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Motivated Leidner Preparing For Another Shot At TCU

The Gophers are no different than the Vikings. Yes, they need everyone to play well. But it really helps if your quarterback is good. Mitch Leidner is now a seasoned veteran preparing for another shot at TCU, motivated by the memories of a year ago.

08/31/2015

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For Former Gopher Football Star, Valuable Lessons Learned In Minnesota

Amir Pinnix is a testament to what the game teaches young people — coming from the inner city of Newark, New Jersey to the University of Minnesota, and now in corporate America.

08/29/2015

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Son Of Vikings GM Blossoms On Football Field

While Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman was at work at TCF Bank Stadium last week with his team, his son JD was helping defending state champion Eden Prairie High School beat Totino-Grace — and he hardly missed a play. “[I] had our game in one ear and his game in the other ear on the radio, and then had it streamed on my computer,” Rick Spielman said.

08/26/2015

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Griffen Looking To Be A Leader, Playmaker On Vikings Defense

Last year, Everson Griffen got a new contract with the Vikings, giving him a starting spot on the team with the departure of linebacker Jared Allen.

08/25/2015

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Former Northwestern QB Battling For Vikings 3rd String Job

One player who played well on turf in Minnesota is Mike Kafka.The former Northwestern quarterback is battling for the third-team quarterback spot, remembering a day from his past when he came to town and dominated a Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome.

08/18/2015

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MyCole Pruitt Making Plays To Keep His NFL Dream Alive

One of the interesting highlights to an NFL training camp: The new guys, the ones you have not heard of making a splash. For the Vikings this week, it’s tight end MyCole Pruitt. He got his chance to play early, to prove when given an opportunity he can make a play.

08/12/2015

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Loeffler Fighting For Spot As Vikings’ Long Snapper At Training Camp

Training camp isn’t usually such a tough place for competition among the special teams, but Cullen Loeffler says he understands and accepts the challenge.

08/08/2015

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Outdoor Battle Between Wild, Blackhawks Coming To TCF Stadium

On a hot summer day, they were outside talking hockey at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium Wednesday for the official prelude to an outdoor NHL game in Minnesota. “This is an unbelievable day for us,” Wild owner Craig Leopold said. “We have worked really, really hard in the last seven, eight years to try to get an outdoor game for our market, for our fans.”

08/05/2015

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Gophers Gear Up For Fall Camp With Higher Goals, Expectations

The University of Minnesota football team is back with the same type of optimism as the Vikings. The Gophers officially open fall camp on Friday, with the team’s season opener against No. 2-ranked TCU looming on Sept. 3 under the lights at TCF Bank Stadium.

08/04/2015

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‘Tour De Tonka’ Bikers Rise Early To Enjoy The Ride

At an early hour on a near perfect Saturday morning, it seems like the entire Minnesota biking community came together for the annual “Tour De ‘Tonka” ride.

08/01/2015

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Zimmer Looking For Sharrif Floyd To Make Next Step In Year 3

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes big guys. On defense, that means people who can stop the run. Sharrif Floyd is a 300-pound defensive tackle that they want to just that.

07/29/2015

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Rookie Trae Waynes Testing Nickel At Training Camp

One reason the Vikings drafted Trae Waynes in the first round is that they think he’s a smart football player, but he also needs to be a versatile one. Though it’s been a baptism by fire, so far Waynes hasn’t been burned.

07/28/2015

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Goin’ To The Lake Recap: Lake Mille Lacs (Day 2)

It’s day two of the adventures of Mike Max and Chris Shaffer in this week’s edition of Goin’ To The Lake! Mike and Chris are in Garrison this week to check out all the fun stuff to do around our state’s second biggest body of water: Lake Mille Lacs.

07/24/2015

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Goin’ To The Lake Recap: Lake Mille Lacs (Day 1)

Once again, we’re hitting the road and Goin’ to the Lake on WCCO. This week takes our most beloved odd couple of the season — Chris Shaffer and Mike Max — up to Lake Mille Lacs for Garrison Days!

07/23/2015

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Vikings’ Rudolph Excited For Training Camp, Staying Healthy All Season

The Vikings are starting to feel the end of their summer days, reporting to training camp on Saturday in Mankato. One of the interesting players to watch is Kyle Rudolph, if he can stay healthy.

07/22/2015

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Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine Talks Role Models, Confidence And Hard Work

On make-or-break player heading into his second year is Zach LaVine. WCCO’s Mike Max got a chance to talk with LaVine at a basketball camp to find out if LaVine can take that next step into super-stardom.

07/18/2015

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Wrestling Coach Hosting Basketball Camp? How J Robinson Does It

J Robinson is the University of Minnesota wrestling coach committed to some written in stone philosophies, so much so he believes what he teaches is applicable to all sports. So this summer, he’s trying an experiment and leaving his arena for another kind of sport.

07/16/2015

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National Senior Games Are Entertainment, Inspiration For Those Over 75

The National Senior Games are coming to a close. It’s part entertainment, part inspiration. Mike Max found both at a basketball tournament at the University of St. Thomas where the minimum age is 75.

07/15/2015

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Former Hopkins Star Marcus Williams Hoping To Stick In NFL

From Hopkins to Broadway, with a stop at Fargo in between. Marcus Williams was a two-sport star in high school, decided to pursue football and is now a member of the New York Jets.

07/14/2015

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Athletes At National Senior Games Compete Hard, Stay In Shape

Among the interesting studies at this week’s National Senior Games is the spirit. Many competitors are north of 60 years old, but they want two things: To compete hard and stay in athletic shape.

07/09/2015

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Twins Encourage Fans To Send Brian Dozier To All-Star Game

There’s only one more chance to get Minnesota Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier to the All-Star Game. He didn’t make the starting or reserve rosters, so his teammates are stepping up, on of all things a bulldozer. The team brought it in to encourage fans to vote for Dozier one final time.

07/07/2015

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Burnsville’s Brock Boeser In A Hockey Class By Himself

Brock Boeser grew up in Burnsville knowing he wanted to be a hockey player. That’s nothing new for a Minnesota kid, but he grew into his dream. Boeser was the only Minnesotan taken in the first round, by Vancouver, in the NHL Draft.

07/06/2015

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Former Marine Now A Preseason All-America For Concordia Football

Hank Goff was a standout on the Minnetonka state championship football team in high school. He went onto South Dakota State to play football, but it didn’t work out academically. That’s when his life changed.

07/06/2015

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Jerry Kill Stresses Love For Football, Fun At Camps

Here is a good question: During the summer months of camp season, can you teach kids to like football if they don’t? We paid a visit to Jerry Kill’s camp and asked him just that.

07/05/2015

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Roseville Native Mike Muscala Living His NBA Dream

He is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks, but the road started in Roseville for Mike Muscala. He grew into his long frame, put up numbers at Bucknell in college and because of it is now drawing an NBA pay check.

07/02/2015

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