The Timberwolves’ youth movement began in earnest Monday. The Wolves waived J.J. Barea after a buyout agreement was reached with the veteran point guard. The Wolves opted to give the final spot on the 15-player roster to rookie forward Glenn Robinson III.
MINNEAPOLIS — It would seem to be reason for celebration. After having one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season, the Vikings are now ranked in the top 10. But that’s not good enough for safety Robert Blanton.
There have been zero expectations for the Vikings since they lost Adrian Peterson. And they’ve certainly delivered as advertised — zero. So we’ve all been focusing on peeling back the layers of flotsam and jetsam in an effort to find a few prized building blocks. We’re trying to look past the fading veterans and semi-skilled drones who populate the huddle in an effort to zero in on those I-beams that will support the weight of the future. Each week it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Anthony Barr is one such player.
MINNEAPOLIS — Next season will mark Dick Berardino’s 48th consecutive year in the Boston Red Sox organization. A former big-league coach and longtime minor-league manager now serving as a player-development consultant, Berardino has seen plenty of managerial prospects rise and fall during his long tenure.
ST. PAUL — A Ramsey County grand jury has indicted Neal C. Zumberge on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the May 5 shooting death of his New Brighton...
ST. PAUL — After serving nearly two years in prison and another six months on work-release for a fatal 2011 hit-and-run, Amy Senser was to be released from state custody...
MINNEAPOLIS — The wait is almost over for Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. Almost as in Sunday morning in Buffalo. The team should learn shortly before kickoff of their game against the Bills whether the linebacker’s broken ribs have healed sufficiently for him to return to the lineup following a three-game absence.
MINNEAPOLIS — This seems to be shaping up as the year of the running back in the Big Ten, but the most consistent teams in the conference are winning games thanks to improved play from their quarterbacks. Purdue (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten) had to bench its starting quarterback to discover Austin Appleby, who is playing well entering Saturday’s game against the Gophers (5-1, 2-0) at TCF Bank Stadium.
ST. PAUL — Darcy Kuemper remembers finding the suggestion a bit weird. Talk to himself? In the middle of a game? How would that help?
MINNEAPOLIS — Not one starting offensive lineman waded into the Vikings locker room Monday during the media hour, unable or unwilling to say anything about an atrocious performance everybody was talking about. Coach Mike Zimmer did not rule out lineup changes to the enigmatic unit, which yielded eight sacks in Sunday’s 17-3 loss to Detroit and has been under siege all season.