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Craig: Seahawks defense bids to be the best

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 22:23
Fans of the ’76 Steelers or ’85 Bears might disagree, but the stingy Seahawks defense is on the verge of a best-ever season.
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Martin scores 21 in return, Wolves top Boston for home win

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 21:48
Kevin Martin’s return to the lineup helped end the Timberwolves’ 10-game home losing streak.
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Revis? Sherman? Who's the fairest cornerback of all?

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 21:37
Brandon Browner isn’t saying, but he’s played with — and been impressed by — Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.
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U women's basketball team rallies for home victory over Penn State

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 21:23
Down by a dozen, the Gophers clawed back for a 75-64 victory Wednesday to snap a two-game skid.
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Goals for Coyle, Niederreiter are sights for sore eyes

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 20:56
Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter, relegated to fourth-line duty, lit the lamp in the same game.
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Sloppy Gophers drop another close game, 63-58 at Penn State

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 20:48
The Gophers could never sustain any momentum Wednesday night, even after taking a rare lead, and fell to 2-7 in Big Ten play.
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Hartman: Former Viking Williams finally gets to Super Bowl

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 20:33
The former Vikings defensive tackle stepped into ideal role in Seattle.
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Suter, Cooke miss practice; Parise's (partial) root canal; Yeo's treatment of Nino, Coyle

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 18:47
The Wild looks to win its second in a row against the gritty, surging Calgary Flames
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Gophers pregame: Will improvements vs. Illinois continue tonight at Penn State?

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:47
Five things to watch Wednesday night as Minnesota takes on the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley.
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TFD: Ex-Wolves boss David Kahn is advocating a 12,500-seat NBA arena

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:32
Former Wolves boss David Kahn was a sportswriter in his past life … and now he is one again. He’s been writing recently for Bloomberg, weighing in on a number of sports topics. His latest thoughts, which came out Wednesday, center around arena size in sports — more specifically in the NBA, and most specifically in Milwaukee. Kahn’s argues that a small-market team like the Bucks doesn’t need the same size arena as a big-market team like the Lakers. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced this week that he proposes to both cut funding to UW schools by $300 million while also authorizing $220 million in state bonds for a new Bucks arena that could cost up to $500 million, which seems like a cool priority. Kahn argues that a smaller arena would cost less and create more seating demand. Just how small? Per Kahn: This isn’t just about Milwaukee: If a new or remodeled arena in a similarly small, oversaturated market calls for anything larger than 12,500 seats, then it does so at its (and the public’s) peril. The construction savings would be enormous — 12,500 seats requires only one seating level (no club level or upper deck) and only one large, well-designed public concourse, not multiple concourses, also reducing points of sale. Not all arena projects are priced the same — land, labor and finishes play significant roles in cost — but the elimination of 25 percent of square footage from a $500 million arena project should roughly correspond to a similar amount of savings. In Milwaukee, that 35 percent reduction in seating capacity would increase demand over supply when the team is winning and help protect the downside when it’s not. There seems to be some logic here, but 12,500? That seems really small. Kahn holds up Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke as an example of what happens when you control seating supply (though, you know, demand there is also helped by winning). Overall, we’d say this isn’t a worse idea than drafting Jonny Flynn instead of Steph Curry. But we can’t say we fully endorse it, either.
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Here's Wolves guard Zach LaVine dunking with a GoPro camera on his head

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:48
Wolves rookie Zach LaVine is a great dunker. He’s so good at it that he’s one of four participants in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, announced Tuesday. We posted a video earlier of some of LaVine’s best dunks, but we were also alerted to this video from several months ago of LaVine dunking with a GoPro camera mounted on his forehead, offering those of us who can’t dunk a glimpse of what it feels like. Best parts about the video other than that? It was made this summer, before the Andrew Wiggins trade, so you see Wiggins in a Cavaliers jersey. Also, LaVine makes his case for being invited to the dunk contest … which of course came to fruition six months later. In any event, here’s the video, which has some other nice dunks as well:
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Kevin Martin will make injury return tonight vs. Celtics

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:44
Kevin Martin plans to play tonight against Boston at Target Center, his first game back since he fractured his right shooting wrist against New York on Nov. 19.
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Cobb reflects on Senior Bowl, stays focused on boosting draft stock

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:18
Former Gophers running back David Cobb had a strong showing in Mobile, Ala., last weekend at the Senior Bowl. Now he's working on getting ready for the draft.
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DNR postpones mandatory invasive species training for boaters

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:54
The effort to fight invasive species by teaching those who tow trailers was halted because of bills introduced to kill it.
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Opening Tipoff: Expect same starting lineup, more zone tonight vs Penn State

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:55
News and notes leading up to tonight's bout in State College.
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