With most of the team coming back next season, the lessons learned in the NCAA tournament should give the Gophers a better chance to go all the way next season.
• More than 90 percent of Twins full season-ticket holders have purchased their seats for the 2014 All-Star Game events at Target Field. Twins partial season-ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase All-Star Game ticket strips this week. Following that, the Twins will work with MLB to confirm remaining inventory for all events. Whatever is left will be sold to the general public in May, drawing from fans already signed up for an opportunity.
• Former Gophers quarterback Adam Weber, who has pro experience with Denver and Tampa Bay, had a tryout last week with the Bears. Weber had worked with Marc Trestman before Trestman became the Bears’ head coach.
• Twelve of the 27 players the Gophers signed this past spring showed up at Saturday’s spring game at TCF Bank Stadium, even though they had to pay their own way here. … Jonah Pirsig, the Blue Earth tackle who two years ago was one of the top recruits in the state, then redshirted in 2012 and is coming back from wrist and knee injuries after playing in seven games last season, is healthy again and took part in the spring game. … Redshirt junior Jon Christenson, who started the first nine games at center for the Gophers last season until he broke his leg in the Indiana game, hopes to be able to play again this fall.
Weber did color commentary for play-by-play announcer Dave Lee of WCCO radio for the spring game. Former Gophers defensive back Justin Conzemius was the field announcer during the Big Ten Network telecast of the game. … Tight end Matt Spaeth, one of the ex-Gophers who took part in the alumni game Saturday, is back with the Steelers (who drafted him originally in 2007) after he spent two years with the Bears.
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