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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins open road trip in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Twins open up a six-game road trip tonight in Kansas City against the Royals.  The teams will play three games before Minnesota heads to Chicago for a weekend set with the White Sox.  Kyle Gibson gets the ball tonight for the Twins.  He is 8-and-8 with a 4.19 ERA.  KC will counter with right-hander James Shields, who is 9-and-5 with a 3.58 ERA.

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The Minnesota Vikings will enjoy a day off from training camp today on the campus of Minnesota State, Mankato.  Last night they held their first open scrimmage at Blakeslee Field.  The Vikings return to the practice field on Wednesday morning for a walk--thru at 10:30 followed by a practice that afternoon at 3 p.m.  The team is holding training camp in Mankato for the 49th consecutive season and will be there until they break camp on August 14th.  The Vikes begin preseason play with an August 8th exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium.  The regular season opener is at St. Louis against the Rams on September 7th.  The regular season home opener is against the New England Patriots on September 14th on the University of Minnesota campus.

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Veteran guard Mo Williams is signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, his representatives announced yesterday afternoon.  Chicago-based Priority Sports tweeted Monday that Williams has committed to join the Wolves after spending the past season with the Portland Trail Blazers.  ESPN.com reported that Williams is signing a one-year deal with Minnesota worth $3.75 million. Williams, 31, has played for the Utah Jazz (twice), Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Trail Blazers in his 11 NBA seasons.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to embark on the 2014 U.S. Bank/Timberwolves Summer Caravan, supported by Fox Sports North. The Caravan hits the road on Wednesday, August 6 and makes stops in Owatonna, St. Cloud and Eau Claire. Wolves players Corey Brewer and Ronny Turiaf will headline this summer's Caravan events.  The Caravan features an array of activities held in communities included in the tour. Among the events slated for the Caravan are free basketball clinics and appearances by Timberwolves mascot Crunch. The clinics are open to participants ages 5-16 and no registration is required. Photo and autograph opportunities will be available following each clinic.  Along with Brewer and Turiaf, Wolves assistant coach Ryan Saunders is also scheduled to participate in the Caravan. Brewer, Turiaf and Saunders will be available for media interviews at the conclusion of each clinic.  Over the past 24 years, the Caravan has made more than 100 stops across Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

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    2014 U.S. BANK/TIMBERWOLVES SUMMER CARAVAN FREE BASKETBALL CLINICS

    Date                    City              Location                  Time

    Wednesday, Aug. 6        Owatonna            Owatonna High School    9:30-11 a.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 7        St. Cloud          Apollo High School      9:30-11 a.m.

    Friday, Aug. 8          Eau Claire          Eau Claire YMCA        9:30-11 a.m. 

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The WNBA yesterday named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, July 21 through Sunday, July 27. The honor is Moore's third consecutive Player of the Week, fourth this season and ninth of her career.  Moore started off her week with a memorable performance, scoring a franchise-record 48 points in a 112-108 double-overtime victory over the East-leading Atlanta Dream at Target Center on July 22. The University of Connecticut product also tied club single-game records with 16 field goals and seven three-pointers made in the game. Her 48 points eclipsed Katie Smith's franchise record of 46 and are the second-highest total in WNBA history (Riquana Williams, 51). The Lynx are now 20-6 on the season, including 12-1 at home, and have already secured homecourt advantage for the first round of the 2014 WNBA Playoffs.  Minnesota will be in action on Thursday, July 31 against the Phoenix Mercury in a matchup of the two best records in the WNBA. Phoenix comes in to the week with a 21-3 record and a 15-game win streak while the Lynx sit two games behind them in the standings.

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University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill and three members of the Golden Gopher football team met with the national media Monday in Chicago at the annual Big Ten Media Days. The Gophers spoke with BTN, ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Sirius XM Radio, KFAN, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and numerous local media outlets from other Big Ten cities.  Kill addressed the media in a press conference before conducting podium interviews with a smaller group. He then moved on to a handful of one-on-one radio and TV interviews.  Running back David Cobb, quarterback Mitch Leidner and defensive back Cedric Thompson started their media responsibilities with TV interviews. They joined Kill for podium and radio interviews to wrap up their busy day.  Today the activities will begin with round table interviews and a BTN photo shoot in the morning. Then coaches and former student-athletes, including the Gophers' Laurence Maroney, will sign autographs. The event will conclude with the 43rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon.

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