By Andy Greder St. Paul Pioneer Press CHICAGO — Gophers coach Jerry Kill joked Friday about his strategy against second-ranked Texas Christian to kick off the 2015 season Sept. 3...
MINNEAPOLIS — Ervin Santana heard the news shortly after arriving at the Twins’ clubhouse on Friday afternoon. This non-waiver trade deadline bulletin came from Torii Hunter and concerned one of their former teammates with the Los Angeles Angels: veteran right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. “We got Jeppy!” Hunter said.
BLAINE — The featured group for the opening round of the 3M Championship on Friday featured last year’s champion, Kenny Perry, and Bernhard Langer, the 2014 runner-up. Then there was Tom Lehman. The Minnesota native. The man who consulted with Arnold Palmer as Palmer designed the tournament course, TPC Twin Cities, in Blaine. The guy with a street just off the course named after him. The 1996 British Open champion. The local golf hero.
MANKATO — Everson Griffen couldn’t make it to the banquet last May when he was named the Vikings’ defensive MVP for 2014. But he sent in a video to let those in attendance know he is thinking big. Very big. “My dream is to be a Pro Bowler and a Hall of Famer,” the defensive end said on the video.
MANKATO — Mike Wallace spent two controversial years with the Miami Dolphins, becoming the center of attention for what he often said, and often didn’t say.
MINNEAPOLIS — Sylvia Fowles is arguably the best center in the WNBA. The Minnesota Lynx have never had a defensive inside presence like her. That was one of the reasons Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith couldn’t stop smiling Monday after the three-team trade with the Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream was announced — reuniting the 6-foot-6 Fowles with her former college and Olympic teammate Seimone Augustus.
The search is over. The Twins seem to finally have found their designated hitter. Since the Twins called Miguel Sano up from Class AA Chattanooga two weeks ago, the rookie is hitting .378 with four doubles, two home runs, eight runs batted in and eight walks in 11 games. In 10 of those games, Sano has been the DH.
The upstart Minnesota Twins come out of the all-star break Friday in Oakland with the knowledge they can play with pretty much anybody in the American League. It isn’t just the fact they are 19-19 against teams that have played .500 ball or better.
MINNEAPOLIS — The first thing fans will recognize about newly signed Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica is his unusual jersey number: 88. Bjelica, the 2015 Euroleague Most Valuable Player who was officially introduced by the Wolves on Wednesday afternoon, said he wanted to wear No. 8 in the NBA but that jersey was taken by second-year guard Zach LaVine.
ST. PAUL — Now the work begins for Mike Reilly. The former Gophers All-American defenseman and Chaska native wrapped up the Wild development camp with a scrimmage Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.