KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 10/31/2020

College Football: 

Big Ten: 

Maryland 45, Minnesota 44 (OT)

–Taulia Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Terps beat the Gophers in overtime at home. Minnesota missed a game-tying extra point in overtime after Maryland scored the go-ahead touchdown on their first possession. Mohamed Ibrahim ran for four touchdowns in the loss for Minnesota. 

Sports Headlines: 

>>Green Bay Packers Host Rival Vikings Sunday at Lambeau Field

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The 1-and-5 Minnesota Vikings play the 5-and-1 Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.  The Packers have still not lost an NFC North divisional game under head coach Matt LaFleur.  Vikings Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook is expected to return from a groin injury – while Green Bay’s Aaron Jones is out again with a calf injury.  The Vikes defense is ranked 30th in the league for points allowed and will be missing starting cornerbacks Mike Hughes, Holton Hill and Cam Dantzler.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he has a lot of respect for Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer especially the way he coaches defense.  Minnesota is coming off a bye and had an extra week to prepare for first-place Green Bay.  The Pack routed the Purple 43-34 in the season opener at U-S Bank Stadium.

>>Vikings LB Davis Tests Positive For COVID-19

(Eagan, MN)  —  Minnesota Vikings linebacker Todd Davis is the latest player to test positive for COVID-19.  The team placed Davis on the COVID/Injury list after cornerback Cameron Dantzler landed it on it earlier this week.  The Vikings say rookie linebacker Troy Dye is set to make the start at Green Bay after returning from the I-R this week.

>>Nominations Begin Sunday For Packers FAN Hall of Fame

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The annual search for the next honoree for the Packers FAN Hall of Fame begins this weekend.  Green Bay fans can nominate themselves, a family member or a friend to be the 23rd member starting Sunday.  The nomination for the Packers FAN Hall of Fame needs to include an essay of up to 500 words describing the merits of the nominee and a photo.  The Packers were the first N-F-L team to establish a hall of fame to annually honor a devout and longtime fan.  The 10 finalists will be chosen in December by the Packers FAN Hall of Fame selection committee.  Fans will be asked to vote online.  The final round of voting will be in January and the honoree will be announced in February.  The winner will get four club seats to a Lambeau Field game, a road trip to a road game, a 500-dollar Packers Pro Shop gift certificate, and have their name added to the list of FAN Hall of Fame honorees recognized in the Packers Hall of Fame.

>>Brewers Decline Options on Gyorko, Sogard and Gamel

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers have declined 2021 options on infielders Jedd Gyorko and Eric Sogard and outfielder Ben Gamel.   Gyorko and Sogard each had four-and-a-half-million-dollar options and now become eligible for free agency.  Gamel remains under team control after the Brewers decline his two-point-55-million dollar option.  The moves came one day after the Brewers declined a 15-million-dollar option on 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun.  Brewers fans picked Gyorko as the team’s most valuable player for the shortened 2020 season.  He batted .248 with nine homers and 17 R-B-Is in 42 games and 135 at bats.

>>MLB Owners Meetings, Winter Meetings To Be Held Remotely

(New York, NY)  —  The MLB Owners Meetings and Winter Meetings in Texas are being canceled. The league says both meetings will now be held remotely.  The owners meetings were previously scheduled for November 17th through 19th in Arlington, Texas.  The winter meetings were set for December 7th through 10th in Dallas.

>>Cubs Decline $25-Million Option On Lester

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Chicago Cubs are declining a 25-million-dollar option on veteran pitcher Jon Lester. MLB Network reports Lester will receive a 10-million-dollar buyout, but the Cubs will also consider trying to re-sign him.  The 36-year-old southpaw went 3-and-3 with a five-point-16 ETA in 12 starts this season.  The three-time World Series champion has 193 career wins over his 16-year career with the Cubs, A’s and Red Sox.

>>Wisconsin DNR Reports Increase in Bear Hunt Harvest This Season

(Madison, WI)  —  Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources show hunters harvested four-thousand-129 black bears during the 2020 season.  That’s a significant increase from the three-thousand-679 reported in 2019.  DNR specialist Randy Johnson says Wisconsin is a national leader in bear hunting, and preliminary registration data shows that to be true once again this year.  He says the data from harvested bears will be critical to tracking bear population trends and establishing future harvest quotas to achieve population management objectives.  More than 119-thousand hunters applied for either a harvest permit or preference point for the 2020 season.