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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Groundbreaking for new Vikings stadium tomorrow

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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Groundbreaking for new Vikings stadium tomorrow
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MINNEAPOLIS - Official groundbreaking for a new Vikings stadium is tomorrow morning at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. 

It's the result of a 12-year battle at the State Capitol with legislation passing in May 2012.  Since then, the Vikings and newly-created Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority have been wrangling over personal seat licenses, financing agreements and a number of other issues  The Vikings will play at TCF Stadium on the U-of-M campus for two seasons, with the new Vikings stadium set to open in time for the 2016 season. 

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The football season is now 75-percent complete for the Minnesota Vikings and one of the lone bright spots of the year came yesterday when the Purple knocked off rival Chicago in overtime 23-20.  The win was only the third of the season for Minnesota, which is 3-8-1 on the year.  Four games now remain for the Vikings, with Baltimore the next opponent on Sunday in Maryland.  Vikings players were at team meetings and film study sessions today at Winter Park.  The team is off tomorrow and back to practice on Wednesday.

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The Minnesota Wild hope to halt their losing streak at four straight games with a Monday night home game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Wild are coming off of getting swept in a home-and-home series versus the Colorado Avalanche.  They dropped a 3-1 decision at home on Friday -- the club's third straight regulation loss -- before salvaging a point with Saturday's 3-2 shootout defeat in Denver.  The Wild are looking to avoid dropping five in a row for the first time since March of 2012.  The puck drops tonight at 7 p.m.

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The University of Minnesota football team awaits their college football bowl fate.  Most national football pundits slot the Gophers in either the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville or the Texas Bowl in Houston.  Minnesota completed its regular season with a 14-3 loss at No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday.  The Golden Gophers ended a surprising regular season with a record of 8-4.  Most of the bowl pairings will be released on Sunday night.  The Gator Bowl would bring an opponent from the SEC, while the Texas Bowl would match up a Big Ten team against a team from the Big 12.  Minnesota played in the Texas Bowl, losing in the last seconds to Texas Tech. 

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Gopher Gridiron Slate and Results

(Undated)  --  Here is the 2013 Golden Gopher football schedule with results to date:

Thursday, August 29 - Minnesota 51, UNLV 23 (final)

Saturday, September 7 - Minnesota 44, New Mexico State 21 (final)

Saturday, September 14 - Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12 (final)

Saturday, September 21 - Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24 (final)

Saturday, September 28 - Iowa 23, Minnesota 7 (final)

Saturday, October 5 - Michigan 42, Minnesota 13 (final)

Saturday, October 12 - BYE WEEK

Saturday, October 19 - Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17 (final)

Saturday, October 26 - Minnesota 34, Nebraska 23 (final)

Saturday, November 2 - Minnesota 42, Indiana 39 (final)

Saturday, November 9 - Minnesota 24, Penn State 10 (final)

Saturday, November 16 - BYE WEEK

Saturday, November 23 - Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7 (final)

Saturday, November 30 - Michigan State 14, Minnesota 3 (final)

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The University of Minnesota men's basketball team hosts Florida State tomorrow night at Williams Arena as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  The Golden Gophers snapped their two-game losing streak with an 83-68 rout of Chaminade last Wednesday in Maui.  The Gophers are now 6-2 on the season.  The Seminoles sit at 5-2.  Tipoff is 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Barn.

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The University of Minnesota volleyball team was chosen to host the first and second rounds of the upcoming NCAA Division I National Tournament.  The Golden Gophers will host Radford on Friday night at the U of M Sports Pavilion at 7 p.m.  Iowa State and Colorado are on the other side of the bracket and will play on Friday at the Pavilion at 4:30 p.m.  The winners of the opening games will face off in round two on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.  Minnesota is 27-6 overall and received the tournament's No. 10 overall seed.  The field is 64 teams.  Tickets to the weekend's games went on sale this morning.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs are set to tip off on Wednesday in Mexico City.  The Wolves are coming off of last night's 113-103 loss at Oklahoma City, while the Spurs lost to Houston on Saturday, 112-106.  San Antonio has the best record in the NBA Western Conference at 14-3  Minnesota is currently out of playoff position with a season mark of 9-10.  Wednesday's tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m.

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