#LadyInPink Alyssa Nelson is the sexy star of the Wild's huge Game 6 win [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

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In the span of one Vine video, Nelson became everyone's favorite Wild fan.
Late in the second period of last night's do-or-die Game 6, the Wild needed a lift. The hometown team had already blown a two-goal lead and weren't dominating play like they had for much of the series. It felt like they were on the ropes.

Then, the #LadyInPink happened.

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This super cute photo of a Wild player waving to a little kid is ridiculously viral


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Betty McCollum blasts Redskins owner for not changing team name

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McCollum: "Snyder wants to keep profiting from his team's racist brand and use those profits to attempt to buy the silence of Native Americans."
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last fall he's open to a change, Snyder announced last night he's sticking with Redskins.

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UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during Fighting Sioux series


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Lynx jerseys now say "Mayo Clinic" across chest [IMAGE]

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Ads on NBA jerseys seem to be inevitable, but so far the league has resisted pressure to follow the path of European soccer.

SEE ALSO: Vikings QB problem, summed up in one jersey

That's not the case in the WNBA, where today the Lynx became the sixth team to emblazon its jerseys with an advertiser's logo.

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Hopkins wins state semifinal on crazy buzzer beater [VIDEOS]

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As time expired on the fourth overtime of last night's state semifinal basketball game, Hopkins sophomore Amir Coffey's 60-foot heave somehow caught nothing but net, sending the Royals to a 49-46 win over Shakopee.

SEE ALSO: "Ghetto Spirit Day" sparks racial tensions at Hopkins High School

Here's the video:

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MNGOP Rep. Garofalo savaged for tweet linking NBA players to street criminals [UPDATE]

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Garofalo: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime"
:::: UPDATE :::: Garofalo apologized for his tweet right around noon on Monday. Read his statement at the bottom of this post.

Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, is getting blasted from one corner of the internet to the other for offering up an opinion about the NBA during last night's Timberwolves game that links the league's players to street criminals.

SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Pat Garofalo suggests liberal blogger is a pussy

Since nearly 80 percent of NBA players are black, many are interpreting Garofalo's quip as having a racist subtext.

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Twin Cities has inside track for expansion MLS franchise, league commissioner says

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A rendering of what the new Vikings stadium would look like for the MLS.
-- Update at bottom --

Earlier this month, Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, told us "there's discussions going on with the MLS about getting an franchise here but nothing that's finalized." The idea, of course, is that an MLS team could play its home games at the new Vikings stadium.

RELATED: Dark Clouds: Embedded with Minnesota United FC's misfit fans

There still hasn't been anything finalized at this point, but judging by comments made during a conference call today by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, the Twin Cities has the inside track to land a team.

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Gopher fan's response to being shown on kiss cam with sister goes viral [VIDEO]

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The kiss cam is awkward pretty much no matter what, but that's especially the case when your kisser is shown on the big screen along with someone you definitely don't want to smooch -- a relative, platonic friend, or person with a cold sore, for instance.

SEE ALSO: Twins minor league team stages worst marriage proposal rejection of all time [VIDEO]

But instead of merely looking uncomfortable while the boos rained down, a fan at the Gophers men's hockey game on Valentine's night came ready to tell everyone in attendance exactly why he wasn't willing to kiss the woman he accompanied to Mariucci.

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

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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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- 2010 Olympics: U.S. women's curling team hopes to win big in Vancouver


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

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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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