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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s a pinnacle moment for Minn U against Sporting KC

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By Eric Nelson
May 10, 2017
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Land of Loons...

•Signature Win: It took Minnesota United just 10 games to produce a pinnacle moment in their inaugural MLS season. Minn U blanked Sporting KC 2-0 at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, getting goals from Abu Danladi and Christian Ramirez, and a shutout from GK Bobby Shuttleworth. SKC (18 points) is an MLS powerhouse and is tied for first in the Western Conference with FC Dallas. The much-improved Loons (11 points) have two wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in their last four games…

•Oh Canada: On Saturday Minn U battles another top-tier club as the Loons play Toronto FC in Canada. Toronto is on top of the Eastern Conference and has an MLS-high 19 points…

•Shock-Off: It was a stunning finish in Minneapolis Friday night. Joe Mauer hit his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Boston giving the Twins a 4-3 win. The game-winning tater produced some rare emotion from Mauer, who pumped his fist into the air as he circled the bases. It was one of the most unlikely endings I have ever seen at Target Field…

•Hick Ups: NY Yankees CF Aaron Hicks is off to a sizzling start. Hicks is batting .338 with six home runs and 16 RBI, and making the Twins look silly for giving up on him…

•Well-Written: USA today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale recently wrote an outstanding article on the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the impact the violent uprising had on the city, the nation and sports in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.

•Job Hopping: The Vikings have hired Tina Holmes as Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor. Holmes has spent the last four years in a similar role at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota…

•Eight Ball: It’s looking more and more like the NBA Finals will be the sequel to the sequel. Cleveland and Golden State have already logged a pair of four-game playoff sweeps and are both 8-0 this post-season. The Cavs and Warriors are on an apparent collision course to meet in the Finals for a third straight season…

•Tip-Off Time: The Minnesota Lynx open their WNBA season Sunday night at 6 pm against the Chicago Sky. The game is at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, which is the Lynx temporary home this year while Target Center is being renovated…

•Juggernaut: Congrats to the U of M softball team. The 3rd ranked Gophers (51-3) won their first Big Ten title since 1991 and have a 22 game winning streak. Top seed Minnesota plays Northwestern or Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday in Ann Arbor, MI…

•Giving Back I: Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendricks will present a $20,000 check to The Sheridan Story on Friday at Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley. The Sheridan Story runs weekend food programs at more than 140 schools across the Twin Cities. The funds were raised in Kendricks’ “Sacks for Kids” campaign last season, which asked fans to pledge money for each Vikings sack…

•Giving Back II: The annual Taste of the Vikings charity event is Wednesday June 14 from 6:30-10 pm at US Bank Stadium. Second Harvest Heartland and Land O’Lakes are the main sponsors, which raises awareness and funds to combat childhood hunger. Minnesota players, coaches and alumni will be participating…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Twin Cities-based Mortenson is the gold standard when it comes to sports construction

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By Eric Nelson

February 22, 2017

GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Chex Mix…

 

• Minnesota Makeover: Target Center’s three-phase renovation is now 40 percent complete and is going to be finished in November. The $150 million project will give the arena a totally different look – adding new seats, suites, a glass atrium and other amenities. A fabulous new circular video board is already up, providing crystal clear views of the action on the floor or ice…

•Sports-Centric: Mortenson Construction of Golden Valley, MN is handling the renovation. It’s a full circle project for the company because Mortenson built Target Center in 1990 for $104 million. Mortenson’s fingerprints are on every major sports venue in the Twin Cities. They built Target Center, Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, US Bank Stadium and the Xcel Energy Center. Mortenson is also going to build Minnesota United’s soccer specific facility in the St. Paul Midway…

•Gold Standard: Mortenson is the top sports construction company in the US. Besides the Target Center renovation, they are also constructing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves and new arenas for the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks. Mortenson has built a total of 170 sports and entertainment facilities at a cost of $9 billion…

•Hot Ticket: The crowd for Minnesota United’s home opener against Atlanta United FC on March 12 at TCF Bank Stadium could top 35k. Minn U’s first-ever MLS game is March 3 at Portland…

•1-2 Punch: Denver (22-6-4) is the top-ranked team in this week’s USCO.com college hockey rankings. UM-Duluth (19-5-6) is second. The Pioneers and Bulldogs both play in the NCHC. Minnesota (20-8-2) is ranked fourth, the highest of any Big Ten team…

•Denver Dominance: The Pioneers have now won 20 or more games for 16 straight seasons. G Tanner Jaillet leads the NCHC with 20 wins and has a 1.84 GAA…

•NFL Olympics: The NFL Scouting combine begins next Tuesday in Indianapolis. This is one of the most overrated events on the sports calendar and gets too much attention. The focus is on 40-yard dash times, cone drills, lateral jumps and bench pressing 225 pounds – instead of football. What happened to judging a player by how they play in games? The Combine is paralysis by analysis…

•Meat Market: The Combine generates good revenue for Indy and gives the NFL Network something to put on the airwaves. Fair or not, players can’t afford to miss this hyped-up event, because coaches and scouts flock to Indiana. Over 300 prospects go to Lucas Oil Stadium to be timed, measured, poked and questioned by probing teams…

•Family Feud: Just a hunch, but I am guessing that Jeannie Buss and Jim Buss won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving together this year. It was Jeannie who removed brother Jim and Mitch Kupchak from the LA Lakers front office on Tuesday, clearing the way for Magic Johnson to take control…

•Juggling Act: Magic is a basketball genius and clearly loves the game. But will he be able to give the Lakers the laser-focus they need? Magic is also part-owner of the LA Dodgers, Sparks and runs many businesses…

•Marathon Man: On April 10 Joe Gagnon will embark on a marathon journey – literally. Gagnon will try to run six consecutive marathons in six cities on six continents in six days. Gagnon is going to run in Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg, London, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles. If everything goes smoothly, Gagnon will run 157 miles and log over 40,000 miles in the sky…

 

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