Minnesota Sports Briefs: Gopher hockey teams both ranked No. 1Minnesota Sports
-- The University of Minnesota men's and women's hockey teams are each atop their respective national polls this week.
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota men's and women's hockey teams are each atop their respective national polls this week.
The USCHO.com ranks the Golden Gopher men No. 1 this week, with North Dakota ranked second, and Minnesota-Duluth at 13th. The Minnesota women continue to be the top-ranked team in the land, sporting a perfect 6-0 record.
The NHL and players' association are set to get back to the bargaining table today with an eye on ending the current lockout. The two sides most recently met last Wednesday and Thursday but discussed small issues like drug testing and free agency, not revenue. The regular season would have begun last Thursday but the league has canceled games through October 24th.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will face Israeli professional team Maccabi Haifa in an exhibition contest at the Target Center this evening. Minnesota picked up an 82-75 win over the Bulls on Saturday. The Wolves are 2-1 in preseason play overall. Tip-off tonight will be at 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Lynx will look to get even when they host the Indiana Fever in Game Two of the WNBA Finals tomorrow night. Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series with a 76-70 victory on Sunday. Tomorrow's game will get underway at 7 p.m.
St. Olaf sophomore runner Jorden Johnson of Blaine is this week's MIAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week. She finished second among NCAA Division II competitors at last weekend's UW-La Crosse meet.
University of Minnesota women's soccer player Taylor Uhl of Eden Prairie is this week's Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Uhl tallied seven points in two Minnesota wins last weekend. This is the third time this season Uhl has earned the weekly honor. Meanwhile, Minnesota State-Mankato junior forward Courtney Vallarelli of Eagan is the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer. Minot State senior goalkeeper Marie Torres of San Bruno, California is the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.
Minnesota-Duluth women's soccer coach Greg Cane notched his 200th career win when the Bulldogs knocked off Concordia-St. Paul 4-2 on Sunday. Cane is in his 19th season at UMD and is 200-107-31 in his career Minnesota-Duluth is 5-6-2 this season.
San Francisco's Angel Pagan hit a lead-off homer and the Giants went on to crush the Cardinals 7-1 in Game Two of the NLCS last night in California. The series is now even at one game each. Game Three is in St. Louis tomorrow.
The Tigers will take on the Yankees in Game Three of the ALCS tonight in Detroit. The Tigers hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after winning back-to-back games in New York. Detroit ace Justin Verlander will oppose New York's Phil Hughes this evening.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Kansas this week. Drivers will test their luck on the re-paved track at Kansas Speedway in the sixth of 10 races in the Chase. Brad Keselowski holds a seven-point lead over Jimmie Johnson while Denny Hamlin sits 15 points back