MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: T-Wolves draft pick expelled from rookie program
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Shabazz Muhammad has been sent home from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program. Muhammad violated a rule by bringing a female guest to his hotel room on Tuesday night.
He will be fined for the incident and has to return next summer to complete the program with the 2014 draft class. The T'wolves selected Muhammad 14th overall in the draft out of UCLA. Team president Flip Saunders released a written statement last night saying he agreed with the punishment handed out by the NBA.
Kansas City's Alex Gordon was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to help the Royals pull out a 5-2 win over the Twins to take two of three in Missouri. Alcides Escobar added two hits and two RBIs. Greg Holland locked up his 30th save, while reliever Louis Coleman picked up his second win. Kansas City has won four of five to move to 58-53. Brian Dozier collected three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Twins. He finished a homer short of the cycle. Samuel Deduno allowed 12 hits and four runs to take the loss. Minnesota is 49-62. The Twins are off today and open a four-game, three-day series in Chicago against the White Sox tomorrow.
The Twins have recalled pitcher Liam Hendriks from Class AAA Rochester. He will start game two of a day-night doubleheader in Chicago tomorrow. Hendriks has made 14 starts for the Red Wings this season and is 3-and-8 with a 5.12 earned run average. He made two starts earlier this season for the Twins, losing one of those tilts and getting a no-decision in the other. He threw nine-and-two-thirds innings in the two contests and sported a 4.66 ERA.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx aim for an 11th straight win tonight as they host the Washington Mystics at the Target Center. Minnesota kept its winning streak alive with a 93-80 victory in San Antonio on Tuesday. The Lynx lead the WNBA at 17-3, but one of those three defeats came to Washington. The Mystics have lost four in-a-row and are 9-13 on the year.
The Minnesota Vikings practiced with Jared Allen, Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Bishop all were able to practice at training camp in Mankato yesterday. Each player had been nursing injuries throughout portions of the camp. It is unlikely that any of the three will play in tomorrow's preseason opener at home against Houston. Allen is recovering from an ankle injury that head coach Leslie Frazier says is not serious. Rhodes has a hamstring injury that Frazier says is healing, but not enough to risk in game action tomorrow. And, Bishop has been dealing with a sore groin.
The Minnesota Vikings open the organization's 53rd preseason schedule with a home game tomorrow night against the Houston Texans. This will be the 236th preseason game in the history of the franchise with the Vikes holding a 139-93-3 record in those games. Minnesota has had six undefeated preseason slates, including 1964, 1965, 1973, 1992, 1998, and 2001. Head coach Leslie Frazier is 3-5 in his previous eight exhibition games. Friday's game at the Metrodome is set to kickoff at 7 p.m.
The Chicago Bears are the latest NFL team to lose a starting player to a season-ending injury. Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the year with a torn left hamstring. Hayden posted 37 tackles and one interception while playing in all 16 games last season with the Bears, his first in Chicago. The 30-year-old University of Illinois product has recorded 359 tackles and 12 picks in 101 career games. He spent 2011 in Atlanta after playing his first six seasons in Indianapolis.
Green Bay Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga is going to have to surgery on his torn ACL after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Bulaga suffered the injury during the Packers' intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday. He will have surgery when the swelling goes down. The 24-year-old missed the final nine games including the playoffs last season due to a fracture in his left hip. Rookie David Bakhtiari will take over for Bulaga at left tackle. The Packers selected the Colorado product in the fourth round in April's NFL Draft. Bulaga played college football at the University of Iowa.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones is calling it a career after just three seasons. Jones announced Wednesday that a kidney disease is forcing him into retirement. The 25-year-old signed with the Bills in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State. He posted career-high's of 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last season. Jones notched 82 grabs for 887 yards and six scores in 35 career games. The Vikings play at Buffalo in a preseason game a week from tomorrow.
The University of Minnesota football team practiced for the sixth time during fall camp yesterday afternoon on campus. The Gophers will work out again today, then have a morning practice tomorrow followed by an afternoon scrimmage tomorrow at TCF Bank Stadium at 4:40 p.m. Saturday's scrimmage is free and open to the public. The team has Sunday off. The Golden Gophers open the regular season on Thursday, August 29th at TCF Bank Stadium with a game against Nevada-Las Vegas. Tickets for that game are on sale now.
Minnesota State-Mankato has been tabbed as the preseason favorite in the NSIC football race in a vote of league coaches. The Mavericks won the league last season. Minnesota-Duluth is picked as the North Division favorite. St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake of Princeton is the North Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. His teammate Jack Moro of Brookfield, Wisconsin is the division's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Both players are seniors. Concordia-St. Paul senior defensive end Zach Moore of Chicago is the South Division Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Sioux Falls senior receiver Carrington Hanna is the division's preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
The PGA Championship got underway this morning at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. It's the final major of the year. Tiger Woods, coming off his seven-stroke win at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational last weekend. Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship last year at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. He finished the tournament at 13-under-par, eight strokes better than David Lynn. It broke the PGA Championship record for margin of victory set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980.