MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Twins win first home game of season
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Colabello knocked in three runs, Kurt Suzuki drove in two and the Minnesota Twins pounded Bruce Chen and the Kansas City Royals en route to a 10-1 victory on Friday.
Josmil Pinto added a solo homer and Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Minnesota, which scored 10 runs for the third time already this season. The Twins stopped a nine-game skid at home dating back to last year after being swept by the Athletics in their first series at Target Field, and they and were playing a Royals team that had won seven straight there. Kyle Gibson (2-0) made sure those streaks came to an end by limiting Kansas City to one run on five hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings. Chen (0-1), meanwhile, did not make it out of the fourth and was charged with six runs on seven hits for the Royals, who were coming off a 4-2 homestand.
Corey Brewer poured in a franchise- record tying 51 points, but it was Gorgui Dieng's game-winning basket with 4.6 seconds left that lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday. Brewer's breakaway slam put Minnesota ahead 103-98 with 3:05 remaining, but Jeremy Lin nailed a 3-pointer and Chandler Parsons stole a Luc Mbah a Moute pass and jammed it to tie the game at 103-103 with 2:04 to go. Brewer made a pair of free throws to cap his scoring outburst and Dieng knocked down a jumper for a four-point lead with 37.9 seconds left, but Harden cut the deficit to two with a layup 11.4 seconds later. Ricky Rubio split a pair from the line for a 108-105 lead. On the other end, Parsons drove in from the wing for a dunk to make it a one-point game. Rubio's free throws stretched the Wolves lead to three points, but Harden buried a 3- pointer with 17.3 seconds remaining to tie the game. Rubio took the inbounds pass and dribbled the clock down before driving to the hoop and kicking it to Dieng in the lane. The rookie mishandled the pass, but grabbed the loose ball and hit an off-balance jumper for the go-ahead basket. The Rockets were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded.
The University of Minnesota men's hockey team will play for national championship No. 6 this evening in Philadelphia against a Union College squad which has never won national championship. In fact the Dutchmen are playing in their very first national title game. However, Union has been one of the best teams in the country along with Minnesota. going into the tournament ranked No. 1 with a 31-6-4 overall record. The Gophers are 28-6-6 and are looking for its first title since 2003. Face-off for tonight's game is at 6:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. The Golden Gophers advanced on a game-winning goal by Justin Holl with 0.6 seconds against North Dakota while Union topped Boston College 5-4 in the other national semifinal. Union is 15-0-1 in their last 16 games.
The University of Minnesota spring football game will take place today at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis beginning at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. The stadium doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The Gophers will hold an alumni flag football game at 1 p.m. The current team will take the field at 2 p.m. for warmups. Following the spring game, players will sign autographs on the field.