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    Minnesota goes all-in on Pek

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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.

    %PM, %29 %858 %2013 %14:%Aug

    Badgers playing down ... again.

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    The college football season sort of starts tonight and this weekend.

    There are some interesting storylines heading in, but what is rarely interesting about college football is the first few weeks.

    The 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers – new coach, quarterback questions, replacing Montee Ball – open the season against … wait for it … UMass. Hooray! The Badgers are 45-point favorites. 

    The week after, they play Tennessee Tech. 

    What’s the point?

    %AM, %04 %392 %2013 %03:%Sep

    NFL: The AFC by division

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    The Broncos are good. The Jets are bad. J.J. Watt's a beast. Montee Ball could be. And Ray Lewis isn't around anymore to dance ... on the field anyway. What's the over/under on him doing it in studio, two weeks?

    Here are my predictions for the AFC divisions this season. The hardest part of picking was who would be the surprise team and who would take a dive this season, since it seems to always happen.

    %PM, %04 %892 %2013 %15:%Sep

    NFL: The NFC by division

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    Finally, baseball is over and the NFL is here!

    That’s how I feel about it anyway. Then again, I’ve felt that way for most of the summer.

    Here’s the NFC by division. I feel like the NFC is a lot more competitive top to bottom than the AFC … except for the Bears. The Bears still suck.

    %AM, %05 %292 %2013 %01:%Sep

    NFL Playoff Predictions

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    There may not be a more exciting game to kick off the 2013-14 NFL season.

    It’s the rematch of the AFC Divisional playoff between the Baltimore Ravens at the Denver Broncos.

    %PM, %07 %198 %2013 %22:%Sep

    UW-L FB can't recover from slow start

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    Sometimes, it looks like the first game of the season.

    For the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse football team, that was exactly the case - figuratively and literally.

    The defense didn’t show up to start. The offense took the first quarter off and, before the Eagles knew it, they had a 21-point deficit.

    That was too much to overcome Saturday. UW-L scored with 13 seconds remaining in the contest to make it a 35-24 loss to the University of Dubuque at Veterans Memorial Field.

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    Brewers need a maid (2)

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    It’s time to clean house.

    The Brewers are awful. Big surprise. They have the fourth-worst record in baseball (35-51) behind the Miami Marlins (32-54), Houston Astros (32-56) and Chicago White Sox (34-50).

    They aren’t going to win anything any time soon and the couple studs they have are in their prime. But if they’re not winning with them now, then it’s time to ship them, right?

    %PM, %14 %147 %2013 %21:%Sep

    UW-L FB: Walsh rumblin' stumblin'

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    All the momentum had shifted.

    A crowd-oohing stick by UW-La Crosse senior Brett Benson forced a fumble.

    Teammate Andy Walsh, all 260 pounds of him, picked it up and pulled the plow 53 yards for a touchdown, seemingly tip-toeing the sideline every step of the way.

    %PM, %16 %835 %2013 %14:%Sep

    Packers looked good, Seahawks looked better

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    The Green Bay Packers looked like a Super Bowl bound team Sunday.

    The Washington Redskins were never in the mix and the 38-20 score is no indication to how lopsided a win this was at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.

    Nobody in the NFC looked better, but, perhaps, that’s because the front runners in the NFC played each other later that night … and only one  team looked any good.

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    HS Football: Logan takes the ark from Central

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    Five points, 3 minutes, 67 yards, 3,000 fans and the 88
    th meeting for one ark - no problem.

    Call them the odd couple: a 5-foot-10, 155-pound quarterback named Mitchell Schreiner and his 230-pound running back, Calvin Wright.

    The two led Logan High School’s football team to a ridiculous fourth-quarter, winning drive – capped off by a Wright 11-yard touchdown with 37 seconds remaining - to take the Ark of Victory in the intra-city rivalry over Central, 30-20.

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