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Going Hoops Crazy: Sound From Karl-Anthony Towns, Tom Thibodeau, and Lisa Borders

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Segment 5: The Timberwolves and Lynx have a lot to boast about going into the Summer.  Karl-Anthony Towns was the unanimous selection for the Kia Rookie of the Year award.  New coach Tom Thibodeau is anxious to get to work.  The success of the defending WNBA champions brought new league president Lisa Borders to town this week.  Larry caught up with all of them, and we get to hear what all the buzz is about.

Gameday Gold Part 5 / 5-20-16

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Hoops Greatness On Team & Individual Levels

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Segment 6: The defending champs are ready to get things going.  Yep, there is one in the area and that would be the Lynx.  Our hosts preview the start of the WNBA season for the three-time league title holders.  Plus, Steph Curry became the first-ever unanimous choice for NBA MVP.  Who wants to throw shade on him now?

Gameday Gold Part 6 / 5-12-16

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The Ways of a Champion: GDG’s Interview with Maya Moore

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Segment 4: Before heading full bore into 2016, we take a look back at some of the best of the previous year.  In this segment, we hear a July interview with Lynx star Maya Moore.  She talks about the recently opened Mayo Square Clinic, her workout routine in preparation for a rigorous season, and what the squad needed to do to win another WNBA title (which they accomplished).

Gameday Gold Part 4 / 1-1-16

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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s delayed Super Bowl revenge for Minnesota against Kansas CIty

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By Eric Nelson
October 18, 2015
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Twin Towns…

•Delayed revenge: The Minnesota Vikings paid tribute to their four Super Bowl teams Sunday on a mild, sun-splashed October day at TCF Bank Stadium. The motivation for this was the presence of their opponent – the Kansas City Chiefs. On January 11, 1970 the heavily favored Vikings were stunned by the Chiefs, 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. Even though KC dominated Minnesota on that chilly day in New Orleans, the Vikings turned back the Super Bowl clock anyway. 45 years later Minnesota got it right, getting a small amount of revenge with a 16-10 win over slumping KC…

•Survival game: The game was a defensive struggle as both offenses sputtered and could not establish any kind of running game. The Vikings defense played a little better than the Chiefs did and that was the difference in the game. Rookie LB Eric Kendricks had 10 tackles and one sack, while DE Brian Robison pounced on a Charcandrick West fumble with 4:32 to go in the 4th quarter at the Minnesota 38, snuffing out a KC drive that could have given the Chiefs the lead. The Purple also stopped West on a 4th and 1 run at the Minnesota 7-yard line midway through the final quarter…

•Breakout game: The Vikings (3-2) got a solid effort from rookie WR Stefon Diggs who caught seven passes for 129 yards. Diggs was QB Teddy Bridgewater’s go-to guy and was targeted nine times…

•Running woes: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was limited to 60 yards on 26 carries – 23 coming on one run. The Chiefs ground game fared even worse. Minus injured star Jamal Charles, West ran for just 33 yards and Knile Davis gained only 13. The Chiefs (1-5) have lost five straight games and are in free fall mode…

•Champs in the house: The Vikings saluted the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx in a pre-game ceremony. Maya Moore got the privilege of sounding the Gjallarhorn. Moore’s buzzer-beating triple in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals against Indiana was replayed on the Jumbotron…

•Interconference flashback: Btw, Kansas City and Minnesota played the first ever AFC-NFC interconference game on September 19, 1970. The Vikings won 27-10 at Met Stadium in Bloomington, MN…

•Pack your bags: Minnesota’s next two games are at Detroit and Chicago. It will be a critical two-game road trip against NFC North rivals. The Vikings – who are 2-15-1 on the road since 2013 – need to prove they can win in enemy territory…

•Panther power: That was an impressive 27-23 comeback win for Carolina in Seattle on Sunday. Cam Newton’s 26-yard touchdown toss to Greg Olson with 32 seconds left in the game was the winner for the Panthers (5-0), who remained perfect this season. Meanwhile, the Seahawks (2-4) Legion of Boom defense turned into the Legion of Doom, unable to stop Carolina in crunch time…

•Perfect quintet: The Panthers are one of five undefeated NFL teams. Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay are 6-0 and New England was 4-0 entering a Sunday night game at Indianapolis…

•Gopher hole: The U of M football team is clearly going in reverse. Nebraska pummeled Minnesota 48-25 on Saturday in Minneapolis. The Cornhuskers (3-4) are not exactly the juggernaut they used to be, but still managed to run for 203 yards against the Gophers defense, including 116 by Terrell Newby. Minnesota (4-3) ran for just 65 yards as a team. Things don’t get any easier for the Gophers who have a bye this week, then host 15th ranked Michigan before playing road games at number 1 Ohio State and 12th ranked Iowa…

•Cali crisis: It’s been a rough few days in So Cal. The LA Dodgers lost the NLDS to the NY Mets, USC let go of HC Steve Sarkisian and then lost to 11th ranked Notre Dame 41-31, 18th ranked UCLA got pummeled by number 16 Stanford 56-35 and mudslides closed I-5 north of Los Angeles…

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The Lynx Don’t Miss Anything in Their Title Run

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Segment 1: There’s a championship feel across the Twin Cities, but is it going unnoticed?  Eric and Larry return to the Downtown Minneapolis studios to sing their praises for the Minnesota Lynx.  The franchise won its third WNBA title in the last five seasons.  How amazing is this run that they’re on?  And does anybody really give them the proper credit they deserve?

Gameday Gold Part 1 / 10-16-15

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To the Champs Go the Spoils

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Segment 2: When you earn a championship, you get some love.  The guys tell us what Minnesota icon not only saw greatness in person, but rewarded it after the game.  Plus, which Twin Cities franchise does this Lynx organization most resemble?

Gameday Gold Part 2 / 10-16-15

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Back to Their Winning Ways: WNBA Champions Reminisce with GDG

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Segment 5: We just can’t get enough of those championship-winning Lynx.  After securing their third title in five seasons, Larry was able to secure interviews with point guard Lindsay Whalen, center Sylvia Fowles, and star forward Maya Moore.  How was this team able to climb to the top of the WNBA mountain?

Gameday Gold Part 5 / 10-16-15

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Go ahead Minnesota fans, use the “D” word when talking about the Lynx

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By Eric Nelson
October 15, 2015
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Land of Lynx…

•WNBA domination: The Minnesota Lynx fandom can now use the D word when talking about their team. The Lynx are a legitimate WNBA dynasty after finishing off the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Finals. For those of you keeping score at home, that is three titles in five years, which spells d-y-n-a-s-t-y…

•Good company: The Lynx can now be mentioned with the Chicago Blackhawks (three Stanley Cups in six years), New England Patriots (six Super Bowl appearances and four titles since 2002), San Francisco Giants (three World Series crowns in six years) and San Antonio Spurs (five NBA championships since 1999). Meanwhile, Maya Moore is deserving of every accolade she gets. Moore is the penultimate winner in all of sports…

•Glaring absence: It will be a desperate Kansas City team that plays in Minnesota on Sunday. The Chiefs (1-4) are in last place in the AFC West, four games behind first place Denver. Making things worse for the Chiefs is that they will be without star RB Jamaal Charles, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in last week’s loss to Chicago. Charles – who has run for 364 yards and four touchdowns – is out for the season…

•KC connections: KC HC Andy Reid has three guys with Minnesota ties on his coaching staff – Brad Childress, Eric Bieniemy and Emmitt Thomas. Childress is a former Vikings HC and Bieniemy and Thomas used to be Minnesota assistants…

•Red alert: There will be plenty of red in the Twin Cities this weekend. On Saturday Nebraska and it’s decked out in red fan base, descends on Minneapolis for the Cornhuskers-Gophers game at TCF Bank Stadium. Then on Sunday there will be pockets of KC red at the venue for the Chiefs-Vikings game…

•Coaching carousel: A friend of mine, Ryan McGuire, points out that in the same week both USC’s lost their football coaches. On Monday, Steve Sarkisian was let go by the University of Southern California and on Tuesday Steve Spurrier resigned at the University of South Carolina…

•NHL-centric: Minnesota continues to be a pipeline to the NHL. There are 32 players from the North Star State on NHL teams this season, including JT Brown (Tampa Bay), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg), Jake Gardiner (Toronto), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Ryan McDonagh (NY Rangers), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders) and Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg)…

•Power conference: The NCHC has the most ranked college hockey teams this week in both national polls – six in the USCHO.com rankings and five in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. North Dakota is number 1 in both polls…

•Instant icon: If the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, manager Joe Maddon will quickly become a Windy City sports legend. Maddon will be as popular as Ernie Banks, Mike Ditka, Walter Payton, and Michael Jordan on the Chicago sports scene…

•Moon shot: Cubs fans are still buzzing about Kyle Schwarber’s monster home run in Tuesday night’s 6-4 win over St. Louis that wrapped up the NLDS for Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, the ball came down on top of the right field video board and the Cubs will leave the baseball there until their playoff run is finished…

•Closing time: Chi-town became party-town after the Cubs NLDS clinching win. It’s a safe bet that the bars on Division and Rush streets in the Chicago loop were jammed until at least 3 am. The party will really be rocking if the Cubbies keep winning playoff games…

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Land of 10,000 Hoops: Talking Lynx Postseason and Wolves Preseason

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Segment 4: The WNBA Finals are tied at one as it heads to Indianapolis for Friday’s pivotal Game 3.  Our hosts recap the first two games in this championship series between the Lynx and the Fever.  After that, the Timberwolves opened their preseason on Wednesday night.  Can anything be gleamed from 48 minutes of exhibition basketball?

Gameday Gold Part 4 / 10-9-15

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