MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Twins begin West Coast road trip
SAN DIEGO -- Today the Minnesota Twins begin a six-day, five-game trip out west in California which starts tonight in San Diego.
The Twins are looking for their sixth win in the last eight games and to get it they'll have to get past the Padres. Kevin Correia will go for Minnesota (1-5, 6.80 ERA) and has taken the loss in four of his last five starts. In his last start this past Wednesday, Correia allowed five runs over four innings in the 9-4 loss to Boston at Target Field. Correia pitched for San Diego from 2009-10 and is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against his former team. Ian Kennedy (2-5, 360) takes the mound for the Padres. First pitch is 9:10. p.m. (CST)
The NBA will hold it's Draft Lottery tonight in New York to determine the order of the first 14 picks for the June 26th NBA Draft. The Timberwolves are currently at the 13th spot after finishing this season 40-42. They have a 0.6 percent chance of winning the #1 overall pick and a 2.18 percent chance of winning one of the lottery's top three spots. Wolves general manager Milt Newton will represent the team on stage. The Draft Lottery will be televised on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. from the Disney/ABC Time Square Studios in New York City. The Wolves also have three second round picks in #40, #44 and #53.
Kevin Love over the weekend apparently made it clear that he's not interested in staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves beyond next season. ESPN reports that Love has informed the team that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and will not entertain the idea of a contract extension. The report says Love will not demand a trade, but his stance could force the Wolves' hand and cause them to make a deal before the February 2015 trade deadline. Love is reportedly interested in joining the Golden State Warriors or Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns are among teams that are reportedly interested in adding Love in the future.
We will know soon whether Super Bowl LI will be played in Minneapolis, Indianapolis or New Orleans. The Twin Cities Super Bowl committee will make its final 15-minute presentation to NFL owners today in Atlanta in their attempt to bring the NFL's title game to Minneapolis for just the second time. Key to the bid is the new stadium under construction now for the Vikings.
Yesterday the Minnesota Vikings signed two players that participated in this past weekend's rookie camp as veteran tryouts in linebackers Mike Zimmer and Dom DeCicco. To make room on the roster, the club has waived QB Travis Partridge and G Conor Boffeli. DeCicco signs with the Vikings as a free agent after spending time with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An undrafted free agent in 2011, DeCicco signed with the Bears after finishing his collegiate career at Pittsburgh. DeCicco appeared in 20 games with the Bears during the 2011-12 seasons and recorded 12 special teams tackles. He spent the 2013 training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 3 preseason games. Zimmer joins the Vikings after spending the 2013 training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Zimmer signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State and appeared in 4 preseason games with the Jaguars in 2013, recording 1 tackle.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers second annual Chalk Talk begins today in various spots across Minnesota. Director of Athletics Norwood Teague and a collection of Gophers coaches along with Goldy Gopher will make stops today and tomorrow and then resume the trek in early June.
Today: Willmar 11:30 a.m. - Willmar American Legion Post No. 167
Park Rapids 4:30 p.m. - Blueberry Pines Golf Course
Tomorrow: Coleraine 9:00 a.m. - Eagle Ride Golf Course
Hibbing 11:30 a.m. - Mesaba Country Club
St. Cloud 5:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suites Hotel
Minnesota senior center Tommy Olson was named to the Rimington Trophy Committee's 2014 Spring Watch List, which includes 64 of the best centers in Division I football. The athletes included on the list have demonstrated excellence at the center position in the past and are predicted to do so again in the 2014-2015 season. Olson, who moved from guard to center prior to the 2013 season, started the final four games of last season after Jon Christenson suffered a season-ending injury. Olson excelled at the center position after being named the starter and ran with the first-team unit during Minnesota's recent spring practices. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football.