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Clayton Stoner reportedly signs four-year deal with Anaheim

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:40
Defenseman Clayton Stoner has reportedly reached a four-year deal worth $13 million from the Anaheim Ducks. As of now, the Ducks haven't confirmed the signing.
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Former Minnesota point guard Al Nolen -- occasionally working out with the team -- sees a little of himself in DeAndre Mathieu

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:40
Nolen loved watching Mathieu root the Gophers lineup a year ago. Now he's enjoying watching the young point guard grow behind the scenes.
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Vanek, Iginla being targeted by Wild; Wild won't make offer to Niskanen

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:21
Vanek, Iginla being targeted by Wild; Wild won't make offer for Niskanen
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Tuesday (A trip report from the 1930 U.S. World Cup team) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:20
The United States faces Belgium at 3 p.m. in the World Cup round of 16. You probably knew that. A slightly more interesting fact that you might have known but quite possibly didn’t know: the U.S. has only defeated Belgium once in World Cup play — a 3-0 victory in 1930, the very first World Cup. And here’s something you almost certainly didn’t know: the goalkeeper on that team was James E. Douglas, a 1953 U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame inductee. And as luck would have it, Douglas’ great grandson, Jim Douglas, was named after him — and also lives in the Twin Cities, working in downtown Minneapolis. Jim Douglas reached out to us yesterday with that fantastic picture you see above of the 1930 Cup team (the players aren’t labeled, but we imagine his great-grandfather, the keeper, is in black); he also sent along a document detailing the matches and insights from the 1930 Cup from the perspective of the U.S. squad . We’ve downloaded it into a handy file for all of you to read as a nice bit of lead-up to the match this afternoon. A sample: “Saturday, the 26th, was the day of our semi-final with the robust, well-trained Argentinian team.” Please do enjoy! Trip report from the 1930 World Cup
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It's official: Wolves hire Ryan Saunders as assistant coach

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:44
Flip Saunders' son arrives from Washington, will bring statistical analytics background with him
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Postgame: The losses look alike

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:56
Twins fall behind early, waste scoring chances; Lack of walks muffles offense; Gardy has a Derby darkhorse
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U.S. feels World Cup fever building at home

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:10
Americans face Belgium, knowing interest in squad is at an all-time high.
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Gophers land a big quarterback target in Croft

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:07
Demry Croft, from Rockford (Ill.) Boylan Catholic, gave a verbal commitment Monday night after impressing the Gophers at a recent camp.
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Royals beat Twins in series opener

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:28
The Twins’ fifth starter fell in between his fine debut and awful follow-up.
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With Big Ten, bigger might not necessarily mean better

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:17
The days of the Big Ten conference being contained to the plains — and actually having 10 teams —are long gone. The east coast arrives today.
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Scoggins: Another golden moment for Pavelich

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:51
Mark Pavelich sold his 1980 “Miracle on Ice” gold medal to benefit his adult daughter.
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Gophers' top recruit Jones still academically ineligible

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:28
The Gophers are still hoping James Jones can raise his GPA through summer school.
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Goal scorers Vanek, Iginla are atop Wild's list in free agency

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:04
Either veteran scorer is an option in free agency.
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First pieces of giant crawler crane arrive at Vikings stadium site

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:42
A 400-foot crane will help get Vikings stadium plans off the ground.
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Former Twins pitcher Bobby Castillo dies at age 59

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:35
The righthander was with the Twins from 1982 to 1984, compiling a 23-24 record with a 3.98 ERA.
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TFD: Timberwolves among least-efficient NBA spenders last year

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:09
ESPN.com took a look at all 30 NBA teams in 2013-14 to determine which were the most efficient spenders. The Timberwolves finished 21st out of 30, at least when ranked by marginal dollars per marginal victory. What does that mean? Per the article: I’ve used team salary figures compiled by ShamSports.com, which are updated through the end of the season but aren’t final until the close of the fiscal year. The key measurement is marginal dollars per marginal wins (MDMW), or how much it costs a team to win a game. Seems straightforward enough. Also, per the article, the teams were divided into eight “buckets” to sort out the efficiency of spending: The buckets are listed in order from most desirable (playoff teams below the salary cap) to least desirable (teams over the tax apron that managed to miss the postseason). The Wolves were in bucket 6 of 8 along with seven other teams — the dreaded “above the salary cap, below the tax threshold, but missed the playoffs” category. It is written of this category and these teams: You really don’t want to be in this class. You’ve exceeded the cap, suggesting you want to win, but you didn’t win, suggesting you don’t know how. There are a number of possible foundation players in this group on rookie scale contracts: Ricky Rubio, Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving. Their teams haven’t yet capitalized on the flexibility created by having players that productive for that little money. 
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Xcel Energy Center, Wild will unveil new center-ice video board Sept. 27

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:08
The new board six times larger than the original one and stretches from blue line to blue line
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