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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins start second half of season tomorrow night against Tampa Bay

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins open the second half of the season tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field.  Minnesota sits at 44-and-50 on the season and is tied with Chicago for last in the AL Central.  Kyle Gibson gets the ball for the Twins.  He's 8-and-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts.  The Rays will counter with David Price, who is 4-and-6 with a 4.14 ERA.  Tomorrow's game is set for 7:10 p.m.

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Minnesota star Maya Moore racked up 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Lynx to a 93-82 win over the Tulsa Shock yesterday at the Target Center.  Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen chipped in with 18 points for Minnesota, which moved to 17-and-6 with its fourth straight win.  Whalen is a former Golden Gopher star.  The Lynx are now off through the weekend for the WNBA All-Star break.  Moore and Whalen will take part in the game this weekend.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are into the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.  Rookie Zach LaVine scored 20 points to lead the T'wolves to an 86-77 win over the Suns.  Gorgui Dieng racked up 13 points and 19 rebounds for Minnesota, which meets Sacramento today in round two.  Today's tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

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St. Paul youth baseball players and their parents and coaches attended a seminar on head safety led by Major League Baseball officials, current and former players, and others.  Minnesota Twins team Doctor John Steubs says parents and coaches of any child that suffers a concussion or other head injury need to protect them from going back too early -- even thought they all want to -- so the brain has a chance to heal and chances of another concussion are reduced.  MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre says the event was about making kids aware that they should wear helmets to protect their heads -- whether they are on the baseball diamond, football field, hockey ice, or riding their bicycle.

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The Minnesota Vikings are about week away from starting training camp.  Minnesota players are required to report to their camp next Thursday at Minnesota State-Mankato.  The first workout will be one week from tomorrow.  The first preseason game is August 8th against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium.  The Vikings are led by first-year head coach Mike Zimmer.

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A meeting this morning (9am) between Vikings officials and the lawyer for former player Chris Kluwe, who alleges special teams coach Mike Priefer made anti-gay comments and wants the Vikings to release results of their internal investigation.  Attorney Clayton Halunen says he's learned the report paints a picture of a culture of homophobia within the Vikings organization, and hopes the team steps up to the plate and tries to do something positive.  State Senator Scott Dibble says the Vikings are getting taxpayer subsidies for their new stadium and should make the report public.  Governor Dayton, a strong gay-rights advocate who also pushed hard for a stadium, has not weighed in.  The Vikings declined to comment.

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The 143rd Open Championship is underway at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.  The event returns to Hoylake for the first time since 2006 when Tiger Woods captured his second straight Open Championship and third overall.  Phil Mickelson won last year at Muirfield for his fifth career major championship.

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