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    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 06-14

    06/15/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers will play in Jordan on Tuesday in the Class AAA quarterfinals at the Mini-Met in Jordan. The Tigers will be taking on #2 Sartell at 3pm, POWER 96 plans on bringing you that game live along with the Class A matchup from St. Cloud between Hayfield and Adrian at 9:30 am.

    The Houston Astros bashed a season-high 20 hits en route to a 14-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the rubber game of their three-game series in Minneapolis. Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez and Chas McCormick each homered for the Astros, who clubbed seven doubles to go along with the three home runs. There were a couple of bright spots for the Twins as Nelson Cruz and Ryan Jeffers homered and Trevor Larnach had a double and two hits as the Twins lost for the fourth time in their last six games.

    Starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, left after four innings with right forearm tightness, taking the loss allowing three runs on six hits before the Astros erupted on three Minnesota relievers.

    OF Max Kepler (left hamstring strain) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul as the designated hitter on Sunday and was hitless in his first four at-bats. … OF Byron Buxton and IF/OF Luis Arraez didn"t play in rehab games on Sunday, instead taking a day to recover. Manager Rocco Baldelli said the two will join the team on the trip to Seattle.

    RHP Kenta Maeda will make his return from the injured list and start for Minnesota in Seattle. The Mariners will counter with LHP Marco Gonzales.

    First pitch tonight is schedule for 9:10 pm.

    With the National Football League moving to a 17-game regular season, all teams are moving to a three-game schedule for the preseason. The Vikings will have preseason games against the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs.

    The Vikings will host the Broncos at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.

    The Vikings will host the Indianapolis Colts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21.

    Then the Vikes will hit the road to take on the Chiefs in Arrowhead at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27.

    NHL playoffs continue tonight with the opening game of the series between the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadians. Faceoff is slotted for 8 pm from Vegas.

    The Phoenix Suns swept the Denver Nuggets and have moved on to the Western conference finals as they await their opponent. It wil be either the Utah Jazz or the LA Clippers. The Jazz hold a 2 games to 1 lead in that series.

    In other NBA action, Milwaukee defeated Brooklyn 107-96 to tie that series up at 2 games a piece. Tonight Atlanta will play host to Philadelphia and Utah visits LA.

    The Minnesota Lynx are off until Tuesday when they will play host to the Chicago Sky at the Target Center.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 06-10

    06/10/2021

    It's been 52 years, but the Albert Lea Tigers baseball team are the Section 1 AAA champions and are going to State. After falling 8-1 against Byron in game 1. The Tigers came back in game 2 that took 8 innings where the Tigers loaded the bases and scored 4 runs in the final frame to defeat the first seed Byron Bears 9-5.

    The Tigers will play in Jordan on Tuesday and POWER 96 will bring you that game live.

    In other prep baseball action, POWER 96 will bring you the rematch of Lyle Pacelli and Hayfield. Hayfield only needs to win one of two games to advance to State, while Lyle Pacelli needs a two game sweep to get to the dance. Jay Paul will bring you the action right here at 5 pm.

    Rochester Mayo lost their game to Farmington 4-1 in the Section 1AAAA, Section Final.

    In prep Softball action, Kasson-Mantorville will take on Winona in the Section 1AAA, Section Final.

    Wabasha-Kellogg will square off agains WEM in the Section 1A, Section Final at 5 pm.

    Jorge Polanco homered in the bottom of the 9th inning but it was not enough as the NY Yankees beat the Twins 9-6 at Target Field last night. That 9th inning bomb was Polanco's second of the game. Polanco went yard in the bottom of the 3rd to put Minnesota on the board.

    Twins starter Randy Dobnak surrendered career highs for runs (eight), homers (four) and walks (three) over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up 11 hits.

    Today the Yankees will face former teammate LHP J.A. Happ who get the start. First pitch from Target Field is scheduled for 7:10.

    The Twins put outfielder Kyle Garlick on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a sports hernia. The team recalled outfielder Gilberto Celestino from Triple-A St. Paul.

    In NHL action, the Boston Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs by the NY Islanders who put up 6 to Bostons 2. The Islanders will have a few days to rest before their semifinal round against either the Colorado Avalanche or the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

    Speaking of those two teams, they are set for game 6 of their series tonight with the Knights looking to eliminate Colorado as the teams face off in Las Vegas. Faceoff is slotted for 8 pm.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 06-09

    06/09/2021

    Tonight, POWER 96 will bring you Albert Lea Tigers baseball as the Tigers play in the section1 AAA final game against Byron at 5 pm.

    In other prep baseball action, Rochester Mayo will take on Farmington in the Section 1AAAA, Section Final today.

    In prep Softball action, NRHEG came up big against Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial 6-4 in the Section 2AA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    Kasson-Mantorville lost to Winona 6-0 in the Section 1AAA, Winner's Bracket.

    Jordan defeated Byron 3-2 in the 1AAA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    Northfield came up empty against Lakeville South losing 2-0 in the 1AAAA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    WEM downed Wabasha-Kellogg 5-4 in the Section 1A, Winner's Bracket.

    Mabel-Canton downed Hayfield 3-1 in the Section 1A, Elimination Bracket Semifinals

    NRHEG played again taking on Belle Plaine in the Section 2AA, Elimination Bracket where the Panthers were defeated 1-0.

    Austin Bruins Peter Jacobs, Alex Trombley, and Max Ruoho have been selected to attend the NAHL's Top Prospects Tournament later this month. The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will be held June 19-20, 2021 at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. The tournament is meant to give uncommitted players the opportunity to play in front of many Division I, Division III, and USHL scouts.

    The New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4 Tuesday night to end a four-game skid.

    Aaron Judge drove in two runs for New York, which had lost eight of its previous 10.

    Michael Pineda started for Minnesota and had retired 11 batters in a row after a double by DJ LeMahieu to start the game. But he gave up a walk and two hits with one out in the fifth and his night ended with the bases-loaded walk to Judge.

    DH Nelson Cruz missed his second straight game with left knee stiffness. OF Rob Refsnyder was reinstated from the seven-day injured list before the game after recovering from a concussion. He left in the sixth with left hamstring tightness after an RBI double.

    RHP Randy Dobnak starts for Minnesota today, while the Yankees send up righty Gerrit Cole.

    In NHL action, the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes after a 2-0 shutout to move into the semi finals and will next face the Montreal Canadians. Colorado finally lost on home ice as they played host to Las Vegas. Vegas now hold a 3 games to 2 lead after the 3-2 overtime victory. That series now moves back to Vegas and is a must win for Colorado.

       

    POWER 96Sports Wrap for Tuesday 6-08

    06/09/2021

    In the section 1 A Winners Bracket Final game Lyle-Pacelli was defeated by Hayfield 13-3. In the second game, Lyle-Pacelli downed Southland 7-5 in the Section 1A, Elimination Bracket.

    In other prep baseball action, Wabasha-Kellogg fell to Southland 15-1 in the Section 1A, Elimination Bracket Semifinal.

    NRHEG was beaten by Sibley East 13-3 in the Section 2AA, Elimination Bracket Semifinal.

    In prep Softball action today, NRHEG takes on Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial in the Section 2AA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    Kasson-Mantorville will take on Winona in the Section 1AAA, Winner's Bracket at 4pm.

    Jordan will take on the Bears of Byron 1AAA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    Northfield will face Lakeville South in the 1AAAA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    Waterville-Elysian-Morristown plays Wabasha-Kellogg in the Section 1A, Winner's Bracket at 5.

    Mabel-Canton will do battle with Hayfield in the Section 1A, Elimination Bracket Semifinals

    Byron Buxton will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul today after he completed the baserunning program the Twins laid out for him without issue. Right-hander Kenta Maeda will also take a step forward this week as he recovers from a right adductor strain, making a rehab start for St. Paul on Wednesday. Maeda threw two successful bullpen sessions over the weekend in Kansas City.

    Tonight, the Twins are set to open up a 3 game series against the Yankees. NY comes to town riding a 4 game losing streak.

    Michael Pineda is set to get the start, while the Yankees counter with lefty, Jordan Montgomery. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10

    In NHL action, The Montreal Canadians swept the Winnipeg Jets right out of the playoffs winning 3-2 in overtime. The Habs will face either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Carolina Hurricanes in the Semi Finals. Boston is one step closer to elimination after losing to the NY Islanders 5-4. The Islanders now lead that series 3 games to 2.

    Tonight, Tampa Bay will attempt to eliminate Carolina and Colorado will play host to Las Vegas as those two teams are knotted up at 2 games a piece.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 6-07

    06/07/2021

    Albert Lea Tigers baseball defeated Byron 4-2 on Saturday in the winners bracket Section 1 AAA game. The Tigers will next play in the section final game on Wednesday at 5 pm.

    Tonight, POWER 96 will bring you the section 1 A Winners Bracket Final game featuring Lyle-Pacelli taking on Hayfield. Jay Paul will bring you the call live from Austin at 5 pm.

    In other prep baseball action, Wabasha-Kellogg will be taking on Southland

    in the Section 1A, Elimination Bracket Semifinals at 5 pm.

    NRHEG will face Sibley East in the Section 2AA, Elimination Bracket Semifinals.

    Twins first baseman Miguel Sanó charged in to catch a popped-up bunt and start a triple play, highlighting the Twins" 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

    Sanó has seemed to make a habit of these trifectas — while playing third base and first during his career, he"s been a part of the last four triple plays that have been turned by the Twins.

    Twins starter Bailey Ober gave up one run and five hits in four innings, striking out four in his second career start.

    The Twins took the lead in the fifth when Trevor Larnach was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. RHP Kenta Maeda (right adductor strain) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session, and a rehab assignment will likely be the next step for the 33-year-old righty, who is currently on the 10-day IL.

    Minnesota will return home to face the Yankees on Tuesday. Michael Pineda will take the mound for the Twins.

    Kayla McBride scored 19 points and Crystal Dangerfield and Sylvia Fowles scored 17 apiece and the Minnesota Lynx never trailed in a 100-80 win over the Atlanta Dream. The Lynx next travel to Washington to take on the Mystics Tuesday night.

    In NHL action, The Montreal Canadians defeated the Winnipeg Jets to take a 3 games to none series lead, The Vegas Golden Knights evened up their series at 2 games a piece with the Colorado Avalanche with a 5-1 win.

    Tonight, Boston takes on New York, and Montreal will attempt to eliminate Winnipeg.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 6-03

    06/04/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers boys golf ended their 2nd day of section play at Lake City playing The Jewel. The Tiger team finished 6th.

    Drew Teeter is a state individual qualifier by placing 4th in the section shooting a 77 on day 1 and a 69 on day 2.

    The girls team will play their second round today at Cannon Falls.

    The Tiger boys and girls track teams are in section action today at Lakeville South

    Tiger baseball will be back in action on Saturday as they continue section play when they take on the Bears of Byron in the winners bracket.

    In area prep baseball action, Maple Grove downed Robbinsdale Armstrong 11-7.

    Today, WEM takes on Hayfield in the Section 1A, Quarterfinals.

    United South Central will face Wabasha-Kellogg in a Section 1A, Quarterfinal matchup.

    Lyle-Pacelli will play Rushford-Peterson in a Section 1A, Quarterfinal game.

    Austin will face Red Wing in the Section 1AAA, Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals

    Rochester John Marshall will take on New Prague in a 1AAAA, Elimination Bracket game.

    Rochester Century will face Lakeville South in Section 1AAAA, Elimination Bracket Quarterfinal play

    NRHEG will play Medford in a Section 2AA, Elimination Bracket game.

    In area softball action, Albert Lea will face Faribault at 4 pm in round 1 of the Section 1AAA, Elimination Bracket.

    Austin will take on Red Wing at 4 pm

    Kasson-Mantorville will face Byron.

    Rochester Mayo will play Owatonna in a Section 1AAAA, Elimination bracket game.

    Rochester John Marshall will face New Prague.

    Blooming Prairie will play against WEM in the Section 1A, Quarterfinals at 5 pm.

    United South Central fill face off against Hayfield. and NRHEG will take on Cannon Falls in a Section 2AA, Quarterfinal matchup. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with Jay Paul at 5 pm.

    DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 last night for their second straight win following a 14-game skid.

    Ryan Jeffers homered and had an RBI triple after being called up from Triple-A St. Paul earlier in the day for the Twins.

    starter Randy Dobnak (1-5) made his third straight start filling in for Kenta Maeda, who is out with a right adductor strain. Dobnak allowed three runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.

    J.A. Happ will get the start in the series opener today in Kansas City.

    Mitch Garver announced via his Instagram story on Wednesday morning that he underwent successful surgery after leaving Tuesday's game against the Orioles due to a foul ball striking his groin area. Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said it will be "a bare minimum of a couple of weeks" before the catcher will return to the field.

    The Twins also moved emergency center fielder Rob Refsnyder to the seven-day concussion IL due to his collision with the outfield wall on Monday.

    The Austin Bruins made their first 3 draft selections in the NAHL"s Supplemental Draft.

    With picks 13, 36, and 41, the Austin Bruins spent their first two selections on the blue line, beginning with dual-citizen Xavier-Alexandre Jean-Louis. The Bruins used their 36th overall selection on Nathan Jurrens, an 18-year-old defenseman from Verona, WI. The Bruins made their lone offensive selection on the day, acquiring forward Dean Loukus with the 41st overall pick.

    In NHL playoff action, The Canadians took a 1 game to none lead after beating the Jets 5-3.

    Colorado took a 2 games to none lead in their series knocking off the Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 6-02

    06/02/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers boys golf will participate in day 2 of their section play today at Lake City playing The Jewel. The girls team will play their second round on Thursday.

    Tigers baseball was victorious over Jordan 5-3 in their section semifinal. The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

    The Austin Packers baseball team was defeated by Byron 6-2 in their 1 AAA section semi final game.

    In other prep baseball action, Red Wing downed Faribault 3-0. Rochester Mayo defeated Rochester Century 7-4. John Marshall spanked Owatonna 9-1. NRHEG was shut out by Sibley East 8-0, and Cannon Falls put up 13 to Maple River's 3.

    In area softball action, Albert Lea was shut out by Byron 9-0. NRHEG shut out Blue Earth Area 11-0 in Section 2 AA play. United South Central downed Glenville-Emmons-Alden Conger 12-3. Blooming Prairie put up 9 to Southland's 2 in Section 1A action. Lyle-Pacelli hit a brick wall in Hayfield with a 16-0 loss in 1 A play. Northfield shut out Rochester Mayo 8-0

    Baltimore snapped its 14-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night. The Orioles scored four runs in their half of the third and the Twins never led in the game.

    Kyle Garlick and Willians Astudillo hit solo homers for Minnesota in the losing effort. Starting pitcher Michael Pineda allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings worth of work.

    Twins catcher Mitch Garver went to the hospital after leaving the game with a groin contusion following a first-inning foul tip. Manager Rocco Baldelli said he probably won't be catching again for a while.

    OF Rob Refsnyder did not play, a day after crashing into the wall in a Twins victory. Baldelli said Refsnyder also was experiencing some quad tightness.

    Tonight the Twins will send RHP Randy Dobnak to the mound against Baltimore's Matt Harvey. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05.

    In NHL action, Tampa Bay now holds a 2 games to none lead in their 2nd round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes after winning 2-1 last night. Tonight Colorado will take on Vegas, and Winnipeg will kick off their series against Montreal.

    In the NBA playoffs, three elimination games are on tap tonight as Philly will try to wrap up their series against Washington. Utah will attempt to end the season for Memphis with a win tonight and the Atlanta Hawks will try to put the New York Knicks to sleep with a win. The LA Clippers will also take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight. That series is tied at 2 games a piece.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 6-01

    06/01/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers baseball opened up Section 1 Class AAA play Saturday shutting out 6th seeded Winona 5-0. Today the Tigers will be on the road to take on Jordan at 5 pm in the section semifinal.

    The Austin Packers baseball team will also be on the road to take on Byron today at 5 pm in their 1 AAA section semi final game.

    In yesterdays Section action, as heard here on POWER 96, WEM defeated Blooming Prairie 9-1.

    United South Central won by 10 over Bethlehem Academy 17-7.

    Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger was shutout 7-0 in their game against Wabasha-Kellogg.

    Lyle-Pacelli won big 23-0 over Houston.

       

    In area Softball action, NRHEG will host Blue Earth Area at 5 pm in a Section 2 AA matchup.

    United South Central will travel to take on Glenville-Emmons-Alden Conger for their Section 1 A game at 5 pm.

    Blooming Prairie will host Southland in Section 1a action at 5 pm

    Lyle-Pacelli will hit the road to take on Hayfield in 1 A play at 5.

    The Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Minnesota Wild 6-2 in game seven of the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The Golden Knights have already found themselves in a hole after the first game of the second round after getting throttled 7-1 by the Colorado Avalanche.

    In other NHL action, The Montreal Canadians eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 3-1 win yesterday. The NY Islanders evened up their series at 1 game a piece after defeating Boston 4-3 in overtime. Tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes will try to even up their second round series at 1 game a piece as they take on the Tampa Bay Lighting at 6:30.

    Rob Refsnyder bounced back from a run-in with the center-field fence to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a wild pitch and the Minnesota Twins handed the Baltimore Orioles their 14th straight loss, 3-2 on Monday.

    Twins starter Jose Berrios allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts and no walks over eight innings.

    The Twins have now beaten Baltimore 16 consecutive times as they look to make it 17 after tonights game.

    RHP Michael Pineda will make his second start tonight since returning from the injured list.

    First pitch is schedule for 6:05 from Baltimore.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 5-27

    05/28/2021

    Tigers boys track in action today as they participate in the Big 9 tournament at Rochester John Marshall.

    The Albert Lea Tigers softball game against Northfield that was due to take place today has been moved to Friday. POWER 96 will bring you that game live Friday at 5 pm.

    The Tigers baseball team has been given the third seed in section 1 class 3A play. The Tigers will take on 6th seeded Winona at 1 pm on Saturday. POWER 96 will bring you that game live Saturday afternoon.

    In other local baseball action, 5th seeded Austin will take on 4th seed Red Wing in Red Wing at 1 pm Saturday.

    The Minnesota Twins rallied to win for the sixth time in seven games and extend its winning streak to a season-high four by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 3-2.

    Miguel Sanó hit a three-run homer to seal the deal for the Twins. Sanó homered with two outs in the sixth following Max Kepler"s single and Nelson Cruz"s walk.

    Michael Pineda (3-2) allowed one run and three hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

    Luis Arraez (right shoulder strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 24. CF Byron Buxton, out since May 7 with a right hip strain, has been having trouble decelerating when running and a rehab stint this weekend is now unlikely.

    The Twins are off today. RHP Randy Dobnak (1-3, 5.75) gets the start Friday as Minnesota opens a weekend home series vs. the Kansas City Royals.

    Cam Talbot had his second shutout of the series and the Wild again staved off elimination with a 3-0 victory over the Golden Knights last night.

    The first-round series moves back to Las Vegas for the decisive Game 7 on Friday night.

    Ryan Hartman, Kevin Fiala and Nick Bjugstad all scored for the Wild. Talbot made 23 saves in the shutout effort.

    The Wild will try to become the 30th team in NHL history to win a series after a 3-1 deficit. The winner of game 7 will move on to face the waiting Colorado Avalanche.

    Fridays game is slotted to get underway at 8 pm from Las Vegas.

    In other NHL action, two more teams are moving on to round 2. In a series upset, the NY Islanders defeated the #1 seeded Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3. The underdog Islanders won the series 4-2. The Tampa Bay Lightning also eliminated the Florida Panthers 4-0 to move on to the second round.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 5-26

    05/27/2021

    In Tiger athletics, some members of the girls golf team were recognized for outstanding play at the Big 9 tournament.

    Although the Tigers came in 4th shooting a team score of 397, Whitney Mullenbach was the medalist for the tourney shooting a solid 87.

    Both Mullenbach and teammate Alyssa Jensen were named to the All-Conference team. The Tigers will play sections on June 1 and June 3.

    Northfield shut out the Tigers baseball team 8-0. The Tigers are back in action on Saturday for the beginning of section play.

    The only team active today is the girls track team as they are involved in the Big 9 tournament at Rochester John Marshall.

    Rob Refsnyder homered and doubled twice, Jorge Polanco also homered and the Minnesota Twins beat Baltimore 7-4 Tuesday night, while handing the Orioles" their eighth straight loss.

    Mitch Garver and Alex Kirilloff each doubled twice as the Twins cranked out eight extra-base hits to win their third in a row.

    José Berríos improved his record to 5-2 while allowing one earned run on seven hits, and striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings worth of work.

    Max Kepler was back in lineup as the designated hitter after missing Monday"s game with a sore hamstring, but DH Nelson Cruz (wrist) and utility man Luis Arraez (shoulder) remained sidelined.

    In today's series finale, RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to start for the Twins who are looking to sweep the O's before hosting a weekend series against Kansas City that will get underway on Friday.

    The Minnesota Vikings have claimed center Cohl Cabral off of waivers to help shore up the depth at center. Cabral is set to make a non-guaranteed $660,000 during the 2021 season. Cabral signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He was on the Rams" and Texans" practice squad during the season.

    In NBA playoff action, Brooklyn defeated Boston 130-108, The Lakers bested Phoenix 109-102 and Dallas came out on top over the Clippers 127-121.

    It's do or die time again for the Minnesota Wild in a series where home ice has been anything but an advantage.

    Vegas came to St. Paul last week and won twice to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, while Minnesota has won two of the three matchups in Las Vegas to keep alive its hopes of advancing to the Second Round for the first time since 2015.

    Since 1942, teams have rallied from 3-1 down in a best-of-7 series 29 times. The most recent team to accomplish the feat was the San Jose Sharks, who did so against Vegas in 2019. The Wild hope to accomplish the same feat.

    Game 6 gets underway tonight at the X with faceoff slotted for 8:15.

    In other NHL playoff action, Toronto shut out Montreal 4-0 to take a 3-1 lead in the series. The Carolina Hurricanes needed overtime, but took a 3-2 series lead after defeating Nashville 3-2.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 5-25

    05/25/2021

    In Tiger athletics, the boys tennis team was shut out by Northfield 7-0.

    Fairmont bested the Tigers baseball team 7-6. The team is back at it today hitting the road to take on Northfield at 5 pm.

    Girls golf will play the Big 9 Match today at Faribault, the boys will also play their Big 9 match today against Rochester playing the Northern Hills course.

    Tiger Softball had their game against Owatonna postponed, the girls are scheduled to be in action again today taking on St. Peter at 5 pm. POWER 96 plans on bringing you that game live with Jay Paul on the call.

    In the POWER 96 Baseball game of the week, Hayfield shut out Maple River 6-0.

    Former Austin Bruin Nico Sturm put the icing on the cake for the Minnesota Wild with an empty net goal as the Wild staved off elimination in a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights last night.

    With the series standing at 3 games to 2, it is still do or die for the Wild who will have to win out to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

    Cam Talbot made 37 saves and the Wild put a meager 14 shots in goal, only testing Marc-Andre Flury with 1 shot in the second period. The Knights dominated the second period with relentless pressure in their offensive zone, outshooting the Wild 23-1.

    The Wild got goals from Kirill Kaprizov, Zach Parise, Jordan Greenway and Nico Sturm. Mark Stone and Alec Martinez scored for the Golden Knights.

    Game 6 is scheduled for Wednesday at the X. Faceoff is slotted for 8 pm.

    In other NHL action, Another elimination as it took 3 overtime periods but the Winnipeg Jets punched their ticket to round 2 sweeping the Edmonton Oilers 4 games to none with a 4-3 win.

    Toronto beat Montreal 2-1 to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the series.

    The Islanders took a 3 games to 2 lead after knocking off the Penguins 3-2.

    The Lightning could not close out their series against the Panthers as the cats beat Tampa Bay 4-1.

    Toronto and Montreal will play tonight as well as Nashville and Carolina.

    Mitch Garver hit a two-run double and the short-handed Minnesota Twins used a six-run eighth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 last night at Target Field.

    After a 45 minute rain delay in the sixth inning, Minnesota rallied with six straight two-out hits in the bottom half of the inning.   

    Trevor Larnach and Kyle Garlick homered for the Twins, who had four starters active but not available to start the game due to injury.

    RHP José Berríos starts today for the Twins, while Baltimore will go with RHP Dean Kremer. Berríos allowed three runs in five innings in a win against the Los Angeles Angels in his last outing.

    First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:40.

    In NBA Playoff action, The Denver Nuggets evened up their series at one game a piece after a 128-109 victory over the Portland Trailblazers. Milwaukee took a 2 games to none lead after defeating Miami 132-98.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 5-24

    05/25/2021

    The Minnesota Wild are now on the brink of elimination from the playoffs. The Wild were shut out 4-0 at the X on Saturday and the series is now in favor of the Golden Knights who hold a 3 games to 1 lead over Minnesota.

    Game 5 will get underway tonight in Las Vegas. Minnesota is 0-for-8 on the power play in the series.

    Zach Parise returned to the lineup after Marcus Johansson suffered a broken arm in Game 3.

    Minnesota is 6-3-1 in Vegas since the Golden Knights entered the NHL in the 2017-18 season.

    Faceoff tonight is scheduled for 9:30 pm from T-Mobile Arena.

    Two teams have already eliminated their opponents and have punched their ticket to the division finals. The Boston Bruins knocked off the Washington Capitals 4 games to 1, and the Colorado Avalanche swept the St Louis Blues in 4 games.

    NBA playoffs continue tonight with Milwaukee playing host to Miami. the Bucks hold a 1 game to 0 lead in the series. Denver will host Portland. The Trailbalzers lead that series one game to none.

    Kyle Garlick hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins downed the Cleveland Indians 8-5 on Sunday.

    Garlick entered the game in right field in the seventh as a replacement for Max Kepler, who hit his 13th career home run at Progressive Field in the fourth, also a three-run shot. Not only did the home run give Minnesota its first extra-inning win in nine tries, it also earned Garlick a Gatorade shower from Kepler.

    Minnesota starter J.A. Happ allowed four runs and struck out a season-high 10 in six innings. Tyler Duffey pitched the 10th for his first save.

    RHP Kenta Maeda is on the 10-day injured list with a right adductor strain. He was removed after five innings Saturday. DH Nelson Cruz is healing from a bruised left wrist and INF Jorge Polanco (ankle) remain sidelined for the Twins.

    Next up, RHP Matt Shoemaker will start the opener of a three-game home series that gets underway today against Baltimore.

    First pitch is scheduled for 6:40

    Tiger Tennis in action today if the weather co-operates as the boys open section play against Northfield in Northfield.

    Tiger softball scheduled to be in action today in Owatonna at 5 pm, and Tiger baseball is slotted to take on Fairmont in Fairmont at 5:30 weather permitting.

    Today, the POWER 96 baseball game of the week will feature Hayfield taking on Maple River. Jay Paul will bring you the call of that game at 5 pm weather permitting.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 5-20

    05/21/2021

    The Albert Lea Girls Golf Team played a dual meet against Red Wing yesterday at Mississippi National Golf Club where the Tigers fell to the Wingers 352 to 387. The Tigers Alyssa Jensen shot a solid 82. While Tiger teammate Whitney Mullenbach shot a 90.

    Tigers baseball was shut out in Rochester by Mayo 5-0. The baseball team is scheduled to be in action today hosting Owatonna weather permitting. POWER 96 plans on bringing you that game live with Jay Paul.

    First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.

    Also in action today if the weather allows will be Tiger softball taking on Owatonna on the road at 5 pm, and boys golf will host Red Wing at 2:30.

    Minnesota Twins were looking to take two from the White Sox, but fell 2-1 in a tightly played game at target field yesterday.

    Nelson Cruz scored the Twins only run with his 10th homer of the year.

    RHP Michael Pineda, the team"s best starting pitcher thus far, was put on the injured list with a skin problem — called an abscess — on his inner thigh. RHP Kenta Maeda, bothered by tightness in his groin, will be able to make his next scheduled start this weekend. OF Alex Kirilloff began a rehab assignment for his wrist with Triple-A St. Paul and could rejoin the Twins this week.

    LHP Lewis Thorpe and RHP José Berríos will be the starters for a doubleheader on today against the Los Angeles Angels, a makeup of games postponed for COVID-19 precaution on April 17 and 18. After the whirlwind trip to California, the Twins will turn around and travel to Cleveland for a three-game series starting on Friday.

    The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight as their tied playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights comes to Minnesota.

    The teams are tied at 1 game a piece and the Knights will be looking for their first win in the Xcel Energy Center this year. The game was in jeopardy of being rescheduled due to false positive COVID tests of Vegas players, but the league said the results had “peculiarities and similarities” and found them to be testing errors.

    Tonight's game will get underway at 8:30 at the X.

    The National Hockey League announced that the draft lottery would be held on June 2.

    Draft lottery odds were also announced, with the Buffalo Sabres having the best chance at 16.6%. The Anaheim Ducks (12.1%), the expansion Seattle Kraken and the New Jersey Devils (10.3% each) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (8.5%) make up the rest of the top five. The draft will be held remotely on July 23 and 24.

    Tonight the Seattle Storm will be taking on the Minnesota Lynx at the Target Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 5-19

    05/19/2021

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics today features girls golf taking on Red Wing in Red Wing at at 2 pm. Girls track and field will host a quad meet taking on Mankato West, Owatonna and Northfield at 4:30.

    Tigers baseball heads to Rochester to take on Mayo. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.

    Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox with an abscess in his inner thigh and the Twins still finally managed to get a 5-4 win against the Chicago White Sox.

    Pineda is being pushed back in the rotation and could start later in the week. Miguel Sanó worked the bad ju-ju out of his bats with his time on the DL. Sanó homered three times in the game, and Jorge Polanco hit a game-ending RBI single.

    Bailey Ober pitched four innings for the Twins in his major league debut after Michael Pineda was scratched. The 6-foot-9 Ober was charged with four runs and five hits.

    Max Kepler returned to the lineup after missing Monday"s game with a hamstring injury. RHP Kenta Maeda skipped his bullpen session as he deals with groin tightness.

    The Twins will wrap up their series against Chicago today sending RHP Matt Shoemaker to the mound. The Twins will then pack their bags and head to LA for a double header against the Angels tomorrow, then jump a plane to Ohio to open up a 3 game weekend set against Cleveland.

    Alex Tuch had two goals, including the tiebreaking score in the second period, as Vegas beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 last night and tied the first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Matt Dumba scored for the Wild. Cam Talbot made 25 saves in the losing effort.

    The series now shifts to Minnesota for a pair of games starting on Thursday at the X where the Wild are 6-0-2 all-time against the Golden Knights. Faceoff is slotted for 8:30 pm.

    The New York Liberty beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-75 on Tuesday night, giving the Liberty their first 3-0 start in 14 years.

    Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx (0-2) with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Kayla McBride scored 16 points and Jessica Shepard had 12.

    The Lynx will next host Seattle on Thursday night.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 5-18

    05/19/2021

    Danny Mendick launched his first career grand slam as the Chicago White Sox beat the struggling Minnesota Twins 16-4 on Monday night. J.A. Happ (2-2) was roughed up again by the White Sox. The left-hander permitted six runs in 3 2/3 innings and has given up 15 runs to Chicago in his past two starts. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Rob Refsnyder had four hits for Minnesota, which has lost seven of eight.    

    C Mitch Garver left in the fourth inning with a bruised right knee. Garver took a pitch off the knee earlier in the game. The team said he"s considered day to day. RHP Kenta Maeda will throw Tuesday to determine whether he will be able to make his next scheduled start as he deals with groin tightness. OF Max Kepler was out of the lineup as he deals with a hamstring injury. Twins rookie Alex Kirilloff, on the injured list with a right wrist sprain, took batting practice and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul this week.

    RHP Michael Pineda will get the start for the Twins as they battle the White Sox again this evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 at Target Field.

    The Minnesota Wild take a one game to none lead into tonights playoff game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The opening round of the playoffs finds the Wild on the road for the first 2 games before coming back to the friendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center for game 3. Minnesota took game one after an overtime goal by Joel Eriksson Ek. Cam Talbot made 42 saves and helped the Wild secure a 1-0 victory. Minnesota, which entered the playoffs completely healthy, isn't expected to make any changes to its lineup tonight. That means Zach Parise will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game and for the fifth time in the past six games. Faceoff from the T Mobile Arena is scheduled for 9 pm.

    The 0-1 Minnesota Lynx are in New York to take on the Liberty tonight. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 pm.

    The Albert Lea Tigers are back in action today with boys tennis headed up I-35 to take on Owatonna at 4:30.

    Tigers baseball hits I-90 to take on Rochester Mayo with first pitch slotted for 5 pm.

    Boys track will be involved in a quad battle against Northfield, Owatonna and Mankato West in Mankato. That meet will get underway at 4:45.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 5-17

    05/17/2021

    The Minnesota Wild entered the playoffs as the most popular upset pick in the First Round, in part due to their recent success against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    They took a big first step toward pulling it off on Sunday with a 1-0 overtime win in Game 1 thanks to Joel Eriksson Ek‘s winner and a 42-save shutout from Cam Talbot.

    In overtime, The Wild were able to capitalize on a turnover from Alex Pietrangelo in his own zone, creating a chance for Eriksson Ek in the slot. His shot ended up beating Marc Andre Fleury after it deflected off Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez.

    The two teams will battle it out in game 2 of the best of 7 series Tuesday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Faceoff is scheduled for 9 pm.

    The Minnesota Twins split a 3 game series against the Oakland A's winning 1 and dropping 2 including a 7-6 defeat yesterday in spits of Max Kepler's 3 run homer. Kepler was responsible for 4 of the Twins 6 total runs.   

    Twins starter Kenta Maeda gave up three earned runs and eight hits. He left the game after giving up four straight hits to start the fifth inning.

    Willians Astudillo, who was hit on the hand by a pitch in the second inning, left the game after the third inning with a hand contusion.

    LHP J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Twins in today's series opener against the White Sox at Target Field. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:40.

    Anthony Edwards scored 30 points in his final audition for the NBA Rookie of the Year award, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 136-121 victory over the postseason-bound Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Karl-Anthony Towns and D"Angelo Russell scored 23 points apiece for the Timberwolves. Jaden McDaniels had 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

    This weekends Tiger Athletics saw the the Tiger baseball team dropped a hard fought game to Byron 4-3 on Saturday.

    The Tiger softball team, also taking on Byron, was shut out 8-0 with the Tigers only managing to get 3 hits in the game.

    The Austin Bruins season came to an official end Saturday night with the Bruins once again defeating the St. Cloud Norsemen 8-7.

    7 Bruins played their final junior hockey game as a Bruin. Five of the Bruins 20-year-olds registered points in the game including Reggie Millette, Garrett Dahm, Connor Mylymok, Grayson Valente, and Peter Jacobs.

    All 7 of the Bruins age outs were named as Co-first stars of the night.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 5-13

    05/14/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers are back in action today with girls golf hitting the road to take on Northfield, Owatonna and Mayo at 1 pm.

    Boys tennis will be in Rochester to face off against Rochester Century at 4:30.

    The 4 and 9 Tiger softball team will look to pick up a win in Mankato in a matchup against West at 5 pm.

    POWER 96 will bring you Tiger Baseball tonight as the 8 and 4 Tiger team hosts Mankato West. Jay Paul will have the call for you with first pitch scheduled for 6:30.

    Jerry Burns, who served as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator for 18 years before transitioning to the head coaching role in 1986, has died. He was 94. Vikings head coach Bud Grant hired Burns to be the team's offensive coordinator in 1968.

    Over his tenure as offensive coordinator, the Vikings made the playoffs 12 times, including 11 division titles and four Super Bowl berths.

    Over six seasons as head coach, Burns led the Vikings to three playoff appearances and one division title in 1989. The Vikings had a 52-43 record under Burns' head coaching stint.

    Twins starter J.A. Happ was tagged for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including Andrew Vaughn, the Chicago White Sox"s top-ranked prospect, as he hit the first home run of his major-league career in Wednesday"s 13-8 victory against the Minnesota Twins. The two-run homer to left-center came during a five-run fourth inning. It went an estimated 436 feet.

    Nelson Cruz hit his ninth homer for the Twins, who have dropped three straight and seven of eight. Josh Donaldson drove in three runs.

    Today, Minnesota"s Michael Pineda will take the mound to try to turn the Twins fortunes around before coming back home to Target Field for a weekend series against the A's.

    Ville Husso stopped 31 shots for his first career shutout and David Perron had a goal and two assists in the St. Louis Blues' 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. With the loss, the Wild have secured the 3rd place spot in the West before the playoffs begin. St. Louis locked up the final 4th seed.

    Cam Talbot made 23 saves for the Wild. He was 5-0-2 in his previous seven road games.

    The same 2 teams wrap up the regualr season tonight as the battle each other again. Faceoff is set for 7 pm.

    The NHL playoffs will get underway on Saturday with the Capitals taking on the Bruins.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in action tonight at the Target Center as they play host to the Denver Nuggets. The Timberwolves are 5-6 against division opponents. The two teams square off for the third time this season. The Nuggets defeated the Timberwolves 123-116 in their last matchup on Jan. 5. D"Angelo Russell paced Minnesota scoring 33 points. Tipoff tonight is slotted for 7 pm.

    Payton Willis, the latest transfer to join Minnesota"s revamped roster, will return for his second stint with the Gophers.

    Minnesota announced Wednesday the addition of Willis, a 6-foot-4 guard who played last season at the College of Charleston. He averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 40% from 3-point range, both career highs. Willis is the sixth confirmed incoming transfer under new coach Ben Johnson.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 5-12

    05/12/2021

    The Albert Lea Tigers had a full slate of games. Boys track and field participated in a 4 school meet. The Tigers came in 4th at the event with Owatonna taking first with 103.50 points, Rochester Century came in 2nd with 48 points, John Marshall finished 3rd with 23 points while Albert Lea finished 4th with 14.50 points.

    The Albert lea girls golf team played a triangular at Wedgewood against Winona and Faribault. Albert placed 2nd with a score of 389, Winona 372, and Faribault 474. Alyssa Jensen, Whitney Mullenbach both shot a 96 for the Tigers.

    Tiger tennis was downed by Waseca 5-2. In singles action, Albert Lea's Shine Thu defeated Wasecas Dahminik Deutsch, 6-4 , 6-0.

    and the Tigers Adam Semple, downed Dominic Grunzke, 7-5 , 6-0.

    Albert Lea softball was defeated in 5 innings by Rochester Mayo 13-1 at the Hammer Sports Complex.

    Tiger teams are off today, but will resume action on Thursday when POWER 96 will bring you Tiger baseball as Mankato West comes to visit. Jay Paul will have the call for you with first pitch slotted for 6:30.

    The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday in favor of giving girls wrestling its own section and state tournaments, but voted against making boys volleyball a state-sanctioned sport. The vote for girls wrestling passed in favor 44-4. Boys volleyball missed out on becoming official by two votes.

    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and Anthony Edwards added 22 as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the undermanned Detroit Pistons 119-100. Ricky Rubio added 19 points for Minnesota while DeAngelo Russell had 15 points and 10 assists.

    Minnesota"s starters scored 73 of its 86 points in the first three quarters, including 22 of 24 in the third quarter.

    Next up the Timberwolves will host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.

    José Abreu hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox won their fourth straight, 9-3 over the Minnesota Twins.

    Jorge Polanco had a solo shot among two hits for Minnesota, which has dropped two straight and five of six. Nelson Cruz, Willans Astudillo and Andrelton Simmons each had two hits.

    Kenta Maeda allowed three runs on four hits in five innings worth of work.

    Minnesota reinstated Luis Arraez from the seven-day injured list (concussion-like symptoms). He led off and started in left field.

    To make room on the roster, the Twins optioned INF Nick Gordon to Triple-A St. Paul.

    LHP J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Twins tonight in Chicago for game 2 of the series. First pitch, scheduled for 7:10

    The Minnesota Wild will continue their chase for second place in the West Division when they visit the St. Louis Blues for 2 games starting tonight. The third-place Wild still have a chance to catch the Colorado Avalanche for home-ice advantage in the first playoff round.

    Faceoff tonight is slotted for 8 pm.

    Parker Fox, a 6-foot-8 forward and a native of Minnesota, became the latest transfer to join the revamped Gophers on Tuesday.

    Fox played three seasons at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was selected this year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a Division II All-American. Fox averaged 22.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.7 steals per game and shot 64.4% from the field as a junior for the Wolves.

    Fox is the fifth incoming transfer secured by new coach Ben Johnson.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 5-11

    05/12/2021

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics are back in action today with girls golf playing host to Faribault and Winona at Wedgwood Cove at 2:30.

    Boys golf is in Owatonna to battle Northfield and Owatonna at 2:30.

    Tiger boys tennis is in Waseca for a 4:30 match.

    Girls track will be taking on Owatonna, Rochester Century and John Marshall in Owatonna at 4:30.

    Boys track will be facing Owatonna, John Marshall and Century in Rochester at 4:30.

       

    Tigers softball will host Rochester Mayo with first pitch scheduled for 5 pm. POWER 96 will be bringing you that game live with Jay Paul calling the action.

    The Detroit Pistons will host Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves in a non-conference matchup tonight.

    The teams play for the second time this season.

    The Timberwolves won the last meeting 111-101 on Dec. 23. Malik Beasley scored 23 points to help lead Minnesota to the win.

    Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 6 pm.

    Kirill Kaprizov was named the NHL's second star for the week.

    The Wild winger had four goals and four assists in four games, three of them were Wild victories.

    Kaprizov leads all NHL rookies with 27 goals and 51 points.

    The Minnesota Twins are in Chicago to try to prevent the White Sox from reaching a 4 game winning streak. Chicago is coming off a three-game sweep on the road against the Kansas City Royals. The Twins are hoping to bounce back from a recent skid that has included four losses in the past five games.

    Right-hander Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Twins. Maeda's most recent outing was his best so far this season. He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers on May 3 while allowing two hits, walking two and fanning eight.

    This will be the first series of the season between the White Sox and Twins.

    First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10.

    The Minnesota Wild are off until tomorrow when they will take on the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. That game is scheduled for an 8 pm start.

    Defenseman Matt Dumba has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Award by the local chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers" Association, the award is given to the player that “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” If he wins, Dumba will become the third member of the Wild to take home the Masterton.

    Goaltenders Josh Harding won the award in 2012-13 and Devan Dubnyk in 2014-15 were given the honors.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 5-10

    05/11/2021

    The Austin Bruins came up big winners again yesterday when the black and gold traveled to St. Cloud to take on the Norsemen, a team they beat on Friday night. The Bruins helped their playoff push by scoring 2 goals in each period of play and left St. Cloud with a 6-2 victory and back to back wins.

    Bruins forward Barrett Brooks had 2 goals in the game, while goaltender Hudson Hodges stopped 35 of the 37 shots the Norsemen put on goal.

    The two teams face each other again this weekend in a home and home series that will begin with the Bruins in St. Cloud on Friday night and hosting the Norsemen at Riverside Arena on Saturday.

    The Albert Lea Tigers softball team was defeated in both of their double header games against Faribault on Saturday. In game 1, the Tigers put up 17 hits and Fairbault capitalized on a 7th inning rally to hand the Tigers a 7-9 loss. In game 2, the Tigers again came up short in a 8-6 loss.

    The softball team will next host Rochester Mayo on Tuesday at 5 pm.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. Yesterday, the T-Wolves took it to the Orlando Magic winning 128 to 96.   

    Karl-Anthony Towns and D"Angelo Russell each scored 27 points. Rookie guard Anthony Edwards added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season to help the Timberwolves end a three-game losing streak. Ricky Rubio added 18 points for Minnesota.

    Juancho Hernangomez did not play because of swelling in his right knee.

    Only 2 regular season games left for the Minnesota Wild and both of them are against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. The first game will be a national game on Wednesday with faceoff slotted for 8 pm. The final regular season game will be Thursday with a 7:00 puck drop.

    Concluding the regular season with a 21-5-2 record in St. Paul, the Wild's .786 points percentage on home ice is the highest in the 20-year history of the franchise. It's just the third time Minnesota has finished the season with a points percentage north of 70 percent.

    Sunday's series finale between the Twins and Tigers at Comerica Park was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 16, the first day back from the All-Star break. The Twins are off today as they head to Chicago to open up a 3 game series against the White Sox on Tuesday. After that series, the Twins will come home to Target Field for a 3 game weekend series against Oakland.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 5-06

    05/06/2021

    It was not a very good day for Tiger athletics yesterday as Mankato East defeated the Albert Lea boys baseball team 5-4 in Mankato.

    Boys Track and field hosted East, Owatonna and Red Wing the final scores were, Owatonna: 126 Mankato East: 99 Red Wing: 32 and Albert Lea: 16.

    Boys golf dropped their match to Mankato West 309 to 358.

    Tiger teams are off today but will be back in action Thursday with boys tennis, baseball and softball all taking on competition.

    Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Twins and Willians Astudillo added a solo home run, it was not enough as the Texas Rangers downed the Twins 6-3 in 10 innings. With the loss, the Twins are now 0-6 in extra inning play.

    Kyle Gibson, making his first start against his former team, gave up three runs and three hits with eight strikeouts.

    Brandon Waddell (0-1) gave up all three runs in the 10th for Minnesota.

    Luis Arraez was placed on the seven-day IL with concussion-like symptoms. Arraez sustained the injury in a home-plate collision in Monday"s game. To replace Arraez, Minnesota recalled INF Nick Gordon from Triple-A St. Paul.

    RHP Michael Pineda won"t start in his scheduled slot on Wednesday as he deals with a wrist injury. Pineda could possibly start on Thursday with the rest of the rotation pushed back a day.

    Albert Lea Tigers back in action today as boys tennis will take on John Marshall in Rochester at 4:30.

    Let's play 2! Tigers baseball will be in Winona for a double header beginning at 4 pm.

    And Lets play 2 at home! Tigers softball will battle Winona in a double header. POWER 96 will be streaming that game live with Jay Paul on the call at kqprfm.com First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm.

    Alex Pietrangelo scored at 1:53 of overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 victory on Wednesday after another late rally by the Minnesota Wild.

    Alex Tuch, the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2014, set up Pietrangelo with a pass across the slot.

    Wild rookie, Kirill Kaprizov, scored two goals in a 2:10 span for Minnesota.

    Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the Wild.

    The Wild's second-leading scorer, LW Kevin Fiala, was a surprise scratch due to a lower-body injury. Marcus Johansson returned to the line up at RW for the Wild after being sidelined for two games for an upper-body injury.

    Next up, the Wild will finish up their seven-game homestand by hosting Anaheim on Friday and Saturday.

    Both games are scheduled for a 7 pm faceoff at the X.

    Lewis Thorpe (0-1) surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings in his return to the Twins in a 3-1 losing effort to the Rangers. Thorpe was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A St. Paul for his third stint with the Twins this season as manager Rocco Baldelli made the decision to push his rotation back a day.

    Mitch Garver homered for Minnesota"s lone run.

    Rookie Alex Kirilloff was placed on the injured list before the game with a right wrist sprain. Kirilloff, who had hit safely in each of his last seven games, went to see a hand and wrist specialist on Wednesday. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Kirilloff will travel with the team to Detroit and then drive to Dayton, Ohio to get another opinion on the wrist from Dr. Thomas Graham.

    Miguel Sanó was activated off the injured list. Sanó missed 12 games with a right hamstring strain.

    Righty Michael Pineda will start the final game of the four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Pineda had been pushed back from his scheduled Wednesday spot due to wrist soreness, but manager Rocco Baldelli said Pineda is ready to slot back into the rotation.

    Desmond Bane hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Memphis Grizzlies weathered 42 points from Anthony Edwards to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 139-135.

    Edwards paced the Timberwolves' 19-of-39 shooting from behind the arc, going 8-of-9 - his only miss coming on a buzzer-beater attempt at the end of the third period. His 42 points matched a career-high.

    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points but ran into foul trouble when he picked up his fifth foul late in the third quarter. D'Angelo Russell finished with 22 points and 14 assists for Minnesota.

    Next up for the T-Wolves is a Friday night road game when Minnesota will do battle with Miami. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 from AmericanAirlines Arena.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 5-05

    05/06/2021

    It was not a very good day for Tiger athletics yesterday as Mankato East defeated the Albert Lea boys baseball team 5-4 in Mankato.

    Boys Track and field hosted East, Owatonna and Red Wing the final scores were, Owatonna: 126 Mankato East: 99 Red Wing: 32 and Albert Lea: 16.

    Boys golf dropped their match to Mankato West 309 to 358.

    Tiger teams are off today but will be back in action Thursday with boys tennis, baseball and softball all taking on competition.

    Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Twins and Willians Astudillo added a solo home run, it was not enough as the Texas Rangers downed the Twins 6-3 in 10 innings. With the loss, the Twins are now 0-6 in extra inning play.

    Kyle Gibson, making his first start against his former team, gave up three runs and three hits with eight strikeouts.

    Brandon Waddell (0-1) gave up all three runs in the 10th for Minnesota.

    Luis Arraez was placed on the seven-day IL with concussion-like symptoms. Arraez sustained the injury in a home-plate collision in Monday"s game. To replace Arraez, Minnesota recalled INF Nick Gordon from Triple-A St. Paul.

    RHP Michael Pineda won"t start in his scheduled slot on Wednesday as he deals with a wrist injury. Pineda could possibly start on Thursday with the rest of the rotation pushed back a day.

    Rookie Alex Kirilloff was held out of Tuesday"s lineup with a sore wrist. Rocco Baldelli said Kirilloff will see a hand and wrist specialist on Wednesday.

    Same two teams are back at it for game 3 of a 4 game set at Target Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40

    The NBA named Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April. Edwards earns his second Kia NBA Rookie of the Month award and is the third Timberwolves player to win the award multiple times, joining Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

    Edwards, who led the Timberwolves to an 8-8 record in April, ended the month scoring 345 points, grabbing 82 rebounds and handing out 53 assists. The last rookie to reach those levels in all three categories in one calendar month was Blake Griffin in January 2011.

    Towns and Edwards will be in action tonight as the T-Wolves take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the Target Center. Tipoff is slotted for 7 pm.

    The Wild and Vegas Golden Knights will tangle one final time tonight at Xcel Energy Center.

    The game comes on the heels of a memorable third-period comeback by Minnesota, one which saw the Wild overcome a two-goal deficit by scoring three unanswered goals - including two in the final two minutes of regulation - in a 6-5 win on Monday.

    The win moved Minnesota to within four points of the first-place Knights in the West Division and provided the Wild with a glimmer of hope should the team win in regulation time tonight.

    A win by the Golden Knights would all but eliminate the Wild from the division title conversation, but a victory by the Wild would make for one exciting - and unpredictable - final few days of the regular season.

    Minnesota leads the NHL in all-time wins against Vegas, posting an 11-2-2 record against the League's most recent addition. That includes a 6-0-1 record all-time in downtown St. Paul and a 5-1-1 record against the Knights this season.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 5-04

    05/04/2021

    Tiger athletics are back in action today with girls golf playing a triangular with John Marshall and Mankato West at Northern Hills beginning at 2:30 pm.

    Tiger baseball is in Mankato to take on East at 5 pm.

    Girls track in involved in a quad meet at Mankato East, along with Owatonna and Red Wing at 4:45, while boys track will host a quad along with East, Owatonna and Red Wing at 4:30.

    Kenta Maeda steered himself back on track by keeping the Texas Rangers scoreless into the sixth inning, and the Minnesota Twins won the opener of a four-game series 6-5 on Monday night.

    Maeda had a season-high eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, allowing only two singles and two walks in what was by far the best of his six starts this season.

    Jorge Polanco had an RBI triple and an RBI double, and rookie Alex Kirilloff kept up his torrid start with two doubles for the Twins. One of them was a two-out, run-scoring line drive to left field in a three-run sixth.

    Twins LHP J.A. Happ takes the mound on Tuesday night, while Rangers RHP Kyle Gibson makes his first appearance against his longtime team.

    Starting pitchers for Wednesday and Thursday had yet to be determined, with Michael Pineda hurting a little and Matt Shoemaker struggling a lot. Pineda was hit on the wrist by a batted ball and has experienced swelling and stiffness since. RHP Randy Dobnak was sent to Triple-A St. Paul for more work, eliminating one option for a fill-in starter.

    First pitch today is scheduled for 6:40 at Target Field.

    Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin scored 26 seconds apart in the final two minutes to highlight a three-goal third period as the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night in Saint Paul.

    Vegas appeared headed to its first-ever regulation victory at the Xcel Energy Center when Jonathan Marchessault scored late in the second period to give the Golden Knights a 5-3 lead.

    Kevin Fiala made it to 5-4 at the 10:49 mark in the third when he put in a rebound of a Nick Bonino shot for his 20th goal of the season.

    Minnesota pulled goalie Cam Talbot with 2:11 left and Kaprizov then tied the game with a rebound off of a Fiala shot with 1:32 left. Brodin followed with the game-winner 26 seconds later with a knuckling shot through traffic from the left point for his ninth goal of the season.

    It was the fifth straight win for Minnesota over Vegas this season. The same two teams will duke it out again on Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Faceoff slotted for 7 pm.

    The Minnesota Vikings declined the fifth-year contract option for cornerback Mike Hughes, putting the injury-hampered 2018 first-round pick's future with the team in doubt.

    Hughes has 13 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 24 career games. He has missed more than half of them to injuries, first tearing the ACL in his left knee as a rookie. He cracked a bone in his neck in the last regular-season game in 2019 that kept him out of the playoffs, and that trouble persisted last year, limiting him to four games.

    The Vikings drafted three cornerbacks last year: Jeff Gladney in the first round, Cameron Dantzler in the third round and Harrison Hand in the fifth round. Then they added two free agents at the position this spring: Patrick Peterson, the three-time All-Pro, and Mackensie Alexander, the team's 2016 second-round pick who returned after one season away.

    Hughes becomes the fifth first-round draft pick to have his fifth-year option declined by the Vikings since the rookie contract structure began in 2011.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 5-03

    05/03/2021

    Austin Bruins split a 2 game homestand against the Minot Minatouros over the weekend. Friday night, the Bruins dominated the Tauros and walked away with a 3-1 win.

    Saturday was a hard fought match with the teams tied at 2 a piece at the end of regulation. 40 seconds into the overtime period, Tauros forward Blaine Warnert scored his 3rd goal of the game and gave the Tauros the win.

    The Bruins are back in action at Riverside Arena this Friday as they will host the St. Cloud Norsemen. Tickets are available at www.austinbruins.com

    With six games remaining in the regular season, the time is now for the Wild to make its move if it hopes to win the West Division. The Wild have already secured a playoff birth.

    Following a come-from-behind 4-3 win in overtime against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, the Wild were able to keep pace with the first-place Vegas Golden Knights, who come to St. Paul for the first of two games beginning tonight at Xcel Energy Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

    Minnesota trails Vegas by six points with six to play, and the Wild's best opportunity to gain ground will come with the head-to-head matchups with the Knights on Monday and Wednesday nights.

    Minnesota is 4-1-1 in six games against Vegas this season, including a two-game sweep back in early March in St. Paul.

    Andrelton Simmons and Mitch Garver homered in a seven-run third inning, and rookie Alex Kirilloff went deep for the fourth time in three games as the Minnesota Twins routed the Kansas City Royals 13-4 on Sunday.

    José Berríos (3-2) took advantage of Minnesota"s recent tear at the plate to win for the first time in four starts. Berríos gave up four runs on six hits and struck out nine in six innings.

    The Twins homestand continues with four games against Texas starting today, with RHP Kenta Maeda looking to bounce back after a couple of rough outings. Maeda has allowed 12 runs in 8 2/3 innings over his last two starts. The Rangers will start RHP Dane Dunning.

    First pitch today is scheduled for 6:40 at Target Field.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are off until Wednesday when they will host the Memphis Grizzleys at the Target Center. The break in the action will give the T-wolves a chance to nurse some injuries and get some good practice in before taking on the 2nd place team in the southwest division.

    Kyle Busch held off the field after a restart with three laps to go and went on to win the Buschy McBusch Race 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

    The victory came on his 36th birthday and gave him a second win on the weekend, as he also won Saturday's NASCAR Truck Series event at Kansas.

    The Minnesota Vikings were given an A grade in their draft performance by NFL.com writers.

    The Vikes did not have a second round selection, but in the 3rd round, the team took Kellen Mond, a quarterback from Texas A&M. Chazz Surrat, a converted QB to Linebacker from North Carolina, Offensive Guard Wyatt Davis from Ohio State, and edge rusher Patrick Jones II from Pittsburgh.

    After going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, Oregon defensive tackle Jordon Scott has found a spot on an NFL roster with the Minnesota Vikings.

    While at Oregon, Jordon Scott played in 47 games across four seasons. As a sophomore in 2018 he was named to the Associated Press Pac-12 All-Conference second team.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 4-29

    04/29/2021

    Albert Lea Tigers back in action today as the boys and girls golf teams will be participating in the Big 9 meet. The girls will tee off at The Bridges Golf Course, while the boys will tee it up at the Owatonna Country Club.

    Boys tennis will hit the road to take on Mankato East at 4:30. Tigers baseball will play host to Red Wing at 6:30, Tigers softball takes to the road to face Red Wing with first pitched scheduled for 5 pm.

    It was raining homers yesterday as the Twins put on a hitting clinic in downing the Indians 10-2 in Cleveland.

    The Twins slugged three homers in the first four at-bats of the game and wound up hitting six blasts to snap a four-game skid.

    Byron Buxton and Josh Donaldson started the game with back-to-back homers. Nelson Cruz then walked before Jorge Polanco ripped a 426-foot homer against Cleveland lefty Logan Allen. Willians Astudillo homered in the third inning for the Twins, and Mitch Garver hit a pair of bombs into the left field stands in the fifth and seventh innings.

    With the win, Minnesota improved to 8-15 this season. The Twins are off today as they travel back home and open up a 3 game weekend set on Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

    With 23 seconds left to go in the 3rd period, Robert Thomas netted the game winning goal for the St Louis Blues who came back in the 3rd period to beat the Wild 4-3 last night at the Xcel Energy Center.

    A turnover by Matt Dumba led to Jordan Kryou's 11th goal of the season and a tie game at 3-3. Before that, the Wild were holding their own as Jonas Brodin put Minnesota on the board with his seventh goal of the season. With a lead going into the second, Joel Eriksson Ek gave the Wild a 2-0 advantage 32 seconds into the second. A Blues power play goal made it 2-1, then Marcus Foligno tallied his eighth goal of the year to give the Wild back their 2 goal lead. After that, the next 2 were scored by the Blues for the win.

    The Wild will be looking for revenge when they host the Blues again tonight. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 from the X.

    The Timberwolves will take the court tonight against the Golden State Warriors hoping for continued impressive play from Karl Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and rookie Anthony Edwards, a trio that has rarely played together this season with Towns and Russell often out of the lineup.

    The threesome joined forces in two season-opening wins, then just two more times before having gotten back together for 11 of the last 13 contests.

    Tipoff from the Target Center is scheduled for 7 pm.

    The Carolina Panthers are trading former Viking quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos for a 6th round pick.

    The NFL Network first reported the deal, saying the Panthers will pay a portion of Bridgewater"s contract in 2021.

    New Broncos general manager George Paton, who has the ninth pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, has said for months he wanted to bring in competition for incumbent QB Drew Lock.

    Bridgewater was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, when Paton was the team"s assistant general manager.

       

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