Minnesota Sports Roundup: Twins salvage series finale against Kansas CityMinnesota Sports
-- Minnesota's Denard Span hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Royals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Denard Span hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Royals. Trevor Plouffe tied the game with a solo shot in the ninth for Minnesota, which salvaged the finale of this three-game set. Josh Willingham hit a solo homer and knocked in two in the win. Glen Perkins picked up the win. Francisley Bueno suffered the setback for Kansas City, which had won three straight. The Twins welcome the White Sox to town tonight.
Saint Paul was the big winner for its new Saints ballpark as Governor Dayton parceled out 47 million dollars in additional state bonding money. The governor allocated 25 million dollars to the Saints stadium project. Mayor Chris Coleman is thanking the governor for his support and called it a "huge day for the City of Saint Paul and our state."
The Minnesota Vikings head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Vikes' opened the season with a 26-23 overtime win over the Jaguars at the Metrodome. Rookie kicker Blair Walsh booted four field goals, including a 55-yarder on the final play of regulation and the game-winner from 38 yards out in OT. After missing all of the preseason, Adrian Peterson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota. Indianapolis opened with a 41-21 loss at Chicago, spoiling the NFL debut of top overall draft pick Andrew Luck. The Stanford standout threw for more than 300 yards and a touchdown, but was also picked off three times and lost a fumble.
Some call it the return of tailgating for Minnesota pro football. With days numbered for the Metrodome, Minneapolis officials hope to "juice up" the game day experience during Vikings home games. The city will reportedly allow 22 food trucks and a stand offering locally-made beers along the light rail line that runs adjacent to the stadium. Plans call for the food and beer stands to be in place for the Vikings' September 23rd home game against the 49ers. The new stadium will soon be under construction next door with opening set for 2016.
Minnesota will host Western Michigan at TCF Stadium tomorrow morning in NCAA football. The Golden Gophers moved to 2-0 on the year with a 44-7 win over New Hampshire last week. Minnesota is 3-0 all-time against WMU, but the last time these two teams have played was back in 1977. Kick-off will be at 11 a.m. and broadcast on BTN.
The Minnesota Lynx open a home-and-home series with the Fever in Indianapolis this evening. Minnesota is looking to bounce back from Tuesday's 83-60 road loss to the Sky. The Lynx slipped to 24-5 with the loss. Tip-off tonight is at 6 p.m.
There is still no movement in the NHL labor talks. Players Association head Donald Fehr says negotiations have yielded no results. The league and union remain at odds over how to split hockey-related revenue. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there will be no hockey without a new labor deal The current CBA is set to expire at 11:01 p.m. on Saturday night. A league-imposed lockout will go into effect without a new labor contract. The last work stoppage cost the NHL the entire 2004-05 season.