MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lynx continue Training Camp
MINNEAPOLIS -- The WNBA Minnesota Lynx have a late morning workout today as part of Day Four of training camp. Several veterans are not taking part in the early portion of this training camp because of their commitment to their overseas teams this season. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen is one of those players still competing for her international team, as is Janell McCarville, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkuh Brunson, and a few others. Reserve guard Lindsey Moore says she is eager to get those veteran players back in camp, but while they are gone, she's trying to just improve her game. The Lynx open the regular season with a road game at Washington May 16th. The home season opens for Minnesota with a game against Connecticut on May 18th.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he will do everything he can to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team because of recorded racist remarks that came to light this past weekend. Silver will have the full backing of Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who is the chair of the NBA of Board of Governors. The vote to force Sterling's hand will likely come after the NBA playoffs, perhaps as early as July. However, Sterling has already said he has no intention of selling the team, and many experts expect Sterling to sue once the vote is made. Silver also banned Sterling from the NBA for life.
The Wizards are moving on the NBA playoffs after a 75-69 win over the Bulls in Chicago. Washington won the series in five games. The Grizzlies used overtime to down the Thunder 100-99 and get a 3-2 series lead. The Clippers are also up 3-2 after a 113-103 win over the Warriors.
The Minnesota Wild clash with the Colorado Avalanche tonight in Game Seven of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at the Pepsi Center in the Mile High City. Minnesota evened up the best-of-seven set at three games apiece with a 5-2 home win in Game Six on Monday. The winner will advance to play the Chicago Blackhawks in the West semifinals. Tonight's game faces off at 8:30 p.m.
The Flyers downed the Rangers 5-2 behind a hat trick from Wayne Simmonds last night in Philadelphia. That forces a Game Seven tonight in New York. There are two other decisive Game Sevens tonight as well. The Sharks host the Kings and the Avalanche welcome the Wild.
The Minnesota Vikings host their second day of voluntary veteran minicamp workouts today at Winter Park in Eden Prairie. The three-day camp is the first real chance that new head coach Mike Zimmer has been able to watch his team do football activities. Zimmer and several players are scheduled to talk about minicamp today.
Last night's scheduled game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins at Target Field was postponed due to inclement weather. A cold, wet system moving through the area called for rain mixed with snow. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow, with the regularly-scheduled game at 12:10 p.m. and the nightcap at 6:10 p.m. Tonight, Kyle Gibson goes against Zack Greinke and Kyle Gibson in a scheduled 7:10 p.m. game. The weather continues to be an issue, however, as rain if forecast for this evening, as well.
The No. 12 Golden Gopher softball team was supposed to play North Dakota State in a doubleheader in Minneapolis today, but that twinbill has been canceled and will not be made up. The ongoing rain forced the cancellation. Minnesota travels to Purdue to close out the regular season this weekend. Minnesota is 36-and-8 this year, while only playing eight games on their home field.
Minnesota-Duluth junior Chanel Miller of Burnsville is this week's NSIC Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Augustana senior Kyle Blakeslee of Cannon Falls is the league's Women's Track Athlete of the Week. Minnesota State-Mankato teammates earned the men's weekly awards in the NSIC. Junior Nathan Hancock of Independence, Missouri won Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors, while senior Jerrell Hancock of St. Louis won the Men's Track Athlete of the Week award. St. Thomas senior Bryan Thell of Mahtomedi is the MIAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week, while Augsburg senior Lauren Rice of Minnetonka won the Women's Track Athlete of the Week. Carleton's Kao Sutton of Hilo, Hawaii is the MIAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drives into Alabama this week for the Aaron's 499 from Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano captured the win last weekend at Richmond, earning his second victory of the season. Jeff Gordon currently leads the standings by five points over Matt Kenseth.
Post positions will be drawn today for Saturday's 140th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Among the contenders are California Chrome, Danza, Intense Holiday, Wicked Strong and Hoppertunity. The Preakness is just weeks away, set for May 17th at Pimlico.