MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lynx one win away from WNBA title
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Seimone Augustus scored 20 points to lead the Lynx to an 88-63 rout of the Atlanta Dream in Game Two of the WNBA Finals at the Target Center last night. Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen added 14 points apiece for the Lynx, who take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series Game Three is tomorrow in Atlanta. Here is the schedule and results in the WNBA Finals:
Game One: Minnesota 84, Atlanta 59 (Final - MN leads series 1-0)
Game Two (Minnesota 88, Atlanta 63 (Final- MN leads series 2-0)
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 Predators scored three times in the first period and made it stand up in a 3-2 victory over the Wild in Nashville. Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson each lit the lamp within a minute of each other on the power play and former Wild player Eric Nystrom later added a penalty shot goal for Nashville. Pekka Rinne halted 32 shots for the Preds, who moved to 1-and-2. Zach Parise scored his third goal of the year on the power play for Minnesota and Jared Spurgeon added a PP strike of his own in defeat. Niklas Backstrom allowed two goals on five shots before departing with an injury after a collision with teammate Keith Ballard and Nashville's Eric Nystrom. Head coach Mike Yeo would simply call it a "lower body" injury. Josh Harding replaced Backstrom and halted 19 shots as the Wild fell to 0-1-and-2. Minnesota hosts Winnipeg tomorrow.
The Vikings have waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to clear a roster spot for new quarterback Josh Freeman. The team signed Freeman on Monday after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The 25-year-old spent his first five seasons in Tampa, throwing for 13,534 yards with 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions in 60 career games. Minnesota returns to the practice field today and will host Carolina on Sunday.
The finalists for Super Bowl 52 are set. The NFL announced that Minneapolis, Indianapolis and New Orleans are the three remaining cities being considered to host the NFL's championship game in 2018. The Vikings could be the front-runner with a new stadium scheduled to b complete by then. The cities will present their bids to league owners at their spring meeting next May.
Chicago Bears wideout Brandon Marshall will be "going green" during tomorrow's game against the Giants by wearing green shoes to promote awareness for mental illness. Marshall has also promised to double the fine that is sure to come from the NFL for violating the uniform policy. He also intends to donate to a cancer-care charity.
With his team not set to play a game this week, Golden Gopher head football coach Jerry Kill is still at home getting some rest. Kill missed last Saturday's game at Michigan because he was not feeling well on Friday and suffered a seizure on Saturday morning. Minnesota lost to the host Wolverines 42-13. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys says the team did not practice on Monday or Tuesday, so Kill remained home to rest and to work with his doctor to adjust his medication, which they hope can regulate his situation. Minnesota plays at Northwestern one week from Saturday.