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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Vikes take Barr, Bridgewater in the first round

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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Vikes take Barr, Bridgewater in the first round
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings traded down one spot and selected UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr with the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft last night.  Minnesota picked up a fifth round pick from Cleveland for moving down.  The Vikings then traded back into the first round and selected Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater 32nd overall.  The team gave up second and fourth round picks to Seattle to get the slot to take Bridgewater.  That trade eliminates the second round pick for Minnesota, so as of now, the team has the eighth and 32nd pick in the third round tonight.  Rounds four through seven are set for tomorrow.

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The Houston Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall, as expected, in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night from New York City.  The Rams used the first of two picks on Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson.  St. Louis also took Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at 13.  UCF quarterback Blake Bortles was the first QB off the board at number three to the Jaguars.  The Browns made the first of three first-round trades at four, opting to trade back to number nine with the Bills.  Buffalo drafted wideout Sammy Watkins from Clemson.  Cleveland then moved up one spot to number eight to take Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert.  Cleveland later traded their 26th overall choice to get to number-22 and take the second quarterback, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.  The last pick of the first round, held by the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, was shipped to the Vikings, who jumped up from number 40 to draft Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.  Rounds Two and Three continue tonight with the final four rounds tomorrow.

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Two former Golden Gopher football players could hear their names called at the NFL Draft tonight or tomorrow.  Minneapolis native Ra'Shede Hageman is expected to be chosen in tonight's second round.  He had been projected to be late first round or early second choice.  Defensive back Brock Vereen of Valencia, California is another former, who is expected to be selected at some point from the third round on. 

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The Minnesota Twins lost at Cleveland yesterday 9-4.  Indians players Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley each hit homer in the win, which secured a series win for the Tribe.  Minnesota won the opener of the series on Monday, then dropped three straight.  Twins starter Kevin Correia lasted only four-and-one-third innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.  He drops to 1-and-4 on the season.  Chris Collabello drove home two for Minnesota, which now visits Detroit for a three-game series beginning tonight in the Motor City.  The Tigers lost at Houston 6-2 yesterday.

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The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Sam Fuld on the seven-day disabled list yesterday and recalled infielder Eduardo Nunez from Triple-A Rochester.  Fuld has a concussion and returned to Minneapolis for treatment and evaluation.  The team also optioned infielder Pedro Florimon and catcher Chris Herrmann to Rochester.

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 When the Minnesota Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the NHL Western Conference semifinals tonight, they will most likely not have forward Matt Moulson available.  Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo (YOH) told reporters yesterday that Moulson had been playing through an undisclosed lower body injury in recent games and the team is choosing to get him a few days rest.  He did not practice yesterday and the day before was a day off for the entire team.  Previously-suspended Matt Cooke is off of suspension and the forward will play for Minnesota tonight.  Chicago leads the best-of-seven series two-games-to-one.  Tonight's faceoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  

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Wild Schedule/Results

(Undated)  --  Here is the schedule and the results for the NHL Western Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks:

Game One (Friday 5/2):  Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 (CHI leads series 1-0) Game Two (Sunday 5/4):  Chicago 4, Minnesota 1 (CHI leads series 2-0) Game Three (Tuesday 5/6):  Minnesota 4, Chicago 0 (CHI leads series 2-1) Game Four (Friday 5/9):  Chicago at Minnesota, 8:30pm Game Five (Sunday 5/11):  Minnesota at Chicago, TBD Game Six (Tuesday 5/13):  Chicago at Minnesota, if necessary, TBD Game Seven (Thursday 5/15):  Minnesota at Chicago, if necessary, TBD

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The Boston Bruins evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals with a 1-0 overtime win against the Canadiens in Montreal.  Matt Fraser scored early in the extra period to tie the set at 2-2 with Game Five in Boston on Saturday.  The Anaheim Ducks got within a game of their series after defeating the Kings 3-2 in Los Angeles.  The Kings still lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven semifinal series.  The Ducks can even the set at two on Saturday in L.A.

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The Heat and Spurs took care of business on their home floors in the conference semifinals on Thursday night.  Miami took a 2-0 lead with a swift, 94-82, win over the Nets.  The Heat outscored Brooklyn by 10 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away.  The Spurs rocked the Trail Blazers for a second straight game, 114-97.  San Antonio has won the first two games of the best-of-seven series by a combined 41 points, which matched the amount of points the Spurs posted in last night's second quarter.  

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 The 2014 Big Ten postseason Softball Tournament got underway on the campus of Northwestern University yesterday.  All 12 league teams began the tourney, with the top four clubs earning a first-round bye  The No. 12-ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers secured the league's third seed and will play today against Purdue, which beat Indiana 4-2 in a preliminary game.  Here is the schedule of games and results in the event (including tourney seeds):

Thursday Preliminary #1:  No. 6 Purdue 4, No. 11 Indiana 2 (final) Thursday Preliminary #2:  No. 7 Ohio State 6, No. 10 Penn State 2 (final) Thursday Preliminary #3:  No. 8 No. 9 Illinois 6, No. 8 Iowa 0 (final) Thursday Preliminary #4:  No. 5 Northwestern 10, No. 12 Michigan State 4 (final)

Friday Quarterfinal #1:  No. 3 Minnesota vs. Purdue, 11am Friday Quarterfinal #2:  No. 2 Nebraska vs. Ohio State, 1:30pm Friday Quarterfinal #3:  No. 1 Michigan vs. Illinois, 4:30pm Friday Quarterfinal #4:  No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Northwestern, 7pm

Saturday Semifinal #1:  Quarterfinal #1 winner vs. Quarterfinal #2 winner, 2:30pm Saturday Semifinal #2:  Quarterfinal #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal #4 winner, 5pm

Sunday Championship:  Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 7:30pm

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 A pair of Minnesota-based college softball teams begin play in the NCAA Division II National Tournament today.  Winona State is the top seed in its region and will be hosting a four-team bracket, beginning today.  The Warriors are 44-and-7 on the year and will face Southern Arkansas today at 2 p.m.  Augustana and Missouri Western State play on the other side of the bracket.  Minnesota State-Mankato is also hosting its own four-team regional.  The Mavericks are 43-and-11 on the year and take on 38-and-17 Southeastern Oklahoma today at noon in Mankato.  Emporia State plays Central Oklahoma in the other side of the bracket.  The region winners advance to the Super Regionals next week.

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 Two Minnesota-based college softball teams begin play today in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.  St. Thomas is 36-and-5 on the year and playing Augustana (Illinois).  The Tommies have won 20 consecutive games.  St. Scholastica is 27-and-10 and taking on Coe College (Iowa) today.  Both of those games are in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The regional winners play next week in the Super Regionals.

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 The fishing opener is almost here and tomorrow (sat), thousands of anglers across the state will head to their favorite spots.  Angler and fishing guide Kolt Ringer says he will be utilizing the DNR's new "Fish Minnesota" website.  Ringer says it's a one-stop for all fishing information -- including regulations, slot limits and lake-depth contours.  The "Fish Minnesota" website is at mndnr.gov/fishmn and is easy to access from your smartphone.

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