MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Angels score early again, beat Minnesota 6-2
ANAHEIM, CA -- Los Angeles slugger Kole Calhoun knocked in two runs to help the Angels top the Twins 6-2 in Anaheim last night. Erick Aybar scored twice and had an RBI for Los Angeles, which has won five straight. Garrett Richards gave up two runs in seven-and-a-third innings to improve to 8-and-2. Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer for Minnesota, which had won four in-a-row prior to losing the first two of this series. The Arcia homer snapped an 0-for-31 skid at the plate for the outfielder. Yohan Pino gave up five runs in three frames for the loss.
The NBA Draft is tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the 13th pick in the first round and picks 40, 44 and 53 in round two. There is still much discussion surrounding the team's situation with Kevin Love, who says he will not sign a contract extension with the Wolves when his contract expires after this coming season. That has forced the Minnesota front office into considering trading the star player.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may be considering taking Australia's Dante Exum in tonight's NBA Draft. ESPN.com reports the Cavs are trying to schedule a last-minute workout with the 18-year-old point guard from Melbourne. Cleveland has the top pick in the draft, but could trade down and take Exum in a lower spot.
Brooklyn Nets big man Kevin Garnett, a former Wolves star, isn't ready to ride off into the sunset. ESPN New York cites a source as saying the 38-year-old forward is leaning toward returning for a 20th NBA season rather than retire. "KG" has one year remaining on his contract that would pay him 12-million-dollars for the 2014-15 season. Garnett averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds this past season after being acquired from Boston.
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. Wild assistant general manager Brent Flahr (FLAIR) says this draft is heavy with forwards. 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 will conclude today. The "Wild Road Tour" wraps up in six cities today, running the total visits over three-days to 18 communities. Players Matt Cooke, Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Erik Haula, and Stephane Veilleux (STEFF-ahn VAY-yoo) 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)
Thursday, June 26: Worthington (11:30am), Blue Earth (3:30pm)
SOUTHERN TOUR (Haula, Veilleius, Laaksonen, Lapanta)
Thursday, June 26: Rochester (noon), Red Wing (3pm)
NORTHERN TOUR (Coyle, Zucker, Reid, Falness)
Thursday, June 26: Princeton (noon), Buffalo (3pm)
The Los Angeles Kings are keeping forward Marian Gaborik (GAB-or-ick). The Stanley Cup champs have signed him to a seven-year contract worth a reported 4.9-million-dollars annually. Gaborik, a former Wild star, was set to become an unrestricted free agent. He was a late-season acquisition from Columbus and went on to score a league-best 14 postseason goals in helping the Kings claim their second championship in three seasons.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are using the second of their two compliance buyouts on the contract of forward Ryan Malone, a former St. Cloud State player. The 34-year-old will now be an unrestricted free agent. Malone had one year left on the seven-year, 31.5-million-dollar contract he signed before the 2008-09 season. He had five goals, 10 assists and a minus-seven rating in 57 games this past season. Malone was charged with possession of cocaine in April and is awaiting trial. Malone played for the Huskies from 1999 through 2003, scoring 56 goals in four years.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a Minneapolis native, is taking it all off for ESPN the Magazine. The Pro Bowl wideout will be part of the magazine's "The Body Issue," which is available July 11th. ESPN reports Fitzgerald is one of 22 athletes who will be posing nude in the issue. He will be joined by tennis star Venus Williams and gold medalist Michael Phelps among others. Fitzgerald attended Holy Angels Academy in the Twin Cities.
Maryland athletics will be available to be seen on the Big Ten Network starting July 1st. The Big Ten Network and Comcast have finalized an agreement for distribution in New Jersey and Maryland. BTN's distribution will slightly vary from state to state, but it will be available to many more Comcast customers rather than appearing strictly on a separate sports tier. The deal will mean extra money for all of the Big Ten teams, who take part in a revenue-sharing structure.
Vanderbilt is the champion of college baseball. John Norwood homered in the top of the eighth inning to lift Vanderbilt to a 3-2 win over Virginia in the deciding third game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. It's the first baseball national championship for the Commodores.
Tiger Woods is ready to get back to golf, and will do so near the nation's capital. Woods will take part in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Woods has been recovering from back surgery, and will play in the tournament today.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday night. The Quaker State 400 is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Carl Edwards won last week's road-course race at Sonoma, but Jeff Gordon leads Jimmie Johnson by 20 points in the driver standings.
Race car champion Jimmie Johnson is getting praise in the nation's capital. He and members of the Hendrick Motorsports team were welcomed to the White House by President Obama yesterday in honor of winning last season's NASCAR championship. Obama says Johnson has been simply dominant. It was the sixth career Sprint Cup championship for Johnson, who was also recognized for his charitable efforts in giving back to the community. Johnson also visited with wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.