MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lynx cruise to Game 1 win in Western Conference Finals
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen scored 20 points apiece to lead the Lynx to an 85-62 rout of the Mercury in Game One of the WNBA Western Conference Finals at Target Center. Seimone Augustus added 18 points for the Lynx, who take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Game Two is Sunday in Phoenix. Here is the WNBA Western Conference Finals results and schedule:
Thursday: Minnesota 85, Phoenix 62 (MN leads 1-0)
Sunday: Minnesota at Phoenix, 4pm
Tuesday (if necessary): Phoenix at Minnesota, TBD
Cleveland's Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer and Michael Brantley had three hits and two RBI to lead the Indians to a 6-5 win over the Twins at Target Field. Cleveland took a five-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and had to hold off a rally by the Twins to win. The Indians retained their lead on the second wild card playoff spot in the American League at 89-and-70 and have won seven straight games. They lead Texas by a game in the wild card standings. Bryan Shaw got the win in relief to go to 7-and-3. Joe Smith took over for struggling closer Chris Perez in the ninth and earned his third save. Josmil Pinto homered and Ryan Doumit had three hits for the Twins in the loss. Starting pitcher Andrew Albers fell to 2-and-5 for Minnesota. Game two of the four-game series is tonight.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has delayed a final vote on stadium use agreements with the Minnesota Vikings. The panel was scheduled to meet today (Fri) but has postponed the meeting until next Thursday, apparently because the agreements are still being negotiated. Last week Governor Dayton urged the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to negotiate a final stadium agreement which "requires the Vikings' owners to provide a significant share of their financial contribution from their own resources, and not from Vikings' fans through the sale of expensive personal seat licenses." Dayton points to one media report which concluded the Vikings could end up putting almost none of their own money into the project. The Vikings haven't commented.
The undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers open up Big Ten play on Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers are 4-and-0 on the season following last Saturday's 43-24 rout of San Jose State. Minnesota also opened 4-and-0 last year, but lost its first three conference games and finished just 6-and-7. Iowa is 3-and-1 on the year.
The Wild battle the Blues tonight in St. Louis in the final preseason game for both teams. The Wild beat the Blues 3-1 on Wednesday in St. Paul to improve their exhibition record to 4-and-1. The Blues are 2-2-and-1 in preseason play. After tonight's game, the Wild will be off until opening the regular season next Thursday at home against the Los Angeles Kings.