MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Cutler's last second touchdown pass sends Vikes to 0-2
CHICAGO -- Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler connected with tight end Martellus Bennett on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10-seconds left in the game as the Bears clipped the Vikings 31-30 at Soldier Field yesterday. Blair Walsh nailed three consecutive field goals to give Minnesota a 30-24 lead with 3:15 to go, but Chicago answered with a 10-play, 66-yard drive to pull out the win. Cutler ended 28-of-39 for 290 yards with three TD's and two interceptions for the Bears, who are 2-and-0 after beating Cincinnati to open the season. Bennett had two TD catches, while Brandon Marshall had seven grabs for 113 yards and a score in the victory. Christian Ponder finished 16-of-30 for 227 yards with a touchdown and a pick for Minnesota, which fell to 0-and-2. Adrian Peterson had 26 carries for 100 yards, while rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a TD for the Vikings. Minnesota opens the home portion of its schedule this Sunday against Cleveland at the Metrodome.
University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague has scheduled a news conference for later this morning to discuss with reporters the latest health situation with head football Jerry Kill. Kill suffered a seizure as the first half was ending in Saturday's 29-12 win over Western Illinois. The seizure forced Kill to miss the second half of the game as he was taken to the hospital. He returned home by early Saturday evening. Teague has said in the past that all they can do is monitor Kill's workload and hope he doesn't have an episode. The Golden Gophers are 3-and-0 on the season and hosting San Jose State this Saturday.
Minnesota's Ryan Doumit and Josmil Pinto hit home runs for the Twins in their 6-4 win over the Rays at Target Field. Pinto drove in three runs and Trevor Plouffe had three hits. Casey Fien got the win in relief for Minnesota though he only pitched a third-of-an-inning. The Twins trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning but scored four runs to take the lead. Glen Perkins earned his 35th save. Wil Myers had two hits including a home run, two runs batted in and scored twice for the Rays. Joel Peralta took the loss to fall to 2-and-8. The Rays remained tied at the top of the AL wild card standings at 81-and-67 but are only a half-game ahead of Cleveland. Minnesota begins a six-game road trip to Chicago and Oakland this week.
The Wild open up preseason play tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota will then play Winnipeg twice before traveling to Columbus. The Wild wrap up the preseason with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues. The regular season starts October 3rd at home against the Los Angeles Kings. The team had a training camp scrimmage in front of three-thousand fans yesterday. "Team White" beat "Team Green" 3-2. Jason Zucker, Jason Pominville, and Mikko Koivu scored for the "White," while Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cooke found the net for the "Green." The team will have a pair of workouts today.
Minnesota star Maya Moore racked up 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Lynx closed out the regular season with a 79-66 win over the Chicago Sky on Saturday at Target Center. With the win, Minnesota secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs after finishing a league-best 26-8. The Lynx will open the first round of the playoffs against Seattle on Friday.