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April 29, 2007

Vikings take Peterson from Oklahoma

The StarTribune.com reports the Minnesota Vikings selected runningback Adrian Peterson out of Oklahoma. The Vikings set their sights on Peterson after his quiet April 13 visit to Winter Park. Peterson's 12 touchdowns in seven games last season matched the Vikings' total for all runners in 16 games of the 2006 season.

Kare 11.com reports more than 3,000 Vikings fans gathered at Winter Park Headquarters in Eden Prairie to watch the NFL draft Saturday. The Vikings fans were very happy with their selection of Peterson. Peterson will be backing up runningback Chester Taylor.

Zachary March liked the Peterson pick. He says, "I think that was a good pick. We didn't need a quarterback since we got Tavaris Jackson."

April 20, 2007

The NFL Draft and Marijuana

ESPN.com reports three players widely regarded as top-10 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, including Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, have admitted to previously using marijuana, Pro Football Weekly reports. Johnson, Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams and Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye admitted using the drug. The players admitted using during college at February's NFL scouting combine.

"I doubt it will have any effect whatsoever," said Gailey, a former Dallas Cowboys head coach. "I think he's a great young man who probably did it one time to see what it was like and told the truth."

The Gridiron Gateway.com reports according to a player personnel director from another team, players are encouraged to be totally forthcoming on even the most minor events as they approach jobs worth millions of dollars. As long as the players do not use in the NFL they will have no problems.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft07/news/story?id=2842833

http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=124&p=2&c=637091

April 13, 2007

New Jersey Governor in serious car accident

CBSnews.com reports New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine was in critical condition Friday, but expected to recover, after his vehicle was hit on the Garden State Parkway and crashed into a guardrail, breaking his leg and collarbone, 12 ribs, his sternum and fracturing a vertebrae. Authorities are still looking for the other driver involved who is to be blame for everthing. A Corzine spokesman said Friday it doesn't appear that the governor was wearing a seatbelt during the crash.

NYTimes.com reports Corzine was flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he received seven units of blood and a metal rod in his leg during a two-hour operation that ended about 11:30 p.m.

“He has what we call multisystemic injuries,� Robert F. Ostrum, Cooper’s director of orthopedic trauma, who led the surgical team, said in a midnight briefing for reporters here. “Injuries to his chest, lungs, to his legs, and he lost a significant amount of blood.�

Mr. Corzine was on his way to Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton, for a meeting between the Rutgers women’s basketball team and Don Imus, who made rude comments about the team during his morning talk show.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/13/politics/main2680016.shtml

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/13/nyregion/13cnd-corzine.html?_r=1&bl&ex=1176609600&en=e100a1c80dcc576a&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

April 5, 2007

British fans targeted after soccer game

The Sportingnews reports two Manchester United fans stabbed during clashes before a Champions League match with AS Roma remained hospitalized Thursday.

Rome prefect Achille Serra said the fans were stabbed in the groin and backside during the brawl from the Roma supporters Wednesday.

"On both sides there is a category of violent imbeciles who use knives," Serra said.

Washingtonpost reports a total of 18 fans were injured during the clashes Wednesday- 15 British fans and three Italians. The police did not help matters during the brawl. Television crews showed Italian police taking down many of the United fans with batons, leaving several of the English club's fans bleeding profusely from head wounds.

"The police just went in indiscriminately hitting anyone and everybody, it didn't matter whether they were old people, young people, men, women, whatever they just hit everyone," United fan Mick Thorne.

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=194457

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/05/AR2007040500820_2.html

March 29, 2007

Twins keep Silva and send Garza down

The StarTribune reports in a surprising move made by the Minnesota Twins, they have decided to keep Carlos Silva who struggled throughout the year last season. The Twins sent down Matt Garza, their highly praised prospect, to AAA-Rochester Wednesday. Silva will join Johan Santana, Sidney Ponson, Boof Bonser and Ramon Ortiz in the starting rotation to kick off the start of the baseball season for 2007.

Garza's earned run average (ERA) was a 1.50 while Silva's ERA was 11.02 for spring training. The lower the number for ERA the better. It means the pitcher has given up less runs during nine innings.

Sometimes spring training's very deceiving," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And hopefully that's the case here."

Twinsbaseball.com reports the Twins decided Garza was not ready to come up to the majors again because of inexperience and him always relying on his fastball. Garza had a tough time throwing his breaking ball over for strikes which allowed Silva to get the starting role. Club officials have indicated once Garza gets command of his other pitches than his fastball, then he will probably be called up with the team.

The team also believes Garza will receive more experience in the minors, being able to pitch every fifth day as a starter, than if he were to start in the bullpen and pitching only one or two innings not every five days. Gardenhire said the news was, of course, disappointing to Garza, but that the 23-year-old pitcher also agreed with some of the team's assessment.

http://www.startribune.com/509/story/1085809.html

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070328&content_id=1864219&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

March 23, 2007

Joe Mauer injured

Twinsbaseball.com reports Twins starting catcher, Joe Mauer, has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left fibula that will sideline him for several days. Mauer had been dealing with pain in his leg for around four days until Thursday morning he told Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, the pain had migrated from the inner part of his left ankle to the outside of it into his shin.

Wcco.com reports Mauer was treated with a bone stimulator and physical therapy, and was to be re-evaluated Sunday, Twins spokesman Mike Herman said.

"He should be OK after a little treatment," Ryan said. "That would be the hope. I think we're OK."

The 23-year-old has had injuries in the past. He missed most of his rookie year due to surgery on his left knee because of a torn meniscus.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070322&content_id=1854796&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

http://wcco.com/local/local_story_081143203.html

March 9, 2007

More trouble in Somalia

Newsblaze.com reports Ugandan troops were leaving Mogadishu International Airport when their convey came under attack Islamist groups. The Islamist groups fired rockets which missed the convey, but killed 10 civilians at an intersection. A fight ensued and four more civilians were killed during the fight. The action happened Wednesday evening and was confirmed by Somali Deputy Defense Minister Salad Ali Jelle.

CNN.com reports about 800 Ugandan troops have arrived this week, and about 200 more are expected. The peacekeepers were sent by the United Nations to help the government assert its authority. Several other African countries have also promised troops, but no date has been set for their arrival.

Deputy Defense Minister Salad Ali Jelle said the attack would not deter the peacekeepers.

http://newsblaze.com/story/20070308140038payn.nb/newsblaze/OPINIONS/Opinions.html

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/03/08/somalia.peacekeepers.ap/index.html

March 2, 2007

Asian baseball players going to United States to play

Espn.com reports, this year in Spring Training for Major League Baseball there are more Asian baseball players than the previous year and the previous year before that. Every year Major League Baseball gets more Asian players competing for spots on their baseball teams.

There could possibly be situations in baseball games resulting in just Asian players making the plays. "At some points this season, Hideki Matsui might hit a home run off Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will be replaced by Hideki Okajima, who will finish the game won by Yankees starter Kei Igawa."

MLB.com reports baseball is becoming increasingly international every year. There are players from all over the world. There have been talks to having Major League games played in other parts of the world. "On the drawing board right now are opening the 2008 season abroad, with the prime contenders being Japan and China; plus the first postseason MLB All-Star tour of Korea and Chinese-Taipei this November."

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/asia/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=2766767

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070301&content_id=1821008&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

February 23, 2007

Wild beat Avs in Denver

The StarTribune.com reports the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche Thursday in Denver. The Wild had a three goal lead going into the third period, but the Avs did not give up. The Wild almost let the lead slip through their fingers during the entire third period.

"Piece of cake," captain Mark Parrish said with a wink.

foxsports.com reports the Wild's Wyatt Smith ended his goal drought in the game. It was 92 games ago since Smith's last goal.

Mikko Koivu, Adam Hall, and Todd White all scored in the victory for the Wild. The Wild goalie, Niklas Backstrom, stopped 28 shots.

"After White and Parrish teamed to set up Hall's pretty, top-shelf first-period goal, Smith and White scored 79 seconds apart late in the second period."

http://www.startribune.com/1330/story/1019798.html

http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/6497000

February 16, 2007

Michael Cuddyer inks one year deal with Twins

ESPN.com reports the Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration with right fielder Michael Cuddyer on Thursday. The agreed terms are $3.575 million, for one-year.

Twinsbaseball.com reports the Twins and Cuddyer agreed to the contract just before the arbitration hearings were to take place Thursday afternoon.

"[The hearing] didn't begin, but we were all prepared," Ryan said. "I tried to get us to agree to a mutual figure that made sense for both of us. They did the same and we came to an agreement," reports StarTribune.com.

With the new ballpark opening in 2010, the Twins are looking to resign more key players such as Johan Santana and Joe Nathan. Both of the deals with Nathan and Santana will be a lot of money for a small market team, but there will be more revenue with the new ballpark meaning the Twins might be able to make blockbuster deals.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2767267

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070215&content_id=1803333&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

http://www.startribune.com/509/story/1005225.html

February 8, 2007

Anna Nicole Dies

The StarTribune is reporting that Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Smith was 39 at the time of her death.

A private nurse found Smith unresponsive on the hotel floor and Smith's bodyguard administered CPR for about an hour until she was declared dead.

The AP reports Anna Nicole Smith became famous when she married an oil tycoon.

Her career included modeling as a Playboy centerfold and jeans. She was the spokesperson for TrimSpa, a weight-loss supplement, and had her own reality show.

http://www.startribune.com/484/story/990220.html

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ANNA_NICOLE_SMITH?SITE=VALYD&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT