MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Love reportedly on his way to Cleveland
CLEVELAND - Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love is reportedly set to join superstar LeBron James in Cleveland. Yahoo Sports reports Minnesota will trade Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.
Love will reportedly sign a five-year, $120-million contract extension with the Cavs. The trade cannot be finalized until August 23rd due to league rules. It's expected the blockbuster trade will vault the Cavaliers to front-runner status to win an NBA championship. Wiggins was the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft. The deal had been rumored to be in the works for weeks.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx ran their winning streak to 11 straight games with a 74-64 victory over the Chicago Sky last night at the Target Center Maya Moore led the way with 17 points for Minnesota, which improved to 24-and-6 on the year. Minnesota scored the game's final 11 points to secure the victory. The Lynx are now headed to Phoenix to play the WNBA-leading Mercury tomorrow. That game tips off at 9 p.m.
Oakland left-hander Jon Lester fanned eight batters in a complete game shutout to lead the A's to a 3-0 win over the Twins last night in Oakland. Lester surrendered just three hits as he picked up his second win since being traded to Oakland, and he improved to 12-7 on the season. Stephen Vogt blasted a two-run shot, and Derek Norris doubled in a run for the A's, who have won three of four. Yohan Pino gave up all three runs in five-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 1-4 on the season for Minnesota, which has lost two straight since winning three in-a-row. Oswaldo Arcia and Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-3 in the team's three-hit effort. The same two teams play tonight in Oakland.
The Minnesota Vikings open up preseason play tonight against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota defensive end Brian Robison says it is nice to get the exhibition season started because that makes training camp seem to move by faster. The team will have tomorrow off before resuming training camp on Sunday. The Vikings will play four exhibition games in all with the regular season opener set for September 7th at St. Louis. Tonight's kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Oakland Raiders made a couple roster moves prior to leaving for Minneapolis yesterday. Oakland signed kicker Kevin Goessling and waived kicker/punter Michael Palardy with a non-football illness designation.
The controversial nickname for the Washington NFL franchise - the Redskins - may disappear when that club visits Minnesota this season. The Vikings are playing their home games at the University of Minnesota while a new stadium is built for them and school officials say they'll attempt to keep the name, Redskins, off any "promotional and game date materials." The teams meet November 2nd.
The University of Minnesota football team will practice this afternoon on campus as fall camp continues. Jerry Kill's team will have two workouts tomorrow, including a scrimmage at TCF Stadium at 4:40 p.m. That scrimmage is open to the public. The Golden Gophers are preparing for their season opener, which is set for August 28th against Eastern Illinois in Minneapolis.
The NCAA is giving the five power conferences approval to make some of their own rules. The Division One Board of Directors has voted to allow the Big Ten, SEC, Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC the ability to provide more benefits to student-athletes regarding scholarships and the full cost of attending school. Those conferences would also be able to make some of their own decisions regarding recruiting rules. The proposal can be nullified if at least 75 schools outside those conferences are against it. In a written statement yesterday, University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague applauded the change.
There is a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the first round of the PGA Championship. Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer each shot a six-under 65 yesterday. Rory McIlroy is among a group of golfers one-shot back. Phil Mickelson opened with a two-under 69 to sit in a tie for 20th. Tiger Woods struggled to a three-over 74. Round two gets underway today.
The Sprint Cup Series continues this weekend with the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen from Watkins Glen International in New York. Jeff Gordon currently leads the standings by 27 points over teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr Brad Keselowski sits at third in the standings with Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.