MINNEAPOLIS — Once Tom Thibodeau concluded his introductory news conference Tuesday, the Timberwolves’ new president of basketball operations and head coach briefly met with Andrew Wiggins, Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammad on the side of the stage set up at Target Center.
WASHINGTON — The Twins wore purple wristbands Friday against the Nationals to honor Minnesota native Prince, the award-winning musician who died Thursday in Chanhassen at the age of 57. “A lot of people are hurting today because of the loss,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “Being from Minnesota and representing our team … we are going to honor that with a little bit of purple tonight.”
MILWAUKEE — After watching his outfielders kick the ball around in two consecutive losses, Twins manager Paul Molitor cracked the door open just a bit for Miguel Sano to see his first action of the year at third base. Asked before Thursday’s game against the Brewers what the biggest drawback would be in asking Sano to bounce between right field and third during Trevor Plouffe’s injury absence, Molitor paused for several seconds.
DALLAS — The Minnesota Wild seem to begin each season with the declaration that this time it will dispense with all the late-season drama and must-win games needed to squeak into the playoffs. And that would be followed by a long and fruitful postseason run. And yet, after squeaking into the playoffs this season, the Wild find themselves on the brink of elimination, trailing the Dallas Stars 3-1 in the best-of-seven first-round series, facing another must-win game.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will know a lot more about his future with the Vikings by May 3. That’s the deadline for teams to pick up the 2017 fifth-year options for players selected in the first round of the 2013 draft. Patterson’s option is for $7.915 million, and it would be a surprise if the Vikings invoke it.
EDEN PRAIRIE — To many, the main drama surrounding the Vikings in the first round of next week’s NFL draft is which receiver will they take. Will it be Laquon Treadwell or Josh Doctson? Or perhaps Corey Coleman. Maybe Will Fuller.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves’ search for a new president of basketball operations and head coach was swift and brought in Tom Thibodeau. A week after the season ended, the Wolves signed Thibodeau, the former Chicago Bulls coach, to fill both the top management and coaching roles in Minnesota, the team confirmed Wednesday evening.
We were expecting the Wild. Instead, we got the Wild-eyed. It’s important, sometimes, to differentiate between effort and passion. The Minnesota Wild rarely lack the former. In fact, they are known for working hard. Yet it often seemed that the fire, the emotion, didn’t quite match the exertion. Hockey appeared to be strictly business.
DALLAS — John Torchetti’s carousel search for a suitable left wing to play on the Wild’s top line spun again Saturday, this time landing on an unconventional answer. After Jason Zucker yielded a single shot on goal in Game 1 from the position left vacant by injuries to Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek, Mikael Granlund, typically a center, was slotted to the left of Mikko Koivu on the team’s top line in an attempt to spark offense for a Wild team that entered Game 2 here with six goals in their past six games.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins’ first victory of the season came just in time to save Brian Dozier’s famous coiffure from early-season devastation. Before a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, third baseman Trevor Plouffe kept trying to convince Dozier to let go of his locks.