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About Instant Checkmate

Posted by Social Blogger on August 16th, 2012

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Tom Barnard launches a podcast

Posted by startribune on August 13th, 2012

The morning radio kingpin sees an opportunity to profit — and to start sleeping in. The new show starts Wednesday.

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Jeremy Renner, the next action hero

Posted by startribune on August 13th, 2012

The new face of "Bourne," Jeremy Renner made his name as a character actor. But between this film and "The Avengers," he’s having a movie-star moment.

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‘Bourne’ drives out the ‘Dark Knight’

Posted by startribune on August 13th, 2012
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Perkins’ Fifteen’s 5K Raises Money For Cystic Fibrosis

Posted by cbs on August 13th, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Target Field was busy long before today’s Twins game. It was the finish line for a special run, hosted by a Twins pitcher and his wife, and inspired by two very special kids.

It’s called Fifteen’s 5K because Glen Perkins wears No. 15 for the Twins. And plenty of runners dressed the part, right down to the eye-black.

But others wore special colors. Courtney Brigdenhill and her friend Paxton drove more than four hours from Sioux Center, Iowa to run for a 4-year-old named Kyra.

“She does nebulizer treatment,” said Brigdenhill, “and also the vest, which shakes her chest to loosen all of the mucus. She also has to take enzymes with every meal to help with the digestion.”

This run wasn’t just for fun. It raised money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Perkins and his marathon-running wife Alisha were inspired by two family friends, Aidan and Landry, who deal with the disease daily.

“Watching her with this little jacket on,” Alisha said about Landry, “and seeing what they have to do every day kills you.”

So, although there was plenty of baseball, with home plate as a finish line, Glen’s teammates handing out medals and Joe Mauer signing autographs, Perkins hopes the runners also connected with the kids.

“To see the kids here,” he said, “and for the people to meet the kids and see who they’re running for, and kind of put a face for the race, with the disease and that, it’s cool.”

And Alisha hopes they learned a little more about the disease.

“As hard as it was for you to do that, as much as it taxed your lungs, that’s what those kids go through every day,” she said to the runners.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 kids and adults in the United States. For more information, go to http://www.cff.org/AboutCF/ and http://www.cff.org/Chapters/minnesota/.

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Keppinger, Rays Break Loose In 10th, Beat Twins

Posted by cbs on August 13th, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Longoria is back on the field, and the Tampa Bay Rays are back in the AL East race.

Jeff Keppinger hit tiebreaking grounder after the All-Star third baseman was intentionally walked in a four-run, 10th inning, and the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 Sunday to improve to 6-0 since Longoria returned from a three-month layoff.

“I believe in all these guys,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I like the energy with which we’re playing.”

Tampa Bay swept consecutive three-game series against Toronto and the Twins, the first time the Rays swept opponents back-to-back since April 12-19, 2010, at Baltimore and Boston. The Rays sent Minnesota to its fifth straight loss, matched their longest winning streak this season and are five games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees, the closest Tampa Bay has been to first place since the morning of June 26.

Longoria missed 85 games because of a partially torn left hamstring and hasn’t found his power swing yet, hitting .261 (6 for 23) with a double and four RBIs in his return — all as a designated hitter.

Luke Scott (right oblique) is likely coming back from the disabled list this week, and pitcher Jeff Niemann is on an injury rehabilitation assignment for the reviving Rays.

Tampa Bay, which improved to 4-4 in extra innings this season, broke a 3-all tie after Desmond Jennings singled off Alex Burnett (4-4) leading off the 10th and stole second. B.J. Upton walked and Ben Zobrist sacrificed Jennings to third. After the walk to Longoria loaded the bases, Jeff Keppinger bounced to shortstop Brian Dozier, who appeared to have time to throw home for a forceout or to second in an attempt for a double play. Instead, he threw to first as Tampa Bay took the lead.

“Everybody has an opinion on where he should have thrown the ball, but I’m going to back my player here,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He did what he thought was right.”

Dozier wanted to play it safe.

“A smart infielder makes sure he gets one out right there,” he said. “Every shortstop in the league would’ve done the same thing.”

Tampa Bay, which overcame three errors, was pleased at the break.

“It’s good to have one every once in a while,” Jennings said. “I thought he was going to try to turn a double play.”

Tyler Robertson relieved and hit Carlos Pena with a pitch, reloading the bases. Ryan Roberts followed with a two-run single off

Casey Fien, his third hit of the game, and pinch-hitter Matt Joyce singled in a run.

Kyle Farnsworth (1-3) worked around a one-out single in the ninth for first win since Aug. 21 against Seattle, and Fernando Rodney retired his only batter for his league-leading 36th save in 37 attempts.

Tampa Bay starter James Shields tied his season low with just two strikeouts, allowing three runs — two earned — and five hits in seven innings. He twice stranded runners who reached third with one out.

“Today was a grind,” he said. “Our defense wasn’t there, but we’ve had good defense since the (All-Star) break and are playing well.”

Minnesota starter Scott Diamond allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, matching his season highs with two walks and two home runs allowed.

Jennings hit his third career leadoff homer for Tampa Bay and Keppinger homered in the second for a 2-0 lead. Keppinger’s error allowed Josh Willingham to reach in the bottom half, and Justin Morneau’s two-run homer tied the score.

Denard Span doubled and scored in the third, then left in the seventh with right shoulder pain, an inning after his diving attempt on a ball by Keppinger that wound up as a double. X-rays showed no damage and the Twins said he is day to day.

Consecutive doubles by Roberts and Sean Rodriguez tied the score in the fifth.

NOTES: Longoria could receive his first day off since his return on Monday at Seattle. Maddon said he will wait to decide on Longoria’s availability. … Roberts had his first three-hit game since June 8 while with Arizona. … Tampa Bay will continue its 10-game trip Monday with RHP Alex Cobb (6-8, 4.32 ERA) opposing RHP Blake Beavan (7-6, 5.12 ERA). … RHP Samuel Deduno (3-0, 3.27 ERA) will start Monday for the Twins as they open a three-game series against visiting Detroit, which counters with RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-9, 4.37 ERA). … 3B Trevor Plouffe, on the DL (right thumb) since July 21, is expected to return from his rehab assignment and rejoin Minnesota on Monday. … Twins RHP Matt Capps, out since July 17 with rotator cuff inflammation, will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Monday. Capps hopes to resume throwing Wednesday and pitch again for the Twins in early September.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Twins CF Span Leaves Game With Sore Shoulder

Posted by cbs on August 13th, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span has left Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the seventh inning because of right shoulder pain.

The Twins say he will have a precautionary X-ray.

Span made a diving attempt at Jeff Keppinger’s line drive with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, driving his shoulder into the ground after missing the ball. Twins medical personnel and manager Ron Gardenhire checked on Span in the outfield, but he stayed in the game for the final out of the inning.

Ben Revere moved from left field to center and Darin Mastroianni took over in left field in the top of the seventh.

Span went 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored before leaving the game.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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RB Peterson Activated Off PUP List

Posted by cbs on August 13th, 2012

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have activated running back Adrian Peterson from the physically unable to perform list Sunday, with coach Leslie Frazier saying Peterson had done everything in his rehab that could be done working by himself.

Peterson had major knee surgery on Dec. 31, and Frazier credited Peterson’s hard work for the quick return.

During Sunday’s morning walk-through, Peterson rejoined his offensive teammates for a half-hour session. He is scheduled to participate in the Sunday afternoon practice, though the new collective bargaining agreement prohibits Peterson from taking part in contact during padded practices for two days.

Frazier said the next step in the rehab process will be for Peterson to participate in contact drills and then get some game action in the preseason. He added that Peterson will be evaluated daily to check his progress.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Talking Points: Don’t Forget About MN’s Primary

Posted by cbs on August 13th, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — So its mid-August and you’re focused on the Olympics, maybe some back-to-school shopping and the State Fair is right around the corner. You may not realize that there is a major political event happening this week.

Minnesota’s state primary is on Tuesday. In most of the state, there has not been a lot of interest in the primary, but in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, there is a fierce three-way race to see who will run against incumbent Congressman Chip Cravaack.

When it comes to congressional races, incumbents win 90 percent of the time. But two years ago, in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District in Northeastern Minnesota, the longtime DFL incumbent Jim Oberstar lost to first-time candidate Republican Chip Cravaack.

But because the district is traditionally Democratic, Cravaack is seen as one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country. On Tuesday, three candidates are facing each other in the primary for the chance to run against him.

They are former Duluth City Council Member Jeff Anderson, former State Sen. Tarryl Clark and former Congressman Rick Nolan. Political Analyst Katherine Pearson appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning. She said the primary is too close to call.

“What we have seen is a pretty big battle,” Pearson said. “The candidates have criticized Representative Cravaack but they have also begun to criticize one another. We have also seen a lot of outside money — both by the DFL in support of Nolan but we have also seen a lot of outside money in support of Clark, as well. So this does have the potential to be a high turnout primary.”

Turnout in the rest of the state is expected to be very low — with the exception of another primary race that is too close to call. And that is in Minnesota’s first Congressional District in southeastern Minnesota.

There, two Republicans — former State Rep. Allen Quist is facing State Sen. Mike Parry, for the chance to run against incumbent DFL Congressman Tim Walz.

You can watch WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Primary will chart path for Congress and Legislature

Posted by startribune on August 13th, 2012
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