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Little logic to Adrian Peterson's self-pitying whine

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:43
He has a point … but he is not the guy to be a martyr.
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Investors in MLS hope for growth

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:15
The payoff, if there is one, will come as talent pool and TV money improves.
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Dayton says new Vikings stadium will be ‘phenomenal’

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:08
The governor says the facility is on budget and should continue to attract major events.
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Twins tap NatureWorks technology to reduce Target Field waste

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 19:58
The team is switching to use compostable food containers at its ballpark.
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My Outdoor Life: Reality TV meets frontier living for Minnesotan in Alaska

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:47
Minnesotan takes on the frontier life; TV series follows along
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Lynx still working to get Asjha Jones healthy

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:12
Recently-acquired veteran could miss opening night
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Adrian Peterson rants on Twitter about his contract, says 'It's time for a change'

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:10
It was a quiet afternoon on Twitter, so Adrian Peterson, concerned about whether the Vikings will continue to honor his contract after the 2015 season, decided to rant about his contract and how players are at the mercy of NFL teams once they have received all of their guaranteed money. Here is the full string of tweets that Peterson fired off this afternoon: I love people who think they know it all! Smh, Research how many NFL teams hasn’t honored a player’s contract & learn something. — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one? — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 Ok great two sided! Well why when one party decides … Mr. ? we wan’t you to take a pay cut now or better yet flat out release you! — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 There’s never no talk about honoring a contract! — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 I know hundreds of player’s that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like like trash. — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s) — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 Feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply! — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me! — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 All I’m saying as a Minnesota Viking player! WE need the same power to do as all 32 teams do we they feel, under contract or not! — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015 It’s time for a change! Then again I’m grateful because at the end of the day, I know some of those same guys that wish a team held on! — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 28, 2015
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John and Nancy Lindahl give $17 million to the U

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:58
The two alumni designated $12 million of their gift toward the university's athletics village.
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Laster transferring from Minnesota to be closer to his Ohio home

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:34
Gophers linebacker De'Niro Laster said Thursday that he's transferring from Minnesota to be closer to his family in Ohio.
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More on Eduardo Escobar, fear of cats and belief in a smile

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 14:23
Eduardo's teammates brought him a cat in a buggy. He's bringing message of hope to Minneapolis kids.
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Red Sox broadcast shows bogus footage of Metrodome implosion

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 14:07
During the Twins-Red Sox broadcast on Boston’s NESN feed, footage of the Metrodome’s implosion was shown. That’s cool, except: 1) The Metrodome was never imploded in a big blast. It was, instead, taken down piece by piece. 2) The footage NESN showed was actually the Kingdome in 2000. 3) For some bizarre reason, on the video NESN showed, there was a roof digitally added the Kingdome, which was roofless at time of its implosion. Deadspin is all over the visuals, though we’ve added a frame grab (with our own text) from the NESN broadcast. This is bizarre. So bizarre. Guess you could say that running that footage when they did was the real … 7th inning … stretch.
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A few wings still on Minnesota's radar for 2016

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:32
The Gophers' future is stocked at that position but the coaching staff is still looking at several players, including Amir Coffey of Hopkins.
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You didn't think the Twins would do this well, either

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:11
We can still debate Twins issues. But their record and current place in the standings mean the discussions shouldn't be grumpy ones.
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Vikings rookie evaluations: DE Danielle Hunter

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:08
Part 1: Trae Waynes Part 2: Eric Kendricks Moving right along as we get a better understanding of this year’s Vikings draft class, we come across the most gifted Vikings rookie in terms of athleticism. Defensive end Danielle Hunter, the team’s third round pick, is by far the most intriguing selection. The 20-year-old is listed at 6-5 and 252 pounds with arms measured at 34 ¼ inches at the NFL Combine. You can read more about his story here. He’s an athlete, but can he develop those raw traits at defensive end, or linebacker, for the Vikings? Strengths: Whether it’s the start of a big game or the end of a blowout, Hunter for the most part displayed a really good motor. That’s always a good sign but even more so when you’re talking about a raw talent. It shows that he’ll give effort. Hunter’s pass rush, while it needs work, is clearly his biggest strength despite only having 1.5 sacks in 13 games last season. He’s strong and can gain good leverage on an offensive lineman with those long arms. He even mixed in a spin move last season that had some success. Hunter can rush standing up or with his hand in the draft at defensive end or defensive tackle on third downs. We saw a few times last year where Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer would slide defensive end Brian Robison to defensive tackle on third down passing situations and slide linebacker Anthony Barr at defensive end. Those long arms are also valuable in terms of Hunter’s tackle radius and, of course, batting balls down. His best game last season was against Alabama, which included two balls deflected at the line of scrimmage. Weaknesses: Stopping the run is the most important element to Zimmer’s defense, and Hunter will need to improve in that facet. Pro Football Focus said he was tied second among edge rushers in the draft with a .123 run stop percentage, but I think he can definitely improve after watching him for the first time. I think it mainly points to his youth and inexperience. Hunter’s only played football for five years, dating back to his junior year in high school. He lacks instincts, and it’ll be on the coaching staff and defensive line coach Andre Patterson to bring him along in that important element. He has to improve with his technique overall, but Hunter will need to use his hands better both in the pass and run. He should be able to release off the blocker and make a play here given how strong he is in this example, but Hunter gets sealed and a short yard run turned into an explosive play. Bottom Line: Hunter will need a lot of work, but he’s in a situation where the Vikings won’t be pressed to rely on him immediately. He’ll get a chance to learn from Robison and Everson Griffen, who was coaching Hunter up during OTAs on Wednesday, and continue to develop throughout his rookie season. There’s a lot of potential with Hunter though, and the possibility of playing linebacker down the road is very enticing in this defense. I think Hunter will be the determining factor on how this draft class will be viewed in four years. The Vikings’ previous two picks, Waynes and Kendricks, aren’t exactly the same raw projects as Hunter. You have a good idea of what you’re getting from Waynes and Kendricks. That’s not the case with Hunter, who brings more uncertainty than your typical rookie given the lack of experience. If the Vikings hit a home run with Hunter, this will be a pretty good draft class. If not, it’s going to be a pretty big whiff for a Day 2 prospect. That’s the risk you take with selecting raw, high-ceiling prospects.
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Wednesday: The NASL’s Worst Day Ever

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:05
Wednesday began with the NASL chairman being indicted for corruption. It ended with a historic day of losses for the league.
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One key to Twins' success: Leading early and often

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:45
If you’re still scratching your head trying to figure out how the Twins are 28-18 after a 1-6 start and four consecutive 92-loss seasons, here are a couple of charts that explain the “what,” if not the “why.” First off, the Twins through 46 games have done a great job jumping on teams early. It’s not sure your imagination: in 16 of 46 games this season, the Twins have had a lead after the first inning. That’s more than one-third of the games, a staggering number. By comparison, I looked at 2015 to date and four other seasons in Twins history — 2012 (a 96-loss season), 2010 and 2006 (a pair of division-winning seasons) and 1991 (the team’s last World Series title) — to see how they compare. Scoring early is definitely a dominant trait of the 2015 Twins so far: But the Twins haven’t just scored early — they’ve built onto or at least held onto those leads very well. To illustrate that, I charted the number of innings per game the Twins have had the lead this year and those other four seasons. The results again show how the 2015 Twins have had the lead a lot — even more than in their best seasons of the past 25 years: Interestingly enough, as good as the Twins have been at getting a first-inning lead, they’ve been even more prolific at scoring in the second and third innings. They have 25 runs this year in the first (meaning that a lot of those 16 early leads have been one-run leads), while they’ve scored 37 runs in the second and 41 in the third. Add it up and they’ve scored 103 runs in the first three innings — almost as many as the 105 total they’ve scored in innings 4-9. Playing with a lead breeds confidence and gives starting pitchers room to breathe. The results have added up to a great start to the 2015 season.
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Bridgewater excited about 'addition' of healthy tight end Kyle Rudolph

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:45
Teddy Bridgewater made it halfway through an answer about the new guy, Mike Wallace, before interrupting himself to offer praise to Kyle Rudolph. “I’ll tell you, what’s even a better addition is have Kyle Rudolph back healthy,” Bridgewater said. “He’s like a whole new player on the team.” To be fair, that is typical Teddy. He often steers the conversation toward other teammates, like when he randomly remarked after a game last season that Vlad Ducasse was one of the faces of the franchise. But Bridgewater’s point remains: The Vikings are pumped to add Rudolph back into the mix. They expected big things from Rudolph last season, and the lucrative contract extension they gave him during training camp was proof of that. But three games and 10 catches into the 2014 season, Rudolph needed to have sports hernia surgery. He missed seven games. And just when he was starting to look like himself again, Rudolph injured his ankle and knee. All in all, Rudolph played nine games, catching 24 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second straight season derailed by injuries. Rudolph is determined to play all 16 games this season, and earlier this offseason he talked about how excited he is to click with Bridgewater. “You see what my position is capable of in this offense,” Rudolph said. “I’ve proven that throughout the course of a 16-game season, when I’m out there every week, I’m one of the best players at my position.” If the Vikings didn’t feel the same, they wouldn’t be paying him big bucks. It is waaaaaay too early for media folks like me to draw conclusions. Today is the team’s third OTA of the offseason, and we have been allowed to watch one of them. But yesterday, when we were present, Bridgewater and Rudolph displayed some chemistry, with Bridgewater finding Rudolph in the middle when the defense was focused on Wallace or Charles Johnson. We will see if that continues — and if Rudolph can reach his goal of playing in 16 games. But one can see why Bridgewater is excited to have him back.
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