St. Paul Pioneer Press
EAGAN, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings on Friday signed sixth-round pick Armon Watts. Watts, a defensive tackle from Arkansas, got a four-year, $2.689 million contract with a $169,096 signing bonus and will count $537,274 against the cap in 2019. On Thursday, the Vikings signed eight of the 12 players they selected in last week’s draft. Remaining unsigned players are offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury, a first-round pick, and seventh-round selections Kris Boyd, a cornerback, and Austin Cutting, a long snapper. The Vikings on Friday began a three-day rookie minicamp.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — The family of the 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America on April 12 said he remained in intensive care and under sedation Tuesday, April 23. “We have an important week ahead with more milestones to accomplish,” attorney Stephen Tillitt said via conference call. He read from a prepared statement written by the family. “God’s hand is working. Your prayers are working.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild extended their lease with the Xcel Energy Center through 2035 — a decade longer than previously agreed to. “This is our city, and we’re proud of it,” Wild owner and chairman Craig Leipold said Tuesday during a media event at the Xcel Energy Center to mark the continuation of the partnership. “We are St. Paul. Most of our people live in St. Paul. …We believe in the city.”
ST. PAUL — Investigators believe a Shoreview man charged with sexually assaulting and secretly videotaping two women he previously dated had done it before, according to authorities. The Ramsey County sheriff’s office made the disclosure in a news release issued Friday that asked members of the public who had past contact with Jeffrey Eldred or know someone who has to contact investigators at 651-266-7320. “(We) have evidence of additional victims and are asking anyone to come forward; even if they did not have sexual contact with Eldred,” the release said.
ORONO, Minn. - Police are investigating the deaths of two people at a residence in the western Twin Cities suburb of Orono. Authorities say the bodies of a male and female were discovered at a home in the 1700 block of Shoreline Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10. Police are being assisted by Hennepin County sheriff’s investigators and the state Crime Lab. Officials say there is no apparent risk to the public in general. Orono is a city on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka.
MINNEAPOLIS — For the second year in a row, thousands of visitors will descend on the Twin Cities to get a front-row seat to sports history. The top four men’s college basketball teams will square off next weekend in the NCAA Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, and they will bring their passionate fan bases with them. Like last year with Super Bowl LII, there will be plenty of festivities to appease visitors and locals, and plenty of businesses who want to make a buck off the action. But there are some notable differences this time around.
BLAINE, Minn. - Legendary lefty Phil Mickelson, a five-time major championship winner, has committed to compete in the 3M Open, tournament officials announced on Wednesday morning. Mickelson is the fourth player currently ranked in the Top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings in the field for the inaugural event; he is No. 20. Bryson DeChambeau (No. 5), Jason Day (No. 12), and Patrick Reed (No. 16) also have committed to the tournament held at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine on July 4-7.
Former Vikings tackle Eric Moss, the older half brother of Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss, has died, the team announced Monday. He was 44. Eric Moss was with the Vikings in 1997 and 1998 but never played in a regular-season game. He spent most of 1997 on the practice squad and was on injured reserve in 1998.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings announced the addition of two coaches to their staff on Friday, Feb. 8, plus a promotion for a current coach. Marwan Maalouf is the team’s new special teams coordinator, Rick Dennison is offensive line coach and run game coordinator, and Drew Petzing has been shifted to wide receivers coach for the 2019 season. Maalouf has coached in the NFL for 14 seasons, the past six with the Miami Dolphins. He also coached for the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He has been a part of six playoff teams.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins made a minor trade Tuesday night, sending John Curtiss, who had been designated for assignment on Monday, to the Angels for 18-year-old infielder Daniel Ozoria. Ozoria, who split time between two Rookie Level teams last season, hit .195/.248/.220 in 51 games. He was signed by the Angels out of the Dominican Republican in 2016. Curtiss, who was the odd man out with the addition of reliever Blake Parker to the 40-man roster on Monday, had a career 7.20 earned-run average in 17 games spanning 15 innings with the Twins over the past two seasons.