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    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 11-10

    11/10/2021

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will face Stephen Curry who will get an opportunity to follow up his 50-point performance for the 10th time in his career when the Golden State Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in San Francisco. Curry will have to deal with Timberwolves point guard D'Angelo Russell, who put on a nice show himself Monday, going for a season-best 30 points and seven assists in a 125-118 overtime road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Tipoff is slotted for 9 pm.

    Minnesota women's basketball came up short in its home opener against Jacksonville University 69-66 at Williams Arena on Tuesday afternoon. Jacksonville outscored the Gophers 24-16 in the fourth quarter to overcome a five-point deficit in the second half. Junior guard Sara Scalia led all scorers with 25.

    Minnesota will look to bounce back later this week with a road test against Arizona State lined up for Friday at 8 p.m

    Jamison Battle scored 18 points, the Minnesota men allowed just four points over the final seven minutes and the Golden Gophers defeated Kansas City 71-56 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

    The win came in coach Ben Johnson"s debut with the Gophers.

    The Gophers will next take on Western Kentucky in Asheville North Carolina on Friday with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 pm.

    Following an alleged incident at Vikings running back Dalvin Cook's east metro home last year.

    The Vikings released the following statement:

    "We recently received notification from Dalvin Cook"s legal representative regarding a situation that occurred between Dalvin and a female acquaintance in November 2020 and led to an ongoing dispute between the parties. Upon learning of this, we immediately notified the NFL. We are in the process of gathering more information and will withhold further comment at this time."

    No criminal complaints have been filed in connection with the alleged incident, however, Cooks ex has filed suit in Dakota County District Court alleging that she was the victim of an assault by Cook. Cook said through his agent, that Cook's ex-girlfriend, who is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, broke into Cook's home and attacked him roughly a year ago. She then allegedly tried to extort him for millions of dollars, claiming Cook had injured her in the attack she initiated.

    The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight when they take on the Arizona Coyotes in Arizona. Faceoff is scheduled for 9 pm from the desert. After that game, the Wild will leave for Vegas for a Thursday night showdown against the Golden Knights.

    The Green Bay Packers are paying the price of allowing Aaron Rodgers and potentially others to openly violate COVID-19 protocols.

    The NFL fined the Packers $300,000 on Tuesday after reviewing the team's COVID-19 protocols, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. The league is also reportedly fining Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,560 each.

    Any further protocol violations could result in increased discipline for the Packers, including a loss of draft picks.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-09

    11/09/2021

    It took overtime, but the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves last night 125-118. Ja Morant scored 33 points and Brandon Clarke had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies put together a furious fourth-quarter rally.

    D"Angelo Russell, who missed the previous two games with a sprained right ankle, led the Timberwolves with 30 points. Towns had 25 points and 13 rebounds in Minnesota 6th straight loss. The Timberwolves will next play at Golden State on Wednesday night.

    Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen and players Gadiva Hubbard and Jasmine Powell are itching to get back on the court and that will take place tonight as the Gophers open up their womens basketball season Tuesday afternoon at the Barn vs. Jacksonville.

    Last year, the Gophers finished 8-13 overall, 7-11 in the Big Ten. The Gophers return 12 players from last year's squad, including all five starters from the last game of the season.

    Minnesota United opens the 2021 MLS playoffs on the road against the Portland Timbers on November 21, the league announced Monday night.

    The Sunday tilt at Providence Park will start at 4:30 p.m. central time.

    Minnesota United reached the playoffs for the third straight season. Last year they were knocked out of the playoffs by Seattle in the conference finals.

    A total of five Minnesota Vikings players are now on the COVID-19/Reserve list after two more players were added on Monday.

    Linebacker Ryan Connelly and practice squad tackle Timon Parris were added to the list on Monday, joining center Garrett Bradbury, practice squad guard Dakota Dozier and safety Harrison Smith.

    Parris hasn't played any games for the Vikings but Connelly has been a special teams contributor throughout the year.

    The Minnesota Twins announced the hiring of two new coaches to the major league staff.

    Former San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler was hired as the team's bench coach while David Popkins was officially announced as the hitting coach.

    Tingler, 40, managed the Padres to a record of 116-106 over the past two seasons, including an NLDS appearance in 2020, which got him a second-place finish in voting for National League Manager of the Year that season.

    Popkins was most recently was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers' High-A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons. Under his guidance, the Loons led the division in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS last year.

    In Monday night football, the Chicago Bears thought they had a game-changing sack late in Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Instead, a taunting call kept a late Steelers drive alive as Pittsburgh eventually took a 29-27 win for its fourth straight victory.

    The Minnesota Wild will be back in action on Wednesday when they take off for the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 11-08

    11/09/2021

    Another road game, another OT and another soul-crushing loss.

    Minnesota had split its previous overtime contests (a Week 1 loss at Cincinnati and a Week 6 win at Carolina), but fell Sunday 34-31 against the Ravens in Baltimore.

    Justin Tucker's 36-yard field goal eased its way through the uprights with just 0:16 remaining in the extra period to cap Baltimore's final possession of overtime.

    The Ravens totaled 500 yards on 89 offensive plays, possessing the football a gargantuan 46:04 and wore down a shorthanded Vikings defense.

    Dalvin Cook led Minnesota with 110 rushing yards on 17 carries with 60 percent gained on a 66-yarder.

    Justin Jefferson rushed on Minnesota's first play of the day for a gain of 11, and Kene Nwangwu recorded a gain of 9 on a fake punt.

    Nwangwu returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown.

    Jefferson led Minnesota with 69 receiving yards, highlighted by a 50-yard reception but finished with three catches. Adam Thielen was limited to two receptions for 6 yards, including a score.

    Kirk Cousins finished 17-of-28 passing for 187 yards, failing to crack 200 through the air for the second consecutive game after hitting the mark a franchise-record 15 games in a row.

    The Vikings were without Danielle Hunter (Injured Reserve), Patrick Peterson (Injured Reserve), Michael Pierce (elbow) and safety Harrison Smith, who was ruled out Sunday morning due to landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

    The Vikings will be on the road again next week when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers in the second round of games. POWER 96 will bring you all the action starting at 2 pm on Sunday. Kickoff is slotted for 3:05.

    The Memphis Grizzlies host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 7 pm.

    Memphis finished 19-23 in Western Conference games and 18-18 at home during the 2020-21 season. The Grizzlies allowed opponents to score 112.3 points per game and shoot 46.2% from the field last season.

    Minnesota went 23-49 overall and 15-27 in Western Conference games during the 2020-21 season. The Timberwolves shot 44.8% from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range last season.

    Only one injury for the Timberwolves as D"Angelo Russell is day to day with a right ankle injury.

    A successful weekend for the Minnesota Wild as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in a shootout, then on Sunday, the Wild came back home and knocked off the New York Islanders 5-2.   With the score 3-2 in the 3rd, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba both scored empty net goals as NY pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

    Kappo Kahkonen made the most of his start, stopping 19 of 21 shots against one of the best teams in the NHL in earning his first win of the season.

    Brandon Duhaime, Ryan Hartman and Nick Bjugstad also tallied for the Wild. Minnesota will be back in action on Wednesday when they take off for the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes.

    The Austin Bruins split a weekend series against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The series saw both home teams taking a win. St. Cloud shut out the Bruins 3-0 Friday night. Saturday saw the Bruins successfully defend their home ice at Riverside arena with a 4-3 win. Damon Furuseth had 2 third period goals to lead the Bruins. Next up is another home and home series against the North Iowa Bulls. The Bruins will host North Iowa on Friday night at 7:05, then travel to Mason City Saturday to take on the Bulls at 7:30. POWER 96 will stream Friday nights game at kqprfm.com. We will bring you Saturday nights game live on the air.

    MSHSL football playoffs saw Blooming Prairie fall to Maple River 40-18. Maple River will next face undefeated Pipestone in Hastings on Friday night. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with Jay Paul on the call at 7 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 11-03

    11/03/2021

    The Minnesota Wild sent the Ottawa Senators packing with an overtime loss. Krill Kapriesov scored in overtime to put the final nail in the coffin and give the Wild a 5-4 win on home ice. Kaprizov scored his first goal of the season 2:02 into overtime.

    Marcus Foligno scored twice for Minnesota, which got points from 11 players and won for the sixth time. Caleb Addison and former Austin Bruin, Nico Sturm, also scored. Cam Talbot had 24 saves for the Wild. D Alex Goligoski (upper-body injury) took part in the morning skate but did not play in the game.

    Next up, the Wild will head east to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in action tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Target Center. After a break on Thursday, the T-Wolves will again host the Clippers on Friday night.

    Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 7 pm   

    The Vikings officially placed Danielle Hunter on injured reserve yesterday. They did not announce a corresponding move.

    Hunter will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

    Hunter missed all of last season with a neck injury. He returned to the field this season and made six sacks in seven games.

    Hunter"s contract calls for an $18.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year in 2022, which means he likely either re-works his contract or the Vikings release him in the offseason.

    As the Tuesday trade deadline passed, Minnesota did not make any new additions.

    The World Series Champions have been crowned. The Atlanta Braves were a team not to be denied as they shut out the Houston Astros 7-0 in game six in Houston to claim the title of world champions. The Braves had not won a world series since 1995. Braves outfielder Jorge Soler clubbed his third go-ahead home run of the series Tuesday night took home the MVP honors.

    Thursday night football will feature the Indianapolis Colts hosting the NY Jets. Kickoff Thursday night is set for 7:20.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-02

    11/03/2021

    Cole Anthony scored a season-high 31 points and Wendell Carter Jr. chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic came from behind to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-97 at the Target Center.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which played the second half without starting point guard D"Angelo Russell because of a right ankle sprain. Russell finished with three points and three assists in 17 minutes. Anthony Edwards added 24 points in the loss.

    Next up, the Timberwolves will start a home back-to-back series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

    The Minnesota Wild will be back in action tonight at the X when they face what will be an angery Ottawa Senators team.

    Ottawa will come to St. Paul cranky following a 5-1 spanking by the formerly winless Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at the United Center. The victory was the first this season for the Blackhawks, and came in emphatic fashion, as Patrick Kane returned from COVID-19 protocol that cost him a week of action and tallied a hat trick.

    Wild Forwards Mats Zuccarello and Rem Pitlick remain on the COVID-19 protocol list and Jordan Greenway is on injured reserve. Also on the injury front for the Wild, defenseman Alex Goligoski will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning as he continues to work his way back from an upper-body injury that has cost him the past two games.

    Faceoff tonight is slotted for 7 pm from the X.

    Halloween still proving to be scary for the Vikings. It was announced that Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

    The injury is a devastating loss of the team"s best pass rusher for the second straight year.

    Hunter was hurt in the second quarter of the game against Dallas on Sunday night. Hunter didn"t play at all in 2020 because of a herniated disk in his neck that eventually required surgery.

    He's a two-time Pro Bowl pick who has six of the team"s 24 sacks this season.

    The Kansas City Chiefs are not playing their best football right now but still manages to squeak out a 20-17 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night.

    The World Series gets back underway tonight as the series has shifted to Houston. A win by Atlanta tonight in game 6 and its all over. A comeback by the Astros tonight and its off to the deciding game 7.

    First pitch tonight is slotted for 7 pm.

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 11-01

    11/01/2021

    Halloween proved to be scary for the Minnesota Vikings who lost to the Dak Prescottless Dallas Cowboys last night 20-16.

    Amari Cooper caught three passes, including a 5-yard touchdown, during Dallas' final possession, and the Cowboys claimed their only lead of the night in the 20-16 win.

    Things started well for the Vikes who scored a touchdown on their opening drive, but mistakes and penalties allowed Dallas to hang around and keep things close.

    Dallas QB Cooper Rush, who had only attempted three career passes with one completion in 2017, started in place of Dak Prescott. Rush finished 24-of-40 passing with 325 yards and two scores. He was intercepted once and finished with a passer rating of 92.2.

    Kirk Cousins finished 23-of-35 passing for 184 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 88.3.

    Adam Thielen led Minnesota with six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Conklin added five catches for 57 yards. Justin Jefferson was limited to 21 yards on two catches and was banged up during the game.

    Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter left the game with a shoulder injury.

    The Vikings who are now (3-4) visit the Ravens in Week 9.

    In other NFC North action, The Bears lost to the 49ers 33-22 to fall to 3-5. Detroit was blown out by the Philadelphia 44-6 to remain winless at 0-8. Earlier in the week, Green Bay beat previously unbeaten Arizona to lead the NFC North with a 7-1 record.   

    Tonight the Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Orlando Magic at the Target Center. The T-Wolves are coming on a 93-91 loss at the hands of the Denver Nuggets at home on Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The Minnesota Wild are off today before playing host to the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night at the X. That game is slotted to get underway with a 7 pm Faceoff.

    The Atlanta Braves streaked out to a four-run lead on one swing of Adam Duvall"s bat as Duvall hit a grand slam, however, the Astros needed only five outs to catch the Braves and then six more to pass them en route to a 9-5 victory in game 5 of the World Series.

    The Braves held a 3-1 series lead coming into the night and their next chance to close down Houston will come on Tuesday. Today is a travel day for the teams as the series shifts back to Texas for the last 2 games. First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 7:10 to kick off game 6.

    The Austin Bruins are back home after taking 4 points in a weekend sweep of the Aberdeen Wings in Aberdeen. With the wins, the Bruins are now in sole possession of first place in the Central Division with 22 points. On Friday the Bruins defeated the Wings 3-1 and on Saturday, the black and gold skated to a 4-2 victory. The Bruins will open up a home and home series against St. Cloud in St. Cloud on Friday and will host the Norsemen at Riverside Arena on Saturday. POWER 96 will stream Friday nights game on kqprfm.com. We will bring you Saturday nights game live from Riverside Arena in Austin.

    In MSHSL football action, in the Section 1 AAAA playoffs, it was Byron over Stewartville in overtime 22-21 to move on. Kasson Mantorville downed Winona 45-14. Byron and Kasson Mantorville will face off Friday night at Mayo High School at 7 pm.

    In Section 2 AA action, as heard right here on Power 96 Saturday night, the Awesome Blossoms of Blooming Prairie defeated St. Clair/Loyola 49-17. In the other 2 AA game, it took overtime, but Maple River defeated Blue Earth Area 8-7.

    This Friday night, Blooming Prairie will take on Maple River at 7 pm. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with Jay Paul on the call.

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 10-27

    10/28/2021

    Matt Dumba scored his first goal of the season midway through the third period, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over Vancouver on Tuesday night, spoiling the Canucks home opener.

    Mats Zuccarello and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild (5-1-0). Cam Talbot made 22 saves for Minnesota.

    Zuccarello"s goal was the first time this season the Wild opened the scoring.

    Joel Eriksson Ek"s assist on the first goal was the 100th point of his career.

    Next up, the Wild are off tonight as they travel to Seattle for the second game of a three-game trip on Thursday. Faceoff is set for 9 pm.

    The Milwaukee Bucks will look to continue their strong start to the season when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. After winning its first two games, Minnesota lost 107-98 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, second-year guard Anthony Edwards said three players — including himself, Karl-Anthony Towns and D"Angelo Russell — deserved the blame for the loss. He challenged the trio to be more unselfish.

    The Bucks are 1-0 at home this season. This will be Minnesota"s first road game. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.

    Charlie Morton's World Series came to an abrupt end after he broke his right leg in Tuesday's Game 1.

    The Atlanta Braves starter saw his night end at 44 pitches after an awkward follow-through on a pitch in the bottom of the third inning. The Braves later announced that X-rays revealed a right fibula fracture. He won't pitch again in the World Series.

    The injury was bad news on an otherwise good night for the Braves, who took a 1-0 lead in the Fall Classic with a 6-2 win.

    Game 2 gets underway tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7 pm.

    MSHL Football sections opened play yesterday. In Section 1-4A Quarterfinal action Albert Lea lost to Winona 49-20, In Section 1-5A Quarterfinal play Austin was eliminated by Northfield 48-14, in Section 1-4A Quarterfinal play Byron shut out Red Wing 41-0, In Section 2-4A Quarterfinal action Marshall was defeated by Faribault 43-14, Section 2AA Quarterfinal play New Richland-H-E-G fell to St. Clair/Loyola 13-7, In the Wells, Section 2A Quarterfinal it was United South Central downing New Ulm Cathedral 39-7. Mayer Lutheran defeated Alden Conger/Glenville-Emmons 42-0 in Section 2-A action, and as heard here on Power 96 Blooming Prairie shut out Medford 37-0 in Section 2AA Quarterfinal play. The Awesome Blossoms will next play Saturday night when they take on St. Clair/Loyola. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with Kickoff slotted for 7 pm in Blooming Prairie.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 10-26

    10/26/2021

    The Minnesota Wild are in Vancouver to take on the Canucks. Faceoff tonight is slotted for 9:08, so keep the coffee going. Minnesota is on the front end of a three-game road trip that will continue later this week in Seattle and Colorado.

    The New Orleans Pelicans snapped a three-game season-opening losing streak with a 107-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony Edwards scored 28 points in the loss. Karl-Anthony Towns added 32 points and 14 rebounds.

    The Milwaukee Bucks host the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

    Tonight the 6th seeded Albert Lea Tigers football team will take on Winona in Winona. Kickoff is slotted for 7 pm.

    The New Orleans Saints have handed the Seattle Seahawks their third straight home loss in a 13-10 battle in the rain.

    Both teams managed only a touchdown each in a contest played without Seattle's Russell Wilson. Backup Geno Smith tossed an 84-yard touchdown to TK Metcalf. Jameis Winston responded with his lone touchdown with a pass to Alvin Kamara.

    New Orleans rookie kicker Brian Johnson booted two field goals to help notch the win for the Saints.

    Houston will play Atlanta in Game 1 of the World Series that gets underway tonight.

    Lance McCullers won"t pitch in the World Series for the Houston Astros because of a forearm strain.

    McCullers got injured in the AL Division Series.

    The Astros were 51-30 on their home turf in 2021. Houston has a team slugging percentage of .443 this postseason, Yordan Alvarez leads them with a mark of .794, including seven extra base hits and nine RBIs.

    The Braves posted a record of 46-35 away from home in 2021. Atlanta has a team batting average of .250 this postseason, Eddie Rosario has led them with an average of .474, including five extra base hits and 11 RBIs.

    First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:09.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 10-25

    10/25/2021

    The Minnesota Wild, who opened up their season on a hot 4-0-0 streak were burnt last night by the visiting Nashville Predators 5-2. The Wild who have been good playing from behind, just were not able to catch up to the Preds after they put 3 pucks past Kaapo Kahkonen in the first period. Nick Bjugstad, and former Austin Bruin, Nico Sturm, tallied goals for the Wild. The Wild are off today as they travel to Vancouver for a Tuesday night showdown against the Canucks.

    That game is slotted to get underway at 9 pm.

    The Minnesota Vikings were idle yesterday as they were on their bye week. In other NFC North action, the Green Bay Packers improved to 6-1 defeating the Washington Football Team 24-10. The Chicago Bears fell to 3-4 as they were spanked by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 38-3. Brady threw his 600th touchdown pass in the game, and the Detroit Lions are still win-less after being beaten by the LA Rams 28-19. The Vikings will be back in action in the nationally televised Sunday night game when they take on the Dallas Cowboys on the 31st.

    On Saturday, the Vikings traded DE Stephen Weatherly and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2022 seventh-round pick. With the reemergence of Everson Griffen, Weatherly's playing time has been greatly reduced. In the deal, the Vikings save just under $1 million against the salary cap of his 1.5 million dollar salary.

    Monday Night Football action tonight features the Seattle Seahawks taking on the New Orleans Saints in Seattle. Kickoff is set for 7:15.

    The World Series is set and the Atlanta Braves will do battle with the Houston Astros for the world Championship. Game 1 is Tuesday night, first pitch is scheduled for 7:09 pm from Houston.

    On Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 96-89. Tonight, the Pelicans will try to extract some revenge as the Wolves look to improve to a 3-0 start. Tipoff is slotted for 7 pm from the Target Center.

    The Austin Bruins are still tied for first in the Central Division along with North Iowa. At one point the Bruins were alone in first thanks mainly in part to the Bruins getting a point for Friday nights tie in regulation in Minot. The Bruins could not pick up the second point as the teams were still tied after the overtime period. The Bruins fell 6-5 in a shootout.

    Saturday night the Bruins fell to the Minotauros 3-1. Austin will be back in action this weekend as the black and gold hit the road once again to face the Aberdeen Wings Friday and Saturday night.

    The MSHL Football sections schedule was released and the 6th seeded Albert Lea Tigers will take on Winona in Winona tomorrow night. Kickoff is slotted for 7 pm.

    The volleyball section schedule was released over the weekend.

    The 6th seed Tigers volleyball team will face off against the 3rd seed Byron Bears in quarter finals action on Friday the 29th at 7 pm in Byron.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 10-21

    10/22/2021

    Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell fueled an explosive season debut for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who rolled to a 124-106 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

    Towns paired 30 points (on 11-of-15 shooting) with 10 rebounds while Edwards chipped in 29 points while hitting six 3-pointers. Russell finished with 22 points and seven assists as Minnesota grabbed a first-quarter lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 35.

    Next up, The T Wolves will host a Saturday night contest against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Wolves and Pelicans will do battle again Monday night at the Target Center.

    Eddie Rosario ended up finishing a double short of the cycle despite completing the two hardest legs in the first three innings, but did add a second homer to break the game open in the ninth for the Atlanta Braves who rolled over the LA Dodgers 9-2 in game 4 of the NLCS to take a 3 gmes to 1 lead in the series. It is now do or die time for LA. An Atlanta win will allow the Braves to head off to the World Series. The teams will battle it out tonight in LA. First pitch is slotted for 7:08.

    The ALCS series has a 1 day break as the teams travel back to Houston. Yesterday, the Astros game themselves a little breathing room after defeating the Red Sox 9-1 and giving themselves a 3 games to 2 lead in their series. The Astros can eliminate the Red Sox with a win on Friday at Minute Maid Park. First pitch is set for 7:08 Friday night.

    Thursday night Football will feature Former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum facing each other tonight when the Denver Broncos take on the Cleveland Browns. With Baker Mayfield dealing with a completely torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Browns announced that backup quarterback Case Keenum will start against the Broncos. Kickoff is slotted for 7:20.

    Tiger football was defeated last night by Austin 45-6 at the Gus. The Tigers lone touchdown was scored by Tanner Conn, who scored off a muffed field goal hold.

    Tiger athletics back action today as the girls swim and dive team will be on the road taking on Northfield tonight. That match is set to kick off at 6:30 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 10-20

    10/20/2021

    With five minutes to play the Minnesota Wild were facing a 5-3 deficit against the Winnipeg Jets. That is when Joel Eriksson Ek started to take over. He helped power an incredible comeback as the Wild scored two goals in the final five minutes, including a game-tying goal for Eriksson Ek in the closing minute, to send the game to overtime. It was there that Eriksson Ek scored the game-winner to complete the hat trick and give the Wild a 6-5 win and improve their record to 3-0-0 on the season.

    Mats Zuccarello scored once and added two assists and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Wild. Goalie Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots in the contest. The Wild earned themselves a few days off before hosting the Anaheim Ducks in a early evening Saturday game.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to open their 21-22 NBA season tonight when they host the Houston Rockets at the Target Center. For Minnesota, Patrick Beverley is out for Wednesday"s game due to an NBA suspension from the 2021 playoffs, while Jordan McLaughlin (right groin strain) and Jaylen Nowell (back spasms) are questionable. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The Minnesota Vikings making some early roster moves while on their bye week. Minnesota activated RB Kene Nwangwu, a fourth-round pick out of Iowa State, off IR this week. Nwangwu enticed Vikings fans with his breakaway speed in training camp. He should have a role on special teams. He also adds something as a receiving threat at running back.

    The Vikings released RB Ameer Abdullah, making room for Nwangwu on the active roster. Abdullah and Nwangwu are similar players stylistically, so this move makes sense. Abdullah can offer something to a different NFL team still — as a reserve running back or a return man.

    The Vikes will be back in action October 30th when the face Dallas in the Sunday night game.

    The Dodgers trailed by three runs that felt like 30, they were down to their final five outs, the Atlanta Braves were on the verge of a three-games-to-none lead in a nightmare that was skidding toward a sweep. Then it happened.

    Cody Bellinger happened and Mookie Betts happened.

    Bellinger blasted a three-run home run with one out in the eighth inning to tie the score, then moments later Betts smacked a double to score another run to eventually win it in a 6-5 victory over the Braves in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

    The Braves still lead the seven-game series two games to one. Game 4 will take place in LA tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08.

    The Houston Astros tied up the ALCS at 2 games a piece after a game-winning rally came in the ninth inning, which started with the game tied 2-2. The Astros proceeded to tag incoming reliever Martin Perez until the lead was 9-2.

    The Red Sox and Astros are now tied 2-2, with Game 5 scheduled for 4:08 p.m. at Fenway Park on Wednesday. That series is now a best of 3 with today's game in Boston and Friday and Saturday in Houston.

    Tiger athletics in action yesterday as cross country participated in the Big 9 event in Owatonna where Gavin Hanke had an incredible race taking 4th overall and was named all conference.

    Tiger volleyball was shut out by Rochester Mayo 25-18, 25-11 and 25-10.

    Tonight, the Tigers football team will wrap up their season entrenched in a border battle of their own as they play host to the Packers of Austin at the Gus. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with Jay Paul taking on the call. Kickoff is slotted for 7 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 10-19

    10/19/2021

    The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight as they host the Winnipeg Jets for their home opener at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild are 2-0 on the season as they get into their home opener. Faceoff it slotted for 7 pm from the X.

    Before the NBA season gets underway, sources say that the Minnesota Timberwolves have picked up third-year rookie scale options on Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels. The Rookie option deadline is Nov. 1; With the early actions, Minnesota takes care of their two 2020 first-rounders. (Edwards No. 1, McDaniels No. 28)

    The Timberwolves will open up their season tomorrow in Houston when they take on the Rockets.

    Derrick Henry showed once again how important he is to the Tennessee Titans. This time, he had help from the Tennessee defense. Henry scored his third touchdown with 3:05 left, and the Titans stopped Josh Allen on a fourth-down quarterback sneak in the final seconds to beat Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night, snapping the Bills" four-game winning streak.

    Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros:

    Now it"s Boston"s time.

    Tapping his wrist to mimic Correa"s Game 1 celebration, Rodriguez rode four more Boston homers – including Kyle Schwarber‘s record-setting grand slam – to a 12-3 victory Monday night as the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

    Tonight, the NLCS continues with the Dodgers hosting the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta leads that series 2 games to none. Boston and Houston will also face off again tonight with Boston looking to push Houston to the brink of elimination and take a 3-1 series lead.

    A busy day for Tiger athletics as cross country will participate in the Big 9 event in Owatonna at 3:25. The Gus will be a neutral host site as boys and girls soccer sections continue. Section 1 AA Tournament Finals action will get underway with the girls taking the pitch at 5 pm, the boys will follow at 7:30 this evening. Swim and Dive are in St. Peter for a 6 pm match and Tiger volleyball will be in Rochester to take on Mayo at 7:15 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 10-19

    10/19/2021

    The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight as they host the Winnipeg Jets for their home opener at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild are 2-0 on the season as they get into their home opener. Faceoff it slotted for 7 pm from the X.

    Before the NBA season gets underway, sources say that the Minnesota Timberwolves have picked up third-year rookie scale options on Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels. The Rookie option deadline is Nov. 1; With the early actions, Minnesota takes care of their two 2020 first-rounders. (Edwards No. 1, McDaniels No. 28)

    The Timberwolves will open up their season tomorrow in Houston when they take on the Rockets.

    Derrick Henry showed once again how important he is to the Tennessee Titans. This time, he had help from the Tennessee defense. Henry scored his third touchdown with 3:05 left, and the Titans stopped Josh Allen on a fourth-down quarterback sneak in the final seconds to beat Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night, snapping the Bills" four-game winning streak.

    Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros:

    Now it"s Boston"s time.

    Tapping his wrist to mimic Correa"s Game 1 celebration, Rodriguez rode four more Boston homers – including Kyle Schwarber‘s record-setting grand slam – to a 12-3 victory Monday night as the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

    Tonight, the NLCS continues with the Dodgers hosting the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta leads that series 2 games to none. Boston and Houston will also face off again tonight with Boston looking to push Houston to the brink of elimination and take a 3-1 series lead.

    A busy day for Tiger athletics as cross country will participate in the Big 9 event in Owatonna at 3:25. The Gus will be a neutral host site as boys and girls soccer sections continue. Section 1 AA Tournament Finals action will get underway with the girls taking the pitch at 5 pm, the boys will follow at 7:30 this evening. Swim and Dive are in St. Peter for a 6 pm match and Tiger volleyball will be in Rochester to take on Mayo at 7:15 pm.

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 10-18

    10/19/2021

    The Vikings squeaked out a 34-28 overtime win in Week 6, but don't be fooled by the point total for the Panthers.

    In reality, Minnesota's defense allowed just 13 points in the first 59 minutes of the game. And even the lone touchdown they did allow came on an 18-yard drive for Carolina. The Panthers also scored on a blocked punt.

    Through six weeks, all but one of Minnesota's games have been decided by seven points or fewer.

    The Vikings coughed up an 11-point lead with under five minutes left. The Panthers marched 96 yards to tie the game with under a minute left, converting twice on fourth down.

    Greg Joseph had a chance to end the game in regulation but pushed a 47-yard try to the right.

    K.J. Osborn played the hero role in overtime as he caught a 27-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins to end the game. Osborn also came up clutch earlier in the drive, hauling in a sliding 13-yard catch on third-and-3 to move the sticks.

    With the win, the Vikings improve to 3-3 as they head into their Week 7 bye.

    Delvan Cook ran for 140 yards and a score in his return on 29 carries. Adam Thielen posted 126 receiving yards and a score on 11 receptions. It was the 21st time in his career he has recorded at least 100 receiving yards.

    Kirk Cousins has eclipsed 30,000 career passing yards.

    The QB hit the milestone in the fourth quarter Sunday. Cousins went 33 of 48 passes for 373 yards with three scores and a passer rating of 112.6.

    In week 8, the Viking will be returning to U.S. Bank Stadium for a Sunday Night Football contest against the Cowboys Oct. 31.

    The Minnesota Wild are off today, but they are back in action tomorrow as they host the Winnipeg Jets for their home opener at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild are 2-0 on the season as they get into their home opener. Faceoff it slotted for 7 pm on Tuesday.

    Eddie Rosario smoked a single up the middle to drive in Dansby Swanson and give the Atlanta Braves their second straight walk-off win to open the National League Championship Series. Twice down two runs in Game 2, the Braves rallied to put the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers down 2-0 as the series heads to Los Angeles. Tonight ALCS action takes place as the Red Sox will host the Houston Astros for game 3. The series is tied at 1 game a piece. First pitch is slotted for 7:08.

    The Chicago Sky are WNBA champions for the first time in franchise history.

    The No. 6-seeded Sky erased a double-digit deficit and came back in the final minutes to defeat the No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 80-74, in Game 4 on Sunday at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

    Albert Lea varsity teams are off today, there will be a full slate of action tomorrow.

    The Austin Bruins took a weekend series from the Bismarck Bobcats at Riverside Arena in Austin. Matys Brassard and John Larkin would record their first goals as a Bruins as Austin would take down the visiting Bismarck Bobcats by the final of 4-3 on Friday night. On Saturday, the Bruins put together a complete 60 minute effort downing Bismarck again 5-1. It was the first time the Bruins were able to complete a weekend sweep of an opponent. With the wins, Austin is now tied for first 1st place with North Iowa in the Central Division.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 10-13

    10/13/2021

    The Minnesota's Vikings defenses ability to affect passers in the past three games has been significant.

    The Vikings have allowed just one touchdown pass in their past three games. Although Russell Wilson posted a passer rating of 111.2, he was affected in Week 3.

    Baker Mayfield and Jared Goff did not throw touchdowns against Minnesota and were held to season-low passer ratings of 59.5 and 60.4, respectively.

    This week's foe, Sam Darnold, has had ups and downs in his first five games in Carolina. In the past two games, Darnold has thrown five interceptions and been sacked eight times. The Eagles limited him to a passer rating of 44.5 on Sunday.

    Darnold faced Minnesota as a rookie with the Jets in 2018 and was limited to a passer rating of 34.4 after completing 17 of 42 passes (40.5 percent) with one touchdown and three interceptions.

    The Vikes will face Darnold and the Carolina Panthers at Noon on Sunday. Power 96 will bring you all the action beginning at 11 am with the pregame show and Paul Allen will have the call at Noon.

    Atlanta's Freddie Freeman, the reigning NL MVP, launched a two-out, first-pitch solo home run over the center field wall to secure a 5-4 lead in Game 4 of the NLDS.

    Atlanta finished off a 3-1 series win over the Milwaukee Brewers to book a trip to the NLCS, where they'll face either the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.   The Dodgers Giants series is going to go the limit as the Dodgers beat the Giants 7-2 to tie the series up at 2 games a piece. The deciding game 5 will take place on Thursday.

    The Boston Red Sox now have a dance partner for the ALCS as the Houston Astros knocked off the Chicago White Sox 10-1. That best of 7 series will get underway on Friday with the series winner going to the World Series.

    The NHL season is officially underway. Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled over the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2.

    The Seattle Kraken opened up their inaugural season in a wild contest in Las Vegas.   Ryan Donato scored the first ever Kraken goal but it was the veteran Golden Knights team that took the win coming out on top 4-3.

    The Minnesota Wild will open up their season Friday when they take of the Ducks in Anaheim.

    Albert Lea Tigers are off today, but yesterday Tiger volleyball downed Winona 3-2. In soccer section play with the boys were defeated by Byron 4-Nil, the girls were also shut out by Byron 5-Nil. Girls swim and dive lost to Mankato West 90-81.

    Tiger teams will be back in action on Thursday with individual girls tennis section play in Rochester and Tiger Volleyball will host Red Wing beginning at 7:15.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 10-12

    10/12/2021

    The Minnesota Timberwolves looked pretty good in their second to last preseason game putting away the LA Clippers last night 128-100.

    DeAngelo Russell led in the scoring department putting up 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Karl-Anthony Towns helped out with 17 points 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Naz Reid was big off the bench scoring 13 points along with 5 rebounds.

    The T-Wolves will wrap up their preseason on Thursday when they travel to NY to take on the Brooklyn Nets.

    University of Minnesota running back Trey Potts will miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury serious enough to keep him hospitalized for six days after it occurred in the last game.

    Coach P.J. Fleck said Monday that Potts was “doing very well” and expected to be present at the practice facility this week to visit with the team.

    Fleck declined to reveal any specifics about what happened to the third-year player, who left the field late in the fourth quarter Oct. 3 at Purdue.

    The Gophers will host Nebraska on Saturday.

    In MNF action, Baltimore's Lamar Jackson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown on the first possession of overtime to give the Ravens a 31-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

    Albert Lea Tigers back in action today as Tiger volleyball is on the road taking on Winona at 7:15. Soccer Section play begins today with the boys opening up first round action in Byron at 5 pm, the girls will take to the pitch at 7 pm in Byron. Girls swim and dive will host Mankato West. That meet scheduled to get underway at 6:30.

    MLB action from yesterday saw the first team eliminated form post seaon play as the 1st seed Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated by the 4 seeded Boston Red Sox. Boston will now wait to take on either the Astro's or the White Sox.

    The Atlanta Braves now have a 2 games to 1 series lead over the Milwaukee Brewers after winning 3-0. The Giants also have a 2 games to 1 lead over the Dodgers after a 1-0 win last night. Today, all 3 playoff games are slotted beginning with the White Sox and Astros, as the Sox will try to tie the series up at 2 games a piece. Atlanta will try to close out their series against Milwaukee and the Giants could eliminate the Dodgers with a win.    

    Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned suddenly less than an hour after a New York Times report that Gruden had sent emails that contained disturbing comments.

    In a statement, Gruden said:

    “I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I"m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

    In a statement of his own, Vegas owner Mark Davis said he accepted Gruden's resignation.

    Raiders assistant Rich Bisaccia will be the interim head coach, according to ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber.

    The NHL will open the 2021-22 season tonight as the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Pittsburgh Penguins, then in game 2, the newest NHL team, the Seattle Kraken will take on the Vegas Golden Knights in their first ever NHL regular season game.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 10-11

    10/11/2021

    Minnesota's Greg Joseph made a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Minnesota Vikings a 19-17 victory over the winless Lions on Sunday.

    The Vikings Eric Kendricks made a one-handed interception in the third quarter, and Griffen and Danielle Hunter each had 1 1/2 of the team's four sacks.

    Justin Jefferson took six of his seven catches for first downs and finished with 124 yards for the Vikings, whose offense has not scored a second half touchdown in four straight games.

    Alexander Mattison, who filled in for the injured Dalvin Cook had 153 total yards and a second quarter touchdown catch.

    Next up, the Vikings will visit Carolina on Sunday with kickoff slotted for Noon.

    In other NFC North action, it took overtime but Green Bay held off the Cincinnati Bengals to win after Mason Crosby hit a 49-yard field goal in overtime 25-22. The usually reliable Crosby missed three straight attempts before making the game winner. With the win, the Packers improved to 4-1.   The Chicago Bears Justin Fields threw his first career touchdown pass, and the Chicago defense largely shut down the Las Vegas Raiders' high-powered offense in a 20-9 win to improve to 3-2.

    Monday night football action will see the Baltimore Raved battle it out against the Indianapolis Colts in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 7:15.

    Cole Bassett, Michael Barrios and Lucas Esteves scored late goals to give the 10-man Colorado Rapids a 3-1 comeback victory over Minnesota United on Sunday. Minnesota dropped to 10-10-8 on the season.

    In MLB playoff action, with the American League Divisional Series tied, 1-1, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays battled through a 13-inning staredown in Game 3 until Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez crushed a walk-off two-run homer to win it, 6-4.

    Leury García and Yasmani Grandal homered as the White Sox topped the Houston Astros 12-6 on Sunday night to stay alive in their AL Division Series. Houston holds a 2-1 series lead over Chicago.

    Both leagues are in action today as the Braves host the Brewers in a series that is tied at one game a piece. The Astro's will once again try to eliminate the White Sox in Chicago. The Red Sox will try to eliminate the Rays in Boston, and the Dodgers will host the Giants in another series that is tied 1-1.

    Albert Lea Tigers back in action today as the cross country teams will be in invitational action at 4 pm at the Meadow Greens Golf Course.   Girls swim and dive will host Mankato West in a meet tonight with action getting underway at 6:30, and Tiger volleyball is on the road taking on Winona at 7:15.

    Only 1 game for the Austin Bruins over the weekend as the Bruins were victorious on the road in their contest against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The black and gold scored 4 third period goals on their way to a 5-3 win. Jens Richards, Sutter Muzzatti, and rookie Austin Salani all scored in the 3rd. Bruins Captain, Carson Riddle, sealed the deal with an empty-net goal to finish off St. Cloud.

    The Bruins will host the Bismarck Bobcats to Riverside Arena for a 2 game set Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is at 7:05 both nights. On Friday, POWER 96 will stream all the action on KQPRFM.com, and Saturday we will bring you the game live from Riverside Arena at 6:45 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 10-07

    10/07/2021

    With only a couple of days left before final decisions are made on what the Wild's Opening Night roster will look like, Adam Beckman continued his red-hot camp by scoring the overtime-winning goal Wednesday night as the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3.

    Former Austin Bruin Nico Sturm tied the game with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Calen Addison and Beckman had helpers on that, setting up the latter's late heroics.

    Cam Talbot will start the final two preseason games and play all 60 minutes, starting tonight against Chicago at the X and again against Chicago in the United Center on Saturday night in the Wilds last preseason game.

    Tonight's puck drop is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The pressurized evening of single-elimination baseball that the Dodgers tried so hard to avoid turned out to be just as stomach-churning as they feared.

    The reigning World Series champs only survived the St. Louis Cardinals because of some walk-off magic from Chris Taylor. The valuable utilityman, who entered the game as a defensive replacement off the Dodgers' intentionally deep bench, launched a 2-run walk-off blast in the ninth inning off reliever Alex Reyes to win the NL wild-card game, 3-1.

    By advancing to the NLDS, the Dodgers will earn a crack at the San Francisco Giants team that bested them by a single game in an epic NL West race. It will be the first time in the 131-year history of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry that they will face one-another in a playoff series.

    The American Leagues Divisional Playoff Series gets underway tonight with the Chicago Withe Sox taking on the Houston Astros in Houston and the Tampa Bay Rays will host the Boston Red Sox.

    The Nation League will open up their Divisional Playoff games on Friday.

    Anthony Barr has been cleared to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings, putting the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker back in action after an 18-game absence and giving a lagging defense a valued asset.

    Barr was sidelined by a balky knee early in training camp.

    Barr has declined to discuss his specific condition, but his comments and those from coach Mike Zimmer have indicated it"s a chronic issue involving discomfort in the joint that comes and goes. Nick Vigil has filled Barr"s every-down role at the strong side spot and will likely shift back to the weak side position to make room for Barr.

    Barr was a full participant in practice Wednesday, as sure of a sign as any he"s back.

    Vigil did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. Neither did defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who aggravated an elbow injury during the previous game. Cornerbacks Cameron Dantzler and Harrison Hand were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Dantzler said on Twitter he is vaccinated and expected to be cleared soon.

    The Viking will take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday and POWER 96 will bring you all the action beginning with the pregame show at 11 am, the Paul Allen will bring you the call at high noon on your home for Minnesota Viking Football POWER 96

    Tiger teams are back in action on today with the cross country team hitting the road to take on Owatonna at 4 pm. Girls swim and dive will visit East for a match at 6:30. The volleyball team will will also be on the road to do battle with Makato East at 7 pm.   Girls soccer will host Mayo at 7 pm at the Gus, and the boys will be at mayo for a 7 pm match.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 10-06

    10/06/2021

    Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin announced the National Hockey League club has recalled forwards Mitchell Chaffee, Joseph Cramarossa, Nick Swaney and Dominic Turgeon along with defenseman Joe Hicketts from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

    The Wild will host the first of back-to-back home games at Xcel Energy Center tonight at 7 pm.

    For the second time this exhibition season, Minnesota will play the St. Louis Blues, before hosting the Chicago Blackhawks 24 hours later.

    The Wild will conclude the preseason Saturday night at Chicago's United Center.

    Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen expected to draw his second consecutive start tonight. Cam Talbot is expected to start each of the final two games of the preseason.

    After missing 18 straight games, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr looks ready to return.

    Barr has sat out the first four games this season due to a knee injury. That follows having missed the final 14 last year following shoulder surgery.

    Barr practiced all of last week on a limited basis and was listed as questionable for the game against Cleveland.

    Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said "I think he'll play this week,".

    The Boston Red Sox chased Gerrit Cole after just 2+ innings and held on to boot the rival New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game on Tuesday night. A Yankees team with high expectations bowed out to Boston by a final score of 6-2.

    Tonight the National League will hold their wild card game with the St Louis Cardinals traveling out to LA to face the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

    Tiger teams are off today after a busy day yesterday which saw the girls soccer team falling Red Wing 8-1 . The tennis team was defeated by Lakeville North 7-0. The Tiger volleyball team was shut out by Northfield 3 games to none. Boys soccer put up a huge fight against Red Wing at the Gus that ended in a 2-2 draw in overtime.

    Tiger teams will be back in action on Thursday with the cross country team hitting the road to take on Owatonna at 4 pm. Girls swim and dive will visit East for a match at 6:30. The volleyball team will will also be on the road to do battle with Mankato East at 7 pm. Girls soccer will host Mayo at 7 pm at the Gus, and the boys will be at mayo for a 7 pm match.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 10-05

    10/05/2021

    Kirill Kaprizov had 2 assists and scored the game winning goal as the Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche in St. Paul last night 3-1.   Kaprizov and his linemates Mats Zuccarello and Joel Eriksson Ek all had points in the game. Zuccarello had two assists and Eriksson Ek added one.

    The Wild will be back in preseason action on Wednesday, when they play host to the St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center. Faceoff is slotted for 7 pm.

    A day after having his best game of the season, Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Monday. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

    After starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland was out six defensive plays into the game because of an illness, Dantzler was on the field for 72 plays, the second-most of his career, in a 14-7 loss Sunday to Cleveland at U.S. Bank Stadium.

    Entering Monday night's game, Pro Football Focus ranked Dantzler as the 17th-best cornerback out of 121 in Week 4.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves opened up their preseason last night defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 117-114.

    Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and D"Angelo Russell, combined for 42 of the Wolves" 65 first half points.

    Russell shined offensively, scoring 19 points on 6 for 10 shooting, including three made triples. Karl-Anthony Towns added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

    Anthony Edwards, last season"s runner-up for Rookie of the Year, chipped in 10 points.

    The Wolves are now off and back to practice before taking on Denver on Friday night in Denver.

    In Monday night football action it was the LA Chargers beating the Las Vegas Raiders 28-14.

    There will be an American League wild card elimination game tonight as Major League Baseballs NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox will fight to see who moves into the playoffs. Both teams come into tonight's game with identical records of 92-70. First pitch is slotted for 7:08 from Fenway Park.   The Red Sox were 49-32 on their home turf in 2021. The National Leagues Wild Card elimination game will take place tomorrow when the St Louis Cardinals face the Dodgers in LA.

    Only 1 Tiger team in action yesterday as girls soccer was defeated 3-Nil by Byron at home.

    Today, the girls will hit the road to face Red Wing at 7 pm. Also in action today, the Tiger volleyball team will host Northfield at 7:15. and boys soccer will host Red Wing at the Gus. That match is scheduled for 7 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 10-04

    10/04/2021

    The chances were there for the Vikings on Sunday.

    But in the end, they were beaten at their own game in a 14-7 home loss to the Cleveland Browns.

    It was a good bet that whichever team held the ball longest would come away with the win at U.S. Bank Stadium. Unfortunately for the Vikings, that edge went to the Browns … and in a big way.

    Cleveland controlled the clock for a whopping 35 minutes and 32 seconds Sunday, with Minnesota possessing the ball for just 24:28.

    The Browns rushed for 184 yards on the day. Nick Chubb totaled 100 yards on 21 attempts, and Kareem Hunt tallied 69 yards and a score on 14 attempts.

    The Vikings took off 7:34 on their opening possession, marching 75 yards in 14 plays as Minnesota scored to start the game for the third straight week.

    But the Vikings offense controlled the ball for less than 17 minutes the rest of the game, as Minnesota gained just 180 yards on 49 plays after the touchdown.

    Minnesota converted twice on its first three third-down plays, but moved the chains just three times on 13 tries the rest of the way.

    The Vikings now have a 1-3 record for the second consecutive season.

    The Vikings finish up a three-game homestand in Week 5 against the Lions.

    In other NFC North action, Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 27-17 to improve to 3-1, Chicago defeated Detroit 24-14 to improve to 2-2, Detroit falls to the bottom of the North with a record of 0-4. Minnesota sits in 3rd at 1-3.

    The Minnesota Wild who are 0-2 in the preseason will look to change that tonight as they take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center. Faceoff is set for 7 pm.

          

    Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco hit homers and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Sunday in their final game of the season.

    Buxton hit his 19th homer off the left field foul pole to extend the Twins lead to 7-3 in the fifth inning. He missed over 40% of the season due to an oblique strain.

    The Twins scored five runs in the first inning, three of those on Polanco"s homer. Polanco"s 98 RBIs this season are the most in Minnesota history by a switch-hitter.

    The Twins ended the season at 73-89 and in last place in the AL Central after winning the division the previous two years.

    Tom Brady not only beat his former team in the New England Patriots, but he also became the NFL"s all-time passing yardage leader. With 6:10 remaining in the first quarter Sunday night Brady made a 28-yard completion to Mike Evans gave the seven-time Super Bowl champion 80,358 career passing yards surpassing Drew Brees. Tampa Bay defeated New England 19-17.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 09-29

    09/29/2021

    The Minnesota Twins opened up their last homestand of the season with a win as Miguel Sanó homered and Minnesota pitchers shut down Detroit until the ninth inning, as the Twins beat the Tigers 3-2

    Sanó connected for his 30th home run of the season, a solo shot off reliever José Ureña to the second deck in left field leading off the seventh. He became the seventh player in Twins history with multiple 30-homer seasons.

    Charlie Barnes received the start after being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul before the game. RHP Bailey Ober was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hip strain.

    RHP Michael Pineda (8-8, 3.73 ERA) will start Wednesday night for Minnesota. Pineda has allowed two earned runs or less in his four appearances since coming off the disabled list with an oblique strain.

    First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:40 pm.

    Albert Lea Tiger teams are off today, but in yesterdays action, the boys soccer team was shut out by Mankato East 3-0 in Mankato. The girls soccer team suffered the same fate at home losing 7-0 to East. The Tiger volleyball team took it to the Austin Packers winning all 3 games in their match against the Packers winning 25-15, 25-18 and 25-13.

    The Tiger teams will resume play on Thursday with girls tennis taking on John Marshall. Girls soccer hosting Winona, boys soccer traveling to Winona and girls swim and dive hosting John Marshall.

    Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in boxing history and once the sport's pound-for-pound king, announced his retirement as a boxer on Tuesday.

    A native of the Philippines, Pacquiao was elected senator in his home country in 2016, a position he retains today. He's running for president in 2022.

    The No. 6-seeded Chicago Sky not only stole a needed win to open the semifinals, but they also put an end to the hottest streak in the WNBA. And their star point guard made history.

    The Sky earned it against the No. 1 Connecticut Sun, 101-95, in a matchup that required two overtime periods. Game 2 is on Thursday in Connecticut.

    Courtney Vandersloot joined Sheryl Swoopes as the only players to reach a triple-double in playoff history.

    At the beginning of September, the competition for the NL's second wild-card spot was a dogfight between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres.

    Then the St. Louis Cardinals have since burst through the standings.

    The hottest team in baseball extended their winning streak to 17 games with a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, improving their record to 88-69 and clinching the second wild-card spot in the NL playoffs.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 09-28

    09/29/2021

    The Minnesota Twins will open up their last homestand of the season today when they take on the Detroit Tigers at Target Field in a first of a 3 game series. Tigers Left-hander Tyler Alexander will pitch the opener for Detroit. Minnesota has Michael Pineda penciled in for Wednesday and rookie Joe Ryan for Thursday, but have yet to announce their starter for today.

    First pitch is slotted for 6:40.

    The NHL announced Monday that tickets to the 2022 NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild at Target Field - home of the Minnesota Twins - will go on sale to the public on Wednesday.

    The event will be the first NHL Winter Classic scheduled to be played in primetime and will start at 6 p.m. (CT) on Jan. 1.

    The Minnesota Wild rounded out their leadership rolls announcing that defenseman Matt Dumba and forward Marcus Foligno as alternate captains taking over the A's on their sweaters due to the departures of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter during the off season.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves' roster is expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The Vice president of basketball operations said two players currently have their first shot and once they complete their second dose, the team will be fully vaccinated.

    Earlier this month, the NBA released a memo citing COVID-19 protocols that would have unvaccinated players possessing lockers as far away as possible from their vaccinated teammates and will have to eat, fly and ride buses in different sections.

    In addition, unvaccinated players will have to undergo testing on game days and practice days.

    The Timberwolves will open up their preseason on Monday October 4th when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Target Center.

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics action saw the girls tennis team earn a split. The Tigers were shut out by Jordan 7-0, then bounced back against TCU taking 4 matches in a 4-3 win. Marissa Hanson was victorious in singles action, while the teams of Rachel Doppelhammer and Hannah Willner, Ashlyn Berven and Lilly Hyke, and Emma Prihoda and Emery Nelson brought home doubles action wins. The girls soccer team was shut out by Rochester Lourdes at the Gus 3-0.

    Today, the Tiger cross country team will be in Mankato for a 3:45 meet. Boys soccer will be in Mankato to take on East at 5 pm. Girls soccer will host Mankato East at the Gus at 7 pm. The Tiger volleyball team will host the Packers of Austin at 7:15 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 09-27

    09/27/2021

    Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes before halftime for Minnesota and guided three clock-draining field goal drives after that, as the Vikings accelerated past Seattle 30-17 on Sunday for their first win over the Seahawks in 12 years.

    Alexander Mattison stepped in for the injured Dalvin Cook and racked up 171 total yards, rushing 18 times for 76 yards in the second half as the Vikings (1-2) seized control with 23 straight points. The Vikings beat Seattle for the first time with Pete Carroll as coach and Russell Wilson as the quarterback.

    Danny Jansen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, George Springer also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Sunday. Griffin Jax gave up four runs and six hits in five innings as the Twins lost their second in a row following a four-game winning streak.

    Byron Buxton homered in the fifth, his career-best 16th in just 55 games this season.

    RHP Joe Ryan, who was placed on the bereavement list on Saturday, is scheduled to return to the rotation Thursday when he"ll start against the Detroit Tigers.

    The Twins are off today. next up, Minnesota will open up their last homestand of the season, a 3 game series, Tuesday against Detroit.

    It's all over for the Minnesota Lynx as Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot led a balanced offense with 19 points and the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky raced past the third-seeded Minnesota Lynx 89-76 in the second-round, single elimination WNBA playoff game on Sunday night.

    Aerial Powers led Minnesota, which had won 9 of 10 to end the regular season, with 24 points. Kayla McBride added 19 and Sylvia Fowles 17.

    Fowles, who was announced as the WNBA"s Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time in her career before the game, had 13 points at halftime and didn"t score in the fourth quarter.

    Chicago opens the best-of-five semifinals series at Connecticut on Tuesday.

    The Austin Bruins split their home opener weekend winning 3-2 of Friday night against the visiting Minot Minotauros. Saturday night affair was the same score, but it was the Tauros leaving with the win. With the split, the Bruins improved their record to 4-1-1. This weekend will feature a home and home series against the newest member to the NAHL's Central Division, The North Iowa Bulls from Mason City. The Bruins will be in Mason City Friday night and the Bulls will come to Riverside Arena in Austin for a Saturday night showdown. POWER 96 will stream Friday nights game at kqprfm.com at 7:30 and Saturday night we will bring you that game live from Austin at 6:45 for the pregame show with a 7:05 face off.

    Albert Lea Tiger action today will feature the girls tennis team playing in a triangular. The first match will see the Tigers taking on Jordan at 3:30, then at 4:45, the team will face TCU at Jordan middle school. Tonight at 7 pm the girls soccer team will play host to Rochester Lourdes at the Gus.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 09-23

    09/24/2021

    Max Kepler homered twice, rookie Joe Ryan struck out a season-high 11, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Wednesday night.

    Kepler staked the Twins to a 2-0 lead with a homer in the first inning and hit his 19th home run in the fourth, a tiebreaking drive. He has 11 multihomer games, including two this year.

    Ryan limited the Cubs to three hits in five innings in his fourth major league appearance.

    Since losing to the Cubs 3-0 in his major league debut on Sept. 1, Ryan has allowed three runs while striking out 20 in 17 innings. He has a 2.45 ERA.

    CF Bryon Buxton (foot) didn"t start after getting hit by a pitch in the ninth inning of Tuesday"s game. Buxton appeared as a pinch hitter in the seventh and legged out a double. 2B Jorge Polanco (illness) also didn"t start but hit a pinch-hit double in the ninth.

    The Twins are back home and RHP Michael Pineda will take the mound tonight when the Twins host the Toronto Blue Jays.

    First pitch is slotted for 6:40.

    The Vikings listed seven players, including four starters, on Wednesday's first injury report.

    RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) did not participate.

    Six players — LB Anthony Barr (knee), T Christian Darrisaw (groin), CB Patrick Peterson (toe), LB Eric Kendricks (hip), DE Everson Griffen (concussion) and CB Bashaud Breeland (back/shoulder) — were listed as limited participants.

    The Vikings are preparing to take on a Seattle Seahawks team on Sunday in their home opener. POWER 96 will bring you that game beginning at 2 pm with the Viking pregame show, Paul Allen will handle the call at 3:25.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves announced they have "parted ways" with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas.

    Current majority owner Glen Taylor, in a brief statement released by the time, said of the move: "As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of.”

    The change is effective immediately.

    Rosas was hired by the Timberwolves in May of 2019 following the tumultuous tenure of former head coach and president Tom Thibodeau, who was fired midway through the 2018-19 season.

    NFL Football tonight features the 2-0 Carolina Panthers taking on the 1-1 Houston Texans to kick off week 3 action. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 From Houston.

    Albert Lea Tigers back in action today as girls tennis will be on the road to take on Mankato East at 4:45. Girls swim and dive will host Faribault for a match beginning at 6:30. Varsity volleyball is in Rochester to take on John Marshall at 7 pm. Girls soccer is in Northfield for a match, the girls take the pitch at 7 pm. Boys soccer will host Northfield at the Gus at 7 pm.

       

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