2:50 PM EDT, Tue July 29, 2014

Twinsights: Struggling Andrew Albers must deal with Korean robot fans

KANSAS CITY -- It was a little less a year ago that Andrew Albers came within two outs of a complete-game shutout in his big-league debut right here at Kauffman Stadium. Now, the former Twins left-hander and independent league survivor finds himself on the other side of the world, struggling to a 6.40 earned run average and 4-8 record with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. A 1.55 WHIP and .493 slugging percentage allowed would be painful enough for the Twins' 2013 Jim Rantz Award winner as Minor League Pitcher of the Year, but now he must deal with robot fans -- aka "......

Twinsights: Vance Worley gem a reminder of lean times for Twins rotation

KANSAS CITY -- Vance Worley’s complete-game, four-hit shutout on Monday night at San Francisco wasn’t just another cruel twist for a Twins organization that sold the 26-year-old right-hander to the Pittsburgh Pirates in March. It was another reminder of how rare such performances have become for the Twins. Since the start of the 2012 season, Twins pitchers have managed just two complete-game shutouts in a span of 428 starts. Both came at home against the Cleveland Indians and were authored by Canadian left-handers no longer with the organization. Scott Diamond, released in mid-Jul......

New Cleveland coach covets a ‘stretch four’

In the Wall Street Journal's article, "How an Unknown Coach Will Make LeBron Even Better," reporters Ben Cohen and Andrew Beaton say new Cleveland coach David Blatt loves a power forward who can stretch the floor. We alllll know what that means. ... The oft-specuatated addition of Kevin Love to the Cavaliers would be a boon in Blatt's offense, WSJ said. "That means his system depends on proper floor spacing," the article said. "His offenses lean on the 'stretch four,' or a power f... Read more..
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2 hours ago

Justin Fontaine agrees to two-year contract with Wild

The Wild forward is one of three remaining restricted free agents
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 3 hours ago

Ted Wells to join Vikings legal team in Kluwe case

Wells was lead investigator in the Richie Incognito case.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 hours ago

Vikings hire lawyer in Richie Incognito case to work Kluwe negotiations

The Vikings have hired the lawyer who handled the NFL's Richie Incognito investigation to work on settlement talks involving the Chris Kluwe investigation, a source told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday.

Source says Vikings bring in prominent criminal attorney Ted Wells to work on Chris Kluwe case

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com The Vikings have brought in prominent criminal attorney Ted Wells to work on settlement talks involving the Chris Kluwe investigation, a source told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. Wells was hired by the NFL last November to prepare a report on a bullying incident involving the Miami Dolphins, with Jonathan Martin having leveled accusations against Richie Incognito. In his report, released Feb. 14, Wells wrote he found a “pattern of harassment.’’ Kluwe accused the Vikings last January in a first-person article for Deadspin.com of re......
St. Paul Pioneer Press 4 hours ago
Jerry Kill: Gophers plan to have Jeff Jones in school this semester

Jerry Kill: Gophers plan to have Jeff Jones in school this semester

CHICAGO -- Highly touted Gophers running back recruit Jeff Jones is finishing summer school and hopes to eligible to play this season. If not, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday, the U will file an appeal to the NCAA.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 4 hours ago
Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater owes it all to his mom

Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater owes it all to his mom

MANKATO, Minn. -- Teddy Bridgewater displayed poise under pressure in college at Louisville. It looks to be more of the same with the Vikings.

Pink Escalade Teddy Bridgewater provided his mother is now white

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com MANKATO, Minn. _ Remember that pink Cadillac Escalade quarterback Teddy Bridgewater presented his mother with shortly before he was drafted by the Vikings last May? Well, it’s now white. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay that way. Because of the timing of Cadillac wanting to provide the vehicle for Bridgewater to give to Rose Murphy in the week leading up to the draft and Mother’s Day, the Escalade didn’t have a permanent pink paint job. “We had just started building that all-new Escalade and the vehicle we actu... Read...

Xavier Rhodes focused on trusting instincts

Rhodes has all the talent to become an All-Pro cornerback. But there’s barrier that the second-year corner will have to hurdle to reach his potential -- trusting his instincts.

Gophers updates: Maxx Williams, Kirkwood, Elmore, Gibson, Poock, Krizancic, Wells, Holland, etc.

Injury and potential playing time updates on several Gophers players, heading into the start of practice Friday.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 6 hours ago
Jared Allen: Former Viking finds perfect fit in Bears

Jared Allen: Former Viking finds perfect fit in Bears

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- By Jared Allen's estimate, he made 46 calls the night of March 25. Forty-six frantic, excited, gotta-tell-someone calls.

Gophers hockey finalizes dates for 2014-2015 schedule

Big Ten schedule will feature only one Thursday-Friday series.

Gophers basketball summer series: Daquein McNeil "could take the biggest jump" next year.

Minnesota assistant coach Dan McHale has been impressed with the progress the sophomore-to-be has made over the summer.

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