Sports Wednesday, November 16, 2022
The Minnesota Wild couldn't overcome a two-goal deficit in their 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Wild gave up a pair of goals in the first period less than a minute apart, and they weren't able to get on the board until Freddy Gaudreau lit the lamp in the first minute of the third period. Minnesota out-shot Nashville 33-25, but couldn't get the equalizer against Juuse Saros. The Wild fall to 7-7-and-2, and they host the Penguins tomorrow night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to get a winning streak going when they visit the Orlando Magic at Amway Center tonight. The Timberwolves are 6-and-8 after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-124 on Sunday. The Wolves are tied with Golden State for tenth-place in the Western Conference. Tonight's game tips off at 6:00 PM.
The Minnesota Vikings are adding some depth in their secondary. The team signed cornerback Parry Nickerson to its practice squad yesterday. The Vikings have been dealing with a number of injuries at corner, with Cam Dantzler being placed on injured reserve last week and Akayleb Evans getting banged up against the Bills on Sunday. Nickerson played in four games with the Vikings last season, making one tackle. The Vikings host the Cowboys on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins are protecting a handful of prospects from the Rule 5 Draft by placing them on their 40-man roster. The team added right-handed pitcher Matt Canterino and Casey Legumina, left-hander Brent Headrick, and infielder Edouard Julien to their 40-man yesterday. Canterino went 0-and-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 12 starts between Wichita and Rookie Ball, and Julien was named the Breakout Player of the Year in the Arizona Fall League. The Rule 5 Draft will take place on December 7th.
Randall Cobb is making his way back to practice. The Packers designated the veteran receiver to return from IR ahead of their Thursday night game against the Titans. Aaron Rodgers says Cobb could've played against the Cowboys last weekend, but players on IR are required to miss four games. Green Bay is 4-and-6 and sits in second place in the NFC North.
Meanwhile, more roster moves are taking place in Green Bay. Wide receiver Amari Rodgers and running back Kylin Hill were released from the 53-man roster yesterday. The team elevated running back Patrick Taylor from the practice squad while Randall Cobb is expected to take the other open roster spot. Receiver Dede Westbrook and linebacker Tim Ward were signed to the practice squad.
A marquee matchup takes place tonight in Milwaukee when the Bucks play the Cavaliers. Giannis and the Deer are coming off a 15-point loss to the Hawks. Cleveland has lost three straight games after their most recent defeat to the Timberwolves. Milwaukee comes in at
The Badgers are still perfect on the college basketball season after their 56-45 win over Green Bay. Jordan Davis netted 11 points in the victory as Wisconsin is now 3-and-0. Marquette suffered its first loss of the season after Purdue came away with a 75-70 victory. The Golden Eagles are now 2-and-1. The 2-and-1 Milwaukee Panthers are off until Sunday when they hit the road to play Iowa State.
The Rams are losing their top wide receiver for at least four games. Head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that wideout Cooper Kupp will be placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Kupp is set to undergo ankle surgery this week and McVay said the procedure typically has a recovery period of five-to-six weeks. The Super Bowl 56 MVP suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals and didn't return after leaving in the fourth quarter. Kupp leads the Rams with 75 catches, 812 yards and six touchdowns this season.
The top five teams in college football are remaining unchanged in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia is still the top-ranked team in the nation followed by Ohio State, Michigan, TCU and Tennessee. Oregon fell six spots to Number-12 after their loss to Washington over the weekend. The Huskies shot up to 17th after being ranked Number-25 last week. UCLA dropped four spots to Number-16. Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Cincinnati are making appearances in the top-25. Texas, Illinois and Kentucky all dropped out of the rankings.
Major League Baseball is passing out this year's Manager of the Year awards. Guardians manager Terry Francona was the winner for the American League and won the award for the third time in his career. Francona edged out Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and Mariners manager Scott Servais. For the National League, Mets manager Buck Showalter earned the award for the fourth time in his career. Showalter did make some team history as he became the first Mets manager to win the award. Showalter beat out Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Braves manager Brian Snitker.
Major League Baseball's free agency period is about to get busy. Eleven players on Tuesday officially rejected the qualifying offers from their former teams and are now available on the open market. The list includes Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner and Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon [[ roh-DONN ]]. Only two players, San Francisco outfielder Joc Pederson and Rangers pitcher Martin Perez [[ mahr-TEEN ]] accepted the 19.65-million dollar qualifying offer for next season.