MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Arcia's homer clinches Twins' sweep
Minnesota's Oswaldo Arcia lifted a solo home run in the seventh to give the Twins the lead as they held on for the 3-2 win against the Astros in Minneapolis. Justin Morneau belted a two-run shot in the first for Minnesota, which had lost four in-a-row prior to this three-game sweep. Caleb Thielbar earned the win in relief while Glen Perkins locked up his 27th save. Brad Peacock struck out 10 but allowed three runs in seven innings for the loss. Brett Wallace and Chris Carter each knocked in a run for Houston, which has lost four straight.
Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 90-72 rout of the Seattle Storm yesterday at Target Center. Seimone Augustus added 18 points and Maya Moore had 16 for the Lynx, who have won nine in-a-row to improve to a WNBA-best 16-and-3 on the season. Minnesota battles the Silver Stars in San Antonio tomorrow.
After an off day Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings get back to work at training camp today in Mankato. The team will have a walk-through practice this morning and a full practice this afternoon on the Minnesota State-Mankato campus. Minnesota will open up preseason play on Friday at home against the Houston Texans. The Vikes also have exhibition games against Buffalo, San Francisco, and Tennessee. Minnesota opens the regular season at Detroit on September 8th.
Former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter was one of seven members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio. Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, linebacker Dave Robinson, defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Curly Culp and head coach Bill Parcells were also inducted.
The Golden Gopher football team will be back on the practice field today. Quarterback Phillip Nelson of Mankato says things have gone well so far in camp, but they have things to continue to improve upon. Today will be the fourth practice of fall camp and will be part of nine straight days of practices to begin the session. The team will have this coming Sunday off before hitting the practice field again. The Gophers open the regular season on August 29th at home against UNLV.
Tom Pernice Junior birdied the final two holes of the PGA Champions Tour event in Blaine to claim the 3M Championship title trophy. Pernice finished 17-under-par for the three-day tourney, earning his second career Champions Tour win. He trailed Jeff Sluman by one-shot with two holes to play and birdied them both. Sluman had already fired a ten-under-par-62 earlier in the day and was in the clubhouse waiting to see what the outcome of the tourney would be. Sluman and Cory Pavin tied for second. Minnesotan Tom Lehman finished eight-under-par and tied for 29th place, while Minnesota native John Harris was seven-under-par and tied for 33rd.
"Seis The Royal Cash" won the North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity yesterday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee The two-year-old filly was ridden by jockey Ismael Suarez Ricardo and trained by Victor Hanson. "Sportwagon" finished second, followed by "Engine Number Nine."
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now offering select fishing and hunting licenses via smartphone. Convenience is the goal and -DN-R License Program Director Steve Michaels says once customers purchase a license online they can either get a text message back, which will have information on there they can show an enforcement officer if they?e checked for a license, they can get an email back or they can do both. More than a thousand licenses have been sold on the D-N-R? mobile site since its launch in late June.
The D-N-R says it will allow a total harvest of 220 wolves in this fall's season, about half of last year's number. It's because the latest survey showed a drop in Minnesota's wolf population. The D-N-R's Dan Stark says the goal is to allow the hunting and trapping of wolves in the way they thinks is sustainable and which won't have a major influence on overall wolf numbers. The early wolf season opens November 9th. The late hunting and trapping season begins November 30th. The deadline to apply for the license lottery is September 5th.