Gophers-Wake Forest gameday preview

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 22:26
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ACC/Big Ten Scoreboard

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 22:26
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Scoggins: Nightmare turns into dream year for Hoffner, MSU Mankato

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 22:26
Once unjustly accused, Todd Hoffner balances family and football
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Chart: Big Ten football award winners

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 22:24
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Rhodes' play makes Vikings happy

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 21:00
Vikings cornerback becoming more consistent and aggressive.
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A fitting day for Bud Grant Way

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:57
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Twins will add new bar, remove retail in $2.5 million changes to Target Field

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:23
New event space, rail bar will be open for start of 2015 season.
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Minnesota State jumps to No. 2, Gophers continue to fall in men's college hockey polls

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:48
Mavericks replace Gophers as Minnesota's top-ranked college hockey program.
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Three Timberwolves nuggets that jump off the page: Shabazz, defense and schedule

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:34
Fifteen games into their season, the Wolves are 4-11. Given their injuries and youth, that record isn’t terribly surprising. That said, there are three facts within that record that do jump out at us: 1) With Kevin Martin sidelined for several weeks still, the Wolves’ best offensive option very well could be Shabazz Muhammad. He’s second on the team (behind Martin) in points scored per 36 minutes, averaging a cool 21.7. He’s shooting 51 percent from the field. And more than just that, he often looks like the Wolves’ most dangerous offensive threat. Right now, though, he is just 11th on the team in minutes played. We imagine that will change — and it should. 2) We figured the young Wolves would struggle on offense this season, and those struggles only intensified with injuries to Martin, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and others. What surprises us is just how poor the Wolves have been on defense. It does speak to the defensive value of Rubio, since they were clearly a better defensive team before he hurt his ankle, but the fact remains that the team defensive rating of 113.6 and average points allowed of 110.1 ppg are 29th in the NBA. That’s not good. 3) That defensive rating is even worse than the 76ers, who have yet to win a game this season. That’s relevant to the Wolves because Minnesota hosts Philly on Wednesday. If Minnesota DOESN’T win that game, it will be the subject of scorn and ridicule. It also could be the Wolves’ best chance for a win in a long time. Consider their next five games aside from the 76ers game: at Clippers (11-5); home vs. Rockets (13-4); at Spurs (12-4); home vs. Warriors (14-2); home vs. Blazers (13-4).
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Butch Davis joins Twins as first base coach

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:32
The former major leaguer has spent 20 seasons in the Orioles organization
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Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:31
He’s charged with strangling and whipping his girlfriend early last week.
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Monday (Positive signs from Bridgewater) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:31
Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have to be great Sunday. The vast majority of NFL quarterbacks, regardless of where they reside on a depth chart, should be able to navigate a victory when handed two touchdowns on blocked punts in the first half. Still, Teddy’s 15-for-21, 138-yard, two-TD, zero turnover game was impressive in and of itself. Not only did he avoid the kinds of crushing mistakes that can actually lose a game like that, but also he provided the momentum-starting TD drive and the TD drive at the end of the first half that essentially put the Panthers away. He posted a 120.7 passer rating and an 84.1 QBR. Neither of those are perfect metrics, but those are also both very good numbers. It was a very Alex Smith-esque game, and we bring up that name because he’s the QB ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck believes represents Bridgewater’s high-end potential in this league. Smith has evolved into one of the best “game managers” in the NFL, and in this case it’s not an insult. He has a 37-14-1 record in his last 52 starts with the 49ers and Chiefs. Some of that is because he has played with good defenses. Some of that is because he plays mistake-free football that results in a lot of wins by scores like 21-16 and 24-13. Smith also isn’t a quarterback who is likely to beat you when he has to throw a lot. He’s probably not going to win a game for you by himself, but he also isn’t likely to lose it, either. If Bridgewater became Smith, we could most certainly live with that. He’d be a top-half QB in the NFL, and the Vikings — assuming they also shored up some other areas — would probably make a decent number of trips to the playoffs during Teddy’s era. We’re waiting to see if Bridgewater is Smith. Sunday’s game was a good indication that he can be. What we’re more interested in seeing, though, is whether he can be more than Smith — if Bridgewater will evolve into that rare QB who can both manage a game and go win a shootout, too.
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Wolves can't sustain momentum in loss to Portland

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 00:17
Two nights after beating the Lakers, Minnesota’s early lead disappeared as the second unit struggled.
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Mark Craig's Five Extra Points

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:22
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