The Twins have narrowed their search for a new radio voice to replace John Gordon, and Ryan Lefebvre is no longer in the mix.
Insiders viewed Lefebvre as the favorite to land the job. He worked on Twins radio and TV broadcasts for four years before spending the past 13 seasons doing Royals radio and TV.
Lefebvre, 40, interviewed for the Twins job last month and still has several strong ties to the organization, but the team gave him a courtesy call Tuesday to say they were moving in another direction. The Twins also have notified Class AAA Rochester radio broadcaster Josh Whetzel that he's no longer in the running.
Other known candidates include Kris Atteberry, a part of the Twins' current broadcast team, and Brewers broadcaster Cory Provus.
Andy Price, the Twins senior director of broadcasting and game presentation, declined to discuss specific candidates but said the hire could be made within a week.
JOE CHRISTENSENGophers' Uhl honored
Taylor Uhl of the Gophers has been named the Big Ten's rookie of the year in women's soccer.
She finishing in the conference's top 10 in seven statistical categories and led the Gophers in goals with 13 and points with 30. She also had four game-winning goals. Uhl is the first Minnesota player to receive this award since Laurie Seidl in 1997.Blazers, Cobbers move on in soccer
St. Benedict and Concordia (Moorhead) advanced with semifinal victories Tuesday in the MIAC women's soccer playoffs.
St. Benedict and Macalester were scoreless after regulation and two overtime periods before the Blazers' Paige Olson and Ali O'Brien converted penalty kicks for the victory.
Sarah Rounds' goal at the 42:20 mark of the first half lifted the Cobbers over Carleton 1-0 in the other semifinal. St. Benedict (12-6-1) and Concordia (12-2-5) will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph, Minn., for the MIAC title.Etc.
• The Gophers men's golf team finished sixth with a three-day score of 912 in the Kiawah Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C., the final tournament of the fall golf season. Kennesaw State and Campbell tied for the team title with a score of 881. The Gophers' Jon Trasamar tied for 11th in the individual competition at 222, 6 over par.
• The Gophers women's golf team ended its fall season by placing 12th in the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, with a score of 912. Host Texas-San Antonio won the event with a score of 866. Banchalee Theinthong led the Gophers with a 21st-place finish at 222.
• Senior goalie Kent Patterson of the Gophers has been named the WCHA's co-defensive player of the week along with Michigan Tech goalie Josh Robinson. Patterson stopped 48 of 49 shots on goal as the Gophers swept Alaska Anchorage 5-0 and 3-1. He leads the nation with four shutouts.
• St. Benedict defeated Gustavus 3-1 and Bethel stopped Augsburg 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the MIAC volleyball playoffs.