Monday August 16th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Max Kepler led off the ninth against Matt Wisler with a double and moved to third when Austin Meadows misplayed the ball in left field. Polanco then hit a drive that was caught on the right-field warning track, scoring Kepler without a throw. Alexander Colomé pitched a scoreless ninth for the Twins, who won their third straight series, all against first-place teams.
=== The Twins continue their homestand with a three-game series against Cleveland starting with games tonight and tomorrow night at 7:10 with a 6:30 pre-game show on KGLO. Wednesday is a 12:10 start with an 11:30 pre-game show on KGLO.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Drew Lock passed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in three possessions in a crisp first audition in Denver’s open quarterback competition. Teddy Bridgewater was sharp, too, and the Broncos beat the Minnesota Vikings 33-6 in their exhibition opener. Broncos first-round draft pick Pat Surtain II scored on a 30-yard interception return. That came on a misdirected throw by Vikings backup Jake Browning, who was then pulled for rookie Kellen Mond. K.J. Hamler had an 80-yard catch, sprint and score from Lock. Trinity Benson had two touchdowns, one from each of the quarterbacks vying to be the starter in September.
IOWA CITY — There is a sense of urgency as the Iowa Hawkeyes get ready for the upcoming season. Iowa opens the season at home against Indiana and follows that up with a visit to Iowa State. The Hoosiers are ranked 17th in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Cyclones are ranked eighth. Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz.
The Hawkeyes opened last year’s COVID shortened season with two close losses to Purdue and Northwestern and it cost them a Big Ten West Division title.
Iowa closed last season with six straight wins and Ferentz says they will need to be ready from the outset.
After finishing third in the Big Ten in passing last season Spencer Petras is getting ready for his second season as the starting quarterback.
Petras says the Hawkeyes feel fortunate they get the opportunity to have a normal preseason.
Petras says the experience he gained from last year is a plus.
Kickoff between Iowa and Indiana on September 4th is scheduled for 2:30 PM.
AMES — Iowa State offensive lineman Trevor Downing says he is healthy and ready for a new season. The junior from Creston was injured in last year’s season opener against Louisiana and never returned to the field. He watched as Iowa State made it to the Big 12 Championship Game and closed it out with a win over Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
After the success of last season Downing says the Cyclones are a confident team.
Downing says experience has helped the offensive line become a strength of the team.
Iowa State opens the season against Northern Iowa on September 4th.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Napheesa Collier added 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 88-78. Kayla McBride scored 16 points for Minnesota. The Lynx used a 14-2 run to take a nine-point lead with 90 seconds to play. Natasha Howard led New York with 30 points.