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Dana White — ‘The Baldfather’ — pulls all the strings at UFC

By Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Two men tied to reputed Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger came to collect money. “I knew one of the guys,” says…

Timberwolves lose to Bucks, 98-95

Timberwolves lose to Bucks, 98-95

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MILWAUKEE — Well, that perfect preseason record against the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t mean much now, did it? The Minnesota Timberwolves won both meetings in that…

Rookie Cole steals show as Heat defeats Celtics

Rookie Cole steals show as Heat defeats Celtics

By Joseph Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The scoreboard broke during crucial minutes of the fourth quarter on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. It was pretty much the only thing rusty…

Speed, power help Purdue capture Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Speed, power help Purdue capture Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

By Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — They had a chance, and after playing from behind much of the game and committing six turnovers, a chance is all they…

281 carries gone, now what?

281 carries gone, now what?

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Coaches don’t wring their hands over things that aren’t in their control. So, when Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe was informed…

One quarter short: Bucks’ 11-point halftime lead slips away with sloppy play, missed shots

By Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A disastrous third quarter ruined the Milwaukee Bucks’ opening night. The Bucks led by 11 points at halftime and nearly overcame…

Despite loss to Thunder, newcomers Rubio and Williams give Timberwolves a spark

Despite loss to Thunder, newcomers Rubio and Williams give Timberwolves a spark

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves bade farewell to their overtime lockout summer and, on the day after Christmas, greeted the future with Monday night’s season-opening 104-100…

Giveaway night as Bulls commit 20 turnovers in falling flat in loss to Warriors

Giveaway night as Bulls commit 20 turnovers in falling flat in loss to Warriors

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune OAKLAND, Calif. — The only late-game drama that unfolded Monday night at Oracle Arena was whether the Bulls would commit the most turnovers in the Tom…

Rose Bowl High Scores 12/23 and 12/26, 2011

Early Bird Mixed 12/23/11 (4 person team) High team scratch game – K O Construction 809 High team scratch series – K O Construction 2,214 High Individual games 1. Justin…

UNI Embarks on MVC Play Dec. 29 at Illinois State

UNI Embarks on MVC Play Dec. 29 at Illinois State

The UNI Panthers (10-2 overall) will begin Missouri Valley Conference play on the road at Illinois State (8-3 overall) on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. in Normal, Ill. TIPPING OFF……

Twins agree to terms with Jason Marquis on one-year contract

Twins agree to terms with Jason Marquis on one-year contract

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis on a one-year, $3 million contract. Marquis, 33, was 8-5, 3.95 ERA (120.2…

Pair of Iowa MBB Players Earn Weekly Recognition

Pair of Iowa MBB Players Earn Weekly Recognition

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – A pair of University of Iowa men’s basketball players earned weekly recognition today. Forward Aaron White was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Week…

Changing Timberwolves’ culture of losing won’t be easy with loaded schedule

Changing Timberwolves’ culture of losing won’t be easy with loaded schedule

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – There are certain intangibles Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman will be looking for during this abbreviated and challenging 66-game season. But none are more…

Leading the league in scar tissue

Leading the league in scar tissue

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Raised and purplish, the scar on Tyler Nielsen’s left hand could serve as a map for his career at Iowa. Appropriately,…

Big Ten men’s basketball preview: Deep league full of surprising teams that hope to challenge favorite Ohio State

Big Ten men’s basketball preview: Deep league full of surprising teams that hope to challenge favorite Ohio State

Jim Polzin, The Wisconsin State Journal The men’s basketball teams in the Big Ten Conference are done being bullies to the rest of the country for a while. It’s time for…

Sooners arrive in Phoenix ready to work

John E. Hoover, Tulsa World, Okla. In some ways, Oklahoma already trails Iowa in the chase for the Insight Bowl trophy. The Hawkeyes arrived in Phoenix on Thursday, got practices in…

Packers’ defense should resolve to do better in the new year

Packers’ defense should resolve to do better in the new year

By Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel GREEN BAY, Wis. — None of these gifts will be returned this week to greater Fox Valley merchants: (PHOTO: Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) brings down Green Bay Packers running…

Packers defeat Bears to wrap up home-field advantage, but questions linger

Packers defeat Bears to wrap up home-field advantage, but questions linger

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — At 14-1, the Green Bay Packers are imperfect both in record and in form, not quite the team that roars…

James and Wade power Heat past Mavericks in opener

James and Wade power Heat past Mavericks in opener

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – DALLAS — That victory the Miami Heat were looking for last June in Dallas? They found it Sunday. That additional element to make the game…

Timberwolves expect better in 2012

Timberwolves expect better in 2012

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — There is — quite possibly for the first time since Latrell Sprewell wondered aloud just how he would feed his family on $21…

Bowling scores 12-18 to 12-22, 2011

Sunday Night Mixed League   Rose Bowl       12/18/11 Team High Series          Candy Bar         1489 Team High Game           Candy Bar         524 Individual High Series Male         Terry Shoafstall              573 Individual High Series Female…

One last ride in the Tiger Hawk

One last ride in the Tiger Hawk

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In his last outing, Marvin McNutt got a taste of life in the NFL. Against NFL-caliber corner Alfonzo Dennard, McNutt…

Timberwolves focus on fundamentals, simplified offense

Timberwolves focus on fundamentals, simplified offense

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has spent so much time working on fundamentals with the team – specifically, ballhandling and defense – that he…

Eagles beat Cowboys, but only after being eliminated from playoffs

Eagles beat Cowboys, but only after being eliminated from playoffs

By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer ARLINGTON, Texas — The Philadelphia Eagles had the lead, but they were out of the playoffs. Michael Vick found Brent Celek for a touchdown on…

Lions rout Chargers, celebrate first playoff berth since 1999

By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — This is what the playoffs look like. Chris Houston dousing Jim Schwartz with the icy contents of a Gatorade bucket. A parade of…

Lions’ offense stays the course to keep ahead of Chargers

By Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Often this season, the Lions’ offensive has either started fast and then sputtered or fallen behind early and surged late. Neither was the…

49ers defeat Seahawks with late field goal

By Matthew Barrows, McClatchy Newspapers SEATTLE — Alex Smith, criticized all season for being a game manager instead of a game winner, shot back Saturday. With his 49ers reeling and the…

Peterson suffers torn ACL in Vikings’ win over Redskins

Peterson suffers torn ACL in Vikings’ win over Redskins

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune LANDOVER, Md. — In many ways, Christmas 2011 for the Minnesota Vikings should have been defined by an inspiring slogan, an 11-word adage delivered by Joe…

In season of peace, NBA season opens with grudge match

In season of peace, NBA season opens with grudge match

By Joseph Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers Merry Christmas, basketball fans. It’s time to unwrap the NBA. After a long and frustrating lockout that threatened to alienate its fans, the NBA begins its…

What would Vikings do if they get NO. 1 overall draft pick

What would Vikings do if they get NO. 1 overall draft pick

By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — Sports bars and living rooms across the Twin Cities simultaneously erupted Thursday night in a deliciously ironic mixture of joy, hope and anticipation.…

Twins left crossing their fingers about rotation

Twins left crossing their fingers about rotation

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins didn’t plan to add to their payroll for 2012. The plan was to reduce it. The Twins…

Marshall Newhouse is finding his way along Packers’ offensive line

Marshall Newhouse is finding his way along Packers’ offensive line

By Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Marshall Newhouse made the necessary performance jump from his first to second season that coach Mike McCarthy deems crucial in…

Running on mystery backs

Running on mystery backs

By Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Dec. 24–SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If there was a grieving process for suspended running back Marcus Coker, it appears to be over.…

Iowa women pull out victory

Iowa women pull out victory

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – Iowa’s women’s basketball team made a school-record 14 3-pointers in Thursday’s game against Mississippi Valley State. The Hawkeyes needed every…

Iowa State’s season from 20,000 feet: An unforgettable journey to the Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa State’s season from 20,000 feet: An unforgettable journey to the Pinstripe Bowl

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – “We’ve said all along that the way to grow the brand is we need to capture people’s imagination.” — Iowa State Athletics Director…

Mystic Lanes bowling scores, 12/19 and 12/22

Monday Scratch: John Schachel 236-632 series Scott Radcliff 244-615 series Kevin Johnson 211,257,233-701 series Cody Brandau 267,182,265-714 series Devin Broerman 233,201,226-660 series   7-10 Trio league: Kevin Wolff 245, 276,…

Devyn Marble says he’s ready for Big Ten’s top point guards

Devyn Marble says he’s ready for Big Ten’s top point guards

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Devyn Marble has surprised many people with his play during the non-conference portion of Iowa’s schedule. In 13 games, including…

Iowa outlasts Boise State in gritty non-conference win

Iowa outlasts Boise State in gritty non-conference win

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Twice the Iowa men’s basketball team blew seven-point leads Thursday night against Boise State. Instead of buckling under pressure,…

Rose Bowl high scores 12/20 and 12/22, 2011

Over The Hill 12/20/11 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1.    Gene Roberts     234 2.    Ed Gutzmer       215 3.    Don Wickwire    203 1.    Mary Miller        212 2.    Veronica James 200…

Iowa men defeat Boise State, 81-72

Iowa men defeat Boise State, 81-72

Q.  That was a clean half of basketball.  One turnover in the second half, five overall.  You must be happy. COACH McCAFFERY:  I think when you’re going to beat a…