MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Former U running back Barber hospitalized
MANSFIELD, Tex. - Local police are denying they had to arrest former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III. Police say the 31-year-old was taken to a local hospital on Sunday because he needed more help than they could provide. They also called it a medical issue, but declined to elaborate.
Barber played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He retired in 2011. Barber was a standout running back for the University of Minnesota. His father - Marion Barber II - was also a Golden Gopher running back who played for the New York Jets. Marion Barber III younger brother Dom was a University of Minnesota defensive back and played for the Houston Texans in the NFL.
Former Minnesota Twin A.J. Pierzynski lifted a sac-fly in the fifth as the Red Sox held on for a 1-0 win over Minnesota at Fenway Park in Boston last night. Rubby De La Rosa allowed one hit and three walks over seven innings to improve to 2-and-2 while Koji Ueha pitched the ninth for his 15th save. Boston had lost three of its previous five. Kevin Correia allowed the run over six frames and fell to 3-and-8 for Minnesota. Sam Fuld managed a double for one of three hits for the Twins, who have lost three straight. The same two teams play tonight in Beantown in a 6:10 p.m. contest.
St. Cloud Cathedral and New Life Academy won Minnesota State High School state baseball championships yesterday at Target Field. St. Cloud Cathedral scored four times in the seventh inning to rally past Fairmont 5-4 in the Class 2A title tilt. Cathedral's Steven Neutzling hit a key triple during the go-ahead rally. New Life Academy beat New York Mills 5-4 in the Class 1A championship game. The win gave New Life Academy, based in Woodbury, its first-ever state title in baseball. The Class 3A championship game between Eden Prairie and Mounds View was rained out last night and will be contested at Target Field tonight at 6 p.m.
Top-ranked Rosemount takes on No. 2 Eden Prairie in the 2014 Minnesota State High School boy's lacrosse state championship game this morning at Rosemount. The championship game has been rained out twice and was moved to Rosemount in a decision last night by state officials. Rosemount is 16-1 on the season, while Eden Prairie enters today's game with a 16-2 season record. The game will begin at 11 a.m. The Blake School won the girl's state title on Saturday.
The Minnesota Lynx play the first of back-to-back games tonight in Los Angeles against the Sparks. They will then head to Phoenix to meet the Mercury tomorrow night. Minnesota has lost two straight following Sunday's 80-72 home loss to Phoenix. The Lynx sit at 8-3 overall. The Sparks are 3-6. Tip time tonight is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Vikings start a three-day mandatory minicamp today at team headquarters in Eden Prairie. The team will practice through Thursday at Winter Park with new head coach Mike Zimmer scheduled to meet with reporters prior to today's workout. The Vikings will then be off until training camp starts at the end of next month.
Long-time North Dakota State intercollegiate athletics administrator Gene Taylor has been selected as the deputy director for the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Iowa. Taylor has worked in athletics administration for more than 28 years, including as the school's athletic director, a position he will hold until he leaves for Iowa City at the end of next month.
The United States and Germany are in the win column following their first matches of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. John Brooks scored late as the U.S. escaped with a 2-1 win over Ghana in Natal. Clint Dempsey gave the Americans a 1-0 lead after scoring 29 seconds into the match, which is the fifth fastest goal in FIFA World Cup history. The U.S. faces Portugal next on Sunday. Portugal was shut out by Germany 4-0 in the other Group G match on Monday. Tuesday's action features three games. Belgium battles Algeria, host Brazil meets Mexico and Russia faces South Korea.