MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Vikings' Joseph shot in calf in Minneapolis nightclub
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was struck in the calf by a stray bullet while at a downtown Minneapolis bar following the team's preseason game on Friday.
The Vikings announced that Joseph sustained only minor injuries from the incident, which took place at the 400 SoundBar club after the team's 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders. The offseason acquisition was released from a local hospital shortly after receiving treatment and is expected to rejoin the team later this week. According to the MInneapolis Star-Tribune, multiple people were wounded -- two seriously -- by an unknown gunman that fired several shots around 1:50 a.m. CT on Saturday morning Joseph signed a five-year, $31.5 million contract with the Vikings in March after spending four seasons with the New York Giants. The 25-year-old produced nine sacks while starting 46 games for New York over the last three seasons and was a member of the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI champion team in 2011.
Diana Taurasi hit the go-ahead jumper to counter Maya Moore's game-tying shot, and the Phoenix Mercury held on for an 82-80 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday night. Brittney Griner's dramatic block of Lindsay Whalen's reverse layup attempt at the buzzer sealed the outcome and ended Minnesota's 11-game winning streak one victory short of a franchise record. The playoff-bound teams -- 26-4 Phoenix leads Minnesota by 2 1/2 games in the Western Conference -- played for the fourth time this season and the Mercury came away with their third win. Taurasi had 24 points a day after signing an extension and Phoenix extended its franchise-best home winning streak to 14 games. Griner added 19 points and 11 rebounds and DeWanna Bonner scored 16. Moore poured in 30 points, the last two on a tough runner in the lane with 7.7 left that she got to drop despite considerable contact near the foul line. Taurasi's eventual winner came from the high left side with 2.4 seconds left. The Lynx had already beaten the Mercury during their streak -- a victory on July 31 that snapped Phoenix's own 16-game win streak.
_________________________Derek Norris hit a three-run homer, Stephen Vogt added a two-run blast and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Saturday night. The MLB-leading A's have won the first three games of the four-game series and five of their last six overall. Jeff Samardzija (3-1) gave up seven hits and two walks in six innings but allowed just two runs and struck out five to earn the win. The A's are 6-1 in the right-hander's starts since acquiring him from the Cubs last month. Trevor May (0-1) pitched just two innings in his major-league debut, giving up seven walks, three hits and four runs. The 24-year-old right-handed prospect threw 63 pitches, including just 28 strikes, and the Twins dropped their fourth straight. Brian Dozier hit a one-out double off Samardzija in the first and scored on Trevor Plouffe's single to give Minnesota its only lead. The Twins lost despite outhitting the A's 12-10. In the eighth, Jordan Schafer hit an RBI-double and Dozier added a sacrifice fly for Minnesota's last two runs.