Vikings Barr wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week

October 29th, 2014

Eden Prairie, MN (October 29, 2014) - Vikings LB Anthony Barr has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Vikings 19-13 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Barr recorded eight tackles, 1.0 sack, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one fumble return touchdown in the win. On the first play of the overtime period, he forced a fumble, recovered it and returned it 27 yards for the game-winning touchdown. This play marked the fourth time in NFL history that a player has returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in overtime. It was the first overtime defensive touchdown in Vikings history.

He becomes the first Vikings defensive player to win the award since Antoine Winfield in 2010 (Week 16 at Philadelphia) and the first Vikings rookie defensive player to win it since Cedric Griffin in 2006 (Week 14 at Detroit).

Barr, the ninth overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, currently leads all NFL rookies with 3.0 sacks and is tied for the NFL lead with 3 fumble recoveries.

ROOKIE LBS TO WIN NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK SINCE 2005

2005
DeMarcus Ware, DAL
Week 16

2009
Clay Matthews, GB
Week 13

2009
Brian Orakpo, WAS
Week 14

2010
Sean Lee, DAL
Week 13

2012
Luke Kuechly, CAR
Week 14

2014
Anthony Barr, MIN
Week 8

Bethel’s Jeff Nelson to umpire the plate for Game 7 of World Series

October 28th, 2014

It’s been quite the year for Bethel alum, Jeff Nelson.

Not only was Nelson invited to be an umpire in his home state at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game held at Minnesota’s own Target Field, but he was also announced as a member of the 2014 MLB World Series crew several weeks ago.

Wednesday evening, however, Nelson will reach perhaps the pinnacle of professional umpiring, as he will be called upon to be the home plate umpire for the game seven matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

Nelson, who previously worked the 2005 and 2009 World Series, is in his 17th year as an umpire for Major League Baseball. Prior to his time in the big leagues, Nelson worked 10 years in the Minor League system and spent his first season with the Pioneer League-a rookie league in Utah.

Throughout his career Nelson has not only worked in three World Series, but he has also been a part of five league championship series and five division series.

In an interview earlier this summer Nelson noted, “Being a student at Bethel was the first time I had to leave home and live on my own. The institution helped me identify who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live outside the comfort of home. Now that I travel all of the time, I see how much Bethel shaped me to be a man of integrity, especially while being on the road.”

Fans can watch game seven of the 2014 MLB World Series on Fox Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m.–

Gophers’ Boyd named Big Ten Star of the Week

October 28th, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Gopher Hockey senior forward Travis Boyd has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week following his four-point performance in Minnesota’s sweep of Bemidji State.The Hopkins, Minn., scored three goals - including both game winners - and added an assist in the first home series of the year for the Gophers and was one of four Minnesota players to tally four points on the weekend.

The senior kicked off the weekend with a pair of special-teams goals in Minnesota’s 5-2 win over the Beavers, making Boyd the first Gopher since Jordan Schroeder in 2010 to score a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in the same game. The two-goal performance for Boyd marked his first career multi-goal game.

The forward followed up with an assist on Connor Reilly’s 5-on-3 goal in Saturday’s first period and came through in the third period with a power-play goal of his own for the deciding goal. Minnesota went on to win the game 5-3.

In 120 career games, the Washington Capitals draft pick has 60 points (16 goals, 44 assists) for the Maroon & Gold.

Wild sign Charlie Coyle to a 5-year Extension

October 22nd, 2014

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension. “We’re very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season,” said Fletcher. “Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.”

Coyle, 22 (3/2/92), has collected two points (1-1=2), a plus-3 rating and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in four games this season with Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound forward owns 46 points (21-25=46), 71 PIM and 164 hits in 111 career NHL games with the Wild while averaging 16:19 in TOI/game. The native of East Weymouth, Mass., recorded 30 points (12-18=30) in 70 games last season and ranked third on the team in hits with 108. He established career highs in hits, faceoffs won, shots and TOI in a game last season. Coyle registered two goals in 40 seconds in the second period vs. COL (1/11/14) for his first multi-goal game and fastest two goals scored by a Wild player at home. He ranked tied for third on the team in playoff scoring with seven points (3-4=7) in 13 contests.

Coyle was acquired from the San Jose Sharks with Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first-round selection (Zack Phillips) in exchange for Brent Burns and a 2012 second-round selection (Pontus Aberg) on June 24, 2011. He was selected by San Jose in the first round (28th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Listen Live:High School Football- Wayzata at Minnetonka

October 15th, 2014

bannerTune in tonight for the battle for the Bay Bell, as Minnetonka plays host to Wayzata in a Lake Conference match-up. Our live broadcast online begins at 7pm at the link below. We will be on the radio on Sports Radio 105, The Ticket beginning at 8pm.

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