MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kings get shootout win over Wild
The Vikings are on a bye week which means the players are resting and recuperating. The Minnesota coaching staff, meanwhile, is watching gamefilm and self-scouting. One of the areas the staff will look at is cornerback, where Josh Robinson has struggled. Head coach Leslie Frazier hinted this week that they will watch the play of rookie Xavier Rhodes on tape and see exactly where he should fit in. Minnesota entertains Carolina one week from Sunday at the Dome. The Panthers play the Cardinals this weekend._______________ The Golden Gopher football team will be the homecoming opponent for the University of Michigan tomorrow in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines, who had a bye week last week, will open the Big Ten season with tomorrow's game. Michigan has won 31 of its last 32 league openers and 40 of its last 46 Big Ten home openers. Minnesota opened conference play last week with a home loss to Iowa 23-7. Kickoff tomorrow is set for 2:30 p.m.________________
The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota will now play a role in forcing the return of a suspended Valley City State University football player to Minneapolis to face charges of murder and attempted murder. 21-year-old Cedric Chappell (chah-PELL'), who's from Minneapolis, was arrested at football practice and refused extradition. Barnes County, North Dakota prosecutor Lee Grossman says the State of Minnesota essentially has until November 1st to issue an extradition warrant. Grossman says in the interim, a judge set bail for Chappell at one million dollars. Chappell was the leading wide receiver for the Valley City State University football team. He's accused of shooting a Saint Paul man in the chest outside a Minneapolis bar last weekend.
The Golden Gopher men's basketball team continues with its preseason practice schedule. New head coach Richard Pitino continues to implement his system, which calls for a higher tempo on offense and a more aggressive, full-court press on defense. Gopher senior guard Austin Hollins of Memphis says they are working hard in practice to learn all that Pitino is demanding they learn. He adds they are in the best physical shape since he's been part of the team. there is a lot of learning going on. Minnesota opens the exhibition season on November 1st against Cardinal Stritch at Williams Arena_______________ The Minnesota Timberwolves have another training camp practice set for the early afternoon in Mankato today. Yesterday, head coach Rick Adelman was not at practice because he was attending a funeral. Assistant coach Terry Porter ran things for the day and said he felt the team was the best they've been in the three days in Mankato. Minnesota will host a pro team from Moscow on Monday in a preseason game at the Target Center._______________ The Minnesota Lynx continue to prepare for the WNBA Finals. Minnesota will host the Atlanta Dream on Sunday in Game One of the best-of-five series. The Lynx are making their third straight trip to the Finals. The Lynx swept the Dream in 2011 to win the title before losing to Indiana last year. Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve says that could be a motivating factor for Atlanta, but her team would not be impacted. Here is the 2013 WNBA Finals slate:
Game One (Sunday, October 6th): Atlanta at Minnesota, 7:30pm
Game Two (Tuesday, October 8th): Atlanta at Minnesota, 7pm
Game Three (Thursday, October 10th): Minnesota at Atlanta, 7:30pm
Game Four (Sunday, October 13th): Minnesota at Atlanta, 7pm (if necessary)
Game Five (Wednesday, October 16th): Atlanta at Minnesota, 7pm (if necessary)____________
The federal government shutdown could force some venue changes for the Governor's Deer Opener in Fergus Falls, even though it's not until early November. Some activities are planned for Prairie Wetlands, but the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is affected by the shutdown. Jean Bowman with the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau says if the federal government is still on shutdown, probably by Monday they'll start working on Plan B. Bowman adds "I don't think it'll be rocket science because we have incorporated the fairgrounds space right next door in our activities for the day" But Bowman says in that case they'll need a lot more volunteers to help with the kids.