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Mike Max’s News & Notes For 4/20

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Flip Saunders’ best bet with the Timberwolves might be to join the front office and serve as a backup plan as coach if Rick Adelman does not come back or has to take a leave during the year.

Another name that might interest Glen Taylor if they end up looking for a coach – Jerry Sloan.
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Kobe Bryant’s Achilles injury means Derrick Williams won’t be able to train with him this summer as he had planned.

“That was pretty much half the reason why I was going to move out towards Orange County,” Williams said. “I’m sure he has a lot of other things to do, you know, try to rehab and things like that. So I think my plans have changed a little bit since then.”
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Joel Maturi traveled to China to help them understand what it takes to set up a college-like athletic department.
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Edina basketball coach Pat Dorsey resigned to watch his son play more next season.
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Joe Mauer is hitting like Joe Mauer this year. After missing two weeks for the World Baseball Tour this spring, his toughest adjustment is a new rotation.
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Part of the Gopher basketball staff is in Anaheim to watch Tyus Jones in an AAU tournament.
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Former Columbia Heights star Zach Loften is heading to Illinois State.
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Don’t think Christian Ponder getting married during the season wasn’t seen as a distraction to teammates.
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Nick Bjugstad has seen playing time, but has not scored since joining the Florida Panthers.
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Gopher cornerback Michael Carter knows his key to making it in the NFL will be in the open field.

“I think I did really well in my quick exchange, like short shuttles,” Carter said.
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And Zach Parise is not only a key member of the Wild, but he’s also a big Twins fan – even taken batting practice at Target Field.

“I’m more of a singles/doubles hitter,” Parise said. “Beat-out infield singles, yeah, that’s more my style.”

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