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Two knee operations later, Chase Budinger has returned to the Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kick back on a Florida beach, read a book,grow a Fu Manchu.Sounds great, doesn't it?Maybe for a 65-year-old retiree or a college kid on fallbreak. Not for Chase Budinger while he tries to battle back from a second kneeoperation in the past calendar year.The Timberwolves small forward was back working withteammates Monday for the first time since pre-training camp workouts...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Nikola Pekovic settling into new role for Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- With 7:50 left in the second quarter Saturdayagainst Boston, Nikola Pekovic suddenly became outmanned.Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea missed a short, fall-awayjumper, and Pekovic had two Celtics to usurp for an offensive rebound. So heused his 6-foot-11, 285-pound frame to clear out Jeff Green and stuck out amassive right arm to corral the ball away from Brandon Bass...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings report card: Turnovers costly in loss at Seattle

Turnovers are one of the key statistics for the MinnesotaVikings, and Sundays loss at Seattle was all about the turnovers.Minnesota (2-8) was minus-4 in turnover differential onSunday, committing four costly turnovers and not getting any takeaways on defensein a 41-20 loss on the road to the 10-1 Seahawks. Since getting 12 takeaways inthe seasons first four games, the Vikings have...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

New division alignments creating rivalry with Jets

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nothing seems to rattle Wild goalie Josh Harding these days -- not even taunts from visiting fans. With the Winnipeg Jets in town Sunday, their well-traveled fans helped fill Xcel Energy Center. Along with the "Go Jets, Go!" cheers throughout the game, Jets fans heckled Minnesota's goalie by yelling "HAR-DING!" any time Winnipeg had the puck in the Wild's zone...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Vikings' quarterback struggles continue in loss to Seahawks

The task looked to be giant for the Minnesota Vikings heading into Seattle this week -- and it was. Minnesota, at 2-7, was facing the NFC's top team in the Seahawks, who have one of the NFL's best home-field advantages in the loud and rowdy CenturyLink Field. Seattle was getting receiver Percy Harvin and three starting offensive linemen back. Three second-half turnovers ended any...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Tired Wolves still show their teeth in win over Boston

MINNEAPOLIS -- What was once merely ballyhooed is now somewhat battle-tested. The Timberwolves closed a grueling mid-November stretch with a resilient 106-88 victory over Boston on Saturday, bouncing back from a disappointing road loss 24 hours earlier and cementing a sense of hardiness throughout the dressing room of a franchise that's used to wilting, not answering. It's one...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Tired Wolves still show their teeth in win over Boston

MINNEAPOLIS -- What was once merely ballyhooed is now somewhat battle-tested. The Timberwolves closed a grueling mid-November stretch with a resilient 106-88 victory over Boston on Saturday, bouncing back from a disappointing road loss 24 hours earlier and cementing a sense of hardiness throughout the dressing room of a franchise that's used to wilting, not answering. It's one...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Tired Wolves still show their teeth in win over Boston

MINNEAPOLIS -- What was once merely ballyhooed is now somewhat battle-tested. The Timberwolves closed a grueling mid-November stretch with a resilient 106-88 victory over Boston on Saturday, bouncing back from a disappointing road loss 24 hours earlier and cementing a sense of hardiness throughout the dressing room of a franchise that's used to wilting, not answering. It's one...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Shibrowski makes most of rare start, blanks Minnesota State

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota goalie Michael Shibrowski had to wait more than a year in between starts. The senior made sure the wait was worth it. Shibrowski stopped all 25 shots he faced Saturday to help the Gophers earn a 3-0 victory over visiting Minnesota State to complete the two-game sweep. It was Shibrowski's first start since Oct. 19 of last year and his first career shutout...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Wolves Saturday: Rick Adelman impressed by Brad Stevens

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA's oldest and youngest active coaches have more in common than you might think. Saturday, Feb. 18, 1989. Adelman takes over a disappointing Portland Trailblazers team and oversees a 116-115 loss to the Seattle Supersonics -- the first of four straight. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Boston's Brad Stephens makes his NBA head coaching debut with a 93-87 loss at Toronto...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Vikings, Seahawks very familiar with each other

Fresh off an extended break after playing on Thursday night, the Minnesota Vikings are looking to extend momentum on Sunday at Seattle. The last time Minnesota had an extended break with the Week 5 bye, the Vikings (2-7) returned with three straight losses. Their return this week is not an easy way to come back, facing the best team in the NFC in the Seahawks (9-1). There are many...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Mikko Koivu atones for turnover, helps Wild recover for third straight win

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu saw an opportunity, so he circled in front with the puck eyeing a shot attempt on the Florida Panthers goal in the third period on Friday night. As Koivu turned in the faceoff circle, two Florida defenders converged and knocked him off the puck. Former Minnesota Gophers star Nick Bjugstad corralled the loose puck and went up...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Mikko Koivu atones for turnover, helps Wild recover for third straight win

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu saw an opportunity, so he circled in front with the puck eyeing a shot attempt on the Florida Panthers goal in the third period on Friday night. As Koivu turned in the faceoff circle, two Florida defenders converged and knocked him off the puck. Former Minnesota Gophers star Nick Bjugstad corralled the loose puck and went up...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike, Connor Reilly make Gophers hockey win a family affair Highlights

MINNEAPOLIS -- Connor Reilly didn't want his brother to take all the credit, so the Gophers freshman made sure Friday's game was a family affair. After Mike Reilly put Minnesota up by two goals the first period, Connor Reilly took his turn with his second goal of the year midway through the second period to give the Gophers a 3-0 lead en route to a 4-1 victory. Making Connor's goal...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Cordarrelle Patterson: 'Why would I want to be Percy Harvin?'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- From the moment the Minnesota Vikings traded four draft picks to nab him in the first round in late April, his first steps inside the team's facilities at Winter Park and his introductory press conference when he held up his purple No. 84 jersey for cameras, Cordarrelle Patterson has been compared to the receivers that came before him. Patterson didn't do...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick Adelman: Timberwolves 'haven't done anything yet'

MINNEAPOLIS -- There are good signs, and then there areguarantees.Through two weeks, the Minnesota Timberwolves' seasonfeatures all the aesthetics of a promising one. It looks good. Feels good. Walkby a Target Center concession stand and catch a whiff of the popcorn, and itsmells good.The fun part for observers is predicting who will go offnext. Ricky Rubio for another triple-double...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 10 Tweets: Nov. 15

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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Beast vs. Beast Mode as Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch square off

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- One has earned thewell-fitting moniker of Beast Mode, the other was simply called a beast as heattacked a 28-year-old NFL record months after reconstructive knee surgery.There are differences, but there are many similarities inthe running styles of Seattle's Marshawn Lynch and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.They've also been the top two running backs in the NFL...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Wolves Thursday: Corey Brewer set to return to Denver

MINNEAPOLIS -- Things have changed a little around the PepsiCenter since Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer last suited up for a game there.The coach that helped him grow into the firestarter he istoday is analyzing NBA goings-on for ESPN. The general manager that brought himto the mountains now works in Canada. The swingman he helped spell during theNuggets' club-record campaign...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder feels 'a lot better than I expected to be'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder didnt see himselfmaking it back from a left shoulder dislocation in time to play this week,after dealing with pain and stiffness over the weekend.The past few days have changed Ponders outlook. Hesreturned to practice, said hes feeling better and expects to play on Sundaywith the Minnesota Vikings at Seattle."Yeah, that's the expectation and...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Look out NBA, Ricky Rubio now comfortable shooting the ball

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after five years on the international circuit together, Ricky Rubio still finds ways to make Jose Calderon marvel. "He always surprises," said Calderon, Rubio's Spanish countryman and the Dallas Mavericks' starting point guard. "Every night, he's always got something out there and just shows you how good he is and how, I think, he's getting better every day....
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Mauer's statistics compare well with other first basemen

MINNEAPOLIS -- Part of what made Joe Mauer so valuable for Minnesota was his ability to hit so well at baseball's most physically demanding position. So now that Mauer has moved from catcher to first base, how do his offensive numbers compare to others at his new position? For starters, it's evident that Mauer doesn't possess the type of home run power typically associated with...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Five reasons why the Gophers are 8-2

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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Hall's Nov. 14 Vikings mailbag

A victory in prime time, strong play from the quarterback spot and a rebound by the defense has eased the reaction from Minnesota Vikings' fans. In no way did Thursday's 34-27 win against Washington clear the air, but there is a better feeling after the win from emailers and around the team, in general. Here's this week's Vikings' mailbag: Question: Do you think AP could even be...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota looks sharp in rout of Cleveland despite missing key cog

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nikola Pekovic exited the Timberwolves' locker room at halftime looking as nonchalant as if he was walking across the street to Starbuck's. The behemoth of a center bumped fists with a toddler in front of Hubert's restaurant then slapped five with a few middle schoolers on his way out of the tunnel. His team, on paper, was shorthanded Wednesday night. No Kevin Martin...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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