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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Dodgers sweep Twins in doubleheader

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Dodgers downed the Minnesota Twins 9-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Target Field yesterday.  Juan Uribe also had four hits and drove in two for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in four games.  Dan Haren pitched six-and-two-thirds innings of four-run ball to improve to 4-and-0.  Chris Perez got the final five outs for his first save.  Mike Pelfrey was touched for five runs in four frames to fall to 0-and-3.  Brian Dozier had a two-run single and Jason Kubel had two hits and knocked in a run for Minnesota.

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 Los Angeles players Drew Butera and Scott Van Slyke each hit a solo homer in the 12th inning as the Dodgers beat the Twins 4-3 to sweep their doubleheader at Target Field last night.  Adrian Gonzalez also cracked a solo home run while Juan Uribe chipped in an RBI for Los Angeles, which won the opener 9-4.  Jamey Wright got the win after striking out two in three shutout innings.  Kenley Jansen earned his 11th save  Josmil Pinto and Joe Mauer each drove in a run for Minnesota, which has lost three straight.  Brian Duensing (DUN-sing) took the loss after allowing the two home runs in the 12th.

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The Minnesota Twins open up a weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Target Field.  Ricky Nolasco will toe the rubber for the Twins.  He is 2-and-2 with a 6.67 ERA in five starts.  The O's will counter with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who is 0-and-4 with a 6.59 ERA.  First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

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 The Baltimore Orioles got their talented young third baseman back last night.  The team reinstated Manny Machado from the 15-day disabled list.  The 21-year-old went 0-for-5 in his first big league action since tearing a ligament in his left knee in the final week of last season.  Machado hit .283 with 14 homers and 71 RBI, while leading the American League with 51 doubles in 2013.  The O's sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi to Triple-A to clear roster space.  Machado and the Orioles play in Minnesota tonight.

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The Minnesota Wild open the their best-of-seven NHL Western Conference Semifinal series at Chicago tonight against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.  Minnesota won a playoff series for the first time since 2003 when they dispatched Colorado in Game Seven of the quarterfinals on Wednesday night in Denver.  Chicago advanced after winning four straight games against St. Louis.  The Blues had taken the opening two games of the quarterfinal series.  Minnesota won three of the five regular season matchups against Chicago.  The Blackhawks ended the Minnesota season last year, eliminating the Wild in the first round in five games.  Tonight's game is set to faceoff at 8:30 p.m.

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Here is the schedule for the NHL Western Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks:

Game One (Friday 5/2):  Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30pm Game Two (Sunday 5/4):  Minnesota at Chicago, 2pm Game Three (Tuesday 5/6):  Chicago at Minnesota, 8pm Game Four (Friday 5/9):  Chicago at Minnesota, TBD Game Five (Sunday 5/11):  Minnesota at Chicago, if necessary, TBD Game Six (Tuesday 5/13):  Chicago at Minnesota, if necessary, TBD Game Seven (Thursday 5/15):  Minnesota at Chicago, if necessary, TBD

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Here is the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff schedule and results for the best-of-seven Conference Semifinals:

Game One (Saturday 5/3):  LA Kings at Anaheim, 7pm Game Two (Monday 5/5):  LA Kings at Anaheim, 9pm Game Three (Thursday 5/8):  Anaheim at LA Kings, 9pm Game Four (Saturday 5/10):  Anaheim at LA Kings, TBD Game Five (Monday 5/12):  LA Kings at Anaheim, if necessary, TBD Game Six (Wednesday 5/14):  Anaheim at LA Kings, if necessary, TBD Game Seven (Friday 5/16):  LA Kings at Anaheim, if necessary, TBD

Game One (Thursday 5/1):  Montreal 4, Boston 3 (2 OT)  (MONT leads series 1-0) Game Two (Saturday 5/3):  Montreal at Boston 11:30am Game Three (Tuesday 5/6):  Boston at Montreal, 6pm Game Four (Thursday 5/8):  Boston at Montreal, 6:30pm Game Five (Saturday 5/10):  Montreal at Boston, if necessary, TBD Game Six (Monday 5/12):  Boston at Montreal, if necessary, TBD Game Seven (Wednesday 5/14):  Montreal at Boston, if necessary, TBD

Game One (Friday 5/2):  NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 6pm Game Two (Sunday 5/4):  NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 6:30pm Game Three (Monday 5/5):  Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 6:30pm Game Four (Wednesday 5/7):  Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 6:30pm Game Five (Friday 5/9):  NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, if necessary, TBD Game Six (Sunday 5/11):  Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, if necessary, TBD Game Seven (Tuesday 5/13):  NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, if necessary, TBD

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The Pacers, Thunder and Warriors live to play another day after winning last night.  Indiana and Oklahoma City will host a Game Seven with a chance to advance to the semifinals while Golden State is on the road at the Los Angeles Clippers.  Indiana defeated the Hawks in Atlanta 95-88 while the Thunder also won on the road.  OKC dropped the Memphis Grizzlies 104-84.  The Warriors edged the Clippers 100-99 in Game Six. 

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The WNBA Minnesota Lynx wrapped up Day Five of training camp yesterday, but head coach Cheryl Reeve has changed plans slightly for today.  The initial agenda called for a full workout day, but Reeve has been happy enough with the first four days of training camp that she has decided to give the players Friday off.  Minnesota will play an exhibition game on Monday against an Australian National Team at 7 p.m.  Reeve says star player Maya Moore will play in Monday's preseason game.  Most of the team's other regular starters are still overseas for their seasons there.

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The University of Minnesota men's basketball will travel to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on the Demon Deacons in the 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  Gameday is Tuesday, December 2nd, but no gametime has been set of yet.  The Golden Gophers won the NIT championship this past season under first-year head coach Richard Pitino, winning 25 games.  Wake Forest finished last season with a 17-and-16 record and has a new coach.  Danny Manning was hired by the program in April.

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Here are the matchups and gamedays in the 2014 men's basketball Big Ten/ACC Challenge:

Monday, December 1st:  Nebraska at Florida State Monday, December 1st:  Rutgers at Clemson Tuesday, December 2nd:  Minnesota at Wake Forest Tuesday, December 2nd:  Syracuse at Michigan Tuesday, December 2nd:  Ohio State at Louisville Tuesday, December 2nd:  Pittsburgh at Indiana Tuesday, December 2nd:  North Carolina State at Purdue Tuesday, December 2nd:  Illinois at Miami (FL) Wednesday, December 3rd:  Duke at Wisconsin Wednesday, December 3rd:  Iowa at North Carolina Wednesday, December 3rd:  Michigan State at Notre Dame Wednesday, December 3rd:  Virginia at Maryland Wednesday, December 3rd:  Georgia Tech at Northwestern Wednesday, December 3rd:  Virginia Tech at Penn State

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The Minnesota Vikings wrapped up their three-day voluntary veteran minicamp at Winter Park in Eden Prairie yesterday.  Running back Adrian Peterson says he is running at about 80-percent health after undergoing offseason groin surgery and rehab work on his foot.  Peterson says he always planned to attend this minicamp and is glad he did.  The star runner also told reporters he was excited about the new coaching staff headed up by Mike Zimmer.  Veterans return for Organized Team Activities in late May for more football-specific workouts.  Meanwhile, they will continue to use the weight room for strength-building and conditioning.

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National sportscaster Dan Patrick will be playing the role of Alex Trebek in a new online sports version of "Jeopardy."  Sony Pictures says "Sports Jeopardy" will begin this fall on its digital service Crackle  Patrick, an award-winning sportscaster, will host the show like Trebek does on the traditional version of "Jeopardy."  Crackle will also offer an app that will allow interactive play with users on a second screen.  Available on mobile devices and services such as PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku, Crackle is also home to Jerry Seinfeld's comedy shorts series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

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