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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: A's win in extra innings over Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS --  Oakland pinch hitter Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning to propel the A's to a 7-4 win over the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis yesterday.  Brandon Moss singled in two in a four-run first inning for Oakland, which has won the first two games of the three-game series.  Jim Johnson was charged with two runs in the ninth, but Dan Otero blew the save before getting credit for the eventual win.  Jared Burton gave up the bomb to Norris in the 11th and took the loss for Minnesota.  Jason Kubel (KOO-bull) went 4-for-5 with a home run and Brian Dozier also went deep for the Twins.  Eduardo Escobar had two hits and an RBI in defeat.  Phil Hughes allowed all four Oakland runs in the first.  

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The Twins try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Athletics today at Target Field.  Oakland has won the first two in the three-game set, dropping the Twins to 3-and-5 on the year.  Mike Pelfrey will take the mound for Minnesota.  He lost his first start of the year last week.  The A's will counter with Dan Straily, who is also 0-and-1.  The first pitch is set for 12:10 p.m.

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Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his right wrist.  The move is retroactive to last Saturday.  Minnesota has called up outfielder Darin Mastroianni to take Arcia's roster spot.  Mastroianni was off to a red hot start at Class AAA Rochester.  He was hitting .450 with two doubles in four games.  He played in 30 games last season for the big league Twins.

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South Dakota State beat Minnesota in a college baseball game in Brookings, South Dakota, yesterday  The Jackrabbits scored nine times in the first two innings and won the contest 13-4.  Minnesota fell to 17-and-11 on the season, while SDSU moved to 15-and-15.  The Golden Gophers host Nebraska this Friday through Sunday in a Big Ten weekend series at Siebert Field.

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Chicago forward Joakim Noah recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bulls blasted the Timberwolves 102-87 at the Target Center in Minneapolis last night.  D.J. Augustin led six players in double figures with 21 points off the bench for Chicago, which won its sixth straight.  Kirk Hinrich had 16 points and Mike Dunleavy donated 15 in the victory.  Kevin Love posted 17 points and 10 boards to pace the T'wolves, who have dropped two-of-three.  Ricky Rubio added 15 points and six assists in defeat.  Minnesota hosts Houston tomorrow night in the Twin Cities at 7 p.m.

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 Wild head coach Mike Yeo gave his team the day off yesterday, a day after securing an NHL playoff berth with a 4-3 shootout win over Boston in St. Paul.  Yeo had originally scheduled his team for a midday Wednesday practice, but instead cancelled that workout.  The Wild will have a morning skate this morning in preparation for a home game tonight against St. Louis.  Minnesota will close out the regular season with a Sunday home game against Nashville.

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 Storied rivals and former WCHA foes Minnesota and North Dakota square off in the NCAA Frozen Four this evening.  The winner will advance to the national championship game two nights later and will face the winner of the Union and Boston College semifinal.  Fourth-seeded North Dakota is 25-13-and-3 on the season.  Top-seeded Minnesota is 27-6-and-6 overall.  Tomorrow's faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m  Gopher defenseman Brady Skjei of Lakeville says the team is focused on tomorrow's game because they can't make it to Saturday's title contest without a win tomorrow. 

Thursday Semifinal:  Minnesota vs. North Dakota, 7:30pm Thursday Semifinal:  Boston College vs. Union (NY), 4pm Saturday Championship:  Semifinal Winners, 6:30pm

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Ten members of the Detroit Lakes High School Hockey Team have been charged with misdemeanors in Becker County District Court in connection with trespassing at Kent Freeman Arena in February.  The incident occurred after the team lost in the sectional playoffs and returned to the arena in Detroit Lakes. Investigators say a player used tape to prevent an arena door from locking, left, and waited for the coach leave before coming back. They skated and used the Zamboni. A small amount of food was taken from the concession stand but no significant damage was found.  The players involved could face fines and community service.

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 The Minnesota Vikings have set their four opponents for the 2014 NFL Preseason schedule.  The Vikes will open the exhibition slate with a home game against the Oakland Raiders sometime between August 7-9.  They will host Arizona sometime between August 14-16. Both of the home games will be played at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.  The preseason slate ends with a pair of road games.  Minnesota visits Kansas City sometime between August 21-23 and the preseason finale is at Tennessee between August 28-29.  Minnesota has not played any outdoor, home preseason games since the Metrodome opened  The Metrodome is now being torn down and the Vikes will play home games at the Gopher field for at least two season while a new downtown Minneapolis NFL stadium is being constructed.

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is voicing his opinion to promote paying college athletes.  He said during a conference call on Wednesday that football players like former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel bring in "so much money," and that some of the money should go to the players.

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