St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Smack Fest, a women’s face-smacking contest, has come back to hit a popular St. Paul nightclub where it hurts most — the wallet. Arnellia’s has agreed to give up its liquor license for 10 days in late March. The penalty, negotiated with city officials, stems from a Nov. 4 altercation between two contestants that took place in the bar’s parking lot following the all-female face-smacking contest known as Smack Fest. A woman reported that she was violently assaulted by a fellow competitor and her friends.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For the first time in his career, Adrian Peterson will be a free agent. The Vikings announced Tuesday they will not exercise an $18 million option to retain the star running back for 2017. However, general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team will continue to negotiate with Peterson’s representatives, and Peterson said in a statement to ESPN “the door is still open to find some common ground.’’
MINNEAPOLIS -- The band of winter weather moving across the Midwest on Friday will likely miss the Twin Cities and several other areas in southern Minnesota after all. The metro is expected to get about an inch of snow by Friday afternoon -- if anything at all -- with areas to the southeast seeing a couple more, said meteorologist Bill Borghoff with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Trade rumors have swirled about Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio the past few years. They finally may be coming to fruition. ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst reported on SportsCenter on Monday night that Rubio is "one of the most likely players to get traded," citing league sources. The NBA trade deadline is 2 p.m. Thursday. "I do think you're going to see Rubio really available over the next few days," Windhorst said.
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.