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Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will hold off filing lawsuit and continue discussions

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:36
The former Vikings punter had threatened to file suit Wednesday
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Winona State player's death apparently linked to an enlarged heart

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:28
Shawn Afryl’s former high school coach says the ex-Illinois recruit had an enlarged heard that had gone undetected.
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To boost deer herd, hunters face conservative deer season

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:20
As Minnesota deer hunters expected, the DNR announced Wednesday a conservative deer hunting season for next fall in an attempt to boost the whitetail herd. That means the taking of bucks will be restricted in large parts of the state.
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Wednesday (Itching for a look at May, Meyer) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:01
This is a make-or-break home stand for the Twins. The players have said it. Management has said it. Logically, everyone knows it. Though the odds were stacked against Minnesota at the All-Star break, they came out of it with a 44-50 record, 6.5 games back in the Wild Card race. A big home stand — say, 8-2 — would have squared their record at .500 and gave at least the glimmer of meaningful games in August. But their starting pitching, as it has done every year starting in 2011, failed them. First it was the regulars (Kyle Gibson, Phil Hughes and Kevin Correia) blowing up in a three-game sweep against the Rays. And now it sure looks as though, through a combination of injuries and their own ineffectiveness, five of the final seven games of the home stand will be started by Yohan Pino (twice, assuming he pitches the finale Sunday after throwing Tuesday), Anthony Swarzak (filling in today for Kyle Gibson), Kris Johnson (Monday) and Logan Darnell (Saturday). Pino is 30 years old. Johnson will turn 30 in October. Swarzak will be 29 in September and has a 5.79 ERA in 28 career starts for the Twins. Pino and Johnson were very good at Class AAA Rochester this year, but we really have to wonder if there is much of a realistic chance that either of them is in the long-term plans with the major league club. Swarzak has been a decent long reliever, but we’ve seen what he can do as a starter and it isn’t pretty. Darnell is 25 and was also pitching decently at Rochester, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and see what he can do. But those other guys … we certainly wish them well, but they’re not exactly the types to breed confidence for the present or the future. This home stand, given the desperate circumstances, could have been the perfect time to give Alex Meyer, Trevor May, or both of them, a chance on the hill. Meyer is the flamethrowing 24-year-old with 107 Ks in 95.1 innings at Rochester. His last four starts: 24 IP, 5 ER, 24 strikeouts. May had a calf strain that kept him out for a few weeks, but he returned to Rochester and pitched three innings Saturday. Maybe this coming weekend wouldn’t be the perfect time for a debut, but theoretically he could still work 5 innings. He’ll be 25 in September, too, so the clock is ticking. Instead, it sounds like we’ll be seeing more of the same. The Twins are 1-1 so far in the games started by the fill-in quartet and 1-4 overall on this home stand. It will be up to Swarzak, Darnell and Pino to try to keep a make-or-break home stand that’s already broken from turning into a complete downward spiral. And it will be up to Twins fans to decide just how far their patience can stretch.
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Bulls reportedly offering Gibson, McDermott, Mirotic for Love

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00
Chris Sheridan was on top of the LeBron James-to-Cleveland story, reporting that it was going to happen before LeBron broke it open with an essay on SI.com. He already had credibility before that, but he gained more that day — enough that we need to take his report of a Bulls offer to the Wolves quite seriously. Per Sheridan, Chicago is offering a package of Doug McDermott, Nikola Mrotic and Taj Gibson in a potential Kevin Love deal. Sheridan writes: Such a deal is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch — it cannot be completed for another 29 days after McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days after they sign. And that could be good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who still have not signed Andrew Wiggins and may not do so until the end of this week. That will give them time to present Minnesota with an offer that can be acted upon immediately. We still like the Cavs deal better because it offers, in our mind, the biggest chance for a home run player (Andrew Wiggins), but this is a much better fall back plan than anything else we’ve heard, and ans Sheridan notes if it can speed up a Cavs deal, all the better. Also, it should be noted that if the Cleveland and Chicago deals being reported are true, it makes Golden State’s reported unwillingness to include Klay Thompson in a deal that much more absurd. Thanks for playing, Golden State.
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Pitcher Swarzak ready for first season start

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:22
Manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects the right-hander to need few adjustments despite the quick turnaround.
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Gophers basketball summer series: Coaches have three goals for DeAndre Mathieu this summer

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:07
The point guard is bulking up, shooting more and working on controlling his emotions on the court.
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Cavs take next steps toward completing Love deal

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:35
Cleveland made a trade to clear cap space and is close to signing Andrew Wiggins to a contract.
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Minneapolis' bill for All-Star Game is being tallied

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:32
Final figure from fan event and game is expected to rise.
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Cleveland's Santana hits, but Twins don't in loss

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:27
Near-cycle leads Indians to rout, while the home team continued to strand baserunners.
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Souhan: The chance was there to lead, but Dungy fumbled it away

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:39
Former coach’s comments on Michael Sam send bad message.
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Andre Hollins has a spring in his step at last

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:27
Gophers guard Andre Hollins played much of last season on a severely sprained ankle. Now, his explosiveness has returned.
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Anderson: Night fishing is back on Lake Mille Lacs

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:07
Low stress levels on walleyes in June prompted a change to boats being out past 10 p.m.
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Trophy tales: A dandy walleye

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:30
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Brunson to start for Lynx tonight

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:57
Rebekkah Brunson will get her first start of the season tonight against Atlanta at Target Center. Seimone Augustus warmed up with the Lynx, but signs still point towards Friday’s game against San Antonio for Augustus to return.
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NIT Season Tip-off still in flux; other offseason notes from Richard Pitino

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:10
The head coach stopped short of committing fully to the NIT Season Tip-off.
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