St. Paul Pioneer Press
Leading the nation in assists was not a goal second-year coach Richard Pitino set for the University of Minnesota basketball team this season. He wouldn’t even say he has a great passing team yet.
After their seventh loss in 12 games, the home locker room was quiet except for the lowered voices of a few players trying to explain the feeling of yet another disappointing defeat. The Wild lost 3-2 in overtime to the Boston Bruins at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, a night after losing 5-3 to the Blackhawks in Chicago.
Section 121 at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday probably should be renamed “Teddyville.” Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will return to his native Miami to play the Dolphins. His mother, Rose Murphy, and others close to Bridgewater have purchased plenty of seats in the section in the northeast corner of the stadium.
Before the season, Kyle Rudolph proclaimed himself the NFL’s best tight end and seemed ready for a career year. But that’s not going to happen.
MINNEAPOLIS — Bobby Bell is an NCAA champion. A Super Bowl champion. A member of the college and pro football halls of fame. And now, 52 years later, he is a college graduate.
An arbiter on Friday denied an appeal by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, assuring his NFL suspension will keep him out the remainder of this season. The decision by Harold Henderson, a former NFL official who was appointed by the league to hear Peterson’s case, means Peterson can’t be reinstated until April 15 at the earliest. Peterson’s suspension under the NFL personal-conduct policy was announced Nov. 18 by commissioner Roger Goodell because of a child-abuse incident. “He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline,” Henderson wrote in his decision. “The grievance hereby is denied and the discipline is affirmed.”
Matt Kalil is no fan of Pro Football Focus, the website that deems him one of the worst tackles in the NFL. “You can’t listen to some people who don’t know what they’re talking about,” the Vikings left tackle said. The website, which has gained popularity for its exhaustive and sometimes arcane rankings of NFL players, has the Vikings’ third-year man rated the third-worst among 78 regular NFL tackles. Kalil disagrees.
The Twins have completed a four-year agreement with free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana, two people with direct knowledge said. Santana, who turns 32 on Friday, will receive a guarantee of $54 million and salaries of $13.5 million in each of the next four seasons, the sources said. The deal includes a fifth-year vesting option that could push the total value to $68 million over five seasons.
MANKATO — The downtown Mankato fight that spurred felony assault charges against Philip Nelson started with the former Minnesota Gophers quarterback being leveled with a punch, surveillance video recently played...
The Twins have made the final four for Ervin Santana. According to a person with direct knowledge, the veteran right-hander has narrowed his list of contenders to a quartet that includes the Twins and reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants.