J.D. finished with 45 points this season for Eden Prairie while Ronnie finished with 13. In addition, Eden Prairie football coach Mike Grant said J.D. has the potential to be one of the best football players he has coached.
• During his Vikings career, defensive end Jared Allen worked on fundraising for his Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, a foundation that worked with injured military personnel and raised money to build houses that were handicap-accessible. Last week, Allen was back in the Twin Cities for a groundbreaking for Sgt. Colin Faust, who lost his left leg on patrol in Afghanistan. The fact that Allen is now with the Chicago Bears didn’t mean he would no longer contribute. The guy is not only a great football player whose leadership will be missed by the Vikings, but he is also a real class act.
• The NFL 2014 salary cap is $133 million, and with the Vikings having signed all their draft picks, they are $7 million under the cap. Kevin Williams, who spent the past 11 seasons on the Vikings defensive line, reportedly turned down a one-year, $2.1 million contract to return and chose to sign for the same amount with Super Bowl champion Seattle instead.
• While the Twins have struggled with finding a permanent center fielder, the two they traded last season are having solid years. Washington’s Denard Span began Thursday tied for 10th in the National League in runs with 44 and tied for ninth in stolen bases with 12. He was hitting .269. Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s Ben Revere was hitting .281 with 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
• The Gophers football team received its fourth commitment for the 2015 class in tackle Ted Stieber of Archbishop Hoban High School out of Akron, Ohio. Stieber, who has played tackle, guard and center in high school, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he had cousins and an uncle who went to Minnesota and that it was a “no-brainer” to play for coach Jerry Kill.
• Edina High School boys’ hockey forward Kieffer Bellows, the son of former North Stars standout Brian Bellows, announced on Twitter that he would play in college for Boston University. The younger Bellows scored twice in the Class 2A final as the Hornets beat Lakeville North 8-2 to repeat as champions.
• Pinehurst No. 2, where the U.S. Open was held last week, was designed by Donald Ross, the famous golf designer who also designed Interlachen Country Club in Edina.
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