MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Vikings second first round pick, Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame, has quite a connection to his childhood team in Tennessee. Former Viking Tim Irwin was Smith’s childhood coach, and currently coaches Smith’s younger brother.

Even though attendance increased and they had multiple sell outs, the Timberwolves will still not make money this season. And don’t expect Michael Beasley back for next season.

Former Hopkins stand out Trent Lockett, who is transferring from Arizona State, will probably end up at Iowa State or Marquette University.

It will be interesting to see if Norwood Teague’s contract extension offer to Tubby Smith comes with strings attached.

Teague met with and impressed some former football players who have been critical of the athletic department.

But the truth is they were willing to double Joel Maturi’s salary if they got a bigger school athletic director. Some suggest they were disappointed there was not greater interest in the job.

Duluth East seven-footer Dakota Monyang, who is impressing college coaches playing for the Howard Pulley Panthers, is still uncertain about his eligibility for next season and plans to meet with the high school league.

Spring Lake Park star Sean Scott has committed to Nebraska’s high-profile Northeast Community College.

Twins’ Ben Revere is trying to gain arm strength by throwing a football.

Former state champion and Augsburg wrestler Marcus Lavesseur looks like he will be in a television match for the UFC.

Former Wild forward and current Florida Panther John Madden has started a business and plans on living here in Minnesota when hockey is over.

Wild forward and free agent Kurtis Foster is doing some broadcast work for the NHL Network during the playoffs.

And Minnesotans Dana Kicker, Dick Stigman and George Thomas were all part of the Red Sox alumni on hand for the 100 year celebration of the Fenway Park.


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