MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Vikings win final game in Metrodome
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota rookie Cordarrelle Patterson sandwiched 13 Detroit points with a pair of touchdowns as the Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13 in the final NFL game ever at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. \
Patterson had a 50-yard run in the first quarter and an eight-yard reception six minutes into the fourth quarter to put Minnesota up for good. Matt Cassel threw for 189 yards with the TD and a pick for the Vikings, who finish the season at 5-10-1. Matt Asiata ran for 115 yards on 14 carries in the win. Matthew Stafford threw for 217 yards and a touchdown for Detroit, which closes the year at 7-and-9 after starting 6-and-3. Reggie Bush had five catches for 33 yards and a TD in defeat.
It's Black Monday for many NFL coaches. Today is the day that a number of leading men are fired following yesterday's conclusion of the regular season. One national report indicates Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is in serious jeopardy of losing his job. Jay Glazer, who reports for CBS and FOX, indicated yesterday he expects Frazier to be let go today. Detroit's Jim Schwartz, Washington's Mike Shanahan and Tennessee's Mike Munchak are all rumored to be at risk of being fired, as well. Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski was canned last night.
You can own a piece of Minnesota sports history by purchasing seats from the Metrodome. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will sell around 20,000 of the blue plastic seats from the dome, and fans can order a specific seat from the stadium for $85.70 each. If you just want a seat and don't care from what part of the stadium, it will cost a little over $64, while nonprofits can purchase seats for 40-dollars each. The Twins and Gophers moved out a few years ago, and the Vikings will open a new billion-dollar stadium in 2016.
St. Paul native Kyle Okposo returned to his home town to score twice in a three-goal third period for the Islanders in a 5-4 win over the Wild from the Xcel Energy Center. Okposo, a former Gopher standout, added an assist while Thomas Hickey had a goal and two helpers. Former Wild player Cal Clutterbuck also scored for New York while Kevin Poulin made 33 saves as the Isles won their third in five games. Nino Niederreiter had a goal and assist for Minnesota while Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin and Justin Fontaine all scored for Minnesota, which blew a 3-0 lead in the contest Josh Harding stopped 26 shots as the Wild lost their fifth straight. Minnesota hosts St. Louis tomorrow night in St. Paul.
University of Minnesota freshman Hudson Fasching of Burnsville scored a goal in Team USA's 8-0 preliminary round win over Germany yesterday at the World Juniors in Malmo, Sweden. The Americans are now 3-0 in pool play and will take on Canada tomorrow morning in the final preliminary game. Quarterfinal round action begins on Thursday. The USA is coached by Golden Gopher bench boss Don Lucia and the American team is assisted by St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team received 25 points and 16 rebounds from freshman Amanda Zahui of Stockholm, Sweden and cruised to a 79-43 win over Oakland of Michigan yesterday at Williams Arena. Zahui connected on 11 of 15 of her shots and also registered four block shots, three steals and two assists. Minnesota is now 11-3 on the season and will begin Big Ten play on Saturday at home against Michigan State.
Gametime for Sunday's basketball game between Minnesota and Purdue at Williams Arena has been set for 1:30 p.m. The Big Ten Conference was waiting until NFL Playoff pairings and schedules were announced to set the start times for the men's basketball games on the same weekend. There are tickets still remaining for the Gophers-Boilermakers game at the Barn.
The Minnesota Timberwolves open up a three-game homestand tonight against the Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center. Minnesota will also host New Orleans and Oklahoma City on the stand. The T'wolves have won two in-a-row following Saturday's 117-95 win at Milwaukee and are now back at .500 at 15-15. The Mavs are 17-13.