MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Moore pours in 48 as Lynx win in double overtime
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore poured in a franchise record 48 points to lead her team past Atlanta 112-108 in double overtime last night at the Target Center. Moore continued her torrid scoring pace this season, connecting on 16 of 31 shots. The 48 points were the second most ever scored in any WNBA game. The single game scoring record is held by Tulsa's Riquna Williams, who scored 51 points last season. Moore is the leading scorer in the WNBA this season. She added ten rebounds in the win to turn in a double-double. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen scored 26 points and handed out nine assists in the victory, which was Minnesota's fifth consecutive win, pushing the season record to 18-and-6. Rebekkah Brunson played in her first game this season for Minnesota, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The Lynx return to action on Friday with a home game against San Antonio.
Cleveland's Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI to lead the Indians to an 8-2 win over the Twins at Target Field last night in Minneapolis. Chris Dickerson and David Murphy each drove in a pair of runs and Nick Swisher went 3-for-4 as Cleveland snapped its two-game losing streak. Danny Salazar picked up the win after striking out six in five innings of one-run ball. Yohan Pino got hit for four runs in six-and-a-third innings to fall to 1-and-3 for the Twins, who have lost four of their first five after the All-Star break. Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with a solo shot and Sam Fuld drove in a run in defeat. The same two teams play the rubber game of the set this afternoon at 12:10 p.m.
The scheduled Twins starting pitcher for today's matinee game against the Indians is suffering from back stiffness and will not make the appearance. Right-hander Kyle Gibson has been scratched from the spot after his back seized up during his bullpen session earlier this week. Fellow right-hander Anthony Swarzak will start in his place. Gibson reportedly attempted to loosen up on Tuesday, but felt back pain. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't believe Gibson will have to go to the disabled list. He says this is a day-to-day situation. Swarzak will make his 29th career start and his first since Oct. 2, 2012. Swarzak has been used as a relief pitcher since then, posting a 3.38 ERA in 143 2/3 innings over the last two seasons.
The Minnesota Vikings will open up training camp at Minnesota State-Mankato later this week. Players will report tomorrow with the first practice set for Friday morning. The team will workout on the MSU-Mankato campus through August 14th. Minnesota opens up its preseason slate on August 8th against the Raiders. The regular season begins with a road game at St. Louis on September 7th.
The University of Minnesota football team has set its tentative training camp schedule, with several practices open to the public. The Golden Gophers will open fall camp on August 1st with a practice at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex on campus. Minnesota will have a total of 27 practices before opening the regular season against Eastern Illinois on August 28th at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers were 8-and-4 last season. Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill will attend Big Ten Football Media Day next Monday.
Well known golfers Vijay Singh and Scott Verplank have committed to take part in the annual 3M Championship in Blaine, with festivities beginning next week. The PGA Champions Tour event is in its 21st season. A total of 78 players are scheduled to hit the TPC-Twin Cities course when play begins on August 1st. Singh has won 34 PGA Tour events, including three major events. Verplank has won five times on the regular PGA Tour. Verplank just turned 50 two weeks ago, so this will be his first Champions Tour event.