SPORTS NEWS

Pacers-Heat: George vs. James

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The stupid thing here would be to pick the Miami Heat to win the series and go on to win the title.

Wait, that would be the smart thing to do and that will most likely happen, but I want to pick the Indiana Pacers to win the Eastern Conference Finals. I really do.

I like tough teams that win with defense.

Problem is, Miami is kind of tough and wins with defense … except Chris Bosh. He’s a pansy.

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Central High's road to state

By RICK SOLEM
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The bid at a state championship begins Thursday for the Central High School boys track and field team.

Central heads into the Division 1 Sectional at Madison Memorial led by senior Sawyer Smith, a Wisconsin recruit who is a favorite to medal in the 400-meter dash, high jump and long jump.

Smith is the top seed in the high jump (6-foot-2) and took second at state last year (6-6). He is also the second seed in the 400 (49.7 seconds), where he placed third at state last year (49.06).

The Red Raiders took second at the Division 1 state meet at UW-La Crosse last year, just four points shy of champions, Brookefield East (39 points).

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Twin Cities get a new stadium ... again

Column: RICK SOLEM
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It’s settled, the Minnesota Vikings are getting a new stadium ... again.

An indoor stadium. To play football. Indoors.

A stadium that looks like the Jawas’ Sandcrawler from the original Star Wars.

I have all kinds of problems with this and stadiums in general.

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Western Conference Finals

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The NBA is an exciting sport made up of superstars that do things not thought humanly possible.

The most popular is, of course, the dunk, and when it comes to the Western Conference Finals, don’t expect many.

For most, the series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs will be a snooze fest focused on fundamentals and defense.

This is a series I’m very excited about. Maybe because I can most relate to aging, grounded veterans who can’t really dunk anymore and rely a lot on their post game.

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OH, the playoffs

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Things are going to get ugly. They’re already that way, but that’s the NBA playoffs - Hard fouls, awful shooting. In other words: Defensive.

And it’s only going to get worse – or better.

Three outliers remain in the equation that will win an NBA championship – a defensive equation.

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