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    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 11-18

    11/18/2020

    It is draft day for the NBA and the Timberwolves hold the number 1 pick overall pick in this years draft along with 17th and 33rd. If the T-Wolves dont trade down, the expectation is that the Wolves will take Georgia's Anthony Edwards. The 19-year-old is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32 games as a freshman at Georgia last season.

    The NBA Draft takes place virtually at 6 p.m. CT airing on ESPN.

    Thursday night football tomorrow will feature a pair of 6 and 3 teams going head to head as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Seattle Seahawks.

    The Minnesota Twins announced that their annual Winter Caravan and TwinsFest events will not be taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The cancellation of the Twins' two biggest off season events is significant as the Winter Caravan, which sends players and coaches to meet fans across the state, has been held annually for the past 60 seasons.

    Meanwhile, TwinsFest was founded in 1989 and is the largest annual fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund.

    In place of the events, the Twins are planning "specifically designed virtual experiences with details to be announced at a later date.

    The New York Jets have claimed Minnesota Viking Pat Elflein off waivers, according to NFL Network"s Ian Rapoport. The Vikings released Elflein on Saturday morning, just a day after activating the former third-round pick out of Ohio State off injured reserve. Elflein was recovering from a thumb injury he suffered in practice following Minnesota"s season-opener.

    Albert Lea Tigers varsity volleyball fell to Red Wing in their season finale. Again the Tigers team fought hard but found themselves on the short end of the stick dropping the match 3 games to none.

    9A and 9B games against Red Wing were canceled.

    The Austin Bruins take on their first divisional opponent, the Minnesota Wilderness for the first of a home-and-home series on Friday night. We will have the Pregame at 6:55 with faceoff at 7:05 on POWER 96.

    During their last outing, the Bruins managed to earn three out of a possible four standings points against the Janesville Jets, winning their season opener 4-3 on Friday, and fell in overtime on Saturday 2-1.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-17

    11/17/2020

    Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins finally won for the first time in 10 career Monday night starts. The Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 19-13 behind 2 touchdown receptions from Adam Thielen who now has nine on the season. His one-handed TD grab in the first quarter was particularly impressive.

    In the second half, the Vikings quickly found themselves behind the eight ball as former Vike, Cordarrelle Patterson took the second half kickoff 104-yards to the promised land and put Minnesota behind 13-7. Next up, the Dan Bailey show. First was a 37 yard attempt with just over 10 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter that put the score at 13-10, then with 1:52 left to go in the 3rd, Bailey did it again. This time nailing a 43 yard try putting the score at 13-13.

    With 10:06 left to play in the game, Kirk Cousins passed to Adam Thielen to the right for 6 yard touchdown.

    That put the score at 19-13 and secured the win for the Vikings as their record now improves to 4-5.

    Dalvin Cook ran for 96 yards on 30 attempts. Justin Jefferson caught eight passes for 135 yards and tied Randy Moss' club rookie record with his fourth 100-yard receiving game. Cousins completed 25 of 36 passes for 292 yards. He was sacked one and intercepted once and threw for two touchdowns.

    The Vikings next take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

    St. Cloud State has reported that eight members of the University's women's hockey program have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past nine days, prompting the team to pause all activities.

    In a statement, the team said it'll pause all team activities for at least the week of Nov. 15, which includes SCSU's season-opening series with Bemidji State, scheduled for Nov. 20-21.

    In the entire Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, 2,424 students and 296 employees have tested positive since the start of the fall term.

    The MSU Mavericks have announced that their sports teams will be playing in front of no fans through at least the end of the year under a newly released attendance policy. It is reported that the attendance policy will be reviewed and further guidance will be given after the holiday break.

    What's old is new again, as Minnesota's hockey past is making waves this week after the Minnesota Wild unveiled North Stars-themed uniforms that they will wear on occasion this coming NHL season.

    Dubbed the Adidas Reverse Retro jerseys, the Wild will sport what it calls a "unique combination of the North Stars' 1978 jersey with the current Minnesota Wild crest."

    Albert Lea Tigers JV and Varsity volleyball will be in action tonight as the Tigers wrap up their season in Red Wing.

    9A and 9B games against Red Wing were canceled for tonight.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 11-16

    11/17/2020

    Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Lions in Week 9. It's the second week in a row Cook has won the award, topping 200 yards from scrimmage once again. Cook leads the NFL with 858 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns this season

    Thursday Night Football tonight will see the 5 and 3 Indianpolis Colts taking on the 6 and 2 Tennessee Titans from Nissan Stadium. Kickoff, slotted for 7:20.

    After the blow up of statewide COVID infection and reported death numbers, the Minnesota Vikings have given up on trying to host larger crowds and said that the team will no longer seek permission to sell tickets to fans for their remaining home games.

    The Chicago Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in the first divisional meeting between the two teams this season. The Bears have now lost three straight games after starting 5-1, while the Vikings have won two consecutive games after starting 1-5. We will have all the action beginning with the Pregame show at 6 pm Monday night.

    When the Vikings released their injury report Friday, rookie corner Cameron Dantzler was listed as questionable after being in concussion protocol, but now Dantzler is listed as out for tonights game. Joining him will be DE Jordan Brailford (Personal), and G Dru Samia as they have also have been downgraded to OUT.

    Additionally, Vikings assistant offensive line coach Phil Rauscher will also not travel to Chicago..

    In other NFL action, Green Bay increased their lead in the NFC Central as they defeated Jacksonville 24-20. The Pack are now 7-2 on the year. Detroit bettered Washington by 3 points winning 30-27 and with the win, improve their record to 4-5 and currently sit in 3rd place in the Central.

    New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tallied his ninth rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter of Sunday night's 23-17 upset against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium and set a NFL record. Newton is the first QB in the Super Bowl era with 9 rushing TD's in his first 8 games of a season. Newton's 67 career rushing touchdowns are the most of any quarterback in league history.

    The LA Dodgers announced that former manager Tommy Lasorda is in the intensive care unit of an Orange County hospital.

    The Dodgers statement reads that "Lasorda, 93, was admitted and he is in intensive care, resting comfortably,”

    Lasorda"s condition and the reason for his hospitalization are not clear.

    The Austin Bruins took 3 out of 4 points in their season opening weekend against the Janesville Jets. They downed the Jets 4-3 Friday night at Riverside Arena, and the Bruins fell in overtime 2-1 on Saturday.

    On Saturday Tigers varsity Volleyball was in action against the Mankato West Scarlets. Close matches and the Tigers fought hard, but fell to Kato 25-19, 25-15 and 25-22.

    According to Albert Lea High School Activities Director Paul Durbahn, the varsity football season has come to an end. The Tigers will not advance into a play-off bracket as they were not be able to play beyond the first round.

    The varsity volleyball season will come to an end with their regular season game on Tuesday, November 17th at Red Wing. The Tiger team will not take part in a postseason experience. The start of winter activities are still to be determined.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 11-12

    11/13/2020

    Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Lions in Week 9. It's the second week in a row Cook has won the award, topping 200 yards from scrimmage once again. Cook leads the NFL with 858 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns this season

    Thursday Night Football tonight will see the 5 and 3 Indianpolis Colts taking on the 6 and 2 Tennessee Titans from Nissan Stadium. Kickoff, slotted for 7:20.

    After the blow up of statewide COVID infection and reported death numbers, the Minnesota Vikings have given up on trying to host larger crowds and said that the team will no longer seek permission to sell tickets to fans for their remaining home games.

    The Vikings said in a statement that while players, coaches and staff have missed the energy and passion that fans bring on game day, the team would no longer seek approval to host more than 250 fans for the remaining games at U.S. Bank Stadium, the state-mandated maximum crowd size for indoor gatherings.

    The Chicago Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in the first divisional meeting between the two teams this season. The Bears have now lost three straight games after starting 5-1, while the Vikings have won two consecutive games after starting 1-5.

    Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been a man on a mission this season, and he currently leads the NFL with 858 rushing yards.

    After keeping Titans running back Derrick Henry in check last week, the Bears will be looking to do the same against Cook.

    We will have all the action beginning with the Pregame show at 6 pm Monday night.

    Albert Lea varsity football wrapped up their regular season last night with a 47 to 6 loss to Faribault at the Gus.

    Tonight, the Tigers girls volleyball team is slotted to visit Rochester Mayo. That game is scheduled to be live streamed on YouTube at 7:15 pm. Just search for Mayo Volleyball. 9A and 9B and JV will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Search for Mayo Volleyball listed under events.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-10

    11/10/2020

    The NY Jets managed to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Monday Night Football. Despite being 0-8 coming in, they were outplaying the New England Patriots in every facet of the game. The Jets led by 10 midway through the fourth quarter.

    Then, the wheels fell off. The Patriots got a field goal. Joe Flacco threw an ill advised deep interception to J.C. Jackson with 5:50 left. The Patriots drove the ball down the field and Cam Newton scored with 1:57 to tie it.

    The Jets then quickly went three-and-out and the Patriots had 47 seconds to win it. Newton hit a big 20-yard throw to Jakobi Meyers with three seconds left and Nick Folk hit a 51-yard field goal to get a 30-27 win on the final play of regulation.

    NFL team owners set to vote today to approve a COVID-19 contingency playoff plan that would be enacted only if a meaningful game is canceled. The plan throws out the current format, replaces it with a seeded bracket, and expands the total number of playoff teams.

    If a team can"t play all of its regular-season games, the plan is to expand the number of teams that make the playoffs from each conference from seven to eight, which allows for a seeded bracket to replace the traditional format.

    This playoff contingency plan would be enacted only if a meaningful game cannot be played.

    The league has already planned for a possible Week 18, which would be used if a team-wide outbreak causes a postponement and a major schedule disruption.

    That extra week would allow postponed games to be rescheduled

    The NBA and the NBA Players Association have reached an agreement, which is pending approval via a vote by the league's Board of Governors over their upcoming season.

    The 20-21 NBA season will officially start three days before Christmas and will be 72 games rather than the traditional 82-game season.

    As far as what to expect from the NBA this upcoming season.

    The NBA Draft is Nov. 18 - and the Wolves have the No. 1 overall pick.

    Free agency talks can begin at 5 p.m. CT on Nov. 20.

    Free agency signings can happen at 11:01 p.m. CT on Nov. 21.

    Training camp begins Dec. 1.

    Season starts Dec. 22.

    Salary cap will be the same as last season, set at $109.14 million.

    The agreement sets the stage for what should be a crazy busy, abbreviated off-season.

    Tonight Albert Lea girls varsity volleyball will play host to Red Wing at 7 pm.

    In a rare Wednesday night match-up, Albert Lea varsity football is scheduled to take on Faribault at 7 pm at the Gus.

    Thursday, girls varsity volleyball is slotted to be on the road as the Tigers take on Rochester Mayo. That game is scheduled to be live-streamed on YouTube at 7:15 pm. Just search for Mayo Volleyball. 9A and 9B and JV will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Search for Mayo Volleyball listed under events.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 11-9

    11/09/2020

    Dalvin Cook kept his brilliant season rolling by rushing for a career-high 206 yards and two scores on 22 carries, leading the Vikings to a 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

    Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns — two to tight end Irv Smith Jr. — in his second straight turnover-free performance. The Vikings improved to (3-5) on the season, and averaged 8.9 yards per play on the way to their first home win this season.

    Cook polished off his latest masterpiece early in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard scoring romp he jump-started by powering straight through the arms of defensive tackle John Penisini.

    The Vikings next visit Chicago on Monday, Nov. 16. The Vikings have lost four straight games to the Bears and three consecutive Monday night contests.

    Kevin Molino scored twice, Emanuel Reynoso had a goal and two assists, and Minnesota United beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Sunday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.

    Minnesota will be the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and will host a first-round playoff game.

    Minnesota (9-5-7) has won three of its last four games and is unbeaten in its last eight, dating to a 2-1 loss to Columbus on Sept. 23.

    In other NFL Action, The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 38-3, Miami squeaked by Arizona 34-31, Dallas fell to Pittsburgh 24-19, The Texans snuck by the Jaguars 27-25, The Raiders shocked the Chargers 31-26, the Giants beat Washington 23-20, the Ravens topped the Colts 24-10, KC hung on to beat Carolina 33-31, Chicago fell to Tennessee 24-17, the Falcons soared over the Broncos 34-27, and Buffalo shocked Seattle 44-34. Tonight, the Patriots face the win-less Jets in Monday Night Football.

    After starting from the back of the pack, Chase Elliott is a NASCAR Cup Series champion.

    Elliott had the best car throughout Sunday"s title race at Phoenix Raceway and cruised to his first Cup Series title over Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.

    Elliott, 24, passed Logano for the race win and the championship with 42 laps to go and set sail as the three drivers he was racing for the title couldn"t come close to mounting a challenge. Elliott led 153 laps, the most of any driver and took the checkered flag. It was Elliots first championship win.

    The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team finally scored their first win of the season on Saturday as they blew out the Illinois Fighting Illini by a score of 41-14.

    The Gophers (1-2) will host Iowa on Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

    After 19 NASCAR seasons, and winning everything under the sun over those years, Sundays championship race was also an end to an era as Jimmy Johnson, driver of the Lowes 48 Chevy ran his last cup series race. Johnson retired after competing in his final race as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver. JJ Came in 5th, while Chase Elliot rode off into the sunset with his first NASCAR championship at Phoenix Raceway.

       

    Sports Wrap for Thursday 11-5

    11/05/2020

    Jose Aja and Robin Lod scored in the second half and Minnesota United overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the Chicago Fire 2-2 last night.

    Minnesota United stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games, while Chicago is tied with Montreal for ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings with one game left.

    Aja scored off a set piece from close range, tapping a shot to the near post that beat goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 64th minute. Lod scored in a header off a cross from Romain Metanire in the 80th.

    Shuttleworth and Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair each finished with five saves.

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers.

    It"s the third time Cook has been named player of the week. Cook set new career highs in carries (30), scrimmage yards (226) and total touchdowns (4) against the Packers in Week 8.

    The Green Bay Packers will potentially enter Thursday night"s game against the San Francisco 49ers without their top three running backs, and the only two runners available have 79 combined career rushing yards.

    The Niners have further reinforced their position as the NFL"s most injury-ravaged team on Wednesday after a positive COVID-19 case and contact tracing all but wiped out their wide receiver depth chart.

    The two teams face each other tonight in Thursday Night Football.

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

    The Reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive or have been in close contact with an infected person.

    The Lions announced Stafford"s status on Wednesday after finishing practice.

    Detroit plays at Minnesota on Sunday, and Stafford"s status is, so far, unknown.

    Stafford"s backups are Chase Daniel and David Blough. The 34-year-old Daniel has started five games in his career. Blough started five games last year with the Lions after they acquired the undrafted rookie from the Cleveland Browns.

    The Austin Bruins haven't dropped the puck yet on their 11th season in the North American Hockey League, but they already have their first commitment of the season. Forward Sutter Muzzatti announced his commitment to play his collegiate hockey at Division 1 R.P.I on Wednesday.

    Muzzatti is the third Bruins player in three years to commit to RPI including former defensemen Dylan Davies and former netminder Brett Miller, both of whom begin their collegiate careers this season.

    The 6-foot-5, 203-pound forward made his junior hockey debut last season playing in two games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL.

    The Austin Bruins and Aberdeen Wings have announced a change in their schedules following complications due to COVID-19. The weekend series which was originally scheduled for this weekend in Aberdeen, November 6, and November 7, will now be played on March 30 and March 31, 2021. This action was taken in an abundance of caution in an effort to operate as safely as possible for teams" players, staff, and fans.

    Following the postponement, the Bruins 2020-21 regular season will kick off at Riverside Arena in Austin with a two-game series against the Janesville Jets on the weekend of November 13, and 14th.

       

    Austin Bruins Forced to Reschedule Aberdeen Games

    11/05/2020

    The Austin Bruins and Aberdeen Wings have announced a change in their schedules following complications due to COVID-19. The weekend series which was originally scheduled for this weekend in Aberdeen, November 6, and 7th, will now be played on March 30 and 31, 2021. This action was taken in an abundance of caution in an effort to operate as safely as possible for teams" players, staff, and fans.

    Following the postponement, the Bruins 2020-21 regular season will now begin at home with a two-game series against the Janesville Jets on November 13 and 14th. It will mark the second time in back-to-back years that the Bruins will open their regular season at Riverside Arena. It's also the first time in three years that the Bruins will play Janesville in a regular-season game outside of the NAHL Showcase. The two teams met in 2019-20's NAHL Showcase with Janesville coming out on top, 4-0.

    Tickets for the Bruins home-opener, and now season-opener, are on sale now at www.austinbruins.com/single-tickets <http://www.austinbruins.com/single-tickets> and all fans in attendance to Friday night's game will get a free Bruins cowbell courtesy of Qdoba.

    Austin Bruins Sutter Muzzatti Commits to Division-I R.P.I.

    11/05/2020

    The Austin Bruins haven't dropped the puck yet on their 11th season in the North American Hockey League, but they already have their first commitment of the season. Forward Sutter Muzzatti announced his commitment to play his collegiate hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I) on Wednesday.

    Muzzatti, 17, will begin his first full junior season with the Bruins in 2020-21 following three years in the Meijer AAA program where he averaged more than a point-per-game with 19 total tallies (14G, 5A) in 17 contests. The 6-foot-5, 203-pound forward made his junior hockey debut last season playing in two games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL but is still looking for his first point in juniors.

    "Both Austin and RPI have strong hockey traditions which I am excited to be a part of," said Muzzatti. "I consider Austin to be a great stepping-stone for players headed to the NCAA."

    Muzzatti is the third Bruins player in three years to commit to RPI including former defensemen Dylan Davies and former netminder Brett Miller, both of whom begin their collegiate careers this season.

    "We are really excited for Sutter and his family,' said Bruins Head Coach Steve Howard. "He's a hard-working kid that is eager to learn. We expect Sutter to continue to develop and become an impact player for the Bruins."

    A native of Okemos, MI, Muzzatti is the son of Carolina Hurricanes Goaltending Coach, Jason Muzzatti, who played his collegiate years at Michigan State before logging 62 games in the NHL.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In total, the Bruins now have seven committed players on their roster including Ben Dexheimer (Miami-Ohio), Alex Trombley (Ohio State), Barrett Brooks (Western Michigan), Carson Riddle (Western Michigan), Connor Mylymok (Alaska-Fairbanks), and Frank Dovorany (Michigan Tech).

    The Bruins get set to start their 2020-21 campaign hosting the Janesville Jets on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14 for the team's home-opening weekend.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 11-4

    11/04/2020

    It was a quiet trade deadline for the Minnesota Vikings as rumors over a potential fire sale remained just that.... Rumors.

    The Vikings were a team presumed to be sellers at the trade deadline because of their 2-5 record, but nothing took shape despite rumors surrounding Anthony Harris and Adam Thielen. There was also a chance the Vikings could have included Harrison Smith and Riley Reiff in deals, but in the end, the Vikes stood pat and did not make any moves. Next up, The Vikings play host to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Pregame at 11, Kickoff at high noon.

    Tomorrows Thursday Night Football action will see the 5-2 Green Bay Packers taking on the 4-4 San Francisco 49ers. 49ers QB Nick Mullens will make his third start of the season as Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with an ankle injury.

    Chase Elliott will start first Sunday in the Cup Series season finale starting lineup at Phoenix Raceway.

    Joey Logano, who won the March 8 race at Phoenix, will start second in search of his second Cup championship. Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who also is seeking his second title, will start third in his No. 2 Ford.

    Denny Hamlin, who is making his second consecutive championship appearance after winning at Phoenix a year ago in his No. 11 Toyota, will start fourth among the title-eligible drivers.

    Mookie Betts was recognized for his defensive prowess, winning his fifth career Gold Glove award.

    Betts beat out Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies and Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs after taking the award in the American League as a member of the Boston Red Sox the previous four seasons.

    Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger also was a finalist at his position, but the award went to Trent Grisham of the San Diego Padres

    Angels starter Griffin Canning won the Gold Glove for pitchers in the American League.

    Minnesota United FC faces the Chicago Fire in a non-conference match-up tonight.

    Minnesota United FC is 4-1-2 at home. and ranks thirteenth in the league giving up 29 goals.

    The Fire are 0-6-4 in road games. Robert Beric leads the seventh-ranked scoring team in the Eastern Conference with 10 goals. Chicago has scored 28 goals on the season.

    Kevin Molino has seven goals and two assists for Minnesota. While Minnesota's Robin Lod has three goals and two assists over the last 10 games.

    The match-up tonight is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

    Due to continuing COVID concerns, Albert Lea Tigers football will not take place on Friday. The Tigers were scheduled to travel and take on Mankato East but that game has been canceled. Next up to the Tigers varsity team is a Wednesday night match-up on November 11th, against Faribault at 7 pm at the Gus.

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-3

    11/03/2020

    Mookie Betts not only helped lead the Dodgers to their first World Series title in 32 years. Now there"s a chance that he could take home baseball"s highest individual honor.

    Betts was named one of three finalists for the National League most valuable player award. Also nominated was Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado.

    In the American League, The finalists are Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians and DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees.

    The winners will be announced Nov. 12.

    Today is the NFL trade deadline and despite teams needing wide receivers, and the Minnesota Vikings' slow start, the team has made clear it has no plans to trade Adam Thielen, per sources within the orginization. Thielen has not been shopped despite rumors.

    The New York Giants put a scare into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Monday night football, and QB Daniel Jones put the Giants in position to tie the game with a two-point conversion in the final minute, but Jones" throw to Dion Lewis on the conversion attempt was very late and knocked away by safety Antoine Winfield Jr. A pass interference penalty was picked up and the Buccaneers had a 25-23 win. In the win, Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady one again surpassed Saints QB Drew Brees for the all-time lead in career touchdown passes.

    Giants QB Daniel Jones threw for 256 yards with 2TD's 2 Interceptions and suffered 3 sacks, Tom Brady threw for 279 yards with 2 TD's, 0 interceptions and was sacked twice.

    The Vikings might be munching on some fingernails following an opponent testing positive for COVID-19 after facing the Vikes.

    On Sunday, running back A.J. Dillon of the Green Bay Packers tested positive for COVID 19

    Dillon carried the ball five times for 21 yards against the Vikings and caught one pass out of the backfield.

    The players with tackles on Dillon's touches are: Troy Dye, Eric Kendricks, Shamar Stephen, Harrison Smith, Eric Wilson, Jalyn Holmes and Harrison Hand, though there were numerous other players in close contact, albeit for short bursts, with Dillon.

    The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, reports that Dillon's result was from a test taken Sunday morning. He played 17 snaps in the game.

    Minnesota has already evaded transmission earlier this season when they faced the Tennessee Titans.

    Albert Lea Tigers Volleyball was in action last night against Mankato East where the Tigers fought hard, but were downed 3-2, The match results were, 24-26, 25-7, 23-25, 25-8, 15-5.

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 11-2

    11/02/2020

    Dalvin Cook ran for 163 yards and scored four touchdowns, including three on the ground, to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 28-22 victory at NFC North-leading Green Bay on Sunday, snapping the Packers' eight-game winning streak in the division.

    Back in the lineup since suffering a groin injury in a Week 5 loss at Seattle, Cook scored on 3 shorter runs runs and took a screen pass 50 yards for a score. Cook had 226 yards from scrimmage on 32 touches as the Vikings improved to 2-5 on the season. Kirk Cousins completed 11 of 14 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who avenged a 43-34 home loss to the Packers in Week 1.

    Minnesota took over possession and wasted little time in taking control, marching 63 yards on four plays in 2:06. Cook punctuated the drive with a 50-yard catch and run, using sneaky footwork and solid blocking for his fourth total touchdown of the game to give the Vikings a 28-14 lead.

    In other NFL Action from Sunday, Philly topped Dallas in Sunday Night Football 23-9, The Bills beat the Patriots 24-21, Vegas knocked off the Browns 16-6, the Bengals chewed up the Titans 31-20, Indy tamed the Lions 41-21, Defending Champs Kansas City made sure the Jets never took off beating them 35-9, It took overtime, but the Saints beat the Bears 26-23, The Dolphins beat the Rams 28-17, Denver squeaked by the Chargers 31-30, Seattle topped San Fran 37-27.

    Tonight, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Giants of New York in Monday Night Football.

    Major League Soccer canceled Minnesota"s match at Sporting Kansas City because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    After confirming a case Wednesday, Minnesota had a second player Saturday with a confirmed positive test prompting the cancellation of the match.

    The Minnesota Football Showcase, which has featured the top high school players in the state, has officially been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The game has been played at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Football Coaches Association's (MFCA) All-Star Game.

    The game has been played after the completion of the high school season since its inception in 1945 and became an annual event in 1974.

    The MCFA announced that this year's game will be moved to June 2021 and the exact date and location will be announced at a later date.

    The Austin Bruins will start their regular season this Friday night, with the Austin Bruins and Aberdeen Wings facing off in South Dakota November 6th and 7th in Aberdeen. We will have all the action for you on POWER 96.

    The Bruins first home game of the season will be against the Janesville Jets on Friday, November 13 with a rematch between the two teams to follow on Saturday, November 14.

    Green Lea Golf Course Opens With Some Changes

    11/02/2020

    Power 96 Sports, I"m Ron Budrik.

    Dalvin Cook ran for 163 yards and scored four touchdowns, including three on the ground, to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 28-22 victory at NFC North-leading Green Bay on Sunday, snapping the Packers' eight-game winning streak in the division.

    Back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a groin injury in a Week 5 loss at Seattle, Cook had 226 total yards for the game as the Vikings improved to 2-5. Kirk Cousins completed 11 of 14 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who avenged a 43-34 home loss to the Packers in Week 1.

    Tonight Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Giants of New York in Monday Night Football.

    Major League Soccer canceled Minnesota"s match at Sporting Kansas City because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    After confirming a case Wednesday, Minnesota had a second player Saturday with a confirmed positive test prompting the cancellation of the match.

    The Minnesota Football Showcase, which has featured the top high school players in the state, has officially been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    the game has been played at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Football Coaches Association's (MFCA) All-Star Game.

    The game has been played after the completion of the high school season since its inception in 1945 and became an annual event in 1974.

    The MCFA announced that this year's game will be moved to June 2021 and the exact date and location will be announced at a later date.

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    The Austin Bruins will start their regular season this Friday night, with the Austin Bruins and Aberdeen Wings facing off in South Dakota November 6th and 7th in Aberdeen. We will have all the action for you on POWER 96.

    The Bruins first home game of the 2020-21 season will be against the Janesville Jets on Friday, November 13 with a rematch between the two teams to follow on Saturday, November 14.

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    There is no doubt that Dalvin Cook"s feeling healthy again, and with Cook back in the lineup, the Minnesota Vikings have a chance to turn around their entire season .

    Cook gained 226 yards from the line of scrimmage and became the first Viking in over four decades to score four touchdowns in a single game as Minnesota downed the Green Bay Packers 28-22 at Lambo Stadium on Sunday.

    The only other Vikings to score four touchdowns in a game are Ahmad Rashad in 1979 and Chuck Foreman did it in 1975.

    After missing Minnesota"s last game with a groin injury and getting treatment over the bye week, Cook looked to be back to 100 percent in the health department especially with runs like this

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    Cook rushed for 163 yards on 30 carries and had two catches for 63 yards. to go along with those 4 touchdowns and busted open big plays all afternoon. Even his fourth TD of the day was remarkable.

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    Green Bay tried to make it interesting at the end, but the Vikings defense held strong even shutting down Green Bay on a 4th down attempt.

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    Four times in the second half, Green Bay reached Vikings territory without scoring.

    The Packers cut the lead to 28-22 when Davante Adams caught a 7-yard touchdown pass and Jamaal Williams ran in a two-point conversion with 2:42 left. Williams was initially ruled down shy of the goal line before replays determined he had scored.

    Green Bay got the ball back and reached Minnesota"s 41-yard line with 12 seconds and no timeouts left, but rookie D.J. Wonnum sacked Aaron Rodgers and knocked the ball loose. Eric Wilson recovered at the 24 as time expired.

    Rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler was carted off late in the first quarter after the third-round pick"s head appeared to snap backward as it collided with teammate Anthony Harris" thigh on a diving tackle attempt. Dantzler injured his neck and was evaluated for a concussion. ... Cornerback Kris Boyd appeared to hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter and will be evaluated further.

    Next up is a dance with the motor city kittys, Detroit Lions on Sunday, Pregame at 11 with Kickoff at Noon.

    Dalvin Cook ran for 163 yards and scored four touchdowns, including three on the ground, to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 28-22 victory at NFC North-leading Green Bay on Sunday, snapping the Packers' eight-game winning streak in the division.

    Back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a groin injury in a Week 5 loss at Seattle, Cook scored on runs of 21, 1 and 1 yards and also took a screen pass 50 yards for a score. Cook had 226 yards from scrimmage on 32 touches as the Vikings improved to 2-5. Kirk Cousins completed 11 of 14 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who avenged a 43-34 home loss to the Packers in Week 1.

    Minnesota took over possession and wasted little time in taking control, marching 63 yards on four plays in 2:06. Cook punctuated the drive with a 50-yard catch and run, using savvy footwork and solid blocking for his fourth total touchdown of the game to give the Vikings a 28-14 lead.

    In other NFL Action from Sunday Philly topped Dalls in Sunday Night Foortball 23-9, The Bills beat the Patriots 24-21,Vagas knocked off the Browns 16-6, the Bengals chewed up the Titans 31-20, Indy tamed the Lions 41-21, Defending Champs Kansas City made sure the Jets never took off beating them 35-9, It took overtime, but the Saints beat the bears 26-23, The Dolphins beat the Rams 28-17, Denver squeeked by the Chargers 31-30, Seattle topped San Fran 37-27

    Friday Sports

    08/21/2020

    The Minnesota Timberwolves won the 2020 NBA draft lottery last night and get the first pick in the draft later this year. The Timberwolves, who ended the season with the third-worst record, will be followed by the Golden State Warriors - who ended the season with the worst record – the Charlotte Hornets and the Chicago Bulls. Minnesota gets the top pick to pair with D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. And the Warriors now have a significant trade chip to add to their roster. Instead of the usual gathering of representatives from the 14 teams participating in the lottery, this year's lottery drawing was done virtually, with all 14 teams represented in a video teleconference as the pingpong balls were drawn in Secaucus, New Jersey, for who will pick where in the draft, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 16. This year's crop of prospects is wide open, with no consensus about who should go where. Two of the potential options, though, are LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, and Georgia guard Anthony Edwards. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league is likely to delay its previously planned Dec. 1 start for the 2020-21 season in the hope of getting paying fans back into arenas. Though the NBA's bubble environment in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has been a success, Silver said the league is not focusing on reinstating another quarantined campus for next season.

    The NBA playoffs continue in the bubble. Last night Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat took a 2 game to none lead over Indiana with a 9 point win. Houston won by 13 to take a 2 games to none lead on Oklahoma City. Milwaukee evened their series with Orlando with a 15 point win. And the LA Lakers beat Portland by 23 to even their series st a game each. Today and tonight Toronto takes on Brooklyn with the Raptors up 2 to nothing, Boston is up 2 games to none on Philadelphia, Denver and Utah go to battle tied at a game each as do the LA Clippers and Dallas. In the NHL playoffs the New York Islanders eliminated the defending champion Washington Caps in game 5 and game 6 between Dallas and Calgary. Tonight Philadelphia has Montreal on the brink of elimination in game 6 and Vancouver has a 3-2 lead in games over St Louis.

    Jose Berrios had a one-hitter over six innings, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 last night.

    Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers, promoted before the game to take the spot of injured catcher Mitch Garver, drove in a run with a single in his first major league at-bat, going 2 for 3 with a hit by pitch and catching Berrios to help the Twins improve to 7-1-1 in series this season. Justin Smoak homered for the Brewers in the seventh off Tyler Duffey, but Nelly Cruz responded with his ninth homer and 24th and 25th RBI of the season in the bottom of the inning for the Twins. Jorge Polanco delivered a two-run double in a three-run eighth to finish off the Brewers. Berrios struck out eight of the first 13 batters he faced. Garver (side muscle strain) and CF Byron Buxton (shoulder inflammation) both went on the injured list before the game. 2B Luis Arraez, whose status remains day to day, missed his second straight game with a sore knee. Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.14 ERA) starts tonight in Kansas City to begin a three-game series and a season-long 10-game road trip.

    The Minnesota Vikings went through a lighter day of practice yesterday, going without pads with a 90-minute session at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. Minnesota will go back to full pads today for what is scheduled to be a two-hour session, so the intensity will ramp back up then. Defensive end Danielle Hunter, wide receiver Dillon Mitchell and linebacker Ben Gedeon did not practice. The Vikings offense ran a 2-minute drill late in yesterday's practice, and it ended with Justin Jefferson hauling in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins with 33 seconds left. Jefferson used his athleticism to rise above Mike Hughes and snagged the pass for the score, which tied the game at 19 in the hypothetical situation (a PAT was not attempted). The offense began on its own 37-yard line with a minute and 47 seconds on the clock. Chad Beebe made a diving catch, and Alexander Hollins hauled in a 30-plus yard gain down the left sideline, outmuscling Kris Boyd on a ball from quarterback Sean Mannion. Tajaé Sharpe also made a few nice catches throughout Thursday's practice as well.

    Nascar has two races in Dover Delaware this weekend at 3 each afternoon. They are two of the three races left in the regular season.

    And good luck to three AL wrestlers Mike Olson, Cole Glazier, and Caleb Talamantes as they wrestle in the Rocky Mountain Nationals this weekend in Kansas City!

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    Wednesday Sports

    08/19/2020

    The Vikings hit the practice field in full pads again at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, practicing for roughly 90 minutes yesterday afternoon. Defensive end Danielle Hunter, guard Dru Samia and tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart did not practice. Neither did linebacker Ben Gedeon, who is currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List. Dalvin Cook hadn't done much work through the first three practices open to the media, including Monday's first session in pads. But Cook was more involved Tuesday, taking part in team drills and looking like the Pro-Bowl running back he is. Cook participated in a handful of snaps with the first-team offense. The right side of the Vikings offensive line features some familiar faces, even if one player is in a new position.Garrett Bradbury (center) and Brian O'Neill (right tackle) return from their starting spots from 2019, while Pat Elflein has shifted to the right side after spending the past two seasons at left side.That trio opened up some holes in 11-on-11 drills, including for a sizable run for Alexander Mattison. Kicker Dan Bailey is off to a perfect start in camp, as the veteran kicker nailed all four of his kicks yesterday. So far in camp, Bailey has made all seven of his opportunities, with the kicks ranging from 33 to 48 yards. Bailey was a three-time NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2019 as he made 27 of 29 field goal tries.

    Kenta Maeda had a no hitter broken up by the first Milwaukee batter in the top of the 9th last night. Twins closer Taylor Rodgers came in and blew the save, allowing 3 runs, to tie the game. It eventually went to extra innings. It was the first extra innings game for Minnesota this season where they have the new rule that you start each half inning with a runner on 2nd. It didn"t help because it stayed 3-3 until the bottom of the 12th when Minnesota was able to put Byron Buxton on 2nd to start the half inning since he made the last out in the 11th. Alex Avilla hit a broken bat dribbler to first that advanced Buck to 3rd with one out. Max Kepler, who saved the game defensively in the top of the 12th with a great diving catch in right field, was hit by a pitch and Jorge Polanco hit an infield nubber with 5 infielders and Buxton was too fast for the relay from the 2nd baseman and the Twins won 4-3. At 16-8 the Twins are tied with Oakland for the 2nd best record in the American league, just percentage points behind the Yankees. Cleveland also won so they are still a game and a half back of the division leading Twins. Minnesota is 11-2 at home. They take on Milwaukee again tonight at 7.

    Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles suffered a right calf strain last week and is out indefinitely. The Lynx said further updates will be issued when more information is available. Thec34 year old Fowles previously missed games on Aug. 5 and Aug. 9 because of the calf issue, but she played on Aug. 7 and Aug. 11.

    The 2017 WNBA MVP and two-time WNBA champion became the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder on July 28. Fowles came to Minnesota in a trade from Chicago midway through the 2015 season and had not missed a game with the Lynx until this year. Lynx guard Odyssey Sims is set to make her 2020 season debut tomorrow night at 8 vs Las Vegas so the timing is perfect. Both teams are tied for second place in the WNBA at 6-2. Sims led the Lynx in scoring and assists last season, but she was late to arrive to the bubble because she gave birth in April to her son, Jaiden. Then after going through quarantine, she had to serve a two-game suspension due to pleading guilty to a DWI charge in 2019. Sims said she's excited by what she has seen of the Lynx so far - including the play of rookie point guard Crystal Dangerfield - and feels like she can contribute. Sims said she debated bringing her son into the bubble but decided it was best for him to stay with her family in Texas. But she said having him has given her a new purpose in life.

    The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced an agreement last night for the eight teams who were not invited to the league's restart inside a bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort to have voluntary group workouts at their facilities beginning in mid-September. The agreement calls for players to work out "while residing in a campus-like environment" and includes "comprehensive health and safety protocols" for all players, coaches and team staff taking part. Ever since the NBA came to an agreement with the NBPA to return to play in June, the fate of the eight teams that were left out of the restart –including the Minnesota Timberwolves has been a point of contention. Those teams have repeatedly advocated for some way to get a chance to work with their players sometime before the start of next season. Now, after this agreement, they will get one. The teams will be allowed to have players in for voluntary workouts beginning on Sept. 14, and going through Oct. 6, in a series of phases. According to the agreement, participation is voluntary and can only include players who are under contract with a team and up to five players who are not currently under contract with an NBA team but who were part of the team's G League affiliate this past season.

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    Tuesday Sports

    08/18/2020

    Yesterday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the Minnesota Vikings practiced for 90 minutes, the maximum amount per NFL rules on Day 1 of pads. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said, "I always look forward to the padded practices. That's when the game gets real - you're running around and the speed of the game is what we always try to practice. All of a sudden, when the pads come on, the game gets different. That's just the way it is.” Defensive end Danielle Hunter did not practice. Neither did linebacker Ben Gedeon, who is currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List. "Harry The Hitman," Harrison Smith the Vikings star safety intercepted Kirk Cousins in two different drills. There's been plenty of focus on rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson so far in camp, and for good reason. But through the first three practices open to the media, Bisi Johnson has been lined up as the No. 2 wide receiver opposite Adam Thielen quite often. Johnson continued his strong start to camp yesterday, with three plays that stood out. The Vikings continued to rotate multiple cornerbacks in numerous roles yesterday, but it was a rookie who made the play of the day at the end of the session. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer had his first-team units go against each other, with Cameron Dantzler getting the chance at cornerback with the top unit. The lengthy Dantzler - who measures in at 6-foot-2 and 188 pounds - hung with Thielen on a deep ball before batting it away at the high point to defend a big play for the offense.

    The Minnesota Wild"s time in the bubble now over and club's offseason underway, one of its biggest questions they will answer will be…Does the only full-time captain in Wild history want to continue in the NHL? Or is the 37-year-old ready to call it a career after 15 seasons and 1,028 games, all with the team that selected him sixth overall in the 2001 NHL Draft? While this offseason is expected to be at least a month shorter than a "normal" offseason, the business of making changes likely won't come until the end of September or early October, which means Koivu has several weeks to huddle with family, chat with Wild GM Bill Guerin and make an informed decision that he can live with. Koivu made clear during the season that he didn't have much interest in continuing his playing career in a different NHL uniform. In the 102-year history of the NHL, Koivu became just the 55th player to play his first 1,000 games with the same team. But this past season offered challenges that Koivu had to deal with for the first time. He was relegated to "fourth line" duty, although he was still often counted on to win key draws or defend leads late in games.The four goals he scored was the fewest he's had in a single season and his 21 points is the fewest since his rookie season.

    Nelson Cruz hit two more moon shots in a 4-1 Minnesota Twins win over Kansas City at Target field last night to take 3 out of 4 games in the series. Wait a minute…4-1? Where was the missing run? In the other 3 games of the series the final score was 4-2. In fact 5 of the Twins last seven games have ended 4-2. Cruz hit his 7th of the year, a solo blast in the 4th inning and his 8th, another solo shot in the 7th. The other two runs were scored on singles by Max Kepler and Byron Buxton. The Twins went with a closer committee of 6 pitchers at KC. Nobody threw more than 2 2/3 innings but combined they struck out 9. Walked two and gave up 1 run on 7 hits. Thank God we"re done with Royals this seas…damn. After 3 vs Milwaukee at Target Field starting tonight, they go to KC for the final 3 against the Royals. Twins DH and MVP candidate Nelson Cruz is 3rd in the American league in batting average at .354, tied for 2nd with Matt Olson with 8 home runs, 1 behind Mike Trout and Aaron Judge, he"s 1st in rbi"s with 23, 1 ahead of Anthony Santander, he"s also 3rd in hits, 1 off the league Iead. Pitcher Randy Dobnak is tied with Shane Beiber and Garrett Cole for the most wins in the American league with 4 and he"s 3rd in tby d league in ERA with 1.42.

    3 Nascar races to go before the 10 race chase for the cup starting with two races tjis weekend in Dover, Delaware. 3 O"Clock Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

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    Friday Sports

    08/14/2020

    NCAA president Mark Emmert said yesterday there won't be fall NCAA championships because there are not enough schools participating due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - a decision that impacts 22 championships, including FCS football. Emmert said, “The board of governors established if you don't have half of the schools playing a sport, you can't have a legitimate championship.” The number of schools still planning to play fall sports fell below 50% on Wednesday when the Big East announced its fall sports wouldn't be played. The SEC said yesterday it will review the impact of championships being canceled in soccer, volleyball and cross country. The Big 12 is also assessing what the decision means for its schools and whether they would consider moving their fall sports to the spring. Emmert endorsed the idea of potentially using bubbles for NCAA championships - including basketball - in the first half of 2021, saying that it's "perfectly viable in many sports."

    The 12-7 Minnesota Twins are back in action playing their 20th game tonight, 1/3 of the way through the season vs Kansas City for the first of 3 this weekend at Target Field, where the Twins are 7-1 so far this season. Minnesota holds a game and a half lead on Detroit, 2 games on Chicago and Cleveland and 4 games ahead of Kansas City. At the 1/3rd pole, Nelson Cruz is tied for 3rd in baseball in rbi with 18, 2 behind the league leaders Aaron Judge and Charlie Blackmon. Kenta Maeda is in a multiple player tie for first in wins with 3. And Randy Dobnak has an era of .90, best in the majors.

    The Minnesota Lynx lost by 10 to Las Vegas last night in their Florida bubble. Napheesha Collier led the Lynx with 21 points and also led the team with 14 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles played 1 minute and scored 2 points as she is slow to recover from a calf injury.

    Harold Varner III, Tom Hoge and Roger Sloan each shot 8-under 62 yesterday to share the first-round lead at the Wyndham Championship, the PGA Tour's final regular-season event before the FedEx Cup playoffs. Varner started the go-low parade at Sedgefield Country Club with an eight-birdie, no-bogey round that matched his career best on the PGA Tour. Hoge and Sloan, playing together, followed suit later in the round. Hoge also matched his career low on tour, while Sloan's score set his personal best. There were 33 players on the course who had not finished when the round was suspended because of bad weather. All three leaders are seeking their first tour wins. Past U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson led another pack at 4-under 66. Paul Casey, who tied for second last week at the PGA Championship, was at 67.

    Some other PGA Championship contenders last week were not as fortunate. Both Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose each in the mix in the final round of the year's first major, could not keep that going in this one. Koepka was 10 shots behind after a 72. Rose finished a stroke worse at 73.

    Sunday at 2 Nascar goes 235 miles on the Daytona road course in the season of Harvick and Hamlin.

    Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Minnesota Vikings preseason games this year. These exhibition games are usually the first time a number of Vikings fans get to see the team"s roster in action each year. The preseason is also the time for new fan favorites to emerge. But with these games getting eliminated due to the pandemic, Minnesota fans will have to wait until the team"s first regular-season matchup on September 13 to view some of the team"s newest players in action.That"s at least what everyone assumed. However, it appears that the Vikings might be offering a glimpse into what they"re doing on the practice field this summer.Typically, Minnesota"s training camp practices take place in front of a crowd of fans at the TCO Performance Center. But due to the restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are not allowed to attend any of this year"s camp practices.Luckily for Vikings fans though, the team has announced that on Monday, August 17 at 2:15 p.m. CT, “Vikings Training Camp Live” will broadcast live on their website, social media accounts, the radio, and on TV.

    According to the team"s website, this will feature live coverage of Minnesota"s training camp and commentary from notable Vikings media personalities like Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, Ben Leber, and Greg Coleman. In addition to this being streamed on their website and their social media account. We"ll all just have to check out “Vikings Training Camp Live” on Monday and see if the team actually does end up showcasing some of the things they have been working on this summer.

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    Thursday Sports

    08/13/2020

    Byron Buxton hit two solo home runs and Miguel Sano added another as the Minnesota Twins jumped to an early lead and routed the Milwaukee Brewers 12-2 last night. The victory gave the AL Central-leading Twins a 2-1 series win over the Brewers. Minnesota starter Kenta Maeda is 3-0 after he retired the first 11 batters he faced. He allowed two runs in 6 2 / 3 innings, striking out five and walking one. He now has 21 strikeouts and 4 walks in 23 1/2 innings. The Twins set the tone in the second inning when Jake Cave drove in the first run with a line-drive double that froze left fielder Christian Yelich for several seconds as he used his glove to shield his eyes from the sun. Mitch Garver scored on Nelson Cruz's broken-bat single into center field. The Twins led 12-0 before Milwaukee pushed across its two runs in the sixth inning. Of the Twins' nine starting batters, only Garver did not have an RBI. Today is the Twins second off-day this season. On Friday, they host the Royals in the first of 20 games in 20 nights. At 12-7 the Twins have a game and a half lead on Detroit with Cleveland and Chicago 2 games back and the Royals 4 out 1/3 of the way through the season.

    Even though two of the five power conferences won't be playing football this fall, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he doesn't believe it will diminish the meaning that comes with a national championship. Asked yesterday about whether the absence of the Big Ten or Pac-12 "damages" the meaning of a title, Swinney said, “The four best teams can go play. We've been one of those four for five years in a row. So, in my opinion, it doesn't change anything for us. We're just trying to be the best Clemson we can be. Whoever you play every week, you try to win that game, you try to keep moving forward. We don't have any control over that stuff. And I certainly don't judge them in any way. Everybody's gotta make decisions that they feel is best. If they feel like that's what best for them, then so be it." Four FBS conferences - the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American - have all decided to postpone fall football. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who is a member of the College Football Playoff management committee, said that there is a playoff call next week to discuss the recent changes.

    PGA golf starts the Wyndam championship in Greensboro, North Carolina today through Sunday. By the way the Masters Tournament rescheduled for November will take place without spectators or guests because of the pandemic that postponed the event from its original date. Augusta National and Masters chairman Fred Ridley released a statement in which he said, "Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome." On April 6, the Monday of what was supposed to be Masters week, the club announced that it was rescheduling the tournament for Nov. 12-15, with every hope of having a full complement of spectators. The club also sent an email to badge and ticket holders that was obtained by ESPN, explaining that information will be forthcoming in early September as to how to request a refund or transfer ticket usage to 2021. An opportunity to buy merchandise will also be provided. Next month's U.S. Open at Winged Foot will also go on without spectators. The British Open canceled its 2020 tournament.

    In the NHL playoffs last night Philadelphia beat Montreal 2-1 in game one of their opening round series. Colorado shut out Phoenix 3-0 in the first game of their series, the NY Islanders upended the Washington Caps 4-2 in the opener of their series and Boston takes a 1-0 lead in their best of seven series 4-3 in double overtime. 4 game 2"s on the way tonight.

    Churchill Downs officials expect fewer than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month's rescheduled Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan. The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14% of the 2015 attendance record of 170,513. The 146th running of the Derby was postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of coronavirus concerns. Refunds will be issued for pre-purchased tickets. Reserved seating will be limited to 40% occupancy, with outdoor ticket holders reseated in a comparable location for maximum distancing. Protocols include temperature checks, face coverings and physical distancing. The release adds that safety measures will be strictly enforced and that repeat offenders will be escorted from the property. Spectators will receive a bag with a disposable mask, hand sanitizer and a stylus for noncontact, self-service betting.

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    Hump Day Sports

    08/11/2020

    The MSHSL Board of Directors has approved the creation of optional Fall Training Seasons for volleyball, football, and MSHSL sanctioned spring sports+. These Fall Training Seasons are MSHSL sponsored programs. All MSHSL member schools have the authority to provide the entire Training Season, offer a reduced Training Season, or choose not to offer a Training Season.

    Volleyball and Football Fall Training Seasons:

    • Start Date—September 14

    • End Date—October 3

    Each sport will have the opportunity to have an organizational meeting and distribute equipment on a date to be selected prior to their Fall Training Season. The following activities or events are not allowed during the Fall Training Seasons: Tryouts, Scrimmages, Jamborees, Competitions and Captain"s Practices.

    Yesterday Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors voted to postpone all fall sports seasons, including football, amid the pandemic with the hopes of playing in the spring. The Pac-12 CEO group voted unanimously yesterday to postpone all sports, including football and basketball, through the end of the year. In a statement, the Pac-12 said if conditions related to the coronavirus improve, it would consider a return to competition after Jan. 1. Officials with the ACC and SEC have indicated they plan to proceed with seasons this fall, but it's unclear whether the Big Ten and Pac 12 decision will change those plans. In making its decision, the Big Ten said it relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee. Besides football, other sports impacted are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball. The moves leave 3 of the power 5 conferences still planning to play football this fall. Those being the Big 12, SEC and ACC. All three said yesterday they are still all systems go. A revised Big 12 schedule is expected to be released soon, sources told ESPN. The teams will still play their "9-plus-1" schedule setup, with nine conference games and one nonconference game, but will delay the start of the season until Sept. 26.

    After hitting a decisive grand slam in Monday"s game, Twins leftfielder Eddie Rosario crushed two more homers last night to account for most of Minnesota"s offense again. But the other Twins" bats couldn"t muster much else despite scattering 10 hits, and the normally reliable relief corps was punished by the long ball in a bullpen game as Tyler Clippard, Matt Wisler, Trevor May and Taylor Rogers each coughed up homers in the Twins" 6-4 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. Minnesota"s primary lead protectors in the bullpen - Clippard, May, Rogers, Tyler Duffey and Sergio Romo - entered this series having allowed just one homer combined in 2020. Romo allowed a late blast on Monday. Clippard allowed a leadoff blast to Avisaíl García as the opener last night and Wisler and May were each tagged by Manny Piña, who tied the game with his two-run blast off May in the sixth for his first career multi-homer game. Rogers, the closer, entered in a tie game in the eighth and allowed a go-ahead, two-run shot to Gyorko. That was enough to nullify Rosario"s own multi-homer game - the 10th of his career - because the Twins" offense couldn"t do much else outside of Jorge Polanco"s solo shot in the first. The two teams play the deciding game of the three game series tonight at 6 PM. Then they come home for a four game series against Kansas City starting tomorrow night.

    The Portland Timbers took down Orlando City 2-1 to take home the trophy for the MLS is Back Tournament last night. Goals from Larrys Mabiala and Dario Zuparic helped the Timbers win the MLS' bubble tournament in Orlando and a guaranteed spot in the CONCACAF Champions League along with a nice return of prize money to the tune of $300,000.MLS is set to return to playing in local markets starting on Wednesday when FC Dallas hosts expansion Nashville SC in Frisco, Texas. The Loons don"t play til Friday the 21st at Sporting Kansas City.

    The Minnesota Lynx took apart the Washington Mystics last night 68-48. Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 13 rebounds, a double-double. Crystal Dangerfield added 12 points and Napheesa Collier had eight points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (6-2), which held a team under 50 points for the first time since Aug. 27, 2013. It's the 10th time in team history the Lynx have done that. Both teams were underwelming in the 2nd half with Minnesota scoring only 4 points in the 3rd quarter and Washington matching that in the 4th quarter. At 6-2 the Lynx are tied with Las Vegas for the 2nd best record in the WNBA, just a game behind Seattle. And they play Las Vegas Thursday night at 8.

    The first game of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs began at 2 p.m. yesterday, between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets. It didn't end until the fifth overtime, which was 6 hours, 13 minutes later in real time. The Lightning won 3-2

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    Tuesday Sports

    08/10/2020

    The Big Ten presidents met Sunday night but didn't vote and took no action on the question of postponing or cancelling fall sports. But yesterday longtime sports personality Dan Patrick said a source told him that the Big Ten and Pac-12 will cancel their seasons with announcements today. He said he learned the Big 12 and ACC are "on the fence," and that the SEC is trying to get the other teams to join them for a season this fall. According to Patrick's source, the Big Ten presidents voted, 12-2, to not play this fall. Patrick said only Nebraska and Iowa voted to play. But Ohio State coach Ryan Day indicated that he's not done fighting to play this season. Penn State coach James Franklin expressed a similar sentiment about wanting to do what is best for his players. Scott Frost, a former Nebraska quarterback, now their head coach, said being on campus was the safest place for his players to be. Another report said Minnesota President Joan Gabel was expected to join other Big Ten presidents for a conference call Monday night. The Gophers estimate a $75 million loss to its athletic department if sports can"t be played this fall, a financial setback likely to have consequences beyond the coming school year. Total athletics spending in 2018-19 was $129 million. On Friday, the first day of Minnesota"s fall camp, coach P.J. Fleck announced that none of his players had tested positive for COVID-19.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;

    The Minnesota Twins got back on the winning track with one swing of Eddie Rosarios bat last night in Milwaukee. Alex Avila hit a leadoff single in the third and Max Kepler followed with an infield hit. After Jorge Polanco grounded into a fielder's choice, Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Rosario who hit the first pitch he saw into the seats and that's all the twins needed in a 4-2 win that snapped a 4 game losing streak. Randy Dobnak pitched five strong innings as he struck out three, allowed four hits, walked one and retired his last eight batters to continue his hot start to the season. The right-hander has given up just two runs over 20 innings in his first four starts, among the best in the majors. By dropping four straight games before Monday, the Twins their matched longest losing streak from last season. Their four-game skid last year covered the exact same dates (Aug. 6-9) as this one. UP NEXT The Twins and Brewers continue their three-game series as Tyler Clippard will be the Twins bullpen starter tonight in Milwaukee at 7:10.

    Portland and Orlando play for the MLS is back championship tonight at 7:30

    The New York Rangers won Monday's NHL draft lottery - and the right to select consensus No. 1 pick Alexis Lafreniere. Teams including the Minnesota Wild each had a 12.5% chance to select No. 1. The seven losers of Monday's lottery now will be slotted 9 to 15 according to their regular-season points percentage which locks Minnesota in at number 9. Wild GM Bill Guerin said, “There definitely have to be changes.” He also said that not only is there no true No. 1 center on the roster, but also he doesn't think there's one in the entire organizational system. Plus, the Wild have never selected higher than No. 3 overall. But Guerin did something his two predecessors didn't when he signed prized prospect Kirill Kaprizov from Russia. Kaprizov will inject the Wild with some youth next season.

    The 5-2 Minnesota Lynx drop from 4 to 5 in the WNBA power rankings. Center Sylvia Fowles (calf) missed two games this past week. The Lynx were able to beat the NY Liberty handily without her on Wednesday. She returned to the lineup in a win over the Fever on Friday. But then Minnesota struggled to defend against Los Angeles in a loss to the Sparks on Sunday that Fowles also missed. Before this week, Fowles had not missed a game since joining the Lynx in July 2015; they hope she won't be out much longer. There was good news for the Lynx, though, in the way guards Lexie Brown and Crystal Dangerfield and forward Bridget Carleton have played. Plus, guard Odyssey Sims, who gave birth in April, has been activated and might be able to play this week.

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    Monday Sports

    08/09/2020

    The Austin Greyhounds baseball team lI st their first round playoff game in Cannon Falls Saturday night 9-2 to Wanamingo. So a promising season ends for the Hounds.

    Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his first major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 yesterday. The Royals won their fourth in a row overall. The Twins lost all three at Kauffman Stadium and have dropped four straight. But they had such a great start to the season that they still cling to the lead in the AL Central with a 10-6 record, ½ game better than Detroit, a game ahead of Cleveland, a game and a half up on Chicago heck even Kansas City is only 3 ½ out now. Twins RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 0.60 ERA) takes the mound in Milwaukee tonight.

    Collin Morikawa fired a final-round 64 to claim his first PGA major championship — in his first major appearance as a professional yesterday with a very steady performance. He outlasted six different players who were tied with him at the top of the leaderboard. He unleashed the shot of a lifetime to put distance between himself and the field. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ, Tony Finau and Matthew Wolff all had their chances to take the reins. Sunday marked the fourth time Dustin Johnson held at least a share of the lead coming into the final day of a major, the prior times being the 2010, 2015 and 2018 U.S. Opens. He won exactly zero of those, making him the fifth player to start 0-for-3 in majors in which he had a final-day lead. No player has ever gotten to 0-4. Morikawa, who won the very first PGA Tour tournament he played as a professional, began to put distance between himself and the field when he chipped in on 14 to get to -11 and the solo lead. A few minutes later, Casey birdied 16 to climb into a tie for the lead. Morikawa then unleashed a brilliant tee shot on 16 that left a short eagle putt. He drained it to take a two-shot lead over Casey at -13 with two holes to play. Johnson tried to fight his way back, chipping in from the fringe at 16 but he had only two holes left to make up three strokes, a gap he couldn"t close. He finished tied for 2nd with Casey and Morikawa was alone at the top, one of the youngest major winners in golf history. He was all of two months old when Tiger Woods won his first major, at Augusta.

    Christopher Tanev's wrist shot just 11 seconds into overtime gave ttheVancouver Canucks a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night to win the best-of-five Western Conference qualifying round series in four games. Luke Kunin, Eric Staal, Joel Eriksson Ek and Nico Sturm had the goals for the Wild, who squandered their two-goal advantage over a 3:05 span midway through the second period. So the season ends for the Wild.

    Kevin Harvick completed a doubleheader sweep at Michigan International Speedway, holding off Denny Hamlin in yesterday's NASCAR Cup Series race after Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney crashed out early in the final stage. Hamlin was right behind Harvick for the final few laps and came close to passing him a couple of times, but Harvick stayed in front for his series-high sixth victory of the season. Hamlin's final desperate bid came up short at the end when Harvick crossed the finish line 0.09 seconds ahead. Martin Truex Jr. finished third and Kyle Busch finished fourth. Busch remains winless on the year. Harvick also won Saturday's Cup race at Michigan. In fact, he won just about everything possible, taking the first two stages Saturday and the second stage Sunday. Clint Bowyer won Sunday's first stage of the 156-lap, 312-mile race. Ford has now won six straight Cup races at Michigan, and Harvick has taken four of the past five. It was a disappointing day for a couple of Ford drivers, though. Keselowski made contact with Blaney's car shortly after the start of the final stage, sending the two teammates slamming into the wall. Keselowski still has never won a Cup race in his home state of Michigan. He finished second Saturday. Harvick's 55th career victory brought him into a 10th-place tie with Rusty Wallace one behind Kyle Busch.

    Riquna Williams scored 21 points and led five Los Angeles Sparks players in double digits in a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Lynx yesterday. Crystal Dangerfield led the Lynx (5-2) with 29 points and Bridget Carleton and Damiris Dantas scored 15 apiece.

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    Monday Sports

    08/09/2020

    The Austin Greyhounds baseball team lI st their first round playoff game in Cannon Falls Saturday night 9-2 to Wanamingo. So a promising season ends for the Hounds.

    Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his first major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 yesterday. The Royals won their fourth in a row overall. The Twins lost all three at Kauffman Stadium and have dropped four straight. But they had such a great start to the season that they still cling to the lead in the AL Central with a 10-6 record, ½ game better than Detroit, a game ahead of Cleveland, a game and a half up on Chicago heck even Kansas City is only 3 ½ out now. Twins RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 0.60 ERA) takes the mound in Milwaukee tonight.

    Collin Morikawa fired a final-round 64 to claim his first PGA major championship — in his first major appearance as a professional yesterday with a very steady performance. He outlasted six different players who were tied with him at the top of the leaderboard. He unleashed the shot of a lifetime to put distance between himself and the field. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ, Tony Finau and Matthew Wolff all had their chances to take the reins. Sunday marked the fourth time Dustin Johnson held at least a share of the lead coming into the final day of a major, the prior times being the 2010, 2015 and 2018 U.S. Opens. He won exactly zero of those, making him the fifth player to start 0-for-3 in majors in which he had a final-day lead. No player has ever gotten to 0-4. Morikawa, who won the very first PGA Tour tournament he played as a professional, began to put distance between himself and the field when he chipped in on 14 to get to -11 and the solo lead. A few minutes later, Casey birdied 16 to climb into a tie for the lead. Morikawa then unleashed a brilliant tee shot on 16 that left a short eagle putt. He drained it to take a two-shot lead over Casey at -13 with two holes to play. Johnson tried to fight his way back, chipping in from the fringe at 16 but he had only two holes left to make up three strokes, a gap he couldn"t close. He finished tied for 2nd with Casey and Morikawa was alone at the top, one of the youngest major winners in golf history. He was all of two months old when Tiger Woods won his first major, at Augusta.

    Christopher Tanev's wrist shot just 11 seconds into overtime gave ttheVancouver Canucks a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night to win the best-of-five Western Conference qualifying round series in four games. Luke Kunin, Eric Staal, Joel Eriksson Ek and Nico Sturm had the goals for the Wild, who squandered their two-goal advantage over a 3:05 span midway through the second period. So the season ends for the Wild.

    Kevin Harvick completed a doubleheader sweep at Michigan International Speedway, holding off Denny Hamlin in yesterday's NASCAR Cup Series race after Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney crashed out early in the final stage. Hamlin was right behind Harvick for the final few laps and came close to passing him a couple of times, but Harvick stayed in front for his series-high sixth victory of the season. Hamlin's final desperate bid came up short at the end when Harvick crossed the finish line 0.09 seconds ahead. Martin Truex Jr. finished third and Kyle Busch finished fourth. Busch remains winless on the year. Harvick also won Saturday's Cup race at Michigan. In fact, he won just about everything possible, taking the first two stages Saturday and the second stage Sunday. Clint Bowyer won Sunday's first stage of the 156-lap, 312-mile race. Ford has now won six straight Cup races at Michigan, and Harvick has taken four of the past five. It was a disappointing day for a couple of Ford drivers, though. Keselowski made contact with Blaney's car shortly after the start of the final stage, sending the two teammates slamming into the wall. Keselowski still has never won a Cup race in his home state of Michigan. He finished second Saturday. Harvick's 55th career victory brought him into a 10th-place tie with Rusty Wallace one behind Kyle Busch.

    Riquna Williams scored 21 points and led five Los Angeles Sparks players in double digits in a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Lynx yesterday. Crystal Dangerfield led the Lynx (5-2) with 29 points and Bridget Carleton and Damiris Dantas scored 15 apiece.

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    Friday Sports

    08/06/2020

    Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first postseason shutout yesterday and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five qualifier series. Quinn Hughes had three assists for the Canucks, who outlasted the Wild in another penalty-filled, extra-testy matchup and moved within one game of advancing to the first round in their first appearance in the playoffs since 2015. The frequent whistles played to Vancouver's advantage, putting that talented top line on the ice time after time and minimizing Minnesota's forward depth in 5-on-5 play. Game 4 on Friday night is do or die for the Wild, lose and they"re out of the bubble. Win and they force the deciding 5th game against Vancouver.

    Kevin Newman's two-run pinch-single with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak. Pittsburgh's three-run outburst against Minnesota closer Taylor Rogers <http://www.espn.com/mlb/player/_/id/33671/taylor-rogers> (1-1) gave them 14 runs in the ninth inning this season. The Pirates have scored 62% of their runs this season in the seventh inning or later.Twins manager Rocco Baldelli defended Taylor and a bullpen that entered the day with the most saves in the majors. Rocco said, "I don't think it was a whole lot about execution wasn't like balls were getting whacked all around. He made pretty good pitches, things just happen sometimes in this game and there's not a lot we can do about it." Miguel Sano hit a three-run home run and Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also went deep for the Twins, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped. Minnesota missed a chance to put together the best start in franchise history, falling to 10-3, a start matched by the club five previous times, the last in 2001. Minnesota starter Kenta Maeda surrendered Gregory Polanco's first home run in 14 months in the third inning - a 446-foot shot that bounced into the Allegheny River. Maeda struck out four and walked three while retiring 15 of the final 16 batters he faced. He exited with a two-run lead before things slipped away late following an uncharacteristically sloppy performance by the Twins' bullpen. Twins: P Jake Odorizzi is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Saturday against the Royals. Rookie Devin Smeltzer (1-0, 11.57 ERA) gets the start on the hill today when Minnesota begins a three-game series at Kansas City.

    Lynx tonight at 5:30 vs the Indiana Fever. Minnesota is tied with Chicago at 4-1, half a game behind 5-1 Seattle at the top of the league standings.

    Nascar goes double dippin in Michigan tomorrow afternoon at 3 and Sunday afternoon at 3:30.

    It"s all over for Minnesota United FC at the MLS is back tournament in Orlando. It was a good run for the Loons but they got beat by Orlando 3-1 last night to end their chance at the title.

    The first major of the PGA season got underway in San Francisco yesterday and Jason Day of Australia and Brendon Todd of the United States share the lead at 5 under par 65. 10 players are a shot back including Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose. Tiger Woods is 3 strokes out at 2 under tied with Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott and Paul Casey. Phil Mikelson is 2 over and some big names are way back at 3 over par like Justin Speith, Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler.

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    Wednesday Sports

    08/05/2020

    The Minnesota State High School League"s Board of Directors, at its meeting on Aug. 4, approved moving forward as scheduled with four Fall activities. Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer and Girls Swimming and Diving beginning on Aug. 17 with limitations. The Board of Directors also approved moving Football and Volleyball to a modified spring 2021 season. Spring sports that lost their season in spring 2020 will be allowed to hold practices this fall, as will volleyball and football. The decisions to provide Fall seasons for Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer and Girls Swimming and Diving and move competition in Football and Girls Volleyball to a spring season. In another Action Item, the Board of Directors approved a Finance Task Force recommendation that member schools will commit additional membership fees in creating an updated, sustainable business model for the League. Also included in the recommendation is the development of a strategic marketing plan that will generate financial support for League activities.

    Jose Berrios pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 yesterday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field. The Twins won their fifth game in a row, completed a 7-1 homestand and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team's 60-year history. The other time was 2001. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder, but missed. A bit wild early, Berrios settled down and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out six, walked three and threw 98 pitches. The Twins struck early again. Miguel Sano doubled and Eddie Rosario dribbled a single through the shift as part of a three-run first inning off Joe Musgrove. Cruz had a RBI single in the fourth. He has 17 hits, the most hits in MLB history through a season's first 11 games by a player at least 40 years old. Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson (calf tightness) missed his fourth straight game, but is "most likely" to play on the coming road trip. No corresponding move has been made after LHP Rich Hill (shoulder fatigue) was placed on the injured list Monday. Hill said he plans to throw a bullpen session this weekend. The Twins start a three-city, eight-game road trip tonight at 6:05 in Pittsburgh with RHP Randy Dobnak (1-1) taking the hill, a Pittsburgh-area native.

    The Vikings trade with the Las Vegas Raiders is off after defensive tackle P.J. Hall failed his physical yesterday. The Vikings on Monday had sent a conditional 2021 seventh-round draft selection to the Raiders in exchange for Hall. After the failed physical, Hall reverts back to the Raiders, who are expected to cut the former second-round pick. The 25-year-old Hall played in 30 games (18 starts) over the past two seasons but had just 1.5 sacks in that time. The Vikings' trade for Hall came a week after nose tackle Michael Pierce opted out of the 2020 season due to respiratory concerns. Minnesota's defensive line took another hit yesterday when defensive tackle Armon Watts.

    The Austin Greyhounds play in the region 5c quarterfinals Saturday night. The day starts at 10 when Red Wing plays Lake City, Rochester and Owatonna play at 1 followed by Cannon Falls vs Stewartville at 4 and then Austin takes on Wanamingo at 7. The semifinals are Sunday night.

    The 3-1 Minnesota Lynx take on the 0-4 NY Liberty tonight at 6 from the Florida bubble.

    Brooks Koepka will begin his quest for a third consecutive PGA Championship title at 10:11 on Thursday morning at TPC Harding Park. Tiger Woods, the other major champion from 2019, will be two groups behind, along with two other former PGA champions, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. The damp, foggy, chilly surroundings at TPC Harding Park are not exactly the type of conditions Tiger Woods is embracing heading into the PGA Championship. But Woods is going for his 16th major title and what would be his 5th PGA championship. Jordan Spieth is trying to complete golf's career Grand Slam, with victories in all four major championships.The PGA is the only tournament separating Spieth from the lofty club of players who have accomplished the feat. Of course, Spieth, 27, could use a victory anywhere. The most recent of his 11 PGA Tour titles came at The Open in 2017, when he added to past victories in the Masters and U.S. Open, leaving only the PGA to complete the career slam. Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won each of the four majors, with Nicklaus and Woods doing so at least three times each. Spieth would love to become the sixth to complete the feat this week.

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    Tuesday Sports

    08/04/2020

    The Las Vegas Raiders traded defensive tackle P.J. Hall to the Minnesota Vikings for a conditional 2021 7th round draft choice yesterday if Hall is on the Vikings' 53-man roster for six games this season. The Raiders were ready to cut the 25 year old Hall, two years after selecting him in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. Minnesota found itself in the market for a defensive tackle after Michael Pierce opted out of the 2020 season last week due to respiratory concerns that put him in the high-risk category during the coronavirus pandemic.

    ACTIVATED FROM RESERVE/COVID-19:

    55... Anthony Barr...LB.. 7....UCLA

    95...Ifeadi Odenigbo...DE...3...Northwestern

    PASSED PHYSICAL:

    14...Quartney Davis..WR...R...Texas A&M

    PLACED ON RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM:

    42...Ben Gedeon...LB..4...Michigan

    WAIVED:

    16..Davion Davis...WR...1..Sam Houston State

    37...Kemon Hall...CB...1...North Texas

    The deadline for NFL players to opt out of the 2020 season will be Thursday at 3. The NFLPA agreed to shorten the window between the finalizing of the agreement and the opt-out deadline (which was originally supposed to be 7 days) in exchange for some concessions on the final language.

    As concern was growing that the NBA playoffs could be compromised with the sidelining of players because of largely unavoidable coronavirus testing glitches, the NBA has tightened its protocol on retesting and allowing players a return to the court within a 24-hour window. Now, a player returning an inconclusive result - which occurs in approximately five of every 1,000 tests - can still become eligible to play in a game that is within 24 hours - instead of needing to wait 48 hours. The player must test negative in an immediate retest upon receiving the inconclusive result, and then return another negative test within 60 minutes of the scheduled tipoff of his team's next game. Teams fear playoff scenarios where a key player could be lost - despite the fact that he hasn't tested positive for the coronavirus. Before this protocol change, there had been a two-day period of time that required two negative tests in successive 24-hour periods. Of course the NBA is testing players and staff every day in its 22-team restart at Disney's Wide World of Sports and has yet to have a positive test for the coronavirus among the players in the bubble.

    The NHL said yesterday that there have been no positive coronavirus tests through the first week in its two bubbles. The NHL has administered 7,013 tests since the 24 teams arrived in Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto on July 26. Every member of each team's 52-person traveling party has been tested daily. The news is a positive sign for the NHL, which returned from a pause of more than four months with hopes of awarding a Stanley Cup in October. The NHL and NHL Players' Association made it a policy not to reveal the identity of anyone testing positive, using "unfit to play" as the catch-all designation for any player absences. The fact that there have been no positive tests adds some clarity about players who have been listed as unfit to play so far. Commissioner Gary Bettman previously said that the daily testing will cost the NHL millions of dollars but was essential if the league had any chance of creating a safe environment for players and staff. The NHL stood to lose more than $1.2 billion if it could not complete the season, but could recoup about half of that money if this summer's tournament finishes as planned. The NHL ultimately chose two Canadian cities for a restart after spikes in coronavirus cases in several U.S. states. Players were not allowed to bring family members with them to the bubbles, though the NHL and NHLPA are working out logistics to allow some family members to enter the bubble for the conference finals - at which point the entire tournament will be consolidated in Edmonton, where the Minnesota Wild will play tonight against Vancouver in game to of their best of 5 series that Minnesota leads 1 game to nil.

    The 7-2 Minnesota Twins fell behind 4-0 to the 2-6 Pittsburgh Pirates last night at Target Field as the Pirates scored single runs in 4 of the first 5 innings. But the Twins tied it with 4 in the 6th including Miguel Del Pozo walking all 3 batters he faced in relief. And that"s how it stayed until a 1 out walk off gapper to left in the bottom of the 9th by Nelson Cruz. Now the season is one 6th over and at 8-2 they are in the drivers seat in the AL Central. Same two teams in the final game of the homestand at 1:00 today. The Twins are already down two members of their projected Opening Day rotation with both Jake Odorizzi and Homer Bailey on the 10-day injured list. Now, Rich Hill missed his start last night due to a slowed recovery from his season debut. Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said that Hill experienced fatigue and mild soreness in his upper back following his start last Wednesday against the Cardinals. Hill threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits over five shutout innings. In a promising development, Odorizzi reported feeling "great" after a 52-pitch simulated outing at the club's alternate training site at CHS Field in St. Paul yesterday. Baldelli indicated that Odorizzi could rejoin the starting rotation this upcoming weekend in Kansas City. Baldelli and the Twins maintain that they expect Josh Donaldson's right calf tightness to be a minor issue despite the third baseman's history of calf injuries.

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