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Torii Hunter sets off Twitter with Floyd Mayweather comment

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: May 3, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Twins outfielder Torii Hunter tweeted his support for Floyd Mayweather in Saturday's night's fight against Manny Pacquiao ...

... and got some blowback for doing so:

Then, Hunter added this (in a tweet he'd deleted as of early Sunday morning) ...

... and many on Twitter came back at him:

Here's some of it:

That last tweet referred to a comment Hunter made to a Los Angeles Times reporter in a 2012 story about gay athletes in pro sports. Hunter said having a teammate who came out would be difficult for him: "For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable."

Last year Hunter also spoke out when he made a radio ad for a candidate for governor in Arkansas (where Hunter is from), in which the Twins outfielder said he supported Asa Hutchinson because, "Asa is committed to the principles we hold dear, like a strong faith in God, equal justice for all and keeping marriage between one man and one woman."

One of the people who came to Hunter's defense was former Twins teammate Jacque Jones:

Later Saturday, Hunter added another tweet (now also removed) intended to clarify what he'd written earlier:

He received a mixed response:

Hunter is signing autographs ($40-$65) and posing for photos ($25) Sunday night at a store in the Ridgedale Mall. Wonder if the discussion will turn to places it wouldn't have before Saturday night's fight.

The 'Fox Sports North Girls' are no more

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: May 2, 2015 - 5:30 PM

On Friday, people started noticing that Twitter accounts belonging to the FSNorth Girls and other "girls" through the FOX Sports empire had been shut down.

The Star Tribune's Michael Rand received confirmation that the FSNorth Girls, who did promotional appearances, on-camera work and were only identified by first names, have been eliminated.

@RandBall posted this on Twitter Saturday afternoon:

Your thoughts on the move?

Some in North Dakota still fighting battle over UND nickname

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 30, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Some people in North Dakota still aren't giving up the battle over changing the University of North's nickname from Fighting Sioux to something that is not seen by many people as demeaning to American Indians.

The Grand Forks Herald reports: "A recent 'The Sioux Were Silenced' pro-Fighting Sioux social media campaign has gained almost 8,500 likes on its Facebook page as of April 29. The 'We the People of North Dakota Demand Answers Save Fighting Sioux' Facebook page was also nearing 2,500 likes the same day."

After years of debate and the threat of NCAA sanctions, North Dakota voters agreed by a 2-to-1 margin in 2012 to let the university retire the nickname. The complete history has been often told and there's a good summary in the article by Herald reporter Anna Burleson.

Burleson also writes: "Departing UND men's hockey team captain Stephane Pattyn continues to be a proponent of the Fighting Sioux name, has it tattooed on his chest and tweeted earlier this month to never let it go."

In addition, she quoted a recent graduate and soon-to-be North Dakota student talking about their affection for the former nickname.

"It's stupid that it means this much to me but really, just the thought of being something else doesn't seem right," said Aaron Rients, who graduated from UND in December and said he would consider leaving town when a new nickname and logo is chosen. "I'd have to look at that new logo all day if I lived here."

A senior at West Fargo High School, Morgan Stirling, told Burleson in an email that she has a Sioux tattoo. "To me it's not just a logo, it's a large chunk of my childhood," she said.

But the school has created a process for picking a new nickname and logo, involving a number of North Dakotans and school alumni, including Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter. The name-gathering process from the public is ending this week.

A few months back, UND president Robert Kelley told the Herald why the change is happening: "We can certainly break the rules and go our own way, but we will no longer be part of the NCAA and that isn't fair to our student athletes or our athletic programs. We would have to be independent, and in my judgment, that isn't the best position for the University of North Dakota."

You can read Burleson's  entire article here.


Tyus Jones to enter NBA draft

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 15, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Former Apple Valley high school star Tyus Jones said Wednesday he will leave Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft.

The news was reported on

The web site quoted coach Mike Kyzezewski saying: “Tyus could not have done a better job for us this past year. We’re so very happy for him and his family to have the opportunity to declare for the draft. He is projected to be a first-round pick. He’s going to get a lot better, but people have already seen him and know how he handles himself, especially in pressure situations and in the biggest games. He comes through like a champion! I loved coaching him, and I believe he’ll be an outstanding professional. At this time, I think is so appropriate for him to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Jones is the third Duke freshman to declare for the draft. Center Jahlil Okafor, who is expected to be one of the first two players drafted, announced his intention last week. Jones and Okafor, who is from Illinois, were friends from high school and intent on playing college basketball together. Forward Justise Winslow also declared this week.

Jones is seen as a mid to late first-round pick by NBA experts. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four earlier this month after Duke defeated Wisconsin in the championship game.

Jones was a five-year starter at Apple Valley..

From the Duke men's basketball Twitter feed:

Tyus Jones at Target Field one week after winning NCAA title with Duke

Posted by: Updated: April 13, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Duke freshman guard Tyus Jones has been everywhere over the last week.

The Apple Valley native defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship last Monday. He earned Most Outstanding Player honors and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

He also made a surprise trip to Target Field for the Twins home opener on Monday. Wolves forward Kevin Garnett threw the first pitch to outfielder Torii Hunter and acted like he forgot to bring a ball. That’s when Jones emerged from the Twins dugout, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

“I played baseball when I was younger, so it was cool to get a chance to watch two guys that you watched and admired,” Jones said.

Twins reached out to Jones last week inviting him to the ballpark if he was ever in the Twin Cities. Jones said he was in town visiting family over the weekend.

“They thought it’d be cool if he acted like he didn’t have the ball or forgot to get the ball, and I’d bring it out to him,” Jones said. “It worked out pretty cool. Kevin is a great guy, so it was a lot of fun.”

For those keeping track, Jones said he still hasn’t made a decision on whether he’ll declare for the NBA Draft.



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