Travel log to Benin, West Africa: Bringing baseball to a small impoverished nation

By Wally Langfellow From May 22 through May 29 I traveled to Benin West Africa along with Gary Tonsager working on our project to bring baseball to the youth of this country. Our main goals are to help assemble a team of players to come and play in a Little League age tournament this August in Robbinsdale, MN and to start the process of finding a spot to build a field in Benin. This is my day by day travel log of our work and adventures: Day one: After 24 hours straight of travel and layovers from Minneapolis through Paris we arrived in … Continue reading Travel log to Benin, West Africa: Bringing baseball to a small impoverished nation

Q&A with Seimone Augustus

The WNBA began it’s 20th season recently. Over the past two decades the league, and the women’s game in general, has evolved at a rapid pace. The defending champion Lynx meanwhile, are seeking their 4th title in six years. If they are to reach that goal and also repeat for the first time, they will take an unfamiliar route. The league radically altered the playoff landscape in 2016 with a new format. Instead of the top four teams in each conference playing best-of-three series until the best-of-five Finals, the league’s top eight teams, regardless of conference will make the postseason. … Continue reading Q&A with Seimone Augustus

WCHA eliminates Final 5 format

EDINA, Minn. – May 17, 2016 – Bringing the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to its member institution fans, the entirety of the men’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) postseason – from the quarterfinals through the championship game – will be hosted by the highest remaining seeds at on-campus venues, beginning immediately with the 2016-17 season.   Starting in 2017 and continuing for at least the next three seasons, the “WCHA Playoffs” will consist of four (4) best-of-three, quarterfinal round series hosted by the league’s top four regular-season finishers on the first weekend of March, followed … Continue reading WCHA eliminates Final 5 format

Vikings sign 1st round pick Treadwell

Eden Prairie, MN (May 12, 2016) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed WR Laquon Treadwell, making him the eighth and final 2016 draft pick to sign a contract with the club. The former Ole Miss Rebel finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leading pass catcher with 202 career receptions and was a finalist this past season for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding receiver. The Crete, Ill., native also led the SEC with 11 receiving touchdowns and 1,153 receiving yards. The Vikings entire 2016 draft class is now under contract.   DRAFT PICK SIGNING: PLAYER                      … Continue reading Vikings sign 1st round pick Treadwell

Twins lose 6th straight; fall 5-3 to Orioles

Despite a two-run homer by Trevor Plouffe in the 6th that tied the game at 3-3, the Twins still managed to drop another one, this time a 5-3 defeat to Baltimore. The O’s scored a pair of runs off reliever Kevin Jepsen with two outs in the top of the 9th for the gamewinners as Minnesota lost for the sixth straight time. TWINS NOTES: THE TWINS were defeated by the Orioles for the fourth time this season…the loss extends their losing streak to six games…they are 7-4 against the Orioles since the start of 2015…the Twins are now 2-10 when … Continue reading Twins lose 6th straight; fall 5-3 to Orioles

Lynx Re-Sign Janel McCarville

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced that the team has re-signed former Lynx and University of Minnesota women’s basketball star center Janel McCarville. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Prior to the 2015 season, McCarville informed the Lynx she would sit out for that season. McCarville was acquired by Minnesota from New York on March 1, 2013 following a two-year hiatus, along with Tulsa’s second-round pick in the 2014 WNBA draft, in a three-team trade that sent Candice Wiggins to Tulsa. In her first season with the Lynx, she started 32 games averaging 6.3 … Continue reading Lynx Re-Sign Janel McCarville

Twins make more roster moves; lose Fien to Dodgers

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler from Triple-A Rochester.  The Twins have also recalled left-handed pitcher Pat Dean from Rochester. Kintzler, who has made 172 career major league appearances with the Brewers, has gone 4-1, 3.52 ERA (15.1 IP, 6 ER) with three walks and 11 strikeouts in 10 games for the Red Wings this season.  Dean, who led all of Triple-A in innings pitched last season with 179.0 innings, has gone 1-3, 3.00 ERA (36.0 IP, 12 ER) with seven walks and 20 strikeouts in … Continue reading Twins make more roster moves; lose Fien to Dodgers

Q&A with Twins Reliever Casey Fien

Middle relievers are the offensive lineman of baseball. They are relatively anonymous, usually don’t share much of the glory and often get noticed only after a making a mistake. Casey Fien is a perfect example. Now in his 5th season with the Twins, Fien has been a reliable performer on teams that typically lacked them. From 2012-15, the right-hander posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 243 games, striking out 197 against just 39 walks in 223 2/3 innings. Yet, good luck finding a Twins fan who could pick him out of a line-up. Although his 2016 season hasn’t … Continue reading Q&A with Twins Reliever Casey Fien