• The Pohlad family, which owns Go 96.3, is in the market for another local FM radio station to carry Twins games, and then WCCO 830 would cover the AM market just like it used to.
• With a much lower payroll and overall expenses in the North American Soccer League, along with the sudden interest of sellout crowds and some tickets selling for as much as $50, perhaps Dr. Bill McGuire might have second thoughts of tackling a Major League Soccer team that might not show the profit the United FC is showing. But it does appear that if there is an MLS team in the Twin Cities, St. Paul is not fooling around and might beat out Minneapolis for a stadium.
• Andy MacPhail, who was general manager when the Twins won the 1987 and 1991 World Series, made a great hire of Buck Showalter as the Baltimore manager in 2010 and built a great farm system that had a lot to do with the Orioles winning the American League East last year, but he left his job as Orioles president of baseball operations after the 2011 season and thus wasn’t around to see the franchise enjoy its recent success. Now the popular baseball genius will get a chance to be president of the Phillies, and look for him to build this struggling franchise in a hurry.
• Ex-Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is being represented by agent John Boggs, the same person who represents Gardenhire’s successor, Paul Molitor.
• The Bad Boys, a team in the single-elimination event called The Basketball Tournament that included former Minnesota high school standouts Mike Bruesewitz, Jordan Taylor, Kammron Taylor, Anthony Tucker and Royce White, was upset in its opener Saturday by Midwest Dream Team in Chicago 96-87. White didn’t play after playing for the Clippers in the NBA Summer League.