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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Lynx assistant coach Jim Petersen hasn’t been losing sleep this week plotting ways to stop the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference finals. “Phoenix is a nightmare in having to game-plan for them, in terms of who do you stop,” Petersen said. “But then you realize, hey, they’re a lot like us. We’re mirror images of one another. In some cases, you lay awake worried about if you’ll play well. This is a case where we lay awake because we’re so excited to play.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Teresa Claeys had never seen her brother, Tracy, as emotional as he was while coaching from the sideline during a memorable Gophers victory over Nebraska last season at TCF Bank Stadium. It made the Claeys family proud to see the University of Minnesota’s defensive coordinator thrive in a tough situation, taking over as acting head coach while Jerry Kill took time to manage his epilepsy.
One year it was the square yardstick. Is a square yardstick better than a flat one? That’s not important. What was important at the Minnesota State Fair in 1977 was that you got to the Rochester Silo Co. booth for your yardstick, a square one with a leather wrist strap, really more of a walking stick than a measuring device. The Rochester Silo yardsticks were almost too successful.
MINNEAPOLIS — In the four-month buildup until Kevin Love was traded from the Timberwolves on Saturday, president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said the franchise sought a cornerstone player who could transform their identity. In Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves received the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft, a high-flying, defensively stout 19-year-old who was compared to former NBA great Dominique Wilkins.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The thermometer read 97 degrees at kickoff, and still, Matt Cassel wasn’t as hot as he has been. But he still might have done enough to solidify the Vikings’ starting quarterback job. Cassel played the first 2½ quarters Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium and got Minnesota going in a 30-12 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
MINNEAPOLIS — A pass rush in flux shapes offensive linemen deluxe. It’s impossible to know whether that riddle would survive offensive line scrutiny, since only rookies are summoned to deliver daily words of wisdom to open meetings in the Vikings’ longest-tenured position room.
MINNEAPOLIS — The new Vikings stadium is now officially a billion-dollar project, after the team announced Friday it’s kicking in an additional $48.6 million to plug a budget gap caused by rising costs and design changes.
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ST. PAUL — A Little Canada man has been charged in the death of a man he allegedly shoved in front of an oncoming car Wednesday night on a street in the Twin Cities suburb.
GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. — After a full day of work at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds last month, Mark Goodrich went home to his ranch outside Glenwood City to check on...