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January 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
As a child, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter didn't hear many stories about his father, Bob, winning a gold medal as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. "Every teacher that I had, they were telling me all about it and wanted me to bring the medal in to school as often as I could," Ryan said. "I didn't know that much about it when I was younger, so they were more excited about it than I was. And that's where I learned how special it was. " No U.S. men's team has won gold since Coach Herb Brooks' underdog team upset the mighty Soviets and beat Finland in the Miracle on Ice, though Ryan's team lost to Canada in the 2010 finale at Vancouver.
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January 27, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Keri Herman could shoot and score and deke defenders on an eighth-of-an-inch hockey skate blade, so taking on the rails and jumps of a slopestyle course in the mountains on skis felt like mere child's play. Hockey skills, apparently, are far more transferable than you might realize. Herman took hers from the rinks of her Minnesota youth to the mountains of Colorado, and now, to a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle skiing. Assists and goals, not rails and tricks, were assumed to be Herman's route to the Winter Olympics when she was growing up in Bloomington, Minn.
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January 5, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The coldest weather in two decades began to settle over the Midwest on Sunday, prompting officials to warn of "life-threatening" temperatures that sent thermometers plunging and Americans scurrying indoors. Schools canceled Monday classes because of the subzero cold, with parts of Minnesota expecting overnight lows of 30 below zero. That didn't count the wind chill, which makes the cold even more dangerous. The National Weather Service said in a statement that wind chills in some places could reach minus 65 - temperatures at which exposed skin will get frostbitten within 10 minutes.
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January 2, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
At least one person may have been killed when an explosion ignited a blaze that destroyed an apartment building in Minneapolis, officials said Thursday. Minneapolis Fire Department officials said they found a body in the rubble on Thursday afternoon and turned the remains over to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office for examination. Fourteen people were injured, at least four of them seriously, in the blast and ensuing fire Wednesday morning, which forced some residents to leap out of their windows into the subzero cold to escape the blaze.
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December 31, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Despite being plagued by injuries - they lost four of their top six defensemen at one point - the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 12 of their last 14 games and lead the East. Their latest injury was to first-line winger Pascal Dupuis, whose season might have ended when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Monday. But they did get valuable defenseman Rob Scuderi back from a broken ankle Sunday.
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December 23, 2013
The Clippers displayed a lack of composure that led to technical fouls on Coach Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan and to the ejection of Matt Barnes. That meant the Clippers had to play through their faults and an inspired Minnesota team Sunday night at Staples Center. And somehow the Clippers did, showing the resolve to overcome all the challenges before them to pull out a 120-116 overtime victory over the Timberwolves. "Everybody lost their composure," Rivers said. "Everybody.
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December 23, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Since the early days of training camp in October, when Clippers Coach Doc Rivers watched his starters hang their heads during an intrasquad scrimmage when they trailed the reserves by double digits late in the game, Rivers has preached to his team to play hard until the game is over. Finally, it seems, Rivers' message is getting through. Unlike a few games earlier this season, the Clippers didn't display poor body language when they trailed late in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
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December 22, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers displayed a lack of composure that led to technical fouls on Coach Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan and to the ejection of Matt Barnes. That meant the Clippers had to play through their faults and an inspired Minnesota team Sunday night at Staples Center. And somehow the Clippers did, showing the resolve to overcome all the challenges before them to pull out a 120-116 overtime victory over the Timberwolves. BOX SCORE: Clippers 120, Timberwolves 116 (OT)
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December 21, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS VS. MINNESOTA When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 18-9 (before Saturday's game); Timberwolves 13-14. Record vs. Timberwolves (2013-14): 1-0. Update: The Clippers have defeated the Timberwolves in their last six matchups. The Timberwolves were considered a playoff team before the season started, but they are in 11th place in the competitive West. Former UCLA star Kevin Love has been the one constant for Minnesota.
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