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T-Wolves’ Rubio set for 1st practice in 9 months

November 30, 2012 in West Central Tribune

For Ricky Rubio, the waiting has been the hardest part.
Now that Minnesota’s dynamic young point guard is achingly close to playing in his first game in nearly nine months, Rubio says it’s important to be patient with his recovery from torn ligaments in his left knee. Continue Reading

Twins trade Span to Nationals for pitching prospect

November 29, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The Washington Nationals acquired Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer on Thursday, giving the reigning NL East champions a natural center fielder and leadoff hitter and setting off a chain reaction in the lineup both offensively and defensively. Continue Reading

Mediators fail to help in NHL labor fight

November 29, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The NHL, the players’ association and now even federal mediators agree on one thing: The bickering sides are nowhere near a deal that would put hockey back on the ice. Continue Reading

Rubio cleared to start practicing with Wolves

November 28, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Ricky Rubio is one major step closer to returning to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio got the green light from doctors on Wednesday for full-contact practices, the last major hurdle he needed to clear in his recovery from torn ligaments in his left knee. Continue Reading

NFC North tightens up as rivalries start

November 28, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The NFC North is exactly what the NFL had in mind when it backloaded the schedule with division games.
The top three teams the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are all still very much alive in the playoff hunt. Continue Reading

Vikings’ Rudolph, Smith pass concussion tests

November 28, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Pride wasn’t the only thing smarting in Minnesota after the Vikings were beat down by the Chicago Bears last weekend. Continue Reading

Vikings’ DE Allen fined $21K for hit

November 28, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Jared Allen’s hit on Lance Louis knocked the Chicago Bears guard out for the rest of the season and earned the Minnesota Vikings defensive end plenty of scorn from his division rivals. Continue Reading

MLB: Former baseball union head Miller dead at 95

November 27, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Marvin Miller was a labor economist who never played a day of organized baseball. He preferred tennis. Yet he transformed the national pastime as surely as Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, television and night games. Continue Reading

NHL: Wild staff brace for 20 percent pay cuts

November 27, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Minnesota Wild staff will take a 20 percent reduction in pay next month, unless league owners and players settle their issues by then. Continue Reading

NFL: Packers’ Jennings set to make return Sunday against Vikings

November 27, 2012 in West Central Tribune

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers won’t get all of their injured starters back this week, though they’ll have one: Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings. Continue Reading