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Vikings to play St. Louis in Week 1 of upcoming NFL season

MINNEAPOLIS – The schedule for the upcoming NFL season was announced Wednesday and the Minnesota Vikings open with a road game at St. Louis on Sept. 7.

The Vikings’ first home game is Week 2 against the New England Patriots and the team’s first NFC North contest is Week 5 at Green Bay.

Minnesota, which has its bye in Week 10, will close the season by hosting Chicago on Dec. 28.

The Vikings will play Oakland, Arizona, Kansas City and Tennessee in the preseason.

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Swimmer Phelps withdraws from event in return bid

PHOENIX - Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming.

Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday.

But the 28-year-old, who had retired after the 2012 London Olympics only to announce his comeback last week, told a news conference on Wednesday that he was cutting back to two...

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Minnesota-Duluth takes two-game series from MSUM

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota-Duluth took both games of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheader from Minnesota State Moorhead on Wednesday.

Brooke Neuroth and Megan Mullen each hit home runs as the Bulldogs doubled up the Dragons 4-2 in Game 1.

Lauren Meeker homered for MSUM in the first game.

Minnesota-Duluth hit two more home runs in Game 2 to claim a 5-3 victory.

Mollie Annen hit a solo homer for the Dragons in the second game.

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Weekend Watch: F-M Derby Girls

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The F-M Derby Girls are about to roll up their fifth season, but not before another knock-down, drag-out dust-up. The final bout may be billed “Summer Lovin,’ ” but this bash will be a blast. The Derby Girls are hoping their fans feel the heat by wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis, grass skirts and other signs of warmer weather ahead. The action starts at 7 p.m. at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N., Fargo. Tickets range from $7 to $12, with $2 off with a college ...

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Cobbers push softball doubleheader back a day

MOORHEAD – Concordia’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball doubleheader against St. Catherine, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Thursday.

The Cobbers had to cancel Thursday’s doubleheader with MSU Moorhead to make space on the schedule for St. Catherine.

The start times for Thursday’s doubleheader are 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

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North Dakota State wrestler takes FILA national title

LAS VEGAS – North Dakota State sophomore Josh Rodriguez, who sat out this season as a redshirt, won his 132-pound Greco-Roman weight class at the FILA Junior Nationals in Las Vegas last weekend. He also added a fifth-place finish in freestyle.

Competitors must be 19-years-old or younger.

Other NDSU finishers were: Tommy Peterson (third, Greco-Roman 212 pounds); Tommy Walton (fifth, Greco-Roman 132 pounds); and Mitch Friedman (seventh, Greco-Roman and eighth freestyle 139 pounds).

Two other N...

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Colabello’s 12th inning single triggers Twins’ victory

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –Chris Colabello knocked in four runs, including the eventual game-winner with a two-run single in the top of the 12th inning, as the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Colabello had a two-run homer earlier, helping the Twins improve to 10-10 and putting them in position to take the three-game series with a win today.

Colabello’s single off reliever Josh Lueke (0-1) scored Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe. Colabello, a 30-year-old r...

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Bison club team grows as sport of lacrosse expands nationwide

Fargo - When Zach Bosh took over as head coach of the North Dakota State men’s club lacrosse team in 2010, he had one word to describe the Bison.

“Average,” Bosh said.

He inherited a team with players who had never played lacrosse before. Bosh’s squad now, after his first four full years of recruiting, does not have a player who did not at least start on a high school team.

“We didn’t have the depth,” Bosh said. “A lot of the players that were on the team were guys who had never...

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Thorton hopes to make impact in Bison’s linebacking depth

FARGO – Esley Thorton began his North Dakota State football career as a dual-threat quarterback who could run and throw. He’ll end his career next season as a du...

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Twigg makes the transition from running coach to agent

FARGO – For 42 years, Roger Twigg was either coaching cross country and track and field or handling the duties of athletic director at Crosby-Ironton High School in Minnesota. He’s retired now but certainly not out of the running business.

Twigg has kept his fix in the sport with the Twigg Sport Management Group as an agent for professional runners. You’ll be able to see a few of them at the May 10 Fargo Marathon.

“I like all aspects of running,” he said, ...

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