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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Lynx sign contract extension with Whalen

MINNESOTA (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Lynx and point guard Lindsay Whalen agreed to a multi-year contract extension on Friday.

Whalen is averaging career-highs of 14.7 points and 6.0 assists this season, her 10th in the league and fourth as a member the Lynx.

"We are extremely excited to have extended the contract of a franchise cornerstone and one of the best players in the WNBA," said Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith. "Lindsay has become the top point guard in the league over the past several seasons and we are glad to have her playing in her home state of Minnesota. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to watch an outstanding individual like herself night in and out and we are thrilled that she's decided to continue her career with the Lynx."

Whalen is the franchise leader in assists with 740.


Moises Sierra's two-run double helped the Toronto Blue Jays take a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins to open a three-game series on Friday at Target Field. Brett Lawrie drove in a pair of runs while Jose Reyes scored twice and added an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four and six of eight. R.A. Dickey (12-12) won his third straight start as he gave up three runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run and finished with three RBI and Josmil Pinto added a solo homer in the ninth for the Twins, who have dropped their past two games. Mike Pelfrey (5-11) was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on six hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. 


Two teams that had vastly different experiences in their season openers last week will get together on Saturday, as the New Mexico State Aggies host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in non-conference action. New Mexico State, which went from winning its 2012 season opener against Sacramento State (49-19) to dropping 11 straight decisions to close out last year, was blown away in the kickoff to 2013 by nationally-ranked Texas in a lopsided 56-7 final in Austin last Saturday. The slide for the Aggies is second only to Southern Miss which, in addition to going winless all of last season (12 games), it also fell to Texas State in this year's opener. As for the Golden Gophers, they too were involved in a one-sided affair last Thursday night, but in their case they were the ones getting the upper hand in a 51-23 decision over UNLV at home. The victory for Minnesota not only snapped a three-game slide dating back to last season, the scoring burst by the team was their highest since posting a 63-26 romp over Indiana in November of 2006. Kick-off is at 8 p.m. and the game is not on live TV. New Mexico State won the only previous meeting between these two programs two years ago in a 28-21 final in Minneapolis.


Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out of Sunday's season opener against the Detroit Lions due to a hyperextended right knee. Williams was injured during the team's third preseason game against San Francisco when he was hit low by 49ers offensive guard Joe Looney. An MRI later revealed a hyperextended right knee and a significant bone contusion. Williams, a six-time Pro-Bowler, started all 16 games for Minnesota last season, compiling 30 tackles, two sacks and seven passes defensed. Everyone else for Minnesota is listed as questionable including quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (illness), cornerback Chris Cook (groin), defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd (knee) and Letroy Guion (finger), linebackers Erin Henderson (heel) and Larry Dean (shoulder), offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), wide receiver Cordarrelle Patteson (back) and safeties Mistral Raymond (shoulder) and Harrison Smith (back).