Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Minnesota Sports from MNN - 10/15/13

"Minnesota Sports Summary"

Wild Sharpen Sabres

(Buffalo, NY)  --  Minnesota forward Jason Pominville scored on the power play late in the second and the Wild held on for a 2-1 win over Pominville's former team, the host Buffalo Sabres.  Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota while Josh Harding stopped 22 shots in net.  The Wild were without starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who is nursing a sprained knee.  Minnesota has won three straight to move to 3-1-and-2.  Brian Flynn tallied the lone goal for Buffalo while Jhonas Enroth halted 18 shots in defeat.  The Sabres remain winless at 0-6-and-1.  Minnesota is at Toronto tonight and at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Wild Recall Kuemper

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Minnesota Wild recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper (KEMP-er) from A-H-L Iowa prior to last night's win at Buffalo.  Kuemper comes to the Wild to add depth to a position hit by injury.  Top netminder Niklas Backstrom continues to nurse a leg injury.  Reserve Josh Harding earned the win last night in Buffalo, but with Backstrom still ailing and Harding's ability to play on back-to-back nights still a bit of a question, the team added Kuemper tot he roster.  Minnesota is in Toronto tonight and Keumper could get the starting assignment.

Vikings' Bishop Has Torn ACL

(Eden Prairie, MN)  --  Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop is facing knee surgery.  Head coach Leslie Frazier announced Monday that Bishop has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.  The 29-year-old suffered the injury in Sunday's 35-10 loss to Carolina.  Bishop missed all of 2012 with the Green Bay Packers due to a hamstring injury.  Bishop has been mostly a reserve for the Vikings this year.  Vikings players have the day off today and will return to practice tomorrow.  The Vikes are at the New York Giants for Monday Night Football.

Vikings Schedule And Results

(Eden Prairie, MN)  --  Here is the 2013 Vikings schedule and results:

Sunday, September 8 - Detroit 34, Minnesota 24 (final)
Sunday, September 15 - Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 (final)
Sunday, September 22 - Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 (final)
Sunday, September 29 - Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (final)
Sunday, October 6 - BYE WEEK
Sunday, October 13 - Carolina 35, Minnesota 10 (final)
Monday, October 21 - at NY Giants, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 27 - vs. Green Bay, 7:40pm
Sunday, November 3 - at Dallas, noon
Thursday, November 7 - vs. Washington, 7:25pm
Sunday, November 17 - at Seattle, 3:25pm**
Sunday, November 24 - at Green Bay, noon**
Sunday, December 1 - vs. Chicago, noon**
Sunday, December 8 - at Baltimore, noon**
Sunday, December 15 - vs. Philadelphia, noon**
Sunday, December 22 - at Cincinnati, noon**
Sunday, December 29 - vs. Detroit, noon**

** - gametime subject to NFL Flex Scheduling

Giants' Nicks Not Worried About Trade Rumors

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks isn't sweating trade rumors surrounding his name.  In the last year of his contract and with the team 0-and-6, Nicks is one of the more marquee names to possibly be on the move before the October 29th deadline.  Nicks says he's been told nothing and expects to remain a Giant.  The Giants host the Vikings for Monday Night Football this coming Monday.

Packers' Cobb To Miss Time With Knee Injury

(Green Bay, WI)  --  The Green Bay Packers will be without wide receiver Randall Cobb for the next several games.  Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that Cobb has a knee injury that will sideline him for a few weeks.  Cobb was hurt when he took a helmet to the knee from Ravens safety Matt Elam in the second quarter of Sunday's win.  Minnesota hosts Green Bay on October 27th, so the Vikes will not face Cobb in that matchup.

Cowboys' Ware Out 3-to-4 Weeks

(Arlington, TX)  --  Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware is on the shelf.  The star defender will be sidelined three-to-four weeks with a strained quad.  Ware was hurt in Sunday night's 31-16 win over Washington.  He has not missed a game since entering the NFL in 2005.  The Vikings play at Dallas on November 3rd, so there's a good chance Ware will be unavailable against the Vikes.

Monday Night Football:  Chargers Sneak By Colts

(San Diego, CA)  --  San Diego kicker Nick Novak drilled a 50-yard field goal with two minutes left in the fourth quarter to clinch a 19-9 win for the Chargers against the Colts on "Monday Night Football" at Qualcomm Stadium.  San Diego rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen continued his tremendous play, hauling in a 22-yard touchdown from Philip Rivers on his way to nine catches and 107 yards.  Ryan Mathews ran for 102 yards on 22 carries, while Rivers passed for 237 and didn't turn the ball over.  The Chargers joined four other teams in the AFC at 3-and-3.  Indianapolis was held to three Adam Vinatieri field goals.  Andrew Luck completed 18-of-30 passes for 202 yards with a late interception.  Trent Richardson compiled 10 carries for 40 yards.  The Colts fell to 4-and-2, but still lead the AFC South by a game.

Gopher Get Back To Work

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Golden Gopher football team got a much-needed rest this past weekend.  Minnesota is ready to ramp it back up this week as they gear up to face Big Ten rival Northwestern on Saturday.  Both Minnesota and Northwestern are 4-and-2 overall and 0-and-2 in the Big Ten.  Gopher defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys (CLAYZ) is the acting head coach and will meet with reporters this afternoon at the usual Tuesday media briefing.  Jerry Kill is taking a leave of absence for health reasons.

Kickoff Set For Gopher Home Game Against Nebraska

(Chicago, IL)  --  Gametime for the next Golden Gopher home football game has now been set.  Minnesota hosts Nebraska on Saturday, October 26th and the Big Ten has set the kickoff at 11 a.m.  The game will be nationally televised on either ESPN or ESPN-2.  The game will also be broadcast on the statewide Gopher Radio Network.  Minnesota visits Northwestern this Saturday for an 11 a.m. game.

Gopher Gridiron Slate and Results

(Undated)  --  Here is the 2013 Golden Gopher football schedule with results to date:

Thursday, August 29 - Minnesota 51, UNLV 23 (final)
Saturday, September 7 - Minnesota 44, New Mexico State 21 (final)
Saturday, September 14 - Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12 (final)
Saturday, September 21 - Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24 (final)
Saturday, September 28 - Iowa 23, Minnesota 7 (final)
Saturday, October 5 - Michigan 42, Minnesota 13 (final)
Saturday, October 12 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, October 19 - at Northwestern, 11am
Saturday, October 26 - vs Nebraska, 11am
Saturday, November 2 - at Indiana, 2:30pm
Saturday, November 9 - vs. Penn State, TBD
Saturday, November 16 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, November 23 - vs. Wisconsin, TBD
Saturday, November 30 - at Michigan State, TBD

Lynx Celebrate

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx are feeling plenty of love from their home city, as thousands turned out for Monday's victory parade.  The Lynx won their second title in three years, and did so this year without losing a single game in the postseason.  They've also had the league's best record for the past three years.  The parade was capped off by a pep rally inside the Target Center.

T'wolves Off Until Sunday

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Timberwolves are off until Sunday.  They will head to Montreal to battle the Boston Celtics at the Bell Centre.  Minnesota is 2-and-2 in preseason play following Saturday's 104-97 home loss to the Toronto Raptors.  The T'wolves have three more exhibition games before opening the regular season against the Orlando Magic on October 30th.

NLCS Gets Interesting, ALCS Continues

(Undated)  --  Yasiel Puig brought his trademark exuberance and emotion as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 win over the Cardinals in Game Three of the NLCS.  Los Angeles trails 2-1 and will try to even up the series at two tonight.  Puig went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Hanley Ramirez played through a fractured rib injury and went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.  Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up the win dealing seven shutout innings opposite Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.  The Game Four pitching matchup features Ricky Nolasco for LA and Lance Lynn for the Cards.  In the American League Championship Series, the Tigers and Red Sox square off all knotted up at one.  Detroit missed a golden opportunity to come home with a 2-0 lead when David Ortiz smashed a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected for a walk-off single in the ninth.  Tigers ace Justin Verlander takes the hill coming off an eight-inning, ten-strikeout performance in the deciding Game Five of their ALDS.  John Lackey makes his second start of the postseason for Boston.  Lackey gave up four runs and five-and-one-third innings, but grabbed a win in the Sox' opening series.

MLB Umpire Wally Bell Dies

(Undated)  --  Major League Baseball is mourning the death of umpire Wally Bell.  The 48-year-old Bell died suddenly, leaving behind a girlfriend and family.  Bell was an umpire for 21 years and was a part of three All-Star Games, seven Division Series, four League Championship Series and the 2006 World Series.  He most recently was on Tim McClelland's crew for the NL Division Series between the Pirates and Cardinals this month.

Vickers' Sprint Cup Season Over With Blood Clot

(Concord, NC)  --  Brian Vickers won't race the rest of the NASCAR season because of a blood clot in his right calf.  The clot was discovered Monday after an examination.  Vickers missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season with clots and required heart surgery.  He says he's confident he can resume racing before the 2014 season.

Franchitti Has Second Surgery On Ankle

(Undated)  --  IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE-tee) underwent a second surgery on his right ankle yesterday.  Franchitti continues to recover from the October 6th crash at the Houston IndyCar race that also injured a number of spectators.  He also suffered two broken vertebrae and a concussion in the wreck.