MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Gopher-Hawkeye match-up big for both teams
MINNEAPOLIS -The University of Minnesota football team will put their unbeaten record on the line Saturday afternoon when the University of Iowa Hawkeyes pay a visit to TCF Bank Stadium in what marks the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. The game is sold out but will be broadcast on ABC at 2:30 p.m.
Iowa has rebounded from a disappointing season-opening home loss to Northern Illinois by winning three straight games. This past Saturday, the Hawkeyes turned in their most thorough performance on both sides of the ball as they toppled Western Michigan, 59-3. The 59 points are the most in a single game for the Hawkeyes since 2002. Minnesota is 3-0 at home so far this season, and Saturday's game will be the team's Homecoming. The Golden Gophers were also in action this past weekend as they took down San Jose State, 43-24. Following this tilt, they'll hit the road for two straight games against Michigan and Northwestern. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 61-43-2, although Iowa claimed a 31-13 victory in last year's meeting to take home the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy. The trophy has gone to the annual winner of this game since 1935.
Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Cleveland Indians took a 12-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The win moved the Indians into a tie with the Rays for the top wild card spot, as Tampa lost to Toronto on Friday. Drew Stubbs hit a two-run home run and scored three times, while Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Indians, who have won eight games in a row. Corey Kluber (11-5) gave up all six runs along with 10 hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings. Pedro Florimon hit a two-run home run and drove in three for the Twins, who have dropped four straight and eight of nine. Pedro Hernandez (3-3) gave up six runs on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. The Twins and Indians play at Target Field today starting at 12:05 p.m.
Jaroslav Halak made 18 stops and St. Louis tallied four times in the third period en route to a 4-1 decision over Minnesota in preseason action. T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, David Backes and Chris Stewart lit the lamp for the Blues in a span of less than eight minutes to turn a one-goal deficit around. St. Louis must wait until Thursday to open up their 2013-14 schedule by hosting Nashville. Jared Spurgeon provided the sole offense, while Johan Gustafsson allowed all four scores on 11 shots in the third to take the loss. Josh Harding stopped all 15 shots he faced through two periods in the start for Minnesota. The Wild are also resting until Thursday's season opener at home against Los Angeles.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger has cartilage damage to his left knee and will visit noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week. Budinger re-signed with Minnesota in July after spending an injury-filled first season with the Timberwolves. He tore meniscus in his left knee early last season and underwent surgery in November, returning in March to play a total of 23 games. The 25-year-old Arizona product averaged 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds last season. He was acquired from Houston just prior to the 2012 NBA Draft and owns career averages of 9.4 points with 3.4 rebounds in 233 games for the Rockets and Timberwolves.