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2011 top sports stories: mostly a year to forget

2011 will be best remembered from the sports scene locally as a year to forget, and indifferent at best. The Twins were just awful to watch, finishing 63-99 — dead last — in the American League. Mega-stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau both were far from normal previous MVP form. Health, injuries and uncertainty were just a huge part of the story. Bill Smith, general manager since 2007, paid the price and was fired. Continue Reading →

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Nobody’s perfect in the NFL



PHOENIX — After 19 straight wins over 364 days, the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers’ bid for a perfect season ends in Kansas City. The Chiefs pulled off the shocker of the weekend, beating the Packers 19-14. Romeo Crennel, the interim head coach of Kansas City, replaced Todd Haley, who was fired during the week. The former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Crennel made the most of his second chance by putting together a game plan and getting his players to execute it. Kansas City started Kyle Orton at quarterback, his first start of the season. Continue Reading →

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Packers delete Vikings 45-7



GREEN BAY — It’s no longer a rivalry, folks — it has turned into a one-sided reality show in which the Minnesota Vikings can no longer compete with the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay beat the Vikings for the fourth straight time Monday night, sweeping the season series for the second straight year. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has swept the Vikings in four of the six years (2006-7, 2010-11) since he’s been head coach. “This game was a significant victory for us,” McCarthy said. “That was our goal all week. Continue Reading →

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