MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Twins top Royals 3-1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota right-hander Samuel Deduno pitched seven strong inning to lead the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Royals at Target Field last night.
It was the first of four games between the two teams. Deduno allowed one run and five hits as he jumped to 4-and-2. Justin Morneau was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Minnesota had lost four of its previous five games. Salvador Perez accounted for the only Kansas City run with a homer. Jeremy Guthrie took the loss giving up two earned runs, three overall, in six-and-one-third innings. The Royals are 2-6 in their last eight games. Tonight's game is set to start at 7:10 p.m.
The Minnesota Lynx are back in action tonight as they host the Los Angeles Sparks at Target Center. The Lynx are coming off an 88-79 win over the Tulsa Shock last Sunday. Minnesota sits at 6-2 on the season. LA is 5-2.
The MInnesota Vikings officially signed linebacker Desmond Bishop on Thursday and released linebacker Stanford Keglar. Bishop was released by the Green Bay Packers last week. He missed all of last year with a hamstring injury after posting back-to-back 100-tackle seasons. The 28-year-old spent his first six years with the Packers, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2007 out of California.
The Minnesota Wild do not have a first round pick in this Sunday's NHL Entry Draft, set to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. They will chose 46th overall in the second round and have eight picks total, including two third rounders. The Colorado Avalanche have the first overall pick, while Florida holds the second overall pick, followed by Tampa Bay, Nashville and Carolina.
The parade for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take off from the United Center at 10:30 a.m. this morning. Eden Prairie native Nick Leddy is a member of the title team and will be on the parade route, as will team captain Jonathan Toews, who played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. City officials estimate almost two million people attended the team's 2010 Stanley Cup celebration.
NASCAR heads to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night. Brad Keselowski is the defending champion at this event. Jimmie Johnson currently holds a 25-point lead on Carl Edwards in the Chase. Clint Bowyer is third, followed by Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth. Keselowski is ninth in the standings.
Longtime college basketball announcer Bill Raftery is leaving ESPN for Fox Sports 1. Raftery will call Big East games on the new network with Gus Johnson. He has worked games on ESPN for years, primarily on the all-sports network's Big Monday telecasts. Raftery will also continue to call games for CBS, which has done for more than two decades. Fox Sports 1 is set to launch on August 17th.