Minnesota Sports Briefs: TwinsFest begins today at MetrodomeMinnesota Sports
-- The 2013 TwinsFest begins this afternoon at the Metrodome and runs through Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. today and player autographs, photographs, and on-stage interviews begin almost immediately.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The 2013 TwinsFest begins this afternoon at the Metrodome and runs through Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. today and player autographs, photographs, and on-stage interviews begin almost immediately.
Twins stars Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Josh Willingham will sign autographs at specific times each of the three days of the festivities. Fans will need to get a wristband to secure signatures from Mauer and Morneau. Proceeds from TwinsFest benefit the Twins Community Fund. Since TwinsFest began in 1989, the event has raised more than four-million-dollars for the Twins Community Fund. For event information, go to the Twins Webpage.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team looks to get back on track when they battle the Wisconsin Badgers tomorrow in Madison. The Gophers have lost three games in a row since an 11-game winning streak and are now 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in Big Ten play. The Badgers are 13-6 and 4-2. Tipoff tomorrow is set for 1 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards tonight. Minnesota has dropped two straight games and seven of its last eight overall following Wednesday's 91-83 home setback to Brooklyn. They sit at 17-22 on the season. The Wizards are 9-31. Tonight's tip-off is 6 p.m. Minnesota will head to Charlotte to battle the Bobcats tomorrow.
The Minnesota Wild are back on the ice tonight as they face the Red Wings in Detroit. Minnesota is 2-1 on the young season following Tuesday's 3-1 setback to Nashville. Detroit is 1-2. Game time tonight is set for 6:30 p.m. After tonight's game, the Wild will head to St. Louis to battle the Blues on Sunday.
The WCHA has under two months left in the regular season before making its way to St. Paul for the WCHA Final Five from March 21st to 23rd. This weekend, the Gophers have a home and home with Minnesota State-Mankato; St. Cloud State travels to Grand Forks to face North Dakota; and the Beavers of Bemdji State will host Nebraska-Omaha.
Six players will represent the Vikings at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii. Adrian Peterson and Jerome Felton will both be starters for the NFC in Sunday's All-Star game. Jared Allen, Kyle Rudolph, Chad Greenway and Blair Walsh will also see action.
The Boston Red Sox have signed pitcher Craig Breslow, a former Twins player, to a two-year contract. The deal includes a club option for 2015. The 32-year-old lefty was acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline last year. He went 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA for the Sox and was a combined 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Breslow is 15-17 with a 3.00 ERA in seven seasons overall. Breslow pitched for the Twins in 2008 and 2009.
Sentencing is today in Glenwood, for the man convicted of killing the son of a Minnesota basketball coach in a July accident 38-year old Dana Schoen of Starbuck pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular operation, from the July 28th accident, that took the life of 5-month old Drake Bigler. Drake Bigler, is the son of Southwest Minnesota State Men's basketball Coach Brad Bigler, who was critically injured in that accident, along with his wife's Grandmother, Sharon Shuler As part of his plea agreement, Schoen as admitted a .32-blood alcohol level, or four times Minnesota's legal limit. It was his third driving under the influence conviction.