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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mariners cruise to 8-2 win over Minnesota

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 Hisashi Iwakuma tossed six shutouts innings as the Seattle Mariners cruised to an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a four-game set at Safeco Field. Iwakuma (10-4) scattered four hits and a walk while fanning nine to pick up his third straight win. Chris Herrmann and Doug Bernier each had an RBI double in the ninth inning for the Twins, who have dropped two straight games. Kevin Correia (7-7) was tagged for six runs on seven hits over just 1 2/3 innings to absorb the loss. 

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Thursday the Minnesota Vikings made the trek to Mankato for the start of Training Camp. Officially camp gets underway this morning but yesterday the entire team reported to Minnesota State's campus. This is the 48th straight season for Vikings training camp in Mankato. Last year more than 45,000 fans took part. Camp runs through August 15th. 

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The Minnesota Vikings signed all three of their first-round draft picks yesterday - hours before players report to Mankato for training camp. Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was taken 23rd overall, Florida State cornerback Xaiver Rhodes was the 25th pick and Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was taken 29th by New England and traded to Minnesota. Terms of their contracts were not released The Vikings first practice on the MSU-Mankato campus is this morning. 

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 While most of the activity was Wednesday in Chicago for Big 10 Media Days, Thursday did have a little bit of activity for some members of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers traveling party. Not only was Jerry Kill still at it but he was joined by Brock Vereen, Ra'Shede Hageman and Donnell Kirkwood. The Gophers had their own table where they conducted one final media and autograph session and also attended the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. The Gophers begin their camp one week from today in Minneapolis. 

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 The University of Minnesota women's hockey team announced its 2013-14 season schedule on Thursday with the Gophers looking to defend their back-to-back national championship titles and continue to program's NCAA-record 49 game winning streak. The Gophers will open the season with an exhibition game against British Columbia at Ridder Arena on September 27 and then open the regular season on the road at Hamilton, NY to face Colgate on October 4-5. The Gophers then open their regular season home schedule against Wisconsin October 11-12. 

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New Wild forward Nino Niederreiter received an invite to Switzerland's Olympic orientation camp making him the seventh Wild player to get the honor. Joining Niederreiter is Ryan Suter and Zach Parise (USA) along with Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Mikael Granlund (Finland) plus Jonas Brodin (Sweden). Niedrreiter was accquired earlier this offseason from the New York Islanders in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck. The NHL will break for the Olympics from February 7th through the 26th for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
(715) 273-4334
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