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Mike Max’s News And Notes

By Mike Max, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One incentive for the Minnesota Wild to make playoffs, at least from owner Craig Leopold’s standpoint, each home game in the playoffs can be worth $1.5 million. And that’s pretty much pure profit.

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Assistant coach Saul Smith and a graduate assistant manager are filling in as players for the depleted Gopher basketball team at practice.

Head coach Tubby Smith says one of his regrets with this team is that he didn’t give them individual psychological tests as has been customary.

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Four time state champion and four time division three national champion wrestler Marcus LeVesseur is coaching at Hopkins and preparing for his next step in his mixed martial arts career.

“I’m very close to the next level which is the UFC … that’s where you make a lot more of the money,” said LeVesseur.

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Tuesday night Sid Hartman will be honored before the Los Angeles Lakers game for his involvement with the team when it was in Minneapolis.

Laker coach Phil Jackson talked about how much he knows about Hartman.

“I think Sid was here when the pioneers built the city. I was delivering papers back in Williston, North Dakota he was writing papers for the Tribune when I picked those papers off the train. He’s quite a fixture,” said Jackson.

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