April 26, 2009

Students riot in Dinkytown

Hundreds of University of Minnesota students were met by police Saturday when a party turned into a riot, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Over 500 students crowed the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Seventh Street Southeast in celebration of the university's annual Spring Jam event.

Residents told the Daily that the parties began as early as 9 a.m. Large crowds started to gather around 7 p.m., and police were called to the area about that time.

It was reported that the crowd through bottles at the police, who were all dressed in full riot gear. Anti-riot tactics were used to disperse the crowd. The police did not leave the area until around 1:00 a.m., Sunday.

The Daily reported that seven people were arrested, and no serious injuries were reported.

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April 19, 2009

Mauer maybe nearing his return to the Twins

Joe Mauer is expected to play at a intrasquad spring training game Sunday, in his first step to returning to the team, the Pioneer Press reported.

Mauer has not played a game all year after lower back problems forced the Twins to put him on the disabled list.

The Twins plan on giving Mauer about 50 at bats over the next week to test his health, the Pioneer Press said.

It was reported that if Mauer shows that he is healthy, he will be able to return to the team by May 1st.

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April 11, 2009

Man charged in Adenhart crash

A 22-year-old man was charged with three counts of murder and drunken driving in a traffic that killed a Los Angeles Angels pitcher and two others, reported ESPN.

Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, could face from 55 years to life if convicted, said Tony Rackauckas the Orange County District Attorney.

Nick Adenhart, a 22-year-old Angels pitcher, was traveling in car with three other people when it was struck by a drunken driver. Adenhart died later in the hospital, while Henry Pearson, 25, and Jon Wilhite, 24, died at the scene. Both were of Manhattan Beach. The other passenger, Jon Wilhite, is in critical but stable condition.

ESPN said that Gallo's blood alcohol was more than three times the legal limit. They also reported that Gallo had been charged with drunken driving in the past.


April 5, 2009

Winfield and Vikings Set To Talk About New Contract

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield and his agent have negotiations moving along for a new contract but his agent is unsure if Winfield will attend the offseason workout program. (Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported this)

Winfield is in his final year of his six-year 35 million dollar contract. The 32-year-old Pro Bowler is considered one of top corners in the game.

His agent Ashanti Webb told both papers that negotiations are heating up but did not give any further details.

Winfield returns from spring vacation with his family Sunday night, and his agent is unsure if Winfield will be attend the teams offseason workout program that starts Monday.

Cedric Griffin, the Vikings starting right cornerback, recently received a contract extension from the Vikings.

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March 29, 2009

Timberwolves have few options in next draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves are nearing another losing season, but their three first round picks in the upcoming draft leave them with limited options. Pioneer Press

Many improvements are in store for a team that will be picking in the lottery yet again. The Pioneer Press pointed out that the team's biggest need is at the guard positions. Consistency at the point guard position is a must, but this years draft is not considered as deep as the past couple years.

Spaniard Ricky Rubio is considered the top guard prospect, but there is still no word on if he will enter the draft. After him there are not many options.

The Timberwolves will have a lottery pick along with two other picks from Boston and Miami. The last two picks will be higher, and general manager Jim Stack thinks that the team will probably try to trade the picks for veterans.

"I don't think we're going to sit there and draft three or four rookies into our team next year," Stack told the Pioneer Press.

If the Wolves are lucky they may win the lottery this year, grabbing the top pick. Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin is the consensus top pick. This will prove to be an issue for the Wolves with Al Jefferson and Kevin Love playing the same position as Griffin.

ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla told the Pioneer Press that the log jam at the power forward position should not deter the Wolves from drafting a high impact player like Griffin.

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March 15, 2009

Gopher basketball team makes the Big Dance

The Gophers mens basketball team made the NCAA Tournament in coach Tubby Smith's second season. the Pioneer Press reported.

The Gophers are the No. 10 seed and they will play the No. 7 seed Texas Longhorns (22-11) on Thursday. The game will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Smith took over the team last year after the team had its worst season in 111 years. The Gophers improved from nine wins to 20 last year but they failed to make the tournament for the first time in 14 years for Smith.

A 16-1 start, a win over No. 1 seed Louisville and a sweep of Wisconsin, played a big roll in the team's selection into the Big Dance.

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March 8, 2009

Twins beat Orioles 2-0

Francisco Liriano threw four perfect innings as the Twins held on to a no-hitter until the ninth inning, the Star Tribune reported.

Liriano struck out five batters while Joe Nathan struck out two in his first appearance since Feb. 25.

The Orioles catcher Matt Wieters broke-up the no-hitter with a single leading off the ninth against Bobby Keppel.

Carlos Gomez provided the offense with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

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February 27, 2009

Deal keeps Jim Kleinsasser with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings presented tight-end Jim Kleinsasser with a new deal that will keep him in purple, the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press reported.

The Star Tribune said that the deal is three-year $9 million contract while the Pioneer Press reported that it was a two-year $6 million deal.

Kleinsasser was drafted out of the University of North Dakota in 1999 by the Vikings.

The deal will bring back one of the elite blocking tight-ends in the league for his 11th season.

With 164 career receptions to go along with 1,466 yards, Kleinsasser isn't know for his catching. His blocking abilities are a valuable asset to a team that depends on its running game.

NFL free agency started Friday morning and Kleinsasser received multiple offers from teams.

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February 22, 2009

Joe Crede signs one year deal with Twins

30-year-old third baseman Joe Crede signed a one-year $2.5 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

Crede fills a whole on the left side of the infield with solid power and defensive skills.

He was an All-star in 2008 but his season was cut short by a back injury that required surgery. This was the same in 2007, a season in which he only played in only 47 games.

Scot Boras, Crede's agent, says that his client is 100 percent, as both parties hope that Crede returns to the four previous season before back surgery in which he averaged playing in 144 games.

Before Crede was signed, the Twins planned on platooning Brenden Harris and Brian Buscher at third base. This will now not be happening but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that both players will get significant playing time at other positions.

The addition of Crede gives the Twins a solid infield including, shortstop Nick Punto, second baseman Alexi Casilla, and star first baseman Justin Morneau.

The Star Tribune reported that Crede will be presented by the Twins on Sunday morning.

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February 15, 2009

Gophers lose to Penn State on the road

The Minnesota Gophers lost to the Penn State Nittany Lions 68-63 in State College Saturday afternoon, the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune reported.

The Gophers dropped their fifth out of eight games, and third game in a row on the road, hurting their NCAA Tournament hopes.

Freshman Devoe Joseph scored 23 points including a school-record-tying seven three-pointers, but had two turnovers in the final three minutes.

Turnovers were yet again the Gophers' main issue. For the second consecutive game the Gophers had 19 turnovers while only seven assists were produced.

The Nittany Lions led at halftime 24-23 and the Gophers were able to pull into the lead 56-53 with 5:16 remaining in the game. A 10-0 run by Penn State right after that put the Gophers in a hole that they were never able to climb out of.

Penn State moved into a tie for fifth place with the Gophers and Wisconsin. This puts pressure on the Gophers to win a majority of their remaining five games.

This puts into question the Gophers' chances to make the Tournament but Tubby Smith told the Pioneer Press, "I don't care about that...I care about how we need to stop turning the ball over."

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February 8, 2009

Gopher basketball team loses forth game out of six

Saturday night the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team lost to Ohio State 64-58, despite 19 second half points from Blake Hoffarber both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

Hoffarber was 6-for-10 from the three point line snapping a 7-for-37 slump which had been running during the previous 10 Big Ten games. Hoffarber's 19 points lead the team but he told the Pioneer Press, "It doesn't really mean much, because we got the loss."

The Gophers turned the ball over 17 times which lead to 14 points for the Buckeyes.

At half, the Gophers' were down 29-26 but more turnovers in the second half built the Buckeyes' lead. With 3:46 left on the clock the Gophers cut the lead down to 55-52.

Evan Turner, who led Ohio State with 18 points, was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1 minute and 8 seconds, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.

Minnesota (18-5,6-5) dropped from third place in the Big Ten Conference to six place while the Buckeyes improved to (17-5, 7-4).

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January 31, 2009

Timberwolves lose to Lakers 132-119 at home

The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered their second consecutive loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night at the Target Center. (Star Tribune and Pioneer Press)

The Timberwolves' forward Al Jefferson provided for 34 points 15 rebounds but it wasn't enough to counter the star power of the Lakers. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 48 points and 24 rebounds while Kobe Bryant chipped in 30 for the Lakers. (Pioneer Press)

Kevin Mchale, the coach of the Wolves, said, " One thing we can take away for this game is that we can drop 119 on them, i don't like the fact that they have dropped 132 on us. (Pioneer Press)

At half-time the game seemed to be somewhat in control as the Lakers were holding onto a slim 62-58 lead. This changed quickly in the third quarter as the Lakers took the reigns and built the lead to as many as 20 points.

The Lakers length provided issues for the Wolves as evident in the Lakers' 53-43 rebounding advantage, including 19 offensive rebounds. (Star Tribune)

A season record 19,111 people were in attendance at the Target Center to view the high scoring event.

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