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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild draw even with Colorado

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild dropped the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 at the Xcel Energy Center last night to tie their Stanley Cup Playoff series at two games apiece.  Jared Spurgeon scored just four minutes into the game while Charlie Coyle lit the lamp on a power play in the second period to stake the home team to a 2-0 lead.  Darcy Kuemper stopped 11 of 12 shots in the win for Minnesota.  The 12 shots allowed is the fewest ever for the Wild in a playoff game.  Ryan O'Reilly scored the lone goal for Colorado in the second period just 30 seconds after Coyle's goal.  The Wild withstood a late power play from Colorado with Mikael Granlund blocking three shots in the penalty kill.  The series shifts back to Colorado for Game Five tomorrow.  Tomorrow's faceoff is set for 8:30 p.m.


 Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke is speaking out on his seven game suspension.  He apologized to Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie for kneeing him in Game Three of their first round series.  He says he was not trying to hit Barrie knee-to-knee.  Barrie is out four to six weeks with a sprained MCL.  Cooke did not take questions on the matter yesterday.


The Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks are up 3-1 in their respective first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.  The Bruins edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime in Game Four of their best-of-seven set.  The Sharks failed to sweep the Los Angeles Kings, who took Game Four 6-3 in L.A.  


  Minnesota centerfielder Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Twins slugged their way past the Rays 9-7 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg yesterday.  Kurt Suzuki and Sam Fuld each had three hits and drove in a combined five runs.  Ricky Nolasco picked up the win, despite giving up 10 hits and six runs in six-plus innings.  Glenn Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.  Rays starter Erik Bedard was knocked out after four frames, allowing four runs on five hits and five walks to take the loss.  David DeJesus cracked his first home run for the Rays, who collected 13 hits in a losing effort.  


The Minnesota Twins open up a nine-game homestand tonight with the first of three games against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.  The Dodgers and Orioles will also come to town during the homestand.  Kevin Correia gets the ball tonight for the Twins.  He is 0-and-2 with a 5.47 ERA in four starts.  The Tigers will counter with Rick Porcello, who is 2-and-1 with a 3.15 ERA.  First pitch at Target Field is set for 7:10 p.m.


The Minnesota Twins have claimed outfielder Kenny Wilson off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and optioned him to Double-A New Britain.  Wilson has not played above Double-A in his seven-year pro career.  He has hit .228 with 214 stolen bases.  Toronto drafted Wilson in the second round in 2008.


The memorial service for former Golden Gopher star basketball player Lou Hudson is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd in Atlanta.  Hudson passed away earlier this month due to a stroke.  He was 69.  He was a star for the St. Louis and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA and finished his career with Lakers.  Hudson was six-time NBA all-star.  Longtime Gopher radio voice Ray Christensen has said in the past that he believes Lou Hudson is the greatest Gopher basketball player he ever saw.  Hudson's No. 14 jersey is retired by Minnesota.


Two favorites took another loss and one stole a game on the road as NBA playoff action rolled on Thursday night.  The top-seeded Pacers were smoked by the Hawks, 98-85, at Philips Arena to fall behind 2-1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.  In the West, the Grizzlies held on for a 98-95 overtime win over the Thunder at the FedExForum.  It was Memphis' second straight win in OT as the Grizz grabbed a 2-1 series lead.  Steph Curry missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds as the Warriors fell to the Clippers, 98-86, at ORACLE Arena.  Los Angeles leads the series 2-1.


Former Vikings running back Herschel Walker says he could still play at age 52.  He tells "USA Today" that physically he could still do it, although he couldn't play every down.  After three seasons in the short-lived USFL, the former Heisman Trophy winner rushed for more than 82-hundred yards with the Cowboys, Vikings, Eagles and Giants.  Walker retired from the NFL after the 1997 season.  He is most well known in Minnesota for being part of an infamous 1989 trade with the Cowboys.  The Vikings sent three first round picks and three second round selections to Dallas in the trade, which in all included seven players and 12 draft picks.


Vikings 2014 Schedule

(Undated)  --  Here is the 2014 schedule for the Minnesota Vikings (all home games at TCF Bank Stadium):

Friday, August 8 (preseason) - vs. Oakland, 7pm

Saturday, August 16 (preseason) - vs. Arizona, 7:30pm

Saturday, August 23 (preseason) - at Kansas City, 7pm

Thursday, August 28 (preseason) - at Tennessee, 7pm

Sunday, September 7 - at St. Louis, noon

Sunday, September 14 - vs. New England, noon

Sunday, September 21 - at New Orleans, noon

Sunday, September 28 - vs Atlanta, 3:25pm

Thursday, October 2 - at Green Bay, 7:25pm

Sunday October 12 - vs. Detroit, noon

Sunday, October 19 - at Buffalo, noon

Sunday, October 26 - at Tampa Bay, noon

Sunday November 2 - vs. Washington, noon

Sunday, November 9 - BYE WEEK

Sunday, November 16 - at Chicago, noon

Sunday, November 23 - vs. Green Bay, noon

Sunday, November 30 - vs. Carolina, noon

Sunday, December 7 - vs. NY Jets, noon

Sunday, December 14 - at Detroit, noon

Sunday, December 21 - at Miami, noon

Sunday, December 28 - vs. Chicago, noon


 The D-N-R is facing a lawsuit that seeks to throw out its new angling regulations for Mille Lacs Lake that take effect on the fishing opener in a couple of weeks.  Attorney Erick Kaardal, who represents a group of resort owners and anglers, says the D-N-R ignored its constitutional mandate to preserve Minnesota's fishing heritage.  Kaardal says Minnesotans have understood for decades that Mille Lacs Lake is the capital of walleye fishing in the world -- the crown jewel.  D-N-R officials say they have not yet reviewed the lawsuit and aren't commenting.  The plaintiffs are particularly upset about the night-fishing ban being extended to the entire season.  It's currently only the first three weeks.