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Torii Hunter Agrees To $10.5M Deal With Twins

Torii Hunter is coming back to the place it all began.

Hunter agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract to return to the Minnesota Twins, a person with knowledge of the agreement told WCCO’s Mike Max. A five-time All-Star outfielder who turns 40 in July, Hunter became a star with the Twins from 1997-07 before signing a $90 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He then signed a $26 million, two-year deal with Detroit.

12/02/2014

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Mankato’s Todd Hoffner Bounces Back From A Nightmare

Minnesota State Mankato is undefeated, and the new coach is the old coach. Todd Hoffner was initially rejected by his team at spring practice. “I don’t think anybody could understand completely everything that I went through, and how difficult and challenging for myself and my wife,” Hoffner said.

12/02/2014

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Peterson Appeal Trial To Resume Thursday

Minnesota Vikings running back has met with a hearing officer in an appeal over his suspension from the NFL and is now awaiting a ruling. The hearing took place Tuesday morning with Harold Henderson, the NFL’s former vice president of labor relations. He has reportedly heard over 90 appeals in the last six years dealing with personal conduct and drug issues.

12/02/2014

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Is There A Rift Between WR Patterson, Vikings Coaching Staff?

It took the Vikings a while to get Cordarrelle Patterson involved in the game plan last year, but once they did, he turned into a Pro Bowler, getting more and more important as the season progressed. This season, the opposite has happened and Sunday against Carolina, he barely played at all.

11/30/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Nov. 28, 2014

The football season is over. Thanksgiving is over. Now it’s time for hockey and basketball. The season is already in full swing. David McCoy reported on the featured boys’ hockey game — Roseau vs. Blaine– while Mike Max highlighted the best plays from some non-conference hockey match-ups and girls’ basketball.

11/28/2014

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Tommies Blog: Rally Falls Short For St. Thomas At Wartburg

A late rally that included an onside kick recovery late in the fourth quarter came up just short for the St. Thomas football team in a 37-71 loss at Wartburg Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

11/26/2014

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Gophers Need To Make Badgers A Passing Team

It’s the kind of week Gopher fans have waited for: A big game that has Big Ten, national implications and, oh yeah, the opponent happens to be Wisconsin. It’s the battle of the running backs – sort of.

11/25/2014

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Timberwolves’ Martin Has Wrist Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday that guard Kevin Martin underwent successful right wrist surgery and will be sidelined about six to eight weeks. Martin suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Timberwolves’ 115-99 win over the New York Knicks last Wednesday.

11/25/2014

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Top 5 Thanksgiving NFL Football Games

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means three things for most people across America on Thursday — family, food and football. And it’s not necessarily in that order. But it’s an annual tradition for Thanksgiving that families gather together and remember what they are thankful for.

11/25/2014

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Gophers’ Banham Named To John R. Wooden Award List

University of Minnesota women’s basketball senior guard Rachel Banham was selected Monday to the Preseason Top 30 list for the John R. Wooden Award. The list is made up of 30 players who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s top player of the year. Banham was ranked No. 5 on the list and was also named a Second-Team All-American.

11/25/2014

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Gophers’ Shae Kelley Named Big Ten Player Of The Week

Senior forward Shae Kelley of the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after helping lead the Gophers to a pair of victories. Kelley averaged a double-double of 20.5 points and 11 rebounds per game as the Gophers beat Cleveland State and Memphis last week.

11/24/2014

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Gophers’ Boddy-Calhoun Earns Big Ten Weekly Honor

The University of Minnesota football team got one of its biggest wins in program history at Nebraska Saturday, and a defensive player got an award from the Big Ten Conference in the process. Defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun was selected a Co-Defensive Player of the Week along with Ibraheim Campbell of Northwestern.

11/24/2014

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Simley High Football Content With Underdog Status

It’s a new feeling at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights — winning on the football field. At this school, most of the success has come indoor on mats. Quarterback Michael Busch says his team finally gets to feel like the wrestlers. “They’re always in the state, competition for a state championship, and we got the opportunity and it’s like the atmosphere of wrestling season,” Busch said.

11/21/2014

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Vikings Pour More Money Into Stadium, But Not For Bird-Safe Glass

The Minnesota Vikings are putting more money into the new stadium under construction in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikes are adding another $647,000 for stadium extras, from sideline seating to food concessions. The latest upgrades include upgrading the team’s locker room, expanding cooking and concession areas and adding end-zone seating areas it calls “Red Zone Mini-Suites.”

11/21/2014

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