What you might have missed at camp on Friday, July 31

SETTING THE SCENE: A cloudless sky with temperatures in the low 80s and only 39 percent humidity made this the best weather day of camp.…

Cruz won't play tonight

6:24pm
Recovering from a sprained right ankle, Cruz could play Saturday in Tulsa

Milone tries to snap his run of bad luck against Mariners

6:11pm
Lefthander has lost three straight to Seattle, but will try to help Twins hold off wild-card pursuers
Sports
2 minutes ago

Fowles helps set the tone in Lynx victory

Quick start leads to easy victory for Minnesota
Twins
5:36pm

Twins get reliever Kevin Jepsen from Tampa Bay

He's striking out 7.34 batters per nine innings and walking 4.32 per nine. His fastball has averaged 94.4 miles an hour this season, so that will boost a bullpen that lack velocity.
Sports
5:28pm

Highlights from Day 2 of Big Ten football media days

Big Ten Media Days wrapped up with Gophers coach Jerry Kill and new coaches from Michigan Jim Harbaugh and Nebraska Mike Riley in the spotlight.
Local
5:18pm

North Side residents offered chance to help shape greenway

Proposal would create temporary greenway to show how it would work
Sports
4:38pm

Who is Chih-Wei Hu and will the Twins regret trading him?

Hu started the season as MLB.com’s 24th-ranked prospect in the Twins organization (not in all of baseball, just in the organization).
Twins
4:20pm

TwinsCentric: So how did Aaron Hicks get so hot?

Aaron Hicks has been killing baseballs dead this past month. How did he suddenly join some of the league's best hitters?
2:27pm
Gov. Mark Dayton listened as residents spoke about how the walleye crisis is affecting their lives and businesses.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to halt walleye netting in 2016

A spokesman for Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said tribal leaders would halt the netting of walleye next year.
Variety
2:13pm

"Albatross' -- an excellent book on exceptional birds

One of a series of well-done animal profiles
2:06pm

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appoints health care task force

Gov. Mark Dayton has selected his former budget commissioner, a former state senator and others as members of a new state task force on the future of Minnesota's public healthcare programs.
Sports
1:31pm

Big Ten continues to lead change, eyeing tougher football schedule

Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as way to stand out in playoff selection process.
Sports
1:19pm

Chris Berman will call Vikings season opener on ESPN

The early game (Philadelphia at Atlanta) will get the top announcing crew of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
Vikings
1:13pm
Sharrif Floyd (73)

Sharrif Floyd comfortable, confident in second year under Zimmer

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, when he was healthy enough to be on the field, quietly had a pretty strong second season with the Vikings. Floyd…
Vikings
12:54pm

Turner: Harris has looked "surprisingly good" in transition to guard

The Vikings are giving him the first crack at winning the right guard position in camp after playing tackle previously in his NFL career.
Sports
12:32pm

RandBall: The Mariners really intentionally walked Hicks to get to Joe Mauer

Repeatng: The Mariners really intentionally walked Aaron Hicks to get to Joe Mauer in Thursday night’s 9-5 Twins victory.
Local
12:30pm

Weekend traffic: I-94 and 394 closures plus half marathons to bring traffic challenges

Thousands of motorists traveling in the metro area will have to find alternate routes this weekend as the Minnesota Department of Transportation shuts down portions of two freeways starting Friday night.
Eat & Drink
12:09pm

Burger Friday: Taking on a beefy Iowa tradition at Dakota Junction in Mound

This week’s recommendation isn’t exactly a burger, but it’s close. It’s the Iowa tradition of the tavern — or loose meat — sandwich. Think of it as a burger, minus the patty.
Local
12:08pm

How Cecil hurt Yelp.

Consequences.
Sports
11:54am

'Nice guy' Mike Riley focused on establishing blended offense at Nebraska

Nebraska's new head coach Mike Riley will attempt to create a more well-rounded offense in a program that has relied on the running game.
Variety
11:45am

WCCO rallies 'round the flag

The TV station hopes to break a world record for most signatures on a flag.
Local
11:36am

New texting law raises fines for motorists with 2 or more offenses

A new law that goes into effect Saturday will raise the fine for drivers who are caught texting for second time and subsequent offenses to $275 plus court fees.