MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Lynx advance in WNBA playoffs
SAN ANTONIO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lindsay Whalen scored a playoff career- high 31 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx into the WNBA Western Conference Finals with a 94-89 win in Game 2 of a semifinal against the San Antonio Stars.
Seimone Augustus finished with 21 points for the defending-champion Lynx, while 2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore provided 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the win. Kayla McBride paced the Stars with 25 points and Danielle Adams added 23 in the losing effort. Becky Hammon netted 12 points in her final game in the league. Hammon is set to join the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs' coaching staff as an assistant coach. Adams scored eight points during a 22-4 surge from San Antonio to open the game. Minnesota trimmed the deficit to 28-12 after the opening period. The Lynx returned serve to open the second, outscoring the hosts 20-8 over the first 5 1/2 minutes to cut the deficit to 36-32. Whalen made a pair of free throws with under a minute left in the half that made it a one-possession game, but Danielle Robinson added two free throws to give the Stars a 44-40 lead at the break. Minnesota used a 12-0 run late in the third to grab a 65-59 lead and led for the entire fourth quarter, stretching its lead to as many as 11 to capture the series. Minnesota will play the winner of the other semifinal between the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks.
Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater combined to throw three touchdown passes and the Minnesota Vikings remained unbeaten in the preseason with a 30-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. Cassel played into the third quarter, completing nine of his 17 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and one interception as the Vikings won their third straight. Two of Bridgewater's four completions were touchdown passes to Allen Reisner in the third quarter. The first one was set up by Shaun Prater's interception and the second by Adam Thielen's 75-yard punt return. Alex Smith also played into the third quarter for the Chiefs, who have dropped their last two games. He completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards with two interceptions. Tyler Bray threw a short touchdown pass to Albert Wilson in the final minute. Cassel threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson in the first quarter that gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead. Patterson had three receptions for a game-high 71 yards. Later in the first, Smith was intercepted by Vikings corner Captain Munnerlyn in the end zone but the Chiefs came away with two points just two plays later when Cassel was sacked and fumbled the ball, leading to a safety. Smith was picked off on the next Chiefs drive by linebacker Chad Greenway but later led the offense on a 77-yard drive that netted a 21-yard field goal from Cairo Santos to get Kansas City within 7-5. Blair Walsh's 41-yard field goal gave the Vikings a 10-5 lead at break and they blew the game open with 20 points in the second half, including 17 in the third quarter. Both teams finish the preseason on Thursday, Kansas City at Green Bay and the Vikings at Tennessee.
Jordan Schafer smacked a three-run triple as part of a six-run second inning as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers, 12-4, in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday at Target Field. Kennys Vargas had two hits and drove in five, Joe Mauer was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored and Danny Santana posted a pair of hits and runs scored for the Twins, who have won three straight on the heels of a four-game slide. Yohan Pino (2-5) allowed four runs -- one earned -- on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five frames to notch the win. Buck Farmer (0-1) surrendered seven runs on five hits and two walks over 1 1/3 frames for Detroit, which has dropped three straight and allowed 33 runs in that span.
In Game 2, Eugenio Suarez and Nick Castellanos each knocked in two runs as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 8-6. Justin Verlander (11-11) returned to the hill after an 11-day absence and was charged with four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. Verlander, who has never been placed on the disabled list, left his start on August 11 against Pittsburgh with shoulder discomfort after giving up five runs in the first inning. Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez each had three hits for the Tigers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and finally took a game from the Twins in this four-game set. Trevor May (0-3) is still in search of his first big league win after he was knocked around for five runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.