Spurs, Timberwolves to play in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The NBA is back in Mexico for a regular-season game Wednesday night, and the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves are learning there's an additional rival to conquer: The altitude.
During a practice game Tuesday, Minnesota's players looked noticeably exhausted. The Timberwolves and Spurs will play Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. EST. Sitting at 7,350 feet above sea level, Mexico's capital is at a far higher elevation than Denver, which is the NBA's highest venue at 5,280 feet.
Minnesota, which will be the home team, has never played in Mexico. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said he plans to modify his strategy a bit to take the city's altitude into account.
The Spurs have played five games in Mexico.
Photo of Vikings boss, Minn. gov shoots around Web
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A photograph of the Minnesota Vikings owner and the state's governor tossing dirt is rocketing around the Internet as a symbol of the split over sports stadium funding.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune photo was taken Tuesday at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Vikings' new $1 billion stadium. It captured a gleeful team owner Zygi Wilf as he hoisted a golden shovel next to a more subdued Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
The shot took off on Twitter and quickly spread to heavily visited sports sites, eliciting comments that it summed up the struggle over stadium deals.
A deal struck by Dayton, the state Legislature and the Vikings roughly splits the stadium cost between taxpayer dollars and private sources. The stadium should be completed in 2016.
Vikings break ground on new stadium
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have broken ground on their new stadium.
Team owners and officials were joined by hundreds of local politicians, business leaders and purple-clad fans Tuesday morning to commemorate the start of construction on the billion-dollar project. Star running back Adrian Peterson was there, too.
With golden shovels and hard hats designed like Vikings helmets, the group posed for photos watched fireworks overhead.
The yet-to-be-named stadium will be built on the same downtown site as the Metrodome, where the Vikings have played since 1982. The public is on the hook for roughly half the cost. The NFL and Vikings are handling the rest, with much of the team's share coming from naming rights and fees on season ticketholders.
Vikings stadium critics not going quietly
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - They can't stop the Minnesota Vikings stadium from being built, but critics of the funding plan aren't sitting quietly as construction begins.
Away from Tuesday's groundbreaking festivities, a collection of conservative groups and lawmakers held a counter-event to keep the focus on the stadium's heavy public subsidy. They describe the financing as shaky and say taxpayers got a raw deal.
Public funds will foot roughly half of the $1 billion price tag. An initial plan to get a big chunk of that through new electronic gambling failed. So lawmakers plugged the gap in a stadium account with a one-time diversion of tobacco taxes and going forward with a corporate tax.
Criticism was directed at Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, but Republicans controlled the Legislature when the stadium was authorized in 2012.
Twins finish $49M, 4-year deal with Ricky Nolasco
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have finalized a $49 million, four-year contract with right-hander Ricky Nolasco, an expensive first step toward restoring a ragged rotation.
The deal was announced Tuesday at Target Field, six days after the 30-year-old agreed to terms. The contract includes a club option for 2018 that could become guaranteed.
Nolasco made 33 starts last season for the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, going 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA over 199 1-3 innings with 165 strikeouts and 46 walks. He'll move immediately to the front of Minnesota's starting staff, which had a majors-worst 5.26 ERA this year.
Over the last six seasons, Nolasco was tied for fourth in the NL with 77 wins.
Hollinses helps Minnesota top Florida State 71-61
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andre Hollins scored 21 points and Austin Hollins added 16 to lift Minnesota to a 71-61 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night.
The Golden Gophers (7-2) grabbed 13 offensive rebounds against the bigger Seminoles to help them bounce back from a disappointing showing at the Maui Invitational. The Gophers only turned the ball over six times and hit seven 3-pointers to overcome 34 percent shooting.
Okaro White had 16 points and eight rebounds and Ian Miller added 16 points and seven assists off the bench for the Seminoles (5-3). Florida State shot 46.5 percent, but turned the ball over 17 times and missed 10 free throws in a foul-filled game.
There were 67 foul shots taken and 52 fouls called.
No other Gophers scored in double figures, but they made 28 of 38 free throws, bouncing back after losing to Syracuse and Arkansas and struggling with Chaminade in Maui.
Favre coaching in HS state championship Friday
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - While Brett Favre isn't sure what he'll be doing next year, he does know what he'll be doing on Friday: Trying to win a Mississippi high school state championship.
The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player is the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High School near his home in Hattiesburg. Oak Grove will try to capture its first state championship when it faces Tupelo in Jackson, Miss.
Favre said his two-year stint coaching in high school has been "a lot of fun," but doesn't know if he'll be back next season.
The 44-year-old Favre grew up about an hour away in Kiln, Miss., and played his college football just eight miles down the road at Southern Mississippi. Favre insists he's content, but that hasn't stopped questions about his future.
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