SPORTS NEWS

Minnesota goes all-in on Pek

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The Minnesota Timberwolves finally signed their center. And sign them they did.

Restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic is locked up for five years and $60 million.

I hate it for so many reasons, and I’m a guy who loves old-school basketball where a team actually has a center – not some hybrid who doesn’t do any dirty work.

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Jennings talking ... trash?

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Whether it’s playing or watching, my attitude when it comes to sports is “shut up and let your game talk.”

And that’s not to say my game has anything to say for itself, but that’s kind of the point.

Whether I’m any good or completely awful, I don’t need to say anything. I don’t need to talk “trash” or “smack.”

I hate everything about it.

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Time to fix baseball

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Baseball has to be fixed.

Not the slow play. Not the ridiculous salaries. Not even the drug testing.

What needs to be fixed – along with those – are the consequences.

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Packers' Rodgers in trouble

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Nobody cares about the offensive line.

Nobody, except the quarterback and running back.

Nobody, except the Green Bay Packers brass, who just made Aaron Rodges the highest paid player in the NFL.

And now, the Packers starting left tackle – the most important position on the line – is out of the season, tore his ACL during … wait for it … Family Night.

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Brewers, Twins all-stars

By RICK SOLEM
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The Minnesota Twins have three all-stars: catcher Joe Mauer, reliever Glen Perkins and outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Oh, wait. Gomez is a Milwaukee Brewer now, that’s right.

It is a little funny that two of the lowliest teams in the majors each have two all-stars. The Brewers other all-star for tonight’s game is Jean Segura.

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