Minnesota Sports Roundup: Vikings look for their third straight win over WashingtonMinnesota Sports
-- Sunday's game for the Vikings in Washington will be the 22nd all-time meeting between the two NFL teams.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Sunday's game for the Vikings in Washington will be the 22nd all-time meeting between the two NFL teams.
The contest marks the third consecutive season the two teams have played in the nation's capital. Minnesota won the 2010 game 17-13 and beat the Redskins last year 33-26. In fact, this will be the fifth time in the last six matchups that this game is played in Washington, D.C. The last time Minnesota hosted Washington was 2007. The Redskins hosted Minnesota in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, and now 2012. The Vikes have won three of those five meetings. Overall, Washington holds an 11-10 record against Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota football team is hosting Northwestern for Homecoming tomorrow morning. This will mark the 18th time Minnesota has welcomed the Wildcats to town for the Homecoming football game. The Gophers have won eight of those previous 17 encounters, lost seven, and tied two. Overall, Minnesota leads the series 50-32-5, but Northwestern has won the last three tilts between the two Big Ten teams. Minnesota is 4-1 on the season, while Northwestern is 5-1. Kickoff on Saturday is 11 a.m. and th egame will be brodcast on ESPN2
The Indiana Fever are heading to the WNBA Finals after dropping the Sun, 87-71, in Game Three of the Eastern Conference finals. Tamika Catchings posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in the series-clinching win. The Fever will face the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the best-of-five finals starting on Sunday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Timberwolves will take on the Pacers in a preseason affair in Indiana tonight. Minnesota notched an 84-70 win over Indiana in its preseason opener on Wednesday. Tip-off this evening will be at 6 p.m.
Mayor Chris Coleman joined forces with business owners in downtown St. Paul yesterday to send a message to the NHL - end the lockout and get back on the ice. Many businesses are on edge because sales are down and it's ultimately affecting their bottom line. The 2012-2013 hockey season was slated to open today, and the Wild would have played their first game Saturday. But instead, all matches have been canceled through October 26th. Meanwhile, the league and players union continue to meet but no bargaining agreement seems to be in sight. Similar coordinated events were held across the country.