Minnesota Sports Roundup: Rays go extras to sweep Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays completed their three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins yesterday scoring four runs in the top of the 10th inning for a 7-3 victory.
Scott Diamond started for the Twins giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out six over seven innings, marking his 13th quality start in his last 18 outings but didn't factor in the decision, as the loss went to Jared Burton who falls to 4-4 on the season.
Justin Morneau went 2-4 hitting his 16th homerun on the season and driving in two runs. That homer was Morneau's 201st of his career moving him into a tie with Gary Gaetti for 6th on the Twins all-time list.
Twins centerfielder Denard Span hit his team-leading 31st double of the season but was removed from the game with right shoulder pain after injuring it diving for a ball in the sixth inning. Span will receive precautionary X-Rays on the shoulder.
Minnesota opens a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Target Field tonight, first pitch is at 7:05.
The Minnesota Vikings announced yesterday that they have removed running back Adrian Peterson from the physically unable to perform list (PUP) and he is able to return to on-field activities. Peterson took part in a walk through at Winter Park Sunday and while he will be on the field with his teammates again today he will not be allowed to practice in pads until at least Tuesday due to a provision in the latest NFL collective bargaining agreement. The Vikings dropped their first preseason game Friday to the San Francisco 49ers, and host the Buffalo Bills on Friday.
The U.S. men's basketball team won gold at the London Olympics. Team USA held off Spain 107-100 in Sunday's final. Kevin Durant netted a game-high 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Americans, who have won back-to-back gold medals and collected their 14th Olympic title since 1936. They have won five of the six gold medals since NBA stars began Olympic competition at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love posted nine points and nine rebounds while playing solid defense against Pau Gasol. NBA MVP LeBron James added 19 points and Kobe Bryant finished with 17 in the win. The U.S. also beat Spain for the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Here are Sunday's results from the American Association:
Amarillo 5, St. Paul 4 (Final)
Sioux Falls 6, Fargo-Moorehead 4 (Final)
Linclon 3, Gary 2 (Final)
El Paso 8, Sioux City 0 (Final)
Laredo 8, Grand Prairie 7 (Final)
Here are Sunday's results from the Northwoods League:
Rochester 6, St. Cloud 0 (Final)
Alexandria 5, Duluth 4 (Final)
Green Bay 12, La Crosse 3 (Final)
Wisconsin 11, Madison 10 (Final)
Wisconsin Rapids 4, Lakeshore 3 (Final)
Eau Claire 9, Battle Creek 1 (Final)
Thunder Bay-Wilmar canceled
The United States is leaving London with the most medals. The U.S. ended Olympic action with 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze for a total of 104 medals. China finished second with 87 medals. The Chinese also had the second most gold with 38. Russia came away with 82 medals and host nation Great Britain earned the fourth-most medals at the London Games with 65. American swimmer Michael Phelps collected the most medals individually with six. Phelps and fellow U.S. swimming teammate Missy Franklin had a London-best four gold medals each.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy cruised to his second major title on Sunday when he won the PGA Championship in historic fashion at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. McIlroy shot a six-under 66 and won by eight strokes to establish a new tournament record for largest margin of victory. He eclipsed Jack Nicklaus, who won this event by seven shots in 1980. McIlroy finished at 13-under. David Lynn shot a 68 on Sunday and finished second at minus-five. Last year's winner, Keegan Bradley, was tied for third at four-under. Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 in the final round and tied for 11th at minus-two.
Marcos Ambrose passed both Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski on the 90th and final lap on Sunday at Watkins Glen to take the checkered flag. It's Ambrose's second-career victory with the other also coming on the 11-turn road course a year ago. Keselowski made contact with Busch on the final lap after the 18-car had slid off the track. Busch ended up finishing seventh, while Keselowski was six-tenths of a second off the pace and came in second. Jimmie Johnson finished third followed by Clint Bowyer, who won the first road-course race of the season in June at Sonoma. Sam Hornish Jr. was fifth while Greg Biffle finished sixth.
The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of wide receiver Chad Johnson. The man formerly known as Chad "Ochocinco" was released a day after he was arrested for allegedly head-butting his wife. Earlier yesterday, Johnson was released from the Broward County jail.