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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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Weight Machine Targets The Neck To Prevent Concussions

At Minnetonka High School on Friday, they held a concussions clinic for coaches, trainers and students.

04/10/2015

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Once A Gophers Quarterback, Adam Weber Returns As Coach

The Gophers added a veteran quarterback before spring practice, kind of. Adam Weber has returned as a graduate assistant, ready to make a new name in his football career as a coach.

04/08/2015

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Learning Curve Awaits Tyus Jones If, When He Goes Pro

Right now it’s hard to envision a scenario if Tyus Jones turns professional that he would end up with the Minnesota Timberwolves. But wherever and whenever he makes the leap, there is a learning curve. As a couple lottery pick point guards can attest to.

04/07/2015

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Football Coach Convention Focuses On Safety

Each Minnesota high school football coaches gather for an annual convention. What stays the same are the relationships, renewed and reborn. What changes are the issues, and in 2015, it’s a whole lot about safety.

04/03/2015

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Lindsey Vonn Seeks To Empower Young Girls

She grew up in Minnesota and has fast-tracked her way to the best of the best. Lindsey Vonn is a downhill skier who wants to let young girls know that self-esteem is the key to anything. She is the ultimate on slopes from Minnesota, and in some respects, in the world.

04/03/2015

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Cobb Hoping Big Senior Season Turns Into NFL Opportunity

David Cobb set a single-season rushing record with the University of Minnesota football team last season, one that helped turn the Gopher program around. Now he’s hoping to get a pay day as a result. Cobb is preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft, which means overcoming an injury.

04/01/2015

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Wild Back-Up Goalies Aim To Stay Sharp Without Playing Time

They have experience and track records, and they probably won’t play a significant minute the rest of the season or in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That’s because the two Minnesota Wild goal tenders are behind Devan Dubnyk, and as Mike Max explains, all they can do is prepare and wait.

03/31/2015

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Lakers Assistant Coach Hails From Western Minnesota

Growing up in western Minnesota, he was a high school gym rat. Now, he coaches in NBA gymnasiums.

It only took about 30 years of basketball coaching and administration to get there, but now Clay Moser calls Los Angeles home.

03/27/2015

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Wayzata Boys Tennis Champs Play In All Weather

The Wayzata’s boys tennis team is searching for a three-peat, and their No. 1 player is defending his title.

03/27/2015

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MLS Expanding To Minn., Downtown Stadium Planned

Major League Soccer is coming to Minnesota. The league made it official on Wednesday at Target Field when they announced that the Minnesota United FC team would play in the league starting in 2018. It’s the news die-hard soccer fans here have been waiting years for.

03/25/2015

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Kelley, Gopher Women Ready For NCAA Tourney

The Gopher women’s basketball team believes now that they are in the dance, why not win some games? The reason they have a chance against DePaul and beyond is a new addition, who may have made it all possible.

03/18/2015

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Hamline Hockey Team 1 Win Away From Division III Frozen Four

It is a staggering story based on numbers. Hamline University’s hockey team won two games last season. If they win Saturday against Wisconsin-Stevens Point, they will advance to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four with a new coach and a new culture.

03/17/2015

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Meet The Geuberts — Eastview’s Basketball Family

When parents meet playing basketball in college, you know there is a pretty good chance their kids may gravitate to the sport. The Geuberts look like the all-American family, because, in many respects, they are. Dan and Melissa have three children, two of whom are twins and high school seniors — Madison and Drew.

03/06/2015

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Breck Goalie Savoring His Shot At State Tournament

The Boys State High School Hockey Tournament starts in Class A with quarterfinals and continues Thursday with Class AA quarterfinals. Sometimes the great story lines aren’t the ones of the players who have been starters since they put on skates, but the ones who had to work every day to finally be good enough. Breck goaltender Stephen Headrick is a prime example of that.

03/03/2015

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Mpls. South High’s Weight Room Comes From Target Field Tax

Minneapolis South High School is one of many school benefiting from Target Field. What’s the connection? A Hennepin County tax that is helping build new facilities for schools and parks in the city.

02/28/2015

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