MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins snap home losing streak with win over Angels
The Vikings are preparing for their Week Two matchup with the Bears on Sunday in Chicago. Minnesota opened the season with a 34-24 loss at Detroit on Sunday. Chicago began the year with a 24-21 home win over Cincinnati. The Vikings snapped a six-game losing streak to the Bears in their last meeting last December. Minnesota is 53-49-and-2 all-time in the series._______________________
A start time for the Golden Gopher football game against San Jose State has been set. The September 21st contest will kick off at 11 a.m. at TCF Bank Stadium and be televised by either ESPN or ESPN 2. The game will also be broadcast on the statewide Gopher Radio Network. The Gophers host Western Illinois this Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium for an 11 a.m. on Saturday._______________________
The Lynx battle the Seattle Storm again tonight at Key Arena. Minnesota knocked off Seattle 75-60 on Saturday. The Lynx have now won six straight and continue to lead the WNBA at 24-7. After tonight's game, the Lynx will play their final road game on Thursday in Los Angeles before closing out the regular season on Saturday at home against Chicago.
The Timberwolves have made a couple of changes to their coaching staff. David Adelman, son of head coach Rick Adelman, has been promoted from the team's player development director to assistant coach. And, former Golden Gopher and NBA standout Bobby Jackson has been officially added to the staff, taking the spot of the younger Adelman as player development coach. Jackson had been an assistant coach for Sacramento the past two seasons. He helped lead the Gophers to the 1997 NCAA Final Four, although the accomplishment was later vacated due to an academic scandal that involved Jackson and others._____________________
The Minnesota Wild will begin training camp later this week with a camp roster of 51 hockey players. Training camp will open at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus on Thursday and then shift to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday. Minnesota opens the exhibition season with a game next Tuesday at home against Columbus. The regular season gets underway on October 3rd at home against the Kings.
____________________ Wildlife artists can submit entries to try to be the winning design of the 2014 Minnesota State Pheasant Stamp. The period to enter began this morning and runs through September 20th. The winner will not receive a prize, other than to know his or her design is the 2014 Pheasant Stamp, although winners traditionally have offered a print of the artwork and can keep the proceeds from any marketing and sales of such prints. Revenue from the actual hunting stamp is dedicated to pheasant management. The contest is open to Minnesota residents only and must be submitted in a securely-wrapped envelope or container to the DNR.