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U of M hoopsters off to promising start








The 2012-13 college basketball season is now underway. Both Minnesota teams opened their campaigns last week with wins, but it’s way too early to call the season a success…

The Gophers men’s team also was successful in their home opener versus American University last weekend, but like Borton, men’s coach Tubby Smith said one win can’t be satisfying. His team must be intense from jump ball to final buzzer, he noted. To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:”


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The smartest White team in the NBA

T-Wolves team return to the 1950s? Race controversy swells up once again as seen in the bitter reactions to an October 28, 2012 Star Tribune story (“Timberwolves: Pale in comparison to the rest of the NBA”), about how the T-Wolves are “going White,” with readers opposed to my saying it was not a coincidence but a Timberwolves calculation, that I was beating a dead horse. Commenters backed David Kahn (Wolves president of basketball operations), and Rick Adelman (head coach). I used words like “disturbing,” “raises some real questions,” “calculated.” I paraphrased Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “nullification of diversity and a reversal of history”. Did not Coach Rick Adelman say that with his now mostly all-White team, he finally has “a very smart team”? Continue Reading →

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Use of college players’ likenesses under court scrutiny

 Class-action suit could affect larger issue of athlete exploitation
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

An anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA to compensate former and present college athletes for using their likenesses without

their consent is moving forward after a judge recently ordered ESPN to hand over to the plaintiffs its television and licensing contracts. Former Nebraska football player Sam Keller filed suit in 2009 against the NCAA for using former and current college players’ likenesses in archival footage, video games, photographs and promotions. Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon later filed a class-action lawsuit, and a U.S. District Court in California joined the two cases in 2010, along with other similar claims against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company and Electronic Arts, Inc.


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Prep stars updates


MARCUS MARSHALL — The former All-State shooting guard from St. Paul Johnson not only won the slam dunk contest at Missouri State’s Midnight Madness, but the freshman is also starting. GABE WALKER — The sensational running back helped St. Paul Central capture its sixth consecutive City Conference title. KACHINE ALEXANDER — The former University of Iowa and Benilde-St. Continue Reading →

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Gophers tackle represents local talent on the team

It’s a rarity in Gopher football to see a player listed on its current roster from the Minneapolis City Conference. It’s even rarer that a city player is a starter as well. Ra’Shede Hageman is that rarity. Hageman plays nose tackle this season for Minnesota (5-3). He formerly played tight end at Minneapolis Washburn but was switched to the defensive line when he was redshirted in 2009. Continue Reading →

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Athletes encourage youth to stay active, healthy



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Around 100 local boys and girls worked with WNBA stars October 15 on staying active and living healthy. The five Minnesota Lynx starters — Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Taj McWilliams-Franklin — along with WNBA Legend Teresa Edwards worked with Southside Family Charter School students on basketball fundamentals at the WNBA FIT Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinic on the team’s home court. “It warms my heart, and it says a lot of the character of the women,” Edwards noted of the five Lynx players whom she beforehand introduced individually to the students. Each of them had played a game the night before but spent part of their off-day with the kids. “Having the young kids here and being able to interact with them” was important for the Lynx players, added McWilliams-Franklin. Continue Reading →

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Out-coached Lynx settle for runners-up


To win one championship is magical, but it takes more to repeat. I watched Houston win four consecutive WNBA Finals, still a league record, and interviewed each of their Big Three: Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson, as well as their Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor. Borrowing from former U.S. Senator and once vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen, I must say, “Minnesota, you’re no Houston.”

That was a dynasty. Winning two in three years by Los Angeles, and later the same for the Detroit-now-Tulsa Shock, are certifiable dynasties. But for those who foolishly compared the Lynx to the now-defunct Comets, winning one title only makes you a faux-dynasty. Continue Reading →

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Minutemen ‘hang in there’ to stay undefeated


After senior running back ELIJAH CAMPBELLfumbled for the second time in the first four minutes of the Twin City football championship game against Minneapolis Washburn, St. Paul Central

football coach SCOTT HOWELLspoke softly as he addressed an assistant coach, but his words rang true. “Like I told them before, you can’t believe the hype. You’ve got to play football.”

Howell, on the field while communicating with the assistant coach up in the press box booth of James S. Griffin Stadium, then encouraged his team to “hang in there.”

His players listened, resulting in a 24-21 win for their third-straight TC title. Campbell, who ended up getting a key interception, and backfield mate GABE WALKER matched Washburn’s outstanding ground-gaining duo of JEFFREY JONES and RAYMONTE MAYNARD. Continue Reading →

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WNBA President Laurel Richie Photo by Sophia Hantzes


It was “a terrific summer for women’s sports,” proclaimed WNBA President Laurel Richie in her second “State of the League” address on Sunday prior to the first game of the 2012 Finals. From Title IX’s 40-year celebration to the USA women’s basketball team’s fifth consecutive gold medal, “We were very, very proud that all 12 members of that team are currently on WNBA rosters…a great, great summer for women’s sports,” said the second-year league president. Richie proudly talked about “some real breakout stories” this season by the sistahs in her league: “Kristi Toliver [Los Angeles] was just on fire this season. It was terrific to see her as our most improved player. We all got to see what it looks like when Candace Parker [Los Angeles] is 100 percent healthy throughout the entire season. Continue Reading →

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Fitzgerald second-fastest ever to 10,000 yards



PHOENIX — Two teams off to good solid starts and looking to bounce back after tough losses, the 4-2 Vikings and the 4-2 Cardinals, meet Sunday at Mall of America Field. The losses: Washington 38-Vikings 26 and Buffalo 19-Arizona 16 in overtime. The Cardinals started 4-0 and have lost two straight. The Vikings and Cardinals are meeting for the second-straight year at the Metrodome. Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. last Sunday had six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Continue Reading →

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