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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Jack Morris cried on Sunday afternoon, July 29. Just like he thought he would. After belting out a rousing "Hello, Cooperstown!" to open his speech, his eyes started to well up with tears late in his speech, the dam bursting at about the 11:45 mark when he started talking about his family. While he quickly composed himself, it was a strange sight, especially considering the big, bad Morris made a career out of being the gruffest competitor on the field, the very definition of the idea that there's no crying in baseball.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, St. Paul native Jack Morris finally will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. He was elected by the Modern Era Committee after failing to get enough votes from the writers during his 15 years on the ballot.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings first-round draft pick Mike Hughes definitely made the most of his time away from the Twin Cities. After participating in organized team activities in May and then mandatory mini-camp in June, the 21-year-old Hughes returned to the West Coast to continue training for his first NFL season. "That's pretty much what I've been doing," Hughes said. "Just training, chilling with family, and relaxing."
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings running back Dalvin Cook took the NFL by storm for the first month of last season, rushing for 354 yards and a pair of touchdowns before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 4. That ended what had the makings of an all-pro rookie season, and made the 22-year-old Cook start to question the game he loves.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes still remembers the play that threatened to derail his rookie season before it started. Two months ago, during a routine play at organized team activities, the 22-year-old banged his right hand on a teammate's helmet while trying to fight off a block. "I knew something was wrong right away," said Holmes, a fourth-round draft pick in April. "I just thought I bruised it or something. Then we got the MRI back and found out it was broken."
ST. PAUL — Restricted free agent Jason Zucker will stay with the Minnesota Wild after agreeing a five-year, $27.5 million contract, the team announced on Wednesday, July 25. His deal makes him the fifth-highest-paid player on the team with an average annual value of $5.5 million.
ST. PAUL — Matt Dumba was walking up to the green on the fifth hole at Black Mountain Golf Course in Kelowna, British Columbia, early Friday evening, July 20, when his cellphone rang. His birdie putt would have to wait. "All of us huddled around kind of listening on speaker phone," said Dumba, who was playing golf with his father, Charles, and brother, Kyle. "My agent told me what happened and we started screaming and everyone was looking at us."
MINNEAPOLIS -- It appears the dream of the entire Minnesota Lynx starting lineup being named to the WNBA All-Star Game in the Twin Cities is dead. Lynx players Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus were named all-stars on Tuesday night ahead of the game, which will be played July 28 at Target Center. It will be Augustus’ eighth appearance in the summer showcase, Moore’s sixth and Fowles’ fifth.
ST. PAUL—Catching a glimpse of a red-faced Bruce Boudreau isn't uncommon during the regular season. He stands on his perch from behind the Wild bench and voices his displeasure whenever he sees fit. But there is a softer side to the 63-year-old coach, and it shines through during events like the second annual Wild On The Water on Mille Lacs Lake over the weekend. Like a true Minnesotan, he got out of the water for a few hours and exchanged pleasantries with dozens of Wild fans before trekking back to the Twin Cities.
ST. PAUL—It's not hard to spot the aftermath of the injury that ended Luke Kunin's 2017-18 season. As he gingerly stepped out of an Alumacraft fishing boat on Saturday afternoon, July 16, a gnarly scar on his left knee told the horror story of the the past five months for the Wild's 20-year-old top prospect. A first-round pick by in the 2016 NHL draft, Kunin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a March 4 game against the Detroit Red Wings.