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Early test for Gophers
The Gophers football team will face Eastern Illinois in its season opener Aug. 28, and while the Panthers lost star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the NFL draft (he was taken in the second round by the Patriots), they still have standout wide receiver Adam Drake.
Drake caught 85 passes as a sophomore last season and was named an FCS third-team All-America, helping Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record. The 6-2 senior will be a nice early test for the well-regarded Gophers secondary.
• Norwood Teague was at the Vikings’ preseason opener at TCF Bank Stadium wearing a Valhalla Golf Club shirt. The Gophers athletic director was at the PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday along with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, whose father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, is a member at Valhalla.
• It’s good news that Land O’Lakes and 3M recently posted good financial reports, since rumors have them as two of the contributors toward the $190 million that the University of Minnesota Athletic Department is trying to raise to improve facilities.
• Randy Breuer, the two-time first-team All-Big Ten center from 1979 to ’83 before his 11-year NBA career, will be inducted into the Gophers basketball Hall of Fame this coming season, and his No. 45 will be the fifth one retired by the program.
• Alex Illikainen, the 6-9 basketball player from Grand Rapids, Minn., who will play his senior season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and Jarvis Johnson, the highly recruited DeLaSalle guard, will make their official visits to Minnesota this September, and the chances are good that both will commit to the Gophers eventually.
• The NFL salary cap for 2014 is $133 million, and the Vikings payroll will stay at $126 million after they signed Kyle Rudolph to a five-year extension that starts next season.
• Former Vikings star Percy Harvin is expected to be the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 1 receiver, but he didn’t record any stats in the team’s opening 21-16 preseason loss to the Broncos. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks now have five former Vikings players on the roster in Harvin, Tarvaris Jackson, Heath Farwell and newcomers Kevin Williams and A.J. Jefferson, who had an interception against Denver. Sidney Rice has retired.
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang||5||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon||5||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: B. Cecil||6|
|Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale||12||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez||3|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||2|
|Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez||5|
|San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel||6||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup||7|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||1|
|Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||6|
|Miami - LP: M. Latos||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||5|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||0||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: D. Keuchel||4|
|NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka||9||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0|
|Oakland - WP: J. Hahn||5||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura||0|
|Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa||1||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: C. Heston||4|
|Colorado - LP: J. Lyles||3||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||6|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||1||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez||3|
|Real Salt Lake||0|
|Sporting Kansas City||1||FINAL|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|