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]

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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"

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

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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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Gophers social media team apologizes for dissing Vikings

Following a wild 42-39 win over Indiana on Saturday, the Gophers football team has won three straight Big Ten games and may be in the midst of their best season in a decade.

THEY TOLD YOU SO: Vikings will be the worst team in the NFL this year, one group of experts conclude

To put it mildly, things aren't going quite as well for the local professional pigskin squad. Yesterday's last-second 27-23 loss in Dallas dropped the Vikings to 1-7 -- the last time the Purple started a season that poorly was during the franchise's inaugural 1961 season -- and after the game, Kevin Williams and Brian Robison openly groused about the coaching staff's conservative approach on both sides of the ball.

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Minnesota pitcher whose career was derailed by pot gets injured from drinking too much Pepsi

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Hamburger's career was derailed first by pot, now by Pepsi.
Mark Hamburger was a standout ball player at Mounds View High School and even pitched a few games in the big leagues. Then, he got high. Again, and again, and again, and again.

By last spring, Hamburger's pot problem had cost him his job in the MLB. He found himself living in his parents' Shoreview basement and pitching for the St. Paul Saints.

SEE ALSO: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thinks pot makes you violent

Hamburger did well enough to earn a minor league contract with the Twins. He was sent down to Venezuela to pitch on a winter ball team, only to have his offseason cut short thanks to another one of his vices.

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Minnesota Daily named to prestigious Sports Illustrated list

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U of M students are rubbing digital elbows with James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Jay-Z
Minnesota Daily was named to this year's Sports Illustrated 25 under 25 -- a diverse list of star performers and prodigies who toil in and out of the arena.

Technically the student-run paper of the U of M is 113 years old, but who's counting? Its writers, of course, are all of college age.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota Daily is best student paper in U.S.

In bestowing the honor, SI cited several of the Daily's recent awards. The Society of Professional Journalists has named it the Best Affiliated Website among student publications for two years running. In 2012, it also took home an award for Sports Writing for a piece entitled "The Economics of Athletics" by Derek Wetmore.

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Royce White gets released, retweets haters

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Royce White's NBA career could be over before it began.

A first-round selection just last year, White -- a former Minnesota Mr. Basketball and two-time state high school champion, once with DeLeSalle and once with Hopkins -- was released yesterday by the Philadelphia Sixers, a team widely expected to be one of the worst in the league this season.

RELATED: Royce White says his problems began when he smoked pot in Forest Lake

Given his checkered past and an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for him to fly, at this point it's fair to wonder whether White will ever see action in a regular season game (he didn't play in any last season).

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