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    Power 96 Sports Update 9-22

    09/22/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger sports from last night saw the volleyball team fall to Mankato East 19-25 18-25 18-25. Swim and Dive fell to Faribault 97-85 For the Tigers, Emery Brouwers took 1st in two events, 1st in Erin Boorsma took 1st in two events , Hatty Adams took 1st in the 200 individual medley, Hailey Deming took 1st in the 100 back stroke, And the 400Free relay of Erin, Hatty, Hailey, and Emery took 1st Today, 

    Tiger teams are off as the Homecoming game will take place Tomorrow at 2 p.m. as the Tigers host Jordan at the Gus. Power 96 will bring you that game live at 2 p.m. Tomorrow. 

    In other prep action. Glenville Emmons Volleyball was bested by Lanesboro dropping 3 sets 18-25 15-25 and 11-25.

    The Twins had the night off last night and will welcome the LA Angels to Target Field tonight. In the AL Central last night the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Orioles 5-2 and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland A"s 7-3. The Twins magic number to clinch the AL Central remains at one. A win and a Cleveland loss will give the Twins the AL Central title. 

    On Thursday night football the San Francisco 49ers remained undefeated and improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the New York Giants 30-12

    Lets wrap up with a couple of injury updates as the Vikings prepare to take on the Chargers. Center Garrett Bradburry returned to practice on Wednesday and was limited Thursday. There is optimism he could play against the Chargers this week. In addition to Bradbury, Vikings starting left tackle Christian Darrisaw also participated in the team's practice on Thursday. Darrisaw has been dealing with an ankle injury and he also practiced on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Minnesota left tackle said that it's currently looking like he's on track to play on Sunday against the Chargers.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-22

    09/22/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger sports from last night saw the volleyball team fall to Mankato East 19-25 18-25 18-25. Swim and Dive fell to Faribault 97-85 For the Tigers, Emery Brouwers took 1st in two events, 1st in Erin Boorsma took 1st in two events , Hatty Adams took 1st in the 200 individual medley, Hailey Deming took 1st in the 100 back stroke, And the 400Free relay of Erin, Hatty, Hailey, and Emery took 1st Today, 

    Tiger teams are off as the Homecoming game will take place Tomorrow at 2 p.m. as the Tigers host Jordan at the Gus. Power 96 will bring you that game live at 2 p.m. Tomorrow. 

    In other prep action. Glenville Emmons Volleyball was bested by Lanesboro dropping 3 sets 18-25 15-25 and 11-25.

    On Thursday night football the San Francisco 49ers remained undefeated and improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the New York Giants 30-12.

    The Twins had the night off last night and will welcome the LA Angels to Target Field tonight. In the AL Central last night the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Orioles 5-2 and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland A"s 7-3. The Twins magic number to clinch the AL Central remains at one. A win and a Cleveland loss will give the Twins the AL Central title. 

    Lets wrap up with a couple of injury updates as the Vikings prepare to take on the Chargers. Center Garrett Bradburry returned to practice on Wednesday and was limited Thursday. There is optimism he could play against the Chargers this week. In addition to Bradbury, Vikings starting left tackle Christian Darrisaw also participated in the team's practice on Thursday. Darrisaw has been dealing with an ankle injury and he also practiced on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Minnesota left tackle said that it's currently looking like he's on track to play on Sunday against the Chargers.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-21

    09/21/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger sports will see the girls Tennis team hit the road to take on Kato East. Swim and dive will participate in a meet up in Faribault. Girls Soccer will host Northfield at the Gus tonight at 7. The Boys team will travel to Northfield for their matchup. And Tiger Volleyball will head up to Mankato to take on Kato East.

    The Minnesota Twins and Reds wrapped up their series in Cincinnati yesterday. The Reds led 2-0 in the seventh inning when Willi Castro cut the lead to 2-1 with a solo shot to right. In the top of the ninth inning the Twins tied the game at three on a Kyle Farmer RBI single and then a few batters later the Twins tied the game a Kyle Farmer RBI single and then the Twins completed the comeback and took the lead on a two RBI single from Jorge Polanco which put the Twins up 5-3 and that would be your final score. Johan Duran picked up his third win of the season for the Twins after pitching an inning where he struck out two batters and did not allow a hit. Griffin Jax recorded his third save of the season in the win. The Twins are off today and will be back in action tomorrow against the Angles at Target Field.

    Elsewhere in the AL Central last night the Kansas City Royals completed the sweep of the Cleveland Guardians. The Chicago White Sox were wrung out to dry falling to the Nationals 13-3. And rounding out AL Central action the Detroit Tigers avoided the sweep by taking down the LA Dodgers 4-2. After last night the Twins magic number to clinch the AL Central is down to one meaning the Twins need a win and a Guardians loss to clinch the AL Central.

    The Minnesota Vikings made a move to improve the offense. The team announced they have acquired Running back Cam Akers from the LA Rams exchange for a 2026 sixth round draft pick. Akers has recorded 22 carries this season for 29 yards and a TD this season so far for the Rams.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-20

    09/20/2023

    Tiger Athletics last night the Girls soccer team fell in a hard fought match to John Marshall 1-0, Girls Volleyball fell to Winona in three sets 22-25, 16-25 and 25-21. In Cross Country the boys team finished second and the girls finished in third. Tiger teams are off today and will return with a full slate of action on Thursday.

    The Minnesota Twins and Reds played game two of three last night. In the top of the fourth inning the Twins, already leading 1-0, doubled the lead to 2-0 on a Ryan Jeffers solo shot. Two RBI singles in the sixth inning put the Twins up 4-0 heading to the seventh. In the seventh inning the Twins extended the lead again on a two run homer from Willi Castro to make it six nothing. The Twins added one more run and that would be your final Twins took home the win 7-0. Twins starter Kenta Maeda picked up his sixth win of the season after pitching five innings allowing one hit and no earned runs, while striking out eight and walking one. The Twins and Reds will wrap up their series today at 11:35.   

    Elsewhere in the AL Central the Cleveland Guardians fell to the Kansas City Royals 7-6 in game two of their three game series. The Chicago White Sox fell in game two against the Washington Nationals losing last night 4-3. And rounding out AL Central action the Detroit Tigers fell to the LA Dodgers in LA last night 3-2. After last night the Twins saw their lead in the AL Central increase to eight games with ten games remaining on the schedule.   

    On the Ice the Minnesota Wild have announced they have signed defenseman Calen Addison to a one year contract worth $825,000.

    Addison returns to the Wild where he has spent the last three seasons of his career finishing last season playing in 62 games recording three goals and 26 assists for 29 points. The Wild will open the season on Oct 12 against the Florida Panthers.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-19

    09/19/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger sports back in action today, The Cross Country teams will be taking on multiple schools at Bancroft Bay Park at 4pm. Girls Tennis will host Austin at 4:45. Girls soccer will host John Marshall at 7 pm at the Gus. Boys soccer will be in Rochester facing John Marshall at 7 and The Volleyball team will host Winona at 7:15 The football team's Homecoming matchup will take place against Jordan on Saturday at 2p.m. Power 96 will bring you that game live on Saturday afternoon.

    In other area prep action, The Glenville Emmons volleyball team was shut out by LeRoy-Ostrander 3 sets to none with scores of 16-25 10-25 and 14-25.

    The Minnesota Twins opened a series with the Reds last night. The Twins trailed 2-0 in the fourth inning when Royce Lewis homered to center to cut the lead in half. The Reds responded with a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-1 where it remained until the top of the seventh when Alex Kirilloff homered cutting the deficit to 4-2. The Reds scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach 7-2. The Reds took home the win 7-3. Joe Ryan took the loss for the Twins dropping his record to 10-10 on the season after pitching five innings allowing five hits and four earned runs while striking out five and walking three batters. The Twins and Reds will resume their series tonight with first pitch scheduled for 5:40. Kenta Maeda will get the start for the Twins.

    In the AL Central last night the Kansas City Royals took down the Cleveland Guardians 6-4, the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Nationals 6-1, and the Tigers fell to the Dodgers 8-3. The Twins lead the AL Central by 7 games with 11 games left to play.

    A Monday night football doubleheader saw the New Orleans Saints defeat the Carolina Panthers 20-17 and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 26-22.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-18

    09/18/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger sports back in action tomorrow. Friday night the Varsity football team dropped their matchup against Fairmont 41-8. The Tigers get back to work preparing for their Homecoming matchup that will take place against Jordan on Saturday at 2 pm. Power 96 will bring you that game live on Saturday after noon. In other area prep action, AC/GE fell to Kingsland 54-14.

    The Austin Bruins wrapped up their start of the season at the NAHL Showcase up in Blaine Minnesota finishing the showcase at the top of the Central with a 3-1 record. That loss happened in the last game as the Bruins fell 3-2 against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Bruins return home to open up the season at Riverside Arena in Austin with weekend games against the St. Cloud Norsemen on Friday and The North Iowa Bulls on Saturday night Faceoff for both games is set for 7:05.

    On the Gridiron the Minnesota Gophers dropped their first game of the season to the 20th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 31-13 in Chapel Hill, NC. The Gophers take on Northwestern Saturday.

    The Minnesota Vikings didn"t lose any ground over the weekend as the entire NFC North took a loss. Green Bay lost to Atlanta 25-24. Detroit couldn"t get it done against Seattle losing 37-31 and Chicago dropped their matchup against Tampa Bay 27-17.The Vikings will open up week 3 by hosting the LA Chargers Sunday at Noon.

    The Minnesota Twins took two of three from the Chicago White Sox over the weekend winning 10-2 on Friday night, falling 7-6 on Saturday night before rebounding with a 4-0 win over Chicago last night. The Twins lead in the AL Central is seven games over Cleveland with 12 games to go in the regular season. The Twins will travel to Ohio to take on the Reds tonight. First pitch is scheduled for tonight at 5:40. Joe Ryan gets the start for the Twins.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-15

    09/15/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics action from yesterday Tiger volleyball fell to Austin three sets to none 23-25, 14-25 and 16-25. In Cross Country the Tigers finished in the middle of the pack 15th out of 25, in Girls Soccer the Tigers were shutout by Century 6-0 and Tiger Swim and dive fell to John Marshall. Tonight Tiger Football will be at the Gus taking on Fairmont at 7pm and Power 96 will have the game live.

    The Austin Bruins are now 2-0 after winning a rematch from the 2023 Robertson Cup finals against the Oklahoma Warriors. 2 short handed goals and a power play goal made the difference in a 3-2 victory. The Bruins will next take on the New Jersey Titans in Blaine at the NAHL Showcase. Faceoff is set for Noon.

    The Minnesota Vikings suffered another close loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last night 34-28. Justin Jefferson Jefferson had what looked like a touchdown before he fumbled it out the endzone before crossing the goalline and it was ruled a touchback. Otherwise Jefferson had a great game 11 catches for 159 yards and Kirk Cousins completed 31 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings committed four turnovers in the loss and have committed seven turnovers in their first two games while only forcing one. Next up for the Purple and Gold a return home and then they will host the Chargers next sunday.    

    Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer to cap Minnesota"s four-run seventh inning, Kenta Maeda threw seven strong innings and the Twins routed the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Thursday night. Maeda (5-7) allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked one.

    The veteran right-hander from Japan matched his season-high in innings and threw 105 pitches.Josh Winder pitched the eighth, and Brent Headrick worked around Eloy Jiménez"s double in the ninth. Ober (6-6, 3.67) faces White Sox RHP Jesse Scholtens (1-8), 4.44) tonight. First Pitch is set for 6:40pm

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-15

    09/15/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics action from yesterday Tiger volleyball fell to Austin three sets to none 23-25, 14-25 and 16-25. In Cross Country the Tigers finished in the middle of the pack 15th out of 25, in Girls Soccer the Tigers were shutout by Century 6-0 and Tiger Swim and dive fell to John Marshall. Tonight Tiger Football will be at the Gus taking on Fairmont at 7pm and Power 96 will have the game live.

    The Austin Bruins are now 2-0 after winning a rematch from the 2023 Robertson Cup finals against the Oklahoma Warriors. 2 short handed goals and a power play goal made the difference in a 3-2 victory. The Bruins will next take on the New Jersey Titans in Blaine at the NAHL Showcase. Faceoff is set for Noon.

    The Minnesota Vikings suffered another close loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last night 34-28. Justin Jefferson Jefferson had what looked like a touchdown before he fumbled it out the endzone before crossing the goalline and it was ruled a touchback. Otherwise Jefferson had a great game 11 catches for 159 yards and Kirk Cousins completed 31 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings committed four turnovers in the loss and have committed seven turnovers in their first two games while only forcing one. Next up for the Purple and Gold a return home and then they will host the Chargers next sunday.    

    Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer to cap Minnesota"s four-run seventh inning, Kenta Maeda threw seven strong innings and the Twins routed the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Thursday night. Maeda (5-7) allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked one.

    The veteran right-hander from Japan matched his season-high in innings and threw 105 pitches.Josh Winder pitched the eighth, and Brent Headrick worked around Eloy Jiménez"s double in the ninth. Ober (6-6, 3.67) faces White Sox RHP Jesse Scholtens (1-8), 4.44) tonight. First Pitch is set for 6:40pm

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-14

    09/14/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics are back in action today after a night off, with a full slate of events. The cross country teams will be facing multiple teams at Rochester Eastwood Golf Course. Girls tennis hosting Faribault at 4:45, Swim and Dive will be in Rochester taking on John Marshall at 6:30. Girls soccer is on the road taking on Rochester Century, Boys soccer will be at home hosting Century at 7 pm at the Gus. And Finally girls Volleyball will take on the Packers of Austin in Austin at 7:15. Friday, Tiger Football will take on Fairmont at 7 pm at the Gus.

    The Austin Bruins opened regular season play in Blaine MN at the NAHL showcase.Game 1 equaled win 1 as the Bruins 3 goal 3rd period downed the Philadelphia Rebels 4-2. The Bruins second game of the season takes place today at 4:30 when the black and gold enter a rematch from the 2023 Robertson Cup finals against the Oklahoma Warriors.

    The Minnesota Twins wrapped up their season series with the Tampa Bay Rays last night. The Rays led 4-0 after the third inning but the Twins started the rally in the bottom of the third inning with two homers by Matt Wallner and Kyle Farmer to cut the deficit to 4-2. Max Kepler tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two RBI Triple. In the top of the ninth Randy Arozarena gave Tampa the lead with a solo homer and that would be the deciding factor as the Twins couldn't find the tying run and the Rays took home the win 5-4.

    In the AL Central yesterday the Cleveland Guardians fell to the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in ten innings. The Detroit Tigers fell to the Cincinnati Red 4-3, and the Kansas City Royal took home the win over the Chicago White Sox 7-1. The Twins lead the AL Central by 7.5 games over Cleveland with 16 games remaining on the regular season schedule.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-13

    09/13/2023

    Albert Lea Tigers in action today with Cross Country teams taking on Rochester Mayo. Girls tennis hosting Fairabult at 4:45, Swim and Dive will be in Rochester taking on John Marshall at 6:30. Girls soccer is on the road taking on Rochester Century, Boys soccer will be at home hosting Century at 7 pm at the Gus. And Finally girls Volleyball will take on the Packers of Austin in Austin at 7:15.

    Other area prep action from last night saw Alden Congers volleyball team come away with a 3-0 win over Martin County West winning 25-17, 25-15, and 25-18. Glenville-Emmons defeated Schaffer Academy in 3 sets winning 3-0

    The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays played their second to last regular season matchup last night. No score in the bottom of the third but Edouard Julien changed that with a solo shot giving the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Rays would tie the game in the top of the fourth on a Josh Lowe RBI single and then took the lead on a Rene Pinto solo shot and the Rays led 2-1. In the bottom of the seventh inning it was Willi Castro who played hero when he launched a two run homer putting the Twins in front 3-2 and that would be your final score. Louie Varland picked up the win for Minnesota pitching 2 ? innings, allowing one hit and striking out three batters. The Twins and Rays will be back at it this afternoon to wrap up their season series. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10.   

    In the AL Central last night the Cleveland Guardians took down the Cleveland Guardians 3-1, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals split a doubleheader. Chicago won game one 6-2 and Kansas City won game two 11-10. And the Detroit Tigers fell to the Cincinnati Reds 6-5. After last night's action the Twins still lead the AL Central by 7.5 games over Cleveland with 17 games left on their schedule.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-12

    09/12/2023

    Albert Lea Tigers have their first Division-1 female hockey player, this after Mika Cichosz has made a verbal commitment to play for Minnesota State University Mankato Maverick Hockey.

    Albert Lea Tiger Athletics has plenty of action in store today: Girls Tennis will be in Red Wing to take on the Wingers at 4:45. Boys soccer will be in Kato to take on Mankato East at 5 pm. Girls Swim and Dive will host Tri City United at 5 pm. And Girls Soccer will take on kato East at the Gus tonight at 7 pm.

    The Minnesota Twins welcomed the Rays to Target Field last night to open a three game series. The Rays led 2-0 when Max Kepler hit a solo shot to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Rays extended the lead to 6-1 thanks to a three run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the sixth. Royce Lewis hit a three run homer in the sixth to cut the Rays lead to 7-4 but that was as close as the game would get. Tampa took home the win 7-4. Twins starter Sonny Gray, who took the loss dropping his record to 7-7, was charged with two runs, one earned, and six hits in four innings. The Twins and Rays are back at it tonight at 6:40

    Elsewhere in the AL Central the Cleveland Guardians fell to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in ten innings and the game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox was postponed due to rain. After last night the Twins still lead the AL Central by 7.5 games over Cleveland.

    On the gridiron the first rendition of Monday Night Football saw the New York Jets rally from a 13-3 deficit to stun the Buffalo Bills 22-16 in overtime. The bigger story in the game is New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers, who left the game with a leg injury and the team fears it could be a torn Achilles. Rodgers will have an MRI tuesday.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-11

    09/11/2023

    Friday night the Tigers football team played hard, but just could not solve New Ulms quarterback falling to the Eagles 29-18. The Tigers will get back to work and prepare for Friday night's game against Fairmont at the Gus. Albert Lea Tigers Girls Tennis team will be in action today as they play host to USC at 4:30. In other prep action Alden Conger Glenville Emmons was spanked by Leroy Ostrander 63-28.

    The Minnesota Gophers took care of business defeating Eastern Michigan 25-6. The Gophers have a tough test coming up next when they travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the 20th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

    The Minnesota Vikings lost their first game of the season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 20-17. The Vikings had a hard time holding on to the ball, committing three turnovers, two of which were attributed to Kirk Cousins a fumble that was caused by the ball hitting the arm of Ed Ingram and an interception. The offensive line struggled to keep up with the Buccaneers" defensive line, which may have contributed to the issues that plagued Cousins and the running game that was mostly ineffective throughout the game. On a more positive note for the Vikings, their first-round receiver Jordan Addison made an early contribution by catching a touchdown in his debut game. Justin Jefferson also had a good showing, and the two receivers seem to be forming a good tandem for the Vikings offense. Although the Vikings lost, their defense showed promise and only needed to finish out plays. The Vikings have a short week as they host the Philadelphia Eagles, who pulled out a 25-20 win over the New England Patriots.

    Despite 14 strikeouts and eight innings of work from pitcher Pablo Lopez the New York Mets defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Sunday to avoid the sweep. The Twins will be back in action today when they open a series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Twins lead in the AL Central entering the week stands at 7.5 games over the Cleveland Guardians with 19 games left in the regular season.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-8

    09/08/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger teams are on the road today as boys and girls cross country will take on Faribault in Faribault starting at 3:30. Varsity football, also on the road heading up to New Ulm. POWER 96 will bring you that game live tonight at 7 pm.

    In prep action from yesterday, Alden Conger swept St. Clair in Volleyball last night winning 3 sets to none with wins of 25-13, 25-12,

    25-13. Glenville Emmons volleyball fell to Grand Meadow dropping all 3 sets. 14-25 17-25 14-25

    The Austin Bruins extracted some payback against the Chippewa Steel last night in pre-season action. The Bruins finished their pre season with a

    3-1 victory in Chippewa. Next up for the Bruins is the NAHL Showcase which officially kicks off the regular season in Blaine Mn.

    The Minnesota Twins had last night as they awaited the arrival of the New York Mets. The two will open a three game series friday . The Twins and Mets last played in 2019 where the Mets won three of the four games. The Mets enter the series with a record of 64-75 on the season which has them currently sitting fourth in the NL East 26.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place. At the plate the Mets are led in home runs and RBIs by Pete Alonso who has 42 home runs and 102 RBIs on the season. On the mound the Mets are led in Wins, ERA and Strikeouts by Kodai Senga who has ten wins, a 3.08 ERA and has struckout 176 batters. Senga will get the mound for the Mets tonight.    

    The NFL season officially kicked off last night as the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs were stunned by the Detroit Lions 21-20. Kansas City was without Travis Kelce and his absence hurt the chiefs offensively. Patrick Mahomes completed 21-for-39 passes for 226 yards and two scores and a pick six.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-7

    09/07/2023

    Albert Lea Tiger teams back in action today Swim and Dive will host Northfield at 6 pm. At 7 pm Boys and girls soccer will begin play. The boys will host Winona at the Gus, while the girls will hit the road to take on Winona.

    The Austin Bruins fell to the Chippewa Steel last night in pre-season action 4-2. The bruins will travel to again face the Steel tonight in Chippewa.

    Rookie Gavin Williams and four relievers cooled off Minnesota"s offense and the Cleveland Guardians avoided a three-game sweep with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.Minnesota still leads second-place Cleveland by six games in the AL Central with 22 games left. The Twins won the first two games of the series against the defending division champs by a combined 28-9 score. Cleveland won the season series 7-6.Twins starter Joe Ryan (10-9) made his third start since being on the 15-day injured list with a strained groin. The right-hander allowed two runs in four innings. 1B/OF Alex Kirilloff (right shoulder strain) is hitting .455 (10-for-22) on a minor league rehab assignment.

    The Twins are off today, but they will Open a three-game series Friday night at home against the New York Yankees. LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 5.96 ERA) will start for Minnesota.

    Elsewhere in the AL Central the Detroit Tigers fell to the New York Yankees in game two of their three game series 4-3. The Chicago White Sox took down the Kansas City Royals 6-4 to wrap up their quick two game series.

    The Minnesota Vikings have announced that they have signed safety are signing Safety Josh Metellus to a 2-year deal worth up to $13 million, Metellus, a former 6th round pick, started 3 games last season, recording an INT, 5 passes defended, 42 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Deal includes $6M guaranteed. The extension will keep Metellus in Minnesota for the next three seasons.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-6

    09/06/2023

    Tiger Athletics action from yesterday saw the Tigers Girls Soccer team take down Austin 3-2. Scoring for the Tigers were Evie Ravenhorst

    Haley Austinson and Sydney Kolker. In other area athletic action Glenville Emmons Volleyball fell to kingsland three sets to two 25-11, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25, 13-15. And Alden Conger defeated Hayfield 3 sets to nothing 25-15, 25-18, 25-15.

    Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly and Donovan Solano added a three-run triple in Minnesota"s five-run eighth inning as the Twins pushed their lead to seven games over second-place Cleveland with an 8-3 win over the Guardians on Tuesday night.

    Polanco hit a shot deep enough to right off Trevor Stephan (6-6) to score pinch-runner Joey Gallo and break a 3-3 tie. Later in the inning, Solano"s liner to center skipped past outfielder Myles Straw and rolled to the wall, clearing the bases.By winning the first two games of the critical three-game series, Minnesota, which has been atop the division since mid-July, moved seven games above .500 for the first time in 2023. More importantly, they probably put away the defending division champion Guardians with just 23 games left. Griffin Jax (6-8) struck out two in one inning after coming on for starter Sonny Gray, who gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. Caleb Thielbar worked the eighth and Emilio Pagán finished up for Minnesota.

    Elsewhere in the AL Central: The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1, and the Kansas City Royals took down the Chicago White Sox 7-6.

    The Minnesota Vikings will play for real with all the class A starters this Sunday when the Vikings host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at US Bank Stadium. POWER 96 will bring you that game live starting with Vikings Football Sunday at 11 am. Paul Allen will bring you the call at Noon.

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-5

    09/05/2023

    High school Football opened up their season on Friday. Albert Lea suffered a 52-0 loss in their opening game against St. Peter in a new section. The Tigers will next take on New Ulm in New Ulm. The Austin Packers fell to Watertown Mayer in a tightly contested game 28-27. Alden Conger Glenville Emmons took care of business against Grand Meadow winning 35-6. Today Girls Soccer will host Austin at the Gus at 7 pm. Girls volleyball will host Red Wing at 7:15 and Boys soccer will travel to Austin to take on the Packers at 7 p.m.

    The Austin Bruins are undefeated in their pre-season. This weekend the Bruins shut out the Minnesota Wilderness 4-0 at Riverside Arena on Friday night. Saturday the two teams faced each other again with the Bruins taking a 4-3 win in overtime. The Bruins will next host the Chippewa Steel on Wednesday night and will travel to again face the Steel Thursday night in Chippewa.

    The Minnesota Twins were back in action on Monday night when they took on the Cleveland Guardians in the first of the final three games between the two teams this season. The Twins launched six homers in the game; the homers were from Jorge Polanco, Royce Lewis, Carlos Correa, Joey Gallo, Kyle Farmer and Matt Wallner. Rookie Royce Lewis became the first rookie in MLB history with three grand slams in an eight-game span. The Twins third baseman is also the second player ever with five homers and three slams in the same timeframe, joining baseball legend Lou Gehrig who did it in 1931. The Twins took home the win 20-6. Pablo López (10-7) went six innings, allowing one run on an RBI triple by José Ramírez. The right-hander struck out three, putting him eight behind Toronto"s Kevin Gausman for the AL lead. The Twins and Guardians will be back at it tonight starting at 5:10. The Twins lead the AL Central by six games over the Guardians with 24 games remaining on the schedule

    Power 96 Sports Update 9-1

    09/01/2023

    Albert Lea Athletics in action today, as the Tigers Football team opens up their regular season in a new section with a matchup against St. Peter tonight at the Gus. POWER 96 will bring you that game live. Kickoff is set for 7 pm. Both Boys and Girls Cross Country in action today as well as they face multiple teams at Mountain Lake Golf Course.

    Other prep area action saw the Volleyball team from Alden Conger defeat Hayfield 3 sets to none. Glenville also shut out their opponent 3 sets to none.

    The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers started their football season off on the right foot with a great defensive effort as the Gophers downed Nebraska 13-10. Minnesota"s Dragan Kesich hit a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give the Gophers a 13-10 season-opening win over the Huskers.

    The Minnesota Twins were off last night as they made their way down to Texas before starting a three game series with Rangers tonight. The teams played a four game series just four days ago and the Twins hope to repeat that performance winning three of the four games. Joe Ryan (9-8, 4.33) will get the bump for the Twins and Max Scherzer 12-5, 3.71) will get the hill for the Rangers.

    Not a whole lot of action in the AL Central last night. The Detroit Tigers won their series finale against the New York Yankees 4-3. Every other team was off last night. The Cleveland Guardians will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Cleveland tonight, the Royals will welcome the Red Sox to Kauffman Stadium, and the Chicago White Sox will open up a three game series with the division rival Detroit Tigers tonight. The Twins and Guardians both idol last night means the Twins lead in the AL Central is still as five games over Cleveland.    

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-31

    08/31/2023

    Albert Lea Athletics in action today, Girls Swim and Dive will host Rochester Mayo at 6:30. Girls soccer will travel to Red Wing to take on the Wingers at 7p.m., while boys soccer will host Red Wing at the Gus at 7p.m. Tiger Football will kickoff tomorrow when the Tigers take on St Peter and Power 96 will have the game for you live kickoff is scheduled for 7p.m.

    The Minnesota Twins wrapped up their three game series with the Cleveland Guardians yesterday. A scoreless game until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Twins got on the board thanks to a Jorge Polanco 2 RBI single that scored Solano and Wallner. The Guardians made their move in the top of the eighth inning when Steven Kwan hit an RBI single to left that cut the lead to 2-1. In the top of the ninth Andres Gimenez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. The Twins didn't score in the bottom of the ninth so the game went to extras. In the top of the tenth Kole Calhoun made sure there would be no eleventh inning by hitting a three run homer to put the Guardians up 5-2 and that would be your final score as the Guardians chip another game off of the Twins lead in the AL Central which is now at 5 games. The Twins are off today and will open up a three game series against the Texas Rangers tomorrow.      

    Elsewhere in the AL Central: The Chicago White Sox took home the series finale against the Orioles 10-5. The Tigers lost to the New York Yankees 6-2, and the Kansas City Royals were swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates falling last night 4-1.

    After trimming the roster down to 53 players the Vikings have signed 12 players to the practice squad. Wide Receivers Trishton Jackson, Lucky Jackson and Thayer Thomas, Cornerbacks Joejuan Williams, C.J. Coldon Jr, Jaylin Williams Running back DeWayne McBride, Linebackers Luiji Vilain and Benton Whitley Defensive lineman Sheldon Day and TJ Smith and Offensive lineman Alan Ali.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-30

    08/30/2023

    Prep Volleyball action from last night saw Alden-Conger take down NRHEG 3 sets to none, winning 25-18, 25-6, and 25-22. Houston downed Glenville Emmons 3 sets to 1.

    The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians resumed their three game series last night. Cleveland got on the board first with a solo shot from Bo Naylor in the top of the second inning. In the top of the third the Guardians extended the lead to 2-0 on a wild pitch from Pablo Lopez. Kole Calhoun put the Twins up 3-0 on an RBI groundout. The Twins got on the board on a Royce Lewis solo homer, his third homer in three games, and Michael Taylor added a homer in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn't enough as Cleveland took home the win 4-2. Pablo Lopez took the loss for the Twins seeing his record fall to 9-7 on the season. In six innings of work Lopez allowed three earned runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking three batters. The Twins and Guardians will wrap up their series this afternoon at 12:10     

    Elsewhere in the AL Central the Detroit Tigers fell once again to the New York Yankees 4-2. The Chicago White Sox allowed nine runs to the Orioles yet again and they fell 9-3. The Kansas City Royals tried to snap a four game skid against the Pittsburgh Pirates but they were unable to take home the win falling to Pittsburgh 6-3. After last night the Twins find themselves leading the AL Central by six games with 29 left on the schedule.

    The Minnesota Vikings have once again restructured the contract of offensive guard Chris Reed. His new contract has his full salary guaranteed at $1.165 million with a cap hit of $1.5 million. His cap hit dropped $250k which previously sat at $1.75 million. The move likely signals that the Vikings may be moving on from Reed since he was injured all of training camp. They make a mutually beneficial move where Reed gets more money guaranteed and the Vikings save cap space.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-29

    08/29/2023

    The Minnesota Twins found themselves trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the second inning against the Cleveland Guardians but that deficit didn't last long as the Twins scored two runs on a balk that scored Correa as well as an RBI single by Donovan Solano to cut the lead to 4-2. A few batters later Royce Lewis hit a go ahead grand slam to put the twins up 6-2. With the grand slam Lewis became the first player in Twins history to hit a grand slam in back to back games. The Twins added two more homers from Matt Wallner and Jorge Polanco which gave the twins the win 10-6 over Cleveland. Kody Funderburk picked up the win for the Twins after pitching two innings allowing no hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Josh Winder picked up his first save of the season for the Twins. The Twins and Guardians will be back at it tonight for game two at 6:40   

    Elsewhere in the AL Central the Detroit Tigers fell to the New York Yankees 4-1 in their series opener. The Chicago White Sox were shut out by Baltimore 9-0. And the Kansas City Royals failed to score a run in their 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The twins lead the AL Central by seven games with 30 games left on the schedule.

    Tuesday is the day NFL teams have to have their rosters cut down to 53 players. The Vikings made a few roster moves to get closer to that number: According to NFL Network"s Tom Pelissero, the Vikings have cut defensive linemen Ross Blacklock and Sheldon Day. Blacklock was acquired from the Houston Texans the day after cutdown day last August for a sixth-round pick with a seventh-round pick coming back to the Vikings. He struggled early on and was benched for the final eight games of 2022. Jordan Ta'amu, a quarterback who spent time with the Lions in 2020 and 2021 was also cut. The deadline to cut players and get the roster down to 53 players is today at 3:00.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-28

    08/28/2023

    The Minnesota Twins welcomed the Texas Rangers for a four game series over the weekend and it couldn't have gone much better for the Twins. They won game one 7-5, game two 12-2, Texas won game three 6-2. Last night the Twins found themselves down 5-0 heading to the sixth inning when Royce Lewis hit a Grand Slam cutting the deficit to 5-4. The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Donovan Solano recorded an RBI single. The game went to extra innings. In the bottom of the 13th it was Michael Taylor who crossed the plate on a walk to win the game for the Twins. Dylan Floro got the win for the Twins after pitching one inning allowing no hits, striking out two and walking one batter. The Twins will be in action tonight when they open a three game series with Cleveland. First pitch is scheduled for tonight at 6:40.

    In the AL Central over the weekend: The Guardians took two of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Detroit Tigers won the series opener but lost the last two to the Houston Astros. The Chicago White Sox split their four game series with the Oakland A's. The Kansas City Royals were swept by the Seattle Mariners. After the dust settled from the weekend, the Twins find themselves in a good spot in the AL Central leading the division by six games with 31 left to play.

    The Minnesota Vikings have continued their roster cuts on sunday evening the team released linebacker Tanner Vallejo, the team cut offensive tackel Jarrid Williams and inside linebacker Wilson Huber. The cuts narrow the Vikings roster down to 86 players. More cuts are expected as the team trims the team down to 53 players. The Vikings will open the season on September 10th against Tampa Bay at US Bank Stadium.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-25

    08/25/2023

    Albert Lea Athletics kicked off last night with the Girls soccer team winning their season opener 4-0 over Mankato-Loyola. The four Tiger goals were scored by Evelyn Ravenhorst, Sydney Kolker, Haley Austinson and Maggie Olson. In other area high school action Alden Conger/Glenville Emmons football fell in overtime to Houston 36-34. The Albert Lea Tigers will open up their season September 1st when they host St. Peter.

    The Minnesota Twins welcomed the Texas Rangers to open a four game series. The Rangers took the lead early in the top of the first on a solo shot from Marcus Semien. The Twins tied the game on a Kyle Farmer solo shot in the second inning tying the game at one. The Rangers took a 4-1 lead after three runs in the third and Michael Taylor responded with a solo shot to make it 4-2. The Rangers made it 5-2 and then the comeback was on for the Twins who used three homers in the 5th through eighth innings to rally for the 7-5 win. Michael Taylor, Royce Lewis and Ryan Jeffers had the three runs for the Twins. Josh Winder took home the win for the Twins to improve his record to 2-0 on the season after pitching 3 innings allowing no hits while striking out three batters and walking two. Griffin Jax picked up his second of the season.

    In the AL Central tonight: The Guardians fell in both of their games to the Dodgers 6-1 and 9-3. The Chicago White Sox fell in the series opener against the Oakland A"s 8-5. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals had the night off last night. The Twins win coupled with the two losses by the Guardians means the Twins now have a six game lead in the AL Central with 34 games remaining on the schedule.

    The Minnesota Lynx got back on track and took home the 90-81 win over the Dallas Wings. The win brings the Lynx back to .500 on the season improving their record to 17-17 overall. The Lynx are back in action Saturday against the Liberty.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-24

    08/24/2023

    Willy Adames and the Milwaukee Brewers sweated out an extra-inning victory on one of the hottest days in their home stadium"s history. Adames homered, singled home the tying run and then scored the winning run on Brice Turang"s two-out infield hit in the 10th inning of the Brewers" 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. It was 97 degrees for the first pitch, the third-highest game-time temperature at American Family Field since it opened as Miller Park in 2001. After rallying from a three-run deficit to force extra innings, the Brewers scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th off Jhoan Durán (2-6) to win their fifth straight game. Durán was working a second inning after holding the Brewers scoreless in the ninth. The Twins will Begin a four-game home series against Texas on Thursday. The scheduled pitchers are RHP Pablo López (9-6, 3.51 ERA) for the Twins and LHP Andrew Heaney (9-6, 4.27) for the Rangers. First pitch is slotted for 6:10

    Elsewhere in the AL Central: The Cleveland Guardians took on the LA dodgers and the game was postponed after rain in the second inning with the Dodgers leading 3-1 and the teams will play a double header Thursday. The Detroit Tigers fell in the series finale against the Chicago Cubs losing 6-4. The Chicago White Sox snapped the Mariners eight game winning streak with a 5-4 win in ten innings. The Kansas City Royals avoided the sweep, shutting out the Oakland A"s 4-0. The Twins lead in the AL Central is now at 4.5 games.

    The unusual summer of Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson took a new turn Wednesday when he sat out most of practice because of what the team attributed to lower back stiffness. Hockenson missed the majority of camp drills during the previous three weeks because of an ear infection that he said affected his equilibrium. Hockenson reported his back symptoms to the Vikings' medical staff. O'Connell classified Hockenson is "day-to-day" and did not rule out a return to the field as early as Thursday's joint practice with the Arizona Cardinals, but such a quick return seems unlikely.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-23

    08/23/2023

    The Milwaukee Brewers didn"t hit the ball particularly hard during their go-ahead rally Tuesday night.It didn"t matter.The Brewers benefited from good fortune on soft contact as they scored five runs off Dylan Floro in the sixth inning of a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in an interleague matchup of division leaders. Willy Adames of NL Central-leading Milwaukee and Christian Vázquez of AL Central-best Minnesota hit two-run homers early in the game. But the game was decided in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Brewers capitalized on a Twins pitching change. Twins starter Bailey Ober retired the last eight men he faced before departing with a 3-2 lead after throwing 78 pitches. That"s when the Twins brought Floro (4-6) out of the bullpen. Floro allowed hits to six of the first seven batters he faced, with five of them scoring. Twins: RHP Oliver Ortega was removed from the game with an apparent injury in the seventh inning. Baldelli said Ortega was dealing with lower back tightness. First pitch for game two is set for 1:10.

    Elsewhere in the AL Central: The Cleveland Guardians took down the Dodgers in game one 8-3. The Detroit Tigers evened their series with the Chicago Cubs winning 8-6 . The Chicago White Sox were unable to snap the Mariners win streak falling 6-3. and the Kansas City Royals fell again to the Oakland A"s 5-4. After last nights results the Twins see their lead in the AL Central shrink by a game to five games over Cleveland.   

    The Minnesota Lynx got back on track defeating the Dallas Wings last night 91-86. The win improves the Lynx record to 16-17 on the season, which has them sixth in the WNBA where the top eight make the playoffs. The Lynx will return to action on Thursday against the Wings with seven games remaining on the schedule.

    Power 96 Sports Update 8-22

    08/22/2023

    The Milwaukee Brewers will try to bring their recent road success home when they host the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game interleague series between division leaders.Veteran left-hander Wade Miley (6-3, 3.05 ERA) gets the nod for Milwaukee, opposed by right-hander Bailey Ober (6-6, 3.40)Milwaukee entered its off day on Monday with a three-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. The Twins, the only team in the AL Central above .500, increased their lead to six games over Cleveland. Ober will be facing the Brewers for the second time this season. He earned the win on June 14 when he allowed two runs on a pair of solo homers in six innings in a 4-2 victory.Ober did not get the decision in his last start, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings in a 5-3 win over Detroit. First pitch tonight is slotted for 7:10 pm.

    Elsewhere in the AL Central: The Cleveland Guardians had the night off. The Detroit Tigers lost the series opener to the Chicago Cubs 7-6, The Chicago White Sox got hung out to dry against the Seattle Mariners falling 14-2, and Kansas City Royals opened up a series with the Oakland As falling 6-4. The Twins have a 6 games lead in the AL central with 37 games on the schedule.

    Like he's done for much of the past couple of weeks, tight end T.J. Hockenson went through warmups with the Vikings on Monday at TCO Performance Center, then exited stage left while the rest of his teammates continued to practice. Hockenson said We're taking it day by day,. It still raises the question: What the heck is going on with Hockenson? Talking to reporters last week Hockenson said his limited participation was due to an ear infection that was impacting his equilibrium.Hockenson said he will be ready to go come September 10th when the Vikings take on the Buccaneers in the season opener.

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