The Insider: Sagedahl cards ace at Little Crow
Mike Sagedahl of Willmar shot a hole-in-one at the Little Crow Country Club on Tuesday.
Two firsts at Valley Golf
Alan Bjornberg of Willmar shot his first hole-in-one at Valley Golf on Tuesday, the first ace recorded at the club this year.
Bjornberg aced the 190-yard No. 7 hole using a 5-wood.
Griffin: Back is OK
Blake Griffin resumed workouts in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and said he has no limitations from a back injury that led him to bow out of Team USA training camp last month.
“My whole thing is that I didn’t want to go into (Clippers) camp and put myself in a worse position,” Griffin told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not that my back is broken and I’m walking around with a broken back, or I’m in so much pain.
“But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I’m probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn’t do that.”
Griffin confirmed there is a small fracture in his back. Provided he doesn’t overdo workouts, Griffin anticipates no restrictions during the NBA season.
“It’s less than a hairline and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact,” Griffin said. “I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn’t be playing and practicing every day this early.”
Sharks, Kings head outdoors in 2015
Outdoor hockey is returning to California for a second straight season, the NHL announced Wednesday.
The San Jose Sharks will be the home team against the Los Angeles Kings at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The game will be broadcast by NBCSN and Hockey Night in Canada.
No two teams in the NHL have played against each other more than the Sharks and Kings since the start of the 2010-11 season. They have played 41 games, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, in the past three seasons, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two postseasons.
The Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sharks in the Western Conference first round last season. Los Angeles went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.
The Sharks will be competing in their first outdoor game. They will become the 19th team in NHL history to play in a regular-season outdoor game.
The Kings will be playing in their second outdoor game. They lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in front of 54,099 fans at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.
Rafalski headlines U.S. Hall of Fame inductees
Four Olympic medalists, including two players and two coaches, headline this year’s inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The honorees, announced Wednesday by USA Hockey, include Brian Rafalski, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time Stanley Cup champion.
Rafalski is joined by Karyn Bye Dietz, who served as alternate captain for the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s team at the 1998 Nagano Games; Jeff Sauer, college coaching legend and coach of the gold medal-winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team; and Lou Vairo, who was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
The 42nd U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held in Minnesota on Dec. 4.
Rafalski played 15 seasons of professional hockey, 11 in the NHL, winning three Stanley Cups -- two with the New Jersey Devils and one with the Detroit Red Wings.
Rafalski, who played for Sauer at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-95, was never drafted but proved himself in Europe for four seasons before being signed by the Devils as a free agent in 1999. He played in New Jersey for the first seven seasons of his NHL career, beginning in 1999-2000. Rafalski played 541 regular-season games with the Devils and had 44 goals and 311 points, helping the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003.
— Reuters/Staff reports