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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild host Colorado in elimination game

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild face elimination tonight at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when they host the Colorado Avalanche in Game Six of their Stanley Cup Playoffs quarterfinal matchup.  Minnesota is coming off a heart-breaking 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado in Game Five in Denver on Saturday.  The Avs lead the series 3-2 going into the game tonight.  The puck drops at 8 p.m.

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The rubber match between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers was postponed yesterday due to rain and cold conditions.  Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects the makeup date to be in August, when the Tigers return to Target Field.  The two teams had split the first two games of the weekend series.  

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After a day off today, the Minnesota Twins will be back in action when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town tomorrow for an interleague series.  The Twins are expected to send 3-and-1 Kyle Gibson to the hill.  Gibson was supposed to have started yesterday's rained out game against the Tigers.  The Dodgers lost yesterday to Colorado 6-1.

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Minnesota Twins minor league infielder Jonatan Hinojosa has been suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test under baseball's minor league drug program.  The 21-year-old is a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels on the Class A Midwest League.  Hinojosa went 0-for-3 in his only game for Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. 

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are moving forward in the NHL playoffs.  The 'Hawks routed the St. Louis Blues 5-1 to win their series in six games.  Chicago faces the winner of the series between Minnesota and Colorado.  The Ducks earned a 5-4 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars to cap their series win in six games.  The Ducks face Los Angeles or San Jose in the next round.  Elsewhere the New York Rangers jumped out to a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers after a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

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The craziness of the NBA opening round of the playoffs continued on Sunday.  The action was overshadowed by the Clippers taking a stand against team owner Donald Sterling allegedly racial comments revealed by TMZ.com.  His team lost to the Warriors, 118-97, to see that series get tied up at two.  The Wizards took a commanding 3-1 lead against the Bulls with a 98-89 win despite being without starting center Nene Hilario, who was suspended for an altercation with Jimmy Butler in Game Three.  Toronto stole one in Brooklyn with a 87-79 victory.  The Nets and Raptors go into Game Five with two wins apiece.  The Rockets and Blazers went to overtime for the third time in four games.  Portland came away with a 123-120 win and a 3-1 lead.

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The WNBA Minnesota Lynx opened training camp yesterday without many of their star players.  Lindsay Whalen, Janelle McCarville, Rebekkah Brunson, and Seimone Augustus are all still completing their overseas seasons, while Monica Wright is out with a knee injury.  Head coach Cheryl Reeve says yesterday was a good first session and some of the younger players will be able to show what they have in the next few days.  Wright underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, a procedure that Reeve says was a minor clean-up.  Team officials expect Wright back on the court in a few weeks.  The team will practice again today.  The regular season begins on May 16th with a game at Washington.  Minnesota is the defending league champion.

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The Minnesota Vikings begin a three-day voluntary veteran mini-camp tomorrow at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.  First-year head coach Mike Zimmer and his staff will be able to work with the veterans in football-related activities.  Previously, all the players could do was strength and conditioning in the weeks leading up to this camp.  The team will make players available for interviews on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

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