Minnesota Sports Roundup: Harvin not happyMinnesota Sports
-- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is taking part in this week's mandatory, three-day minicamp at Winter Park, but he created waves with post-practice comments.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is taking part in this week's mandatory, three-day minicamp at Winter Park, but he created waves with post-practice comments.
He made it clear he was unhappy about something, but was very unclear about what exactly he was unhappy about. Harvin says a lot of different things have to be sorted out and that he "just hasn't been real happy lately" He says he is progressing after his offseason shoulder surgery and his unhappiness has nothing to do with that injury. Speculation is that he might not be pleased with his contract situation, but Harvin would only say there are a lot of different issues bothering him. Head coach Leslie Frazier says he'll sit down with Harvin soon to work out any problems. Day two of mini-camp is today.
Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove is speaking out after his bounty appeal hearing earlier this week. The former Saint player read a statement yesterday accusing the NFL of misleading the public and misreading evidence related to the case. Hargrove says it is not his voice in a video clip in which the league claims he tells a teammate to "give me my money" after a hit that injured Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the NFC Championship Game in 2010. Hargrove is facing an eight-game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal that allegedly offered financial rewards for targeting opposing players.
Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen belted a two-run homer and Josh Harrison added a solo shot as the Pirates pounded the Twins 7-2 last night in Pennsylvania. Clint Barmes doubled in a run as part of a three-hit game for the Bucs, who have won three in-a-row after a four-game losing streak. Harrison and McCutchen also had three hits apiece. Kevin Correia tossed five-and-a-third innings of scoreless ball to improve to 3-and-6. Denard Span's two-run homer in the seventh was all the offense for the Twins, who have dropped five-of-six. Scott Diamond allowed four runs on eight hits in five-and-a-third frames as he fell to 5-and-3. Francisco Liriano gets the nod opposite Erik Bedard in tonight's second installment.
The Minnesota Wild re-signed goaltender Josh Harding to a three-year contract today (Tues). The 28-year-old Harding had a 13-12-4 record last season with a two-point-six-two goals against average and two shutouts. Harding appeared in 34 games in 2011-2012 after missing the previous season with a knee injury. The Wild selected the Regina, Saskatchewan native in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Harding has been the back-up goalie to starter Niklas Backstrom.
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and his staff leave for Pittsburgh today to get ready for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft which will begin on Friday night there. Minnesota holds the No. 7 overall selection. Minnesota will host a draft party at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub in St. Paul on Friday.