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    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 4-20

    04/21/2021

    Tonight, weather permitting, POWER 96 will bring you Tigers softball action with Jay Paul beginning at 6:30 pm as the Tigers take on Century.

    Also in action today, Tiger boys golf hits the road and faces Faribault along with Winona at 2:30, Boys Tennis is in Redwing for their match at 4:30, Girls track will be facing Mankato East, Mankato West and John Marshal at West beginning at 4:30, and Tiger baseball will play host to Mankato East at 5:00.

    The Minnesota Twins were cleared to travel and are moving forward with plans for a doubleheader in Oakland today after having their season interrupted by coronavirus concerns.

    The Twins haven't played since Friday to allow for virus testing and contact tracing as the club has had at least four positive coronavirus tests in the past week.

    Minnesota will start Matt Shoemaker in Game 1 and Jose Berrios in Game 2 of the straight doubleheader, then pitch Kenta Maeda on Wednesday. First pitch of the double header is slotted for 5:30.

    Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots and the Wild stretched their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.

    Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway and Marcus Johansson also scored to help the Wild strengthen their already-strong playoff position. Jonas Brodin sealed the deal with an empty-net goal.

    The Wild are 6-1 against the Coyotes heading into Wednesday"s season series finale in Arizona on Wednesday.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will attempt to break their seven-game road slide when the Timberwolves play Sacramento tonight at 9 pm in Sacramento.

    The teams meet for the second time this season. The Timberwolves won 116-106 in the last matchup on April 5. D'Angelo Russell led Minnesota with 25 points.

    Ricky Rubio leads the Timberwolves averaging 6.6 assists while scoring 8.4 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.1 points and nine rebounds while shooting 39.6% over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

    The Timberwolves will be without the services of Malik Beasley who's out with a (hamstring), and Jaylen Nowell who is day to day with a tibia issue.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 4-19

    04/20/2021

    Albert Lea Tigers baseball from over the weekend saw the Tigers fall 8-4 in game one of a double header on Saturday as the Tigers faced the Faribault Falcons. In game 2 it was all about efficiency on the base pads as the Tigers scored 8 runs on 9 hits in route to an 8-3 win to split the series.

    The Tigers softball team also earned a split in their action in the St. Clair Tournament dropping game one 15-9, but bouncing back in game two against St, Clair earning themselves an 8-7 win.

    Both baseball and softball will be back in action on Tuesday.

    The Austin Bruins earned themselves a weekend split in their battle against the Minot Minotauros. Minot took Friday nights game 6-3, but the Bruins bounced back Saturday night earning themselves 2 points in the standings with a decisive 4-2 win.

    The Bruins are back in action Thursday when they hit the road to take on the Minnesota Magicians before opening up a weekend series at Riverside Arena against the Magicians on Friday and St. Cloud on Saturday.

    The Minnesota Twins have had their game today against the Oakland A's postponed as the Twins continue contact tracing and testing after multiple members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

    The final two games of the Twins' series with the Los Angeles Angels were postponed when outfielder Kyle Garlick, one other player and a staff member tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

    Pending further test results, the Twins and Athletics are scheduled to begin their three-game series in Oakland with a doubleheader on Tuesday.

    For the third time this season and just the seventh in team history, the LA Clippers buried 20 or more 3-pointers, connecting on a season-high 21 Sunday while defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-105.

    Rookie Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 23 points. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Naz Reid (13 points), Jaden McDaniels (11) and D'Angelo Russell (11) also finished in double digits. The Timberwolves will net try their luck against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday with a 9 pm tip-off.

    Minnesota will attempt to keep its three-game win streak intact when the Wild take on Arizona tonight. Face-off is slotted for 8 pm. Minnesota knocked off Arizona 5-2 in the last meeting between these teams on April 14.

    The Wild are coming off of a weekend sweep of the San Jose Sharks.

    Tonight's contest is the first of a four-game trip in total, and the first of two games versus the Coyotes. The two clubs play again on Wednesday, before the Wild head to California for a weekend back-to-back in Los Angeles and San Jose.

    Rookie, Kirill Kaprizov, leads the Wild with 17 goals and has 36 points. Matts Zuccarello has five goals over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 4-15

    04/15/2021

    The Austin Bruins won back to back games for the first time this season after defeating the Minnesota Magicians last night 3-1.

    Tyler Shea had 29 saves in the effort, while Carson Riddle, Ben Dexheimer and Barrett Brooks scored for the Bruins.

    The Bruins next take on the Minot Minotauros for a 2 game set in Minot this Friday and Saturday night.

    Power 96 will bring you both of those games beginning at 7:55 pm.

    Tigers boys tennis is in action today taking on Schaffer Academy in Rochester at 4:30 this afternoon.

    The Boston Red Sox completed a sweep of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins with a 7-1 game 2 victory. The Sox also delt the Twins a 3-2 first game loss.

    Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one run over five innings to help the Red Sox earn their ninth consecutive win.

    3B Josh Donaldson was activated for the second game of the doubleheader and played for the first time since straining his right hamstring in the season opener. He went 1 for 2 with a walk. CF Byron Buxton was held out of both games with hamstring soreness. Rocco Baldelli said the plan was for Buxton to play in the second game, but the team decided to be cautious and keep the oft-injured outfielder on the bench. DH Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday"s game with a non-COVID-19-related illness.

    Michael Pineda (1-0, 1.64 ERA) will start the final game of the series for Minnesota on Thursday afternoon. Boston counters with Garrett Richards (0-1, 10.29). Pineda has won eight straight decisions dating to July 2019. After the game, the Twins will take off for a 3 game series against the LA Angels.

    Khris Middleton put up 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in three quarters, as the Milwaukee Bucks breezed to a 130-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday afternoon.

    Anthony Edwards scored 24 points on 5-for-11 shooting from 3-point range for the Timberwolves, who have lost 11 of their past 15 games. The Timberwolves were missing their best player, Karl-Anthony Towns, for the second consecutive game. His absence was for personal reasons, surrounding the one-year anniversary of the death of his mother due to COVID-19.

    The Timberwolves will next host former teammate Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday. Towns and Josh Okogie are the only players remaining who overlapped with Butler.

    Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Nick Bonino had a goal and two assists on Wednesday to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. Both of Zuccarello"s goals came on Minnesota"s resurgent power play, which converted all three of its opportunities in the game. After spending much of the season with the league"s worst power play, the Wild have scored 12 times with the man advantage in their past seven games. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Cam Talbot made 28 saves for Minnesota, which beat Arizona for the fifth time in six games this season and solidified its hold on third place in the West Division.

    The Wild will next host San Jose for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 4-14

    04/14/2021

    Albert Lea Tiger Baseball and Softball games were postponed due to weather yesterday. The baseball game against Mankato East was rescheduled to next Tuesday, April 20th, the softball game was rescheduled to April 26th. All Tiger teams are off today.

    The Austin Bruins are on the road for tonight's match-up in Richfield as the black and gold take on the Minnesota Magicians. POWER 96 will bring you the Pregame show with TJ Chillot at 7:05, with face-off scheduled for 7:15.

    Rafael Devers homered for the fourth straight game and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on a snowy Tuesday afternoon in a series opener moved back following the fatal police shooting in a nearby suburb.

    The Twins held a moment of silence prior to Tuesday"s game.

    Monday"s postponed game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader today. The first game will start at its regularly scheduled time of 1:10 p.m. RHP Kenta Maeda will start game 1 while José Berríos will take the mound for game 2.

    Nelson Cruz was scratched from the lineup yesterday before the game with a non-COVID-19-related illness. Rocco Baldelli said 3B Josh Donaldson, who"s been out since the season"s first game with a right hamstring strain, is likely to be activated from the injured list for Wednesday"s doubleheader.

    With all the civil unrest in the metro area and curfews, the Wild and the Timberwolves have adjusted their schedules.

    The WIld will take on Arizona this afternoon at the Xcel center, while the T-Wolves will take on the Milwaukee Bucks with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 at the Target Center.

    Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of the Timberwolves, even if focus was harder to come by than usual.

    Durant scored 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting in his most productive performance in 2 1/2 months, as the Brooklyn Nets blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-97 on Tuesday afternoon. Anthony Edwards had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who played without Karl-Anthony Towns on the one-year anniversary of his mother's death from COVID-19 complications. Towns chose to sit out and spend the time with his family. D'Angelo Russell scored 15 points in 20 minutes against his former team.

    Naz Reid started for the 14th time this season in place of Towns. He had two points in 16 minutes.

    The Timberwolves will host Milwaukee this afternoon, and finish their home stand on Friday against Miami.

    The Wild and Arizona Coyotes will drop the puck a little earlier than originally scheduled on Wednesday, with the two postseason hopefuls getting underway shortly after 1 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

    For Minnesota, it's the club's first game since a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at Enterprise Center. The same teams were expected to play Monday night in St. Paul, a game that was postponed out of respect for the tragic incident involving Daunte Wright on Sunday in Brooklyn Center. That game will be made up on May 12.

    Marcus Foligno is expected to return after missing more than a month with a lower-body injury.

    Foligno was injured, ironically, against the Coyotes on March 12 when he took a Jonas Brodin slap shot to the lower right leg. He's missed the past 15 games.

    The WNBA will play a 32-game schedule that includes mini two-game series in the same city to reduce travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. The regular season will conclude on Sept. 19 and be followed by the traditional playoffs format. The league will take a break for the Tokyo Olympics from July 15 through Aug. 11. This year, teams will be back at home arenas and it will be up to each organization in conjunction with the league and federal, state and local health officials to determine safety protocols for fan attendance at games.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 4-13

    04/14/2021

    Tonight POWER 96 will bring you Albert Lea Tigers baseball as the Tigers take on Mankato East Jay Paul will bring you the first pitch and all the action at 6:30 pm.

    The Tiger boys golf team is taking on Austin today in Austin. Tigers softball is on the road taking on Mankato East today at 5 pm.

    The Riverland Blue Devils baseball team find themselves sitting on a 15-3 record and winning 5 of their last 6 games. With that success, the Devils are now ranked 10th in the country in the latest NJCAA poll. This week, the team will play 6 games and southern division play will start this weekend.

    Civil unrest in the Minneapolis area has forced the city's three in-season professional sports teams to postpone their home games Monday afternoon and evening.

    The Minnesota Twins were the first to announce their baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. CT, was postponed out of concern for the safety of fans and players in the wake of a fatal police shooting in a nearby Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.

    Shortly afterward, the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and NHL's Minnesota Wild followed suit and postponed their home games, which were to begin later in the evening.

    The Wild-Blues game has been rescheduled for May 12 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

    There's no immediate word on when the Twins and Timberwolves games will be made up.

    The Twins are scheduled to play Boston at Target Field this afternoon.

    The Wilds next game will be Wednesday as they take on Arizona at 8 pm.

    The T-Wolves are scheduled to host Milwaukee at 7pm on Wednesday night at the Target Center.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 4-12

    04/12/2021

    The Austin Bruins welcomed the Bismarck Bobcats to Riverside Arena Friday and Saturday to round out the season series with their division rivals. The Bruins were soundly defeated Friday 6-1, the Bruins bounced back with a vengeance Saturday sending the Bobcats packing with a 5-1 Bruin victory that saw Ben Oakland score his first two junior hockey goals.

    The Bruins spend this week on the road taking on the Minnesota Magicians Wednesday night, then a weekend series in Minot.

    Albert Lea Tiger Tennis action from Saturday morning as the Tigers fell to Winona 6-1. Caleb Hanson, of Albert Lea defeated. Caleb Ellenburg, of Winona, 6-2 , 4-6 , 10-8 at Mankato West. In the second match-up of the day, the Tigers were shut out by Mankato West 7-0.

    The Minnesota Wild will try to regain traction tonight when they host the St. Louis Blues to complete a three-game set between the teams.

    The Blues defeated the Wild 9-1 Friday and 3-2 in overtime Saturday in St. Louis. Now the series shifts to Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

    The third-place Wild hope to get key wingers Kevin Fiala and Marcus Foligno back soon, perhaps as soon as tonight.

    Fiala, who has 11 points in his past eight games, suffered an upper-body injury Friday. He tested it during the pre-game skate Saturday but exited the ice early and sat out the game.

    Foligno hasn't played since March 12 due to a lower-body injury but has been practicing with the team.

    Martin Truex Jr. passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin on Lap 485 of Sunday‘s rain-delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and pulled away to win for the third time in his last four starts at the .526-mile short track.

    The victory was Truex‘s second this season, ending a streak of seven straight different winners to start the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The driver of the No. 19 Toyota triumphed for the 29th time in his career and for the fifth time in his last 11-short track starts.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds, D"Angelo Russell scored 27 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 121-117 on Sunday night.

    Ricky Rubio connected on five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 17 points. Rookie Anthony Edwards added 15 points.

    Towns just missed a triple-double with eight assists. It"s his 57th career game with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Edwards extended his streak of games with a steal to 22, the longest active streak in the NBA and the longest streak by a rookie in franchise history.

    The Timberwolves will host the New Jersey Nets tonight. New Jersey, already without James Harden, announced that Kyrie Irving would be out of the game for personal reasons and LaMarcus Aldridge will also miss the game with a non-COVID-19 illness.

    Kyle Seager hit his second homer of the game, a three-run drive in the ninth inning to complete the Seattle Mariners" comeback from a six-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday. Byron Buxton continued his early season success with a homer, double and single and Luis Arraez had a pair of hits for the Twins. The Twins will open a four-game series today at Target Field against Boston with LHP J.A. Happ facing LHP Martín Pérez.

    When news of Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Marc Lore nearing an agreement to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves broke Saturday, many made the connection of A-Rod's Seattle Mariners playing career and hoped moving the team would be a logical next step.

    However, that appears to not be the plan.

    Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been adamant the franchise remains where it is when talking with potential buyers, and after the news broke of the pair entering a negotiating window, Taylor told Chris Hine of The Star-Tribune that the team would be sold with an agreement for the team to remain where it is.

    Minnesota's lease with Target Center runs through 2034-35 with a $50 million buyout clause, 3.3% of the franchise"s $1.5 billion sale price.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 4-08

    04/09/2021

    The Austin Bruins successfully defended their home ice against the Minnesota Magicians last night at Riverside Arena.

    The Bruins put forth a full 60 minute effort and scored 4 unanswered goals over the course of the last two periods resulting in a 5-2 win for the black and gold.

    John Lundy, in his first game back from injury, netted his sixth goal of the season in the first period. Garett Dahm scored in the second, then it was all Bruins as goals were tallied by rookie forward Jens Richards, Kyle Oleksiuk, and Barrett Brooks notched his team-leading fourteenth goal of the year.

    Up next for Austin, they welcome the Bismarck Bobcats to Riverside Arena on Friday and Saturday to round out the season series with their division rivals. POWER 96 will bring you both of those games beginning at 6:55 pm.

    Today, weather permitting, we will be bringing you Albert Lea baseball as the Tigers take on the Packers of Austin. Jay Paul will bring you all the action. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 6:15. Also today, the Tigers softball team will take on Austin, in Austin. That game, scheduled to begin at 5 pm.

    Kevin Fiala notched his first career hat trick, Kirill Kaprizov had two of Minnesota"s three power-play goals, and the sharp-shooting Wild beat Colorado 8-3 to hand the Avalanche their first regulation loss in 16 games.

    Luke Johnson, Ryan Hartman and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild. Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the blowout.

    This was the first game at home that the Wild had fans in their own building. the 3,000 Wild fans had more than enough to cheer this time, tossing caps on the ice after Fiala"s third goal and giving the home team an approving roar as they skated off.

    Next up, the Wild will play at St. Louis on Friday and Saturday. They face the Blues in seven of their next 14 games.

    Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, brother Justin Holiday had 21 and the short-handed Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-137 on Wednesday night.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had yet another double double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Anthony Edwards had 27 points in the loss. Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said, “Their second unit carved us apart,”. The Pacers led 69-44 in bench scoring. The Timberwolves take off to face Boston on Friday night.

    Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins held off the Detroit Tigers to win 3-2 on Wednesday. Kenta Maeda (1-0) pitched six mostly strong innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. He yielded two singles, a double and a walk in the sixth, but Detroit didn"t score.

    Minnesota put OF Brent Rooker on the 10-day injured list with a cervical strain. To replace Rooker on the 26-man roster, the Twins selected the contract of LHP Brandon Waddell from the taxi squad.

    The Twins play their home opener today against Seattle. José Berríos (1-0) starts for Minnesota against Marco Gonzales (0-0). Berríos pitched six no-hit innings at Milwaukee in his previous outing.

    Per current state guidelines established by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Twins will open the 2021 season with a maximum capacity of 10,000 fans per game at Target Field.

    Next years Golden Gopher basketball roster is going to look completly different as 7 Gophers are now in the transfer portal.

    Liam Robbins is the seventh player from the 2020-21 Gopher men's basketball roster to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal, according to numerous reports.

    Robbins was one of the best big men in the conference before an ankle injury limited his production and availability late in the season. He averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and a Big Ten-leading 2.7 blocks for the Gophers this season.

    Robbins joins fellow starters Marcus Carr and Gabe Kalscheur, along with Jamal Mashburn Jr., Tre' Williams, Sam Freeman and Martice Mitchell in the transfer portal.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 4-07

    04/07/2021

    As state COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, Freeborn County Public Health is reminding residents that free COVID testing is available. The free saliva tests are done every Tonight POWER 96 will bring you Austin Bruins hockey as the Bruins will defend their home ice at Riverside Arena from the visiting Minnesota Magicians. We will bring you the Pregame show with TJ Chillot and myself beginning at 6:55. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:05.

    Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will be bringing you Albert Lea baseball as the Tigers take on the Packers of Austin. Jay Paul will bring you all the action. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 6:15

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to take on the Indiana Pacers tonight beginning at 6 pm. The shorthanded Pacers were downed by the Chicago Bulls last night 113-97.

    Akil Baddoo ripped a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

    Baddoo entered the game as a pinch runner. The rookie homered in his first two games this season.

    Minnesota starter J.A. Happ lasted four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out four.

    Nelson Cruz hit his third homer in two days and his 34th against Detroit during his career, including postseason games. Byron Buxton also hit a solo homer for Minnesota.

    The two teams will face each other again this afternoon as the Twins send Kenta Maeda to the mound, while Detroit counters with Matthew Boyd.

    Minnesota Wild in action tonight but with a different start time than usual from the Xcel Energy Center. Tonight's game is scheduled for an 8 pm faceoff as the Wild will try to prevent Colorado from winning 6 in a row. Minnesota comes into the game serving 10.0 penalty minutes per game, thats the most in the NHL.

    Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild with 14 goals and has 31 points. Kevin Fiala has two goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

    Forward Zach Parise is expected to return to the lineup following a stint on the COVID-19 protocol list.

    Parise has missed the past seven games, but has been on the ice with the team the past few days in an effort to get back into playing shape.

    Nick Bjugstad is questionable after sustaining a potential injury in a third-period fight on Monday.

    Mats Zuccarello: day to day (lower body), Marcus Foligno: out (leg).

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 4-06

    04/06/2021

    D'Angelo Russell returned to action for the Timberwolves and finished with 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in his return to Minnesota's lineup, helping the Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 116-106 last night at the Target Center.

    Minnesota snapped a brief two-game skid and picked up only its third win in its past 10 games.

    Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists while teammate Anthony Edwards totaled 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

    Juancho Hernangomez had 17 points and nine rebounds and Naz Reid added 10 points as the Timberwolves' bench outscored Sacramento's reserves 60-16.

    The Timberwolves will be without guard Malik Beasley for four to six weeks as he deals with a Grade 3 left hamstring injury. Jaylen Nowell was also out due to a right tibia contusion. The T-Wolves hext hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 6 pm.

    Baylor didn"t even give Gonzaga a chance. The most-anticipated national championship game game in recent memory was esentially over within minutes.

    The Bears shot out to a 9-0 lead on the way to an 86-70 victory over the Bulldogs to win their first men's basketball national title in school history. Baylor"s win also ended Gonzaga"s attempt to be the first team since Indiana in 1976 to finish the season undefeated.

    The Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in Saint Paul, last night.

    Philipp Grubauer stopped 21 Wild shots in the contest.

    Ryan Hartman had a goal and two assists, Nick Bjugstad and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist each, Kevin Fiala also scored and Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the Wild. Minnesota had its 11-game home winning streak snapped in the loss.

    RW Mats Zuccarello missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. There is no timetable for his return.

    Both teams will face each other for the final time this season Wednesday night at the Ex.

    Major League Baseball is expected to announce this week that the Colorado Rockies will host the 2021 All-Star Game at Coors Field, according to ESPN"s Buster Olney.

    MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Friday that they had pulled the All-Star Game from the Atlanta Braves" Truist Park due to new laws passed in Georgia that some say restrict voting rights throughout the state. The MLB draft is also being moved from the state.

    The Twins Nelson Cruz hit a drive just foul down the line in right field, narrowly missing a grand slam. He didn't make the same mistake twice, as on the next pitch, he took it yard for a bases clearing grand slam as the Twins went on to beat the Detroit Tigers yesterday afternoon 15-6. Cruz added a solo homer and a double, and Matt Shoemaker held Detroit hitless into the fifth inning. The same two teams battle it out again this afternoon in Detroit. The Twins will send J.A. Happ to the mound for his first regular season start.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 4-05

    04/05/2021

    A busy local sports week ahead as the Austin Bruins Will take on the Minnesota Magicians at Riverside Arena on Wednesday at 7:05. Thursday, Jay Paul will bring you a crosstown classic when the Albert Lea Tiger baseball team takes on the Austin Packers. First pitch, slotted for 6:15. This Friday and Saturday night the Bruins will defend their home ice in a 2 game set against the Bismarck Bobcats, Faceoff at 7:05 both nights.

    Tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves will play host to the Sacramento Kings at the Target Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 pm. Sacramento enters the matchup against Minnesota after losing three straight games, Minnesota has lost 2 of their last 3. Tonight's matchup is the first time this season the two teams have squared off.

    Michael Pineda fanned five in five innings and Luis Arraez reached five times to lead the Twins to a 8-2 win vs. the Brewers yesterday. Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver both went yard for the Twins. The 2-1 Twins take on the Detroit Tigers today. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson will not be available for Minnesota as he is on the 10 day disabled list with a mild right hamstring strain. The Twins will send Matt Shoemaker to the mound this afternoon in Detroit for his first start of the year.

    The Minnesota Wild just swept a pair of road games from the Vegas Golden Knights before returning home to the friendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center for two home games against the Avalanche, starting tonight. The season series between the teams will wrap up Wednesday night. Colorado has won four of the six games, losing one in overtime. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 pm.   In the meantime, the Wild placed Luke Johnson on waivers on Sunday. With that move, it is likely that Zach Parise is close to returning to the lineup after being in COVID protocol for the last week or so. The veteran winger has not played for the Wild since March 22.

    Johnson has hit the 30-day/10-game threshold since being recalled, so he must go through waivers to be reassigned to either the taxi squad or AHL.

    We"re going to get to see a game between Baylor and Gonzaga after all. The two teams were set to play on Dec. 5 in Indianapolis but that game was called off due to COVID-19 cases at Gonzaga. Now, exactly four months later, the two best men"s college basketball teams in the country will play each other for the national championship tonight beginning at 8:20. on CBS. Gonzaga will try to be the first team in 45 years to finish the season undefeated. Baylor comes into the contest with a record of 27-2, but they are #1 in the country from 3 point land shooting over 41% from beyond the arc.

    Xavier Woods fans will be happy to know that he has decided on a number for the upcoming season. Woods wore No. 25 for the Cowboys. Now, he"ll don No. 23 for the Vikings in 2021. Woods will likely be paired with fellow safety Harrison Smith. It would take a lot for a rookie or another free agent to start over Woods. Assuming Woods improves and Smith doesn"t decline, the Vikings defense will be menacing back deep.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 4-01

    04/01/2021

    Rookie Anthony Edwards scored 12 of his 24 points over the final eight minutes, leading a fierce rally by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 102-101 victory over former coach Tom Thibodeau and the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

    Edwards went 9 for 16 from the floor, with six makes in the paint.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 17 rebounds, and Malik Beasley highlighted his 20 points with the go-ahead 3-pointer with 37 seconds left.

    Edwards now has at least one steal in 16 straight games, that's the NBA"s longest active streak and a new team rookie record.

    Jaden McDaniels, the rookie who recently cracked the starting lineup and drew the honor of defending the All-Star Julius Randle for the bulk of the night, had 18 points and five rebounds.

    Next up, the Timberwolves will play at Memphis on Friday and at Philadelphia on Saturday.

    The San Jose Sharks completed a two-game sweep of the Minnesota Wild with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

    Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello scored for Minnesota, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves. The Wild are now winless in their last five road games.

    The Wild will try to regroup before visiting Vegas on Thursday night.

    The NFL announced the regular season schedule will expand and the preseason will shrink by one game, beginning in 2021.

    The Minnesota Vikings and all other NFC teams will visit an additional AFC team (bringing the total of interconference games for each team to five) in the 2021 regular season. All teams with nine road games during the regular season will play one exhibition contest on the road and host two preseason games.

    The conferences will alternate the following year, with Minnesota and other NFC teams set to host nine home games in the 2022 regular season.

    The expansion from 16 regular-season games to 17 is the first to the slate since 1978 when teams shifted from playing 14 games to 16 in regular seasons.

    Minnesota's additional regular-season game will be road game to take on the Los Angeles Chargers

    The Minnesota Wild announced that they"ve signed forward Matt Boldy to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Wild selected Boldy No. 12 overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

    Wild General Manager Bill Guerin said Boldy, the former Boston College star, will start his National Hockey League Career with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League.

    Boldy is 19 years old and recorded 31 points, 11 goals and 20 assists, 22 games for the Eagles this season.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 3-31

    04/01/2021

    The Austin Packers girls basketball season came to an end last night in the Class 3A Quarter finals in Rochester. The Packers were defeated by Hill-Murray 60-47.

    The visiting New York Knicks will take on Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Target Center. Tiopff is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The Timberwolves have gone 6-17 at home. Minnesota has a 5-18 record against opponents over .500.

    The Knicks are 10-14 on the road. New York is the worst team in the Eastern Conference with 20.9 assists per game led by Julius Randle averaging 5.8.

    Karl Anthony Towns is shooting 49.6% and averaging 24.1 points. Anthony Edwards is averaging 2.9 made 3-pointers and 24.4 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

    Minnesota will be without the services of Josh Okogie: who is in the health and safety protocol, and D"Angelo Russell is still out with a leg injury.

    The teams play for the second time this season. The Knicks won the last matchup 103-99 on Feb. 21.

    The Minnesota Wild once again visit San Jose after the Sharks knocked off Minnesota 4-3 in a shootout on Monday.

    The Wild are 21-10-2 against opponents in the West Division. Minnesota averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the fifth-most in the NHL.

    Mats Zuccarello leads the Wild with 16 total assists and has 21 points. Kirill Kaprizov has five goals over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

    The Wild will be without Marcus Foligno: out with a lower body injury and, Zach Parise who is in the health protocols.

    Faceoff from Jan Jose is slotted for 9:30 tonight.

    Dakota Dozier is back for his third season for the Minnesota Vikings.

    Minnesota announced Tuesday that it has re-signed Dozier, who spent the past two seasons with the Vikings, including all of the 2020 season as the starting left guard.

    Dozier could compete for that spot again and win the starting job, or he could provide depth at both guard spots and center if he is not in the starting five.

    In the final pre-season game, the Twins played to a 1-1, 7 inning draw against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday.

    The Milwaukee Brewers will play host to the Minnesota Twins to kick off the 2021 baseball season.

    The Twins are likely to send Kenta Maeda to the mound while the Brewers are expected to counter with Brandon Woodruff. First pitch is slotted for 1:10 pm on Thursday.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 3-30

    03/31/2021

    The Riverland Blue Devils baseball team once again took to winning a double header yesterday as the Devils took on Rainy River for the second day in a row. A game 1 win was helped along by Freshman pitcher Jose Lopez who fanned 5 on the way to a 17-7, 5 inning win.   In game 2, Sophomore Tyler Nelson went 4 for 5 including 4 RBI's as the Blue Devils marched on to a 21-11 win.   Next up, the Blue Devils play host to Central Lakes in another double header today.

    The Austin Bruins don't have a mid-week game this week, but the black and gold will be in action as the team hits the road to take on the Bobcats of Bismarck on Friday and Saturday night. POWER 96 will bring you both of those games live.

    Tonight POWER 96 will bring you the class 3 A Quarterfinal game between the 11-4 Austin Packers girls basketball team and 19-1 Hill-Murray at Rochester Mayo. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.

    Erik Karlsson scored twice in regulation and then added the deciding goal in the eighth round of the shootout to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Monday night.

    Marcus Johansen, Nick Bonino and Kevin Fiala scored for the Wild, who lost for just the third time in 11 games. Talbot made 36 saves for the Wild. The same do teams will do battle again Wednesday night.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves but that was not enough to save them from defeat as the T-Wolves were downed by the Brooklyn Nets 112-107. James Harden had 38 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, tying the Nets" single-season record with his 12th triple-double in just 32 games.

    Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

    Next up, the Timberwolves will host New York on Wednesday at the Target Center.

    It was a 2 run 4th and an insurance run in the 9th that led to a Minnesota Twins victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday. Today, the same two teams will battle it out again as MLB closes the curtain on their pre-season. The Twins will open up the 2021 season on the road, but not too far away from home as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers. First pitch in Thursdays opening day match up is scheduled for 1:10.

    And now, it's official official as The Vikings have bolstered their safeties group through free agency.

    Minnesota agreed to terms with Xavier Woods, the team announced Monday.

    The 25-year-old has spent the past four seasons in Dallas.

    The Vikings also announced that they have agreed to terms with cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who was a second-round pick by Minnesota in the 2016 NFL Draft. The deal is pending a physical exam.

         

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 3-29

    03/30/2021

    The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Randy Dobnak to a five-year deal worth up to $29.75 million, according to a report from ESPN on Sunday afternoon.

    The deal reportedly includes three club options, with $9.25 million guaranteed in the first two seasons.

    Dobnak, 26, is projected to begin the season in the Twins' starting rotation.

    In the meantime, the Twins are wrapping up their pre-season with a pair of games against the Pittsburgh Pirates today and tomorrow before the team packs it up and opens the regular season on Thursday taking on the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day.

    Accordong to multiple reports, Free-agent safety Xavier Woods signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

    Woods, who is 25, recorded 72 tackles in 15 games (all starts) last season with the Dallas Cowboys.

    NFL Network reported the deal is worth up to $2.25 million.

    The Vikings have hit free agency hard in a bid to shore up their secondary. They signed Patrick Peterson to a one-year, $8 million contract, and Mackensie Alexander reportedly has agreed to terms to return to Minnesota, where he played from 2016-19, after one season with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    The Minnesota Wild look to keep the pendulum swinging in their favor as they hit the road for two games in San Jose against the Sharks on Monday and Wednesday, followed by a pair in Las Vegas. The Wild have strung together three wins in a row and sit in a strong third place in the West Division. Faceoff tonight, scheduled for 9:30.

    The Brooklyn Nets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves after James Harden scored 44 points in the Nets' 113-111 win against the Pistons. Josh Okogie's services will not b available as he is out and in (health and safety protocols), D'Angelo Russell is out due to a leg issue. Guard Malik Beasley is back in the linup as he returned from his 12-game NBA suspension Saturday. The teams match up tonight for the first time this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30.

    The Minnesota State Mavericks shutout out in-state rival Minnesota 4-0 in the NCAA Hockey West Regional Final, Sunday night. With that win, the Frozen Four matchups are finally set.

    All top seeds were eliminated. Both semifinal games will be played on Thursday, April 8 in Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena.

    The Mavericks will face the St. Cloud State Huskies at 4 pm on ESPN2.

    UMass will take on Minnesota Duluth at 8 pm on ESPN2.

    The championship game will take place April 10th at 6 pm.

    College baseball is underway and the Riverland Blue Devils baseball team is off to a good start winning a double header yesterday as the Devils took on Rainy River. A game 1 win was secured by Sophomore, Tyler Nelson, who had a clutch, bases clearing double in the 6th inning that led the Devils to a 7-6 win. In game 2, Hayden Siebers was awarded a 8-7 win while on the mound for the Blue Devils. Both teams are back at it with another double header today.

         

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 03-25

    03/25/2021

    The Albert Lea girls basketball season came to an end last night in the Section 1AAA Championship Game. The Tigers were defeated by the Austin Packers 45-30.

    Tonight POWER 96 will bring you Austin Packers boys basketball as the Packers take on Byron for the right to go to State. Jay Paul will bring you all the action beginning at 7 pm.

    Albert Lea Tiger wrestlers Cameron Davis and Caleb Talamantes will compete against the top 8 individuals in class AAA at the Minnesota State High School League State Championships this afternoon.

    Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and seven Dallas players scored in double digits as the Mavericks ran away with a 128-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Guard Josh Okogie was originally scheduled to start but was placed on the health and safety protocol list shortly before tip-off. Rookie guard Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 29 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22.

    Minnesota has now lost 3 straight games. Next up for the T-Wolves, a Friday night contest against the visiting Houston Rockets who will be in town for 2 back to back games.

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored twice helping the Wild secure a 10th win in a row on home ice. The Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 led by Spurgon's 2 first period goals. The assist on Spurgeon's second goal was Ryan Suter's 600th NHL point, making him the 41st defenseman in League history to reach that milestone.

    Former Austin Bruin, Nico Sturm scored his fourth of the season for the Wild to seal the win. Tonight the Wild will try to make it 11 in a row on home ice when they take on the St. Louis Blues at 7 pm at the X.

    The Minnesota Twins had their hands full with the Tampa Bay Rays in pre season action. After attempting a comeback in the 8th inning, the Twins were downed by a final score of 7-6. No time to dwell on it as the Twins take on the Red Sox of Boston tonight.

    The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah on Wednesday, thereby maintaining their depth behind all star running back Dalvin Cook.

    Abdullah will return for a fourth season with the Vikings, who first acquired him via waiver claim in 2018 after being let go by the Detroit Lions, who drafted him in the second round in 2015.

    Abdullah will for now be the No. 3 running back behind Cook and Alexander Mattison.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 03-24

    03/24/2021

    In girls hoops action and as heard right here on POWER 96, Kingsland defeated Blooming Prairie 44-39.

    Tonight, POWER 96 will bring you the Albert Lea Tigers girls basketball game as they hit the road take on the Packers of Austin in Austin. Jay Paul will have the call for you at 7 pm.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the Minnesota Twins in pre-season action yesterday 1-0. Meanwhile,

    the Twins optioned prized top prospect Alex Kirilloff to their alternate training site on Tuesday, leaving a wide-open competition for playing time in left field while giving the 2016 first-round draft pick more time to develop.

    Jake Cave, Kyle Garlick and Brent Rooker are the primary candidates at that position that was vacated when Eddie Rosario was not tendered a contract during the off season.

    The Twins will take on the Tampa Bay Rays today.

    Four members of the Anaheim Ducks were added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday afternoon. Defensemen Ben Hutton and Jacob Larsson, forward Danton Heinen and goalie Anthony Stolarz were added to the protocol, and the Ducks canceled Tuesday's practice. Both the Ducks and the Wild undergo usual COVID-19 testing on the morning of a game day. but as of now... This afternoons game is still on. The Wild are hoping to make a franchise record 10 wins at home. Faceoff is scheduled for 4:30 this afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. Anaheim has lost six of its past seven games, including Monday nights loss to the Wild.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks will square off for the second time this season tonight at the Target Center with Tipoff scheduled for 7 pm. The Mavericks won the last matchup 127-122 on Feb. 8.

    The T-Wolves are hoping for big output from Karl-Anthony Towns who is averaging 23.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, four assists and 1.6 blocks for the Timberwolves, and Ricky Rubio who is averaging 12 points, 7.9 assists and 1.8 steals over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

    The Twins and the Timberwolves will soon begin selling single-game tickets to the general public, allowing fans at games for the first time in over a year.

    The Wild have not announced when single-game tickets for the team's 15 remaining home games will go on sale to the general public, but according to a team spokesperson, season ticket holders had a crack at them yesterday afternoon.

    The Twins: Tickets go on sale at 10 am on Thursday for the first 17 games of the season, starting with the April 8 home opener.

    10,000 fans will be allowed at Target Field.

    Tickets to the final 12 Wolves games go on sale March 30 for those who sign up for priority access and at 10 am on March 31 for those who don't.

    3,000 fans can fill Target Center.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 03-23

    03/23/2021

    The Austin Bruins made the most of their road trip to St. Cloud, defeating the Norsemen 4-2. Bruins goalie Tyler Shea made 28 saves in the effort as the offense rose to the occasion with Alex Trombley, Barrett Brooks, Walter Zacher and veteran Reggie Millette all grabbing goals in the contest. The Bruins will be back in action this weekend when they play host to the Minot Minotauros Friday and Saturday night.

    Tonight, POWER 96 will bring you the Class A semi final game between Blooming Prairie and Kingsland. Jay Paul will bring you that call live at 7 pm from Rochester John Marshall.

    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night 112-103. Ricky Rubio had a double double with 11 points and 11 assists.

    The Timberwolves fell to 10-32 with the loss and will host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

    The Minnesota Wild have set a franchise record with their ninth straight home win as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 2-1 last night. The Ducks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but the Wild answered with a rare power play goal from Ryan Suter. Nick Bjugstad broke the tie with his fifth goal of the season in the 3rd period to secure the win. The Wild will host a rematch with the Ducks on Wednesday evening at the Ex.

    Designated Hitter Nelson Cruz belted a 2 run homer to help lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Today, the Twins will look to even the series score as they will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in pre-season action.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers have hired Ben Johnson as its new men"s basketball coach Monday, giving the former Gophers player and assistant a five-year contract.

    Johnson will replace Richard Pitino, who was fired after eight seasons and then took the job at New Mexico.

    Johnson will be formally introduced at a news conference on campus today.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 03-22

    03/22/2021

    The Minnesots Twins coming up big yesterday defeating the Baltimore Orioles with a 12-7 win. The Twins will take on Atlanta today.

    Minnesota Timberwolves in action tonight as they host the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. The T wolves will be without the services of Guard, D'Angelo Russell who is out with a Left leg injury. Tip-off tonight at the Target Center is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The Minnesota Wild also at home tonight as they play host to the Ducks of Anaheim.

    After dropping 2 games to Colorado, the Wild are glad to see the Ducks who have only one win in their last 5 games.

    The Wild are without the services of Matt Dumba, who's nursing a lower body injury, Marcus Foligno who is also out with a lower-body injury. Face-off tonight form the Excel Energy Center is slotted for 6:30

    Former Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris said goodbye to the team in an Instagram post on Saturday after signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings attempted to work out a long-term deal with Harris last offseason after applying the franchise tag on the 29-year-old but were unable to work out a deal.

    The Austin Bruins split a home-stand against the Bismarck Bobcats over the weekend and the black and gold are back at it tonight as they take on the St. Cloud Norsemen in St. Cloud. Power 96 will bring you that game starting at 7 pm.

    Albert Lea wrestling is advanced advanced 2 wrestlers to the MSHSL State Championships that will be held on Thursday in St. Michael-Albertville.   Representing the Tigers will be, Junior, Cameron Davis, and Senior, Caleb Talamantes

    The Albert lea boys hockey season came to an end after being defeated by top ranked Dodge County. The Tigers were downed 9-2 Saturday night in the Section 1A Semi-Finals.

    Another successful season also came to an end for the Albert Lea girls hockey team who were bested by Lourdes 3-2 on Friday night in the section finals. Lourdes scored with 8 seconds left to go in the 3rd period to make it 3-2.   

    It was the 3rd straight section title for Lourdes who will now face Warroad in the first round of the state tournament.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 03-18

    03/18/2021

    The Austin Bruins came up short last night in their match up against the St Cloud Noresmen. The Bruins were defeated 3-2. Barrett Brooks and Walter Zacher scored for the Bruins who will be back in action this weekend at Riverside Arena for a two game set against the Bismark Bobcats.

    Albert Lea athletics had a busy night with 2 teams being 1 win away from going to the state tournament. As heard right here on POWER 96 the Tigers girls hockey team defeated Red Wing 5-1 at the City Area. They will take on Rochester Lourds on Friday night. We will bring you that game at the conclusion of the Bruins game.

    Albert Lea girls basketball got a pass when Red Wing was forced to forfeit their Friday night game to due COVID concerns within the Red Wing team. The girls advance to the section championship game next Wednesday to take on either Austin, or Kasson-Mantorville.

    In boys round-ball action last night the Tigers were bested by Austin 72-26 ending their season.

    Tonight Tiger boys hockey will face Faribault in Section 1A play in Faribault at 7 pm.

    Tiger wrestling will be in Rochester for the Section 1 triple A individual tournament at Century.

    Also tonight, POWER 96 will bring you the 3rd seeded Maple River boys basketball game as they take on #6 NRHEG. Jay Paul will have the call live for you at 7 pm.

    The Minnesota Twins were thumped by the Boston Red Sox yesterday 9-1. The Twins are off today, but the will face the Atlanta Braves Friday.

    If you're a pro sports fan, you'll need some coffee tonight. The Minnesota Wild are on the road facing off against the Colorado Avalanche. Face off is scheduled for 8 pm

    The Timberwolves will be on the road taking on the Phoenix Suns at 9 pm.

    The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $10 million with eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson. It's reported that Peterson will get an $8 million base salary, with up to $2 million in incentives for playing time and being named All-Pro.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 03-17

    03/17/2021

    It took overtime, but the Albert Lea Tigers Girls basketball team defeated Byron in Section 1 Triple A play last night 49-45. Tiger Junior Taya Jeffery led the scoring with 21 points, Sophomore Kendall Kennis added 10. The 4th seeded Tigers now move onto the section semis Friday night where they will face top seeded Red Wing.

    Tonight is hockey night on POWER 96. First up will be the Austin Bruins as they take on the St. Cloud Norsmen in St Cloud. TJ Chillot will bring the call to you beginning with the pregame show at 7 pm. Then immediately following that game we will bring you Albert Lea Tigers girls hockey as the first seeded tigers play host to #4 Red Wing.

    Also tonight the Albert Lea boys basketball team will be facing the Austin Packers in Section 1 AAA action in Austin at 7 pm.

    Kaapo Kahkonen earned his second shutout of the year after making 31 saves for the Minnesota Wild blanking Arizona 3-0 last night at the Ex.

    The teams combined for 47 penalty minutes but were a combined 0 for 7 on the power play.

    Ryan Hartman, Mats Zuccarello and Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild.

    The Wild will travel to Colorado for a pair of games starting Thursday. The 2 teams have split four meetings so far this season.

    It was the LA The Lakers" bench, combined with a second straight triple-double from LeBron James, that delivered a 137-121 win over the Timberwolves last night at Staples Center. Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards scored 29 points apiece for the Timberwolves Ricky Rubio added 19. The T-Wolves will travel to next take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night at 9 pm.

    The Minnesota Twins were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 yesterday. Today the Twins will try their preseason luck against the Boston Red Sox down in Florida.

    After an receiving his walking papers from Minnesota, former Gophers head coach Richard Pitino headed west for New Mexico. Just hours after Minnesota finalized his firing following eight seasons on the job, the 38-year-old Pitino was hired as New Mexico"s coach to succeed Paul Weir, who went 58-63 in four seasons for the Lobos.

    The Minnesota Vikings have released defensive tackle Shamar Stephen. Stephen"s departure will clear $3.75 million in space under the salary cap for 2021 for the Vikings, who will carry about $1.33 million in dead money.

    The Minnesota Golden Gopher men's hockey team won the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Tuesday night, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 6-4. It's Minnesota's first Big Ten Tournament title since the 2014-15 season. With the win, the Gophers will now advance to the NCAA Tournament.

    Minnesota will find out their opponent on Sunday night.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 03-16

    03/17/2021

    The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly agreed to terms with top defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Tomlinson will get a 2-year deal worth $22 million.

    Tomlinson spent the first four seasons of his career with the New York Giants. The 26-year old recorded 8.5 sacks and showed off the versatility to play in multiple positions across the defensive line.

    Minnesota also agreed to terms on a one-year, fully guaranteed contract for offensive tackle Rashod Hill, according to his agent, Brett Tessler, on Twitter. It is also reported that Minnesota is signing former Chargers LB Nick Vigil, per NFL Network"s Tom Pelissero.

    Vigil will most likely not be getting reps above Eric Kendricks or Anthony Barr. That said, he can serve as a decent reserve, maybe even the third linebacker for the team.

    Minnesota Twins in action again today taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates. In yesterdays preseason action, the Twins lost to the Braves 5-1.

    The Minnesota Wild will be wrapping up a 3 game set against the Arizona Coyotes tonight at the Excel Center at 7 pm. Marcus Foligno will be out of the lineup for a while after taking a shot off the foot from Jonas Brodin. Foligno limped off the ice and did not return.

    It was reported that Foligno left the Xcel Energy Center on crutches and in a walking boot after the game.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the road taking on the LA Lakers tonight. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:30 pm.

    Tonight, Albert Lea Tigers Girls Basketball will be on the air as the girls will host Byron at 7 pm in 1 Triple A action. Jay Paul will bring that call to you live on POWER 96.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 03-15

    03/15/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers are prepping for sections play. Boys hockey will play in their 1A section game on Thursday due to a first round bye. The Tigers will be taking on Faribault in Faribault at 6 pm.

    The Tigers girls team also have a first round bye, they will face either Red Wing or Winona at the City Arena on Wednesday at 7 pm.

    Girls Basketball will host Byron at 7 pm on Tuesday in 1 Triple A action. The boys will hit the road to face Austin in section play at 7 pm Wednesday.

    Tiger wrestling will head to Century for the 1 triple A individual tournament on Thursday with State preliminaries taking place Saturday in Farmington.

    Drew Brees announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday. Brees is currently the NFL"s all-time leader with 80,358 career passing yards, although Tom Brady is not far behind him.

    Martin Truex Jr passed Joey Logano on a late restart and went on to win Sunday"s Cup race at Phoenix Racewauy.

    Truex"s first career Cup win at Phoenix snapped a 29-race winless streak. His last win at June 2020 at Martinsville.

    A short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves squad held on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-112 on Sunday.

    Rookie Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 34 points. Ricky Rubio added 15 points, including eight free throws in the final seconds. Karl-Anthony Towns had 13 points as Minnesota started with just 10 players after rookie Jaden McDaniels was added to the health and safety protocols before the game. The T-Wolves have now won 2 of their last 3 games.

    The Timberwolves will travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Tuesday.

    It was a 3 goal 3rd period that fueled the streaking Wild past the Coyotes 4-1 yesterday. Nick Bonino, Kevin Fiala, Victor Rask and Joel Eriksson Ek all buried the bisquit for the wild who now find themselves within two points of Vegas atop the West Division. Cam Talbot stopped 21 shots to help secure the win. The teams will wrap up the three-game series in St. Paul on Tuesday.

    The St.Paul Saints' CHS Field will be able to open to 27% capacity after Gov. Tim Walz announced on Friday a loosening of statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

    As a result, on May 11, the Saints will be able to host 2,100 at CHS Field when they play their first home game as the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate.

    The Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox played to a 5-5 tie yesterday. Today, the Twins take on the Atlanta Braves in Preseason action.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 03-11

    03/11/2021

    The Austin Bruins are in action tonight at Riverside Arena when they take on the Minnesota Wilderness at 7:05. POWER 96 will bring you that game live beginning with a 6:55 pregame with TJ Chillot and myself.

    Albert Lea athletics has hit a busy stretch. The Tigers girls hockey team was defeated by Owatonna last night 6-2 at the City Arena.

    The Tiger wrestlers had good fortunes in their opening of the Section 1AAA team tournament. 6th seeded Tigers defeated #3 seed Faribault 40-25 in the quarterfinals and then beat the #2 seed Owatonna 38-33 in the semifinals. The Tigers will wrestle for the section championship on Saturday morning at 10am in New Prague when they take on the #1 seed Northfield.

    The winner of Section 1AAA will wrestle immediately following on Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.

    Tonight boys hockey will be taking on Mankato West at the City Arena at 7:15. The girls team will be visiting Mankato West for their match-up at 5:15. Boys Swim and Dive will open up their sections in Rochester. Boys Basketball heads to Mankato West for their match. Tip-off is slotted for 7:30, and the girls team will play host to West at 7:15

    The Minnesota Wild were in prime form last night as Joel Eriksson Ek had his second career two-goal game, and the Wild chased Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on their way to a 4-3 victory and a two-game sweep. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 24 shots to win his eighth consecutive start for Minnesota. The Wild will now stay home for a three game set against the Arizona Coyotes, starting on Friday.

    In spring training action, the Minnesota Twins downed the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 yesterday. The Twins will take on the Boston Red Sox today.

    Tonight the Minnesota Timberwolves will kick off the start of the second half of the season when they take to the road to face the New Orleans Pelicans. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The Golden Gophers men's basketball team will advance to play fifth seed, and No. 9 ranked, Ohio State on Thursday after snapping their losing streak and defeating the Northwestern Wildcats 51-46. Tre Williams scored 14 points and Jamal Mashburn Jr. added 11 in the win.

    The Minnesota Vikings have terminated the contract of left tackle Riley Reiff. That move trims 11.5 Million off of the teams cap charges. Rieff had one year left on his deal.

    The decision weakens an offensive line that was already in need of upgrades. Last season was the best of his four with the Vikings. With Rieff gone, the Vikings could move right tackle Brian O'Neill to the other side to take over for Reiff.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 03-10

    03/10/2021

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics back in action tonight. POWER 96 will bring you girls hockey action as the Tigers take on Owatonna at the City Arena. Jay Paul will bring you that call at 7:15 pm.

    Tiger wrestling will also be in action tonight as the Sections 1 AAA Tournament gets underway in Owatonna at 6 pm.

    The NHL has reportedly signed a seven-year U.S. broadcasting rights deal with ESPN. The U.S. sports media juggernaut will own half the league's broadcasting rights throughout the life of the deal.

    Neither the NHL or ESPN has confirmed the agreement, which is expected to see the Stanley Cup Final aired on ESPN four times between 2022 and 2028.

    At this time, it's unclear how much ESPN will pay for the rights, or which company they will timeshare with. At current moment, NBC has the exclusive national broadcasting rights in the United States, but most of NBC"s games air on NBC Sports Network, but that channel is being shut down by the end of the year. Most of NBCSN"s events are being shifted to USA Network.

    The Dan Bailey era is officially over. The Minnesota Vikings cutting the veteran kicker after a very rough season. With the Vikes cutting Bailey, the Vikings cleared more salary cap space.

    The move provides the Vikings a $1.7 million savings on their cap this season. They"ll carry a dead money charge of $2.1 million, for the remaining prorated portions of the signing bonus they gave Bailey a year ago.

    Bailey ranked last in the league in 2020 in field goals (68.2 percent) and extra points (86.0 percent), among kickers who appeared in 10 or more games. Both of those were career lows.

    More veteran cuts could be coming before free agency begins on March 17.

    The first round of the big 10 tournament gets underway in Indianapolis today and the slumping Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team will go up against the surging Northwestern Wildcats. The Gophers have lost seven in a row, while the Wildcats have won their last 3.

    The winner plays fifth-seeded Ohio State (18-8, 12-8) on Thursday.

    The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight. It will be a rematch against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Xcel Center at 7 pm. The last time the two teams met, Kaapo Kahkonen blanked Vegas 2-0 to secure his first career shutout.

    Speaking of shutouts, the Minnesota Twins shutout the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in spring training play yesterday. The 4-4 Twins take on the 4-4 Tampa Bay Rays today.

        

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 03-09

    03/10/2021

    As heard on POWER 96 last night, the Blooming Prairie girls basketball team fell to second ranked W.E.M. 60-51 in overtime. The season series is now even and the teams are now tied at 11-1 in the Gopher conference play.

    The Albert Lea boys basketball team was defeated by the Packers of Austin 92-40. The Tigers sophomore, Pal Wal, had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 7 other Tigers registered points in the game.

    The Albert Lea girls team had better fortunes downing the Packers 45-39.

    Tiger teams are off today, but will resume action on Wednesday.

    The Montezuma Braves scored a 64-61 upset win over No. 2 Lake Mills in overtime at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines to put an end to the Bulldogs" perfect season.

    Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves to notch his first career shutout for the Minnesota Wild in a 2-0 victory over Vegas on Monday night. Kevin Fiala scored his team-lead-tying eighth goal of the season in the first period and Jonas Brodin was awarded a goal for the Wild after being slashed from behind with 6 seconds left as he approached the empty net.

    Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, stopped 19 shots.

    A rematch between the two clubs will go down on Wednesday night.

    The Minnesota Vikings signed defensive end Stephen Weatherly to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Monday, bringing back one of their past draft picks to try to strengthen a lagging pass rush.

    Weatherly played last season with the Carolina Panthers, who released him on Feb. 19. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Weatherly spent the first four years of his career as a rotational player with the Vikings, who took him in the seventh round out of Vanderbilt in 2016.

    The 3-4 Minnesota Twins are taking on the 2-5 Baltimore Orioles today in spring training action.

        

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