• Timberwolves (and Star Tribune) owner Glen Taylor on the team’s plans for restricted free agent Tyus Jones: “It’s a little bit out of our hands [what kind offer he will get from other teams], but it’s a player we know very well. I think just listening to him that he likes working with [Ryan Saunders] and being in Minnesota.”
• Jim Nantz will call the final round of the Masters on Sunday, and he told me how he prepares for the biggest tournament in golf. “I don’t have charts and boards out in front of me when I call it,” he said. “I just call it from the heart. I just try to dial up things I have compartmentalized in my head, certain files I have on players and stories that haven’t been told that might blend in with the broadcast at the right time.”
• A headline in Baseball America read: “The Twins Are The Sleeper Team of 2019.” The Twins have played by far the fewest games in MLB this season, but assuming good weather, Saturday’s game was the first of 12 in 12 days.
• Word around college basketball is that Rick Pitino, the father of Gophers coach Richard Pitino, might get a chance to coach in college again at Cincinnati, after Mick Cronin left the Bearcats for UCLA.
• David Carr of the NFL Network played quarterback under Gary Kubiak in 2006 when the new Vikings assistant was coach of the Texans. He called Kubiak “a guy who knows what to ask for” out of a QB. In their one season together, Carr led the NFL in completion percentage at 68.3%.
• ESPN’s most recent NFL mock draft had the Vikings taking Jonah Williams, Alabama offensive lineman, at No. 18.
• On the basketball side, ESPN has the Wolves drafting shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. out of USC. He averaged 9.5 points as a freshman.
• The Gophers had 2020 prospect Justin Bellido in town this weekend. The wide receiver out of New York City has offers from Boston College and Syracuse.