Rob Babcock, a former Timberwolves executive during two different stints spanning more than two decades, died Wednesday at age 66. He had been battling pancreatic cancer since being diagnosed in 2017.

Babcock was the Wolves’ director and then vice president of player personnel starting in the mid-1990s. He was named general manager of the Toronto Raptors in 2004, but he was fired in 2006 and later returned to the Wolves as an executive for another decade until 2016.

“I am extremely saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. I got to know Rob well during his time with the Wolves and considered him a great friend,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor in a statement. “[He] was instrumental in shaping our roster during our eight-year playoff run from 1997 through 2004.”

Winona High DE decommits from U

Aaron Witt, a three-star defensive end out of Winona, shared on Twitter his decision to decommit from the Gophers. The 6-5, 230-pound Witt initially committed in November.

He’s the second class of 2020 commit to reverse his decision since Monday. Junior college linebacker Juwan Mitchell reclassified to 2019 and joined Texas.

Blaine girl sets high jump record

Blaine junior Madison Schmidt became the first Minnesota high school female to clear 6 feet in the high jump. She did it Tuesday during a meet at Armstrong. Schmidt broke the state record held by Kasson-Mantorville’s Taylor Wiebke, who cleared 5-11 in 2014. Schmidt won the Class 2A state title last year at 5-8.


U’s Steveson at World Team Trials

Gophers freshman heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson will compete at the World Team Trials starting Friday in Raleigh, N.C. Five former Gophers also will compete at the senior level – Zach Sanders (57kg), Jayson Ness (65), Brett Pfarr (86), and Tony Nelson (125) in freestyle and Pat Smith (77) in Greco-Roman.

The 2019 World Wrestling Championships will be in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from Sept. 14-22.


* Sophomore Angus Flanagan closed with an even-par 71 to tie for 20th in an NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas. He had a three-round score of 4-over 217 and did not qualify for the NCAA Championship,

* The Gophers baseball team opens its final series of the regular season against Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Evanston, Ill. Minnesota (24-24, 13-8 Big Ten) is tied for third in the conference.

* Minnesota State Mankato’s Alissa Carlson, a sophomore from Chanhassen, was tied for 43rd after two rounds of the NCAA Divison II Women’s Golf Championships in Palm Beach, Fla. She has shot rounds of 76 and 83 for a 10-over 159.

* Ben Boran of Bethany Lutheran was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

When the Mets released him after last season, the gritty infielder could have gone home to Florida and his unique hobby. But he had two thoughts: Quitting is not an option. And he wanted to go back to St. Paul and play for the Saints.

Bullpen tagged for three runs in the ninth, after Buxton and Castro homers.

The Twins recalled Miguel Sano from his rehab assignment …read more

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Former Wolves executive Rob Babcock dies at 66

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