• Sports fans may remember Craig R. Dahl, who was named the CEO of TCF Bank this week, as a former prep hockey star from International Falls who played three seasons at Princeton. Dahl helped lead International Falls to a state hockey title in 1972 under head coach Larry Ross.
• This has been a great year for Twins minor leaguer Max Kepler, and he was rewarded by being named the Southern League MVP for the Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts. Kepler has hit .327 with 32 doubles, 13 triples, nine home runs, 70 RBI and 73 runs scored so far this season. Kepler, who is 22, was signed out of Germany the same year that Miguel Sano was signed out of the Dominican Republic.
• Tough news for former Hopkins guard Siyani Chambers, who will miss the basketball season for Harvard after tearing his ACL. The Ivy League doesn’t give out athletic scholarships, so Chambers will have to take a voluntary leave of absence from the school for one season to retain his eligibility. Chambers, who is a three-year starter and team captain, is expected to return for the 2016-2017 season.
• Former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been a great backup to Seahawks starter Russell Wilson the past two years, but a high ankle sprain suffered in the first preseason game left Jackson sidelined for the entire preseason.
• Speaking of former Vikings quarterbacks, Christian Ponder had a good final showing for the Oakland Raiders, going 7-for-11 for 99 yards in their 31-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. But that wasn’t enough for the former Florida State star to prevent him from being cut in favor of former Penn State star Matt McGloin for the backup spot.