MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild win Game 3 in overtime, now down 2-1
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota center Mikael Granlund scored just a little over five minutes into overtime to send the Wild to a 1-0 win over the Avalanche in Game Three of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series from the Xcel Energy Center. Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for Minnesota, which still trails in the series two games to one. The Wild will host Game Four on Thursday. Semyon Varlamov was spectacular in goal for Colorado, halting 45 shots in defeat. The Avs won the first two of the series on home ice. Game Four is slated for Thursday night in St. Paul at 8:30 p.m.
Wild left winger Matt Cooke played in his 100th NHL Playoff game during last night's 1-0 Minnesota overtime win. He had a game-high six hits, but one of those hits could prove costly. He made an illegal knee-to-knee contact on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in the second period. Cooke took a two-minute minor, while Barrie missed the rest of the game. Several media reports indicate the knee injury could keep Barrie out for four-to-six weeks. The NHL has asked Cooke for an in-person hearing and Cooke is likely facing a suspension for the hit.
Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman is calling it a career. The 67-year-old has decided to retire after coaching 23 years in the NBA. Adelman spent the last three seasons with the T'wolves, going 97-and-133. He won 1,042 games in all as coach Adelman has one year left on his contract and will stay on with Minnesota in a consulting role. Minnesota president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has already begun a coaching search to find a replacement for Adelman.
Tyrone Corbin is not returning as head coach of the Utah Jazz. The team announced it will not be renewing his contract. Corbin, a former Timberwolves player, was 112-and-146 in three-plus seasons with the Jazz Utah went 25-and-57 this season, finishing last in the Western Conference.
The Minnesota Twins open up a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Mike Pelfrey aims for his first win of the year. He is 0-and-2 with a 7.98 ERA in three starts so far. The Rays will counter with left-hander David Price, who is 2-and-1 with a 4.39 ERA. Both teams were off yesterday.
A major summer concert is coming to Target Field. Twins officials announced yesterday that Paul McCartney will be performing at the ballpark on Saturday, August 2nd. Spokesman Chris Iles says there will be about 40-thousand tickets available and they'll range in price from $36.50 to $250. Iles says McCartney was supposed come here in 2011 and because of his scheduled it didn't work out, so the Twins are thrilled it's going to work out in 2014. Iles says two Kenny Chesney concerts at Target were hugely successful and he expects tickets for the McCartney show to go fast. They go on sale April 28th. For more information you can log on to twinsbaseball-dot-com.
The Colorado Rockies will be without outfielder Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DYE-er) for some time. The former Twin hit the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. The move is retroactive to April 18th. The Rox have recalled infielder Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his roster spot.
Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is the National League Player of the Week. The former Twin drove in a major league-leading 12 runs while batting .375 with three homers in seven games last week. Morneau signed with Colorado in the offseason to replace Todd Helton at first.
Golden Gopher shortstop Michael Handel of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Week. Handel drove home six runs in four games over the past week. This is the first weekly honor for Handel, who is a junior. Handel is the son of Golden Gopher associate athletic director Randy Handel.
The University of Minnesota's baseball pitching coach is in the midst of a ten-week fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. Todd Oakes is competing for the organization's Man of the Year Award. Oakes himself was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in 2012 and is now in complete remission. Meanwhile former Gopher pitcher and current Twins closer Glen Perkins is donating 100 dollars for every strikeout he has this month, and the Twins and the MLB Players Association are matching the funds. The general public can also donate. (Info is available at www.mwoy.com/mn. Oakes will find out if he wins the award next month.
The NFL is expected to unveil its 2014 regular-season schedule this week. Reports last week had Tuesday targeted as the release date, but Pro Football Talk says Wednesday or Thursday is now more likely. The defending Super Bowl champions traditionally host the season opener on the first Thursday in September. The league has already announced its preseason schedule.
A contract between the New York Giants and quarterback Josh Freeman is complete. He started three games for Tampa Bay last season before being released. Freeman was then signed by Minnesota, where he started one more game before suffering a season-ending concussion. Freeman had been the starter for the Bucs for four-plus seasons, compiling a 24-and-35 record.