MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins edge San Diego, go for sweep tonight
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Chris Parmelee and Kurt Suzuki each hit solo homers to help the Minnesota Twins beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 in the first of two meetings at Petco Park. Trevor Plouffe had two hits and knocked in a run for the Twins, who have won six of their last eight games. Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for San Diego, which has dropped two straight and four of its last six games.
Minneapolis will host Super Bowl 52 in 2018. The announcement was made in Atlanta yesterday afternoon after a vote by N-F-L owners. Vikings co-owner and President Mark Wilf says it was evident to him and his brother Zygi Wilf that the other N-F-L owners were "extremely impressed with everything Minnesota has to offer" and Wilf says he has no doubt they will be even more excited with what the community will deliver in February 2018. Minneapolis beat out New Orleans and Indianapolis to host Super Bowl 52. A major factor in the competition: The Vikings' new stadium which is set to open in 2016.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed first-round draft picks Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr. Minnesota selected Louisville quarterback Bridgewater with the 32nd pick and took linebacker Barr out of UCLA at number-nine overall. The rookie contracts are four-year deals with a team option for a fifth season. The Vikes also signed two seventh-round draft picks: defensive tackle Shamar Stephen of Connecticut and Georgia linebacker Brandon Watts.
After beating the Padres last night 5-3, the Twins will look for a two game sweep over the Padres tonight at Petco Park. Phil Hughes (4-1, 3.61 ERA) takes the mound for the Twins while Tyson Ross (5-3, 2.81) goes for San Diego. First pitch is 8:10 p.m. CT. After tonight, the Twins have tomorrow off before starting a three game weekend series in San Francisco.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says he has no intentions of trading star forward Kevin Love. Taylor tells the "Pioneer Press" he won't rule out a deal, but says that's "not our plan." Love hasn't demanded a trade but multiple sources report he made it clear he intends on becoming an unrestricted free agent after next season and has no interest in a contract extension to stay in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a minuscule chance of jumping into the top three of the NBA Draft Lottery last night and an even more remote chance of winning the whole thing and walking away with the number one overall pick. Neither happened therefore, the Timberwolves will remain with the 13th overall pick in next months draft
The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping their luck in the NBA Draft Lottery will translate to the court. For the second year in a row and the third out of the last four the Cavs will have the first overall pick in the NBA Draft next month. The Milwaukee Bucks had the best odds at 25-percent but will pick second followed by Philadelphia 76ers. The Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz round out the top-five. The 2014 NBA Draft is June 26th.
Tuesday was an off day on the NHL playoff docket, but the postseason resumes Wednesday. The Blackhawks and Kings square off Wednesday for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals from Chicago. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks claimed a 3-1 win over Los Angeles on Sunday to grab a 1-0 series lead.
Several Golden Gopher coaches and staff members are in the midst of a two-day, five-city tour of Minnesota. The caravan stopped in Willmar and Park Rapids/Menahga yesterday and will stop in Grand Rapids/Coleraine, Hibbing, and St. Cloud today. After today, the Gopher Road Trip resumes on June 3 and June 4. Stops on those days include Redwood Falls, Owatonna, Red Wing, and New Ulm.
Today: Coleraine 9:00 a.m. Eagle Ride Golf Course
Hibbing 11:30 a.m. Mesaba Country Club
St. Cloud 5:00 p.m. Le St. Germain Suites Hotel
Trevor Yedoni of the University of Minnesota men's track & field team has been honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after an incredible performance at the 2014 Big Ten Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native won the outdoor conference long jump title and set a new personal record of 7.57 meters (24-10 ft.) at the Big Ten meet while also helping the Gophers' 4 by 100 meter relay squad to a seventh-place finish at the meet. Yedoni, who also won the long jump at the Tom Cat Twilight earlier this year, improved his personal-best mark by seven inches at the Big Ten championships and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in the process.