Minnesota Sports Briefs: Timberwolves hold first preseason game tomorrow nightMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to prepare for their preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers at the Fargodome on tomorrow.
FARGO N.D. -- The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to prepare for their preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers at the Fargodome on tomorrow.
The two teams will also meet in Indiana on Friday. The Wolves will open the regular season on Friday, November 2nd against the Sacramento Kings.
The Minnesota Lynx continue to await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between Connecticut and Indiana. The Fever beat the Sun last night, 78-76, to force a decisive Game Three Thursday in Connecticut. The winner will meet the Lynx in the WNBA Finals. Indiana's Shavonte Zellous drained the game-winning jumper with 0.5-seconds left as the Indiana Fever clipped the Connecticut Sun 78-76 in Game Two of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. Katie Douglas scored a game-high 24 points for the Fever, who evened the best-of-three series at a game apiece A decisive Game Three is Thursday in Connecticut. The winner will play Minnesota in Game One of the WNBA Finals in Minneapolis on Sunday.
The NHL will resume talks with the players' union about the ongoing labor dispute on tomorrow in New York. The "USA Today" reports major economic issues are not on the bargaining table in Wednesday's meetings. This Thursday was to have been the start of the regular season. The league has canceled regular season games through October 24th.
The University of Minnesota football team will be back on the practice field this afternoon, getting ready to play a homecoming game against Northwestern. The 4-1 Golden Gophers did not play this past weekend, while the 5-1 Wildcats lost at Penn State. Saturday's game kicks off at 11 a.m. at TCF Stadium and will culminate a long week of homecoming activities.
The attorney of the Minnesota State Mankato football coach who faces child pornography charges says the county found no evidence that Todd Hoffner abused his children. The Mankato Free Press reports that in letters released Monday by Hoffner's lawyer, a county social worker says child protection services are not needed. Hoffer's attorney says he'll ask the judge to dismiss the charges.
The NSIC has named three weekly award winners for football. The NSIC Offensive Player of the Week is Warren Matthews Junior, a senior running back at Southwest Minnesota State. The Minneapolis native rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown in a win over Wayne State. Concordia-St. Paul junior defensive back Mike Willett of Woodbury is the league's Defensive Player of the Week after registering a school record 20 tackles in a win over Upper Iowa. Willett's teammate Tom Obarski, a sophomore kicker from Burnsville, is the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week. He averaged more than 40-yards per punt, including a 56-yarder in the win over UIU.
Augsburg freshman quarterback Ayrton Scott of Minneapolis is the MIAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks. He accounted for more than 400 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the Auggies 48-17 win over St John's. Scott rushed for 143 yards and threw for 259. Carleton senior defensive back Paul Hoffer of Plymouth is the league's Defensive Player of the Week. He returned an interception 99-yards for a touchdown in the Knights win over Macalester.
The Cleveland Indians named Terry Francona their next manager on Monday. The former Boston and Philadelphia skipper was with Cleveland in 2001 as an advisor. Francona led the Red Sox to two World Series titles during his tenure, but was let go after the 2011 season. The 53-year-old takes over for Sandy Alomar Jr, who filled in for the final six games as interim manager following the firing of Manny Acta.
Chris Davis drove in a pair of runs to help the Orioles edge the Yankees, 3-2, in Game Two of their ALDS. The O's evened the best-of-five series with the victory. The Yankees will host Game Three tomorrow.
Carlos Beltran homered twice as the Cardinals crushed the Nationals, 12-4, in Game Two of their NLDS. Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep to help St. Louis even the best-of-five set. The Nats will host Game Three tomorrow.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Charlotte this week for the fifth race out of ten. Drivers will race under the lights Saturday evening. Brad Keselowski holds the lead over Jimmie Johnson with six races remaining in the season.