MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mistakes all over cost Vikes as they fall to 0-3
MINNEAPOLIS -- New Cleveland starting quarterback Brian Hoyer found tight end Jordan Cameron from seven yards out with 51 seconds to play as the Browns beat the Vikings 31-27 in Minnesota yesterday. Hoyer threw for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for Cleveland, which improved to 1-and-2. Cameron had six catches for 66 yards and three TDs in the win. Josh Gordon made 10 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in his return from suspension. Cleveland was without starting QB Brandon Weeden, who was out with a thumb injury, and running back Trent Richardson, who was traded to the Colts. Christian Ponder tossed for 228 yards and an interception for Minnesota, which dropped to 0-and-3. He added 46 yards and two scores on the ground. Adrian Peterson rushed for 88 yards and a TD on 25 carries. Cleveland converted a successful fake field goal and successful a fake punt to help them win the game.
The unbeaten Golden Gophers will be back on the practice field this afternoon, just two days after beating San Jose State 43-24. Minnesota is 4-and-0 and will welcome border rival Iowa to town this Saturday. It is Homecoming Week on the U of M campus, so the already-intense rivalry will have some additional spark this weekend. The Minnesota-Iowa game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Iowa is 3-and-1 after beating Western Michigan 59-3 on Saturday.
ESPN's "College Gameday" show was originated from Fargo this past weekend. A large crowd of North Dakota State Bison fans lined the downtown area during the Saturday morning program. Two Minnesota small colleges also got some national recognition during the program. Nearby Concordia-Moorhead was hosting St. Olaf in a battle for "The Troll Trophy" on Saturday. So, the television program showcased that game and that trophy for a few minutes. Concordia-Moorhead beat the Oles 33-29 to retain "The Troll."
The Athletics scored six runs in the second inning and cruised past the Twins 11-7 at the Coliseum, clinching the AL West in the process. Sonny Gray allowed four runs in five innings to pick up the win for Oakland, which swept the four-game series. Daric Barton went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored, and Coco Crisp blasted a three-run shot and knocked in four. It's the second straight division title for the A's, who hadn't won back-to-back AL West crowns since 2002 and 2003. Cole DeVries of Eden Prairie took the loss for Minnesota after giving up six runs in two innings. Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and six RBI for the Twins, who have lost six of seven.
Minnesota's Seimone Augustus hit a go-ahead jumper with 21.1 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Lynx to a 58-55 win over the Seattle Storm and a sweep of the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference semifinals. Maya Moore netted 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Lynx, who won the WNBA title in 2011 and fell to the Indiana Fever in last year's finals. Minnesota will face Los Angeles Sparks in the Western Conference finals. That series begins on Thursday at the Target Center.
The Wild will work out on the Xcel Energy Center ice this morning before leaving for Columbus where they will play an NHL preseason game tonight. Minnesota is 2-and-1 in the exhibition season so far, with a pair of wins over Winnipeg. Columbus beat Minnesota in St. Paul last week. The Wild return home for a Wednesday home preseason game against St. Louis.