The Minnesota Twins just recently re-signed Joe Mauer to an eight-year $184 million deal, marking the All-Star catcher as one of the highest paid players in baseball. The new contract can only compare to the likes of Alex Rodriguez ($275 million 10-years) and Derek Jeter ($189 million 10-years).
Mauer, a Saint Paul, MN native should be able to remain a Twin for the rest of his career. The six-year veteran has earned a career average of .327 with 72 home runs and 397 RBI’s. He’s already won three batting titles and two Gold Glove Awards, resulting in most analysts to rank him as the best player in the league.
The 2009 Twins finished the regular season in a tie with the Detroit Tigers, which led to a one-game playoff to determine the Division winners. After claiming victory in a hard fought 12-inning battle, Minnesota ended their season three games later in the ALDS against the current world champion New York Yankees. In light of their efforts, Mauer became the second catcher in 33 years to capture the AL MVP Award.
The Minnesota Vikings (12-4) after a well deserved first-round bye week are set to host the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoff round at 12:00 PM ET. Quarterback Brett Favre and his offense averaged 29.4 points per game compared to the Cowboys 22.6, but Tony Romo and crew have really turned things around in the final stretch of their 2009-2010 campaign.
Favre has said for the Cowboys to represent a team that nobody wishes to compete against right now. “I mean, this is the playoffs. Rarely can you play badly or average and win,” said Favre. “So, we are aware of how we need to play. In the fact that we are playing maybe, in my opinion, the hottest team in football right now. Just from a confidence level, from just watching them play, they are making plays, they know they are making plays, they are confident.”
The Cowboys have lost their last three games at the Metrodome that includes a 1999 wild-card playoff contest. They last claimed victory there back in 1995. Dallas may have the momentum but Minnesota will expect to negate this advantage early and often through home-field advantage. Purchase your Vikings vs. Cowboys tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Rajon Rondo took charge as floor general and scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter as the Boston Celtics beat out the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-90 yesterday at the Target Center. Rondo and the rest of the starting five all produced double digit numbers for the C’s.
Minnesota looked as though they were the dominant team of the night through the first half. Eventually Boston’s veteran leadership overcame the inexperienced and young Timberwolves roster.
“We played hard, we played with a lot of energy,” said Wolves forward Oleksiy Pecherov. “We just have to learn how to finish these games. We’ve been playing the last three games with great effort. To lose at the end of the game is kind of hard. It’s what we need to learn about.” Pecherov and former Celtics big man Al Jefferson led Minnesota in scoring with 24 and 18.
Kevin Garnett posted a nice stat line against his old squad with 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. “I’m so numb when I come in here,” said Garnett. “I sort of put my face on as I say. I get so intense…It’s easy to come in here and focus because I don’t have any of my old teammates here anymore.”
After battling through their first true road test the C’s will welcome the Phoenix Suns to the TD Garden this Friday at 7:30 PM. Boston Celtics tickets are available now!
After last year’s heartbreaking 1-0 AL Central tie-breaking loss to the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins found themselves back in the same spot but this time would come out on top. It took 162 games and 12 extra innings for Alexi Casilla to hit a grounder between the right side infielders, scoring Carlos Gonzalez for the Twins to win 6-5 over the Detroit Tigers and take the division last night at the Metrodome.
From the 7th inning on there were three lead changes. Detroit’s offense dominated to start, initially producing a 3-0 lead by the 3rd. The Twins rallied back after Orlando Cabrera’s two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the 7th. Following the Tigers come back in the 10th, Minnesota answered back to keep the game going until the 12 when they finally put their regular season to rest with the AL Central Division in their hands.
“This is absolutely the most unbelievable game I have ever played (in) or seen,” said Cabrera. “I’m really proud of my teammates. “When we were down, we got together and we had to pull it out. Here we are – we’re going to the postseason.”
The Twins after the winning run came in had 21 hours to get ready and travel to New York for their opening ALDS game against the Yankees. This year New York has dominated the Twins, defeating them in all seven regular season contests. Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia will be starting for New York against Minnesota’s Brian Duensing. Tickets for this series are now available!
After a summer of repeating that the NBA is the right place for him this upcoming season, Ricky Rubio just recently backed out after the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Spanish team DKV Joventut reached contract agreements for him to play in the U.S. Rubio told Timberwolves president David Kahn earlier this week that he wanted to stay in Spain for another two years, in order to further develop his game for NBA league play.
“It appears now we will have a two-year wait. But if you frame it as he’ll be 20 years old and he’ll have two more years to develop, I can think of a lot worse things to happen to us as a franchise,” said Kahn. “It’s just been a tough summer. From an 18-year-old’s perspective and his family’s perspective, it was very nerve-racking.”
Minnesota will now turn to their second choice Johnny Flynn as their starting PG. Flynn has certainly impressed the T-Wolves during NBA summer league play, winning rookie of the month for July. Looking ahead the Timberwolves are scheduled to take on the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center October 28th for their first regular season game.
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Minnesota Timberwolves recent draft pick Ricky Rubio is still not sure if a deal can be worked out for him to play in the NBA this season. DKV Joventut Badalona (his professional team in Spain) still has him under contract for two more seasons, but has offered a $6.6 million buyout option. Under NBA rules teams can conduct a buyout for no more than $500,000.
Timberwolves president David Kahn assures fans that they are doing everything they can to improve the situation. “I believe we kind of know what the parameters are and I think that we have a chance,” said Kahn. “I wouldn’t even begin to state the percentage toward that chance of this being accomplished this season versus next season or even two seasons. It’s still very problematic.” Rubio is currently training with the Spanish national team, and hopes to join the NBA as soon as possible. After meeting with the Rubio family in Spain, Kahn insisted that Ricky’s single issue preventing him from joining the Wolves is this buyout. Jonny Flynn is currently expected to run the show at PG for Minnesota this season. Their first notable pre-season test is set for Friday, October 16th against the Chicago Bulls.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson sprained his MCL after colliding with defensive tackle LeTroy Guion during practice last Saturday afternoon. Jackson first entered the NFL in 2006, and although he shows potential coaches say he has been up and down. His lack of consistency brought on talks with Brett Favre, who just recently informed Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he will remain retired.
In a matter of days the only potential quarterback for now to start for Minnesota is Sage Rosenfels. Rosenfels has been a back up for the majority of his career, but has been in the league since 2002. Jackson’s injury status has yet to come out since the initial blow but Childress states that “it looks like he’ll be just fine.”
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