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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Nelson thrown off Rutgers football team

PISCATAWAY, N.J. --  Rutgers University has dismissed quarterback Phillip Nelson from its football team. 

Nelson, a former Golden Gopher quarterback from Mankato, is facing two felony assault charges relating to his role in a fight in Mankato early Sunday morning.  Meanwhile, police have found the second person of interest, who allegedly knocked out 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad with a punch to the head.  According to the criminal complaint, Nelson was upset after a bouncer tried to kiss his girlfriend.  Shortly after the couple left the bar, Nelson was approached by Kolstad and a friend and there was a heated argument.  Court documents indicate Kolstad allegedly punched Nelson in the back, knocking him to the ground to start the fight.  After Kolstad was knocked out by the first unnamed suspect, surveillance video shows Nelson kicking Kolstad at least once in the head.  Kolstad remains in critical condition with severe head injuries.  Nelson played two seasons with the Gophers before deciding that he was going to transfer to Rutgers at the beginning of the second semester.  He attended classes at the New Jersey school for the second semester.  He took part in spring football for the Scarlet Knights, but would have sat out next season due to transfer rules.  


The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are in Minneapolis tonight to take on the Twins at Target Field.  It is game one of a three-game series, which is part of a six-game homestand for Minnesota.  The Twins enter tonight's game with a 17-and-19 mark, while Boston is 19-18.  The Twins will send right-hander Ricky Nolasco to the hill tonight to start against Boston.  Nolasco is 2-and-3 on the season with a 5.64 earned run average.  The defending champs will counter with Felix Doubront, who sports a 5.09 ERA and a season mark of 1-3.  First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Here are the scheduled pitching pairings for the upcoming three-game series between the Twins and Red Sox at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis (Twins pitcher listed first):

Tuesday - Ricky Nolasco (2-3, 5.64 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront (1-3, 5.09 ERA)

Wednesday - Kevin Correia (1-4, 6.34 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.09 ERA)

Thursday - Phil Hughes (4-1, 3.92 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (2-3, 6.44 ERA)


Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins will take kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and from the Hope Kids organization fishing today.  Perkins and the youngsters will fish on Lake Harriett in Minneapolis for a couple of hours today.  Each child involved will receive a fishing rod and reel and be accompanied by a professional fisherman to help the kids learn how to fish.  A picnic lunch will follow the big day on the lake.  Perkins' fishing outing begins the Twins' fourth annual Hope Week, which is dedicated to giving back to the community.


Bethel freshman Bryce Marquardt of Champlin is this week's MIAC Baseball Player of the Week after hitting .519 in helping the Royals into the MIAC championship game for the first time in school history.  St. Thomas sophomore Eric Veglahn of LaCrescent is the league's Pitcher of the Week after helping the Tommies to the MIAC tournament championship.  He tossed a complete game in the tourney semifinals.