MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Grizzlies Head Coach the favorite to become T'wolves coach
Memphis head coach Dave Joerger took a step toward leaving the Grizzlies on Thursday. Joerger met with Timberwolves president Flip Saunders yesterday about the NBA head coach opening in Minneapolis. The Grizz head man will talk with Minnesota owner Glen Taylor this weekend. Joerger still has two years left on his contract with Memphis. Yahoo Sports reported last night the Grizz want a second round pick to let Joerger out of the deal.
Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team yesterday. Dieng averaged 4.8 points and five rebounds in 60 games this season. Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando's Victor Oladipo, Utah's Trey Burke, Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. were named to the First Team.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx look to remain undefeated as they take on the Shock tonight in Tulsa. The Lynx are 2-and-0 on the young season following wins at Washington and most recently at home over Connecticut on Sunday. The Shock are 0-and-1. After tonight's game, the Lynx return home to host the New York Liberty tomorrow night. Tipoff both nights is slated for 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Twins resume their west coast, interleague road trip tonight in San Francisco with the opener of a holiday weekend series against the Giants. Kyle Gibson will take the mound for Minnesota. He is 4-and-3 with a 4.20 ERA in eight starts. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum who is 3-and-3 with a 4.74 ERA. First pitch tonight is set for 9:15 p.m.
The San Francisco Giants game against the Rockies in Colorado yesterday was suspended due to rain. The game will be completed on San Francisco's next trip to Denver in September. The contest, which featured two rain delays lasting more than an hour each, was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, with Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval driving in the two San Fran runs.
The season is over for the University of Minnesota baseball team. The Golden Gophers were dispatched out of the Big Ten Tournament by rival Iowa yesterday 2-1. Minnesota finished the season with a 27-and-24 overall record. The tournament is being contested in Omaha.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Oregon Ducks tomorrow in Game One of their best-of-three Super Regional series in Eugene. The Gophers knocked off Auburn in regional play to advance. The top-ranked Ducks beat Wisconsin to move on. The winner will advance to the Women's College World Series next week.
Here is the weekend schedule in the NCAA Division I Softball Super Regional involving the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon:
Game One (Saturday): Minnesota at Oregon, 9pm
Game Two (Sunday): Minnesota at Oregon, 4pm
Game Three (Sunday): Minnesota at Oregon, if necessary, 7pm
A benefit is being held today in Mankato for the former Minnesota State football player critically injured in a May 11th downtown assault (Thurs4-7pm). Twenty-four-year-old Isaac Kolstad remains on life support with a severe brain injury. His co-workers at Fastenal Company are hosting the fundraiser, silent auction and free-will offering meal. Money raised will go toward medical bills and provide support to Isaac's pregnant wife and young daughter. Donations are also being accepted on the YouCaring.com site for the Kolstad family.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed third round pick Scott Crichton to a four-year rookie contract. The team selected the defensive end out of Oregon State with the 72nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Fellow third rounder Jerick McKinnon is now the only player unsigned from this year's draft.
The DNR is reminding people that lakes and rivers are still extremely cold and to use caution. The air temperature is warmer, but that doesn't mean the water temperatures are ready for swimming this Memorial Day Weekend. The DNR says for boaters and swimmers the cold water can prove dangerous or even deadly. Water temperatures below 70-degrees are considered cold. The temperature on Twin Cities area lakes is still hovering around 60, meaning lakes and rivers to the north will likely be even colder. That cold water can cause you to immediately gasp for air, inhale water or even cause cardiac arrest in healthy people. Officials say cold water robs the body of heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.
The Montreal Canadiens avoided a huge whole on Thursday after winning 3-2 in overtime against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the NHL Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers still lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Alex Galchenyuk (gall-CHEN-yuk) scored the game-winner 1:12 into the extra period. Game Four is Sunday also in New York. Out West, the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of their series on Saturday. The Kings won Game Two 6-2 on Wednesday to even the set at 1-1.