Minnesota Sports Briefs: U football team opened training camp last weekendMinnesota Sports
-- The University of Minnesota football team has two practices in the books, as head coach Jerry Kill began his team's training camp Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team has two practices in the books, as head coach Jerry Kill began his team's training camp on Saturday.
The Golden Gophers will hit the practice field again today with a mid-morning practice. Kill says he is excited to see how much his team has improved from a year ago. Minnesota was 3-9 last season, but finished the year with a convincing win over Illinois and beat rival Iowa for the second season in a row.
"Ruthville" won Saturday's Lady Canterbury Stakes race as part of the second annual Race for Hope event. The horse was ridden by Dean Butler and trained by Michael Stidham. She won the race by a length over "Bryan's Jewel." The race was comprised of all fillies. "Tickleyourfancey" won the Princess Elaine Stakes, designed for Minnesota-bred fillies. And, "Starlite Starbrite" was the Hoist Her Flag Stakes winner. "Huckleberry Mojito" won the "Canterbury Quarter Horse Derby." Finally, "Jess Lika Blair" was the North Central Quarter Horse winner in a race yesterday at the Shakopee track.
Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag at a rain-shortened Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday. Gordon led eight laps under caution before a severe thunderstorm moved over the area. The start of the race was delayed 90 minutes due to rain and was called 62 laps short of its 160-lap, 400-mile distance. Gordon claimed his 86th career win in NASCAR's premier series but his first since September 2011 at Atlanta. Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Kesolowski and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five.
A NASCAR fan was killed and nine others were injured when they were struck by lightning after Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway. The incident occurred in the parking lot behind the grandstands at the racetrack. Track president Brandon Igdalsky confirmed the fan died while en route to Pocono Medical Center. Another fan was transported to Lehigh Hospital in Allentown and was listed in critical condition. The identity of the fan killed and those injured were not released.