MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Lynx in rare slump, lose again
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Liz Cambage had 27 points and eight rebounds and the Tulsa Shock defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 83-77, on Friday at Target Center.
Nicole Powell, Angel Goodrich, Candice Wiggins and Skylar Diggins scored 11 points apiece for the Shock, who snapped a three-game losing streak and have won their first road game since July 17 against the Storm. Seimone Augustus scored a game-high 29 points and Maya Moore added 14 for the Lynx, who have lost three straight after a 10-game winning streak. Down 68-58 entering the fourth quarter, the Lynx rallied to come within three, 80-77, with just 18.5 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Moore missed two 3-pointers while Cambage and Wiggins sealed the deal by sinking three free throws.
Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn each homered in the third inning and Jose Quintana pitched into the seventh to help the White Sox snap a 10-game road skid with a 5-2 triumph over the Minnesota Twins. Dayan Viciedo had two hits and a pair of RBI for the White Sox, who won for the first time on the road since July 13 at Philadelphia. Quintana (7-4) allowed six hits and two runs, and struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings to move to 3-0 on the road in 12 such starts this season. Kevin Correia (8-9) surrendered nine hits and five runs -- four earned -- over 7 1/3 innings to lose for the third time in four decisions. Joe Mauer homered for the Twins, who lost for the third time in four contests.
The Buffalo Bills topped the Minnesota Vikings, 20-16, in the second preseason game for both teams in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Florida State product and first quarterback taken in the draft, E.J. Manuel, was 10-of-12 for 92 yards with a score over three series for the Bills, who selected the dual-threat with the 16th overall selection. Manuel was a perfect 6-of-6 on his initial drive to start the third quarter, which resulted in a score when he flipped a 4-yard TD pass to Brad Smith and gave the Bills a comfortable 20-3 advantage. In his first NFL test against the Colts last week, Manuel was 16-of-21 for 107 yards in Buffalo's 44-20 triumph. Jerry Hughes, filling in for defensive end Mario Williams who was held out due to soreness, registered two sacks and forced a fumble. C.J. Spiller carried the ball seven times for 27 yards in the triumph. Christian Ponder was 5-of-12 for a mere 53 yards in limited action for Minnesota, which finished 10-6 last season and fell to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card round. Adrian Peterson again didn't play for the Vikes. He's been rested so far during the preseason. A Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal got Minnesota on the board with five seconds left in the opening frame, but the Bills tallied 13 points in the second. Jamie Blatnick recovered a Matt Cassel fumble in the end zone for a score midway through the stanza and two more field goals in the period gave Buffalo a 13-3 edge. After Manuel led Buffalo down the field to start the third, Minnesota third- string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson tossed a TD pass in the fourth quarter. The other score came on a one-yard run by Joe Banyard.