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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Vikings continue OTA's

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings start their second set of Organized Team Activities at team headquarters in Eden Prairie.  The team will practice through Thursday.  Star running back Adrian Peterson says he is feeling better with each practice, saying his groin in almost back to normal, after offseason surgery.  The final session of OTA's are June 9th-to-12th and mandatory minicamp is set for June 17th-to-19th.

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Game two of the four game set between the Brewers and Twins will be tonight at Miller Park.  Sam Deduno (1-3, 3.86 ERA) goes for Minnesota while Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 3.56) goes for Milwaukee.  With last nights win the Brewers have now won five of six and continue to lead the NL Central by five games.  The Twins on the other hand have lost two of three and remain six games back of Detroit in the AL Central.  First pitch tonight is at 7:10.  Milwaukee will also host Tuesday's contest before traveling to Target Field for two more tilts to complete this four-game, home-and-home series.

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Monday the Vikings claimed CB Julian Posey off of waivers from Cleveland. Posey appeared in 5 games for the Browns in 2013 and recorded 6 tackles and 1.0 sack. After going through training camp with the Miami Dolphins in 2013, Posey was signed by the Browns to their practice squad on September 2, 2013. In 2012, Posey appeared in 2 games for the Dolphins. Originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2011, he spent 15 weeks of the 2011 season on the Jets practice squad.  As a result of the move, CB Kip Edwards was waived.

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Minnesota Vikings fans are invited to Mall of America to show their passion as an extremely talented group of marching band and drum corps members, including veteran Skol Line drummers, "throw down" their drumsticks in the energetic final round of auditions for a coveted spot on the 2014 Minnesota Vikings Skol Line.  In this final round of auditions, competitors will each perform a unique solo as well as various group ensembles before a panel of judges to prove they have what it takes to sport the purple and gold. Contestants will be attempting to secure a spot on the 2014 Minnesota Vikings Skol Line roster.  The Skol Line is a drum line that launched in 2008 to provide game day entertainment for all Vikings home games and special events including the annual draft party, training camp, and other various events across the state of Minnesota.  The final team selection for the 2014 Skol Line will be announced on vikings.com on Wednesday, June 4th. 

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The Minnesota Timberwolves will return to Cedar Rapids, Iowa this fall to host a preseason game, marking the franchise's first trip back to the area since 2002. The Wolves are scheduled to take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m at the U.S. Cellular Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 at 10 a.m.  This game marks the Timberwolves' third appearance in Iowa and second in Cedar Rapids. The Wolves previously visited Cedar Rapids prior to the 2002-03 season where they fell 95-83 to Boston. 

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The WNBA announced on Monday that Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen is its Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, May 26 through Sunday, June 1. The Player of the Week award is Whalen's first of the season and sixth of her career. She is also the second consecutive Lynx player to win Player of the Week, joining Maya Moore who won the first Player of the Week of the season.  Whalen began her week with a season-high 22 points, including a key jumper in the final minutes, in a Memorial Day victory against the Chicago Sky. The point guard also dished out a team-leading four assists as the Lynx handed the Sky their first loss of the season. Whalen continued her strong play against San Antonio at Target Center on May 30, contributing 19 points, pulling down five rebounds and handing out three assists in a Lynx victory. That game also marked Whalen's second consecutive game without committing a turnover. The University of Minnesota product capped off her week with a double-double at San Antonio, notching 14 points and 10 assists in an 87-79 win that kept Minnesota unbeaten with a 7-0 record. The Lynx lead the WNBA with a 7-0 record and have matched the fourth-best unbeaten start to a season in WNBA history.  The Lynx continue their four game road swing on Friday, June 6 at Key Arena against the Seattle Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m.

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Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond announced Monday the hiring of Rob Kueneman as the Supervisor of Men's Basketball Officiating Kueneman will also work as a staff assistant within the Collegiate Officiating Consortium, LLC (COC), a regional organization which will unite the officiating operations of the NSIC with those from the Big Ten Conference, Mid-American Conference, and the Summit League. Kueneman will begin his duties on July 1.

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Second-ranked Minnesota State (48-11, 28-4 NSIC) secured the program's third consecutive top-three national finish last week at the NCAA DII Baseball Championships played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The Mavericks dropped a 4-2 decision to Atlantic Region champion, Seton Hill, in their first affair as the Griffins scored a trio of first inning runs. MSU senior righthander Jason Hoppe set the program's single-season and career innings pitched records in the contest. Senior righthander Bryce Bellin allowed just one run to lead MSU to a 6-1 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas in an elimination game that saw junior Nolan Johnson registered a game-high three RBI. Junior righthander Mathias Butala fired the third Maverick complete game in a row to carry the Purple and Gold to a 3-1 victory and eliminate Seton Hill in the process. MSU moved within one win of reaching the national championship game after topping previously undefeated Southern Indiana, 5-1, while righthander T.J. Larson twirled seven innings of one-run ball in his longest outing of the season. Last Friday, the Mavericks scored three first-inning tallies only to see USI answer with four runs in the fourth en route to an eventual 4-3 Screaming Eagle victory, who went on to win the national championship. Johnson was the lone Maverick to garner NCAA DII Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team honors.

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 Sectional qualifying for the 2014 US Open Championship was conducted throughout the country on Monday with most of the qualifying currently finished.  Minnesota has claimed two of the spots from the qualifying rounds.  Don Constable, Excelsior, and Clayton Rask, Otsego, both punched their tickets to the Championship at Pinehurst later this month.  Both of them are MGA Champions, former Minnesota Gophers and are currently professionals.  Constable qualified at Woodmount CC, Rockville, Maryland while Rask qualified at Emerald Valley GC, Creswell, Oregon. The US Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2.

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 The St. Paul Saints won their third consecutive game on their 10-game roadtrip, this time in come from behind fashion winning 9-7 in 11 innings over the Quebec les Capitales at Stade de Municipal.  The same two teams meet in the second game of the four game series on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. central.  The Saints send RHP Jeff Shields (2-1, 4.50) to the mound against les Capitales LHP Ari Ronick (1-0, 4.32).

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