MINNEAPOLIS -- Belt-tightening at Target Corp. takes many forms, including those free vacation trips on the corporate jet. In a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Minneapolis-based Target...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — For Chris Herrmann, preparing his new infielder’s glove was relatively easy. He just had to add water. The catcher’s mitt was more difficult. His outfielder’s glove and first baseman’s mitt fell somewhere in the middle. “But I got them all broken in, all four of them,” Herrmann said before a recent Twins workout. “There’s all kinds of different routines you can do. I learned one from Torii Hunter this spring. I had a brand-new infield glove and I couldn’t even squeeze it. They come really stiff.
MINNEAPOLIS — In the first team meeting in early September, first-year Gophers women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings had her players stare up at the banners in Williams Arena. It was quiet. The lights were off.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Wide receivers Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings were teammates for 18 hours. A day after the Vikings acquired Wallace, a former Pro Bowl selection, from Miami, they released another Saturday in Jennings. The move was a bit of a surprise, but Jennings apparently had declined to renegotiate to Minnesota’s liking the five-year, $45 million contract he signed two years ago.
MINNEAPOLIS — The six seniors on the Minnesota men’s hockey team have done the unprecedented. For the first time in the program’s 94-year history, this senior class has won four consecutive conference titles.
MINNEAPOLIS — Melrose native, Minnesota high school basketball legend and 12-year NBA veteran Mark Olberding flew from San Antonio to Minnesota in advance of Melrose’s first state tournament game in more than 40 years. Olberding had powered the Dutchmen to their last state championship in 1974 and had a message for this season’s squad: Play to your strengths. Rebound. Play defense.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — There are times when everything will be just right — the arm angle, the release point, the weight transfer — and when that happens, a near-metaphysical event takes place. The skies open, the angels sing and the ever-present radar guns behind home plate begin to sizzle. Even the most hardened scout gasps at the sight: 100 miles per hour! Triple digits. The stuff of legends.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings wasted no time making sure Shaun Hill would be Teddy Bridgewater’s backup. Minnesota reached agreement Tuesday on a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the quarterback on first day of free agency.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Richard Pitino and his Gophers basketball team sat down for dinner Monday night at Buffalo Wild Wings, they couldn’t avoid the All-Big Ten awards show being broadcast on TVs throughout the restaurant. What was supposed to be a chance for Minnesota players to relax and forget about Sunday’s demoralizing, buzzer-beating 79-76 loss to Penn State became yet another reminder of how disappointing the season has been.
Paul Molitor has nothing to worry about. “I am here for Molitor,” Eduardo Escobar declared. What more could any manager want?