MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Vikings complete draft with six late round picks
NEW YORK CITY - The Minnesota Vikings concluded the 2014 NFL Draft with a very busy sixth and seventh rounds Saturday.
The Vikings took six players in the final two rounds of the draft. The players they chose were as follows: David Yankey, a 6-5, 315-pound guard from Stanford, Antone Exum, a 6-0, 213-pound safety from Virginia Tech; Kendall James, a 5-10, 180-pound cornerback from Maine; Shamar Stephen, a 6-5, 313-pound defensive tackles from Connecticut; Brandon Watts, a 6-2, 235-pound linebacker from Georgia Tech and Jabari Price, a 6-0, 200-pound cornerback from North Carolina.
The Minnesota Wild entered this Western Conference semifinal battle as considerable underdogs to the Chicago Blackhawks, but they have a chance to grab a series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champions in Sunday's Game 5 showdown in the Windy City. The face-off is at 8 p.m. in the United Center. Minnesota dropped the first two tests of this best-of-seven set at Chicago's United Center and was outscored by a combined 9-3 margin in those setbacks. However, the Wild righted themselves at home by taking Game 3 by a 4-0 count before knotting the series at two games apiece with Friday's 4-2 triumph at Xcel Energy Center. In order to grab their first lead of the series, however, the Wild will have to be the first team to beat Chicago on home ice in this postseason. The Blackhawks, winners of two Cup titles in the previous four years, are 5-0 at the United Center in the 2014 playoffs and boast a 16-2 record at home since the start of last spring's postseason. Chicago will aim for a seventh consecutive home playoff victory on Sunday night. Minnesota is just 1-5 as the road team in the 2014 playoffs, with its lone away victory coming in Game 7 of the opening round against Colorado. The Wild are 2-15 over their past 17 road tilts in the postseason.
The University of Minnesota softball team upset No. 6 Michigan 3-2 to win the Big Ten Conference Tournament Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Sam Macken hit a walk-off single in bottom of the seventh to give the Golden Gophers their first tournament title since 1999. The Gophers shutout Ohio State 9-0 in five innings earlier in the day in the semifinals. Minnesota now has the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez each clubbed three-run homers as the Detroit Tigers downed the Minnesota Twins, 9-3, in the middle contest of a three-game set Saturday at Comerica Park. Cabrera's blast came during Detroit's six-run second inning, while Martinez smashed his eighth homer of the season with two men aboard in the seventh to provide the bullpen with some breathing room. Detroit starter Max Scherzer (5-1) struck out six and surrendered three runs on five hits and four walks over six innings to pick up the win. Brian Dozier drilled a three-run homer for the Twins, who have dropped four of their last five games. Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson (3-3) was tagged for six runs on seven hits and a walk in just two innings to absorb the loss.