MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild win third straight
BUFFALO - Minnesota forward Jason Pominville scored on the power play late in the second and the Wild held on for a 2-1 win over Pominville's former team, the host Buffalo Sabres.
Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota while Josh Harding stopped 22 shots in net. The Wild were without starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who is nursing a sprained knee. Minnesota has won three straight to move to 3-1-2. Brian Flynn tallied the lone goal for Buffalo while Jhonas Enroth halted 18 shots in defeat. The Sabres remain winless at 0-6-1. Minnesota is at Toronto tonight and at Tampa Bay on Thursday.
The Minnesota Wild recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from AHL Iowa prior to last night's win at Buffalo. Kuemper comes to the Wild to add depth to a position hit by injury. Top netminder Niklas Backstrom continues to nurse a leg injury. Reserve Josh Harding earned the win last night in Buffalo, but with Backstrom still ailing and Harding's ability to play on back-to-back nights still a bit of a question, the team added Kuemper tot he roster. Minnesota is in Toronto tonight and Keumper could get the starting assignment.
The WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx are feeling plenty of love from their home city, as thousands turned out for Monday's victory parade. The Lynx won their second title in three years, and did so this year without losing a single game in the postseason. They've also had the league's best record for the past three years. The parade was capped off by a pep rally inside the Target Center.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop is facing knee surgery. Head coach Leslie Frazier announced Monday that Bishop has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The 29-year-old suffered the injury in Sunday's 35-10 loss to Carolina. Bishop missed all of 2012 with the Green Bay Packers due to a hamstring injury. Bishop has been mostly a reserve for the Vikings this year. Vikings players have the day off today and will return to practice tomorrow. The Vikes are at the New York Giants for Monday Night Football.
Here is the 2013 Vikings schedule and results:
Sunday, September 8 - Detroit 34, Minnesota 24 (final)Sunday, September 15 - Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 (final)Sunday, September 22 - Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 (final)Sunday, September 29 - Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (final)Sunday, October 6 - BYE WEEKSunday, October 13 - Carolina 35, Minnesota 10 (final)Monday, October 21 - at NY Giants, 7:30pmSunday, October 27 - vs. Green Bay, 7:40pmSunday, November 3 - at Dallas, noonThursday, November 7 - vs. Washington, 7:25pmSunday, November 17 - at Seattle, 3:25pm**Sunday, November 24 - at Green Bay, noon**Sunday, December 1 - vs. Chicago, noon**Sunday, December 8 - at Baltimore, noon**Sunday, December 15 - vs. Philadelphia, noon**Sunday, December 22 - at Cincinnati, noon**Sunday, December 29 - vs. Detroit, noon**
** - gametime subject to NFL Flex Scheduling
The University of Minnesota football team got a much-needed rest this past weekend. Minnesota is ready to ramp it back up this week as they gear up to face Big Ten rival Northwestern on Saturday. Both Minnesota and Northwestern are 4-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten. Gopher defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is the acting head coach and will meet with reporters this afternoon at the usual Tuesday media briefing. Jerry Kill is taking a leave of absence for health reasons.
Gametime for the next Golden Gopher home football game has now been set. Minnesota hosts Nebraska on Saturday, October 26th and the Big Ten has set the kickoff at 11 a.m. The game will be nationally televised on either ESPN or ESPN-2. The game will also be broadcast on the statewide Gopher Radio Network. Minnesota visits Northwestern this Saturday for an 11 a.m. game.
Here is the 2013 Golden Gopher football schedule with results to date:
Thursday, August 29 - Minnesota 51, UNLV 23 (final)Saturday, September 7 - Minnesota 44, New Mexico State 21 (final)Saturday, September 14 - Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12 (final)Saturday, September 21 - Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24 (final)Saturday, September 28 - Iowa 23, Minnesota 7 (final)Saturday, October 5 - Michigan 42, Minnesota 13 (final)Saturday, October 12 - BYE WEEKSaturday, October 19 - at Northwestern, 11amSaturday, October 26 - vs Nebraska, 11amSaturday, November 2 - at Indiana, 2:30pmSaturday, November 9 - vs. Penn State, TBDSaturday, November 16 - BYE WEEKSaturday, November 23 - vs. Wisconsin, TBDSaturday, November 30 - at Michigan State, TBD
The Minnesota Timberwolves are off until Sunday. They will head to Montreal to battle the Boston Celtics at the Bell Centre. Minnesota is 2-2 in preseason play following Saturday's 104-97 home loss to the Toronto Raptors. The T'wolves have three more exhibition games before opening the regular season against the Orlando Magic on October 30th.
Yasiel Puig brought his trademark exuberance and emotion as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 win over the Cardinals in Game Three of the NLCS. Los Angeles trails 2-1 and will try to even up the series at two tonight. Puig went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Hanley Ramirez played through a fractured rib injury and went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up the win dealing seven shutout innings opposite Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. The Game Four pitching matchup features Ricky Nolasco for LA and Lance Lynn for the Cards. In the American League Championship Series, the Tigers and Red Sox square off all knotted up at one. Detroit missed a golden opportunity to come home with a 2-0 lead when David Ortiz smashed a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected for a walk-off single in the ninth. Tigers ace Justin Verlander takes the hill coming off an eight-inning, ten-strikeout performance in the deciding Game Five of their ALDS. John Lackey makes his second start of the postseason for Boston. Lackey gave up four runs and five-and-one-third innings, but grabbed a win in the Sox' opening series.
Major League Baseball is mourning the death of umpire Wally Bell. The 48-year-old Bell died suddenly, leaving behind a girlfriend and family. Bell was an umpire for 21 years and was a part of three All-Star Games, seven Division Series, four League Championship Series and the 2006 World Series. He most recently was on Tim McClelland's crew for the NL Division Series between the Pirates and Cardinals this month.
Brian Vickers won't race the rest of the NASCAR season because of a blood clot in his right calf. The clot was discovered Monday after an examination. Vickers missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season with clots and required heart surgery. He says he's confident he can resume racing before the 2014 season.
IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti underwent a second surgery on his right ankle yesterday. Franchitti continues to recover from the October 6th crash at the Houston IndyCar race that also injured a number of spectators. He also suffered two broken vertebrae and a concussion in the wreck.