Minnesota Sports Briefs: Wild sign Swedish goalie Gustafsson to three-year contractMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Wild have signed Swedish goalie Johan Gustafsson to a three-year, entry-level contract
The Minnesota Wild have signed Swedish goalie Johan Gustafsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The 20-year-old would have been eligible to reenter the draft if a deal was not struck by today. The Wild selected him with their sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
The Minnesota Vikings held their third session of Organized Team Activities at Winter Park yesterday. After the workout, many players later helped construct a new playground at Sheridan Arts Magnet School in Northeast Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Twins begin a six-game road trip against the Indians in Cleveland tonight. Carl Pavano is slated to get the start on the mound in the opener of the three-game set. The Tribe will counter with Derek Lowe. First-pitch is at 6:05.
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner underwent surgery yesterday on his injured right knee. He is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Hafner was initially diagnosed with inflammation in the knee and was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. The veteran is hitting a career-worst .242 in 39 games with six home runs and 23 RBI. The Tribe hosts the Twins tonight.
Here are results from Thursday's games in the American Association:
Quebec 9, St. Paul 2 (final)
Sioux Falls 12, Lincoln (final)
Grand Prairie 3, Sioux City 2 (Game One - final)
Grand Prairie 6, Sioux City 2 (Game Two - final)
Winnipeg 3, Amarillo 2 (final)
Minnesota State got a masterful pitching effort from sophomore Tyler Ockuly of Champlin Park and a solo home run from junior outfielder Mike Eckhart of Boone, Iowa and beat Delta State 1-0 to remain alive at the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series in Cary, North Carolina. The win means they play Delta State again today, with the winner advancing to tomorrow's D-II national championship game. Today's game is set for 10 a.m.
There are only three WNBA teams still undefeated on the season and two of them match up tonight. The defending champion Minnesota Lynx are 5-0 on the season, while Connecticut is 3-0. Those two hook up this evening in Uncasville, Connecticut at 6 p.m. The other unbeaten WNBA team is 3-0 Indiana, which next plays on tomorrow against New York.
The Minnesota Timberwolves held the first of two pre-Draft prospect workouts yesterday. Among those who worked out for the Wolves included Northwestern forward John Shurna, Marquette's Jae Crowder, and Baylor forward Quincy Acy. The Wolves will hold two more workouts this morning. Among those attending today's session are Kim English of Missouri, Justin Hamilton of LSU, Purdue's Robbie Hummel, Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green of Alabama, Darius Johnson-Odom of Marquette, Virginia's Mike Scott. Scouts from other NBA teams will also attend the workouts.
The Timberwolves have agreed to air 25 games next season on "over-the-air" television. The team announced a deal has been struck with Twin Cities television station WFTC (Channel 29) to telecast up to 25 games in high definition. The specific games will be announced at a later date. Cable channel Fox Sports North will televise an additional 70 games, meaning almost all of the Timberwolves games will be televised for next year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder got back into the NBA Western Conference finals in emphatic fashion Thursday night. The Thunder trounced the San Antonio Spurs 102-82 in Game Three. The Spurs still hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but their winning streak has been stopped at 20 games. The Thunder will host Game Four tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Celtics will clash with the Miami Heat in Game Three of the NBA Eastern Conference finals in Boston tonight. Miami holds a 2-0 lead in the seven-game series.
Former Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman will reportedly continue to coach the Washington Wizards next season. However, ESPN reports there will not be a formal announcement anytime soon. The 52-year-old took over as the interim head coach in the middle of last season after the franchise fired Flip Saunders, another former Wolves coach.
The Los Angeles Kings will clash with the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of the NHL Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night. Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead in the seven-game series with a 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday. The Kings are 9-and-0 on the road in this year's playoffs. New Jersey has two Minnesotans on its roster, including Ryan Carter of White Bear Lake and Zach Parise of Minneapolis.
The ARCA Racing Series is scheduled to make its first-ever visit to Minnesota this weekend. ARCA is in its 60th season of auto racing at short tracks across the country and is generally considered one of the better programs for young stock car drivers to learn the ropes of racing. Many ARCA drivers have gone on to star in the highest levels of NASCAR competition. Elko Speedway will host a 200-lap main event tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Elko Speedway is about 35-miles south of Minneapolis.