MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Browns trade star RB, name third-string QB starter against Minnesota
Running back Trent Richardson is on the move. The Cleveland Browns yesterday traded the former Alabama star to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick. The Browns took Richardson with the third-overall pick in 2012, moving up in the order one spot after trading with the Vikings. Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns during his rookie season. Richardson had 31 carries for 105 yards in the Browns' first two games this season. Cleveland visits Minnesota on Sunday.
Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer will be under center this Sunday when the Browns face the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The journeyman quarterback will start in place of Brandon Weeden, who suffered a sprained thumb after hitting it on a helmet in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Baltimore. Jason Campbell took over for Weeden on Cleveland's final possession, completing one of four passes for six yards. Hoyer played in two games last season with Arizona, including one start.
Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson says the team will prepare for the Cleveland Browns with the same intensity they would prepare for any opponent. He says they'll treat the gameplan much the same way they would have before finding out the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson and named third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer the starter. Henderson and the Vikes practiced yesterday and will be back on the practice field today Winter Park. Sunday's game kicks off at noon.
Twins starter Scott Diamond pitched into the seventh inning as Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep by beating the White Sox 4-3 in Chicago yesterday. It was Diamond's first big league win since June as he allowed three runs on five hits. Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save. Chris Colabello, Eric Fryer and Brian Dozier all singled in runs in the second to stake Minnesota to a 4-0 lead. Oswaldo Arcia had an RBI single in the first for the Twins, who had lost five straight to the Sox. John Danks allowed four runs in seven innings to fall to 4-and-14 with the loss. Alejandro De Aza hit his 16th home run for the White Sox.
The inaugural Big Ten Hockey Media Day is set for St. Paul today. The new six-team men's hockey conference, which includes the University of Minnesota, will host reporters at the Xcel Energy Center. Coach and player interviews will be the focus, with a preview of the season ahead. There is a live internet stream of the event at the Big Ten Network's Webpage, starting at 9 a.m.
Minnesota Lynx center Janel McCarville says she is happy to be back in the WNBA playoffs. After taking a couple of years off from the league, McCarville arrived in Minnesota with hopes the team would once again be good. And, the Lynx turned in the league's best record at 26-and-8. She says her and her teammates are well-prepared for a good run in the playoffs. The Lynx will take on Seattle in the Western Conference semifinals, which is a best two-of-three series. Game One will be in Minneapolis on tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Game Two will shift west on Sunday at 4 p.m. And, if a Game Three is necessary, it would be in Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 24th at the Target Center. Here's the Lynx playoff schedule at a glance:
Friday: Seattle at Minnesota, 8pm
Sunday: Minnesota vs. Seattle, 4pm (in Tacoma)
Tuesday (9/24): Seattle at Minnesota, if necessary, time TBD