SID’s JOTTINGS

 

• Despite the Timberwolves’ poor record, owner Glen Taylor said that he will lose only $1 million or $2 million to operate the team because of a season-ticket base of some 7,500, as many tickets were sold when the trade for Andrew Wiggins was made. On another subject, Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune, said he is acting only as an adviser to people bidding on an MLS franchise and that there is only an outside chance that he would be an investor for a soccer team.

 

• The city of Reno, Nev., unveiled a new memorial on the 30th anniversary of a plane crash that killed 70 people, including Gophers assistant athletic director Robert Geary. The charter flight was on its way to the Twin Cities when it crashed shortly after takeoff.

 

• The Twins opened with 100-1 odds of winning the World Series, tied for last with Arizona, Colorado and Philadelphia.

 

• After Iowa State beat Big 12 title contenders Kansas and Kansas State in one week, coach Fred Hoiberg’s team followed that by losing to Texas Tech 77-73 on Saturday. Former Gophers coach Tubby Smith got his biggest victory in two years with the Red Raiders, who earned their first victory over a top-10 team since 2009.

 

• The Gophers athletic department collected rent of $14,000 and also had a $2 per facility fee, which ended up being $28,044, for Minnesota State High School League football state semifinal and final games held at TCF Stadium.

 

• The Wolves likely won’t get an NBA All-Star voted in, but there’s a chance they could have up to five players in the NBA Future All-Stars Game in New York. Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, Zach LaVine and Anthony Bennett could all vie for spots. LaVine already has been named as part of the slam dunk competition.