MINNEAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen was anxious, she was nervous, and she was excited. For the first time in possibly a long time, she couldn’t wait for practice.
MINNEAPOLIS — One of the odder moments from the just-concluded Twins homestand came during Wednesday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians. After grounding out to second in the fourth inning, Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia appeared to purposely bump first-base coach Butch Davis with his right shoulder on his way back to the dugout. The exchange between Davis, who wore a stunned look, and a seemingly angry Arcia was captured via GIF and quickly posted on Twitter.
ST. PAUL — The Wild could have interviews with their top three head coach candidates completed by Wednesday. After formally interviewing interim coach John Torchetti, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher flew to Southern California, home of jobless coaches Bruce Boudreau and Randy Carlyle, according to a report from Canada-based TSN.
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A school bus driver found a 5-year-old girl crying, with her face bloodied, and naked from the waist down in St. Paul on Monday, and police are investigating whether she was sexually assaulted. The case is “one of the most heinous crimes imaginable … involving a brutal assault of a 5-year-old child,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. “It’s a crime that makes us all sick to our stomach and has become the top priority of the St. Paul police department. We are using all available resources to find out who’s responsible for what happened.”
CHICAGO — A year ago, the Vikings took a cornerback in the first round of the NFL draft. On Friday night, they added one in the second round. The Vikings selected Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander with the No. 54 overall pick. That follows Trae Waynes going No. 11 in 2015.
MINNEAPOLIS — Struggling Twins left-hander Tommy Milone will move to the bullpen, making room for prized rookie right-hander Alex Meyer to make his first big-league start on May 3 at Houston. With Thursday’s off day, the Twins are able to bring back surging Ricky Nolasco on normal rest to start Sunday’s series finale against the Detroit Tigers.
CHICAGO — The Vikings on Thursday night selected Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Many observers believed Minnesota would pick either Treadwell or wide receiver Josh Doctson of Texas Christian. Washington selected Doctson at No. 22, leaving Treadwell for the Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS — The results suggest something is wrong with Kevin Jepsen. No reliever should have five decisions through 22 games, but entering Friday night’s game against the Tigers at Target Field, Jepsen has a 2-3 record and a 4.66 earned-run average in 9 2/3 innings pitched.
ST. PAUL — During a sometimes defiant end-of-season news conference Thursday, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher was vague as to how he will select the team’s next full-time head coach, the timeline for that decision, even who he will consider for the job. But as the Wild enter the offseason needing a replacement for Mike Yeo, who was fired in February, Fletcher’s comments did little to dispel the notion that the team will be seeking an experienced, hard-nosed coach.