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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Blackhawks get back at Wild

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ST. PAUL -   Five different players scored goals to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 rout over the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last night. 

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Chicago goalie Corey Crawford had 29 saves in the win.  Sheldon Brookbank, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad all scored for Chicago, which snapped a two-game losing streak.  Leddy is from Eden Prairie. Jason Pominville had the lone goal for the Wild, and Niklas Backstrom allowed all five goals on 28 shots for the Minnesota.  The Wild had a three-game winning streak snapped.  Minnesota hosts Montreal on Friday. 

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Minnesota  Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier did not announce a starting quarterback during his press conference Monday but he did say it would come down to Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman.  Frazier will look at Ponder's performance against the Packers on Sunday night at the Metrodome. Freeman dealt with concussion-like symptoms last week, but was cleared on Friday.  Frazier said the injury could still play into the decision this week.  Frazier says quarterback Matt Cassell will not be considered for the starting job  The Vikings play at Dallas on Sunday in a noon game.

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Today is the last day for NFL teams to wheel and deal.  The league's trade deadline is at 2 p.m. this afternoon.  Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says he hasn't given the trade deadline any thought.  Team general manager Rick Spielman may be exploring options, however and perhaps the top option the Vikings have is defensive lineman Jared Allen, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is making $14.3 million this season.

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The Dallas Cowboys struggling secondary could be losing cornerback Morris Claiborne.  Claiborne could miss the next two games or more with a hamstring injury suffered during the loss to the Lions on Sunday.  B.W. Webb manned the slot and Orlando Scandrick stayed outside after the injury occurred.  Dallas entertains Minnesota on Sunday.

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With trade speculation swirling around Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald, the team's general manager Steve Keim is putting a temporary end to those rumors.  Keim addressed reports regarding Fitzgerald during an Arizona radio interview on Monday.  The GM said he has not had one conversation about trading the All-Pro, and that the consensus around the organization is for "Fitz" to retire a Cardinal.  The Cardinals gave Fitzgerald, a Minneapolis native, an extension worth 120-million-dollars in 2011.  The 30-year-old became the youngest player in NFL history with 800 receptions during the Cardinals' 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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The Seattle Seahawks defense stopped the St. Louis Rams on the one yard line on the last play of the game to secure a 14-9 victory at Edward Jones Dome.  Russell Wilson was 10-of-18 for 139 yards and two touchdowns and Golden Tate had five receptions for 93 yards and two scores for Seattle which are 7-1 for the first time in franchise history.  Seahawks wide out Sidney Rice left with a knee injury and did not return.

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The University of Minnesota football team will be back on the practice field again today, three days after pulling off a 34-23 upset of Nebraska at TCF Stadium.  Minnesota acting head Tracy Claeys will host his weekly news conference later today on campus and will likely be asked about his starting quarterback.  Freshman Mitch Leidner of Lakeville started last week's game, but sophomore Phillip Nelson of Mankato played most of the game in relief.  Neither QB struggled in the game, as both led Minnesota on scoring drives.  Minnesota is at Indiana this Saturday.

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The University of Minnesota football team's home game against Penn State has been set for an 11 a.m. kickoff on November 9th.  The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.  Gametimes have not yet been set for the Gopher games against Wisconsin on November 23rd and Michigan State on November 30th.

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Golden Gopher senior kicker Chris Hawthorne of Raliegh, North Carolina is this week's Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.  He drilled two field goals in the Minnesota upset win over Nebraska last weekend in Minneapolis.  Hawthorne booted a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter and key 45-yarder in the third quarter.  The Golden Gophers beat then-No. 21 Nebraska 34-23.  This is the first weekly honor for Hawthorne, who transferred to Minnesota from North Carolina State.

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St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake of Princeton is this week's NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after firing five touchdown passes in the Huskies in over Northern State last weekend.  His senior teammate Jack Moro, a linebacker from Brookfield, Wisconsin is the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.  Concordia-St. Paul sophomore kick returner Corey Cole of Fillmore, California is the league's Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kick 100-yards for a touchdown against Wayne State.  Concordia-Moorhead junior quarterback Griffin Neal of Fargo is the MIAC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Cobbers to a win over Augsburg.  His senior teammate Ben Wagner, a kicker from France, was named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week.  He made his 73rd straight extra point in the win.  Bethel sophomore defensive back Matt Mehlhorn of Lakeville is the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week.  He returned an interception 100-yards for a touchdown. 

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The Minnesota Timberwolves open the NBA regular season tomorrow night with a home game against the Orlando Magic.  There will be some new faces for the Timberwolves, who set the opening night roster yesterday.  Seven new players are on the 15-man roster, including Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Ronny Turiaf, A.J. Price, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng (JOR-jee DENG), and Robbie Hummel.  Orlando opens its season tonight at Indianapolis, so the Magic will be playing Minnesota a night after playing the Pacers.  Tomorrow's game tips at 7 p.m. in Minneapolis.

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The city of Minneapolis and the Timberwolves came to an agreement on a $97-million renovation to the Target Center. The city will contribute 48.5-million, the Wolves $43-million and AEG arena management $5.5-million. There also will be a $50-million capital improvement fund for future renovations. Design work begins this winter and construction is set to start next summer with a timeline of 18-to-24 months for completion.

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Boys State Soccer Tournament

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Here are this week's schedule and results for the 2013 Minnesota State Boys' Soccer Tournament at the Metrdome:

Class 2A Semifinals (Monday):  Minneapolis North 2, Andover 1 (final)

Class 2A Semifinals (Monday): Eastview 2, Edina 1 (final-shootout)

Class 2A Championship (Thursday):  Minneapolis North vs. Eastview, 5:30pm (Metrodome)

Class 1A Semifinals (Monday):  St. Paul Como Park 2, Sartell-Saint Stephen 1 (final)

Class 1A Semifinals (Monday):  Hill-Murray 1, Waconia 0 (final)

Class 1A Championship (Thursday):  St. Paul Como Park vs. Hill-Murray, 12:30pm (Metrodome)

>>Girls State Soccer Tourney

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Here are this week's schedule and results for the 2013 Minnesota State Girls' Soccer Tournament at the Metrodome:

Class 2A Semifinals (Tuesday):  Burnsville vs. Lakeville North, noon (Metrodome)

Class 2A Semifinals (Tuesday):  Eden Prairie vs. Minnetonka, 2pm (Metrodome)

Class 2A Championship (Thursday):  Semifinal Winners, 3pm (Metrodome)

Class 1A Semifinals (Monday):  The Blake School 2, Totino-Grace 1 (final)

Class 1A Semifinals (Monday):  Benilde-St. Margaret's 5, Mankato West 1(final)

Class 1A Championship (Thursday):  The Blake School vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's, 10am (Metrodome)

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Boston's Jon Lester outdueled St. Louis' Adam Wainwright again as the Red Sox took a 3-2 lead in the World Series beating the Cardinals 3-1 last night at Busch Stadium.  Adam Wainwright took his second loss of the series despite striking out 10 and allowing three runs in seven innings.  Matt Holliday's home run in the fourth was the only run St. Louis would score.  Boston tries to close out the series in Game Six at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

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