SID’s JOTTINGS

 

The Vikings at present are $8.5 million under the salary cap, so they have money to sign a free agent if they find one they like.

 

There is a very good chance that Rick Pitino’s Louisville men’s basketball team will be on son Richard’s Gophers schedule not this upcoming season but the following year as part of a home-and-home setup. Richard Pitino recently detailed the Gophers’ non­conference schedule that has been set up for 2015-16, and the Gophers will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where one of the other teams playing is Texas Tech, coached by former Gophers coach Tubby Smith.

 

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan was asked if third baseman Miguel Sano, the team’s No. 2-ranked prospect behind Byron Buxton, will be coming up soon. “Not right now, he’s down at Double-A [Chattanooga] and he’s progressing and doing OK, he’s not doing great. But his bat is way ahead of his defense, which is the opposite of Buxton. Buxton’s defense is way ahead of his offense. Sano is having a decent year, but he hasn’t forced himself out of Double-A yet, so there’s some things he’s learning and is in good hands there with [manager Doug] Mientkiewicz and [hitting coach] Chad Allen.” Sano began Saturday hitting .260 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI.

 

Apparently, Kevin Garnett was involved in a minor way with the Timberwolves draft process, and he has been working out on a regular basis at the Wolves’ new Mayo Clinic Square practice facility, a good indication that he will play this year. “He has been with us,” coach Flip Saunders said of the 39-year-old forward. “He was over, had the ability to see the players. He has been spending some time over at the new practice facility, as are Ricky Rubio and Zach [LaVine], and we’ve had a lot of players that have kind of been in and out these past few weeks.”