MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Former Twin Knoblauch accused of assaulting his wife
HOUSTON -- Minnesota Twins great Chuck Knoblauch is accused of assaulting his ex-wife overnight Tuesday in the Houston, Texas suburb where they live, and the team has canceled a day in his honor set for next month at Target Field. A police report indicates Knoblauch's ex-wife has a bruise on her arm, a scratch on her face, and knot on her forehead. She told police the former player grabbed her by the arm and threw a humidifier at her. The former Twins second baseman and Rookie of the Year was supposed to be inducted into the team Hall of Fame at an August 23rd ceremony. This is not Knoblauch's first run-in with the law, so the team was already a bit apprehensive about hosting the day.
The Minnesota Twins have traded designated hitter Kendrys (ken-DREES) Morales to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year-old relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. The Twins had signed Morales to a one-year contract last month and the left-handed hitting DH batted .234 with 11 doubles and one home run for Minnesota. He once played for the Mariners so returns to a place he knows. Pryor is coming back from arm surgery and is scheduled to report to Class AAA Rochester. He had pitched in one game for Seattle this year and had pitched 31 innings for Seattle's minor league team in Tacoma, where he was 2-and-1 with a 465 earned run average.
Chicago right-hander Hector Noesi had his second straight strong start helping the White Sox defeat the Twins 5-2 in the opener of a four-game series at Target Field last night. Noesi made it through seven-and-two-thirds innings and allowed two runs to improve to 5-and-7. Adam Eaton compiled three hits and two RBI for Chicago, which had lost three of its previous four. Minnesota's two runs came from a long home run by Danny Santana in the eighth inning. It was one of only three hits for the Twins, who have dropped five of seven. Minnesota righty Phil Hughes took the loss. He left in the fourth inning after taking a ball of his right ankle. X-rays revealed no broken bones. Game two of the set is tonight in Minneapolis.
Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since it was confirmed he made anti-gay remarks during a 2012 special teams practice. Priefer says he let everyone down with his conduct and "went way below the bar." The remarks came to light when former punter Chris Kluwe requested the team fire Priefer for making them. Preifer received a three-game suspension following an investigation, but was not fired. Kluwe has threatened to sue the Vikings, but the two sides are apparently negotiating.
The Minnesota Vikings will hold their first practice of training camp today at Minnesota State-Mankato. The first session is a walk-through practice this morning at 10:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon practice at 3 p.m. The team is holding training camp in Mankato for the 49th consecutive season and will be there until they break camp on August 14th. The Vikes begin preseason play with an August 8th exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. The regular season opener is at St. Louis against the Rams on September 7th. The regular season home opener is against the New England Patriots on September 14th on the University of Minnesota campus.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx aim for a sixth straight win tonight as they host the San Antonio Stars at the Target Center. Minnesota has won five in-a-row and seven of its last eight overall following Tuesday's 112-108 double-overtime victory over Atlanta. The Lynx are 18-and-6 on the season. The Stars sit at 12-and-12. Tip time this evening is 7 p.m. in Minneapolis.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in the fold. The former Kansas star has been signed to a contract, preventing him from being traded for 30 days Wiggins has been mentioned as a possible trade piece with Minnesota for Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first and only season with the Jayhawks. The signing does not rule out a trade, but does ensure if a trade is made, it won't be announced for 30 days from the time Wiggins inked his deal. The Cavs also signed second-round pick Joe Harris.
Minnesota's early wolf-hunting season begins November 8th and the late season for hunting and trapping starts November 29th, the D-N-R announced yesterday. A total of 38-hundred licenses will be available -- 500 more than last season -- and the statewide target harvest of wolves is 250 -- 30 more than last year The D-N-R's Dan Stark says they're maintaining a conservative season and harvest target, and results from last winter's survey indicate Minnesota's wolf population remains stable. Hunters and trappers can enter the wolf license lottery beginning August 1st and the deadline to apply is September 4th. More information is on the Minnesota D-N-R website.
After a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action on Sunday with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 12 points for first place in the standings. Brad Keselowski currently sits in third place with Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.