MINNEAPOLIS — Neil Allen has come close to landing a major league pitching coach job in recent years, going to the wire with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Still, the former big-league closer with the New York Mets in the early 1980s was pleasantly surprised to hear from the Twins about the same opening.
ST. PAUL — Sgt. Jason Lee of Blaine hasn’t told his three youngest children he’s going to West Africa this spring to join the fight against the Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives.
CHICAGO — How bad was the Vikings’ offense Sunday? A defensive back was their leading rusher. The Vikings got a 48-yard run in the first quarter by safety Andrew Sendejo on a fake punt, which led to their only touchdown. They only reached 200 yards of total offense in a 21-13 loss to Chicago at Soldier Field.
MINNEAPOLIS — Buoyed by Saturday’s strong performance in defeat to Ohio State, the Gophers remained unwilling to float along with the concept of a moral victory — or even concede that the Buckeyes were the better team. Minnesota remained hungry to prove it belongs in the upper echelon of the Big Ten Conference after hanging with the No. 8 Buckeyes in a 31-24 loss in the coldest game ever at TCF Bank Stadium (15 degrees at kickoff).
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The head of MNsure said he’s “cautiously optimistic” things will go well today when open enrollment for the second year of the troubled health exchange kicks off.
ST. PAUL — It’s not like teammates and coaches are pretending David Cobb’s late-game fumble in the Gophers’ loss at Illinois never happened. But the play almost seems like a non-issue now.
MINNEAPOLIS — One of the reasons Twins manager Paul Molitor expresses optimism about the 2015 season, he said, is the way the 2014 team refused to wilt. Minnesota might have lost 92 games, but is wasn’t a pushover.
MINNEAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater never had met Robert Griffin III. That is, until he beat him. Bridgewater, the Vikings’ rookie quarterback, had exchanged text messages before with Griffin, who starred as a rookie with Washington in 2012.
MINNEAPOLIS — Way back on Sept. 29, Day 1 of the Twins’ marathon manager search, hall of famer Paul Molitor was considered the frontrunner. Nothing had changed in that regard by Saturday, Day 34 of the search, amid a 1500 ESPN radio report that a deal was being finalized to make the 58-year-old St. Paul native the 13th manager in Twins history.
MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters gathered Sunday outside the Vikings-Washington football game in Minneapolis to decry the team name “Redskins.” Carrying signs reading “We are not mascots!” and “No honor in racial...