MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Angels rough up Gibson early, hold on to win 8-6
ANAHEIM, CA -- Josh Hamilton's two-run single ignited a five-run first inning as the Angels held on for an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series in Anaheim. Mike Trout hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the second inning for the Angels, while Howie Kendrick had two hits, two RBI and scored a run for the Halos, who have won four straight. C.J. Wilson improved to 8-and-6 despite giving up six runs in five innings. Joe Smith closed it out for his sixth save. Josh Willingham and Kendrys Morales hit back-to-back homers during a five-run second inning for Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Kyle Gibson was knocked around for seven runs in just two frames to fall to 6-and-6 with the loss. Gibson allowed five runs in the first before the Twins tied it 5-5 in the second. Gibson then allowed the Trout homer and Minnesota never recovered. The same two teams play tonight in California.
Minnesota Twins second round pick Nick Burdi is now under contract. The hard-throwing right-hander will report to Single-A Cedar Rapids. Burdi had a 0.49 ERA and 18 saves in 32 games as a junior at Louisville this past season. He had 65 strikeouts in 37 innings. The Twins originally drafted Burdi in the 24th round in 2011 but he opted to attend college.
Former Minnesota State University football player and Mankato resident Isaac Kolstad is continuing to show encouraging signs in his recovery. According to family members, Kolstad� care team is satisfied with the healing of his head wound from bone replacement surgery earlier this month. Kolstad is being transferred to a Twin Cities rehab center. Kolstad was severely injured after he was involved in a fight outside a bar last month. Two men have been charged for their roles in the altercation: former Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson of Mankato and Trevor Shelley of Saint Peter.
The Minnesota Vikings training camp practice schedule is out. Players report to camp in Mankato on July 24th with the first practice the following day. There are three night practice including a Family Football Day on August 2nd. Camp breaks August 15th. The Vikings open preseason play August 8th at home against the Oakland Raiders.
The NBA Draft is just one day away. The Minnesota Timberwolves currently hold the 13th pick in tomorrow's first round and picks 40, 44 and 53 in round two. Cleveland has the top pick followed by Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Wolves continue to field offers for star player Kevin Love, who has reportedly told team officials he will not sign a contract extension with team when his contract expires after next season.
The Minnesota Wild continue to prepare for the NHL Draft. Minnesota will select 18th overall in Friday's first round. The final six rounds are Saturday. The Florida Panthers hold the first overall pick.
Several Minnesota Wild players and team celebrities continue to take part in a three-day tour of the Upper Midwest, which began yesterday morning. The "Wild Road Tour" continues through tomorrow, when ultimately 18 communities will have visits. Players Matt Cooke, Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Erik Haula, and Stephane Veilleux will be part of the tour. Former players Wes Walz and Antti Laaksonen will also tour, as will broadcasters Anthony LaPanta, Mike Greenlay, Tom Reid, and Kevin Falness. Here is a schedule of the remaining tour stops (subject to change):
WESTERN TOUR (Cooke, Walz, Greenlay)
Wednesday, June 25: Morris (10:30am), Marshall (3:30pm)
Thursday, June 26: Worthington (11:30am), Blue Earth (3:30pm)
SOUTHERN TOUR (Haula, Veilleius, Laaksonen, Lapanta)
Wednesday, June 25: Mankato (11am), Faribault (2pm)
Thursday, June 26: Rochester (noon), Red Wing (3pm)
NORTHERN TOUR (Coyle, Zucker, Reid, Falness)
Wednesday, June 25: Duluth (noon), Pequot Lakes (6pm)
Thursday, June 26: Princeton (noon), Buffalo (3pm)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the big winner at the NHL Awards ceremony. Crosby won three awards including the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP. Crosby was a unanimous choice for his second career Hart Trophy after receiving 128 of the 137 first-place votes. He led the league with 104 points this season, tallying 36 goals and 68 assists. Crosby also won the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's top performer and the Art Ross Trophy. Crosby played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. The Colorado Avalanche took home three awards. Nathan MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, Patrick Roy captured the Jack Adams Award as the top coach and forward Ryan O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship, gentlemanly play and excellence on the ice. Boston's Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie, while teammate Patrice Bergeron took home the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward. Chicago's Duncan Keith earned the Norris Trophy as the top defenseman and Rangers forward Dominic Moore won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Anaheim's Bob Murray was named General Manager of the Year.
Two members of the U-S Hockey League's Lincoln Stars are accused of using a minor to make a sex video in a Moorhead motel room. Prosecutors says the video was made in February, when the team was in town to play the Fargo Force. Thomas Carey of Moorhead and Brandon Smith of Castaic, California are charged with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and distributing child porn. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says the victim is a 15-year-old girl. The cell phone video was distributed to an unknown number of people, including hockey players and Moorhead High School students.
Virginia rallied with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings to grab a 7-2 win over Vanderbilt in Game Two of the College World Series championship series from Omaha. UVA's win forces a decisive Game Three in the set, which will determine a national champion. Kenny Towns went 3-for-5 and knocked in two for the Cavaliers, who lost Monday's Game One 9-8. Brandon Waddell went the distance, allowing one earned run to get the win. John Norwood was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Commodores. Tyler Beede gave up six runs in six-and-two-thirds innings to suffer the loss. Tonight's contest starts at 7 p.m.
Indiana University is looking for a new baseball coach. Tracy Smith has left the Hoosiers to take over the program at Arizona State. The 48-year-old is a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and took IU to the College World Series last season, ending a 29-year drought for the Big Ten.
Uruguay's key player is taking a bite out of the World Cup -- literally. Uruguay's Luis Suarez appeared to bite the shoulder of an Italy defender during their world cup match Tuesday. Both players went down writhing in pain, but it turns out this wouldn't be the first time Suarez has committed the foul. He's apparently bitten other players on two different occasions, and in certain circles he's known as "The Cannibal." FIFA has announced it will investigate the Suarez alleged biting incident, and he could likely to face a lengthy ban if found guilty. FIFA officials will look at video tape of the incident and then make their decision. The decision must be made before Saturday, when Uruguay is scheduled to play Columbia. Uruguay ended up beating the Italians 1-0. Other games on Tuesday, Columbia crushed Japan 4-1, Greece defeated Ivory Coast 2-1, and Croatia and England ended in a zero-zero tie. In games today, Bosnia-Herzegovina plays Iran, Nigeria takes on Argentina, Ecuador faces France, and Honduras versus Switzerland.
Tiger Woods says he's looking forward to getting back on the golf course as play gets underway this week at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club. Woods says it's been a long road to recovery since having back surgery in late March, but he's feeling good. Woods says he also expects to play in the British Open Championship next month.