Minnesota Sports Briefs: Lynx begin playoffs tonight at Target CenterMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Lynx host the Seattle Storm tonight at Target Center in game 1 of the first round of the WNBA play-offs.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Lynx host the Seattle Storm tonight at Target Center in game 1 of the first round of the WNBA play-offs.
The Lynx are looking to repeat as league champions after winning the franchises first championship last season. Minnesota enters the postseason with the leagues best record at 27-7, Seattle comes in with a 16-18 record. The Lynx won 3-of-4 games between these two teams during the regular season. Seattle comes in winners of their past three straight to clinch their play off spot. The Lynx come in losers of two of their past three games. Tip off tonight in Minneapolis is set for 8 p.m.
The Minnesota Twins wrap up their 2012 home schedule this weekend when they host the Detroit Tigers in the final series of the season at Target Field. The Tigers come to town with a lot to play for heading in the final week of the season. Detroit enters the weekend holding a slim lead over the second place Chicago White Sox for the AL Central Division title. Another race to watch this weekend at Target Field is the Amercian League batting title between the Twins Joe Mauer and the Tigers Miguel Cabrera. Mauer comes in hitting .323 just three points behind Cabrera at .326. Cabrera could also become the first hitter in over 40 years to win a triple crown as he is currently 1st in hitting, 1st in runs batted in and 2nd in home runs, just one behind the Rangers Josh Hamilton. First pitch tonight is set for 7:10 p.m.
The Minnesota Vikings will try to snap an 11-game NFC North losing streak this Sunday when they take on the Lions in Detroit. The Vikes went winless against their NFC North foes all last season and last won a NFC North game back in 2010 against those same Lions. The last road game the Vikes won against an NFC North team was back in November of 2009, when they defeated the Green Bay Packers 38-26 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Kick off is set for noon on Sunday in Detroit.
The Minnesota Vikings announced yesterday afternoon that they have waived Tight End Allen Reisner. Reisner is a 2nd year player, who played his college football at Iowa. The Iowa native played in 9 games over two seasons for the Vikings recording just a single tackle on special teams during that time. The move was believed to be made to open up a spot on the 53-man roster for wide receiver Jerome Simpson who served a three game suspension to start the season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are holding a press conference at Target Center this afternoon to formally introduce former All Star forward Andrei Kirilenko who signed as a free agent with Minnesota earlier this summer. Kirilenko played ten seasons in the NBA for the Utah Jazz between 2001 and 2011, making one All Star appereance in 2004. Kirilenko average 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Utah. Andrei spent the past two seasons playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow, he also won a bronze medal for Russia this summer at the Olympic Games in London.