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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gophers rout Montana 84-58

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Golden Gopher guard Andre Hollins of Memphis, Tennessee scored a game-high 24 points as the University of Minnesota beat Montana 84-58 last night in men's college basketball. Hollins drilled the first three shots he took from long range and Minnesota scored 13 straight points after allowing the first three points. Austin Hollins added 11 points and ten rebounds, turning in the first double-double of his career. Minnesota turned a 14-point lead into a 28-point advantage with a 14-0 run early in the second half. The Golden Gophers are at Richmond on Saturday.

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 The University of Minnesota women's basketball team opens the home portion of its schedule tonight at Williams Arena with a game against Charlotte. The Golden Gophers are 1-and-0 on the season after a 73-55 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday. Charlotte is 1-and-1 on the year. Tipoff tonight is 7 p.m.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Target Center. Minnesota ended last week's matchup in Cleveland on a 17-2 run, but missed a shot at the buzzer and lost 93-92. That was the first loss of the season for Minnesota, which now stands at 5-3 on the season after Monday night's 109-107 loss to the Clippers. The Wolves missed three shots on their final possession which would have likely sent the game to overtime. Tonight's tip off is set for 7 p.m.

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As expected the Minneapolis City Council yesterday approved 48 million dollars in taxpayer money to renovate Target Center. The Timberwolves and Lynx have also pledged a total of 43 million dollars to the project and the building management company will contribute five-and-a-half million. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor thanks the council and says "now we can look to the future to provide the next generation of Timberwolves and Lynx fans a first-class experience." Critics, including Independence Party mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff, say the planned renovation once again puts sports facilities before people in struggling Minneapolis neighborhoods. Backers point to construction jobs and increased economic activity. City officials say the next step is to convene a group to design and plan the Target Center renovation.

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The Wild have a mid-morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center today, preparing for tonight's home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season in Canada, 4-1. Jason Pominville scored the lone Wild goal in that setback in October. Minnesota has won four of its last five games. Faceoff is set for 6:30 p.m. this evening.

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The Minnesota Vikings return to the practice field today in preparation for the Seattle Seahawks this weekend. Minnesota is 2-and-7 on the season, while Seattle is 9-and-1 The Seahawks have won 16 of their last 18 games overall and have won 12 straight home games. Kickoff on Sunday is set for 3:25 p.m.

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Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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