Ron Coomer will leave Minnesota to take a job in the Chicago Cubs radio booth, according to a report from Chicago media columnist Robert Feder.
Coomer, who has worked for Fox Sports North and KTWN radio, will work with Pat Hughes, who worked with Dick Bremer on Twins pay-per-view telecasts in 1983. The 47-year-old Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001 after six seasons with the Twins.
With the Twins, he was part of the FSN pre-game and post-game shows and sometimes filled in for Bert Blyleven during games. He also was a co-host on KTWN, the radio station owned by the Pohlad family that began broadcasting Twins games this year.
Coomer, who grew up near Chicago, has a two-year deal with WGN Radio, according to Feder.
You can read Feder's full report here.
Josephine McHale, the mother of Houston Rockets' coach Kevin McHale, died Tuesday night in Hibbing at age 86. McHale, the former Timberwolves coach and executive, has left the Rockets to return to Minnesota for her funeral.
The Duluth News Tribune reports that Josephine McHale is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing.
The Duluth newspaper's obituary, which includes memorial fund information, is here.
McHale's daughter, Sasha, a graduate of Totino Grace in Fridley, died from complications from lupus in November 2012.
Rockets star James Harden told the Houston Chronicle: “He is our leader. He is our mentor. It’s a sad story for his family. We are praying for him and hoping he can come back soon, whenever he is ready.
Bethel University has reached the NCAA Division III football quarterfinals and will host North Central College at noon Saturday.
A couple of weeks ago, when the weather wasn't so good, Bethel was able to get into the Metrodome for its first-round victory over St. Scholastica of Duluth.
This Saturday, alas, the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam quelled any thoughts of a return trip indoors. So Bethel will play at Bremer Field on a day when the predicted high temperature in seven degrees.
So Bethel put out a call for students, staff and faculty to come out Thursday afternoon so things will be a bit more comfortable come Saturday.
Props to those who showed up. About 60 students and 20 staff members answered the call, said Jared Johnson, Bethel's sports information director.
One more wrinkle: If you're planning to go on Saturday, you're going to be asked to park off campus in a lot near the school in Arden Hills and take a shuttle bus to the field. That's because Bethel's annual (and quite good) Festival of Christmas Concert is being held at 2 p.m.
Remember, it's bad, bad form to say you're going to the concert and then sneak off to the football game.
And it's cheating to say you're going to the game and then watch it on the web.
Be tough, Bethel!
Here's a report from ESPN Desportes' Alvaro Martin from the scene of Tuesday night's postponed game between the Timberwolves and San Antonio in Mexico City.:
Here's video shot from inside the arena as it started to fill with smoke:
Here's the NBA TV report on the postponement:
It's not a Minnesota sports thing, but with the renewed interest in college football that's come with the Gophers successful season, Upload thought you might want to see the 109-yard field-goal return that gave Auburn its incredible victory over Alabama in Saturday's Iron Bowl.
War Eagle, y'all.
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