Minnesota Sports Briefs: T-Wolves host draft prospect workouts
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves will host another set of workouts today featuring some high-end NBA draft prospects.
At least six more former college stars will practice in front of Minnesota's scouts and front office, as well as in front of several other representatives from other NBA teams. Among those slated to take part in today's drills are Michigan's Tim Hardaway Junior, Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Cal's Allen Crabbe, and Creighton's Gregory Echenique. Former Golden Gopher forward Rodney Williams of Minneapolis worked out with a group of players yesterday at the Target Center. Minnesota holds the No. 9 and No. 26 overall choices in the first round of next month's NBA Draft.
The Minnesota State-Mankato baseball team will play St. Edwards (TX) tonight at the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series in Cary, North Carolina. St. Edwards beat Grand Canyon (AZ) last night 9-5 to advance to this evening's game against MSU. St. Edwards is coming out of the loser's bracket, so a Minnesota State-Mankato win tonight would eliminate St. Edwards and put the Mavericks into the title game. If MSU loses, it would then need to win an additional game to advance to the championship game, while also knowing a loss would knock the Mavs out of the tourney. Tonight's game is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says he is thrilled that almost every player on his team is taking part in the voluntary Organized Team Activities at Winter Park this week. Only Jared Allen is missing the workouts and he's traditionally missed the OTA's in favor of working out with his personal trainer in the offseason. Frazier says he's appreciative that his players are so committed, and he says it starts at the top with the league MVP Adrian Peterson, who is working at 100-percent during these OTA's. Today is the final day this week, with seven more days of workouts coming next month in Eden Prairie. The Vikings open the exhibition season on August 9th with a home game against Houston at the Metrodome.
The Chicago Blackhawks are the final team into the conference finals after they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime last night in Game Seven of the Western Conference semifinals. The Blackhawks will match up with the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Chicago will host Game One. In the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Boston Bruins for Game One. Both games of the best-of-seven series are on Saturday. The winners will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.
The last attempt to save the Fighting Sioux nickname at the University of North Dakota is over. A federal court upheld a lower court's ruling Wednesday, which said the Spirit Lake Tribe didn't have any grounds to sue the NCAA. The suit was filed in an attempt to show the collegiate organization was trying to get rid of the Sioux culture. The NCAA and the school had been at odds over the use of the name, which was eventually allowed to be retired recently.
Former AWA wrestling star "Rock-N'-Roll" Buck Zumhofe has been jailed on 12 counts of criminal sexual conduct, accused of forcing a female relative into sex repeatedly over a period of 12 years. The 62-year-old, whose legal name is Eugene Zumhofe, was active in pro wrestling in the 80's and 90's, and Kandiyohi County prosecutors say he met the victim in 1998 and began having sex with her the next year, when she was 15. The victim says the alleged abuse ended in 2011 and now, at age 29, came forward after seeking therapy and medical care. She alleges more than 1,800 instances of sexual abuse occurred during that time. Zumhofe served a 36-month prison sentence after he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Carver County in 1989. The former wrestler is in the Kandiyohi County Jail and due in court again June 10.
Minneapolis-St.Paul is the healthiest, fittest metropolitan area in the U.S. for the third straight year, according to the annual American Fitness Index. The American College of Sports Medicine ranks the top 50 metro areas for things like smoking, exercise, health care and availability of parks and recreation facilities. The Twin Cities metro was followed by Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Denver, Colorado.
The Belgium men's national soccer team scored three times in the second half to drop the U.S. national team 4-2 in Cleveland. Geoff Cameron scored in the 22nd minute to tie the game at one for the Americans. Clint Dempsey hit a penalty kick in the 80th minute. The U.S. is back on the pitch for another friendly on Sunday in Washington, D.C. against Germany.