Minnesota Sports Briefs: Minnesota teams stay alive in NCAA baseball tournamentsMinnesota Sports
-- Minnesota State held off Chico State 6-5 in a loser's bracket game yesterday at the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series.
CARY, N.C. - Minnesota State held off Chico State 6-5 in a loser's bracket game yesterday at the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series.
The Mavericks' victory pushes them into another elimination game tomorrow. Minnesota State-Mankato will play Southern New Hampshire at 2 p.m. tomorrow with the loser being eliminated and the winner advancing to a Friday game.
Meanwhile the St. Thomas baseball team suffered its first loss in the NCAA Division III College Baseball World Series yesterday in Appleton, Wisconsin but remains alive in the double-elimination format. Wheaton of Massachusetts downed the Tommies 13-9 yesterday. The loss moved St. Thomas to an elimination game today at noon against SUNY-Cortland. The winner advances to a game tomorrow, while the loser goes home.
The Minnnesota Vikings will begin Organized Team Activities at Winter Park today. The Vikes have three days of OTAs scheduled this week with more scheduled for later in the spring. Minnesota will open its mandatory minicamp on June 19th.
The Minnesota Lynx head to Washington, D.C. to battle the Mystics tomorrow night. The Lynx improved to 40 on the season with an 84-71 home win over Seattle on Sunday. Washington is 1-1. Tipoff tomorrow is at 6 p.m.
Miami's LeBron James scored 32 points and snatched 13 rebounds to lead the Heat to a 93-79 win over the Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals last night in Miami. The Heat never trailed and outscored Boston 47-33 in the second half. Former Wolves star Kevin Garnett finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. Game Two is in Miami tomorrow night.
A crafty ride by veteran jockey Bobby Walker, Junior, pushed "Santo Gato" to a horse racing victory in yesterday's "Honor The Hero Express" race at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Walker has more than 2900 career wins and raced his horse past favorite "No Peace At All" down the stretch. The winning horse is a four-year-old Kentucky-bred thoroughbred trained by Gary Scherer. "Hollywood Trickster" won the "Skip Zimmerman Stakes" later in the day. That horse was ridden by Derek Bell and trained by Ed Ross Hardy.
I'll Have Another" was on the main track at Belmont yesterday, getting in a workout. The 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner jogged a half-mile and galloped a mile on the New York track. "I'll Have Another" has a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The horse needs a win at the Belmont Stakes on June 9th.
The New Jersey Devils will host the Kings in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night. The Kings enter the seven-game series 8-and-0 on the road in this year's playoffs and 12-and-2 overall. Los Angeles has also jumped out to 3-0 leads in each of its first three postseason series. New Jersey boasts two Minnesotans on its roster, including White Bear Lake's Ryan Carter and Zach Parise of Minneapolis. Parise is the son of former North Stars player J.P. Parise.
For the first time in school history, the Loyola College of Maryland Greyhounds have won the NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship. The Greyhounds beat the Maryland Terrapins 9-3 in Foxborough on Monday.