Among states, Minnesota sending second-highest number of athletes to winter Olympics

Categories: Sports, Winter
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Start 'em young: Pond hockey in White Bear Lake.
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the team for this year's winter Olympics yesterday, and it's a doozy: 230 members, the most for any nation in the history of the winter games.

The country is amping up for international competition, sure. But the team list also sparks some rivalry between states, and in that contest, Minnesota's tied for silver.

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Aaron Rodgers almost became one of first NFL players to come out of the closet, report says

Categories: GLBT, Sports
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In a since-deleted tweet, Rodgers poses with the man some are suggesting is his ex.
Take this with an appropriately sized grain of salt, but according to a story first broken by The Fame Driven gossip site, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers almost became one of the first NFL players to come out of the closet as gay earlier this year.

SEE ALSO: Former Timberwolf Jason Collins comes out as first gay pro athlete, thanks Chris Kluwe

Fame Driven, citing an unnamed source close to A-Rodg and his alleged ex-boyfriend, reports that the former MVP was one of four NFL players who were in talks last spring with former Ravens linebacker and gay rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo about coming out as a group. But for whatever reason, A-Rodg got cold feet, and his reluctance caused a rift between him and his alleged ex, the report says.

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Gophers bowl game tickets cost about as much as gas station donuts

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The 8-4 Minnesota Gophers versus the 6-6 Syracuse Orange... in Houston! Feel the excitement!
Judging by ticket prices, tonight's Gophers vs. Syracuse Texas Bowl matchup will be a bit like the moon landing -- the only people watching it will be thousands of miles away.

RELATED: Associated Press disses Gophers football team

That's because tickets to the game are selling for less than 50 cents, or roughly the price of one of those crappy glazed donuts you snap up at your local gas station only to regret it immediately thereafter.

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Associated Press disses Gophers football team

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The AP isn't exactly riveted by the Gophers' upcoming bowl game.
Today, the Associated Press published a piece listing a reason to watch each of the 35 college football bowl games coming up between now and the BCS National Championship on January 6.

SEE ALSO: Jerry Kill to Jim Souhan: "Kiss my ass"

The piece, written by Ralph Russo, offers mostly serious reasons to hunker down and check 'em out. But one exception is what he has to say about the Gophers' second consecutive appearance in the Texas Bowl, where this year the U of M is matched up against Syracuse on December 27.

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Wolves fan's story makes LeBron sound like a cool guy

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LeBron gave his headband to a fan he makes a point of giving a shout-out to each time he visits the Target Center. 
People love to hate on LeBron James for the way he left Cleveland and for being arrogant, but there's actually a lot of evidence he's a cool guy.

SEE ALSO: Wolves take swipe at LeBron's Harlem Shake video... with a baseball bat

For instance, consider this story a self-proclaimed Minnesota fan posted on Reddit following Miami's Friday night dismantling of the T-Wolves at the Target Center:

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Gophers distract Wisconsin kicker with gigantic image of cute animal [PHOTO]

Categories: Sports, U of M
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During last Saturday's home game against Wisconsin, the Gophers football program got an A for effort in at least one regard.

SEE ALSO: U of M baseball players pull off incredible videobomb during interview of coach

When the Wisconsin kicker lined up for a first half field goal attempt, whoever is responsible for the TCF Bank video screen tried to distract him by playing the "dramatic gopher" video that's received more than two million views on YouTube.

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Kevin Garnett, back in Mpls for possibly the last time, says he still has love for Minnesota

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Da Kid developed from a lanky teenager into a grizzled MVP during his dozen years in Minnesota.
More than six years after the Timberwolves traded him to Boston for pennies on the dollar, Kevin Garnett will play what could be his last game at the arena he helped put on the NBA map.

He's now 37 and in his 19th NBA season, and KG's numbers have declined precipitously during his first campaign with the struggling 3-8 Brooklyn Nets. Though it's still only November, Garnett's athleticism seems all but gone and he's averaging career lows in minutes, field goal percentage, assists, and points (his current points-per-game is a paltry 6.6, compared to a previous low of 10.4 during his rookie season all the way back in 1995-96).

SEE ALSO: Kevin McHale breaks down in tears in Kevin Garnett's arms [VIDEO]

Garnett's struggles have fueled speculation this season will be his last. And if this is indeed the end of the end for the greatest player in Timberwolves history, KG took a moment today to let Minnesota fans know he still appreciates all the support they've given him over the years.

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Jerry Kill to Jim Souhan: "Kiss my ass"

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Kill is still pissed about Souhan's controversial September column.
The 8-2 Gophers football team has won four consecutive Big Ten games and will play its biggest game in years tomorrow when it hosts archrival Wisconsin (the Badgers are also 8-2).

SEE ALSO: Gophers football fan photobombs ESPN camera during Stanford basketball game [IMAGE]

In advance of the big game, CBS Sports profiled Jerry Kill. And one interesting tidbit from CBS's piece pertains to coach Kill's reaction to the controversial column the Star Tribune's Jim Souhan wrote about him back in September.

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Mike Tyson: Minneapolis may not be glamorous but it's great

Categories: Sports
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Next stop on the Mike Tyson Magical Redemption Tour: Minneapolis.

The former heavyweight champ spoke briefly with reporters Wednesday to throw his weight behind a January 3 fight at Target Center as part of the ESPN series Friday Night Fights. It's the first, Tyson said, of what could be several fights in the area involving his company Iron Mike Productions.

"We're not just gonna walk across Minneapolis because some people don't think it's a glamorous city," he said. "I think it's a great city."

SEE ALSO: Mike Tyson documentary packs powerful punch

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City Council unanimously approves $97 million Target Center renovation

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Minneapolis's rendering of a revamped Target Center.
Twenty-three-year-old Target Center is one of the oldest venues in the NBA. Today, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a long-awaited, $97 million plan to finance its renovation.

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- Timberwolves and Mpls officials unveil $100 million Target Center renovation plan



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