MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Vikings win preseason opener
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Teddy Bridgewater was 6-of-13 for 49 yards in his NFL preseason debut as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Oakland Raiders, 10-6, in the exhibition opener for both teams on Friday at TC F Stadium.
The rookie Bridgewater, who was selected with the last pick of the first round, did not start the game but did see reps with the starters. He took over for Matt Cassel after he led the Vikings to their lone touchdown drive on his only series of the game. Cassel finished 5-of-6 for 62 yards, while Cordarrelle Patterson caught three passes for 38 yards for Minnesota, which went 5-10-1 a year ago. Offseason quarterback acquisition Matt Schaub went 3-of-7 for 21 yards and free-agent running back pickup Maurice-Jones Drew registered 10 yards rushing on two carries and hauled in two passes for 14 yards for the Raiders. Matt Asiata plunged in for a 1-yard TD run to cap Minnesota's opening 10-play, 70-yard march and Blair Walsh's 30-yard field goal finished off the Vikings' ensuing series to make it 10-0. Matt McGloin ran in for a 10-yard score in the closing minutes of the fourth to cap the scoring. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.
Coco Crisp hit a three-run triple and the Oakland Athletics held off the Minnesota Twins for a 6-5 victory in the second tilt of a four-game set on Friday in Oakland. Eric Sogard had a two-run double and Stephen Vogt scored twice for Oakland, which has won 11 straight games against Minnesota. Scott Kazmir (13-4) earned the win despite allowing five runs with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work. Chris Parmelee hit a two-run double and Kennys Vargas finished 2-for-4 for the Twins, who have dropped three straight. Kyle Gibson (10-9) gave up six runs -- five earned -- on five hits and five walks over five-plus frames in defeat. Crisp ripped a bases-clearing triple to deep center to get the A's on the board. Crisp later scored on catcher Kurt Suzuki's passed ball for a 4-0 lead. The A's tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Josh Reddick started the frame with a walk and Vogt singled. Anthony Swarzek took the mound and both runners moved up on Fuld's groundout. Sogard's liner to right landed for a two-run double. Minnesota countered with five runs in the seventh. Danny Santana singled and Brian Dozier walked before Trevor Plouffe and Oswaldo Arcia hit RBI singles around a Vargas strikeout. Two batters later, Parmelee's liner rolled down the left-field line and bounced off the glove of Brandon Moss, scoring two runs and ending Kazmir's outing. Eduardo Nunez greeted Ryan Cook with an RBI-double to center, making it a 6-5 game. Luke Gregerson spun a perfect eighth and Sean Doolittle struck out two in the ninth to earn his 18th save of the season, which is a new franchise record for saves in a season by a left-handed pitcher.
The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly involved in the trade that is expected to send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was reported on Thursday by Yahoo Sports that the Cavaliers will send 2014 overall top draft pick Andrew Wiggins, last year's No. 1 selection, Anthony Bennett, and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Love. On Friday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that the Sixers are now part of the deal and will send forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota in exchange for a package that will include Bennett. The trade can't be finalized until Aug. 23 because of Wiggins' status. NBA rules stipulate that a draft pick cannot be dealt until 30 days after he signs his contract. Wiggins inked his deal with Cleveland on July 24. Bennett averaged just 4.2 points and three rebounds per game in 52 contests last season. Young averaged a career-best 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds in 79 games last season with the Sixers. A seven-year veteran who has played his entire career in Philadelphia, Young has career averages of 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.