MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins sweep White Sox in a four-game series for the first time in 20 years
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota sluggers Josh Willingham and Joe Mauer each drove in two runs to lead the Twins to a 6-5 win over the White Sox at Target Field. Sam Fuld and Brian Dozier chipped in a run a piece for Minnesota, which completed the four-game sweep of Chicago. The series sweep by Minnesota was the first four-game sweep over the White Sox since 1994. Phil Hughes pitched five frames to improve to 8-and-3 with Jared Burton picking up the save. John Danks got roughed up for six runs in five innings to fall to 6-and-6. Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu each drove in two for the White Sox, who have lost eight of 10. The Twins are off today and will play at the Angels tomorrow night.
Minnesota star Maya Moore dropped in a game-high 25 points to lead the WNBA Lynx to an 83-77 win over the Indiana Fever Sunday at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus added 16 points apiece for Minnesota, which has won two in-a-row to improve to 11-and-4 on the year. The Lynx play a home-and-home series with the Storm starting Friday in Seattle. The teams will then meet Sunday in Minnesota.
Talks between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors about a possible trade for All-Star Kevin Love have hit a snag. ESPN reports the impasse is over an "organizational split" in the Warriors willingness to part with guard Klay Thompson. Reports on Friday indicated that Thompson had been added to trade talks along with David Lee and a draft choice. Klay Thompson is the son of former Golden Gopher standout Mycal Thompson.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are gearing up for the NBA Draft which starts Thursday in New York. The T'wolves currently hold the 13th pick in the first round and picks 40, 44 and 53 in round two. Cleveland has the top pick followed by Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
The Minnesota Wild's regular season schedule is out. They open with a home-and-home series against the Colorado Avalanche, who took the Wild to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs. The teams will meet at Xcel Energy Center on October 9th before playing in Denver on October 11th. The season wraps up April 11th at St. Louis.
Grant Enfinger dominated Saturday's ARCA 250 at Elko Speedway south of the Twin Cities. The win was his fourth of the season in the ARCA series and Enginger regained the points lead in the standings. The 29-year-old Fairhope, Alabama native took the lead on the first lap, but was spun out by a lapped car on lap four. He rallied to recapture the lead on Lap 43 and never looked back, leading 211 of the 250 laps. Tom Hessert of Cherry Hill, New Jersey was runner-up, while polesitter J.J. Haley of Winimac, Indiana finished in third-place. The event was televised nationally on CBS Sports Network Elko Speedway is located about 35 miles south of the Twin Cities.
Carl Edwards won his first-career road-course race by capturing Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Edwards grabbed the lead from Marcos Ambrose with 25 laps to go and held on. Jeff Gordon finished second to Edwards while aiming for his record-extending sixth win at the 12-turn track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by pole-sitter Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard. The Sprint Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night for the Quaker State 400.
Portugal broke American hearts by pulling out a 2-2 draw against the U.S. men's national team with seconds to spare in each squad's second game at the World Cup in Brazil. Cristiano Ronaldo fed a cross to the head of Silvestre Varela for a goal in extra time. The U.S. had been given the lead off a goal from Clint Dempsey in the 81st minute. Jermaine Jones hit the equalizer for the United States in the 64th minute after Portugal's Nani scored early in the match. The U.S. is now tied atop Group G with Germany with four points. The teams meet Thursday in the final match of the group round, while Ghana and Portugal play at the same time. A win or draw for the Americans would be enough to advance to the knockout round. The U.S. can also move on with a loss as long as they beat Ghana and Portugal on goal differential.
Experts are reminding Minnesota parents to remain vigilant when their summer fun with the kids involves water. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there were at least 40 reported drownings in 2012, and whether it's a backyard pool, a river or a lake Dr. Sarah Denny of the Injury Prevention Project says close, active supervision is essential because drowning can happen quickly and silently at any age. Denny says all children should have basic water safety skills so if they are in danger they know how to float and get to safety. She adds that formal swim lessons in children as young as age one have been shown to prevent drowning.