Monday July 26th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 35th home run and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2. Ohtani lasered a line drive into the right-field seats in the sixth inning for a solo homer that broke a 2-all tie. The Angels overcame an early two-run deficit to take three of four games in the series. Max Stassi added three hits and drove in three runs for the Angels. Max Kepler and Brent Rooker led off with back-to-back home runs for the Twins, now a season-worst 16 games under .500.
CARROLL — State baseball tournament week starts in Iowa with Class 1A quarterfinal round games today in Carroll:
11:00 AM — #3 Remsen St. Mary’s (26-3) vs. Grundy Center (19-8)
1:30 PM — Kee (33-9) vs. #7 New London (26-1)
4:30 PM — #4 St. Albert Council Bluffs (32-8) vs. Lisbon (25-13)
7:00 PM — #10 Tri-Center (28-2) vs. Alburnett (28-9)
— State softball wrapped up with championship games on Friday in Fort Dodge:
Class 3A — Davenport Assumption 10, Mount Vernon 5
Class 4A — Western Dubuque 3, Boone 1
Class 5A — Fort Dodge 2, Ankeny Centennial 0
IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes will need to be good out of the starting gate this season. The Hawkeyes have a rare season opener against a Big Ten opponent when they host Indiana on September 4th.
Ferentz says a key this season will be replacing a number of players on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
The Hawkeyes are experienced at the skill positions
Ferentz made his comments on Friday at Big Ten Media Days in Indianapolis.
UNDATED (AP) — Barring a dramatic change of direction, Texas and Oklahoma are moving toward taking the Red River Rivalry to the Southeastern Conference in a seismic shift that will have repercussions across college sports. The first significant formal step of the process could come as soon as Monday with the two schools informing the Big 12 they will not renew the contractual agreement that binds conference members until 2025. The Big 12 said Sunday night its executive committee, including Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, held a video conference with the presidents of Oklahoma and Texas. The Big 12 is hoping to get the schools to reverse course, but there is a good chance that Texas and Oklahoma will be in the Southeastern Conference in 2022 and other changes will follow.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Jacksonville wide receiver Dede Westbrook. He brings some needed depth at the position and another option for a punt returner. Westbrook’s agency announced the news on Twitter. The product of Oklahoma was a fourth-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2017. He caught one pass and played in two games last year. The Vikings are set with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at the top two spots, but there’s plenty of room behind them for another wide receiver to emerge as a solid No. 3 option.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 20-year-old son of former North Iowa Huskies and current University of Minnesota hockey coach Bob Motzko has died of injuries from a car crash. The speeding vehicle Mack Motzko was riding in went off the road in a suburb of Minneapolis late Saturday. He died at a hospital after being taken there from the crash in Orono. One of the other two people in the vehicle, a 24-year-old male in the front passenger seat, died at the scene. Mack Motzko was one of three children of the Gophers coach. He played hockey at the junior level last season.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Cameron Champ fended off dehydration and crisply putted his way to a 5-under 66 on Sunday, winning the 3M Open by two strokes for his third career victory. The 26-year-old Champ had five birdies in a bogey-free round to finish at 15-under 269. Louis Oosthuizen, Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel tied for second. Champ jumped from 142nd to 49th in the FedEx Cup standings, getting a big bump with three events to go before the playoffs. Oosthuizen shot 66, too, in a much stronger finish than the previous weekend at the British Open, where his 54-hole lead turned into a tie for third after a fourth-round 71. Schwartzel, his fellow South African, posted a 68 to match Vegas in the final round.