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Pro Sports

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 …

Game One Draws Pair of Aces

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — A six-pack won’t be enough for Madison Bumgarner if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series. The Giants ace chugged four beers after beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, upped the count …

Keselowski Marches to Beat No One Hears

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, …

Voynov Suspended for Domestic Arrest

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Los Angeles — The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely Monday after the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. Voynov was booked and released at the Redondo Beach jail after his …

Mutombo Interested in Buying Hawks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Former Atlanta Hawks player Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks. The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the sale of the team. Talks …

Williams Off to Fast Start at WTA Finals

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Singapore — A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official — none of it could stop Serena Williams’ winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at …

Celtics Handle Nets in Abbreviated Preseason Game

Monday, October 20, 2014

New York — Jared Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 on Sunday in an experimental 44-minute game. Jeff Green added 14 points for Boston (4-3). Backup point guard Jarrett Jack and reserve center Jerome Jordan each had …

Blown Call in ’85 Series Still Looms Large

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas …

2012 Champ Still Alive

Monday, October 20, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he …

Manning Breaks TD Mark

Monday, October 20, 2014

Denver — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into …

Kings Win Fourth Straight

Monday, October 20, 2014

Los Angeles — Jonathan Quick made 40 saves and Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings’ fourth straight victory, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Toffoli scored an early power-play goal …