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Charley Walters: Wild Keeping Wary Eye On Kirill Kaprizov’s Status In Russia

Minnesota Wild star Kirill Kaprizov reportedly is being retained in his native Russia while authorities there are investigating an alleged attempt to evade military service. Although reports are speculative, Wild owner Craig Leipold is naturally concerned.

I asked Leipold if the Kaprizov conjecture makes him nervous.

“It’s pretty hard not to be little nervous about it, right? Leipold said. “I mean, I think every team that has Russian players that are back in Russia right now, they can all say ‘No, I’m not nervous right now, I’m not nervous.’

“Until he gets back into the United States, I’m going to be a little nervous.”

Some hockey people are confident that whatever issue there might be with Kaprizov will be resolved.

“He’s too much of an icon over there and represents what they are in hockey,” a source said. “And this story doesn’t have the same impact as that of Brittany Griner.”

Griner, the celebrated WNBA star, remains imprisoned in Russia on a drug possession charge.

“(Kaprizov) is neutral right now — he’s just being quiet, he’s laying low, doing the right things — he just wants to be back in his home country and visiting his family,” Leipold added. “We don’t expect any problems, and hopefully there won’t be. We, just like 30 other teams in the league, are going to be happy once everybody gets back in the States.”

Leipold said he follows the Kaprizov speculation “as closely as (GM Bill Guerin) does. He is my source of information, and I know he follows it pretty closely. And that’s probably all I want to say about it. Less said is probably better.”

Guerin follows the Kaprizov issue, if there is one, daily.

Leipold wants to sign Kaprizov, 25, who has four years left on a five-year contract guaranteeing $45 million, to a maximum-allowed extension when he can.

“Absolutely,” he said “We love him. Listen, if we could have signed him for eight years, we would have.”

Max Meyer, 23, the former Woodbury and Gophers star, found out Thursday evening he would make his major league pitching debut for the Marlins in Miami against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. On Friday, he got on a Delta flight from Syracuse (N.Y.), where his Jacksonville (Fla.) Triple-A team was playing.

Meyer’s flight en route to Miami connected in Atlanta. By pure coincidence, as he walked off the plane, there were his parents and other family members stepping off a Delta flight from the Twin Cities en route to Miami to attend Max’s big league premiere.

“He landed exactly when we landed. It was crazy,” Max’s father Kent said. “Nice little bonus.”

Meyer’s family resides in Woodbury.

“It’s a dream come true,” Kent said of he and wife Cathy’s son getting to the major leagues. “This weekend is a celebration.”

Among gifts Jim Kaat received from the Twins during a classy 30-minute No. 36 jersey retirement ceremony on Saturday was a personalized set of PXG golf clubs. Kaat, now 83, at age 75 shot his age both right-handed and left-handed. He hits his long irons left-handed, his short irons right-handed.

The Twins will have nearly three dozen staff members in Cooperstown (N.Y.) on July 24 for the Hall of Fame inductions of Kaat and Tony Oliva. The evening before, the Twins will throw a massive party (nearly 400 guests) at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown for the pair.

Attending the party are expected to be each of the living Twins Hall of Famers, including Rod Carew, Jack Morris, Paul Molitor, Jim Thome, Dave Winfield, Bert Blyleven and maybe Steve Carlton.

Blyleven, a 7-handicap golfer, knocked an 8-iron into the No. 8, 140-yard hole en route to a 73 at Olympic Hills the other day for his second career ace. By the way, Blyleven, 71, who had the best curveball in baseball, recently had his right shoulder replaced.

“Wear and tear,” said Blyleven, who won 287 games over a 22-year career. “I’m not allowed to throw anymore.”

On the eve of his jersey retirement, Kaat threw a private party at the Loews downtown hotel. On Sunday, he flies to his home in Vermont before heading to Cooperstown.

The Twins, who rank No. 20 of baseball’s 30 clubs in attendance (21,772 per game) and surpassed the 1 million mark on Friday, have plenty of games left against Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox and are hopeful of drawing nearly 2 million this season. Among concerns for fans have been inflation and civil disorder in downtown Minneapolis.

Kent Hrbek, who with his girlfriend will take a motorhome to Cooperstown for the Oliva and Kaat inductions, on having had his No. 14 jersey retired at Target Field in 1995: “It’s humbling, man. You walk into this beautiful ballpark and you see a number up there, and you go, wow, I wore that. The Twins were kind enough to think that nobody else should wear it. It’s pretty cool.”

Former Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger was a teammate for part of 2009 Detroit Lions training camp with another QB, new Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell.

“He’s a great human who understands the position,” Bollinger said. “He grew up in this (Vikings) offense. He had some time with (Vikings QB Kirk Cousins) early-on in Washington. The energy he has brought to the team and organization is really positive, and I’m all in where it’s headed.”

Among college football’s 43 bowl games this season, the Gophers are projected to play Texas Christian in the First Responder Bowl on Dec. 27 in Dallas, per

Congratulations to irrepressible Pioneer Press sportswriter Chris Tomasson on his recent myriad awards — national and state — for his Vikings coverage.

Free agent Matthew Hurt, 22, the 6-foot-9 former Duke star from Rochester Marshall, had a three-point field goal and four rebounds in 11 minutes for the Milwaukee Bucks against Dallas in the Las Vegas Summer League. If the NBA doesn’t work for Hurt, he’ll have options overseas.

Hurt’s brother Michael, the 6-7 former Gopher, graduated with two masters degrees and is working in finance business travel in the Twin Cities. Sister Katie, 5-11, will be a full scholarship freshman basketball player at Lehigh University this fall.

Jericho Sims, 23, the Minneapolis Christo Rey grad whose father Charles played for Bill Musselman with the Gophers, has signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks for a deal that could be worth nearly $6 million over three years. Charles is a retired dentist in the Twin Cities.

With his two-year, guaranteed $2.9 million contract expired, former Gopher Daniel Oturu from Cretin-Derham Hall is playing for the Orlando Magic in Las Vegas trying to land a new deal.

Before acquiring Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves were 60-1 odds to win next season’s NBA championship, per Now they’re 22-1.

That was Tyus Jones, owner of a new $30 million, two-year contract from the Memphis Grizzlies, playing in the Pulley League at Minnehaha Academy last week.

Tireless Jeff Munneke, the first person hired by the Timberwolves in 1988, celebrated 34 years with the organization as VP of Fan Experience the other day.

The Packers are 1 1/2-point favorites over the Vikings in the season opener on Sept. 11 in Minneapolis.

Oliva, a week out from his Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, is among celebrities expected to attend Monday’s sold-out Taste Fore The Tour VEAP food pantry fundraiser at Interlachen Country Club that serves communities in Minneapolis and several suburbs. Among celebrities: Matt Birk, Ben Leber, Lea B. Olsen, Kyle Rudolph, Larry Fitzgerald, Devan Dubnyk, Derek Falvey, Alex Goligoski, Ben Johnson, Glen Mason, Randall McDaniel, Rocco Mediate, Paul Molitor, Lou Nanne, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Carrie Tollefson and Lindsay Whalen.

Happy birthday: St. Paul’s Dennis Ryan, who has worked under every Vikings head coach except Norm Van Brocklin and is about to enter his 43rd season as the team’s head equipment manager, turned 63 the other day.

The Twins’ incomparable play-by-play radio voice, Cory Provus, turned 44. He was 33 when he came to the Twins.

Mendota Heights’ Jack Boland last week scored an ace on the No. 3, 70-yard hole with an 8-iron at the Mendota Heights Par-3 golf course. He’s 7 years old.

While Southview Country Club member Adam Thielen of the Vikings tied Annika Sorenstam for fourth in the celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe last weekend, Mardy Fish was sixth, Mike Modano seventh, Aaron Rodgers ninth, T.J. Oshie 11th, Harrison Smith tied for 27th, Larry Fitzgerald tied for 44th and Joe Mauer tied for 48th.

PGA Tour winner Brandon Matthews, with John Harris as moderator, speaks at a Dunkers breakfast on Tuesday at Interlachen Country Club.

In what is believed to be a four-generation first in U.S. golf, Deephaven’s Carson Herron, a sophomore at New Mexico, last week qualified for next month’s U.S. Amateur in New Jersey. Herron is the son of Champions Tour player Tim Herron, who also played in the U.S. Amateur, as did Tim’s father, Carson Sr., and Senior’s father Carson Lee Herron. Only the youngest Herron has yet to also play in a U.S. Open.


There was no friction between Wes Johnson, 50, and the first-place Twins regarding his sudden departure as pitching coach for the same job at Louisiana State. The college lifestyle was simply better for him and his family.

The Twins figured when they became the first major league team to hire a college pitching coach (Arkansas) four years ago that there was a risk he might want to return to college. Recruiting was also a factor in the timing.

The New York Yankees, loaded with pitching, are seeking a left-handed hitter before the trade deadline, Aug. 2. Max Kepler? He’s hitting .248 with nine home runs at age 29, but the Yankees’ Joey Gallo, 28, is batting just .161 with 10 homers.

Nobody’s saying much, but the Twins will have an interesting decision to make when Miguel Sano, rehabbing in St. Paul, is ready to return to Minneapolis within the next two weeks. Sano, 29, is in the final season of a $30 million, three-year contract, and the Twins have a $14 million option for next year. The Twins would have to make a roster spot for him to join the club for the rest of the season.

Twins pitching has a 2.60 earned-run average in ninth innings, but 5.18 in eighth innings.

With Rob Gronkowski, 33, having retired again, ex-Vikings tight end-free agent Kyle Rudolph, 32, is a consideration to team up with QB Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.

There’s talk that free agent ex-Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr could end up with the Dallas Cowboys.

Neither ex-Vikings coach Mike Zimmer nor son Adam, the ex-Vikings co-defensive coordinator, have gotten NFL jobs heading into this season.

In order to recruit on an elite national men’s basketball level, some experts figure the Gophers will need major Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals for several players, probably in the range of $25,000 apiece per month. Yes, that’s per month.

The Gophers have the 49th-best football recruiting class in the country, just behind Northwestern, per credible

Nice deal: In the final season (2027-28) of his contract extension, the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns will be paid $756,097 per game.

Could Gus Johnson be the Timberwolves’ new play-by-play voice?

Tom Lehman had to withdraw from the recent U.S. Senior Open because of partial knee replacement surgery. The ex-Gopher plans to return to competition in September.

Meanwhile, Tom and brother Jim and some high-powered attorneys, water experts and prominent community leaders are asking the Minneapolis Park Board to work with them on a plan to fix the storied Hiawatha public course’s drainage dilemma and keep it as an 18-hole course rather than nine holes.

Aside from center-fielder Drew Gilbert at Tennessee via Stillwater, this year is considered light on native Minnesota prospects — high school and college — for the 20-round major league draft that runs Sunday through Tuesday. There are just a couple of local players with a chance to be picked.

The 3M Open that begins on Thursday at the TPC in Blaine has five pro-am events costing between $2,500 to $6,000 per golfer.

Ex-Gopher Erik van Rooyen had to withdraw a day before the British Open at St. Andrews due to a sore neck.

Former Gopher Angus Flanagan, who won the recent TapeMark tournament with a final round 61, missed qualifying for the British Open.

“It’s been a bit of a rough ride since turning pro,” he said. “It’s just mentally different. I’ve kind of deemed this first year as like an apprenticeship. Throughout school, I deemed myself to be a kind of a bigger fish in a smaller pool. As soon as you turn pro, no one cares too much about how you played in college.

Tony Oliva, 83, asked Saturday what will be his opening line of his Hall of Fame acceptance speech next week in Cooperstown: “Thank you God — it’s a miracle.”



Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Times

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Your Thursday Briefing - The New York Times

Satellite photos taken after a series of explosions on Tuesday at a Russian airbase in Crimea appear to show at least three craters and at least eight destroyed warplanes, indicating a blow to the Russian military contradicting the Kremlin’s narrative. Russian authorities had previously denied that a plane had been destroyed.

A senior Ukrainian official said the blasts were an attack carried out with the help of partisans, but did not elaborate further. Military analysts said Ukraine does not have missiles capable of reaching the base from territory it controls, more than 100 miles away, and Ukrainian planes are unlikely to penetrate that far. in airspace under Russian control.

Witnesses reported multiple explosions at the Saki base. Officials said at least one person was killed and more than a dozen injured. Sergei Aksyonov, the Kremlin-installed leader of Crimea, said at least 62 apartment buildings and 20 commercial structures were damaged. He declared a state of emergency and raised the level of terrorist threat on the peninsula.

Background: Russia has heavily militarized Crimea since seizing Ukraine in 2014 and has used the peninsula as a vital staging point for military operations since the wider invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Even so, the attack on the airbase suggests that Ukrainian forces are capable of carrying out guerrilla operations there.

In other wartime news:

Days after his home was raided by the FBI as part of an independent investigation, Donald Trump invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination while being questioned under oath by the state’s Attorney General of New York, Letitia James. The former president answered all the questions posed by her investigators by repeating the phrase “same answer”.

Trump’s refusal to respond substantially could determine the course of the three-year civil investigation into whether the former president fraudulently inflated the value of his assets to secure loans and other benefits. He has long rejected the investigation, but was forced to sit down for questioning under oath after several judges ruled against him this spring.

His only detailed comment, people familiar with the proceedings said, was an all-out attack on the attorney general and his investigation, which he called a continuation of “the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.” . Reading a prepared statement, he said he was being targeted by lawyers, prosecutors and the media.

Next steps: James now finds himself with a crucial decision: to sue Trump or seek a settlement that could result in a significant financial penalty. And while refusing to answer questions may have offered the safest path for the former president, it could strengthen the attorney general’s position in the weeks to come.

A $1.9 million regional aid package unveiled by the United Nations Development Program on the edge of the Colombian Amazon is an example of how one of the world’s largest sustainable development organizations s associates with polluters, even those who sometimes work against the interests of communities the agency is supposed to help.

A Times investigation found that the UN’s partnerships with oil companies led the agency to act in the interests of those companies. In the program in the Amazon, the UN agency has partnered with GeoPark, a multinational oil company that holds contracts to drill near and potentially on the ancestral lands of indigenous Colombians like the Siona people.

These partnerships are part of a strategy that treats oil companies not as environmental villains but as major employers capable of bringing electricity to remote areas and economic growth to poor and middle-income countries. The development agency has used oil money to provide clean water and job training in areas that might otherwise be neglected.

Answer: The development agency said it supports a clean energy transition and does not encourage drilling. But Achim Steiner, the head of the agency, said its mission was to lift people out of poverty and often involved working in countries built on fossil fuels. “We have to start where the economies are today,” he said. “I don’t see a contradiction, but there is a tension.”

Steve Jobs’ favorite Issey Miyake black turtleneck was by no means the Japanese designer’s most interesting garment. It was perhaps even his most banal. But the turtleneck embodied the founding principles of Miyake and served as a door through which even those not particularly interested in fashion could enter the Miyake universe.

Monuments have long commemorated the loss of human life caused by calamitous events: wars, genocides, terrorist attacks.

But Covid-19 poses a unique challenge. Millions of people died, but not in a single event or in one place. Now, as the death toll continues to rise, communities are building new monuments and expanding existing ones, trying to cope with their mounting grief.

In Malaysia, photographs and biographies of victims are updated online. White ribbons flutter on a church fence in South Africa and white flags dot the National Mall in Washington. In London, family and friends wrote the names of their dead on a wall along the River Thames above.

“We really need to remember, and we need to do it now,” said Erika Doss, a researcher at the University of Notre Dame. “Covid isn’t over. They’re kind of weird memorials in that names are added. They’re sort of fluid. They’re timeless.

That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for joining me. -Natasha

PS The Times won a Pulitzer last year for its Covid coverage. The pandemic prevented the medal from being displayed in the Times Building – until now.

The latest episode of “The Daily” is about the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.

You can reach Natasha and the team at [email protected].

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX loses Starlink rural broadband subsidies

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Elon Musk'S Spacex Loses Starlink Rural Broadband Subsidies

The Federal Communications Commission has canceled more than $2 billion in grants previously awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a small internet service provider after the regulator ruled the companies were unlikely to meet the requirements of government funding to help expand broadband access.

The FCC had awarded SpaceX, formerly known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., $886 million in 2020 to provide faster internet to places with poor connectivity or no broadband through its Starlink satellite service.


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Lynx beat Mercury to seize control of playoff destiny with 2 games left

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Lynx Beat Mercury To Seize Control Of Playoff Destiny With 2 Games Left

With a pair of games left, the Minnesota Lynx controls their playoff destiny.

Aerial Powers scored 14 points off the bench and provided a fourth-quarter spark, and Minnesota won 86-77 at Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Moriah Jefferson scored just six points, including a dagger with 35 seconds left, but added a career-high 12 assists. Jessica Shepard scored 15 points and added a dozen rebounds.

Minnesota has won 20 of 23 regular-season games against Phoenix since August 2015, including 10 straight in Arizona.

Minnesota, Atlanta, New York and Phoenix are tied for seventh place in the standings at 14-20 with Los Angeles one game back. Only two will make the postseason; however, the Lynx own the first tiebreaker over the other three teams.

The Lynx, who have won four of their past five, have two tough games left: home against Seattle (20-13) on Friday and at Connecticut (22-11) on Sunday.

Powers, who’s started 30 of 33 games, returned to the Lynx lineup after missing Sunday’s game with left knee soreness.

She scored on a drive with 2:46 left and converted a pair of free throws after getting fouled next time down the floor for a six-point lead with 2:09 to go.

“I think she’s gotten to a place where she’s confident what’s going on medically, but now the next step is to not think about it,” coach Cheryl Reeve said pregame. “This is one of those things that’s going to continue to bother her, much like Moriah, that you just have to keep working though it.”

Sylvia Fowles converted a feed from Jefferson before the latter iced the win with a long jumper. Fowles finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Kayla McBride led the Lynx with 18 points.

Minnesota shot 46.2 percent but missed too many shots in the paint and open jumpers.

Still, it’s a win.

In her second game back after giving birth May 25, Napheesa Collier overcame early foul trouble, looked more comfortable in the offense and finished with 11 points.

Sophie Cunningham (24 points) and Shey Peddy (21) hurt the Lynx from deep, going a combined 11 of 20 on 3-point shots. Phoenix played without guards Diana Taurasi (quad) and Skylar Diggins-Smith (personal reasons).

Minnesota, thanks to a 13-5 run to end the first half, led 42-40 at the break. It was down 60-59 going to the fourth quarter.

To make room for Powers’ return, the Lynx released forward Nikolina Milić from her hardship exception. The 6-3 rookie averaged six points and three rebounds in 31 games.

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Cardinals tear up Rockies behind Nolan Arenado, Albert Pujols

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Cardinals Tear Up Rockies Behind Nolan Arenado, Albert Pujols

It’s the raw deal that continues to haunt the Rockies.

Cardinals star third baseman Nolan Arenado lambasted his former team on Wednesday night, finding themselves three shorts off the cycle in the Redbirds’ 9-5 win at Coors Field.

Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols hit four hits and also had a triple short of the cycle as St. Louis beat Colorado on 18 hits, much to the delight of the red crowd of 35,164. Shortstop Paul DeJong tied a career high with four hits.

The Rockies made some noise late, scoring three runs on five hits from reliever Chris Stratton, but it was too little, too late.

Colorado, last in the National League West, has fallen to 6-14 since the All-Star break. The Cardinals, leaders of NL Central, have improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games.

It was a tough night for Rockies starter Kyle Freeland, who entered the night on a three-game winning streak with a 2.41 ERA. The southpaw left after 4 1/3 innings, a victim of six St. Louis runs on 10 hits.

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (21) in the dugout after a rough first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on August 10, 2022. The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning.

Arenado ripped an RBI double off Freeland’s left-field wall in the first, hit a single to him in the fourth and threw a two-out solo homer off left-hander Austin Gomber in the sixth.

By the way, Gomber was part of the Feb. 1, 2021 trade that sent the disgruntled Arenado to St. Louis. By the way, the Rockies will pay $21 million of Arenado’s salary next season.

Arenado’s home run, his 23rd, traveled 403 feet and landed in the giant UC Health Charity glove beyond the left field wall. Every time a Rockies player hits the gauntlet, it triggers a $5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society through the Colorado Rockies Foundation. The gift is not automatically activated when an opposing player hits the glove.

Immediately after the Arenado homer, Pujols, playing his final season, homered 412 feet to the left of Gomber. It was Pujols homer No. 687, which ranks fifth in major league history, nine behind Alex Rodriguez.

St. Louis southpaw Jose Quintana, acquired from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, held Colorado in check for six innings, scattering seven hits and giving up two runs.

In the third, Yonathan Daza led off with a single, took third on Charlie Blackmon’s double and scored on Jose Iglesias’ sacrificial volley on the right. Iglesias also doubled in the fifth and scored on CJ Cron’s triple in the right field corner. It was Cron’s third hat-trick this season.

Designated hitter Elehuris Montero went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to nine games and has five straight multi-hit games, tied for most by a rookie in Rockies history.

Freeland was out of his game from the start.

He walked leadoff hitter Dylan Carlson, got a groundout from Tommy Edmonds, then allowed five straight hits, including a brace from Arenado to the left field line and a single from Pujols. By the end of the inning, the Cardinals had sent 10 men to the plate, taken a 5-0 lead and forced Freeland to throw 37 pitches.

Both clubs will play for the series win Thursday afternoon in Coors. The Rockies beat St. Louis, 16-5, on Tuesday.

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Social media model arrested in Hawaii for murder

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Social Media Model Arrested In Hawaii For Murder

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Law enforcement in Hawaii arrested social media model Courtney Clenney on Wednesday for second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.

Hawaii County Police said in a statement they assisted the US Marshals Service in the arrest of the 26-year-old man in Laupahoehoe, which is on the Big Island. Officers used an arrest warrant issued by Miami-Dade County, Florida.

She is being held at the East Hawaii Detention Center pending her first appearance in Hilo District Court on Thursday, police said.

The police statement gave no details of the charges against her, but the Miami Herald reported that Clenney is accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend in April.

Her Miami defense attorney, Frank Prieto, told the Miami Herald that she was in Hawaii while in rehabilitation for drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I’m completely shocked, especially since we cooperated with the investigation and offered to hand her over voluntarily if charged,” Prieto said. “We look forward to clearing his name in court.”


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