MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Vikings rally to beat Cardinals 30-28
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes, including one with 18 seconds remaining that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 30-28 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Matt Cassel started under center for Minnesota and completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie first-round draft pick Bridgewater finished 16-for-20 for 177 and two scores in relief.
The Cardinals were leading 28-24 with 1:07 left when Bridgewater and the Vikings offense got the ball back on their own 17-yard line. Bridgewater found Rodney Smith for short gains of 10 and six yards and following a 12-yard completion to Jarius Wright, went back to Smith for 37 yards down the left sideline to the Arizona 18. Four plays later, Bridgewater hooked up with Smith for a 2-yard, go-ahead score.
Joe Banyard carried six times for 64 yards for Minnesota, while tight end Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Drew Stanton had a touchdown pass for Arizona and Jonathan Dwyer, Robert Hughes and Zach Bauman had scores on the ground.
Dwyer's 1-yard plunge made it 7-0 early on, but the Vikings countered with a short Blair Walsh field goal and Cassel's 51-yard touchdown to Rudolph to go in front 35 seconds into the second quarter. It was 21-13 in favor of the Cardinals through three quarters. Walsh kicked another short field goal to close the gap, and Allen Reisner caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater midway through the fourth to give the Vikings a brief lead. Bauman's 6-yard score with 1:11 remaining put Arizona back ahead prior to Bridgewater's comeback drive.
Kurt Suzuki had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins beat the red-hot Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Saturday. Danny Santana, Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas also knocked in one run apiece and Phil Hughes worked into the eighth inning to pick up the win, Minnesota's fourth in six games. Hughes (13-8) had six strikeouts and won his third straight start after giving up one run on seven hits and no walks. The AL Central-leading Royals entered play 14-2 in their last 16, including a 6-5 win in the opener of the three-game series on Friday. They had a five-game road winning streak snapped. Yordano Ventura (9-9) didn't allow a run until the seventh, when he gave up three. He walked six, struck out four and yielded four hits in 6 2/3 frames.
Maya Moore posted 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx used a 19-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Tulsa Shock 80-63. Seimone Augustus scored 14 points as the Lynx (25-9) snapped a three-game losing streak to become the first team in WNBA history to have at least 25 wins in four consecutive seasons. Minnesota is the No. 2 seed in the West and will host either Los Angeles or San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday. Odyssey Sims led all scorers with 31 points, but Tulsa (12-22) dropped its third straight game to end the season. The Shock went into the break ahead 43-37 due in large part to Sims's 21 first-half points. Augustus knocked down a jumper with two seconds left in the third to put Minnesota ahead 59-58 going into the last period. A basket by Janel McCarville started Minnesota's run in the fourth. After Sims hit a 3-pointer just seconds into the final quarter, Tulsa didn't score again until there was only a little more than a minute left in the game. The Lynx outscored the Shock 21-5 in the fourth quarter.