MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins win rubber game of series against Cleveland
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins used emergency starter Anthony Swarzak to work five innings of one-run ball and beat the Indians 3-1 at Target Field yesterday afternoon in the rubber game of the three game series. Sam Fuld and Brian Dozier each drove in single runs in the third and fifth innings, while Oswaldo Arcia added insurance in the sixth with his sixth home run of the year. Glen Perkins notched his 24th save of the season. Minnesota will entertain the Chicago White Sox tonight, opening up a four-game series against Chicago.
The Minnesota Twins have designated veteran bullpen arm Matt Guerrier for assignment, essentially ending his time with the team. Guerrier appeared in 27 games with the Twins this season and was 1-and-0 with a 3.86 earned run average. He is third on the all-time list of innings pitched as a Twin with 488 innings worked. He struggled in his appearance on Tuesday night and Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire says it was not an easy decision to let go of a popular teammate. The Twins recalled Ryan Pressly from Class AAA Rochester to fill the roster spot vacated by Guerrier. Pressly turned in a 2.98 ERA in 35 appearances with the Red Wings. He is 25-years old and worked 49 games for the big league Twins last season.
The attorney for former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says his client is holding off on a lawsuit against the team as both sides further discuss the matter. Kluwe has claimed his activism in support of gay marriage led to his release from the Vikings. The team says it was his performance on the field that prompted the dismissal. Late last week, the Vikings announced a three-game suspension for Assistant Coach Mike Priefer as a result of anti-gay remarks he made during the 2012 NFL season.
Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is elaborating on comments he made about Michael Sam. Dungy says his remarks about the NFL's first openly-gay player were made just after the draft before a proposed Oprah reality show was scrapped. He says the show would've been distracting. Dungy played college football at the University of Minnesota and was once an assistant coach for the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings will open up training camp at Minnesota State-Mankato tomorrow. Players are required to report this morning with the first practice set for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. The team will workout on the MSU-Mankato campus through August 14th. Minnesota opens up its preseason slate on August 8th against the Raiders. The regular season begins with a road game at St. Louis on September 7th. The team begins its first camp with first-year head coach Mike Zimmer, who is scheduled to preview the camp during a media briefing at noon today in Mankato.
The University of Minnesota football team has set its tentative training camp schedule, with several practices open to the public. The Golden Gophers will open fall camp on August 1st with a practice at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex on campus. Minnesota will have a total of 27 practices before opening the regular season against Eastern Illinois on August 28th at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers were 8-and-4 last season. Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill will attend Big Ten Football Media Day next Monday.
TCU is "separating" star defensive end Devonte Fields from the school for an alleged domestic incident. The university says Fields is being removed from campus because it doesn't tolerate harassment or misconduct by a student. Fort Worth Police are investigating whether Fields pointed a gun and punched his ex-girlfriend in the head over the weekend. The ex didn't want to press charges, but police told her a family violence packet had to be filled out. Fields was named Big 12 preseason defensive MVP earlier this month. TCU hosts the University of Minnesota in a non-conference football game on September 13th.
Seattle Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice announced his retirement on Wednesday, after seven injury-plagued NFL seasons. Rice had been cut by the club back in February as a salary-cap measure, before being re-signed in April. The 27-year-old finished the 2013 campaign on season-ending injured reserve thanks to a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in an October 28 win over the St. Louis Rams. The seventh-year pro totaled 15 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season. Rice also saw the 2011 campaign -- his first with Seattle -- end with a stint on IR thanks to a concussion. Rice, taken by the Vikings in the first round of the 2007 draft out of South Carolina, ends his career having compiled 243 catches, 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns over 81 games. With Minnesota in 2009, Rice participated in all 16 games and posted career-highs in receptions (83), yards gained (1,312) and scores (8).
As expected, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced yesterday the team has re-signed forward Robbie Hummel. The 25-year old Hummel played in 53 games as a rookie last season, averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game. The Purdue product was selected 58th overall by Minnesota in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent the 2012-13 season with Obradoiro CAB in the Spanish League, where he averaged 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30 games.
Regulations announced this week for the 2014 deer season will be the most conservative in over two decades, and D-N-R officials say the main reason is two tough winters in a row. The agency's Steve Merchant says hunters will only be able to harvest one deer in 95 percent of the state, and 14 areas -- mostly in northeastern Minnesota -- will be bucks-only. Merchant terms it "further protection of antlerless deer in order to grow our deer population." No one -- not even hunters with disability, archery or youth licenses -- will be able to take antlerless deer in bucks-only zones. In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of shooting a doe or a buck. Hunters can enter the antlerless permit lottery beginning August 1st through September 4th.