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MSU-Mankato players expected to practice FridayComments Off

MANKATO, Minn. – After refusing to practice for recently reinstated coach Todd Hoffner, players on the Minnesota State University-Mankato football team are expected to return to the practice Friday, a member of the school’s athletic department said Thursday.

“All indications are that they will return to practice tomorrow,” said Paul Allan, associate director of athletics at MSU-Mankato.

A news conference is set for 3 this afternoon on the MSU-Mankato campus to discuss the coaching situation.

Hoffner, who was fired by the university over pornography allegations, announced Tuesday that he would return to his former coaching job. An arbitrator’s ruling that he was fired improperly made his return to Mankato possible.

But the bulk of the team on Wednesday said it wanted acting head coach Aaron Keen to remain the coach and did not practice.

Keen had been leading spring practice since March 31. MSU-Mankato, a Division II school, was 11-1 under Keen last fall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

No practice was scheduled Thursday.

MSU-Mankato fired Hoffner last May. He had been accused, and later cleared, of having pornographic images of his own children on a work cellphone.

Hoffner was fired for allegedly viewing pornography or allowing someone else to view pornography on his university-issued computers. The arbitrator ruled those were not firing offenses.

He had been hired by Minot (N.D.) State University in January, but announced Tuesday his intention to return to Mankato, where he had coached for four seasons.

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Timberwolves, Adelman to part; went 97-133 with teamComments Off

MINNEAPOLIS – Rick Adelman will not return as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, citing a decision-making source who said there is “zero” chance he comes back.

Adelman was 97-133 in his three seasons in Minnesota and the Timberwolves were 40-42 in 2013-14. They last made the playoffs at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Adelman has an opt-out clause in his contract, and was set to make $6 million next season. Speaking about the job last month, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said the health of Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay, would be a major consideration.

“I think that a lot of it has to do with (Adelman’s) family and what he thinks is best for his family,” Taylor said. “I know he loves coaching, so that’s not the issue. I just think he has to determine what’s in the best interest for his family right now.”

Adelman has a 1,042-749 record in 23 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and Houston.

Team president Flip Saunders could move from the front office to the bench, but there is reportedly interest from the franchise in former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, who led Iowa State to the Sweet 16.

The job could be attractive in that it offers stability with 12 players on the current roster under contract for next season. All-Star forward Kevin Love is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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Vikings sign safety ColemanComments Off

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Safety Kurt Coleman signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

Coleman was a three-year starter but was a reserve last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He started 29 of the 59 career regular-season games in which he played before primarily working on special teams in 2013.

Coleman will be a backup with the Vikings, who need the depth, as exhibited late last season when starting free safety Harrison Smith was out due to injury.

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Former NDSU golfer Anderson in 5th after first round of LPGA’s Lotte ChampionshipComments Off

Wind gusting to more than 20 mph made for scenes straight out of a British Open highlight reel in a challenging first round at the LPGA Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii, on Wednesday.

South Koreans So Yeon Ryu, Hyo Joo Kim and Se Ri Pak carded 4-under-par 68s to take a one-shot lead over Ayako Uehara of Japan after 18 holes, but Ryu said the persistent winds made club selection impossible and all but ruled out birdies at Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu.

Americans Michelle Wie and Amy Anderson and South Koreans Inbee Park, Ha Na Jang and So Young Lee were two shots behind the leaders at 2-under 70. Anderson, the former North Dakota State standout from Oxbow, N.D., had a bogey-free round. She hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and birdied two of the four par-5 holes.

Ryu birdied the first two holes and three of her first five. She said the wind gusts even impacted her reads on putts.

“Sometimes it feels like right-to-left wind, but actually it was into wind,” Ryu said. “And it was really hard to see and really hard to judge.”

“Obviously, the wind wasn’t blowing as hard for my first five holes, then it started to really blow,” said Park, who leads the LPGA Rolex Rankings and also had two bogeys Wednesday. “I’ve never seen this golf course playing this hard before. … The greens seems like it’s a little bit more slippery, especially downwind.

“I had trouble on the back nine with controlling the distance. I hit it over the couple of greens. I got to watch out for a little bit of distance controlling the next three days, and obviously everybody is going to make mistakes in this wind. Obviously it’s really tough to control the distances, so I’m just trying to make — I really scrambled for pars on this golf course.”

Park said golfers are expecting the wind to be difficult all week.

Four players shared 10th place at 1-under 71: American Katie Burnett, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum, the Netherlands’ Christel Boeljon and Australia’s Lindsey Wright.

On TV: Today through Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

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West Fargo’s Danica Dutt signs to swim at UNDComments Off

WEST FARGO – West Fargo senior Danica Dutt signed a national letter of intent to swim at the University of North Dakota on Thursday.

Dutt, who helped West Fargo to a second place finish at the state swimming and diving meet last fall, is a four-time individual state champion in the 100-yard butterfly event.

Dutt also anchored the Packers’ state champion 400 freestyle relay last fall and finished second in the 200 individual medley.

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