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Figuring out the Twins (as fans and as the manager)

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 09:43
Three weeks into the season, the Twins are more interesting that you might have expected.
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Second-round preview: Wild vs. Chicago

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:46
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Blues brace for changes after third consecutive first-round exit

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:45
Their third first-round exit in a row is likely to bring about a few changes.
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It's a whole new world as Wild, Blackhawks meet again

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:24
This Wild-Blackhawks series will be a tight one, especially with Devan Dubnyk in goal.
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Call to raise glasses set the tone for the day

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:14
Zach Parise's two goals and Mike Yeo's pregame challenge were cause for celebration throughout the day.
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Wild knocks off division champ for second straight year, wins series at home for first time

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:14
The Wild beat the St. Louis Blues in six games to advance to play the Blackhawks in the playoffs for a third consecutive season
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Former Gophers running back rolls with NFL draft punches

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:50
Many draft analysts say David Cobb is an underrated prospect.
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Ex-Gophers star set to catch NFL dream, maybe as first-rounder

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:49
Tight end Maxx Williams is set for the NFL, first round or not.
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When Wild struggled, owner never considered firing Yeo

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 20:59
Craig Leipold believed illnesses and goaltending were the issues, not the coach, and he was right.
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Mauer's triple in 11th inning lifts Twins over Seattle

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:48
Mauer had three hits and drove in three, supporting a solid late-game effort by the Twins’ bullpen.
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Back from suspension, Kurt Busch wins at Richmond

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:39
Stewart-Haas driver dominates Sprint Cup to end 35-race winless streak.
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History of the Vikings' pick: No. 137 overall

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 18:32
Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. The Vikings have the first pick in the fifth round, acquiring the 137th overall selection from the Bills via Tampa Bay in a trade that shipped quarterback Matt Cassel to Buffalo. There’s a good cornerback that was recently drafted at this spot, and there’s one quarterback Vikings fans will remember fairly well for all the wrong reasons Here’s the list of the last 10 players to go 137th overall: 2014: Dakota Dozier, OL, Jets 2013: Jesse Williams, DT, Seahawks 2012: Malik Jackson, DT, Broncos 2011: Buster Skrine, DB, Browns 2010: Perrish Cox, DB, Broncos 2009: Jason Phillips, LB, Ravens 2008: John David Booty, QB, Vikings 2007: Le’Ron McClain, RB, Ravens 2006: Terna Nande, LB, Titans 2005: Ronald Fields, DT, 49ers The good… Skrine just inked a five-year deal with the Jets this offseason. He was a solid cornerback that lined up on the opposite side of Joe Hayden during his tenure with the Browns. See, Vikings fans, you can a good No. 2 cornerback in Day 3 of the draft. The bad… And you can also find a bad linebacker. Nande never panned out for the Titans. He was cut after a season and only made one appearance in the NFL. The ugly… And, of course, there’s Booty. He famously said he wanted to play for the Vikings before the draft. He was eventually cut after a season because some guy named Brett Favre joined the team. Something about a news chopper and a private jet, I think? Having the Vikings ever picked 137th? Outside of Booty, the Vikings haven’t had another selection with the 137th pick. It’s probably safe to say they won’t use a quarterback with the pick this year, regardless of how badly the prospect wants to be a Viking. Best 137th pick in NFL history? Historically, there isn’t a high bar. The Steelers drafted linebacker Clark Haggans in 2000, and he went on to have a decent career. He made 104 starts in his 13-year career. Haggans finished with 355 tackles and 46.5 career sacks.
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Wild postgame: Devan Dubnyk makes a believer out of all of us

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 17:45
Three days ago, I wrote about some slippage in goalie Devan Dubnyk’s play — a small decrease in both save percentage and overall sharpness that preceded even the Game 4 meltdown but was certainly prominent in that game.I suggested the Wild would need MVP-level Dubnyk to return if it was going to prevail in the series. Whether that was ultimately true or not, the need to revisit his play is only fair because this much is not in dispute: Dubnyk was dynamite in Games 5 and 6, certainly returning to maximum sharpness at a time Minnesota needed him most.The Wild outscored the Blues 8-2 in the two final games, so it is arguable whether even a merely good Dubnyk would have been enough. It was a full team effort (just as the Game 4 loss was). But It feels to me like he was their most important player, at least, particularly in Game 5. And the difference between Dubnyk and Blues goalie Jake Allen was striking. There is no doubt of this now: Dubnyk is a goalie the Wild can count on going forward. That doesn’t guarantee a Stanley Cup or even another series win this year, but if the last remaining questions were about his playoff moxie and ability to rebound mentally, Dubnyk has aced those tests.It’s one of those rare midseason trades that just fits perfectly for both the player and the team, and the story continues.
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History of the Vikings' pick: No. 110 overall

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 14:27
Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. We continue this series by taking a look at the Vikings’ 110th overall selection in this year’s draft. There’s one name that stands out among the rest, but he’s a running back that’s no longer in the league. Outside of that, there hasn’t been too much talent produced from this pick Here’s the list of the last 10 players to go 110th overall: 2014: Maurice Alexander, DB, Rams 2013: Ryan Nassib, QB, Giants 2012: Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers 2011: David Arkin, OG, Cowboys 2010: Darrell Stuckey, DB, Chargers 2009: Victor Butler, LB, Cowboys 2008: Shawn Murphy, OT, Dolphins 2007: John Bowie, DB, Raiders 2006: Leon Williams, LB, Browns 2005: Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants The good… Jacobs retired last year, but he had a solid career with the Giants. He rushed for 5,094 yards and scored 64 total touchdowns in nine seasons. The Southern Illinois product was also a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants in 2007 and 2011. The bad… Arkin made just one appearance in three seasons with the Cowboys. He’s currently on the Colts. The ugly… There are a lot of whiffs listed, but Dolphins cut Murphy a year after he was drafted. He only appeared in one game in his short-lived career. The Dolphins traded up to get Murphy, who is the son of seven-time MLB All-Star Dale Murphy. Having the Vikings ever picked 110th? The Vikings have only made one selection with the 110th pick. They drafted linebacker Kivuusama Mays out of North Carolina in 1998. Mays played just seasons in the NFL. He made 27 appearances with the Vikings and finished the 1999 season with the Packers. Best 110th pick in NFL history? The Raiders selected defensive end Greg Townsend in 1983, and he went on to have a successful 13-year career. He tallied 109.5 career sacks, which is the 22nd most in NFL history.
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