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October 9, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
It was said to have been a disastrous seven days for classical music in America. "Hell week" is what Russell Platt called it in the New Yorker last week. New York City Opera declared bankruptcy and shut down. Minnesota Orchestra's music director Osmo Vänskä resigned in frustration over a contract dispute that forced management to cancel all of last season and, still unresolved, resulted in the cancellation of a high-profile tour to Carnegie Hall next month. Speaking of Carnegie, the country's most famous hall canceled its opening night gala last week because of a strike by the stagehands.
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SPORTS
October 5, 2013
AT MINNESOTA When: 5 PDT. Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. On the Air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Record vs. Wild (2012-13): 3-0. Update: Minnesota fell to the Kings in a shootout Thursday. Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth didn't grasp the opportunity he was given in a 6-1 loss at Colorado, where newcomer Jakob Silfverberg scored the team's lone goal. - Lance Pugmire
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
To make the playoffs, the Lakers need to be better than seven teams in the Western Conference. In the first eight of 14 entries, the Lakers were ruled better than the New Orleans Pelicans ,  Phoenix Suns , Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz but not as good as the Oklahoma City Thunder , San Antonio Spurs , Memphis Grizzlies and Clippers . Are the Lakers better than the Minnesota Timberwolves? Point guard The Timberwolves have one of the most intriguing young point guards in the league in Ricky Rubio.
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
All the pain, frustration and waiting will be over for Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell on Thursday night when he returns to the NHL ice, fittingly, at the venue where he made his name. “I feel excited and fortunate to be in this spot,” Mitchell said Wednesday after the Kings' practiced in El Segundo before boarding a flight to play their regular-season opener at 5 p.m. Thursday against the Minnesota Wild at XCel Energy Center. “There's a sense of satisfaction. I did have to work hard for this.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By David Ng
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been embroiled in a labor dispute for the past 12 months, has lost its music director, Osmo Vänskä. The Finnish conductor announced his resignation Tuesday morning as hopes for a resolution between management and musicians fell through once again. Vänskä, who joined the orchestra in 2003 and whose contract was set to expire in 2015, said in a statement that it was a "very sad day" and that he sends his "deepest thanks to everyone involved for what we have achieved together.
SPORTS
September 26, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
With the Kings heading off to the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, for two exhibitions, it almost seemed appropriate to ask a percentage-based question. Kings captain Dustin Brown continues to improve in his recovery from a hamstring injury … so what are the chances he will be in the lineup for the season opener Thursday against Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center? "If you ask me - 100%. Barring no setbacks," Brown said Thursday after practice. "If you ask me today: Will I be playing in Minnesota?
SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It never ceases to amaze how sports can become a morality play, and take so many wrong and disgusting turns along the way. Take the case of the football coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Jerry Kill. Kill has epilepsy. He has had four seizures during games, including one Sept. 14. He is 52, has worked his way through the highly competitive world of college football to earn a job in the prestigious Big Ten, is in his third season, has beaten cancer, has beaten the four teams he has played this season, and now has to beat the perception that he should step down because of his epilepsy.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in foreign territory, and not just because they're playing in London on Sunday. The Steelers are among the NFL's six winless teams, 0-3 for the first time since 2000, and desperately seeking answers. Never in the modern era of the league has Pittsburgh lost its first four games. "It's a situation we're not familiar with," defensive end Brett Keisel said after Sunday night's 40-23 loss to Chicago. "If we have the type of character we think we do, we can overcome this and find a way to fight back.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Cleveland Browns' highest-rated quarterback of the season? Hint: It's not Brandon Weeden or Brian Hoyer. It's punter Spencer Lanning, who was involved in a couple of pivotal fakes Sunday in the Browns' 31-27 victory over Minnesota, and finished with a 152.1 passer rating. As the holder on a 29-yard field-goal try, he picked up the ball and tossed a pass to a wide-open Jordan Cameron, who scored an 11-yard touchdown. "The only thing I was thinking was not overthrowing him," said Lanning, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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September 14, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill, who has a long history of epileptic seizures, was carted off the field of Saturday's game against Western Illinois in Minneapolis. This has happened before to Kill, who has worked with doctors to help bring his condition under control. He suffered a seizure at halftime of last year's game against Michigan State. It was his third known seizure during a game since he took over at Minnesota in 2011. The university had no immediate comment on Kill's condition.
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