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Twins’ Pitching Coach Neil Allen Changing Bullpen’s Mindset

The Twins’ bullpen has been turning things around lately, and that’s in no small part thanks to the pitching coach, Neil Allen.

05/30/2015

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Zimmer On Peterson: ‘I Don’t Know When He’s Coming’ To Practice

The Minnesota Vikings held their organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday

It was a beautiful day for football practice and a sense of optimism was in the air.

05/27/2015

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Local Basketball Talent Hits 43 Hoops To Stay Sharp

Every summer, college and professional basketball players return to Minnesota and find a place to congregate. They are looking for a good game to hone their skills.

05/26/2015

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Twins’ Eddie Guardado Returns To Minnesota To Jump Start Bullpen

Eddie Guardado sat down with WCCO’s Mike Max in the Twins’ dugout to talk about his approach to coaching, pitching, and he reminisces about the pressure and excitement of his days as a relief pitcher in Minnesota.

05/23/2015

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Life Is Good For Lynx Assistant Coach Jim Peterson

Jim Petersen grew up in St. Louis Park, and grew into a 6-foot-11-inch frame. Basketball was an obvious calling, and it still is because he loves this game — and the game seems to love him back.

05/23/2015

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Century Community College Soaking In Trip To NJCAA World Series

They have earned a chance to play for a national title. The Century Community College baseball team out of White Bear Lake is back. As Mike Max reports, it’s been a winding journey for the program and it will be a long journey to the next game.

05/20/2015

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Eastview Softball Captains Earn 4.0 GPAs

Eastview’s softball team is a conference champion, but that’s not what makes the team so special.

“Coaching isn’t about winning,” coach Trevor Monroe said. “I will trade wins for good kids.

05/15/2015

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Alex Kreidler Is Osseo’s Adaptive Softball Pitching Ace

Alex Kreidler, the ace of the Osseo High School’s adaptive softball team, is a pitcher with quite a record — and he’s finishing his senior season with a flurry. Kreidler is at home on the pitching mound. “I would say it’s so much fun … trying to strike people out,” Kreidler said.

05/14/2015

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Rookie Lineman Clemmings Looking To Play Right Away For Vikings

Among the rookies that the Minnesota Vikings could play right away is offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings. He was diagnosed with a foot injury he did not know he had prior to the NFL Draft. But as Mike Max reports, that’s part of the reason the Vikings think they got a steal.

05/13/2015

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2 Huskies With Same Name Lead St. Cloud State To D-II Regional

This weekend, St Cloud State hosts a Division II regional baseball tournament and they are expected to win. The Huskies are ranked No. 1 in the country, which is no small feat for a team from the north. They feature two players and one name that helped get them there.

05/12/2015

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Pitcher Kyle Gibson Turning A Corner With Twins

The Minnesota Twins have been waiting patiently for RHP Kyle Gibson to turn a corner. With 17 straight scoreless innings, some are saying he might be there.

05/09/2015

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Simple Formula For Wild: Contain Kane, Or It’s Over

It’s not confusing, it’s actually pretty simple. Win, or your season is over. There are many reasons the Minnesota Wild trails the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 in the Western Conference semifinals.

05/07/2015

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Wild Must Regroup (Again) To Avoid Game 4 Elimination

Where do you go from here? The Wild understand Tuesday night’s game was pivotal. It was everything but a knockout punch delivered by Chicago, but it’s not over.

05/06/2015

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Wild Knows It Must Play Game 3 Like It’s Game 7

The Minnesota Wild understands that Game 3 when you are down 2-0 in a series is almost like a Game 7. If you lose, it’s all but over. WCCO’s Mike Max was at the Wild’s morning skate and found out what adjustments the team pans to make for Game 3.

05/05/2015

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Newly Drafted Trae Waynes Talks Vikings, NFL In 1-On-1

Waynes actually grew up playing a different position, played in high school with another first round pick, and had a tough guidance counselor — his father.

05/02/2015

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Wild’s Granlund On The Playoffs: ‘It’s Just Hockey’

You just get the feeling something special can happen when Mikael Granlund is on the ice. That’s because he has shown just enough of that to keep you watching and anticipating what that could mean in the playoffs.

05/01/2015

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Brodin’s Quiet, Consistent Play Gives Wild Boost In Playoffs

One of the Wild’s quiet, but very talented defenseman made a big impact on their series against the St. Louis Blues despite not recording a single point over six games.

04/29/2015

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Fontaine Gives Wild Quiet Spark In Playoffs

One of the fun things about the Stanley Cup Playoffs is watching to see who on the third and fourth lines, steps up and makes a name. The Minnesota Wild is deep, and one of the people who has made his presence known is Justin Fontaine.

04/28/2015

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Tyus Jones Talks NCAA Finals, NBA Draft

WCCO’s Mike Max had a chance to sit down with Tyus Jones for a 1-on-1 interview about his performance in the NCAA Finals, and what’s next in his career.

04/25/2015

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Mahtomedi’s Sean Hjelle Has Kentucky On His Mind

Mahtomedi’s Sean Hjelle is made for basketball, and maybe baseball. He’s 6 feet 11 inches tall and he’s good in the low post. But he thinks his future is on the mound. Watch him on the basketball court and you see a kid with potential — big potential.

04/24/2015

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Before Game 5, Wild Aim To Forget Game 4

There is not much left to be said after the 6-1 shellacking that the St. Louis Blues dished out to the Minnesota Wild in Game Four of the NHL Playoffs, except this: The team that forgets quickly can bounce back quickly. “We know we didn’t play well, they played really well,” Wild forward Ryan Suter said.

04/24/2015

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Wild Poised For ‘Unemotional’ Game 4

With an 8:30 p.m. start at the earliest for Game 4 of the NHL Playoffs, it’s going to be tough for folks to get to sleep after this one is over. What will be the keys to Wednesday night’s matchup? Start with what you don’t do.

04/22/2015

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Yeo, Hitchcock Bring Differing Coaching Styles To Playoffs

In the middle of this series between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues are two different coaches. Both understand their teams, but as Mike Max reports, Ken Hitchcock appears unfazed by a 2-1 deficit. Mike Yeo has grown up as an NHL coach in front of the Wild fans’ eyes.

04/21/2015

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Faith, And A Good Surgeon, Are On Sara Kaminski’s Side

Minnehaha Academy junior Sara Kaminski shoots baskets with her father. The last of four athletic siblings, she has built quite a resume; a three-sport athlete whose first love is basketball. But maybe it is what Adrian Peterson demonstrated in his MVP season that makes this story remarkable.

04/17/2015

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Wild Looking For Koivu To Step Up In Playoffs

The Minnesota Wild know its first-round opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the St. Louis Blues, well. Do they know themselves well enough? That’s the job of leadership and in the case of the Wild, its captain is Mikko Koivu.

04/14/2015

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