NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx will win another title with star forward Seimone Augustus and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker as the top choices to earn the MVP award.
Those are among the opinions of WNBA general managers who voted in the 10th annual WNBA.com GM survey, which was released Wednesday. Minnesota was picked by 83 percent of the respondents to repeat as champions.
Parker, the 2008 rookie of the year and MVP who has been limited to 27 games the last two seasons, and Augustus each received 25 percent of the MVP vote. Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, who won the award last year, received 17 percent of the vote.
The Sparks’ Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, was the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year, claiming 92 percent.
Vikings stretch training camp to 3 weeks
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will have a longer training camp this year.
The team announced Wednesday that players will report to Minnesota State University in Mankato on July 26 and break camp three weeks later on Aug. 16. This will be the 47th straight season the Vikings train at MSU.
Specific practice dates and times have not yet been finalized, but this will be the longest training camp for the Vikings since a three-week stay in 2008.
Counting the number of days from the first to the last open-to-the-public practices, the Vikings were in Mankato for 14 days or fewer in each of the last three years. Last season, the NFL lockout cut into camp time and the Vikings were only on the field there from Aug. 1-11.
Saints take aim at Kardashian with mascots
ST. PAUL (AP) — Another Kardashian romance with Minnesota roots? Well, not exactly.
The St. Paul Saints are having some fun at the expense of hometown basketball star Kris Humphries and his brief marriage to Kim Kardashian.
The Saints playfully announced on Wednesday that their two mascot pigs are engaged and will spend the entire season at Midway Stadium in marital bliss. The pigs’ names are Kim LARdashian and Kris HAMphries.
The names were selected from more than 1,000 entries in the team’s “Name the Pig” contest.
Humphries and Kardashian are currently going through a split after 72 days of marriage. The Saints point out their season is 110 days long.
The Saints have had a pig mascot dating back to 1992. Previous names include Brat Favre, Notorious P.I.G. and, of course, Kevin Bacon.