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Barea lifts Timberwolves, lose Love to injury

Barea lifts Timberwolves, lose Love to injury

ESPN.com Updated Jan 3, 2013
J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
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  • Savor the moment, veterans say

    Savor the moment, veterans say

    startribune.com Jan 3, 2013
    The longer players are in the league, the more they realize how hard it is to routinely make it to the NFL playoffs.
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  • Souhan: If Peterson's season isn't greatest in state history, i…

    Souhan: If Peterson's season isn't greatest in state history, it's close

    There have been many outstanding performances by Minnesota sports stars -- Kirby Puckett, Kevin Garnett, Alan Page, to name but a few -- but the Vikings' phenomenal running back is eclipsing them with his 2,000-yard season.
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  • Wiederer: Harvin questions keep popping up, but few answers

    Wiederer: Harvin questions keep popping up, but few answers

    His teammates aren't bothered by his absence, but his future in Purple will spark a lively post-playoffs debate.
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  • Hartman: Sullivan has Vikings ready for postseason

    Hartman: Sullivan has Vikings ready for postseason

    startribune.com Jan 3, 2013
    The center, a leader both for the offensive line and the entire team, says Vikings players have always believed.
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  • Jordy Nelson has no doubts he’ll play on Saturday

    Jordy Nelson has no doubts he’ll play on Saturday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that the team’s medical staff still had some doubts that wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s knee would be well enough to allow him to play on Saturday night against the Vikings. Nelson progressed to a full practice
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  • Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets

    Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets

    Setting the stage: For the third time already this season, the Wolves face the Nuggets on Thursday night in Denver. This will be the second game of a back to back and the Wolves will once again be without Ricky Rubio. The thin air of Denver for a team t…
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  • Vikings prepare for cold, windy football

    Vikings prepare for cold, windy football

    startribune.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Minnesota Vikings players are preparing for the cold as they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in the first round of the playoffs.
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  • NBA Insider Says Minnesota Should Trade Kevin Love Right Now

    NBA Insider Says Minnesota Should Trade Kevin Love Right Now

    dimemag.com Jan 3, 2013
    From the weird injuries to his awful shooting numbers to the reports of his unhappiness to even Minnesota’s slow start, this year must be trying Kevin Love‘s patience. Coming off his best season, as well as his experience at the summer Olympics, pundi
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  • New cast may be key to keeping Antoine Winfield on the field Sa…

    New cast may be key to keeping Antoine Winfield on the field Saturday

    startribune.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Vikings need their veteran cornerback on the field in Green Bay to stabilize their pass defense. Finding ways to protect his fractured right hand has become a priority.
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  • Vikings-Packers III: Thursday health report

    Vikings-Packers III: Thursday health report

    The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have essentially wrapped up their practice weeks in advance of Saturday night's wild-card playoff at Lambeau Field. There is a relatively short list of significant injuries in play this week, and by far the mo…
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  • Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of month

    Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of month

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    Vikings kicker Blair Walsh keeps not missing, so he keeps winning awards. The rookie was named NFC special teams player of the month for December. He was actually 11-of-12 on field goals for the month, but hit all five attempts from 50 yards or longer. …
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  • Minnesota Timberwolves 84 — Utah Jazz 106

    Minnesota Timberwolves 84 — Utah Jazz 106

    The Pups opened up an important back to back series against division rivals in Utah Wednesday night Andrei Kirilenko made his return to Utah for the first time since leaving the Jazz before last season’s lockout. The bad news for the Wolves was that Ric
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  • Jamarca Sanford's investment, rapid growth typifies Vikings' re…

    Jamarca Sanford's investment, rapid growth typifies Vikings' resurgence

    startribune.com Jan 3, 2013
    The fourth-year safety has come a long way this season. And he's seen the rewards of heightened preparation and dedication.
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  • Packers-Vikings III: Limiting alcohol (?!)

    Packers-Vikings III: Limiting alcohol (?!)

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Because I'm sure all of you make a daily habit of watching "Wonder Pets," as I do, I'm going to acknowledge I just said out loud: "This … is … serious." Is there any other way to react to the news that the Green Bay Packers have moved up last call at
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  • Hayward helps Jazz snap 3-game losing skid

    Hayward helps Jazz snap 3-game losing skid

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15 and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: A Tough Task Ahead 03:10

    NFL32OT: A Tough Task Ahead

    Jan 3
    Episode 242: Chris Mortensen discusses which rookie quarterback will have a tougher task this postseason. Merril Hoge makes his pick for MVP. The NFL32 crew discuss Adrian Peterson's desire to play on special teams.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Vikings-Packers 01:25

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Vikings-Packers

    Jan 3
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Minnesota at Green Bay
  • Video - Battle of the North: Vikings vs. Packers 01:57

    Battle of the North: Vikings vs. Packers

    Jan 3
    Get ready for the Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers wild card matchup with this "movie trailer."
  • Video - Peterson Wants To Play On Special Teams 00:56

    Peterson Wants To Play On Special Teams

    Jan 3
    Adrian Peterson says he wants a shot to play on special teams.

Sports Columnists

  • Weekend Dime -- Mark Cuban's anniversary

    Jan 3
    As Mark Cuban celebrates his 13th anniversary as Mavericks owner, the team struggles to find a future.
  • 2012 NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Wild-Card Round

    Jan 3
    With the Ravens' wild-card game possibly being Ray Lewis' last at home, emotions will run high in Baltimore, John Clayton writes.
  • Mike James to sign with Texas Legends of D-League, sources say

    Jan 3
    In an attempt to convince the Dallas Mavericks that he can help them, veteran point guard Mike James is joining the D-League's Texas Legends in time for Saturday's game against Tulsa, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
  • One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews

    Jan 3
    One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews