• Twins General Manager Terry Ryan, who is being treated for skin cancer, surprised the people in the Twins office on Tuesday by showing up for a full day’s work. The word is that Ryan is making good progress.
• The first battle for a basketball player between Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Gophers coach Richard Pitino ended up in the father’s favor, as Rick got the commitment from Egyptian 7-1 center Anas Osama Mahmoud of West Oaks Academy in Orlando. Mahmoud visited both Louisville and the Gophers and was a top-sought recruit with offers from Marquette, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Georgia and Boston College among others.
• Sophomore Adam Wilcox, who is one big reason the Gophers men’s hockey team is once again ranked No. 1 in the nation, is a candidate for the Mike Richter Award, which goes to the top goalie in college hockey. It is awarded by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation. Wilcox is one of 18 candidates. His 20 victories rank third-best in the nation. Wilcox also ranks seventh in the nation with his 1.97 goals-against average.
• There are three former Gophers golfers on professional tours this year. Bronson LaCassie has full status on the PGA Tour and has made the cut in one event in five events, making $29,139 at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last month. Erik van Rooyen has competed in three events on the European Tour and has prize winnings of a little more than $10,000. Donald Constable, who was on the PGA Tour in 2013, is currently on the National Golf Association Tour and has made the cut in both events he has played in this year. Constable, one of the best Gophers golfers in recent years, is playing well and is confident he will make it back onto the PGA Tour after playing in some more NGA events.
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