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Editorial: Minnesota sports scene looks quite encouraging

Some Minnesota sports fans have been a bit gloomy this summer. Granted, the baseball Twins have not lived up to expectations, but the season in not yet over.

Some Minnesota sports fans have been a bit gloomy this summer. Granted, the baseball Twins have not lived up to expectations, but the season in not yet over.

The Twins were on a six-game winning streak this week before losing to Tampa Bay Thursday night. While Kansas City has a decent lead in the division, the Twins are still in the wild card race.

There is another Minnesota baseball team playing well this summer across town in St. Paul. The Saints have been burning up the American Association’s North Division with a 65-25 record. They should have a good shot in the playoffs.

Not to be outdone, the Minnesota Lynx have been tearing up the WNBA this summer as well with a 19-9 record. The Lynx have the top record in the women’s pro basketball league.

As summer nears the end of its run in 2015, the Vikings are preparing for their regular season in the National Football League. The team is 3-0 in the exhibition season so far and play in Dallas tonight. And running Adrian Peterson has not yet played, so the optimism for the regular season is running fairly strong.

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The Minnesota Gophers will open their regular season Thursday night as highly-ranked Texas Christian University comes to town. Gopher football faces a strong schedule, but Minnesota believes coach Jerry Kill will have his team strongly competing in all the games.

And the Minnesota Wild will soon open their training camp with expectations to improve upon their playoff run of last spring.

So the sports scene in Minnesota looks very promising.

Fans foresee strong playoff runs by the Lynx and Saints along with a possible wild card shot for the Twins. Excitement is building for the Vikings and the Wild’s regular seasons to open.

The remainder of 2015 looks to be a good time to be a Minnesota sports fan.

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