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ST. PAUL -- For a couple of hours this season, as far as Charlie Coyle was concerned, he wasn’t on an NHL team. He remembers getting the call on Feb. 20 from Wild general manager Paul Fenton. He remembers being told he had been traded. He remembers his mind racing after getting few details outside of that.
ST. PAUL — Wild forward Luke Kunin has been added to the Team USA roster and will join the team at the World Championships in Slovakia. He was the final addition to the roster which is now at the maximum of 25 players allowed. Kunin, 21, recorded 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 49 games with the Wild last season while bouncing up and down the lineup. It was a big step forward for Kunin, who spent last offseason recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx veteran Seimone Augustus heard the outside noise last season, and for a while, she started to believe it. “I started to feel old,” Augustus said. “We heard it a lot last season like, ‘You’re old. You’re old. You’re old.’ Some of us started to feel a little bit older than we actually were.” With training camp in full swing, that feeling has been flipped on its head. Gone are veterans Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson. In are young guns Napheesa Collier, Lexie Brown and Kenisha Bell, among others.
MINNEAPOLIS — Once upon a time, Miguel Sano was a top prospect in the Twins farm system, a third baseman with power who promised to be the answer to a long unanswered question in Minnesota. His uppercut swing made him as entertaining a player as there was in baseball when he got hold of a hanging breaking ball over the plate. He didn’t just make pitchers pay; he often embarrassed them with shots into the Target Field upper decks.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano is finally back in the big leagues. After missing the first 41 games of this season with a right heel injury, the third baseman was called up from Triple-A Rochester ahead of Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. He did not play in the Twins’ 8-7 win. “Physically, I feel really good,” Sano said. “It’s a beautiful year for us, and the team is winning a lot. I’m here to play and help the team, too.”
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli put it best when talking about how dominant Jake Odorizzi had been on the mound entering Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. “He hasn’t just kept us in games,” Baldelli said. “He’s basically single handedly put us in a position to win games.” In that sense, it was fitting that the Twins offense repaid the favor on a day that Odorizzi didn’t have his best stuff. He was less than impressive across 5 1/3 innings and got the Twins walked away with a rather tense 8-7 win over the Angels anyway.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Everything Napheesa Collier thought she knew got thrown out the window this week when she stepped into her first WNBA training camp. Collier dominated the paint for most of her college career, but Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve had a different vision for the 22-year-old former UConn star after selecting her with the No. 6 overall pick in last month’s draft. With the absence of Maya Moore, who will take this season off, the 6-foot-2 Collier likely will fill the void left at small forward.
MINNEAPOLIS -- During her time at Minnesota, Kenisha Bell could get to the bucket at will. She would effortlessly break down defenders off the dribble, knife her way through the lane and finish through contact at the rim. Her biggest issues arose when defenses backed off and dared her to shoot. Bell struggled to knock down open jump shots, and it has followed her to the next level as she tries to make the most of her chance to make a WNBA roster with the hometown Lynx.
ST. PAUL -- Within a few seconds of watching Vikings rookie offensive guard Dru Samia compete, it's easy to tell he has a mean streak to rival some of the baddest dudes in the NFL. "Maybe one of the toughest competitors we've seen on tape with how he finishes," general manager Rick Spielman said of the 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman. "He has a few technical flaws to clean up. We think that is correctable with coaching." Drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on April 26, Samia said a mean streak is a prerequisite for an offensive line at any level.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For as long as he lives, Phil Mickelson claims he will never forget the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. For the 48-year-old who has played in more events than he can count, that three-day spectacle will always go down as one of the best. “Just the way this community has supported the game has given me some of the most memorable moments of my career, specifically the 2016 Ryder Cup,” Mickelson said.