PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Fillmore Central vs Goodhue @ 2 pm. Listen on KWNG 106 and on-line at www.kwng.com
Cannon Falls vs Central @ 1 pm
Stewartville vs Lake City @ 2 pm Listen on KLCH Lake Hits 95 and online at www.lakehits95.
An NFC North rivalry is re-kindled this weekend when the Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Vikings are coming off a 22-17 upset win over San Francisco on Monday. The victory helped Minnesota leap-frog Green Bay to take second place in the division at 3-and-4. The team will be without Justin Jefferson for a third straight week, but TJ Hockenson and Jordan Addison both had huge games in Week Seven. Kirk Cousins leads the NFL in both completions and touchdown passes. Linebacker Brian Asamoah was the only player absent from practice due to injuries yesterday. Sunday's game kicks off at noon. Listen on Bluff Country 1250 KCUE/KCUE 99FM and Pure Country WPVW.
The Wild weren't able to complete a three-goal comeback attempt during a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The Wild gave up three goals in the first 30 minutes of the game and trailed 3-0 heading into third. Dakota Mermis and Marcus Foligno both scored in the first five minutes of the third to bring Minnesota within a goal, but the Flyers scored three unanswered goals to end the game. Filip Gustavsson stopped just 29 of the 35 shots that he faced. Minnesota is tied for fourth place in the Central Division with seven points and a 3-3-and-1 record. The Wild are at the Capitals tonight.
The Timberwolves go for their first win of the season when they play their home opener against the Miami Heat at the Target Center tonight. The Timberwolves are 0-and-1 to start the season after losing to the Raptors 97-94 in Toronto on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the reigning Eastern Conference champs are 1-and-0 after sneaking past Detroit 103-102 on Wednesday. Tonight's game tips off at 6:30PM.
The Minnesota Gophers look to keep their momentum rolling when they host the Michigan State Spartans at Huntington Bank Stadium tomorrow. The Gophers are coming off their first win at Kinnick Stadium since 1999 last weekend. Minnesota toppled Iowa 12-10 to improve to 4-and-3 overall and 2-and-2 in the Big Ten. The Gophers beat the Spartans in East Lansing last season, but they've lost five of their last six contests against Michigan State. Tomorrow's game kicks off at 2:30PM.
The Bucks avoided disaster in their season opener by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 118-117 at Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee held a 19 point lead in the second quarter before Philadelphia methodically worked back into the game. The 76ers erased the Bucks lead and went up by eight in the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee took control with a 19-2 run. The Bucks hit their free throws down the stretch to keep Philly at an arm's length until the buzzer. Damian Lillard poured in 39 points in his Milwaukee debut, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points and 13 boards. The 1-and-0 Bucks host Atlanta on Sunday evening.
The Wisconsin Badgers will go for the upset when they host number-three Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium tomorrow night. The Badgers are coming off a 25-21 come-from-behind victory over Illinois last Saturday. Wisconsin is 5-and-2 overall and 3-and-1 in the Big Ten. The Badgers haven't won a game against the Buckeyes since 2010. Tomorrow's contest kicks off at 6:30PM.