[UPDATE] Ex-Timberwolves Stiff Darko Milicic Loses Professional Kickboxing Debut

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Not a great start to Darko's kickboxing career

One of the softest, most-overpaid (KAAAHHHNNN!) players in Timberwolves history lost his professional kickboxing debut in Russia yesterday.

Darko didn't look too bad in the first round of the fight, flashing more aggression than he ever did underneath the boards, but the fight was stopped early in the second round because of a deep cut on his shin.

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Minnesota Wild Plagued By Mumps Outbreak

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Today star Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is set to return to action after missing two games due to a mumps infection. Suter is the fifth (!) Wild defenseman to get catch mumps this season.

What the heck are mumps? We reached out to Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Emily Banerjee to find out more.

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Gophers Football Tickets Are About to Get a Lot More Expensive

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Fees for season tickets will jump steadily over the next four years

Success comes with a price.

Fresh off of the most promising season of Gophers football in more than a decade, the University of Minnesota announced that the "scholarship fees" fans pay in order to buy season tickets will rise steadily over the next three years.

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Zygi Wilf Clearly Has the Best Shot At Bringing Major League Soccer to MN

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Zygi Wilf may be the most reviled man in Minnesota, but the fact is he represents the state's best shot at convincing Major League Soccer to expand here.

Lately lots of ink has been spilled over the battle between the two powerful groups of local bigwigs competing for the next Major League Soccer franchise, because frankly, it's an irresistible story.

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Crazy Endings in Two of the State High School Football Championship Games

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Brinkman's game-winning throw
Two of Friday's state high school football championship games were decided by late-game gambles. One worked out, one did not.

Class 2A champion Holdingford won its first title since 1981 with a broken trick play on fourth down in double overtime, while Totino-Grace's failed two-point conversion with 1:39 left in the game gave Eden Prairie a one-point victory in Class 6A.

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Minneapolis Wins Bid for Final Four in 2019

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The team behind Minneapolis's winning bid celebrated on Friday

Last Friday the NCAA announced Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019.

The city's winning bid was titled "Winning Happens Here," a bit ironic for a city that literally has not won a major sports championship since 1991. (Sorry, Lynx fans.)

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Minneapolis Makes Its Pitch for the Final Four

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If Minneapolis hosts the Final Four it will look something like this
If an envoy of local business bigwigs and Minneapolis boosters were convincing enough yesterday the city could host the MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl and Final Four within a span of five years.

The NCAA will announce which of eight finalist cities will host the Final Four from 2017-2020 on Friday. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the presentation "went off without a hitch" when we caught up with her on her way home from the presentation to the NCAA in Indianapolis.

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Washington "Redskins" Protestors in Minneapolis: We're Not Mascots [Video]

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Just a few of the many signs at Sunday's protest.
Thousands united towards a single cause on a chilly morning outside of TCF Bank Stadium just hours ahead of the Vikings game against Washington on November 2. But this wasn't a routine tailgating session before the big game -- this was people from all walks of life protesting against the Washington "Redskins" name.

Dan Snyder, Washington's NFL team owner, has been deaf to the arguments against the offensive name, but that didn't stop folks from descending upon the stadium in droves to voice their grievances.

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Dawn Bjoraker Knows Why Native Americans Hate "Redskins" So Much

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Outside the American Indian OIC along East Franklin Avenue, Dawn Bjoraker's teeth chatter in the harsh cold. It's early, the sun barely making its way over the skyscrapers surrounding her.

Perhaps Bjoraker's family would still be sleeping or curled up by a fireplace in these conditions, but not today. They're here for an important reason: to join together with brothers, sisters, and elders in a march and rally to let Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder know that the word "Redskins" is racist, no matter what he says. And he better change it. Soon.

"This has always been a big deal! It was a big deal when I was a kid. And now I'm 40, so you see?" Bjoraker explains. "But now, we're taking it back."

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Religious Freedom Group Says Transgender Athlete Policy "Treats Children As Guinea Pigs"

Categories: Religion, Sports

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The October hearing, from Jana Shortal on Twitter

As the Minnesota State High School League keeps deliberating on a policy to allow transgendered athletes to choose what sport they play based on their gender identity, it's heard from nearly everybody. Students, parents, administrators, activists.

To us, the policy seemed logical (and simply the right thing to do). But for the Alliance Defending Freedom, it's been anything but.


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