It’s time to climb out of the pool, put down that frosty drink, discard the shades and fire up the high-definition TV. The NFL is back. Some training camps open this weekend, and the first preseason game is Aug. 3, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday that they’re returning to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this fall to host a preseason game. It’ll be the team’s first trip back to Iowa since 2002.
The Minnesota Lynx have added another championship to their trophy case. Asia Taylor had 18 points, Maya Moore added 16 and the Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 76-69 to win the WNBA’s first preseason tournament title Sunday at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
The Minnesota Vikings return to playing home games outdoors when they open the preseason Aug. 8 against the Oakland Raiders. The Vikings on Tuesday announced the dates and times for their 2014 preseason schedule. Minnesota opens the preseason with a 7 p.m. Friday game against Oakland at the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium.
J.J. Barea scored 22 points, Kevin Love added 19 and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Philadelphia 76ers 125-102 in a preseason game Wednesday night. Kevin Martin added 13 points and A.J. Price had 10 for the Timberwolves, who improved to 4-2 in the preseason with one game remaining, Thursday at Detroit.
Kevin Love had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-89 preseason win against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund scored 51 seconds apart during St. Louis’ four-goal third period, leading the Blues to a 4-1 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. David Backes and Chris Stewart also scored for St. Louis, which finished the preseason with a 3-2-1 record. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists and Jaroslav Halak stopped 18 shots.
Sam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist, and a Columbus Blue Jackets split squad beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets, who got 20 saves from Jeremy Smith. Nino Niederreiter scored for Minnesota, which played its preseason opener.
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter Thursday night after a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon. Olsen was blocking on a screen pass when he took a knee from Solomon to his helmet and went down.
Week four of the Vikings pre-season is secondary news compared to who will be ready to play on opening day of the regular season. Tennessee visits at 7 p.m. Thursday to wrap the exhibition games. But the three most important questions at the moment: The status of Kevin Williams’ injury, who replaces Jerome Felton, and how are the star rookies developing?
Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton will miss Friday’s exhibition game against Buffalo, and perhaps the rest of the preseason, after having an emergency appendectomy.
Teams squared off against one another for the first time this season, often at full speed, and occasionally featuring first team offensive sets.
The NBA announced Tuesday the Minnesota Timberwolves will face the Boston Celtics in a preseason game in Quebec, Montreal, as part of the NBA Canada series. The Timberwolves will be the visiting team when they face the Celtics on Oct. 20.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Lew Ford drove in three runs and Steve Johnson pitched four scoreless innings to help a Baltimore Orioles split squad beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday.
Whether it’s Christian Ponder holding the ball too long or a new-look offensive line not giving their quarterback enough time, the Minnesota Vikings know there is a lot of work to be done before the regular season opens in two weeks.