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5 things to watch: Gophers vs. Illini

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team continues to find ways to win. After last week's one-point victory over Purdue, the Gophers are now 6-1 and in first place in the Big Ten West. Minnesota looks to improve to 4-0 in conference play when it takes on Illinois this weekend. Here are five things to watch when the Illini host the Gophers on Homecoming. 1. Can...
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Griffen rewarding new contract with strong play in Zimmer's scheme

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A decision was brewing for the Minnesota Vikings with days remaining before the opening of free agency in March. Jared Allen's departure was all but certain and left a considerable hole at right end in Minnesota's defense. The Vikings had an in-house candidate to replace Allen in Everson Griffen, the long-time understudy. Michael Johnson, who had thrived...
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McLeod Blog: Gophers' Rau on a mission to win championship

Make no mistake, the Gophers men's hockey team thought it should have won the national championship last spring. When it didn't, and upstart Union College skated off with the hardware, it left a bad taste in the mouths of a number of Minnesota players. Especially Kyle Rau. The senior co-captain has won championships at every level in which he's competed: peewee, bantam...
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Love letter: Former Wolves forward says goodbye to Minnesota fans

Kevin Love would like to express his sincere gratitude. Gratitude toward Minnesota fans for what he calls "six great years." Adulation to former Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale for helping him develop into the player he is today. Thanks to the folks at Manny's Steakhouse for preparing him a good meal from time to time. And a shout to local comedian Mike Brody for not...
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Wolves overwhelm Bucks, 110-91

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Shabazz Muhammad had 19 points and Nikola Pekovic tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Wednesday. Chase Budinger also scored 15 for the Timberwolves, who started the game on a 12-1 run and never trailed. The Timberwolves (4-2) opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to build a 16-point lead. Milwaukee...
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Budinger becoming valuable asset for Wolves

Whether he's staying or going, Chase Budinger is in a good place right now. It's the place where his knees aren't failing him. Where his shot is sailing true. And where the hesitation and aggravation that have plagued his past two seasons are no more. The Timberwolves forward caught fire again Wednesday night, knocking down 3 of 7 3-pointers for 15 points in Minnesota...
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Pitino much more comfortable in second season with Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino knows what to expect now. The second-year Gophers coach knows how to get the most out of his players. He knows just how tough the Big Ten conference is. And at his second media day at Minnesota on Tuesday, he even had a sense of what questions were heading his way. "I know all you guys. I know the type and tone of questions you're going to ask...
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Vikings' Harris makes first appearance at guard since Pop Warner

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- There was little warning for Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Harris. Harris was called over by a coach on Sunday and told, simply, "Go play right guard." There was no time to comprehend exactly what was being asked or go over Harris' responsibilities at guard. Seconds later, he had his hand in the ground playing guard for the first time as a professional...
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Wolves waive Fesenko to bring roster count to 17

MINNEAPOLIS -- If Kyrylo Fesenko is going to make his NBA comeback this year, it'll likely be somewhere other than the Twin Cities. The Timberwolves waived the Ukrainian center Monday afternoon, bringing the total roster count to 17 players. Coach and president Flip Saunders will have to cut two more by 4 p.m. Oct. 27 to meet the NBA's 15-man roster deadline. Fesenko, who...
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Vikings player Senser's wife finishes post-conviction work release

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The wife of Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser is being allowed to return home after completing a work release assignment for her conviction in a hit-and-run accident that killed a chef. Monday was Amy Senser's release date, Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Latuseck said. Senser will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing as part...
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Gophers hold off Purdue, 39-38

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal with 4:59 left to cap Minnesota's comeback on Saturday, giving the Gophers a 39-38 victory over Purdue and their first 3-0 start in Big Ten play since 1990. Cedric Thompson had two interceptions for Minnesota (6-1, 3-0), including a diving pickoff of Austin Appleby...
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Kuemper, Wild knocked from scoreless pedestal in loss to Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Andrew Cogliano ended Minnesota's season-long shutout streak with a short-handed goal early in the third period, and Corey Perry got the tiebreaking goal with 8:25 left in the Anaheim Ducks' 2-1 victory over the Wild on Friday night. Frederik Andersen made 27 saves in the fourth consecutive victory for the Ducks, who made a dynamic rally to win their...
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Wolves player profile: Thaddeus Young

  This is the 13th installment in a 16-part series running Tuesdays and Fridays profiling each Minnesota Timberwolves player leading up to the start of the NBA season. Like Sean Connery mentoring Kevin Costner in "The Untouchables," Thaddeus Young describes it as bringing a knife to a gun fight. During the power forward's final year in Philadelphia, the 76ers weren...
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Wolves player profile: Nikola Pekovic

  This is the 12th installment in a 16-part series running Tuesdays and Fridays profiling each Minnesota Timberwolves player leading up to the start of the NBA season. The rim-rattling, lane-clearing, ice-fishing behemoth that is Nikola Pekovic has come to a bit of a career crossroads. The Timberwolves center's merits are no secret by now, his fifth NBA season. When healthy...
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Notebook: Gophers' goal is to give up 17 points or less per game

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Gophers football team gave up 17 points in Saturday's win against Northwestern. In the eyes of the defense, one point more would have been too many. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said Minnesota's defense set a goal before the year started to give up 17 or fewer points per game. In their last three games -- all wins -- the Gophers have done...
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Offensive line changes possible as Vikings search for answers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- In his first go-round as a head coach, Mike Zimmer is learning how to divide his attention. The Minnesota Vikings' first-year head coach only had to worry about one side of the ball in his career as a defensive coordinator. Zimmer is now tasked with being a part of the offense and special teams, as well. Zimmer's worked heavily with Minnesota's...
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Wild's dominant win over Avalanche doesn't resemble playoff battle

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche met in the first round of last year's playoffs, it was about as tight and exciting of a series for which fans from both sides could have hoped. The series went to seven games and featured four overtimes. Five of the seven games were decided by just one goal. In total, the Wild outscored the Avalanche by two goals...
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Adrian Peterson admits to smoking 'a little weed,' faces possible arrest

CONROE, Texas – Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson admitted to court officials that he had “smoked a little weed” and was likely to fail a drug test – and now he faces a new possible arrest. Peterson made the admission Wednesday when he made his first court appearance on a child abuse charge, according to court documents filed in Conroe on Thursday....
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Wolves' young players getting plenty of preseason court time

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a 21st-century, YouTube-generation version of rookie hazing, Timberwolves newcomers stood up before their teammates Friday night at Rounders Sports Bar in Mankato, Minn., and belted out some contemporary karaoke tunes. Andrew Wiggins rapped along with Tupac's "Dear Mama." Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III teamed up for a duet cover of Usher's...
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Ever-adapting Young will be whatever he needs to be to help Wolves win

There's a chameleon playing basketball for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. He's 6-foot-8, weighs 230 pounds and doesn't change colors. But Thaddeus Young has done a copious amount of adapting in his long but young NBA tenure. Five different coaches in seven years with the 76ers, some of which ended in the playoffs, another (last season) that was over before it...
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Police used spray, stun gun on Vikings' Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A police report shows Minneapolis officers used a chemical spray and a stun gun on Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson after he refused to leave a downtown club. Johnson, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 288 pounds, was arrested early Sunday after security officials and police repeatedly told him to leave Seven steakhouse. He was charged with misdemeanor counts...
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Despite heavy workload, Gophers' Cobb continues to produce

MINNEAPOLIS -- After the Minnesota Golden Gophers secured a win over rival Michigan late last month, they had a chance to revel in the victory for a week without having to prepare for a new opponent right away. This past Saturday's bye week came at a good time for that. It also was good timing for running back David Cobb, arguably the Gophers' offensive MVP through five games...
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Timberwolves trio went through weeks of hell with Navy SEAL trainer

The children are slipping down Shabazz Muhammad's back, inches away from falling into a pit of whitewater rapids and fire. As Muhammad gropes for another handhold, his entire weight and an additional 100 pounds of helpless youth suspended above the perils below, he falters. A pair of guiding hands help steady him but only for a moment. Regaining his balance and summoning some...
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Gophers at Wolverines: 9/27/14

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