The Latest – October 1, 2011 01 Oct 11

Oilers 4, Wild 3
(St. Paul, MN) — The Oilers beat the Wild 4-3 in a shootout in their final preseason game last night in St. Paul. After a scoreless first period, each team scored one goal in the second. Minnesota then took a 3-1 lead in the third on goals by Mikko Koivu and Devin Setoguchi, but Edmonton rallied to tie the game at three. The loss brought Minnesota’s preseason record to 3-3-and-1. The Wild will hold two practice sessions in Duluth Monday and Tuesday. The club will work out at AMSOIL Arena at 10:30 a.m. both days. Minnesota opens the regular season a week from tonight at home against Columbus at 7 p.m.

Wild Reduce Roster To 23
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild’s roster now stands at 23 players. The Wild reassigned forward Casey Wellman and defensemen Nate Prosser and Drew Bagnall to the Houston Aeros They placed defenseman Mike Lundin and forwards Matt Kassian and Cody Almond on injured reserve. The roster includes 14 forwards and seven defensemen, including rookie Brett Bulmer and Nick Johnson who was picked up off of waivers from Pittsburgh Thursday. The 19-year old Bulmer, a rightwinger, was drafted in the second round, the 39th overall pick.

Gopher Football
(Ann Arbor, MI) — The University of Minnesota football team is at Michigan for an 11 a.m. kickoff today. The No. 19 Wolverines are 4-and-0 on the season, while the Golden Gophers enter today’s contest at 1-and-3. Michigan has dominated the series over the past five decades with the winner of this game each year taking home the famed “Little Brown Jug” rivalry trophy. Minnesota has won in Ann Arbor only three times in the last 50 years. Those victories came in 1962, 1986, and 2005. Gopher coach Jerry Kill is expected to be with the team today, after spending the first three-and-a-half-days of this week at the Mayo Clinic getting treatment and testing for his seizure disorder.

Gopher Football Schedule/Results
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are results and the remaining schedule for the University of Minnesota football team:
Saturday, September 3rd – USC 19, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, September 10th – New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21 (final) Saturday, September 17th – Minnesota 29, Miami (OH) 23 (final) Saturday, September 24th – North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 (final) Saturday, October 1st – at Michigan, 11am Saturday, October 8th – at Purdue, time 11am Saturday, October 15th – BYE WEEK Saturday, October 22nd – vs. Nebraska, 2:30pm Saturday, October 29th – vs. Iowa, time TBD Saturday, November 5th – at Michigan State, time TBD Saturday, November 12th – vs. Wisconsin, time TBD Saturday, November 18th – at Northwestern, time TBD Saturday, November 26th – vs. Illinois, time TBD

College Football

Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the Big Ten:
Minnesota at Michigan, 11am
Northwestern at Illinois, 11am
Penn State at Indiana, 11am
Michigan State at Ohio State, 2:30pm
Nebraska at Wisconsin, 7pm
Notre Dame at Purdue, 7pm
Iowa, idle

Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the NSIC:
Mary at Minnesota-Crookston, 1pm
Concordia-St. Paul at Augustana, 1pm
Bemidji State at Upper Iowa, 1pm
Winona State at Minnesota State-Mankato, 2pm Northern State at St. Cloud State, 4pm Southwest Minnesota State at Wayne State, 4pm Minnesota State-Moorhead at Minnesota-Duluth, 6pm

Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the MIAC:
Carleton at Augsburg, 1pm
St. Olaf at Bethel, 1pm
Hamline at Macalester, 1pm
Saint John’s at St. Thomas, 1pm
Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus, 1:30pm Saint Mary’s, idle

Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the UMAC:
Presentation (SD) at Martin Luther, 1pm
Northwestern at Minnesota-Morris, 1pm
MacMurray (IL) at St. Scholastica, 1pm
Greenville (IL) at Crown, 1pm
Westminster (MO) at Eureka (IL), 1pm

(Eden Prairie, MN) — When the Vikings and Chiefs play tomorrow, it will be the 11th meeting between the two teams. Kansas City holds a 6-and-4 record against the Vikes, including the most famous victory in Chiefs history. Kansas City upset the Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans in 1970. Minnesota has lost three of the past four meetings between the two teams, including a 2007 game at Arrowhead Stadium 13-10. The Vikings only win in Kansas City was in 1974 when Bud Grant’s team knocked off the Chiefs 35-15. The last Minnesota win in the series was a 2004 win in the Metrodome, 45-20. Sunday’s game kicks off at noon.

Vikings Schedule/Results
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Here is the 2011 schedule and results for the Minnesota Vikings:

Sunday, September 11 – San Diego 24, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, September 18 – Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20 (final) Sunday, September 25 – Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (overtime) Sunday, October 2 – at Kansas City, noon Sunday, October 9 – vs. Arizona, noon Sunday, October 16 – at Chicago, 7:20pm Sunday, October 23 – vs. Green Bay, 3:15pm Sunday, October 30 – at Carolina, noon Sunday, November 6 – BYE WEEK Monday, November 14 – at Green Bay, 7:30pm Sunday, November 20 – vs. Oakland, noon* Sunday, November 27 – at Atlanta, noon* Sunday, December 4 – vs. Denver, 3:05pm* Sunday, December 11 – at Detroit, noon* Sunday, December 28 – vs. New Orleans, noon* Saturday, December 24 – at Washington, noon* Sunday, January 1 – vs. Chicago, noon*
(* – gametime subject to change due to NFL “flex schedule”)

Lynx-Dream Tomorrow
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream are the final two survivors in the W-N-B-A playoffs. Game One of the best-of-five series tips off in Minneapolis tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the game are on sale now. Game Two is set for Wednesday at the Target Center.

WNBA Finals Slate

Here is the 2011 WNBA Finals schedule (series is best-of-five)
Game One – Atlanta at Minnesota, Sunday, 7:30pm Game Two – Atlanta at Minnesota, Wednesday, 7pm Game Three – Minnesota at Atlanta, Friday, 7pm Game Four – Minnesota at Atlanta, October 9th, 3pm (if necessary) Game Five – Atlanta at Minnesota, October 12th, 7pm (if necessary)

Twins Attendance Figures
(Minneapolis, MN) — A losing record did not keep fans from attending Twins games at their two-year-old outdoor ballpark in Minneapolis. Three-million-169-thousand-107 people passed through the gates at Target Field in 2011 That’s the second-highest attendance total in franchise history and the third time the Twins have drawn more than three-million fans. The average daily attendance of 39-thousand-112 in Minnesota was fourth best in Major League Baseball. The Twins finished a disappointing 2011 season with a 63-and-99 record.

Chase Shifts To Dover
(Dover, DE) — With two races down and eight to go in the Chase for the Cup, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shifts to the Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s Triple-A 400. Tony Stewart has won the first Cup two races at Chicagoland and New Hampshire to take over the points lead. Kevin Harvick sits in second, just seven points back, and Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon round out the top-five.