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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Tigers clinch AL Central with shutout win over Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS --  Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer cruised to a 1-0 win over the Twins last night at Target Field, as Detroit clinched the American League Central title. Scherzer improved to 21-and-3 on the season, allowing two hits and striking out 10 in seven innings. Former Twin and current Tiger outfielder Torii Hunter had an RBI single in the first inning for the game's lone run. Joaquin Benoit locked up his 24th save with a perfect ninth inning. Kevin Correia was handed the tough-luck loss after giving up one run and seven hits in seven innings. Minnesota is 66-and-92.

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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is suffering from a rib injury heading into this Sunday's game against Pittsburgh in London. Ponder says he was hurt early in this past Sunday's game against Cleveland but played through it. He says he will try to throw during practice this week and won't be concerned about his playing status until Friday. Both teams are 0-and-3.

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Golden Gopher quarterback Mitch Leidner of Lakeville says he owes his offensive lineman all the credit for his record-tying performance last week against San Jose State. Leidner tied a team record by rushing for four touchdowns from the quarterback spot. Leidner is expected to start this weekend when Minnesota hosts Iowa for homecoming. Leidner has filled in for starter Phillip Nelson, who suffered a hamstring injury on September 14th against Western Illinois. Leidner made his first career start last week against San Jose State. Gopher coach Jerry Kill says the only way Nelson will play is if he is 100-percent. Saturday's kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.

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The ninth-ranked Golden Gopher volleyball team beat Indiana in straight sets last night to open Big Ten Conference play in Minneapolis. The Gophers are now 13-and-1 on the season and will play host to No 20 Purdue on Sunday at 1 p.m. Indiana fell to 8-and-4 on the year.

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Torrey Mitchell tallied a goal and an assist as the Wild beat the Blues 3-1 at Xcel Energy Center. Charlie Coyle and Matt Cooke also lit the lamp for the Wild, who improved to 4-and-1 in preseason play. The teams play again Friday in St. Louis in the final preseason game for both clubs.

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The Minnesota Lynx meet the Phoenix Mercury in Game One of the Western Conference Finals tonight at the Target Center. The Lynx swept the Seattle Storm in two games in the opening round to advance. The Mercury knocked off the Los Angeles Sparks in three games to move on.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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