The Latest 23 Sep 11

Here is the latest sports news: Vikes welcome in Lions. Twins tackle Mariners. Wild take down St. Louis.

Lions Look For 3-and-0 Start Against Winless Vikings
(Minneapolis, MN) — An NFC North matchup pits the red-hot Detroit Lions against the winless Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Lions torched the Chiefs 48-3 last Sunday behind four touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford. Detroit has won six straight games dating back to last season but hasn’t won in Minnesota since 1997. The Vikings fell to 0-and-2 after blowing a 17-0 lead against the Buccaneers at home last weekend. Minnesota also blew a 10-point lead in its opener at San Diego. Adrian Peterson is coming off a 120-yard, two-TD performance against the Bucs.

Twins Top M’s On Tosoni Double In Ninth
(Minneapolis, MN) — Rene Tosoni doubled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a 3-2 triumph over the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Target Field. Tosoni finished 3-for-4 and scored twice as Minnesota snapped an 11-game losing streak. Drew Butera had an RBI single for the Twins, who overcame an early 2-0 deficit. Joe Nathan got the win in relief. Steve Delabar took the loss. Justin Smoak had an RBI single in the first inning and Ichiro Suzuki a sac-fly in the second for Seattle. The Twins head to Progressive Field this evening to kick off a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians. Carl Pavano will be on the bump opposite Justin Masterson in the opener.

Wild Hold Off Note
(St. Louis, MO) — Warren Peters scored the game-winning goal 16-and-a-half minutes into the second period, and the Wild held on to top the Blues, 1-0. Jordan Hendry and Niklas Backstrom assisted on the goal. Backstrom also stopped all 18 shots he saw in net. The Wild are right back on the ice this evening as they continue preseason play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Xcel Energy Center.

Gophers Host North Dakota State Saturday
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to continue their momentum from their first win last weekend as they host South Dakota State on Saturday evening at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat Miami-Ohio, 29-23, last Saturday to improve to 1-and-3 on the season. They were coming off back-to-back losses to Southern Cal and New Mexico State to start the season.