1/13/22 Sports Update

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild are getting healthier. Kirill Kaprizov returned to practice yesterday after suffering an upper body injury when he was hit by Trent Frederic in a game against the Bruins on January 6th. Dean Evason says that Kaprizov should be back in the lineup on Friday, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Joel Eriksson Ek and Jordan Greenway might also return to the ice tomorrow. Greenway has been in COVID-19 protocol snce January 3rd, and Eriksson Ek has been out with an injury since December 20th. The Wild host Anaheim tomorrow.

>>Vikings Make Interview Requests

(Eagan, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings are moving forward in the search for their new general manager. CBS Sports is reporting that the team placed a request to interview Browns vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook. Additionally, Tom Pelissero says that Minnesota is also planning to interview Browns staffer Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Patriots senior consultant Eliot Wolf. Wolf is the son of Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf. The Vikings fired GM Rick Spielman on Monday.

>>Timberwolves, Lynx Hire Chief Experience Officer

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves and the Lynx are trying to make Minneapolis a destination city for free agents. The teams hired Marquise Watts to become the Chief Experience Officer. Watts previously served as the President of Brand Strategy for Klutch Sports Group. In his new CXO position, Watts focus on premier player experience in order to make the Twin Cities as a desirable location for players. The Wolves visit the Grizzlies tonight.

>>Gophers Lose At The Buzzer

(East Lansing, MI) — Michigan State forward Joey Hauser hit a lay-up as time expired to down the Gophers 71-69 at Breslin Events Center. EJ Stephens made two free throws to tie the game up before the number-nine Spartans’ final possession. Eric Curry led Minnesota with 19 points, but he left the game with an injury in the final minute of regulation. The 10-and-4 Gophers have lost three straight, and they host Iowa on Sunday.

>>Twins To Retire Kaat’s Number

(Minneapolis, MN) — The latest Twins player to be voted into the Hall of Fame will have his number retired by the team in July. Jim Kaat’s number 36 will become the tenth retired number in Twins history during a pregame ceremony at Target Field on July 16th. In other Twins news, the team signed pitcher Dereck Rodriguez to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Rodriguez is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, and he was originally drafted by the Twins in 2011.

>>Wolves, Wild Announce COVID Requirements

(Undated) — The Timberwolves and Wild will have new requirements following orders made by both Twin Cities’ mayors yesterday. Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter announced yesterday that anyone entering businesses that serve food or beverages will need to provide proof that they are either vaccinated or have produced a negative COVID test within 72 hours. The Target Center in Minneapolis and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul are both included in the new mandate, which begins on January 19th.

>>Gophers Release Updated Football Schedule For 2022

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Big Ten Conference has revised it 2022 football schedule. The Gophers will open conference play with a road game at Michigan State before hosting Purdue for homecoming on October 1st. Minnesota will finish up the regular season with a home game against Iowa and a road contest against Wisconsin.