The Vikings chose 10 players in the NFL draft, the most since they
selected 10 in 2000. The large number is important for an organization
trying to create more competition for jobs, and with numerous
personnel needs even at starting positions.
Among the most intriguing selections is Iowa defensive lineman
Christian Ballard, drafted on the fourth round. Vikings vice
president of player personnel Rick Spielman said his organization
considered Ballard a second round value.
The Big Ten Conference led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for
the 35th consecutive season, averaging 12,826 fans per home game,
according to NCAA figures. Seven Big Ten schools ranked in the top 25 in
average attendance, while no other league had more than four. Wisconsin
was seventh nationally with an average of 17,230 fans per game.
Illinois was No. 10 (15,851), followed by No. 12 Indiana (15,259), No.
13 Ohio State (15,125) and No. 15 Michigan State (14,797). Also among
the top 25 were No. 17 Purdue (13,916) and No. 24 Minnesota (13,241).
Lynx players Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson,
Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Candice Wiggins were
named last week to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training
camp roster, the most participants of any WNBA team. The five
players are expected to comprise nearly half of the Lynx’s 11 women season
opening roster later this spring. The USA training camp will be May
10-12 in Las Vegas.
Because of declining student enrollment, the Minneapolis North
basketball team will participate next season in Class
A, the smallest of Minnesota State High School League groupings for
teams. Class A includes charter schools and other schools such as the
Academy for Sciences & Agriculture, Calvin Christian High School and
Maranatha Christian Academy.
Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn,
expected to start Wednesday in Chicago against the White
Sox, is 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA. In his last outing he gave up eight hits
and five earned runs during 3.1 innings at home against Tampa Bay.
The Twins have to play seven of their next
11 games against East Division teams Boston and Toronto. After Tampa
Bay swept the Twins at home last week, Minnesota was 5-12 so far this
season against teams from the East Division.
The NHL Coaches Association will hold its
annual Coaching Clinic on June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton
Hotel in Minneapolis. Coaches from all hockey levels are welcome at the
clinic where NHL coaches will lead group presentations and break-out
sessions. Registration for the clinic is available at