MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Morneau placed on waivers
The Minnesota Twins placed veteran slugger Justin Morneau on revocable waivers Monday, according to multiple reports. If Morneau is claimed before Wednesday's deadline, the teams would have 48 hours to work out a trade. The Twins could also let him go without compensation or pull him back off waivers all together. If he clears waivers, the Twins could trade him to any team. Morneau is hitting .262 with 14 homers and 67 RBI in 111 games this season.
Ryan Raburn clubbed a two-run homer and Zach McAllister tossed six effective innings to win for the first time since late May, as Cleveland claimed a 5-2 win over Minnesota in the second edition of a three-game set. Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis knocked in the other runs for the Indians, who won for just the second time in their last nine and avenged a 3-0 loss in Monday's opener. Josh Willingham homered for the Twins, who lost for the second time in their last six. Samuel Deduno (7-6) also lasted six innings, but was touched in defeat for five runs -- four earned -- on five hits.
Monday night the Minnesota Vikings took a break from the every day grind of training camp and actually took in a movie as a group. Tuesday however, they were right back to work as they continue to prepare for their second preseason game coming up Friday night in Buffalo. Today is the final full day in Mankato as the team takes to the field for a walk-thru this morning at 10:30 a.m followed by the final full pads workout on the Minnesota State campus this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Following Friday's game against the Bills the Vikings will relocate to Winter Park in Eden Prairie for the remainder of the preseason.
A sports panel has delayed final approval of contracts for the Minnesota Vikings new stadium until it can review litigation involving team owner Zygi Wilf and his family. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had planned to consider the final agreements Aug. 23. But the authority said Tuesday those agreements will be considered at a future meeting. The panel has retained Peter Carter of the Dorsey & Whitney law firm to head a group to conduct the review. A judge ruled last week the Wilf family committed fraud and breach of contract in a case stemming from an apartment development in New Jersey. The Star Tribune reports the chair of the Stadium Authority, Michele Kelm-Helgen, says the planned October groundbreaking for the nearly $1 billion stadium is still on schedule.
The Golden Gopher football team continues to creep closer and closer to their first game of the 2013 season when they host UNLV on August 29th. Tuesday morning they continued their fall camp on the University of Minnesota campus. Today features a couple of workouts as the Gophers take to the field for Practice #14 at 9:10 a.m. followed by Practice #15 this afternoon at 4:40 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are hosting an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Target Center to offer fans exclusive incentives to become 2013-14 season ticket members. Attendees who purchase a season ticket membership during the event will meet Wolves forward/guard Corey Brewer and receive a chance to win an additional 2013-14 season membership. Fans who purchase two or more season ticket memberships have the opportunity to have one of their memberships given to them at no cost. The new season ticket member will get one shot to make an NBA 3-pointer, and if successful, will receive one of their purchased memberships for free.