Twins make it official: Molitor to be named manager on Tuesday

November 3rd, 2014

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Paul MolitorMinneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they will name Paul Molitor the 13th Manager in club history on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year contract that covers the 2015-17 seasons.Molitor, 58, served as a Twins coach in 2014, overseeing: baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, as well as in-game strategy. Prior to 2014, he served as the Twins minor league baserunning/infield coordinator for 10 seasons (2003, 2005-13). He was the Seattle Mariners hitting coach in 2004 and Twins bench coach from 2000-01, giving him 14 years of major league and minor league coaching experience.

The first ballot Hall of Famer was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 after 21 seasons in Major League Baseball. He played 2,683 career games for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, amassing 3,319 hits, 605 doubles, 114 triples, 234 home runs, 1,307 RBI, 1,782 runs scored, 1,094 walks and 504 stolen bases, while posting a .306 batting average. On Major League Baseball’s all-time list, he ranks ninth in hits, 11th in doubles, 19th in runs scored and 31st in games played. He is one of six players in baseball history to record over 3,000 hits and steal over 500 bases. He was named to seven all-star teams and earned four Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger Awards.

The St. Paul native was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the third overall pick in the 1977 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Minnesota, where he played from 1975-77. He grew up in St. Paul and attended Cretin High School from 1971-74.

Molitor will become the 13th manager in Twins history and third since 1986. The Twins all-time managers are: Ron Gardenhire (2002-14, record of 1068-1039), Tom Kelly (1986-2001, record of 1,140-1,244), Ray Miller (1985-86, record of 109-130), Billy Gardner (1981-85, record of 268-353), Johnny Goryl (1980-81, record of 34-38), Gene Mauch (1976-80, record of 378-394), Frank Quilici (1972-75, record of 280-287), Bill Rigney (1970-72, record of 208-184), Billy Martin (1969, record of 97-65), Cal Ermer (1967-68, record of 145-129), Sam Mele (1961-67, record of 522-431) and Cookie Lavagetto (1961, record of 25-41).

Eden Prairie gets #1 seed in 6A football; will face East Ridge

November 1st, 2014

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Top ranked and unbeaten Eden Prairie received the number one seed in this year’s Class 6A State Football Playoffs today and will face unseeded East Ridge in the quarterfinals. That game will be played on Friday night (Nov 7) at Woodbury High School. Ironically, it’s practically a home game for East Ridge, which is also located in Woodbury. Rosemount is the number two seed and they will square off with South Suburban rival Lakeville North on Thursday (Nov 6) at Edina. You can listen to those two games on Sports Radio 105 The Ticket this week as MN Score Radio broadcasts both contests live. Here’s how the entire 6A bracket shakes out:

Thursday Nov 6   #2 Rosemount vs Lakeville North (at Edina)

Thursday Nov 6   #3 Moundsview vs Totino Grace (at Maple Grove)

Friday Nov 7  #1 Eden Prairie vs East Ridge (at Woodbury)

Friday Nov 7 #4 Maple Grove vs #5 Prior Lake (at Minnetonka)

Wolves sign Rubio to contract extension

November 1st, 2014

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the club has signed guard Ricky Rubio to a multi-year contract extension.”We are excited to sign Ricky to a contract extension and keep him as a foundation for years to come,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Flip Saunders. “He is annually among the league leaders in assists and steals, and his intangibles make him a very valuable player to our team. Ricky is only in his fourth season and because of his work ethic and determination, we are confident that he will continue to grow as a player and a team leader. We look forward to many great years ahead of Ricky in a Timberwolves uniform.” Click here to watch the press conference announcing Rubio’s signing

“I am happy to be staying with the Wolves and look forward to many successful seasons in Minnesota,” Rubio said. “Our fans have been great and I am excited to be able to play in front of them for many years. I will continue to work hard to improve my game and help our team get better.”

“This has been a long process and I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “We drafted Ricky over three years ago and had to wait two years for him to come over. He came to us with such high expectations and he immediately proved why we were so high on him. Unfortunately he got hurt at the end of his rookie season, but he has worked so hard to come back and we believe he has a long and successful career ahead of him. He’s a great foundation for our franchise and we’re very happy to keep Ricky here long term to work and grow with the young nucleus that we have.”

Rubio completed his third season in the NBA last year by averaging 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 8.6 assists - good for fourth in the NBA and the top single-season figure by a Minnesota player since Terrell Brandon’s 8.9 apg average in 1999-2000. He tied the club single-game assist record by dishing out 17 helpers on Feb. 19, 2014 vs. Indiana. The 6-4 guard ranks 4th among all players with 59 double-digit assist games since the start of the 2011-12 season and his 1473 total assists since the 2011-12 season ranks fifth in the NBA. Rubio has registered three career triple-doubles, tying him with Kevin Love for second on the Wolves all-time list.

Rubio registered a career-high and franchise-record 190 steals last season, including an NBA-high 10 games with 5+ steals. Rubio has finished second in steals per game in each of the last two seasons, including a single-season franchise record mark of 2.4 spg a season ago. His 421 steals since he entered the NBA are the second-most (Chris Paul, 478) over that span.

The Barcelona, Spain native was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after playing professionally overseas since 2005. He signed with the Wolves prior to the 2011-12 season and finished runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 41 games.

Vikings Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

October 30th, 2014

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Eden Prairie, MN (October 30, 2014) - Vikings DE Everson Griffen has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month following his performance in four games during the month of October.Griffen recorded an NFC-best 6.0 sacks in a four-game span during the month of October. He was the only player in the conference to record at least 1.0 sack in four games this month. Griffen also led all NFC defensive linemen with 20 total tackles (16 solo) in the month.

Griffen recorded 3.0 sacks at Buffalo (10/19/14), tying a career best. In the game, he also forced his first fumble of the 2014 season and notched a season-best 8 tackles.

His NFC-leading 8.0 sacks on the season tie his career high and rank third in the NFL and first among all defensive ends.

He becomes the first Viking since Jared Allen (October, 2011) to win the award.

VIKINGS NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

1986
Doug Martin, DE
September

1989
Keith Millard, DT
October

1992
Chris Doleman, DE
December

1993
Chris Doleman, DE
December/January

1994
Jack Del Rio, LB
September

1994
Anthony Parker, CB
October

1994
John Randle, DT
December

1996
John Randle, DT
October

1997
John Randle, DT
October

1999
John Randle, DT
December

2005
Darren Sharper, S
November

2011
Jared Allen, DE
October

2014
Everson Griffen, DE
October

Gophers release Zach Lofton from men’s hoops program

October 29th, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino announced today that junior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the team, effective immediately, for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team.

 

“While decisions like this are always difficult, we felt it was in the interest of our program to move forward at this time,” said Pitino. “We wish Zach nothing but the best in the future.”

 

Lofton, who played his high school basketball at Columbia Hts will be able to remain at the University under scholarship for the duration of the 2014-15 academic year.

 

The Gophers open the season officially on Friday, November 14, when they face Louisville in the ESPN Armed Forces Classic at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.