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SPORTS Thursday, May 18, 2023


BIG NINE CONFERENCE BASEBALL WEDNESDAY

Owatonna 11, Red Wing 5

Pine Island 5, Hayfield 1


The Twins gave up five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning during a 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Twins led by a run heading into the inning, but Emilio Pagan walked in the tying run before giving up a go-ahead grand slam to James Outman. Jose De Leon was charged with the loss in relief. Byron Buxton and Joey Gallo both went deep for the Twins, who lost Nick Gordon to a shin fracture in the fifth inning. Minnesota remains first in the AL Central at 24-and-20. The Twins visit the Angels tomorrow.


The Vikings have locked down their 2023 first round pick. The Purple signed wide receiver Jordan Addison to his rookie deal yesterday. Addison will be pair 13-point-73 million dollars over the next four seasons, and his contract includes a fifth-year team option. The Vikings selected Addison with the 23rd pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. He caught 59 passes for 875 yards and eight touchdowns with USC last season.


The Bucks are interested in a college coach. ESPN reports Milwaukee interviewed University of Houston's Kelvin Sampson for the team's head coaching position. Sampson is the first known high-profile college coach to meet with the Bucks about the job. He spent six seasons in the NBA as an assistant coach, including three with the Bucks. Sampson went back to the college ranks in 2014 with the Cougars and went a combined 232-and-74 in nine seasons. He made four Sweet 16 trips and one appearance in the Final Four.


The Packers are gearing up for OTA workouts next week. The team will hold its first official training session on Monday. Players were allowed to work out on their own and schedule practices with teammates during the offseason. Green Bay already held its rookie minicamp at the beginning of the month while mandatory minicamp takes place in mid-June. OTA's will continue on Tuesday and Thursday next week.


The Cardinals won their series against the Brewers following a 3-0 victory from St. Louis. Paul DeJong slugged a two-run homer while Nolan Arenado drove in his 32nd run of the season. Corbin Burnes got the loss after surrendering all three runs on eight hits over six innings. Owen Miller went three-for-four with a double for Milwaukee, which dropped to 24-and-19. The Brewers are still first in the NL Central. The Brewers open a three-game series against the Rays in St. Petersburg tomorrow night.


Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat stayed red hot with a Game One win in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Celtics 123-116 in Boston on Wednesday. Butler totaled 35 points, seven assists and six steals as Miami took a 1-0 series lead. Jayson Tatum totaled 30 points, but he did not attempt a field goal in the fourth quarter. The NBA conference finals continue tonight when LeBron James and the Lakers visit Nikola Jokic [[ yo-kitch ]] and the Nuggets for Game Two of the West Finals in Denver. The Nuggets hold a 1-0 series lead after defeating LA 132-126 on Tuesday.


The Stanley Cup playoffs are back. The Panthers face off against the Hurricanes in Raleigh for Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight. Florida moved on to the next round after taking down the Maple Leafs while the Hurricanes exorcised the Devils to advance. The winner of the best of seven series will have a chance to play either the Golden Knights or Stars in the Stanley Cup Final. The Knights host the Stars in Game One of the Western Conference Finals on Friday. Vegas advanced after dispatching the Edmonton Oilers while the Stars tamed the Seattle Kraken to move on to the next round.


The second major tournament of the season is here. Justin Thomas will be looking to defend his title when the PGA Championship gets underway at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. Thomas won last year's tournament in Tulsa after beating Will Zalatoris in a playoff. The 30-year-old will be alongside Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy in the opening round. After winning last week's AT&T Byron Nelson, Jason Day will be alongside Keegan Bradley and Bryson DeChambeau. Round one tees off with Shaun Micheel, Braden Shattuck and Steven Alker.


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