• Finance and Commerce reported that the University of Minnesota might break ground this fall on a new training facility at the Les Bolstad Golf Course and spend $3.5 million on a project that would include heated hitting stalls, an indoor putting studio, locker rooms, video technology training, a training room and offices. There also is talk about spending $7.5 million to renovate the 85-year-old golf course with work starting this fall if private money is available to do the job.
• Reggie Meyer, the outstanding Totino-Grace pitcher and basketball player, signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Gophers. His father, Bob, played for the Gophers in John Anderson’s first year as coach, and his brother, Ben, is a junior pitcher on this year’s roster. Also in Anderson’s signing class were Alex Boxwell of Coon Rapids; Micah Coffey of Batavia, Ill.; Jeff Fasching of St. Cloud; Lucas Gilbreath of Westminster, Colo.; Toby Hanson of Delano; Fred Manke of Lodi, Wis.; and Luke Pettersen of Minnetonka.
• Major League Baseball and the Twins will play host a major event at Target Field on Friday to launch the All-Star balloting process. Also look for MLB and the Twins to announce an All-Star statue program in St. Paul during the month of May.
• Former Gophers hockey standout Nick Bjugstad ended up leading the Florida Panthers in scoring during his rookie season with 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists). While that’s a great success for Bjugstad, it doesn’t speak well for the Panthers as a team. His point total is the lowest to lead a team in scoring over an 82-game NHL season. The previous record was Scott Pellerin’s 39 in the Wild’s first season, 2000-01, and Pellerin played only 58 games with the Wild before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes that season.