Minnesota Sports Roundup: Twins pitching limits Boston to two hits in shutout winMinnesota Sports
-- Minnesota's Samuel Deduno and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Twins blanked the Red Sox 5-0 in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park last night.
BOSTON -- Minnesota's Samuel Deduno and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Twins blanked the Red Sox 5-0 in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park last night. Deduno permitted both hits while walking four and striking out one in six innings to improve to 3-and-0. Glen Perkins worked the final two frames for his sixth save. Brian Dozier went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Twins, who have won five-of-seven. Brian Duensing gets the nod opposite Felix Doubront in tonight's second installment of the series.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team will play Duke in the opening round game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas in November. The bracket pairings were announced yesterday. Memphis will play Virginia Commonwealth in the other half of the Gopher bracket. Louisville takes on Northern Iowa, while Missouri battles Stanford in the other side of the bracket. The opening contest is slated for November 22nd.
Visitation is Sunday (4-8pm) and funeral services are Monday afternoon (1pm) in Marshall for Drake Bigler, son of Southwest Minnesota State University men's basketball coach Brad Bigler. The five-month-old boy was killed when a drunk driver hit their SUV. Brad Bigler and his wife Heather's grandmother are still in a Sioux Falls hospital recovering from their injuries. SMSU Athletic Director Chris Hmielewski says Brad Bigler is progressing well and was taken off of oxygen yesterday. Dana Schoen of Starbuck is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the crash.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed center Greg Stiemsma to an undisclosed contract. The 26-year-old free agent spent last season with the Boston Celtics and averaged 2.9 points with 3.2 rebounds and 1.55 blocks in 55 games. The 6-foot-11 Wisconsin product was previously signed by the Wolves in April 2010 and waived five months later.
The U.S. men's basketball team put on the greatest offensive performance in Olympic history with a 156-73 rout of Nigeria. The 156 points broke Brazil's previous Olympic record of 137 in 1988. Carmelo Anthony set an American single-game record with 37 points to help the United States improve to a perfect 3-0 in Group A play. Team USA also set Olympic records with 29 three-pointers, a 71.1 shooting percentage from the field and the largest margin of victory at 83. They tied the most single-game assists record with 38. The Americans play Lithuania on Saturday and wrap up group play on Monday versus Argentina. Minnesota's Kevin Love scored 15 points and had six rebounds. The U.S. will play Lithuania tomorrow.
A trio of Minnesota Lynx and the United States women's basketball team are back in action today at the London Olympics. Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Hutchinson's Lindsay Whalen and the rest of Team USA goes up against Czech Republic. The Americans are a perfect 3-0 in preliminary Group A play with wins over Croatia, Angola and Turkey. They have won their three preliminary round games by a combined 108 points. The U.S. squad wraps up preliminary play on Sunday versus China. Tipoff today is 4:15 p.m., Minnesota time.