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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Lynx stay perfect with win over Tulsa

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TULSA - (SportsNetwork.com) - Maya Moore scored a career-high 38 points to go along with 13 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx spoiled the Tulsa Shock's home opener with a 94-93 win on Friday.

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Seimone Augustus added 23 points, while Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and five assists for the defending WNBA champion Lynx. Skylar Diggins finished with 21 points and five assists to lead Tulsa, while six other Shock players scored in double digits. The Lynx led 35-21 after one quarter and took a 60-48 lead into the break. They carried a big lead deep into the third before the Shock battled back. Tulsa went on an 11-2 run that started at the end of the third and carried over into the fourth to pull within two with 7:41 to play. The Shock took their first lead of the game with 3:51 to go on an Odyssey Sims layup. Diggins made it 93-90 with just over a minute to go. Janel McCarville drained a 15-foot jumper with 46 seconds left and Moore's free throws gave Minnesota a one-point advantage with just 11.8 seconds left to play. Diggins missed a three-pointer in the final seconds as Minnesota held on.

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Pablo Sandoval scorched a three-run homer in the first inning to fuel the San Francisco Giants' 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series Friday at AT&T Park. Brandon Hicks hit a solo homer and finished with two RBI, while Hunter Pence plated a run and scored once for the Giants, who have won three of their last four games. Joe Mauer registered two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who had won two straight and five of their last six games. Kyle Gibson (4-4) gave up five runs on five hits with four strikeouts over five frames to absorb the loss.

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Both St. Thomas baseball and softball teams were winners in their respecitve NCAA Division III College World Series tournaments yesterday. The Tommy softball team downed the SUNY-Rochester 9-1 in Tyler, Texas while the baseball teams shutout Linfield, Ore. 10-0 in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Tommy softball team plays Montclair, N.J. State later this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the winners bracket while the St. Thomas baseball team takes on Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) at 5:30 p.m. at Fox Cities Stadium.

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The University of Minnesota softball team takes on the Oregon Ducks today in game one of their best-of-three NCAA Super Regional softball series in Eugene.  The Gophers knocked off Auburn in regional play to advance.  The top-ranked Ducks beat Wisconsin to move on.  The winner will advance to the Women's College World Series next week.  Minnesota catcher Taylor LeMay says this is a great opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream for most of the players on the Gopher roster.

Here is the weekend schedule in the NCAA Division I Softball Super Regional involving the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon:

Game One (Saturday):  Minnesota at Oregon, 9 p.m. Game Two (Sunday):  Minnesota at Oregon, 4 p.m. Game Three (Sunday):  Minnesota at Oregon, if necessary, 7 p.m.

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Minnesota's two U.S. senators are among the 50 Senate Democrats calling on the NFL to change the name of the Washington Redskins.  Sen. Al Franken (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Plymouth) signed the letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to remove what they say is a racial slur.  Klobuchar says we are proud of our tribal heritage in Minnesota and that particular name is not the kind of name you want on your team.  The NFL claims the intent of the Redskins' name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image.  Klobuchar says she's worked really well with the NFL on combating sex trafficking and the league just awarded Minnesota the Super Bowl in 2018. 

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Good news for Minnesota and other Midwest states  --  DNA testing of fish eggs found in the northern sections of the Upper Mississippi River reveals that the eggs and larvae are not from Asian carp. The tested eggs belong to a native North American species in the same family as carp, but not the Asian carp species that has invaded rivers and streams in the Chicago region. In March, the U.S. Geological Survey said it found evidence that Asian carp had spread to Mississippi River waters in Iowa and Wisconsin.

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The 98th running of the Indy 500 takes place Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Ed Carpenter is on the pole for the second straight year.  His four-lap average of more than 231-miles-per-hour was best among the nine fastest qualifiers last Sunday.  Carpenter says he was fairly confident he could win the pole again.  Carpenter beat out James Hinchcliffe on his final lap.  Hinchcliffe will start second, with Will Power also on the front row.  Helio Castroneves was fourth and will be on the second row with Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti.  Tony Kanaan won last year's Indy 500.

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