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ST. PAUL — It should soon be easier for Kirstin Rogers and educators like her to be licensed to teach in Minnesota. Rogers was recognized as a top educator during...
By Marcus Fuller St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn have a chance to make Minnesota basketball history Thursday night. Since the 1950s, 13 Minnesota natives...
When the Timberwolves received the first overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, Kentucky freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t shudder from Minnesota’s losing tradition or cold winters in hopes of falling to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, with their abundance of championships and sunshine. “He said from Day 1, ‘I’ll go to Minnesota. ... Let’s build something,’ “ Kentucky coach John Calipari said.
During his first week at the University of Minnesota, Thomas Novak had to tell the professor of his first-year writing class that he would have to miss Thursday’s class this week. He had other obligations, he explained. When pressed, Novak revealed that he’s one of several local NHL prospects headed to South Florida for the league’s annual draft Friday and Saturday in Sunrise, Fla.
Before Jahlil Okafor injured his ankle against arch-rival North Carolina in February, Duke’s freshman center was the consensus No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Since then, he has been passed by Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns, another freshman. The knock on Okafor: his defense and free throw shooting.
For the first time since he drew a steroids suspension more than two months ago, Ervin Santana has addressed the media. The Twins right-hander did so on Thursday after reporting to Triple-A Rochester, where he will make three rehab starts in advance of his July 5 return at Kansas City. In a video clip at the web site of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the 32-year-old veteran appeared nervous and contrite — to a point.
In an attempt to decrease the considerable distance between the two sides negotiating a contract, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and goalie Devan Dubnyk are set to informally meet face-to-face in Las Vegas on Tuesday or Wednesday. Dubnyk will be in Vegas to attend the NHL Awards as a nominee in two categories, the Vezina Trophy given to the league’s top goalie and the Masterton Award given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance. Fletcher will be there for league meetings.
In their first move to clear salary cap space, the Minnesota Wild intend to buy out the final year of Matt Cooke’s contract after placing the veteran forward on waivers Thursday. The move will save the Wild $2 million of the $3 million they owe Cooke as the team continues negotiations with several pending free agents, including No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk and No. 1 center Mikael Granlund.
The honeymoon is still on hold. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got married last July. He and his wife, Ashley, thought about finally getting away before training camp starts July 26 in Mankato, but that’s not going to happen now.
Happy-go-lucky Kennys Vargas was in a very unhappy place. He wasn’t hitting, and he wasn’t having fun; he was worried about his future. The rumor mill was churning, with speculation that Vargas was on his way to Rochester for the second time this season. Desperate for power, general manager Terry Ryan said before Thursday’s game that he was exploring all options, particularly at designated hitter.