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MINNEAPOLIS -- Seimone Augustus might as well be the holy trinity when it comes to the Minnesota Lynx, a living embodiment of the past present and future of a franchise she has helped build from the ground up. As a four-time WNBA champion, Augustus has seen it all since the Lynx drafted her with the WNBA's No. 1 overall pick in 2006. She has experienced the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between, bearing witness to the rise and fall of one of the league's dynasties.
EAGAN, Minn. -- As far as first impressions go, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was instantly drawn to rookie lineman Garrett Bradbury, if nothing else for his sense of style. “He tucks his shirt in every day,” Cousins said. “I think that sends a message right there. He is ready to work.
MINNEAPOLIS — Nelson Cruz was not activated from the 10-day injured list Friday despite being eligible to return. But Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli doesn’t seem to think Cruz, who has been sidelined with a left wrist strain, will be out much longer. “As I sit here right now I’m not prepared to make any definitive statements,” Baldelli said. “I would say today was a good day.” In the hours leading up to Friday night’s game with the Chicago White Sox at Target Field, Cruz could be seen bopping around the clubhouse, and he even took some swings pregame.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Let’s just say Minnesota Lynx forward Karima Christmas-Kelly stayed extremely busy this offseason. Yes, she worked tirelessly to recover from season-ending surgery on her right knee. Even better, she graduated from Harvard. Well, the Crossover Into Business program conducted by the Harvard Business School, actually, though that’s neither here nor there. “It’s still Harvard, right?” Christmas-Kelly said with a laugh.
ST. PAUL - After starring with the North Stars at the start of his Hall of Fame career, Mike Modano is finally back in Minnesota. He was hired by the Wild on Thursday afternoon and will serve as an executive adviser in the front office. In his new role, Modano will work directly with owner Craig Leipold and president Matt Majka on a number of initiatives that include team sales, corporate partnerships and community relations. He starts on Sept. 1.
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.”