MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins host Cleveland for a series before heading west
The Minnesota Twins open the second half of the season tonight against the Indians at Target Field. Minnesota will host Cleveland over the weekend before heading out on a seven-game road trip to Anaheim and Seattle. The Twins sit in fourth place in the American League Central at 39-and-53, 12 games behind first place Detroit.
The Timberwolves are out of title contention at the Las Vegas Summer League tournament following an 83-75 loss to the NBA D-League Select squad. Othyus Jeffers and John Holland scored 11 points apiece for Minnesota, which slipped to 2-and-3 in summer league action. The T'wolves take on Portland in a consolation game tonight.
Minnesota Lynx stars Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore have been named WNBA All-Stars after on-line voting wrapped up yesterday. Augustus was the second-leading vote-getter in the Western Conference at the guard position, while Moore garnered the second-most votes at the forward spot. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen received the fourth-most votes in the guard voting, so she will have to wait until Tuesday to find out if she is selected as a reserve on the Western Conference team. Rebekkah Brunson also has a chance to make the team as a reserve. The WNBA All-Star Game will be played on July 27th in Connecticut.
The Wild have re-signed restricted free agent forwards Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan to one-year, two-way contracts. Fontaine led the Houston Aeros of the AHL with 56 points in 64 games last season. Fontaine is a former star for Minnesota-Duluth. McMillan posted 18 points in 64 contests with Houston. The 24-year-old has two goals and three assists in 15 career NHL games with the Wild.
The regular PGA Tour stop this week is in Madison, Mississippi and a Minnesotan finds his name near the top of the leaderboard. Edina native and former Golden Gopher golfer Donald Constable is tied for fifth-place after yesterday's opening round five-under-par-67. Burnsville native Cameron Beckman is three-over-par after playing only seven holes yesterday. Play was suspended and the rest of the first round will happen this morning, followed by round two. Daniel Summerhays is the leader after firing a nine-under-par-63 yesterday.
The Minnesota Vikings are slated to have their first training camp practice in Mankato one week from today. Players are scheduled to check in on Thursday, July 25 and begin workouts the following day. The Mankato portion of training camp is scheduled to run July 25-August 14 with most of the practice days set up as two-a-day workouts. One of those practices each day is a walk-through. The team will host an evening practice/scrimmage on Saturday, August 3rd at Blakeslee Stadium. The Vikings open the exhibition schedule with a home game against Houston on August 9th. The regular season begins with a road game in Detroit on September 8th.
The 3rd annual Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener is heading to south-central Minnesota this fall. The D-N-R announced Madelia will be the site of the pheasant opener on October 11th and 12th. City Administrator Dan Madsen says they are proud to be the "Pheasant Capitol of Minnesota" and look forward to showcasing all the city has to offer. There are 86-hundred acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Madelia and the D-N-R's pheasant research is headquartered in the community. Governor Dayton will lead elected officials, dignitaries and celebrity hunters participating in the event. Host communities the past two years were Montevideo and Marshall.