MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins get back to .500 by sweeping Kansas City
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was scoreless through most of the day, but the Twins put up two in the seventh and two in the eighth to pull out a 4-3 win over the Royals at Target Field. The victory gave Minnesota a three-game sweep. Josmil Pinto launched a two-run homer, while Kevin Correia was charged with three runs in seven-plus innings. Reliever Casey Fien was credited with the win and Glen Perkins nailed down his third save. Minnesota is back in action tomorrow when they begin a three-game homestand against Toronto.
Nashville's Craig Smith had two goals and two assists as the Predators downed the Wild 7-3 in St. Paul to close the regular season. Calle Jarnkrok had a goal and two helpers as Nashville scored four times in the second period. Carter Hutton made 26 saves for the Preds, who closed the season by winning six out of seven. Jason Pominville had a goal and two helpers for the Wild in defeat. Minnesota held a 3-1 lead heading into the second period before the Predators offensive onslaught. Ilya Bryzgalov (ILL-yuh breez-GAL-ahv) was pulled after allowing five goals for Minnesota, which enters the playoffs to a matchup with the Colorado Avalanche.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone, a four-year player at St. Cloud State, is in trouble with the law. Malone was arrested on two charges early Saturday morning for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. Malone was held on 25-hundred-dollars bond. Malone has five goals in 57 games this season for the Bolts. Malone is a native of the Pittsburgh area, but played prep hockey for a couple of seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. He played for St. Cloud State from 1999-2003.
Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins went off for 35 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in the Kings 106-103 win against the Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento last night. Ben McLemore chipped in 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting for Sacramento, which moved to 28-and-53. Kevin Love dropped 43 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Corey Brewer followed up a 51-points performance with 10 points missing six of eight shots. Minnesota is 40-and-40 and has two games remaining this season. They will play at Golden State tonight in the final road game of the year. The Warriors lost in overtime to Portland last night.
The No. 14 University of Minnesota softball team knocked off No. 23 Northwestern yesterday 3-2 in Minneapolis. The win pushed the Golden Gopher season record to 32-and-6 overall and 10-and-3 in the Big Ten. Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegan earned the win, moving her season record to 11-and-0. The Gophers are at No. 4 Michigan this coming weekend. The Gopher baseball team lost to Nebraska yesterday 3-2, giving the Cornhuskers a three-game weekend sweep of Minnesota. The Gopher record is now 17-and-14 overall and 5-and-7 in the Big Ten. Minnesota hosts Hamline in a single game tomorrow, North Dakota State in a single game on Wednesday, and then return to conference play by playing at Iowa starting on Friday.
Union College scored four times in the first period to power past Minnesota 7-4 in the men's hockey championship game from Philadelphia on Saturday. The Golden Gophers were 1-for-4 in power play situations with Hudson Fasching netting the lone goal. Justin Kloos and Sam Warning scored in the first period, while Taylor Cammarata netted a second period goal. Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots in defeat as Minnesota was looking for its first title since 2003. The Golden Gophers finished the season 28-7-and-6.
The Minnesota Vikings worked out Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Saturday and Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday as they prepare for the upcoming NFL draft. The Vikings currently have two quarterbacks on the roster in Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. The Vikes also worked out LSU QB Zach Mettenberger last week and have the eighth pick in the upcoming draft.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx are set for the 2014 WNBA Draft, which takes place tonight in Connecticut. Minnesota has the 12th overall pick in the first round, followed by two second round slots and a third round pick. In all, the Lynx hold the 12th, 15th, 24th, and 36th overall selections. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN-2.