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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: U men's hockey team routs UMD 6-1

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MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota-Twin Cities men's hockey team routed the University of Minnesota-Duluth Friday 6-1 in front of nearly 10,000 fans at Mariucci Arena Friday evening.

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After UMD took a 1-0 lead on Claire Sampair's goal, the Golden Gophers scored three goals in the first period and scored three more in the second. Six different U players scored goals. Travis Boyd had a goal an an assist as did Tom Serratorre, Michael Brodzinski, and Kyle Rau. Seth Ambrose and Taylor Cammarata each had two assists. Winning goalie Adam Wilcox had a personal best 36 saves.  Minnesota improves to 9-1-1 overall while UMD drops to 5-5-1. The series concludes Sunday at 4 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.

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Kevin Love tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds in just 28 minutes as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 111-81 win over the struggling Brooklyn Nets at Target Center. Kevin Garnett scored the game's first points with a 14-foot jumper, but the Timberwolves' Corey Brewer responded with a 3-pointer at the other end. Minnesota never trailed after that. Kevin Martin scored 17 points for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game losing skid. Brewer and Nikola Pekovic dropped in 15 points apiece, while Ricky Rubio went for 12 points and eight assists. Andray Blatche paced the shorthanded Nets with 16 points off the bench. Joe Johnson netted 15 points as the lone starter in double figures for Brooklyn, which has lost four in a row and seven of eight. 

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The Minnesota Vikings yesterday announced they'll increase their contribution for a new stadium by about 41 million dollars, but state officials say the actual figure is around 26 million.  A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority indicates $15 million of what's being billed as additional money was already included in the original project.  Vikings officials have not immediately responded  Regardless of the actual amount,  Vikings VP Lester Bagley says the additional contribution is the only way to retain the stadium's "iconic" design.  Bagley points to features like ribbon boards, HDTV throughout the stadium and a high-tech scoreboard.  Ceremonial groundbreaking for the stadium is set for December 3rd.

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The No. 2 ranked University of Minnesota wrestling team won it's Big Ten and season opening dual meet easily over Purdue 35-3 Friday at the U's Sports Pavillion in Minneapolis. The Boilermakers won the first match but the Golden Gophers took the remaining nine. Dylan Ness scored a pinfall at 157 pounds while David Thorn, Dan Zilverberg, Logan Storley and Scott Schiller all won by major decision for the Gophers ninth straight win over Purdue. The Golden Gophers wrestle Wyoming at the Sports Pavillion Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

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