MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers had a busy weekend. The two NBA clubs completed the long-awaited trade that will pair Kevin Love with LeBron James in Cleveland and give Minnesota a handful of young, talented players.
Love heads to the Cavs while the Wolves receive Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Minnesota also gets forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia, while Cleveland sends a first-round pick to Philly. The Wolves sent Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute to the Sixers, as well. Minnesota president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders says they are trying to hit "home runs" with this trade, not doubles.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx will meet the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Finals starting Friday in Phoenix. Minnesota swept San Antonio 2-0 in the first round to advance. Phoenix crushed Los Angeles twice to move on. The Mercury won three of the four meetings in the regular season. The Lynx and Mercury had to the top two records in the WNBA this season. Minnesota is the defending champion and has been to three consecutive WNBA Finals.
Detroit slugger Victor Martinez tallied three hits with a two-run homer and four runs driven in to help the Tigers to a 13-4 over the Twins at Target Field yesterday. Former Twin and current Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter totaled four RBIs, as well. Rajai Davis also went deep for Detroit, while Don Kelly chipped in two RBI as the Tigers won a second straight after losing three in-a-row. Max Scherzer threw five innings to pick up his 15th win of the season. Kyle Gibson got rocked for five runs in four-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 11-and-10 for Minnesota. Kennys Vargas went 3-for-5 and Danny Santana doubled in two runs in defeat. The Twins are off tonight and begin a series in Kansas City tomorrow evening.
The Minnesota Vikings are preparing for their preseason finale on Thursday against the Titans in Tennessee. Minnesota improved to 3-0 in exhibition play following Saturday's 30-12 victory at Kansas City. Teddy Bridgewater tossed two touchdowns in relief of Matt Cassel, who threw for 152 yards with a TD and an interception. Head coach Mike Zimmer says he likes the way his team is playing. The regular season starts September 7th at St. Louis. The Vikes have a practice slated today at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.
The St. Louis Rams will be without quarterback Sam Bradford this season. The signal-caller tore the ACL in his left knee in Saturday's preseason win over the Browns. It's the same ligament Bradford tore last season that caused him to miss nine games. The Rams will go with Shaun Hill at quarterback, but are reportedly looking into trade options as well. The Minnesota Vikings open the season by playing at St. Louis on September 7th. In other NFL injury news, the Green Bay Packers will likely be without nose tackle B.J. Raji for the entire season. Raji sustained a torn right biceps in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders. The Packers re-signed Raji this offseason to a one-year, four-million-dollar deal Center J.C. Tretter is also going to miss some time with a knee injury The Vikings play Green Bay in Wisconsin on October 2nd and in Minneapolis on November 23rd. Quarterback Cam Newton will not play this week for the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Ron Rivera says Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs. He thinks Newton will be ready to play in Week One of the regular season. Newton was making his return from offseason ankle surgery. The Vikings play host to Carolina on November 30th.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers open up the 2014 college football season on Thursday night against Eastern Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota looks to build off its 8-5 season from last year that ended with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. The Panthers went 12-2 last season out of the Ohio Valley Conference, advancing to the national semifinals of the FCS division. Kickoff on Thursday is set for 6 p.m. and there are tickets still available for the game. The Gophers will practice today. Head coach Jerry Kill says he's excited to see how his players are going to perform after a month of fall camp.
Hunter Mahan fired a six-under 65 on Sunday to capture The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Mahan withstood a bogey on the 18th to end a 48-tournament winless drought, a stretch that spanned over two years. It was the sixth victory of his career and assures him of a spot in the Tour Championship. Stuart Appleby matched Mahan's final round score and finished two shots back in a three-way tie for second. Cameron Tringale and Jason Day shared second with Appleby. Ernie Els, William McGirt and Matt Kuchar were all at 11-under and in a tie for fifth.
Former champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams are all in action on the first day of the 2014 U.S. Open today at Flushing Meadows. The top-seeded Djokovic captured his lone U.S. Open title in 2011, but has lost in the final each of the last two years. He fell to Rafael Nadal last year, but the Spaniard won't be able to defend his title due to a wrist injury. Murray, who beat Djokovic for the crown in 2012, is seeded eighth. Williams is trying to avoid a fourth straight early exit at Flushing Meadows, having lost in the second round in each of the last three years.
Scott Dixon captured victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma yesterday. It's the 35th career win for Dixon, who ties Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list. The race was held as scheduled despite a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Northern California early yesterday.
Joey Logano claimed his third Sprint Cup win this season by taking Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Logano grabbed the lead from Matt Kenseth with 45 laps to go. Brad Keselowski was second followed by Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.