Kill talks artificial snow, being seizure-free, etc., at Big Ten Media Days

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:44
Gophers coach Jerry Kill addressed the media Friday at Big Ten Media Days. He talked about health, opening opponent TCU and more.
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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Kalil healthy again, Hunter not as raw as Vikings thought, a plug and more

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:16
On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — Matt Kalil is pain free — for now at least. That’s a good thing, because this could be a make-or-break season for the 26-year-old left tackle. — Speaking of offensive tackles, Babs, the Polish sensation, is working hard, but he admits that “there’s a long way for me to go” to stick around. — The Vikings are taking the long view with Cordarrelle Patterson, forcing him to become a real receiver. Randball thinks that’s the right approach. — Shameless plug alert: Check out the second episode of our new Access Vikings podcast. We talk early camp storylines, position battles and more. AROUND THE NFC NORTH — After hip surgery, Packers wideout Jordy Nelson said he feels better than he did a last season. That’s scary considering he had 98 catches and 1,519 yards in 2014. And scored 13 touchdowns. And made the Pro Bowl… — Bears tight end Martellus Bennett skipped the voluntary portion of the offseason. But he insists he isn’t worried about getting a new deal. — Lions wide receiver Golden Tate waded into Deflategate, saying that if Patriots QB Tom Brady cheated, he deserves to be suspended. TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE After a day off for the players, the Vikings are back on the field this morning at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. The walkthrough starts at 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon practice runs from 2:45 to 5 p.m. Players will be in pads. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT When the Vikings drafted Danielle Hunter in the third round, G.M. Rick Spielman remarked that Hunter, who had just 1.5 sacks in his junior season at LSU, was a raw prospect that probably wouldn’t contribute right away. After all, Hunter, at age 20, is the youngest player on the team. But hold that thought. The rookie defensive end has caught the eyes of the coaching staff early in training camp. “He is a lot less raw then we thought,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “He has really been impressive honestly.” Hunter has even gotten reps with the first-team defense, so maybe he can help in 2015.
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Vikings tackle Matt Kalil believes fewer aches will mean improved play

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 23:11
The left tackle has added weight, is working hard on technique.
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Watson returns to 3M after watching sun set on British Open career

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:47
Tom Watson, 65, is at peace as his brilliant playing career nears an end.
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Early home runs help Twins top Seattle, end four-game losing streak

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:40
An early power show from Dozier, Rosario, Hicks put early pressure on Mariners.
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Twins need bullpen arms, yet sit on their hands

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:34
Other teams are aggressive; Terry Ryan holds on to assets.
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Defending champion Buckeyes pick up where they left off

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:12
The 2014 national champions are ranked No. 1 by coaches, but even they have their issues.
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Loss of walleye gives rise to old animosities on Lake Mille Lacs

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:57
Tensions reignite between anglers and Indians who have treaty rights.
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Lynx's winning culture is a big draw

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:12
Consistent excellence was one reason Sylvia Fowles was determined to join team.
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Mille Lacs revival plan requires bold strokes from governor

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:29
The DNR’s walleye strategy hasn’t worked; try anything else.
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Glen Perkins' wife writes about Twitter hate the Twins' closer has experienced

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:05
Glen Perkins was a perfect 28-for-28 in save opportunities before the All-Star break. That’s good! Since then, in four games, he’s blown two saves and lost another. That’s really bad! It’s the kind of stretch that’s not altogether uncommon for a relief pitcher, but the timing of it has been awful. Fortunately, baseball fans, particularly those on Twitter, are usually of the rational bent and use the social media platform to express words of encouragement when players are in times of struggle. Wait, that’s not true at all. Perkins has been getting lit up on Twitter. (This is a tame example). And his wife, Alisha, as part of a larger post about teaching their kids that it’s OK not to be perfect and that we all fall down, writes about it here: Listen, I get that you want to hold Glen to a higher standard because he gets paid a lot and you are used to him being darn near perfect but that does not give you the right to cyber bully him and our family when things don’t go according to plan. Do you think he doesn’t feel bad already? Do you think he wanted to fail? You are delusional if you think he doesn’t feel worst than anyone when he doesn’t succeed.  It is easy to hide behind a screen and spew venom at people you will never meet and who are doing things you could only dream of but it does not make it ok. The “cyber bullying” fad in America needs to stop; it is destructive, offensive, unnecessary, and just pain cowardly. Let’s have a little grace for one another and for ourselves. I tend to agree. While criticism comes with the territory of being a professional athlete (just as praise often does), personal attacks do not.
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No Twins trades yet, so they focus on breaking losing streak

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:11
Miguel Sano playing third base in place of Trevor Plouffe, whose wife gave birth to their first child Wednesday night.
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Big Ten media days opening day recap

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:10
Highlights from Day 1 of the Big Ten football media days in Chicago.
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Hockey Day Minnesota, Haula vs. Wild, Stadium Series updates

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:11
Hockey Day Minnesota was officially announced Thursday and a Stadium Series press conference has been scheduled for next week.
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Lynx guard Anna Cruz questionable for Friday's game

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:00
Cruz injured the ankle late in Wednesday’s victory over Los Angeles, was helped off the court and limped to the locker room.
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Wisconsin's new coach Paul Chryst familiar, confident with returning talent

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:08
Paul Chryst introduced at Big Ten media days as Wisconsin's new head coach.
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