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Hunting on a Two-Wheeler Is a Quieter, Efficient Alternative

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Dennis Anderson Star Tribune Four-wheelers have become a big part of hunting, worldwide. In Minnesota, some deer hunters use the machines for transportation to their stands. Others employ four-wheelers to drag felled whitetails out of the woods. For the past week or so, I’ve tried a quieter, more exercise-intensive variation of the access-by-wheel theme: a bicycle. Not just any two-wheeler, but one generally known as a “fat tire” bike. …

In Pursuit of the Perfect Bird Dog

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Dennis Anderson Star Tribune Sandstone, Minn. — Were Jerry Kolter an accountant or an engineer, he could solve problems with mathematical precision. Instead, as a breeder of bird dogs, along with his wife, Betsy Danielson, he lives in a world of nuance and inferences, or what some might call educated guesses. “Bird dogs” in this instance defines canines that can race lickety-split …

Pats Try to Fend Off Road Warriors

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — It’s been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in strange surroundings and get booed by New England Patriots fans. But that actually may help the Bears snap out of their slump and bring plenty of postgame smiles today. That’s …

Giants Not Looking Like a Playoff Team

Friday, October 24, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. (ap) — Establish the run on offense. Stop the run on defense. Make timely plays on both sides of the ball. It’s the formula the New York Giants have used to win four Super Bowls since 1986, including two since coach Tom Coughlin took over …

Bruins Come Up Short to Isles

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer Boston — Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game losing streak …

Wings Rally Late to Top Pens

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Associated Press Detroit — Justin Abdelkader’s goal 4:16 into overtime capped a dramatic Detroit rally, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. The Red Wings scored twice with their goalie …

Manning, Sanders Lead Broncos

Friday, October 24, 2014

Denver (ap) — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ …

Royals Strike Back, Knot Series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants …

Celtics Defeat Nets in Preseason Finale

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boston — Rookie Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the final preseason game for both teams. Gerald Wallace had 12 points for Boston, which …

Pats ‘D’ Feels Pressure

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York …

’85 Royals Having a Ball

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. It took 29 years …

MLB Aims For Domestic Violence Policy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — On the day after the NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob …

Flyers Rally Past Penguins

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pittsburgh — R.J. Umberger and Matt Read scored 2 minutes apart in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3 on Wednesday night. Umberger, a Pittsburgh native, beat Marc-Andre Fleury 6:50 into the third to break a tie and Read followed with a …