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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP:Wild begin weekend homestand

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ST. PAUL -  The Minnesota Wild have recorded points in the standings in their ten of their last 11 games and return to home ice tonight in the second game of a three-game homestand. 

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Minnesota entertains Florida tonight and welcomes Winnipeg to town on Sunday.  The Wild beat Toronto on Wednesday.  The Wild currently have 26 points in the standings, good enough for third-place in the NHL Central Division, with a record of 11-4-4.  The struggling Panthers are 4-11-4.  They did beat Minnesota in a shootout last month, however.  Tonight's game faces off at 7 p.m. in St. Paul at the Xcel Eenergy Center.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves take a two-game winning streak into tonight's road game against Denver.  The Wolves were victorious over Cleveland 125-94 on Wednesday, scoring 70 points in the first half  Kevin Love scored 33 points in the win, pushing the Minnesota season record to 6-3.  Denver beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, 111-99, improving to 3-4 on the season.  Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m., Minnesota time.

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The Minnesota Vikings play at Seattle on Sunday in an NFC game.  Vikings defensive end Brian Robison says trying to halt Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will be a big challenge.  Lynch is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 871, which is 75 more rushing yards than Vikings star Adrian Peterson has so far this season.  Robison says Lynch will get into "beast mode" and become hard to tackle at points in the game.  Robison says they have to wrap the ball carrier up and limit the number of missed tackles against Lynch.  He says they need to gang tackle when Lynch gets the ball.  Sunday's game kicks off at 3:25 p.m. When the Vikings and Seahawks play on Sunday, it will mark the 13th meeting between the two NFL teams.  Seattle has won seven of the previous 12 meting, including five of seven encounters in Seattle.  The Seahawks won last year's matchup in Seattle, 30-20.  The Vikings had won the previous two meetings in the series, including a 31-13 win in Seattle in 2006.  In fact, the Vikings have won three of the last five games in the series, after Seattle has won four straight matchups between 1987 and 2002.

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2013 Minnesota High School State Football

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Here is this week's schedule and results of semifinal games in the 2013 Minnesota High School State Football Tournament (all games at the Metrodome):

Class 6-A (Thursday):  Rosemount 35, Roseville Area 28 (final)

Class 6-A (Friday):  Eden Prairie vs. Totino-Grace, 7pm

Class 5-A (Friday):  St. Michael-Albertville vs. Owatonna, 2pm

Class 5-A (Saturday):  Brainerd vs. Chaska, 7pm

Class 4-A (Thursday):  Hutchinson 35, Delano 9 (final)

Class 4-A (Friday):  Holy Angels vs. DeLaSalle, 4:30pm

Class 3-A (Saturday):  Proctor vs. St. Croix Lutheran, 2pm

Class 3-A (Saturday):  New London-Spicer vs. Rochester Lourdes, 4:30pm

Class 2-A (Thursday):  Minneota/Lincoln HI 50, Maple Lake 24 (final)

Class 2-A (Friday):  Hawley vs. Chatfield, 11:30am

Class 1-A (Saturday):  Dawson-Boyd vs. Sleepy Eye-Saint Mary's, 9am

Class 1-A (Saturday):  Mahnomen vs. Bethlehem Academy, 11:30am

Nine-Man (Friday):  Kittson Central vs. Grand Meadow, 9am

Nine-Man (Thursday):  Underwood 34, Ely 20 (final)

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The 8-2 University of Minnesota football team will have the weekend off, getting its second bye weekend of the season.  Minnesota beat Penn State last week, 24-10.  The Gophers are ranked No. 25 in this week's national coaches poll.  22nd-ranked Wisconsin will visit TCF Stadium a week from Saturday.  The Badgers are hosting Indiana tomorrow.  There are tickets still available for the Minnesota-Wisconsin game.

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Both the University of Minnesota men's and women's basketball teams are on the road this weekend.  Richard Pitino's unbeaten men's club is at Richmond for a Saturday night game at 6 p.m.  Both teams will enter the game with a 2-0 record.  Minnesota beat Montana on Tuesday night 84-58, while the Spiders downed Belmont on Monday 69-61.  Pam Borton's women's team also sports an unblemished record after registering two blowout wins.  The Blue Jay women are 1-1 after a Tuesday win over South Dakota State.  Tipoff in Omaha is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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