• Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards has been named coach of the West team in this year's East-West Shrine Game, to be held Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Leslie Frazier-led Vikings coaching staff coached Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith at the Senior Bowl in 2012 before they selected him with a first-round pick.
• Tod Leiweke, the former president of the Wild and current NFL chief executive officer, entered the National Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame last week. The NFF is chaired by Archie Manning, who introduced Leiweke into their Hall of Fame.
• Kevin Garnett, who apparently must not have liked how things ended with the Timberwolves, has been hired as a consultant for the Los Angeles Clippers, whose coach, Doc Rivers, led Garnett to his only NBA title with the Celtics.
• Eric Musselman, the son of former Gophers and Timberwolves coach Bill Musselman, has led Nevada to a 14-3 record this season. On Jan. 7, the Wolf Pack pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in college basketball history, coming back from 11 down with 1:03 remaining to force overtime and grab a 105-104 victory at New Mexico.
• Aaron Whitefield, a 20-year-old Austrlian whom the Twins signed after watching him play softball, is playing in the Australian Baseball League with Brisbane and is fourth in the league in batting at .345 on the season with four homers, 12 RBI, 25 runs scored and 24 stolen bases in 29 games. Whitefield led the Gulf Coast League in stolen bases last season with 31.
• Leandro Castro, who was a top-30 prospect for the Phillies, was signed by the Twins based off his play in the Mexican League this winter as he has hit .347 with four homers in the regular season. Now his squad, Caneros de los Mochis, is in the playoff semifinals and on Wednesday, Castro went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in Game 1 of their series with Culiacan.