MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s clubhouse was silent after a 10-inning loss to Cleveland created another tie atop the American League Central division. The 11½-game lead is gone. The Twins are nonetheless still displaying a sense of calm, even after losing three of four to the Indians at home over the weekend.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have spent the first part of training camp in an all-too-familiar search for stability with their specialists for the kicking game, an issue that has persisted over most of the time sixth-year head coach Mike Zimmer has supervised the team. Their acquisition of kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik in a trade with Baltimore was another reminder that those spots are still in flux. The Vikings also turned over their long snapper position to rookie Austin Cutting.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Toronto Blue Jays executive Andrew Miller as chief operating officer. Miller ran the Blue Jays’ business operations for four years, including capital improvements at Rogers Centre and at the team’s spring training facilities. Before that, he spent a decade in the Cleveland Indians organization in a variety of jobs.
UNDATED (AP) — The man who invented the snowboard and laid the groundwork for a multibillion-dollar industry has died. Sherman Poppen died at 89 at his home in Griffin, Georgia, on July 31. In 1965, while living in Michigan, Poppen was looking for a way to entertain his daughters on a snowy Christmas Day. So he strapped two skis together and held them in place with wooden crossbars. His wife dubbed it a “Snurfer.” A year later, he got a patent on the contraption.