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Athletes spend years of their lives and hours each day getting into peak physical shape for the Olympic Games. But many coaches believe it's the mental preparations that count most during competition.
A martial art born at least four centuries ago in Brazil is catching on big across the U.S., including Minnesota. Capoeira combines acrobatics, dance, music and culture.
Minnesota may be mostly flat, but that hasn't hampered the local indoor rock climbing industry. The state ranks an impressive fifth in the nation, for the number of per-capita indoor rock climbers.
One of the events on Mexico's President Vicente Fox agenda during his visit to the Twin Cities is a meeting with players from Minnesota's pro soccer team, the Minnesota Thunder. It's a prelude to the Thunder's game just hours later against one of Mexico's top teams, Club Morelia. The teams play a special exhibition game at James Griffin Stadium. The stadium at Central High School in St. Paul is the Thunder's new home field -- a relocation the Thunder hopes will expand its fan base.
The first modern Olympics took place in Athens, Greece, in the late 1800s. But it's believed that ancient games were held as early as 776 B.C. Author Tony Perrottet sheds light on these competitions -- from the chariot races to the naked athletes.
After shooting 4-of-16 for 11 points in the first five games of the Western Conference finals, Kareem Rush scored a career playoff-high 18 on six 3-pointers in Game 6, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 96-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Even without injured Sam Cassell, the Minnesota Timberwolves had the energy and attitude to even the Western Conference finals. Kevin Garnett scored 24 points and Darrick Martin had 15 points and six assists in place of Cassell, leading the Timberwolves to a 89-71 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 Sunday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night at the Target Center 97-88. The team also lost the momentum it had after its series ending win against Sacramento. And they lost home court advantage. But Wolves players say the team has been in this situation before and they say can come back.
Kevin Garnett had 32 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks on his 28th birthday, and the Timberwolves held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 83-80 Wednesday in Game 7 of their semifinal series. The victory wasn't assured until Chris Webber's 3-point attempt went in and out at the final buzzer.
Minnesota coach Flip Saunders quickly ran down the list of what has to happen to beat Sacramento on its home floor: Keep turnovers down. Defend. Make big shots in crunch time. Hit free throws. The Timberwolves had a hard time with just about all of those things in their latest showdown with the Kings.
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