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Wisconsin's Ryan says he will coach one more year

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:45
The longtime Wisconsin coach says his hope is that assistant Greg Gard will take over.
Categories: Local

Twins' one big inning not enough in 11-7 loss to Reds

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:30
Mike Pelfrey’s bad start proved to be too much to overcome.
Categories: Local

Reilly's world tour will come to an end in St. Paul

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:10
The former Gopher, who'll sign with the Wild this week, went through the ups and downs of free agency.
Categories: Local

Fun is good, but winning big is better for Saints

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 21:11
In a stunning new home, the St. Paul team is ripping through the American Association with a 29-7 record.
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Housley finally gets call from Hockey Hall of Fame

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:46
South St. Paul native is the highest-scoring American defenseman in NHL history.
Categories: Local

Wisconsin's Bo Ryan knows how to beat Gophers

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:40
The Badgers coach, who is retiring after the 2015-16 season, has a 20-6 record against Minnesota.
Categories: Local

With Santana due back, Twins manager Molitor faces decision

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 19:44
Someone will have to leave the rotation, because doesn't appear the Twins will use six starters.
Categories: Local

Solo has been quiet, and that's good for Team USA

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:52
The most polarizing figure in American soccer has kept quiet behind the scenes, and thanks to an immaculate defensive corps, she has become an ancillary figure on the sport’s grandest stage.
Categories: Local

Phil Housley elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:14
The St. Paul native is the fourth-leading scorer among defensemen in NHL history.
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Twins need to get their bats going against Reds``

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:43
Joe Mauer is batting second in the order for just the fourth time this season, as manager Paul Molitor tries to figure out how to free the offense.
Categories: Local

Vikings' Jeff Locke still seeking consistency

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 13:30
There will be competition at long snapper during training camp next month as Cullen Loeffler and Kevin McDermott battle for the starting job. The Vikings opted not to bring in another punter to compete with Jeff Locke, however. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer after the season did not recommend bringing in another punter and kicker to compete with Locke and Blair Walsh. Specifically with Locke, who will enter his third season, Priefer said Locke’s confident did not play a factor into the decision of sticking with one punter. “He’s a pretty mentally tough kid,” Priefer said. “I don’t think he would have a problem with it, but I just didn’t think it was necessary at this time.” Locke, 25, lacked consistently again last year. He finished 21st with a net average of 38.7 yards on 75 punts and his touchbacks increased from three to six last year. It was the first season the Vikings played outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, and Locke fared slightly better on the road (39.9 net yards average) than he did at home (37.4 net yards average). “We can talk about weather until we are blue in the face, it doesn’t matter,” Priefer said. “The opposing team’s kicking in the same weather and we were out punted a few times last year where I felt like we had the better punter. So punting’s got to improve, the snapping needs to improve. Some areas of protection we need to improve on. Coverage was really good last year; we just need to be more consistent. We do it all the time, not four out of five reps, but every rep.” The Vikings could always bring in a punter in the event something changes during training, but it appears Locke will have the opportunity to find consistency without worrying about his starting job. We’ll see if he improves in Year 3.
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Gophers add Fresno State to 2018 and 2019 schedules; a look ahead to those non-conference slates

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 13:03
Peering ahead at the Gophers non-conference schedule for the next five years. The Big Ten will switch to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016.
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A reminder for Twins fans, courtesy of the Brewers

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:16
The Milwaukee Brewers were a big deal at this time last year, which should be a caution for Twins fans based on what's happened to them since.
Categories: Local

Vikings getting national attention as team on the rise

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:24
It’s late June, when all Super Bowl titles are won. Scratch that, we’re about as far from the Super Bowl as possible. Late June is the time when NFL folks start to try to determine the contenders and pretenders — which includes determining which teams might be in a position to surprise. The Vikings appear to be a trendy “surprise” pick to go from 7-9 a season ago to a winning record and possibly a playoff berth this season. The latest to give the Vikings praise? ESPN’s John Clayton. The reasons he cites — Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and a strong defense — are all solid ones. It’s not a stretch to expect a healthy Peterson to add 30 yards a game to the Vikings running offense, which would be worth around two or three points per game. That type of improvement should make the Vikings a playoff team. Since 2003, teams that have made the playoffs averaged 25.2 points a game. Any offense that can put up between 23.5-25 points per game is playoff worthy. If coach Mike Zimmer can continue to work his magic with the defense — the Vikings went from 32nd in points allowed in 2013 to 11th last season — Minnesota could jump from 7-9 to 9-7 or maybe 10-6. While it’s prudent to be cautious before a single game has been played, I agree that 10-6 isn’t all that far-fetched. To me, it all hinges on the offensive line. If that unit protects Bridgewater, the offense will be fine. If not, progress will stall.
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Lidstrom strong favorite to headline 2015 Hockey Hall class

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:17
Niklas Lidstrom likely will be joined by Sergei Federov and Chris Pronger.
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