Coaches let players run practice, setting up offseason

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:25
Coach Jerry Kill and his staff wanted to see how the captains' practices would look and came away impressed.
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Are the Twins really this bad?

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:27
Is the first week of games an indication of how bad the Twins are going to be in 2015?
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Twins relievers turn close game into rout

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:04
Trevor May made an acceptable start, but those following him got lit up.
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Seven games in, Twins offering little hope

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 22:13
Yes, it’s early. But it’s already clear that this team’s troubles run deep.
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Finding funding for proposed soccer stadium is complex

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:59
There are daunting obstacles to using ballpark tax, but other avenues are possible.
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Wolves go down to New Orleans 100-88

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:55
The Wolves entered Monday’s game at Target Center tied with the New York Knicks for the worst record in the league. Simply, playing the spoiler could spoil things.
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Wild plans on using speed to counter Blues' physical style

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:51
Becoming fast-moving targets is how the Wild plans to counter Blues
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Twins not playing Molitor baseball

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:40
The new manager isn’t seeing the same defense, pitching and hitting he saw in spring training.
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Wild's Parise, Suter bound by shared highs and lows

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:32
Arriving in 2012 with elation, they helped each other this season in grief.
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Spieth-McIlroy rivalry blooms

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:16
Future duels and, perhaps, motivation could shape golf history for a decade.
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Reading the tea leaves when it comes to Kevin Garnett

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 19:11
Kevin Garnett won't play tonight, and probably won't play in Wednesday's Wolves season finale. And that could be a good sign for Garnett fans, Wolves coach Flip Saunders said.
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Twins fall flat in forgettable home opener loss to Kansas City

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:44
Kansas City outlasted Twins starter Trevor May, then feasted on a tattered Twins bullpen to roll to a 12-3 victory at a sold-out Target Field.
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Tyus Jones at Target Field one week after winning NCAA title with Duke

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:44
Duke freshman guard Tyus Jones has been everywhere over the last week.
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Gophers ranked 12th in final college hockey poll; former standout Todd Richards to coach U.S. men's national team

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:38
Former preseason No. 1 Gophers close out the season ranked No. 12 in the USCHO poll.
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Minnesota at Iowa will be a night game, Nov. 14

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:34
Big Ten Network announced that it will televise the Gophers and Hawkeyes in primetime on Nov. 14.
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Twins, Royals, Joe West all at Target Field today

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:53
It's a little chilly. There's a little breeze. But it's Opening Day, and that means it's glorious outside. Target Field is on its A-game as the Twins try to find theirs against the 6-0 Kansas City Royals.
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A reminder that not everyone knows or cares about sports

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:11
I ride the light rail to work most days now. Aside from the big-city feel and camaraderie of riding the train (inside joke for Clarence Swamptown), it’s economical, easy and relaxing. While it might occasionally lead to dangerous happy hour decisions since I don’t have to drive, those are the breaks for everyone. This is not a commercial for Metro Transit. Rather, it’s the start of a story about riding the train into work Thursday morning last week. I take the Blue Line, which twists right around the new Vikings stadium and offers striking glimpses of the progress being made on that new facility. On this particular Thursday, “Frozen” on ice was happening at Target Center, and the train had a lot of little kids riding with their parents for a morning production. (Side note: Why are animated movies generally the ones that get the “on ice” treatment? I’d pay good money to see “The Big Lebowski On Ice” or “Back to the Future On Ice,” for example). But anyway: lots of kids on the train, including two very adorable little girls riding with their mom a couple seats away from me. I’d guess they were maybe 4 and 6 years old. We got to the part of the ride where the Vikings stadium came into view, and all three of them marveled at the sheer size of it. “What is that?” one of the girls asked her mom. “I don’t know,” she replied. A fellow passenger piped in, “That’s the new stadium where the Vikings are going to play,” adding that it will cost $1 billion to build. They marveled again, and the mom said, “Well, they’d better do well because that looks pretty nice.” “They probably won’t,” another rider said. I remain struck by this conversation days later for a couple of reasons: 1) This building I’ve seen basically every weekday for a year, which I’ve toured and taken for granted, is not central to everyone’s life (even if it is the “People’s Stadium”). Some people who live here don’t even know it exists. 2) The idea that a team has a responsibility to perform well in a publicly funded palace shouldn’t be novel, but it still gave us an insight into how some people think of this new stadium. Those of us who cover Xs and Os tend to focus on the Vikings relative to the rest of the NFL, but to some they’re a part of the community that needs to represent Minnesota. If we’re going to do nice things for them, they owe us at least that. 3) The zinger at the end by the pessimistic fan. Classic Minnesota. Even when talking to two girls who clearly have zero perspective on the heartbreak of the past, the fan is passing along the history. You can’t help but shake your head and laugh at the warped, broken and annually rebuilt fan base. In 2016 the stadium will open. And maybe next year, everything will finally come together for the Vikings.
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