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What sets young adult novel adaptation "Divergent" apart from box office juggernaut "Twilight"? According to Shailene Woodley, healthy relationships. "'Twilight,' I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself," Woodley told Teen Vogue for the April issue's cover story. "What message are we sending to young people?
The debate over whether or not global warming is true is getting tiresome. I fail to see how anyone questions an entire field of climate scientists, all of whom agree that global warming is not only real but is caused by human activity. That said, it's time to focus on practical solutions. Minnesota is in the top tier of states investing early in renewable energy, ranking sixth in wind power production and 25th in installed solar production.
TODAY'S EVENTS Baseball MAJOR LEAGUES Spring Training Boston at Twins (Fort Myers, Fla.), 12:05 p.m. (FSN, WMOZ-FM 106.9) Brewers at San Diego (Peoria, Ariz.), 3:05 p.m. COLLEGE MEN Minnesota Duluth vs. Ohio Dominican (Lakeland, Fla.), 9:30 a.m. (2) St. Scholastica vs. Hilbert (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), 11 a.m. Basketball NBA Bucks at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. (FSN-Wis.) Golf PGA Valspar Championship (Palm Harbor, Fla.), 2 p.m. (Golf Channel) Hockey NHL N.Y. Rangers at Wild, 7 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT CLASS AAAA At Target Center, Minneapolis Wednesday's Quarterfinal Results Hopkins 70, Tartan 58 Shakopee 54, Osseo 51 Lakeville North 59, Buffalo 47 Cretin-Derham Hall 69, St. Francis 53 Today's Semifinals Hopkins (29-1) vs. Shakopee (23-6), 6 p.m. Lakeville North (25-5) vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (24-6), 8 p.m. Saturday's Games Championship Semifinal winners, 8 p.m. Third Place At Concordia-St.
Superior's Aaron Miller helped the Duluth All-Stars complete a St. Luke's Orthopedics & Sports Medicine All-Star Hockey Series sweep over the Iron Range with a 6-3 victory Wednesday night at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids. Miller, a senior, scored twice and assisted on another goal as he was named series MVP after scoring four goals in the two games. Duluth won 3-1 on Tuesday. Goalies Jace Thomas of Hermantown and Zack Strom of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton made 13 and 14 saves, respectively, to keep the Iron Range in check.
St. Scholastica allowed three runs in the top of seventh inning to lose to Wheaton 4-1 on Wednesday in a nonconference game in Clermont, Fla. The Saints' only run was unearned when Tiff Hudack scored on an error in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chrisi Mizera pitched a complete game, allowing 11 hits and striking out 11 for St. Scholastica (3-4). Christina Sandstedt hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give Wheaton the lead. Pitcher Abby Butler pitched six innings, allowed seven hits and struck out four.
Seven members of the Minnesota Duluth women's indoor track and field team and three members of the men's team will compete in the NCAA Division II Championships on Friday and Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Freshman Samantha Rivard, an All-American in cross country, will compete in the mile (ranked fourth in Division II), 3,000 meters (ranked sixth) and in the distance medley relay with juniors Amelia Maher and Victoria Zoller and sophomore Hannah Olson.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was visiting the team and considered likely to sign the seventh-round pick in 2009 who has played his entire NFL career with the Carolina Panthers. Munnerlyn also met with Washington. Joseph, 25, leaves the New York Giants as a a high-energy run stopper who can beat blockers in one-on-one situations.
Minnesota Duluth scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Bulldogs fell to nonconference opponent Northwood 10-8 in their season opener in Auburndale, Fla. Cody Aasen hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to cut the Timberwolves' lead to three while pitcher Bo Hellquist allowed only one earned run, but three overall, and struck out nine in five innings of work for UMD (0-1). Pitcher Andrew Joseph allowed two runs and six hits over eight innings and Brad Vigna went 2-for-3 and drove in a run for Northwood (5-5).
TODAY: Expect a 30 percent chance of a.m. flurries and mostly cloudy skies throughout the afternoon. A low-pressure system is just to our north in southern Ontario. FRIDAY: The low has a cold front that will move into the region Friday. Morning lows will be around 28, and highs should be in the upper 30s. Temperatures will drop in the afternoon as the front passes, giving us a 40 percent chance of a mix of sleet/snow/rain. SATURDAY: High pressure will build from the north, and we'll start to see an east wind.