Minnesota Sports Briefs: Lynx stay undefeated with win over D.C.Minnesota Sports
-- Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen scored with one-second left to lift the Lynx over the Mystics 79-77 last night.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen scored with one-second left to lift the Lynx over the Mystics 79-77 last night.
Whalen rebounded her own miss and nailed the putback attempt to move Minnesota to a perfect 5-and-0 on the season. The Hutchinson native and former U star finished with 11 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which saw a 24-point lead disappear before claiming the victory. Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson each scored 16 points for the Lynx. The Lynx will visit the Connecticut Sun tomorrow night.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen has decided to retire. The 24-year-old Allen spent only three seasons in the NFL. He was drafted by the Vikings in the third round of the 2009 draft. Allen 49 tackles and an interception in 12 games last season. He told head coach Leslie Frazier of the decision last week.
Here are results from Wednesday's games in the American Association:
Quebec 6, St. Paul 2 (final)
Wichita 12, Fargo-Moorheda 6 (final)
Gary 8, Sioux Falls 4 (final)
Winnipeg 7, Amarillo 6 (final)
El Paso 13, Kansas City 12 (final)
Grand Prairie at Sioux City, ppd (rain)
Laredo at Lincoln, ppd (rain)
Minnesota State-Mankato stayed alive at the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series with a 6-0 win over Southern New Hampshire yesterday. The Mavericks will play Delta State in a game this afternoon in Cary, North Carolina. MSU-Mankato improved to 50-11 for the season with yesterday's victory.
The national title hopes of the St. Thomas baseball team ended with yesterday's 5-0 loss to defending national champ Marietta in the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin. Marietta went on to win the national with a late afternoon win over Wheaton yesterday afternoon.
Defense attorneys in the Amy Senser hit-and-run case are back in court this afternoon, asking a judge to throw out their client's conviction or grant her a new trial. Forty-five-year-old Senser was convicted on two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the August death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong. But defense attorney Eric Nelson says there was a potential error in jury instructions. He also points to a note the jury gave the judge, saying they convicted Senser because they believed she knew she struck a vehicle, not a person. But Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Deborah Russell says defense attorney Nelson agreed to the jury instructions ahead of time, and that law mandates Senser should have stopped even if she didn't know she struck Phanthavong. Amy Senser is the wife of former Vikings tight end Joe Senser. Joe Senser was a one-time radio broadcaster for the Vikings, and is a part-owner of several sports bars in the Twin Cities.
The NFL Players Association is now awaiting a ruling after its grievance over bounty suspensions was heard Wednesday. NFL.com reports a ruling is expected in about a week after the two sides argued their case for 90 minutes before an arbitrator in Philadelphia. The NFLPA is challenging the authority of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to issue suspensions to four current and former New Orleans Saints players for their roles in the pay-for-performance scandal since it is a salary-cap issue and not an on-field conduct issue. Four Saints officials were also suspended. Part of the investigation allegedly uncovered evidence that the Saints were trying to injure then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship Game in New Orleans.
Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway 8:13 into overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 win over the Devils in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals last night in Newark. Los Angeles improved to 9-0 on the road in this year's playoffs by grabbing a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals with a 115-111 overtime win over the Celtics last night in Florida. LeBron James had 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Miami in the Game Two win. Rajon Rondo had 44 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for Boston in defeat.