MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Moore earns record fourth straight Player of the Week award
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the WNBA-record fourth straight time.
Moore earned the award for a fifth time this season and 10th in her career after scoring 60 combined points in wins over Phoenix and Tulsa. She is averaging a league-best 24.7-points this season. She scored 40 points in Saturday's win over Tulsa. The Lynx are at Indiana tonight for a 6 p.m. game.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed safety Chris Crocker and waived defensive end Rakim Cox. Crocker spent the last six seasons in Cincinnati playing for now Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. The 34-year-old has 15 interceptions and 14-and-a-half sacks in 151 career games. The Minnesota Vikings continue practice at training camp today in Mankato. The Vikes were off Sunday and returned to the practice field yesterday. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is in his second season with the team and says he's turned the page from a rookie season that saw him get limited playing time. He says "last year was last year" and he's ready for this fall. Minnesota plays host to the Oakland Raiders on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium to open preseason play. Friday's game kicks off at 7 p.m.
The Green Pay Packers are welcoming former quarterback Brett Favre into the team's Hall of Fame. Favre's induction will take place in 2015. The Packers will also hold a ceremony to unveil Favre's name and number on the north end stadium facade of Lambeau Field. Favre played for the Jets in 2008 and for the rival Vikings in 2009 and 2010. Some Packer fans were bitter with Favre for leaving Green Bay, but Favre said yesterday he isn't concerned about those fans. He says wants to be remembered as a Packer. Favre spent 16 of his 20 NFL seasons in Green Bay, winning a Super Bowl in January 1997. He was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection and holds many NFL records, including most career touchdown passes, passing yards and pass completions.
Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman of Minneapolis has avoided a serious hand injury. Hageman told reporters he had suffered a hairline wrist fracture before getting an X-ray. However, the X-ray revealed that he did not have a fracture, but a bone bruise. He injured the hand after getting into a scuffle during practice. Offensive tackle Terren Jones suffered a concussion during the same practice. Hageman was a standout defensive tackle for the University of Minnesota and a second-round draft choice Atlanta in last spring's NFL Draft.
The University of Minnesota football team continues its fall camp in preparation for the August 28th season opener against Eastern Illinois. Golden Gopher offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover says starting quarterback Mitch Leidner cannot get caught up trying to do too much in practice. Limegrover says Leidner is walking the fine line between trying to be mistake-free, while at the same time taking some necessary risks to advance the offense. The Gophers have an afternoon practice slated for today, which is open to the public at the team's on-campus football practice complex.
The leading rusher for the University of Minnesota-Duluth's football team is in stable condition after being stabbed in a fight. Police say Austin Sikorski got into the altercation early Saturday on W. Superior St. in Duluth. He was stabbed in the lower right part of his stomach. It is not known what caused the fight. No arrests have been made but authorities say they have a person of interest.
The Minnesota Twins return home for a brief two-game series with the San Diego Padres starting tonight at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. Both teams were off yesterday and turning in victories on Sunday. Phil Hughes gets the ball tonight for the Twins. He is 10-8 with a 4.12 earned run average in 22 starts. The Padres will counter with right-hander Jesse Hahn, who is 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA. The Twins will start a seven-game road trip to Oakland and Houston after this two-game set at home.
Tiger Woods still isn't sure if he'll tee it up at the PGA Championship from Valhalla later this week. Woods has postponed a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning and agent Mark Steinberg says a decision may not come until Wednesday. Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday with a lower back issue. He missed several months earlier this year after back surgery. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says Woods' latest injury "doesn't bode well" for him earning a spot on the team.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is heading for a road course this week. Drivers will make left and right turns during the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen from Watkins Glen International in New York. Jeff Gordon currently leads the standings by 24 points over teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt won last week's race in Pennsylvania.