The Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team, which announced last week it is leaving St. Paul, will relocate to Georgia. It will start playing in January of 2016 at the Gwinnett Center, which is 25 miles northeast of Atlanta and currently home to a minor-league hockey franchise.
"The sport of lacrosse is growing at a rapid pace in Georgia," Swarm owner John Arlotta said in a news release on the team website, "and we're thrilled to bring the fastest game on two feet at the professional level to The Arena at Gwinnett Center."
Last week, Arlotta said the team was leaving the Twin Cities because of difficulty negotiating a lease at the Xcel Energy Center, trouble competing with other local teams and a diminishing season-ticket base.
Wolves look at six
The Wolves worked out six players, including former Gophers guard Andre Hollins, who are expected to be second-round draft picks or rookie free agents at Target Center.
It was the team's first workouts in preparation for the June 25 draft.
The Wolves own the No. 1 pick for the first time in their history as well as the 31st and 36th picks overall in the second round. If candidates for the top pick — Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell — don't come to Minneapolis in the next month, the Wolves are expected to travel to interview them and watch them work out.
• Toni Alugbue, a 6-foot outside hitter, is transferring from Notre Dame to the Gophers for her final year of eligibility while pursuing a master's degree in applied kinesiology. Minnesota also added two high school players, 5-6 defensive specialist Sophie Beckley of Seattle and 6-2 middle blocker Kayla Buford of Canton, Mich.
• Gophers' junior Goaner Deng finished eighth in the men's 800-meter run quarterfinals in the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, to qualify for the national meet June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore. … Senior Devin Stanford placed 10th in the hammer throw (202 feet, 10 inches) to also advance to nationals.
• Senior Erica Meyer of the Gophers was named to the Academic All-America first team in softball. Meyer, of Arden Hills, has a 3.98 GPA in supply chain and operations management in the Carlson School of Management.