The Latest – October 7, 2011 07 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: The Lynx look for their first title. The Wild opens the season tomorrow. The Gophers and Vikings will try to get on track this weekend.

Lynx Looks To Close Out Dream
(Atlanta, GA) — The Lynx will look to capture their first title in franchise history when they meet the Dream in Game Three of the WNBA Finals tonight in Atlanta. Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with a 101-95 win in Game Two Wednesday. Tip-off tonight is at 7:00 p.m.

Charges Dropped Against Brother Of Former Wild Playe
(Minneapolis, MN) — A judge has dismissed the felony charge against the brother of former Wild forward Derek Boogaard, who died of a drug overdose. Aaron Boogaard was accused of giving his 28-year-old brother an oxycodone pill the night before he was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment May 13th. Boogaard was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. A Hennepin County judge threw out that charge Thursday.

Aaron still faces a gross misdemeanor charge for allegedly flushing the remaining pills down the toilet before police arrived. The judge also ordered a five-day stay on the dismissal, while the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office determines its next step in the case.

Wild Opens Season Tomorrow
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild will open the regular season tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at The X. Minnesota missed the playoffs after going 39-35-and-8 last season. Minnesota was 12th in the Western Conference with 86 points. The puck drops tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

Woods Two-Over At Open
(San Martin, CA) — Tiger Woods stumbled to a two-over 73 in the opening round of the Open. Woods is in a tie for 86th place, six shots behind leaders Garrett Willis, Matt Bettencourt, Brendan Steele and Briny Baird. Woods had two birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on Thursday. Woods, who is competing in a Fall Series tournament for the first time, is playing in the event to gear up for next month’s Australian Open and the Presidents Cup.

Gophers Battle Boilermakers
(West Lafayette, IN) — Minnesota will be on the road to battle Purdue tomorrow morning. The Gophers fell to 1-and-4 on the year with an ugly 58-0 loss to Michigan last week. Minnesota holds a 33-31-and-2 edge in the all-time series with the Boilermakers. Kick-off tomorrow is at 11:00 a.m.

Vikes Clash With Cardinals
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Vikings will take another shot at capturing their first win of the season when they clash with the Cardinals on Sunday. The Vikes slipped to 0-and-4 on the year with last week’s 22-17 road loss to the Chiefs. Arizona has lost three straight to enter this week’s affair 1-and-3. Kick-off Sunday is at noon.