• To get an idea of how much Jerry Kill was loved by his players, you need only read their reactions to his retirement last week. Former Gophers linebacker Damien Wilson, now a Dallas Cowboys rookie, wrote on Twitter that Kill “made Minnesota something to be proud of being a part of it,” adding that it “will forever be #Jerrysota.” Sophomore defensive back Eric Carter tweeted that he had never had a bad day at Minnesota but that Kill’s departure hurts.
• Vikings safety Harrison Smith spoke of the great performance of rookie receiver Stefon Diggs, who over the past three games has 19 receptions for 324 yards and a touchdown: “We have been seeing that since he got here. You never know how it is going to go on Sunday, but day in and day out it has been the same Diggs who has been doing that since he got here.”
• It has been a rough postseason for former Twins star Michael Cuddyer, who is in his first season with the Mets. Entering Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series, Cuddyer, who joined the Mets in part because of his long friendship with David Wright, was .091 (1-for-11) with seven strikeouts as well as a double-play grounder in six postseason games. In Game 1 of the World Series, he was the designated hitter for three at-bats and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Cuddyer made $8.5 million this year with the Mets and is due $12.5 million in 2016.
• Gophers baseball coach John Anderson reported construction of a new 5,000-square-foot indoor hitting and pitching building, for which more than $1.3 million has been raised, will begin construction on Nov. 16. “It’s going to be a practice facility for us to do some live hitting and some cage hitting, and our pitchers will be able to pitch to hitters inside the batting cages,” he said.