St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- The Jewish Community Center in the Twin Citieshas re-opened after an evacuation Monday morning due to a bomb threat. After a search of the facility, the St. Paul police did not find bombs or dangerous devices.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — At one point during Sunday's first round of live batting practice, Twins right-hander Jose Berrios knocked the bat right out of Byung Ho Park's hands. Park shook his head and bent over to pick up the bat, while out on the mound Berrios stoically prepared to make his next pitch.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk was seething after Saturday night's game against the Nashville Predators. After nearly getting his head taken off by Nashville right winger James Neal in the third period, a shot from defenseman P.K. Subban whizzed past Dubnyk and into the back of the net. At the time, Dubnyk took some solace in the fact that the goal was waved off. Until it wasn't. Upon review, the call was overturned, awarding the Predators a goal under the guise that the contact with Dubnyk's head occurred after the puck went in the net.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Immediately upon impact, Ryan Vogelsong thought for sure his career had ended. He never lost consciousness, but he did briefly lose hope. "I thought I was done," the veteran right-hander said last week as he started his first Minnesota Twins spring camp. As he lay face down in the batter's box last May 23 in Pittsburgh, blood gushing from the left side of his face after absorbing a 91-mph fastball on an 0-2 count from Colorado Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles, Vogelsong feared the worst.
ST. PAUL — Whenever top prospect Alex Tuch gets frustrated with his current situation with the Minnesota Wild, he need look no further than teammate Jason Zucker for motivation. Since making his NHL debut two weeks ago, Tuch has grown too familiar with Interstate-35 and the 250 miles of road between St. Paul and Des Moines, Iowa. He was sent down to the minors five days after his first call-up to the big leagues only to be summoned back to Minnesota three days later.
MINNEAPOLIS — After earning Big Ten all-freshman team honors in a rookie campaign that produced more than 11 points and 8 rebounds per game, Jordan Murphy entered this season with heightened expectations. That didn't happen for a while as the 6-foot-6 sophomore forward from San Antonio struggled matching his scoring numbers on a deeper and better Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team this season. Coach Richard Pitino says Murphy isn't a pure scorer but that he has atoned for his scoring dip as the team's top rebounder.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau hopes the NHL will get it right. While the 62-year-old coach wouldn't say what punishment he thinks the league should levy on Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist after his vicious spear to Jared Spurgeon's face, he is confident the evidence will speak for itself once the NHL Department of Player Safety looks at the video replay. Nyquist waived his in-person meeting with the NHL Department of Player Safety, and will learn his fate over the phone Wednesday afternoon.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A woman jumped to her death Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, from a bridge over Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights. The woman, who has not been identified, jumped from the Babcock Trail bridge onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 494 at about 4 p.m., according to Inver Grove Heights police. The city’s police and fire departments went to the scene but were unsuccessful in saving the woman’s life. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident temporarily closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 494.
ST. PAUL — In the wake of the tightest game in recent memory two nights earlier, the Minnesota Wild exploded on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center en route to a 6-3 win over the sputtering Detroit Red Wings. It wasn't as pretty as the final score might indicate. "It was ugly," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was a really sloppy game for both teams."
MINNEAPOLIS — As Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson looked down at the Minnesota Timberwolves' bench, he noticed something about his former coach. Tom Thibodeau's hand was shaking. The Timberwolves blasted the short-handed Bulls 117-89 on Sunday at Target Center. In a wide scope, it was a game the Wolves should have won easily against a Chicago team missing its top two players with Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler out with injuries, and that's what Minnesota did.