MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: White Sox edge Minnesota; go for sweep this afternoon
Chicago's Dayan Viciedo had three hits and two RBI as the White Sox defeated the Twins 4-3 at U.S. Cellular Field. Alejandro De Aza added two hits and a pair of runs scored while Jose Quintana allowed one run on eight hits in six innings to improve to 8-and-6. Addison Reed picked up his 38th save. Brian Dozier led the Twins with three hits and two runs scored, while Trevor Plouffe drove in two runs for the Twins. Mike Pelfrey took the loss to fall to 5-and-13. Chicago has won two straight while Minnesota has lost two in-a-row.
Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter scored the lone goal in the Wild's 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets to open the preseason at Xcel Energy Center last night. Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on 10 shots, while Darcy Kuemper stopped all seven shots he faced for Minnesota. The Wild travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets tomorrow.
Golden Gopher football coach Jerry Kill says it is back to business as normal at the Minnesota football complex this week. Kill was back at practice yesterday and will put his team through a workout again today. The 52-year-old Kill met with reporters at his weekly news briefing yesterday, three days after he suffered a seizure at the end of the first half in last Saturday's win over Western Illinois. He says he plans to continue to coach football because that's what he loves doing and he's confident in his support staff should other problems arise. Kill's Gophers host San Jose State on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium at 11 a.m.
The Vikings continue to gear up for their home opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Minnesota is in search of its first win following road losses to Detroit and Chicago to begin the year. The Browns are also 0-and-2 on the season. The Vikings won the last meeting with the Browns 34-20 in Cleveland in 2009 and are 11-and-3 all-time in the series. Minnesota did not practice yesterday and will begin implementing the gameplan today at Winter Park.
The opening round WNBA playoff schedule is set for the overall top-seed Minnesota Lynx. Minnesota enters the postseason with the league's best regular season record at 26-and-8. The Lynx will take on Seattle in the Western Conference semifinals, which is a best two-of-three series. Game One will be in Minneapolis on Friday night at 8 p.m. Game Two will shift to Seattle on Sunday at 4 p.m. And, if a Game Three is necessary, it would be in Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 24th at the Target Center. Here's the Lynx playoff schedule at a glance:
Friday: Seattle at Minnesota, 8pm
Sunday: Minnesota at Seattle, 4pm
Tuesday (9/24): Seattle at Minnesota, if necessary, time TBD
The University of Minnesota volleyball team fell five spots in this week's national rankings after losing at Kentucky over the weekend. The 8-1 Golden Gophers are now ranked No. 9 in the nation. Penn State is ranked first in the country. Meanwhile, Minnesota-Duluth is the No 1 team in this week's national NCAA Division II volleyball poll. Concordia-St. Paul is second and Southwest Minnesota State is tenth.