(Minneapolis, MN) — North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi is a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. The list will be trimmed to three finalists on April 2nd, with the winner being announced on April 10th. The junior finished second in the NCAA with 45 points this season.
(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings are making another splash in free agency. NFL Network reports the Vikes have agreed to a three-year, 27-million-dollar contract with former Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce. The deal includes 18-million guaranteed. The move comes after D-tackle Linval Joseph agreed to a contract with the Chargers.
(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings are parting ways with guard Josh Kline after just one season. He was released yesterday as free agency officially began. The Vikes also reached a one-year deal with backup quarterback Sean Mannion, according to reports.
(Minneapolis, MN) — Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu is still deciding on his future. Minnesota head coach Rick Pitino says Oturu will go through the process to determine his NBA draft stock before making a decision. The sophomore averaged 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season. He’s projected by some as a lottery pick.
(Tampa, FL) — Retired Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will host WrestleMania next month. The annual WWE event was scheduled for April 5th at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, but will now take place over two nights, April 4th and 5th, on a closed set at the WWE’s performance center in Orlando. “Gronk” tweeted he’ll explain his role and the new format on Friday’s Smackdown show.