MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: White Sox post seven runs in the first as they rout Minnesota
CHICAGO -- The White Sox posted a seven-spot in the opening inning and never looked back as they crushed the Twins, 12-1, in the first game of a three-game set in the Windy City. Alexei Ramirez was 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, while Adam Dunn hit his 32nd homer of the season. Erik Johnson earned his first career win, dealing six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. Liam Hendricks didn't make it out of the first inning as he was charged with all seven runs for Minnesota. Chris Parmelee drove in the Twins only run.
Golden Gopher head football coach Jerry Kill was back at practice yesterday, getting his team ready to take on San Jose State this coming Saturday. Kill suffered an in-game seizure in last Saturday's win over Western Illinois. He went to the hospital to get checked out and was home by Saturday night. He rested at home on Sunday and returned to work yesterday. He is scheduled to meet with reporters on campus at his weekly news conference today. Yesterday, Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague gave his coach a vote of confidence.
The Vikings spent yesterday viewing game film from Sunday's loss 31-30 loss at Chicago. The defeat pushed Minnesota to 0-and-2 on the young NFL season. The team has the day off today and will return to practice tomorrow. Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway says the team must move on from the loss in Chicago and get ready for Cleveland this weekend. The Browns will be the first regular season visitor of the season to the Metrodome. Sunday's game kicks off at noon.
The Wild open up preseason play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center. They will also have a morning skate today. Minnesota will then play Winnipeg twice before traveling to Columbus. The Wild wrap up the preseason with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues. The regular season starts October 3rd at home against the Los Angeles Kings.
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore is the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week. Moore averaged 19.7 points as the Lynx went 2-and-1 for the week to finish the regular season with the best record in the league. The Lynx open the first round of the playoffs at home against the Seattle Storm on Friday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.
Longtime St. Cloud State men's basketball coach Kevin Schlagel says this coming season will be his last in leading the program. Schlagel has been the Huskies head coach since 1998 and was an assistant for 18 years prior to that. He played for St. Cloud State, which gives him 40 years of association with the school. The Rush City native says he wanted to make the announcement prior to the season so the school could have as much time as possible to find his replacement for next season.