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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS:U's Dixon named Big Ten POW

CHICAGO – University of Minnesota volleyball player Tori Dixon of Burnsville is this week's Big Ten Conference Player of the Week.

Dixon, the daughter of former Vikings lineman Dennis Dixon, helped sixth-ranked Minnesota to wins over UAB, Georgia State, and Samford over the weekend. All three victories came in a tournament in Alabama. She had 49 kills in the three matches, with double-doubles in two of three contests. This is the fourth time in her career she's been named the league's player of the week, and the first time this season.

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The suddenly-hot Minnesota Twins are in Houston for game two of a three-game interleague set tonight. The Twins have captured three of the first four games during their road trip through Texas so far. Minnesota took two-of-three from first-place Texas over the weekend, then claimed the series opener against last-place Houston yesterday. Minnesota sends lefty Pedro Hernandez to the mound tonight to take on Houston right-hander Jarred Cosart. First pitch tonight is set for 7:10 p.m.

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