JOTTINGS

• Vikings star Everson Griffen was asked how the team has reacted from the missed field goal that eliminated them from the playoffs. “That’s old news,” he said. We’ve moved on from that. I’ve moved on from that. The team moved on from that. You learn from it. You move on it from it. As a team collectively you just don’t make the same mistakes when you get in that position again. That’s all we have to do.”

 

• You wonder if the Twins are talking contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki, who can be a free agent after the season. The Twins don’t appear have a replacement for him. Suzuki was hitting .200 through May 28, but he had hit .324 in 50 games since then entering Saturday. Meanwhile, John Ryan Murphy, the catcher acquired from the Yankees for Aaron Hicks, entered Saturday hitting .303 in August at Class AAA Rochester, but his average there was still only .222 after he hit .075 in 11 games with the Twins.

 

• Gophers football practice will be limited once school starts in two weeks. The team has been doing a daily practice and walkthrough and has had numerous meetings since Aug. 5, but the schedule will be cut down considerably.

 

Tubby Smith was asked by Sports Illustrated if he ever thinks about how big of an accomplishment it would be if he were to take Memphis to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. That would mark a record six programs he has led to the tourney, including the Gophers. “No, I don’t,” he said. “Not until people bring it up. In coaching, you have to focus on the big goal, which is getting players better.”

 

• Looking at Gophers men’s basketball recruits, Amir Coffey is rated as the No. 52 recruit in the country by Rivals.com; Eric Curry is rated No. 142; and Michael Hurt is not rated by Rivals, but 247Sports has him No. 217 overall.

 

• While former Gophers wrestler Brock Lesnar was suspended from UFC over a drug test, he is allowed to participate in WWE and is part of SummerSlam 2016 in New York on Sunday.