MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Royals use a five-run eighth to defeat Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals used a five-run eighth inning to beat the Twins 6-1 in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field last night in Minneapolis. Alex Gordon's three-run double keyed the inning, while Billy Butler added a solo shot in the ninth. It was Butler's 14th homer of the season. James Shields improved to 9-and-8, dealing seven-and-a-third innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts. Kansas City has won three in-a-row since dropping back down to .500. Minnesota's bullpen fell apart after seven scoreless innings from Kevin Correia. Jared Burton was tagged with the loss.
Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is on trade waivers, according to multiple reports. It is common for teams to place most players on waivers at some point in August. In order for a player to be eligible for the postseason for a possible new team, a trade must be made by Saturday's waiver trade deadline. If Willingham is claimed, the Twins could trade the outfielder to that team. If he goes unclaimed, the Twins can trade him to any team, if they so choose. Willingham is batting .215 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 88 games this season.
Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen scored 18 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 73-47 rout of the New York Liberty at the Prudential Center in Newark last night. The former Golden Gopher star was helped by Maya Moore, who added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who have won three in-a-row to improve to 21-and-7 on the year. The Lynx host the Seattle Storm on Saturday.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is not happy with the NFL's decision to not punish San Francisco offensive lineman Joe Looney for his hit on Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Williams suffered a hyperextended knee and will miss three-to-four weeks. Looney hit Williams on the knee as the big defensive tackle was turning to pursue a ball carrier several yards away. Allen says Williams was a defenseless player and the NFL in not penalizing Looney is not being consistent with their fines. The 49er's won the preseason game 34-14. Minnesota closes out the exhibition season tomorrow night at home against Tennessee at the Metrodome.
The Vikings placed wide receiver Greg Childs on the Reserve Physically Unable To Perform list, bringing the team's roster down to the 75-player limit at this point of the season. The move for Childs means he won't be able to practice or play with the team until after the sixth game of the season at the earliest. Childs continues to recover from a torn patellar tendon in both knees, which he suffered prior to last season.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his "All Day Foundation" will host a fundraising dinner for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The September 10th event is called "Eat Big, Give Big Texas BBQ - An Evening With Adrian Peterson" and will help raise money for the Midwest Children's Resource Center, which helps diagnose, treat, and support victims of child abuse and neglect. Peterson's "All Day Foundation" was founded in 2008 and is aimed to help children. For more information on the dinner, log on to the Children's Hospital Webpage.
The Golden Gopher football team opens the season tomorrow night at home against UNLV at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers are a 14-point favorite in the non-conference game against the Rebels, who were just 2-and-11 a year ago. Minnesota was 6-and-7 last year, including a season-opening win at UNLV 30-27 in triple overtime. Today begins "Welcome Week" on the U of M campus for the newly-enrolled freshmen class of students. Head coach Jerry Kill will speak to the more than five-thousand freshmen at a pep rally tonight. Each new student receives a free ticket to tomorrow night's game, which kicks off at 6 p.m.
The D-N-R says the world's oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Itasca County at the age of 39-and-a-half. Wildlife Research Biologist Karen Noyce, who kept track of "Bear Number 56" since she was first collared in 1981, says there was no sign of a struggle and it "looked like she had pretty much laid down and died." Noyce says she was particularly pleased that the bear hadn't been hit by a car or shot by a hunter. Noyce says Bear Number 56 beat the odds, probably due to her genes, where she lived, and her personality. Noyce calls it "a fitting death for a fine old bear."