MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lynx take Game 1 against San Antonio
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota star Maya Moore dropped in a game-high 26 points as the Lynx knocked off the San Antonio Stars 88-84 in Game One of their WNBA Western Conference semifinal series at Target Center. Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson added 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Seimone Augustus chipped in with 16 points. Minnesota held a 15 point lead early, but saw San Antonio rally to take a fourth quarter lead. The Lynx finished strong to earn th win. Game Two is tomorrow in San Antonio at 6 p.m.
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore is the WNBA's Most Valuable Player. Last year's runner up beat out Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi in this year's balloting, receiving 35 first-place votes to just two for Taurasi. Moore averaged a league high 23.9 points this season, leading Minnesota to a 25-and-9 record and the second seed in the Western Conference. She is the first Lynx player to be honored as MVP.
It's starting to sound like the Kevin Love deal will become official on Saturday. Multiple outlets are reporting Kevin Love will head to the Cavaliers in a complicated three-team deal. The Cavs would land Love from Minnesota to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. Minnesota would get this year's No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and last year's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. In addition, the Timberwolves are expected acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers. Philadelphia would get the Cleveland's 2015 first-round pick, along with Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from the Wolves. The deal has been held up because Andrew Wiggins couldn't be traded for 30 days after his contract was signed. Tomorrow it could all become official.
USA Basketball will play another FIBA World Cup tuneup game tonight against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden. Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is expected to play after a non-contact workout on Thursday. Working his way back from surgery on both knees, Rose had seven points in 24 minutes in last Saturday's exhibition win over Brazil but did not play Wednesday against the Dominican Republic. Team USA will head to Spain next week and open World Cup play on Saturday, August 30th against Finland.
The Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball announced the complete schedule yesterday. The Gophers open the season in a previously-announced game against Louisville in Puerto Rico on November 14th. Minnesota opens the Big Ten Conference slate at Purdue on December 31st. The Big Ten home opener is January 6th against Ohio State. Minnesota is at rival Wisconsin on February 21st and hosts the Badgers March 5th. The Gopher women open the season at home on November 14th against Southeastern Louisiana. The Gopher women begin Big Ten play hosting Nebraska on December 29th. The entire schedules for both the Minnesota men's and women's teams can be found at the Gopher athletics Webpage.
The University of Minnesota football team will not practice today, getting a day of rest before they go into full gameweek mode. The Golden Gophers open the season on Thursday night against Eastern Illinois. Sophomore tight end Maxx Williams of Waconia says he can't wait to play in the season opener because he is getting tired of hitting his own teammates in practice, which began back on August 1st. Thursday's game begins at 6 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings clash with the Chiefs tomorrow in Kansas City in the third preseason game for both teams. Minnesota is 2-and-0 so far in exhibition play following last Saturday's 30-28 home win over Arizona and a win the week before over Oakland. The Chiefs are 1-and-1 with a win over Cincinnati and a loss to Carolina. The Vikes will not practice today, as they will travel to Missouri for the game.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was back at practice yesterday, but did not work with the starters. Coming off a foot injury while moving a box out of his training camp dorm room last week, Charles instead worked with the second team and scout team on Thursday. He is unlikely to play against the Vikings tomorrow night in Kansas City.
Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Twins topped the Cleveland Indians 4-1 at Target Field yesterday. Hughes struck out eight while allowing five hits and one run in seven innings to improve to 14-and-8. Glen Perkins got the final three outs for his 32nd save as Minnesota salvaged the finale of the three-game series. Trevor Plouffe snapped a 1-all tie with a two-run double in the sixth and Oswaldo Arcia doubled home an insurance run in the eighth. Kevin Vargas went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for Minnesota. Corey Kluber fell to 13-and-7 with the loss. Zach Walters homered for the Tribe.
The Minnesota Twins open up a four-game series with the Tigers tonight at Target Field. The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow. Tommy Milone gets the ball tonight. He is 6-and-4 with a 3.99 ERA this season and 0-and-1 in two starts with Minnesota. Detroit will counter with fellow left-hander Robbie Ray, who is 1-and-3 with a 5.33 ERA. Tonight's first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. in Minneapolis.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes under the lights this Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race. Carl Edwards was victorious in March's race at Bristol. Jeff Gordon currently leads the standings by three points over teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Stewart will miss his third consecutive Sprint Cup race since his car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race in New York this month.