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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s biggest concern heading into the draft remains a question mark even after the Packers selected three candidates to catch passes from reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Packers added Christian Watson from North Dakota State. in the second round, Nevada’s Romeo Doubs in the fourth and Nebraska’s Samori Toure in the seventh as they try to restock wide receivers after trading All-Pro Davante Adams to the Los Vegas Raiders. Ronda, after trading deep in Deal With Lions “Certainly, we think the competition will bring out the best and the cream will rise,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Saturday. “That’s something we needed to do, and I think we did it.” The three-time defending NFC North champions will still have less proven talent in their receiving corps than almost any other Super Bowl contender. They’ll need one or two of these receivers. open rookies to contribute right away.”You always feel good right now,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “But the bottom line is you have to bring these guys in here and see what they can do. And a lot of it will be , ‘How fast can these guys get the offense back?’ “Armed with two late first-round picks, the Packers opted not to trade to get one of the best receiving prospects in this class as six wide receivers were among the top 18 picks. The Packers also didn’t follow the lead of the Philadelphia Eagles. or the Arizona Cardinals by trading a first-round pick for a veteran wide receiver. Philadelphia acquired AJ Brown from the Tennessee Titans and Arizona got Marquise Brown from the Baltimore Ravens. Instead, Green Bay upgraded its defense and took two teammates Georgia team pick in the first round, with linebacker Quay Walker ranking 22nd overall and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt ranking 28th. The Packers took Watson in the second round and UCLA offensive lineman Sean Rhyan in the third. round on Friday.On the final day of the draft, they selected Doubs (134th overall) and Wake Forest offensive lineman Zach Tom (140th) in the fourth round, South Carolina outside linebacker Kingsley Enagbare (179) in the fifth and Georgia Tech safety/linebacker Tariq Carpenter (228), Miami defensive tackle Jonathan Ford (234), Penn State offensive tackle Rasheed Walker (249) and Toure (258) in seventh. Gutekunst didn’t rule out the possibility of adding another veteran receiver to go along with free-agent acquisition Sammy Watkins, who signed with the Packers in mid-April. and if we can help our team,” Gutekunst said. “What we did in the draft wouldn’t stop us from trying to help our team at wide receiver or anywhere else.” related to the release of Za’Darius Smith, but they didn’t draft anyone at that position until they took Enagbare with the final fifth-round pick. “He’s got great length, good hands, good power in his hands,” Gutekunst said. SPECIAL TEAMS UPDATE Green Bay drafted plenty of players who can help a special teams unit that ranked worst in the league last season, according to Football Outsiders efficiency metrics. READ MORE: Jermaine Johnson and other NFL Draft prospects with Minnesota TiesWatson had 52 career kickoffs coming back and scored on two of them during his college career. Doubs scored on a punt return the first time he touched the ball for Nevada. Carpenter served in a variety of special teams roles at Georgia Tech. Gutekunst said new special teams coach Rich Bisaccia provided a lot of input. “We have to improve there, so I think we’re open to a lot of different things that maybe we wouldn’t have done in the past,” Gutekunst said. VERSATILE BLOCKERS The Packers have traditionally valued offensive linemen who can play multiple positions, but they’ve lost two players who fit that profile now that Billy Turner is with the Denver Broncos and Lucas Patrick has joined the group. Chicago Bears. But they found guys who could pick up the slack. Rhyan was a left tackle at UCLA but he could also play guard. Tom played left and center tackle at Wake Forest. “I’m comfortable playing any position on the offensive line, so I’m ready to play wherever they put me and go from there,” Tom said. PERSONAL CONNECTIONS Watson’s father, Tim Watson, was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round in 1993 but never played for Green Bay during an NFL career that included stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles. Ford says he went to high school with the Packers’ defensive tackle. TJ Slaton. Doubs said his mother is a longtime Packers fan. “I thought it would be so surreal for me to play for a team that my mother has always supported,” Doubs said. “Jerseys, shirts, caps, the whole nine, man.” MAKING MOVES The Packers opened this draft with two second-round picks at No. 53 and No. 59, but traded both for the chance to take Watson at No. 34 on Friday. They went the other direction on Saturday. The Packers dropped eight spots in the fifth round to earn a seventh-round pick in No. 234 that they used at Ford. MORE NEWS: Vikings Draft Party returns to US Bank Stadium ( © Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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