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?
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — As utterly dominant as Amanda Zahui B. has been lately, the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team has struggled to dominate its opponent in the same fashion. Zahui B. had one of the best two-game performances in college basketball in more than a decade last month. But her team needed double overtime to win one of the games.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings officials have talked with Adrian Peterson since last Thursday’s ruling by a federal judge that enabled them to reach out to their star running back. “We’ve had open dialogue,’’ general manager Rick Spielman said Monday. “I’ll just leave it at that.
ST. PAUL — Even after the Wild made two trades Monday to bolster their lineup for a final playoff push, it was the hand-written letter from an 11-year-old that stole the attention on the NHL’s busiest in-season day. Shortly after the Wild acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold to add depth to their blue line, a letter written by his daughter Jordyn in January urging the Wild to acquire her dad because she missed him went viral.