthy

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 20:03
The point guard will focus on coming back physically sound for next season.
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Way-too-early 1st game 1st impressions

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 18:29
Game 1 of 162
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Postgame: Hughes was good, except for the HRs

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 18:23
Two cutters that crossed the middle of the plate spoiled Twins' ace's first Opening Day start
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Star Tribune sports copy editor live tweets his awful travel journey to Final Four

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 16:34
Star Tribune sports copy editor Ken Chia, a noted #badgers fan, is spent about 24 hours total in an effort to get from California to Indianapolis in time for tonight’s national title game. He live-tweeted the experience, which has included so many modes of transportation it’s hard to count. You should follow him; for now, here’s a sample of some of his best tweets: Step 1 of my 20-hour trek from Hemet CA to Indy. RTA bus #27. There is someone lying down in front of me. #trektoindy pic.twitter.com/D9fTHvccFV — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 5, 2015 Second leg of #trektoindy, RTA Bus No. 1. Either 12 minutes late or 18 minutes early. Guessing it's the former. pic.twitter.com/xIwYKc3uJO — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 6, 2015 I feel like the orange slice is dominating the glass a little too much. #trektoindy pic.twitter.com/Yuy3YYEy96 — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 6, 2015 Guy two seats over from me on the plane just finished watching "Birdman" for the first time. He's very enthusiastic about it! #trektoindy — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 6, 2015 Looks like someone was bummed about the loss. #trektoindy pic.twitter.com/pl7tXVR775 — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 6, 2015 Just woke up from a nap, trying to figure out if the time showing on my phone is Central or Eastern. Either way, I'm in Indiana. #trektoindy — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 6, 2015 Here! #trektoindy pic.twitter.com/NsgsSiofKA — Ken Chia (@kcchia80) April 6, 2015
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Carter among improved WR options for Gophers

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:17
Eric Carter caught just one pass as a redshirt freshman, but he's among the most improved players this spring for the Gophers.
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Pitino: Wisconsin "absolutely" looked like a national championship contender all year

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:33
The Gophers coach said he saw Wisconsin in the conversation with Kentucky as the teams to beat. But the Badgers have another big challenge tonight.
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Rubio: Getting healthy is No. 1 summer goal

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:59
Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio said he learned a lot this season despite being limited to 22 games.
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Revised Wild clinching scenarios as Mikko Koivu returns to Minnesota lineup

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:52
The NHL has clarified this morning that if the Wild win in regulation OR overtime tonight against the Winnipeg Jets (not just regulation), it will clinch a playoff spot.
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How aggressive was Mike Zimmer in 2014?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:57
The eyeball test of Mike Zimmer’s first season with the Vikings suggested that the neophyte head coach was a little bit on the conservative side. As it turns out, the numbers support that. Our friends at Football Outsiders have released their annual “Aggressiveness Index” to rank how aggressive coaches were in certain game-management situations. Zimmer ranked 20th out of 32. How is it calculated? It looks at how likely coaches were to go for it in fourth-down situations, excluding “obvious catch-up situations” like trailing late when teams have no choice but to go for it. According to their charting, Zimmer went for it on seven in the team’s 102 applicable situations. More specifically, he went for it on 4-and-1 in four of 13 situations and 4th-and-2 in two of nine. The gutsiest fourth-down call Zimmer green-lighted was a tricky fake punt play against the Bears in Week 11. On that play, safety Andrew Sendejo caught a direct snap and ran around left end for 48 yards and a first down. That successful fake set up a Teddy Bridgewater touchdown pass. The Aggressiveness Index also looked at situations when a drive stalled somewhere between an opponent’s 31- and 37-yard lines. In eight such situations last season, Zimmer didn’t go for it once. Zimmer was the least aggressive coach in the NFC North in 2014, according to Football Outsiders. Marc Trestman, formerly of the Bears, trailed only Saints coach Sean Payton in the aggressiveness rankings. Jim Caldwell of the Lions was third. And Mike McCarthy of the Packers ranked 10th. Perhaps the fact that Zimmer had a young team, including a young quarterback, led to him being a little cautious on fourth down. We will see if Zimmer gambles more this upcoming season.
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