Major league baseball history was probably made when the Twins signed a free-agent Yankee, pitcher Phil Hughes. Hughes struggled last year, posting a 4-14 record compared with his 16-13 record in 2012. Rest assured, if the Yankees wanted to re-sign Hughes, they had the money to make it happen.
Justin Morneau will have to play two seasons to earn $13 million with Colorado compared to the $14 million he was paid per year over his last Twins contract. The word in Denver is that former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer was a real influence in Morneau signing with the Rockies.
Rashad Vaughn, who transferred away from Cooper before this season and is one of the highest-rated recruits in the high school basketball Class of 2014 who hasn’t signed yet, has played 11 games for Findlay Prep in Nevada and is averaging 23.3 points, 5.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and three steals. Vaughn is shooting 67 percent from the floor and 50 percent on three-pointers.
Former Hopkins standout and first-round draft pick Royce White spoke with the Des Moines Register this week and discussed where his playing career is at right now after he was released by the Philadelphia 76ers. “Basketball is obviously in flux for me at this point,” he said. “But it’s something that happens to a lot of guys in their early career now, especially with the shuffle format in the NBA, and obviously my situation is unique in some of the things I deal with.” White, who said he has been contacted by a number of NBA teams, has an anxiety disorder and a fear of flying.
The NFL paid real tribute to a Minnesota native and former league official, longtime Senior Director of Officiating Jerry Seeman, when Commissioner Roger Goodell and many current and former league officials showed up for his funeral this week.
Under a new NCAA rule, all of the football coaches on Jerry Kill’s staff and other coaches can hit the recruiting trail for the next two weeks. In the past only a few coaches could go on the road.
Louie Nanne, who committed to Minnesota and then decided instead to play junior hockey in Sioux Falls, S.D., will enroll next year at RPI, where he will have a scholarship.
In eight games for Jacksonville State, former Gophers quarterback Max Shortell completed 102 of 178 passing attempts for 1,435 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Orlando Sentinel ran a story about Florida State’s transition in adding six new assistant coaches before the football season this year. One of those assistants was former Gophers head coach Tim Brewster, who now coaches tight ends for FSU. Tight end Nick O’Leary discussed the transition with the paper: “It was tough at the beginning. But once we got to know each other and know how people like to be treated and all that, we grew a great relationship where we can talk about anything.” The Seminoles play in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday; a win will send them to the BCS Championship Game.
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