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    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 09-15

    09/15/2021

    The Minnesota Twins had double duty yesterday in their double header against the Cleveland Indians. In game 1, the Twins oly run came off the bat of Andrelton Simmons, who doubled to left, scoring Ben Rortvedt. Cleveland bested Minnesota 3-1

    In game 2, Twins starter Charlie Barnes gave up back-to-back RBI doubles to Amed Rosario and José Ramírez in a three-run third, but the Twins used a four-run fourth inning against Indians starter Logan Allen to rally in the second game.

    Jeffers hit a two-run double, Willians Astudillo added an RBI double and Nick Gordon gave them the lead with an RBI single. Jeffers then added a two-run shot in the sixth for his 13th homer this season as the Twins took game 2 6-3 to earn a split.

    RHP John Gant was placed on the injured list with a left abdominal strain that forced him out of his start against the Yankees in the first inning on Monday. LHP Andrew Albers was recalled from Triple-A for the third time in less than four weeks.

    RHP Cal Quantrill (5-3, 3.04 ERA) pitches for Cleveland to wrap up the series on Wednesday night, when RHP Griffin Jax (3-3, 6.72 ERA) takes the mound for Minnesota. First pitch tonight is slotted for 6:40 at Target Field.

    Albert Lea Tiger teams are off today, yesterdays action saw the girls tennis team falling to Red Wing 6-1 with the lone win coming in doubles action, girls swim and dive bested Tri City United 87-66, girls soccer had a hard fought match against Rochester John Marshall, but fell 2-1 at home Kendall Kenis was the lone goal scorer for the Tigers. Boys soccer was also defeated by John Marshall 4-0. Tiger teams will be back in action on Thursday.

    Week 2 of the NFL Season will get underway on Thursday night with the Washington Football Team taking on the NY Giants. Both teams are 0-1 coming into the matchup.

    The Vikings have dug themselves into an 0-1 hole to start 2021, while the Cardinals dismantled a team that was seen as a playoff contender.

    So the line in the teams" Week 2 matchup makes sense. According to Tipico Sportsbook, the Cardinals are 4.5-point favorites at home against the Vikings on Sunday. POWER 96 will bring you that game live on Sunday with the Vikings pregame show beginning at 2 pm, Paul Allen will bring you all the game action at 3:05 from Arizona.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 09-14

    09/14/2021

    It took 10 innings and when the dust settled it was the NY Yankees besting the Minnesota Twins 6-5. Aaron Judge crushed a 3 run homer in the 8th inning to tie up the game and force extra play. Gary Sanchez came through for NY in the 10th with an RBI single for the win.

    Jorge Polonco and Miguel Sano each hit 2 run homers in the first inning, Byron Buxton added a solo shot in the 3rd.

    Twins starter John Gant only lasted for 3 batters before exiting for what is being described as a lower abdominal strain.

    The Twins won't have any time to dwell on the loss as they kick off a 3 game set against Cleveland with a double header today.

    Game 1 kicks off this afternoon and game 2 is set for a 6:40 start from Target Field.

    In Monday night football action, the Las Vegas Raiders came from behind to beat the Baltimore Ravens in overtime 33-27.

    The San Francisco Giants are the first MLB team to clinch a playoff birth after beating the Padres 9-1. It is the earliest post season clinch by calendar date in franchise history. The Giants hold a record of 94-50 and are assured at least a wild card birth in the national league side of the playoff bracket.

    In Albert Lea Tiger athletics the girls varsity volleyball team was bested in 3 sets by Mankato West last night, 25-8, 25-18 and 25-9.

    Today, girls tennis will be in Red Wing for a 4:45 match, girls swim and dive will host Tri City United in a 6:00 meet, girls soccer will play host to Rochester John Marshall at 6 pm at the Gus, and boys soccer will be in Rochester to take on John Marshall at 7 pm.

    USC has fired head coach Clay Helton.

    The decision was made on Monday following the Trojans" ugly home loss to Stanford on Saturday night. In the loss, the Trojans trailed 42-13 midway through the fourth quarter before eventually losing 42-28.

    Helton had two full years remaining on his contract following the 2021 season. He will be owed in excess of $10 million in buyout money.

    The university will conduct a national search for the new head coach over the next few months.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 09-13

    09/13/2021

    After week 1 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves tied for first place in the NFC North. That's because every NFC North team lost as well. The Vikings were defeated 27-24 in overtime in their game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    The Vikings had the ball on the Cincinnati 38 late in Overtime, but Dalvin Cook's fumble was recovered by Germaine Pratt for the game's only turnover to set up the Bengals' winning drive.

    Kirk Cousins hit 36 of 49 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota. Cook finished with 61 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Adam Thielen had nine grabs for 92 yards and caught both TDs from Cousins.

    But the Vikings often hurt their own cause with 12 penalties for 116 yards, including an unsightly 10 for 91 yards in the first half alone.

    As for the rest of the Central, The Lions were beaten by the 49ers 41-33, The Packers were embarrassed by the Saints dropping their opener 38-3, and the Bears were picked apart by the Rams 34-14. The Vikes will next take on the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. POWER 96 will bring you the Vikings Pregame show at 2 pm, and Kickoff with Paul Allen at 3:05.

    Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Sunday.

    Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals and Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

    Minnesota starter Bailey Ober allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six. It was his 10th straight start allowing three earned runs or fewer, but he has completed six innings in just two of those outings.

    Ober retired nine straight Royals before a pair of fifth-inning singles ended his day.

    Byron Buxton had two of Minnesota"s six hits.

    Next up, the Twins are in the Bronx Monday to make up a Aug. 22 rainout against the Yankees. John Gant is to pitch against New York"s Luis Gil, then the Twins will return home to open up a 3 game series against the Indians including a double header on Tuesday.

    Napheesa Collier had 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a career-high tying four steals to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 90-80 on Sunday night.

    Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and eight rebounds, Aerial Powers had 17 points, Kayla McBride scored 12 and Crystal Dangerfield 11 for Minnesota.

    The Lynx (20-10), who play at Indiana on Friday before their regular-season finale at Washington on Sunday, moved into a third-place tie with the defending champion Seattle Storm — one game ahead of Phoenix. The top four teams earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics finds the girls volleyball teams in action as they hit the road to take on Mankato West today.

    Tomorrow, girls tennis will be in Red Wing for a 4:45 match, girls swim and dive will host Tri City United in a 6:00 meet, and girls soccer will play host to Rochester John Marshall at 6 pm at the Gus. Boys soccer will be in Rochester to take on John Marshall at 7 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 09-09

    09/09/2021

    Joe Ryan carried a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second big league appearance, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Wednesday night for their second shutout in a row.

    Ryan, who was acquired in a July trade with Tampa Bay for slugger Nelson Cruz, retired his first 19 batters before Amed Rosario lined a single through the left side of the infield with one out in the seventh.

    Miguel Sanó homered for Minnesota, which pitched back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2019. Nick Gordon had an RBI double and Byron Buxton drove in Ryan Jeffers with a fielder"s choice.

    RHP Randy Dobnak starts the series finale Thursday. He picked up his only win of the year on May 21 at Progressive Field, tossing six scoreless innings, and is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in three career appearances in Cleveland.

    First pitch tonight is slotted for 5:10 pm.

    Jackie Young scored a career-high 29 points and had 10 rebounds, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Minnesota Lynx 102-81last night. Napheesa Collier scored 18 points for Minnesota (18-10), which had won 13 of its last 15 games. Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    The Lynx will next host the Indiana Fever on Friday and Sunday.

    The Minnesota Vikings have taken many measures toward improving their lagging offensive line in recent years.

    The biggest investment yet came Wednesday, with right tackle Brian O"Neill.

    O"Neill signed a five-year contract extension, a deal to lock in Minnesota"s most reliable blocker for the long term that"s worth as much as $92.6 million, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

    That includes $49.1 million in guaranteed money, including $22.6 million up front, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing the financial details.

    O"Neill was drafted in the second round out of Pittsburgh in 2018 and would have been eligible for free agency next year. He cracked the lineup as a rookie and has started 42 games in his first three seasons. During his span as a starter, the Vikings have the third-most rushing yards in the NFL.

    Albert Lea Tiger teams are back in action today with girls soccer hitting the road to take on Century at 7 pm. Boys soccer will host Century at the Gus at 7 pm. and girls swim and dive will have a match against Owatonna beginning at 6:30.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednsday 09-08

    09/08/2021

    Andrelton Simmons singled to center, scoring Max Kepler in the 5th inning and that was all the offense the Minnesota Twins needed in a 3-0 shutout of the Cleveland Indians. In the top of the 7th, Brent Rooker launched a 401 ft. homer to deep right center putting the Twins up 2-0, then in the 9th Luis Arraez tripled to right, scoring Simmons for the Twins final run.

    Twins starter John Gant picked up his first win as a Twins going 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, and 4 walks while recording 7 strikeouts.

    The same two teams will battle it out again today with the Twins sending Joe Ryan to the mound to counter Cleveland's Tristan Mckenzie. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 5:10 from Cleveland.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced the new head coach of its G League affiliate.

    Jeff Newton, an offensive associate/player development coach for the Timberwolves the past two year, was named the head coach of the Iowa Wolves.

    Additionally, Scott Thom was added as an athletic performance coach.

    The Minnesota Lynx are back in action tonight as they ride a 5 game winning streak into tonight's matchup against the Las Vegas Aces. After tonight, only 4 games remain for the Lynx as they try to get into a second place standing finish and will receive a bye all the way into the Semi Final round of the playoffs. So far, they Lynx lead the season series 2 games to none.

    Tipoff is slotted for 8:00 from Las Vegas.

    Vikings first-round pick Christian Darrisaw has been off the field in recent weeks because of a core muscle injury, but the offensive tackle will start working his way toward his regular season debut this week.

    Head coach Mike Zimmer said that Darrisaw is set to do individual work at Wednesday"s practice. Darrisaw had surgery on August 12 to address the issue and word at the time was that the Vikings hoped he"d be back in time for the opener against the Bengals.

    Zimmer said the team will have to see how Darrisaw does in practice before setting a timeline for game action.

    NASCAR announced Tuesday that Kyle Busch has been fined $50,000 for actions following his wreck in Sunday"s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

    After contact with Austin Dillon sent him into the Turn 2 wall at Lap 125, Busch took his battered No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the garage.

    When entering the garage, he ran over several safety cones at what NASCAR termed “a considerable amount of speed” while near spectators sending many people scrambling to get out of his way.

    Albert Lea Tiger teams are off today, but in last nights action, the Tigers boys soccer team continued their winning ways with a 4 to nothing shutout of Stewartville. Su Pai had two goals for the Tigers. The girls soccer team was shutout by Stewartville 2-0. The Tigers Maddie Vandersyde had 16 saves in goal. Albert Lea girls tennis dropped their match against Waseca 5-2. The Tigers Rachel Doppelhammer won in singles competition, while the team of Hannah Willner and Marissa Hanson won in their doubles match.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 09-07

    09/07/2021

    Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer and doubled three times, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Monday night.

    Polanco connected for his 27th homer in the third. He doubled in the first, fifth and seventh, and then struck out in the ninth.

    Polanco is three homers away from tying the Twins" single-season record for a switch-hitter set by Chili Davis in 1991.

    Byron Buxton also hit his 11 homer of the year in the victory.

    Michael Pineda pitched three scoreless innings for the win. Pineda was activated from the injured list before the game. He had been sidelined by a strained left oblique.

    1B Miguel Sanó returned after not playing Sunday because of a bruised left shoulder. He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

    Twins Right-hander John Gant will start the second game of the series for Minnesota on Tuesday night.

    First pitch is slotted for 5:10 for Cleveland.

    The Waseca varsity football team is celebrating not one but two victories. Not only did the team defeat their opponent on Friday night, but they undoubtedly witnessed a miracle.

    The Waseca Blue Jays head coach went into cardiac arrest on the sidelines. Luckily, he was saved by some fast-acting heroes.

    head coach Brad Wendland reported feeling really lightheaded, he said, I had this kind of rush go to my head for about 5-10 seconds and then I decided, OK, this doesn"t feel good. I"m going to take a knee and let this pass… and that"s the last thing I remember.

    Within seconds, the team"s trainer started CPR, and a nurse ran down from the stands. And from across the field, St. Peter"s trainer ran over the AED.

    It was a team effort that brought the 48-year-old back to life.

    The Blue Jays did what coach would have wanted and played out the remaining 31 seconds for the win.

    Coach Wendland is scheduled to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

    The Vikings have at least 13 players on the active roster or practice squad who are unvaccinated or have not had the full dose of the vaccine, according to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.

    Twelve of those 13 are on the active roster. And five are presumptive starters: Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Tomlinson and Harrison Smith.

    Goessling also reported that some Vikings players are in the process of getting vaccinated. However, the team"s vaccination rate across the roster and practice squad is 81.2% at best as of now.

    With the new protocols for COVID-19 this year, Vikings players who even come in close contact to someone with the virus may end up missing action this year.

    In a season where Minnesota is in a playoff window, losing someone like Cousins, Cook or any of the other starters could diminish the chances of making a playoff run.

    Minnesota running back Mo Ibrahim will miss the rest of the season because of a lower left leg injury.

    Coach P.J. Fleck says Ibrahim will have surgery and need four to six months to recover.

    The fifth-year player was a second-team preseason Associated Press All-America selection. Fleck declined to specify the injury but said Ibrahim sustained a tear. The severity suggested an Achilles tendon.

    Ibrahim was hurt in the third quarter of the season opener against Ohio State. He rushed 30 times for 163 yards before the injury and moved into eighth place on the program"s career rushing yards list.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 09-02

    09/03/2021

    This isn't a repeat from yesterday, but the Cubs Frank Schwindel hit a three-run homer and a pair of Chicago Cubs pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

    Schwindel"s drive in the third was all the Cubs mustered against U.S. Olympic pitcher Joe Ryan (0-1), making his major league debut for the Twins.

    The Twins took a blow that will affect them not just the rest of this season but probably most of next year as well when right-hander Kenta Maeda had season-ending Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Dallas.

    The 33-year-old right-hander from Japan was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 24 with right forearm tightness. Texas Rangers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister performed the surgery.

    The Twins hope Maeda could return in 9-12 months.

    The Twins are on a travel day today, RHP Randy Dobnak returns to the rotation as the Twins start a three-game set at Tampa Bay on Friday. Dobnak will be making his first appearance for Minnesota since June 19. He missed the past two months with a right middle finger strain.

    The Minnesota Vikings made some more roster moves on Wednesday, a day after their initial submission of a 53-man roster.

    One notable move Wednesday included the release of punter Britton Colquitt. It remains unknown at this time if the team will bring him back at some point, as he was the only active punter on the Vikings. Colquitt is likely to be re-signed by the Vikings in the near future. Minnesota also released defensive end Jalyn Holmes.

    Wednesday afternoon, the Vikings officially announced the re-signing of veteran Everson Griffen and long snapper Andrew DePaola after they were released on Tuesday.

    Some players such as running back Ameer Abdullah and offensive guard Dakota Dozier were signed to the team's practice squad.

    Three players were also placed on the injured reserve list including tight end Irv Smith Jr. The players will have to miss at least the first three games of the season before they can be activated. For some insurance a the TE position, the Vikings claimed tight end Ben Ellefson from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith, Jr."s season is reportedly likely over after he underwent surgery on his knee.

    ESPN"s Adam Schefter reported that Smith Jr. had surgery to repair his meniscus Wednesday morning. Schefter says sources tell him that it"ll likely end Smith Jr."s season with a recovery timetable estimated at four to five months.

    The Albert Lea Tigers are back in action today with girls tennis will be taking on Century in Rochester at 4:45. The girls swim and dive team visiting Austin at 6:45. Girls soccer will be in Owatonna for a match begining at 7 pm, and cross country will do battle with St. Olaf.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers open up their season tonight taking on #4 Ohio State.

    Fox Sports will carry the game. Kickoff is slotted for 7 pm from Huntington Bank Stadium, formerly known as TCF Bank Stadium.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 09-01

    09/01/2021

    Chicago Cub Frank Schwindel homered for the second straight game, and Ian Happ added a towering homer into the third deck at Target Field, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 last night.

    Twins starter, John Gant pitched five innings allowing two runs on three hits in his third start for the Twins since coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals for J.A. Happ at the trade deadline.

    RHP Michael Pineda (left oblique strain) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session last week and is slated to throw live batting practice on Wednesday. Pineda has been out since Aug. 14. Twin Manager, Rocco Baldelli, said Catcher Mitch Garver is still feeling tightness and soreness in his back and wasn"t sure if he would produce many swings against Pineda in the BP session.

    Tonight, the Twins will have RHP Joe Ryan make his major league debut as the starter as the teams wrap up a two-game series.

    First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10 from Target Field.

    The Vikings have acquired Chris Herndon from the New York Jets along with a sixth-round draft pick, giving up a fourth-round pick in a deal the Vikings say will become official if he passes a physical. Herndon, who had 39 catches as a Jets rookie in 2018 and 31 in 2020, was acquired after the Vikings learned last weekend that starting tight end Irv Smith Jr will miss at least the beginning of the season with a torn meniscus. He will have knee surgery this week.

    On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings finalized their first 53-man roster of the 2021 season.

    Some notable names cut from the team include defensive end Everson Griffen, who was recently signed by the team. Running back Ameer Abdullah, offensive lineman Dakota Dozier, quarterback Jake Browning and long-snapper Andrew DePaola were also cut.

    Both Griffen and Abdullah could be added back onto the 53-man in the near future, with Dozier a candidate for the practice squad.

    In Albert Lea high school athletics action, the boys soccer team was victorious winning their season opener against Triton 3 to 1. The Tigers girls tennis team was shut out by Owatonna 7 games to none.

    The Tigers cross country team competed against Austin with Albert Lea's Gavin Hanke coming in 3rd. As a team, the Tigers finished 5th.

    All Tiger teams are off today and will be back in action on Thursday.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 08-31

    08/31/2021

    Bailey Ober pitched six solid innings and Josh Donaldson"s two-run homer helped the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2. The win was Ober"s first win since July 5, but the rookie right-hander has gone 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in his last eight starts.

    Ober who is now 2-2 held the Tigers to two runs on five hits in six innings worth of work.

    The Twins have returned home for a two-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

    John Gant (4-8, 4.00 ERA) will start Tuesday night against Chicago"s Zach Davies. First pitch tonight is slotted for 7:10 from Target Field.

    The Minnesota Vikings were dealt their first injury setback of the season, with knee surgery scheduled for tight end Irv Smith Jr. that will likely sideline him for at least a few games.

    Coach Mike Zimmer said yesterday that Smith will have the procedure done this week by team physician Dr. Christopher Larson. The timetable for Smith"s return won"t be known until after the surgery on his meniscus, depending on how significant of a repair is required.

    The injury to Smith"s meniscus occurred sometime Friday during Minnesota"s exhibition game at Kansas City.

    The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a one-year, $900,000 contract, adding another veteran option after an offseason of change on the blue line. The 34-year-old Benn had one goal, nine assists and a plus-7 rating over 39 games with the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets last season.

    Albert Lea High School athletics back in action today as the Tigers girls tennis team take on Owatonna later this afternoon.

    The Tigers Cross Country team will face off against the Packers of Austin at 4:00 this afternoon. And boys soccer is on the road to take on Triton at 7 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 08-30

    08/30/2021

    Rowdy Tellez hit a three-run home run, Aaron Ashby recorded his first major league win, and the Brewers muscled their way out of a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

    Miguel Sanó hit his 23rd homer into the second deck above left field. He and has reached base in 26 of his last 28 games, with 26 RBIs.

    CF Byron Buxton went 0 for 11 with a walk and six strikeouts in the series, playing all three games after returning from a broken left pinky finger. Buxton made a leaping catch in the gap to take a likely extra-base hit away from Jackie Bradley Jr. with a runner on first.

    RHP Bailey Ober (1-2, 4.06) pitches today in a makeup game of an earlier rainout in Detroit, before the team returns to Minnesota for a 2game home series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The Minnesota Vikings have to get their roster to 53 players by Tuesday.

    Now that the preseason is over, the Vikings have made several roster decisions to help the team eventually get there.

    Minnesota waived Center Cohl Cabral, Defensive Tackle Zeandae Johnson and Running Back Ito Smith to start.

    One player who is not going any where is Safety Harrison Smith.

    The All-Pro safety agreed to a contract extension with the Vikings on Sunday. It's a four-year, $64 million deal and it makes Smith the second highest-paid safety in the league.

    The Seattle Seahawks' Jamal Adams signed a reported four-year, $70 million deal two weeks ago.

    Smith's extension includes $26.38 million guaranteed. The No. 29 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft is entering his 10th NFL season, all with the Vikings. He's a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was named first-team All-Pro in 2017.

    Smith, 32, led the defense in interceptions (five) and pass deflections (10) last year. He also had 89 total tackles. In his career he has 28 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, 66 pass deflections and 747 tackles.

    Viking Tight End Irv Smith jr. has slowly, but steadily, been gaining steam in the NFL. This upcoming season was supposed to be a breakout year, but now that will have to wait, as Smith is expected to receive meniscus surgery.

    As first reported by Tom Pelissero, Smith"s surgery would sideline him for “at least the start of the regular season.”

    Smith"s first two seasons were impressive. He accumulated 66 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers will have a new look when they open up their season on Thursday taking on #4 Ohio State.

    The new dark themed uniforms were unveiled recently. Fox Sports will carry the game. Kickoff is slotted for 7 pm from Huntington Bank Stadium, formerly known as TCF Bank Stadium.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 08-26

    08/26/2021

    Hunter Renfroe homered twice, the second during a five-run fifth inning that gave Boston a six-run advantage but the Twins battled back but just could not get enough runs as the Red Sox escaped with a 11-9 victory last night.

    Jorge Polanco homered in the losing effort as did Josh Donaldson. Griffin Jax (3-2) allowed nine runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, spoiling a streak in which he had picked up two straight quality starts.

    Miguel Sanó hit a 495-foot home run on Wednesday night — the longest in the majors this season.

    After Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer in the ninth to complete Boston"s comeback from a four-run deficit, Josh Donaldson and Jake Cave homered in the 10th to give the Twins a 9-6 victory.

    Donaldson and Jorge Polanco homered for the second straight game to snap Minnesota"s four-game losing streak.

    Bailey Ober struck out seven in five shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk.

    OF Byron Buxton had a pair of hits during a Triple-A rehab start for St. Paul as he tries to work his way back from a broken bone in his finger that was hit by a pitch.

    Today, Minnesota will send RHP John Gant (4-7) to the mound in the series finale. First pitch is slotted for 6:10. After the game, the Twins will return home to open up a 3 game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 1 will take place Friday night at Target Field.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized their acquisition of ace defender Patrick Beverley, sending 2019 first-round draft pick Jarrett Culver and backup forward Juancho Hernangómez to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    The trade was agreed to in principle last week, after the Grizzlies got the 33-year-old Beverley along with veteran guard Rajon Rondo and young center Daniel Oturu from the Los Angeles Clippers for versatile guard Eric Bledsoe.

    Beverley will bring feistiness and experience to a Timberwolves team short on both attributes. He averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 22.5 minutes last season for the Clippers, shooting 39.7% from 3-point range.

    Dominika Laskova scored twice and the Czech Republic beat Germany 2-0 on Wednesday night in the women"s world hockey championship to win Group B and avoid having to face the United States or Canada in the quarterfinals.

    All five teams in Group A — with the five-time defending champion United States (3-0) and Canada (3-0) set to play for the pool title Thursday night — and the top three in Group B will advance to the quarterfinals.

    Former Viking Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a starter once again.

    The quarterback battle between Bridgwater and Drew Lock has ended, and a winner has been named. Denver Broncos head coach announced on Wednesday that Bridgwater will be the team's starting quarterback.

    The Albert Lea Tigers girls tennis team is back in action today taking on Northfield and Mayo at 2 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 08-25

    08/25/2021

    Hunter Renfroe homered twice, the second during a five-run fifth inning that gave Boston a six-run advantage but the Twins battled back but just could not get enough runs as the Red Sox escaped with a 11-9 victory last night.

    Jorge Polanco homered in the losing effort as did Josh Donaldson. Griffin Jax (3-2) allowed nine runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, spoiling a streak in which he had picked up two straight quality starts.

    RHP Kenta Maeda will seek a second opinion on what the team is calling “right forearm tightness.” Manager Rocco Baldelli said there are scenarios in which Maeda will have season-ending surgery, but that it wasn"t certain. Also, OF Byron Buxton was scheduled to play back-to-back rehab games for Triple-A St. Paul yesterday and today.

    Minnesota RHP Bailey Ober will get the start tonight with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 pm.

    Vikings co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer said Tuesday he's not sure whether linebacker Anthony Barr will be available in less than three weeks when the team opens the regular season on Sept. 12 in Cincinnati.

    Barr, one of head coach Mike Zimmer's key defenders, has not practiced in two weeks as absences that were initially called rest-related by coaches have been revealed to be related to an undisclosed injury.

    Barr agreed to a restructured contract this spring, which reduced his pay this season but also allows him to become a free agent in 2022. The Vikings defense might still be without Barr to start the season, in which case one of their young linebackers would need to step up. The Vikings wrap up their preseason Friday night in Kansas City, Power 96 will bring you that game live beginning at 6 PM on Friday.

    Sylvia Fowles scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 76-70 win over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. Napheesa Collier added 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.6 seconds left to end the scoring. The Lynx are now off until next Tuesday when they will travel to New York to take on the Liberty. Their seson series is split with 1 win a piece.

    There's some good news on the Kirill Kaprizov contract talks with the Minnesota Wild, reportedly, there have been been a lot of conversation between the Wild and the Calder Trophy winner"s side. Also, CSKA Moscow has publicly stated he"s not playing there this season.”

    With the KHL offer off the table, this means that GM Bill Guerin can now negotiate a deal with Kaprizov without the looming “second” deal in the background. The expectation is that somewhere between five and six years will be what the player signs for, giving him plenty of time to up his stock in the NHL and cash in big a few years down the road.

    Albert Lea girls tennis was shut out 7-0 by Mankato West. The Tigers are off today and will be back in action Thursday when they take on Northfield and Mayo at 2 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 08-24

    08/25/2021

    Albert Lea Tigers girls tennis in action yesterday losing the matchup 6 games to 1 against Winona. The Tigers win coming from Bree Weilage as she defeated Winonas Marissa McNally 2-6 , 6-3 , 4-3.

    The Minnesota Twins are back in action tonight as they take on the Boston Red Sox. Rookie Griffin Jax is expected to start for the Twins. First pitch is slotted for 6:10 from Boston.

    The Vikings on have announced the signings of defensive end Everson Griffen and running back Ito Smith.

    Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowler, has an extensive knowledge of Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's defense and could also be used in pass-rushing situations if he makes the 53-man roster. Zimmer said, the Vikings are likely to deploy Griffen as a "situational player" this season.

    Smith is joining the Vikings after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Falcons. The 2018 fourth-round pick has totaled 689 yards and six touchdowns on 175 carries and added 314 receiving yards on 55 catches.

    Defensive end Janarius Robinson, a fourth-round pick in 2021, was placed on Injured Reserve.

    Minnesota waived undrafted rookie linebacker Christian Elliss and veteran quarterback Danny Etling a day after the team waived receiver Warren Jackson and cornerback Dylan Mabin.

    The Big Ten is the latest Power Five conference to announce that a team must forfeit if it doesn"t have enough players available for a league game because of COVID-19.

    The Big Ten said Monday the team that forfeits will be assessed a loss in the conference standings and its opponent will be credited with a win. If both teams are unable to compete on the date of a scheduled conference game because of COVID-19, and the game can"t be rescheduled, it will be considered a “no contest.”

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 08-23

    08/23/2021

    The Twins and Yankees four-game series finale was cut short due to Hurricane Henri. That game is now scheduled to be made up on September 13th at Yankee Stadium. The Twins have an off-day today before they are scheduled to open a three-game series against the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday. Griffin Jax who is now 3-1 is scheduled to get the start for the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10

    The Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021-2022 regular-season schedule was released on Friday, with seven of the first eight games being played at the Target Center.

    The regular-season opener is scheduled for Oct. 20 against the Houston Rockets at home. Minnesota's first away game will be played on Oct. 28 against the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.

    Hilary Knight tied former U.S. star Cammi Granato"s record for goals in women"s world hockey championship play with 44 in the Americans" 3-0 victory over Finland on Sunday night.

    Making her U.S.-record 11th appearance in the event, the 32-year-old Knight scored from the slot to cap the scoring with 6:58 left. She also moved within three of Granato"s points record of 78.

    On Tuesday, the United States will face Russia, and Canada will play Switzerland.

    The Vikings received a blow to their offense when Adam Thielen was forced to leave the team"s preseason game against the Colts Saturday.

    But based on a quote from Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, Thielen"s injury does not appear to be too serious with Zimmer calling it "Just a thigh bruise". The winless Vikings will wrap up their preseason this Friday when they head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. POWER 96 will bring you that game live beginning with the Pregame show Friday night at 6 pm, Paul Allen will have the boom at 7.

    Steve Torrence won at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday, giving him a least one victory at every track on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series circuit.

    The points leader and three-time defending Top Fuel champion drove to his seventh victory of the year and 47th overall, beating Clay Millican in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with a 3.712-second run at 323.74 mph.

    Ryan Blaney captured his second win this season blocking and weaving Sunday in the closing laps of the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

    Blaney overtook William Byron after taking the inside lane on a late restart as Byron tried to block Denny Hamlin, who started third, by going wide in Turn 1. Blaney took the lead with seven laps remaining and won by 0.077 seconds in the race's closest finish since 1993 when electronic scoring began.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 08-19

    08/19/2021

    Jorge Polanco did it once again. Polonco drove in the game-ending run for the third time in four games, lining a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning on Wednesday to give the Minnesota Twins an 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

    Polanco became the third player since 1920 with a walk-off RBI in three straight regular-season team wins.

    Lewis Thorpe, who the Twins recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to start for Minnesota, exited with left shoulder soreness after walking three of four batters in the second and will be going on the injured list. The lefty recently pitched two minor league games after missing nearly two months with a strain of the same shoulder.

    CF Byron Buxton (left hand fracture) is scheduled to take live batting practice with St. Paul on Thursday.

    The Twins will open a four-game series in the Bronx today with RHP John Gant getting the start for Minnesota. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 from Yankee Stadium.

    Thursday night preseason football action finds the Philadelphia Eagles playing host to the 1-0 New England Patriots. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30.

    Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith announced his retirement from football on Wednesday at 24 years old.

    The third-year NFL pro missed all of last season after undergoing open-heart surgery. He returned to the field on Saturday in a preseason game against the Denver Broncos, where he suffered a concussion.

    He wrote in his retirement announcement that he'd asked his body to do "too much."

    The rest of the Vikings continue to get ready for their second preseason game on Saturday when the Purple and Gold host the visiting Indianapolis Colts. POWER 96 will bring you all the action beginning with the pregame show at 6 pm and Kickoff at 7 with Paul Allen on the call.

    Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx will attempt to start a fresh winning streak when they visit the Connecticut Sun for the second time in three days on Thursday night. Fowles totaled 14 points and five rebounds in a 72-60 loss to the Sun on Tuesday that snapped the Lynx's league-best, eight-game win streak. Tipoff is slotted for 6 pm.

    Allianz Field, in St. Paul, will host the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) for a match against Korea Republic in October.

    The Oct. 26 match will be the final match for U.S. legend Carli Lloyd, who announced that she'll retire from the national team afterward.

    Lloyd is currently the second-most capped player in world soccer history with 312 games played for the USA and has scored 128 international goals, fourth in USWNT history. She needs two goals to tie Kristine Lilly for third all-time.

    Tickets go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15.

    The USA has faced Korea Republic 13 times and has an all-time 10-0-3 record in the series.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 08-17

    08/18/2021

    Minnesota rookie Bailey Ober cruised through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Coming off perhaps his best outing this season, he gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six innings as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 last night. Clevelands Daniel Johnson hit a two-run homer to secure the win for the visitors.

    RHP Randy Dobnak ( traveled to Florida to continue his rehab program after suffering a right middle finger strain. He is expected to play in a rehab game with Class A Fort Myers and potentially throw as many as 50 pitches. The team wants him to be stretched out for more innings when he returns.

    Minnesota was without two coaches due to COVID-19. The team confirmed that first-base coach Tommy Watkins tested positive for the virus. Watkins was vaccinated. He left in the third inning of Monday"s game with an illness. Field coordinator Kevin Morgan took Watkins" spot as first-base coach.

    Hitting coach Edgar Varela was already away from the team with COVID-19.

    Today LHP Lewis Thorpe (0-2, 3.86) will be recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to start for Minnesota, pitching in the rotation spot opened when Michael Pineda went on the injured list. After the game the Twins hit the road to open up a 4 game series against the NY Yankees.

    Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Mason Shaw to a two-year, two-way contract.

    The 22 year-old Shaw collected 22 points, 39 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 30 games with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League last season.

    Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points, Jonquel Jones had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Connecticut beat Minnesota 72-60 Tuesday night to snap the Lynx"s eight-game winning streak.

    Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points and Kayla McBride added 12 for the Lynx.

    Minnesota turned the ball over 17 times and shot just seven free throws in the game.

    The teams will play each other again on Thursday night.

    After doing nothing since NBA free agency opened, the Timberwolves moved the needle a little bit on Tuesday by trading for All-NBA-caliber defensive guard Patrick Beverley.

    The Timberwolves are reportedly sending 2019 first-round pick (No. 6 overall) Jarrett Culver and forward Juancho Hernangomez to the Grizzlies for Beverly.

    Beverley, 33, is unlikely to provide much offense for Minnesota. Instead, he's a beast on the defensive end and should prove to be a valuable piece on a team that has struggled defensively.

    Beverly is a three-time All-Defensive team selection, twice being voted onto the second team and once being elected to the first team (2016-17).

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 08-17

    08/18/2021

    Jorge Polanco was the man of the hour again.

    Polanco doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Max Kepler and give the Twins a 5-4 victory over the Indians on last night.

    It was the second straight walk-off win for the Twins, who have won eight of the last 11.

    Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers homered while Josh Donaldson had three hits for Minnesota in the win.

    Twins starter Griffin Jax gave up seven hits and four runs — two earned — in six innings worth of work.

    Game two of the three-game series takes place today with the Twins sending RHP Bailey Ober to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

    The Minnesota Twins have optioned outfielder Trevor Larnach to Triple-A St. Paul and recalled infielder/outfielder Nick Gordon.

    Gordon was optioned to St. Paul on Aug. 5 and, in the 10 games since, has gone 9-for-43 with two home runs, five RBI, six runs and two walks. This is his fourth stint with the Twins this season.

    Larnach has played in 79 games for the Twins this season and is hitting .223 with 12 doubles, seven home runs, 28 RBI, 31 walks and a .322 on-base percentage.

    The Minnesota Wild have signed Kevin Fiala to a $5.1 million, one-year contract.

    The team announced the deal with the 25-year-old Swiss forward on Monday.

    Fiala had 20 goals and 20 assists in 50 games last season with the Wild, leading the team with five game-winning goals and 41 takeaways. He has 101 points in 133 games over two-plus seasons since Minnesota acquired him from Nashville for Mikael Granlund just before the 2019 trade deadline.

    Fiala has 91 goals and 198 points since the Predators drafted him No. 11 overall in 2014.

    The University of Minnesota volleyball program has been ranked as the No. 7 team in the country in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's preseason poll.

    It's the seventh consecutive year and the 108th time in program history in which the Gophers have been ranked a top-10 national team in the poll.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 08-16

    08/16/2021

    Jorge Polanco hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Sunday.

    Max Kepler led off the ninth against Matt Wisler with a line drive slicing away from left fielder Austin Meadows toward the foul line. Kepler reached second, and when the ball skipped under Meadows" glove for an error, he took an extra base. Two pitches later, Polanco hit a drive that was caught on the right-field warning track, scoring Kepler without a throw.

    With the victory, the Twins clinched their third straight series, all against first-place teams. They took three of four at Houston last weekend and began their current nine-game homestand by winning two of three against both the White Sox and the Rays.

    Minnesota continues its homestand with a three-game series against Cleveland that begins on today.

    The Twins will send RHP Griffin Jax to the mound to kick off the series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10

    Sylvia Fowles had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Napheesa Collier added 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 88-78 on Sunday night.

    Kayla McBride scored 16 points for Minnesota in the win.

    Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was upset enough about the “ very poor performance ” in Saturdays 33-6 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Vikes first pre-season game that he vowed to send the same second-stringers out for an intense intrasquad scrimmage on the practice field this week. Zimmer said “We were going to give these other guys some opportunities to see if they could make the club,”. The Vikings next host the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at US Bank Stadium in their second pre-season game.

    The arbitration numbers for the Wild's Kevin Fiala are in. The organization has submitted a $4 million number and there"s a $6.25 million pitch from the player.

    Michael Russo of The Athletic writes that Fiala chose a one-year term, so if arbitrator awards his salary, he"ll be a restricted free agent again next year.

    The sides can keep talking and try to hammer out a deal before Tuesday. If that doesn"t happen, there will be a virtual hearing.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 08-12

    08/12/2021

    Rookie Bailey Ober shut out the White Sox into the sixth inning, Jorge Polanco homered and the last-place Minnesota Twins took another series from a playoff contender, beating Chicago 1-0 on Wednesday.

    The Twins won two of three against AL Central-leading Chicago after taking three of four at Houston, which leads the AL West.

    Polanco"s homer was his 21st of the season, one off a career high set in 2019. He added a triple off the right-field wall in the eighth and now is hitting .345 with seven homers over his last 14 games.

    3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup on Wednesday, but Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said he was feeling good after being the DH in Tuesday"s game. Donaldson was available off the bench and is set to play in the field on Friday. ... RHPs Randy Dobnak and Luke Farrell threw bullpen sessions. They are scheduled to throw again on Friday and could return to the team soon.

    The Twins are off today and will host a 3 game series against the Tampa Bay Rays beginning on Friday. Michael Pineda will get the start in the opener with first pitch scheduled for 7:10.

    NFL Preseason action today finds the New England Patriots hosting the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles will play their first pre season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers who won their first pre season game against the Dallas Cowboys in last weeks Hall of Fame game.

    The Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos opened up their joint session of camp yesterday. There was no bubble wrap on running back Dalvin Cook, who looked phenomenal bouncing runs to the outside where he evaded Broncos defenders left and right. Cook was plenty involved with the first-team offense on, but it remains to be seen how much coach Mike Zimmer will use him in the preseason.

    Kicker Greg Joseph is going to get every attempt Saturday vs. Denver, according to Zimmer, and he got every kick on Wednesday as well. Joseph made all six field goal attempts against the Broncos. His current competition, undrafted rookie Riley Patterson, has only attempted a handful of field goals since returning from the foot injury that had him on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start camp.

    POWER 96 will bring you that pre-season game against the Broncos live with the Pregame show at 2:00 pm and kickoff at 3 with Paul Allen on the call.

    The Olympic break for the WNBA is about over. On Sunday, August 15th the Lynx get back to action hosting the New York Liberty with tipoff slotted for 6pm at the Target Center.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 08-11

    08/11/2021

    Willians Astudillo hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Twins held on for a 4-3 victory to stop a four-game winning streak for the White Sox on Tuesday night.

    Rookie starter Griffin Jax gave the Twins a career-high six innings, after falling behind 3-2 on consecutive homers by Adam Engel and José Abreu in the third.

    Jax struck out a career-best 10 batters with only one walk against an intimidating White Sox offense that has homered in a season-most 12 straight games.

    CF Byron Buxton, who has missed 42 games because of a broken left pinkie, is in the final stretch of his recovery and “in a good state of mind.” The team has yet to decide whether to send him on a rehab assignment.

    3B Josh Donaldson was in the lineup as the DH for the first time in four games due to a hamstring strain. He"s slated to be back at 3B on Friday.

    Today, RHP Bailey Ober will pitch in the series finale. Ober is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four turns against the White Sox this year.

    The Minnesota Vikings officially activated quarterback Kellen Mond from the COVID-19 reserve list, after the rookie completed a 10-day quarantine following a positive test for the virus.

    Mond joined the team on the field yesterday for the first time since July 30.

    The Vikings are in a joint session with the Denver Broncos for the next 2 days before the teams face each other at US Bank Stadium in their first pre-season match-up on Saturday. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with the pre-game show at 2:00 pm and kickoff at 3 pm with Paul Allen on the call.

    Joseph Blair"s stint coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves" Summer League team has ended early but for good reason. According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, Blair is joining the Washington Wizards coaching staff. This will be Blair"s third different assistant coaching job in as many seasons.

    Derek Damon, who is 42nd on the University of Maine men"s hockey team"s all-time career scoring list, has been named an assistant coach for the ECHL"s Iowa Heartlanders. The Heartlanders, based in Coralville, are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League"s Minnesota Wild.

    The Olympic break for the WNBA is about over. On Sunday, August 15th the Lynx get back to action hosting the New York Liberty with tip-off slotted for 6pm at the Target Center.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 08-10

    08/10/2021

    It was not the type of welcome home the Twins wanted after returning from their longest road trip of the season only to face the AL leading Chicago White Sox. The Sox scored a lot, while the Twins had a little. Eloy Jiménez hit two homers with five RBIs for the second straight game that resulted in an 11-1 route of the Twins.

    Lucas Giolito pitched two-hit ball for eight innings as the White Sox won their fourth in a row.

    Miguel Sanó homered off Giolito for the only offensive bright spot.

    Twins starter,Beau Burrows, allowed seven runs — six earned — over two innings in his first career start.

    3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a right hamstring injury. … CF Byron Buxton, out since June 22 with a left hand fracture, completed a full workout on the field before the game. He ran, and shagged flyballs.

    Game 2 of the series takes place tonight as the Twins send RHP Griffin Jax to the mound. Jax has been one of the bright spots for the Twins allowing just one run in each of his last three starts, spanning 14 1/3 innings.

    First pitch is slotted for 7:10 at Target Field.

    The Minnesota Vikings had a scare on Friday when star wide receiver Justin Jefferson landed hard on his left shoulder while trying to make a catch in practice. Head coach Mike Zimmer said yesterday that Jefferson would be back “pretty quick.” Jefferson was on the field watching the workout, without pads.

    Rookie quarterback Kellen Mond will be 10 days clear of his positive test for COVID-19 on Tuesday, which will allow him to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings for practice as long as he is asymptomatic.

    It was Mond"s positive test that also sidelined starter Kirk Cousins and second-year quarterback Nate Stanley as they were deemed close contacts to Mond. Jake Browning, the only member of the group that was vaccinated, has remained eligible to take part in practices in their absences.

    Mond was a third-round pick this spring by the Vikings out of Texas A&M.

    The main star of the 2020-21 Minnesota Wild, Kirill Kaprizov, might be heading back to the KHL if he cannot reach an agreement with his NHL team on a new contract before the Russian league"s season begins. The Calder Trophy winner and the Wild"s premier offensive talent will be in the Moscow lineup if there is not a deal signed by September.

    The Kaprizov camp contends there has been no offer made since April.

    The Wild current have about 19.7 million in in cap space, the two sides remain in communication.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 08-09

    08/10/2021

    Jorge Polanco homered twice and drove in four runs, Miguel Sanó also hit a home run and the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Sunday.

    Polanco hit a solo home run in the fifth and a three-run shot to right in the sixth to help the Twins build a 7-3 lead. Sanó hit a monstrous two-run homer to left in the fourth.

    Kenta Maeda allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts in five innings. He won for the first time since July 4.

    INF Josh Donaldson (right hamstring) was out of a lineup for a second straight game on Sunday. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Donaldson was a little sore and getting treatment.

    RHP Beau Burrows will be the starter for the opener of the three-game series at home against the White Sox on Monday. The Sox are coming off of a 3 game sweep of their cross town rival the Chicago Cubs.

    First pitch tonight from Target Field is scheduled for 7:10.

    A busy month for the Minnesota Vikings as they opened camp with a maximum of 90 players. The rosters must be trimmed to 85 on Aug. 17 and then cut down to 80 players on Aug. 24. The 53-man roster (and practice squad) must be set on Aug. 31.

    On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Vikings host the Denver Broncos for joint practices that will culminate in a pre-season game between the two clubs Saturday at US Bank Stadium at 3 pm.

    Kyle Larson led 27 of 90 laps in scoring his fifth Cup win of the season Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

    For the fifth time this season, Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished first and second. Chase Elliott overcame an infraction in inspection that led to crew chief Alan Gustafson"s ejection and forced Elliott to start at the rear to finish second.

    Joe Gibbs Racing"s Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin took the next three spots.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 08-05

    08/05/2021

    It was another series split for the Minnesota Twins and the Reds as Luis Castillo pitched six effective innings, and Tyler Stephenson homered to give the Reds a cushion they ended up needing, and Cincinnati held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 yesterday.

    Jorge Polanco homered in the first inning for the Twins. Polanco"s home run extended his season-high hitting streak to eight games

    The Twins sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run eighth. Trevor Larnach drove in two with a double, Miguel Sanó had an RBI double and Ryan Jeffers added a run-scoring single, but that just was not enough to escape with a 2 game sweep.

    Twins rookie Charlie Barnes (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings in his second career start.

    Next up, the Twins rookie RHP Griffin Jax is scheduled to start today"s opener of a four-game series in Houston, the last stop on Minnesota"s season-long nine-game trip. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 at Minute Maid Park.

    If you have been waiting for some football action, Tonight is your night as the NFL's Hall of Fame game takes place tonight at 7 pm on FOX. You won"t find many, if any, stars playing tonight when the NFL preseason begins with Dallas playing Pittsburgh.

    With the number of preseason games reduced from four to three, with the exception of the Cowboys and Steelers, the opportunity to see the big names on the field will be diminished further. It is a perfect opportunity to battle for roster spots as both teams are trying to bounce back to contender status after faltering last year.

    In the men's basketball semifinals the US scored a 97-78 victory over a talented Australian team.

    Friday night at 9:30 pm central time in the United States the US men's basketball team will seek their 16th gold medal in 19 Olympic appearances, including four consecutive. Assured at least a silver, they continued their streak of medaling in every Olympics they have ever entered.

    The US will face either a French team that defeated them at the start of these Games or Slovenia.

    The US continues to dominate in the medal count at the Tokyo games with 84 total, including 27 golds, 33 silvers and 24 bronze. China is in second with 71 medals, followed by the Russian Olympic Committee with 53.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 08-04

    08/04/2021

    Minnesota Viking Jeff Gladney has been formally charged by a Texas grand jury on a felony charge of domestic violence for an alleged assault of his former girlfriend.

    The Dallas County grand jury indicted the 23-year-old Vikings cornerback Tuesday, meaning his case will go to trial. If convicted, Gladney could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison.

    The Vikings released Gladney, announcing the move hours after the 24-year-old was indicted by the Texas grand jury.

    The team, in a statement, said Gladney's release is effective "immediately" following its review of the indictment, adding: "As we have previously said, we take these matters very seriously and condemn all forms of domestic violence."

    It was almost light out for the Twins before Jorge Polanco delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    With two runners on base, Polanco fouled off four two-strike pitches before connecting on a liner just inside the foul pole in right field to clear the base pads.

    The homer extended Polanco"s season-high hitting streak to seven games. Mitch Garver delivered a three-run homer in the fifth for the Twins. Twins starter Kenta Maeda lasted five innings, giving up seven hits and five runs with one walk and nine strikeouts.

    Today, the Twins will send LHP Charlie Barnes to the mound in the finale of the two-game series after becoming the second pitcher in club history to allow one run or fewer and lose in his debut. The Twins will move on to Houston after today's game.

    Simone Biles made a rousing return to these Olympics, with a last-chance last stand on the balance beam that garnered her a bronze medal, her record-tying seventh and almost certainly final career medal.

    Biles delivered a steady, strong routine, as this was as much about competing, and overcoming, than anything else.

    Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own world record to win gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Fellow American Dalilah Muhammad broke the world record too en route to a silver medal.

    McLaughin ran 51.46, to break her previous WR mark of 51.90. Muhammad ran in 51.58.

    The US women's basketball team was in quarterfinal action earlier this morning and routed Australia 79-55. The US advances to take on Serbia on Friday.

    The US furthered their medal count and still leads all other countries in medals earned with 76 total, including 25 gold, 29 silver and 22 bronze. China is in second with 69 medals followed by the Russian Olympic Committee with 52.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 08-03

    08/03/2021

    The Minnesota Twins are back in action tonight as the they are in Cincinatti to take on the Reds. The Twins, who are on their longest road trip of the season, will send righty Kenta Maeda to the mound for game 1 of the two game series. The last time the two teams met, they split a two-game series June 21-22 at Target Field. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:35.

    After Wednesdays game, the Twins head to Houston to open up a 4 game weekend series.

    The Vikings training camp has become a juggling act after 3 quarterbacks were put in COVID protocols including starter Kurt Cousins. Jake Browning was left as the only quarterback still standing. Browning went undrafted and has stuck around with the Vikings for two years on their practice squad and is making the best of his opportunity to become a true backup QB.

    In the third round of this year"s draft, the Vikings drafted Wyatt Davis, a true guard with the potential to start as soon as 2021. Davis has missed two straight practices with what appears to be a left ankle injury. He has been working with a trainer on the rehab field. Oli Udoh has emerged as an interesting starting-guard candidate this training camp. Udoh has taken first-team reps at guard. On Monday, he moved to left tackle.

    Kevin Durant poured in 29 critical points to lead the Americans to a come-from-behind 95-81 victory over Spain in a quarterfinal match-up in Tokyo Tuesday. The victory pushes the U.S. to a semifinal match-up Thursday against either Australia or Argentina.

    Sunisa Lee won bronze on the uneven bars, and the US Women"s soccer lost in the semi 1-0 to Canada. The team will play for the bronze medal on Thursday.

    The US is still leading the medal race with 66 total medals that include 22 gold, 27 silver and 17 bronze. China has 63, followed by the Russian Olympic Committee with 50 total medals.

    At least one of the Minnesota Wild's two unsigned forwards is set to receive a new contract this month. The Wild filed for salary arbitration with Kevin Fiala on Monday, a move that ensures the two sides will reach an agreement before next season starts. Fiala, a restricted free agent, is coming off a two-year, $6 million deal.

    Reigning NHL Rookie of the Year Kirill Kaprizov also needs a contract after an impressive debut in which he paced the Wild in points (51) and scored the eighth-most goals in the NHL (27).

    Unlike Fiala, Kaprizov didn't have arbitration rights and is unable to accept an offer sheet from another NHL team. Kaprizof could go back to Russia and his old KHL team if an agreement can not be reached.

       

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