NFL gets rid of the Pro Bowl

September 26, 2022, New York, NY – The National Football League announced today a transformation of the Pro Bowl, renaming the tentpole event as ‘The Pro Bowl Games.’ Taking place in Las Vegas in 2023, The Pro Bowl Games presented by Verizon will be a week-long celebration of player skills featuring an exciting new format that spotlights Flag football. The multi-day AFC vs NFC competition will culminate in an action-packed Flag game featuring Pro Bowl players at Allegiant Stadium, and will air on ESPN and ABC on Sunday, February 5, 2023. Throughout the week, The Pro Bowl Games will also integrate new challenges where players … Continue reading NFL gets rid of the Pro Bowl

U.S. Opens Women’s Worlds with 10-0 Win Over Japan

HERNING, Denmark – It was a day of firsts as four players tallied their first points for the U.S. Women’s National Team and a total of 14 different players recorded points as Team USA shutout Japan, 10-0, in the opening game of the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship at the KVIK Ice Center in Herning, Denmark on Thursday. “We set out to do a lot of different things today, mainly focused on our play in the offensive zone” said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team. “I thought we were diligent with that and making educated plays with the puck. I thought … Continue reading U.S. Opens Women’s Worlds with 10-0 Win Over Japan

Twins add Reds starter Mahle in exchange for prospects

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds, in exchange for minor league infielders Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Spencer Steer, and left-handed pitcher Steve Hajjar. Mahle, 27, made 19 starts for the Reds this season, going 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA (104.1 IP, 51 ER), 39 walks, 114 strikeouts, a 1.25 WHIP and a .232 opponent batting average. In his last nine starts, Mahle (rhymes with rally) has gone 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA (57.1 IP, 18 ER), 16 walks, 64 strikeouts,  a .212 opponent batting average and seven quality starts. In 33 starts for the … Continue reading Twins add Reds starter Mahle in exchange for prospects

Twins trade for Orioles’ closer Lopez

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jorge López and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yennier Cano, and minor league left-handed pitchers Cade Povich and Juan Rojas, and right-handed pitcher Juan Nunez. López, who was named to the 2022 American League All-Star team, has gone 4-6 with a 1.68 ERA (48.1 IP, 9 ER), 19 saves (23 opportunities), 17 walks, 54 strikeouts, a 0.97 WHIP, a .174 opponent batting average, a .529 opponent OPS and just three home runs allowed. The 29-year-old ranks tied for fifth in the AL in saves and second (minimum 45.0 … Continue reading Twins trade for Orioles’ closer Lopez

Former Gopher Payton Willis signs with Golden State for NBA Summer League

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota alum Payton Willis has signed with the Golden State Warriors and will compete in the NBA Summer League. The Golden Gopher grad begins competition July 2-3 in the California Classic at the Chase Center, and continues action July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Willis had his best point-production season of his collegiate career en route to All-Big Ten honorable mention honors in 2021-22. The senior from Fayetteville, Ark., averages 15.9 ppg, which ranked second on the team and 10th within the Big Ten. … Continue reading Former Gopher Payton Willis signs with Golden State for NBA Summer League

Twins recall Royce Lewis from St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have recalled infielder Royce Lewis from Triple-A St. Paul. Lewis, who was optioned from Minnesota on May 18, played in 10 games for the Saints recently (May 19-28), hitting .318 (14-for-44) with one double, two home runs, three RBI, eight runs scored and an .825 OPS. Over those 10 games, Lewis appeared at shortstop (4 games), third base (2 games), leftfield (2 games), centerfield (1 game) and designated hitter (1 game). The 22-year-old made his major league debut on May 6 and played in 11 games for the Twins earlier this month, … Continue reading Twins recall Royce Lewis from St. Paul

Twins reinstate Correa, send Lewis to AAA

OAKLAND, CA – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have reinstated shortstop Carlos Correa from the 10-day Injured List.  Correa has missed the Twins’ last 11 games with a right finger contusion, after sustaining the injury on May 5 at Baltimore when he fouled a ball off his hand in the seventh inning. The 27-year-old was signed by the Twins during spring training and has hit .255 (24-for-94) with five doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, 12 runs scored and eight walks in 24 games for the Twins this season. To make room for Correa on the 26-man roster, the Twins have … Continue reading Twins reinstate Correa, send Lewis to AAA

Twins trade Taylor Rogers to San Diego

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagán, along with a player to be named later, from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers, outfielder Brent Rooker and cash considerations. Paddack, 26, pitched in 23 games (22 starts) for the Padres last season, going 7-7 with a 5.07 ERA (108.1 IP, 61 ER), 22 walks, 99 strikeouts, a .269 (115-for-427) opponent batting average and a 1.26 WHIP. The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Paddack (pronounced PAD-ik) has pitched in parts of three seasons for the Padres since 2019, going 20-19 with a 4.21 ERA … Continue reading Twins trade Taylor Rogers to San Diego

Rising Stars All Star Tournament Showcases the Best of the Best in Minnesota

by Paul Langfellow It had all the earmarks of a typical Saturday of youth basketball this past weekend at St.Michael Albertville and Rogers High Schools. But a closer look and you’d realize that the Rising Stars Showcase was anything but … Continue reading Rising Stars All Star Tournament Showcases the Best of the Best in Minnesota