Two U employees sexually harassed by Norwood Teague come forward

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:27
High-ranking U women said Teague’s e-mail to U community prompted them to identify themselves.
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For NFL longshots, it pays not to be a dumbbell

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:01
When trying to make an NFL team as a longshot, it really helps to not be a dumbbell. Former CFL standout Brian Peters and undrafted rookie fullback Blake Renaud are two longshots who probably won’t make the Vikings’ final roster. But they did quietly help their causes with intelligent decisions on one particularly big play in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game win over the Steelers. Both of them alertly avoided what easily could have been illegal blocks in the back on Stefon Diggs’ 62-yard punt return. Peters’ adjustment near the point where Diggs fielded the punt was particularly impressive. “It was great,” special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said. “Even the official came over to the head coach [Mike Zimmer] and said, ‘Hey, you guys did a great job on that one not blocking in the back.’ We call it a ‘save-it’ technique. They save themselves. They stay in front of their man, but they didn’t block him in the back. It was well played.” Priefer said he’s been “harping” on the players since May on how to avoid illegal blocks in the back. “We had a couple called last year that really cost us field position,” he said. “I’ve been pounding it into their heads since May. We showed those plays from a year ago. We’ve been emphasizing it more than I have at any other time in my career. And we’re going to keep emphasizing it because Michael Mauti blocked a guy in the back the other night. He’s never done that before, so obviously we’re not there yet.” Peters described what happened on the play. “Actually, I was held up at the line of scrimmage by the long snapper,” he said. “So I was late coming down. I was busting my tail to get down there. I got around to my leverage. “I was on his back shoulder but I would have had time to get him. But Diggs ended up cutting inside of me. We were supposed to set up for him to go outside. That’s when I made the split-second decision to block with my hips and put my hands up. And he made him miss. It probably didn’t matter if I was there or not.” Asked where intelligence ranks on the list of importance for an NFL longshot, Peters said, “Intelligence and scrappy work ethic kind of keeps you around.”
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Twins, Santana can't hold lead, drop series finale to Texas

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 15:27
The Twins took a 4-0 lead in the second inning before the Rangers rallied against Ervin Santana and scored the game-winner off Casey Fien.
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Safety depth is one area of concern for Gophers defense

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:49
Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys knows safety is one position where the team can ill-afford an injury.
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Mille Lacs walleye working group adjourns suddenly; special session unlikely

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:30
Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, abruptly adjourned the working group for designing a plan to help tourism businesses in the Mille Lacs region hurt by the recent state-ordered end to walleye fishing season
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Wolves add veteran forward Tayshaun Prince

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:29
The 6-9 veteran has agreed to a one-year deal that will reunite him with Flip Saunders, who was his coach for three seasons in Detroit.
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Older, wiser? Twins players, coaches talk to their young selves

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:32
During spring training, we showed Twins players and coaches their rookie cards and asked what they'd say to the kid on the card. Some of their answers might surprise (and inspire) you.
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Frustrated Zimmer makes Vikings run a lap during 'terrible' morning practice

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:24
Twenty-five minutes into the final practice of training camp, coach Mike Zimmer had seen enough. The focus and energy weren’t there from his players after the 9 a.m. start, so Zimmer told the entire team to take a lap around the far field-goal post and come back. “Everyone,” he barked. Outside linebacker Chad Greenway later said that a coach hadn’t asked him to do something like that since high school, but he certainly understood. The rest of the practice was not much better, so Zimmer ended it 15 minutes early and gave his players an earful before they all trickled inside. Zimmer, meanwhile, headed to the podium to vent about the poor practice. “That was a terrible practice,” he said. “Not up to my standards. And they’ve better get better quickly or there is going to be a lot of heck doing on.” What didn’t Zimmer like? “Everything.” Does he often ask players to run like that? “When I need to.” What does he think of this training camp overall? “Today’s not a good day to ask.” What exactly did he say to his players in the huddle? “I probably can’t repeat it.” Was this typical stuff for the last day of camp? “That’s not what good teams do. Good teams focus on the task at hand. They don’t focus on what’s happened the last 13 days. They worry about today and worry about getting better.” Will he lean on his veterans in a situation like this? “I lean on my size 10s.” Might a team meeting be in Zimmer’s plans? “We had a team meeting right out there on the field. That’s kind of what they did all day today. They had a team meeting.” After a tense two minutes and 50 seconds, Zimmer stomped off the podium and inside, having made it clear that “my team’s not going to do this.” The Vikings have a walkthrough scheduled for 3 p.m. before players will board the team buses or point their own vehicles north for the Twin Cities. We’ll see if Zimmer’s message was received and the players are sharper.
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Hughes will go on disabled list; May back to rotation

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:32
As Twins try to complete sweep of Texas, they summon Tyler Duffey from Triple-A to start Saturday against Cleveland
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Watch Miguel Sano's monster home runs

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:33
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You don't measure Spieth in yards

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 22:30
The young star can be outdriven, but he won’t be outworked.
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Sano's monster home runs ignite Twins rout

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 22:12
Miguel Sano had six RBI and Aaron Hicks four hits against the Rangers.
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Critics question wisdom of a Minnesota walleye and other bailouts

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 21:24
Help for turkey farmers and walleye resorts stirs debate.
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A purple blur keeps Vikings camp rolling along

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 21:11
Equipment assistant Terrell Barnes plays key role for Vikings.
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