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Five tidbits as prepare for my big Krav Maga comeback tonight, post-ankle sprain.
1. Who do you think coach Richard Pitino said has the biggest potential of anyone on the team? Why, Charles Buggs of course. My story in today's Star Tribune here. Plus, more thoughts on Buggs on the blog.
2. It's Buggy Fever. Listen to his own words here via some audio from the University of Minnesota.
3. Video: Gopher basketball takes you into the locker room for Richard Pitino's postgame speech. Pretty touching ode to Austin Hollins, then asks "Will the real Charles Buggs please stand up?"
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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French gymnast Samir Ait Said landed awkwardly on a vault, and a sickening snap echoed throughout the arena. A split second later, he was clutching his contorted left leg, his tibia fractured and his Olympics over.