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Cobbers swept in MIAC softball opener

ST. PAUL -- No. 4-ranked St. Thomas hit five home runs in a two-game sweep of Concordia on Wednesday in both teams Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball season-opener.

ST. PAUL -- No. 4-ranked St. Thomas hit five home runs in a two-game sweep of Concordia on Wednesday in both teams Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball season-opener.

St. Thomas won the opener 9-0 and the second game 12-4.

Nikki Conway went 4-for-5 with two home runs Wednesday for St. Thomas (11-3, 2-0 MIAC), which recorded 11 hits in both games.

Tessa Manderfield had an RBI double in the third inning of Game 2 for Concordia (4-9, 0-2).

Concordia 000 00x x-- 0 4 1

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St. Thomas 212 4xx x-- 9 11 0

W--Tamble. L--Stritesky. HR--UST, Conway, Fitzpatrick.

Concordia 001 03x x-- 4 3 3

St. Thomas 362 1xx x--12 11 2

W--Sweeney. L--Stritesky. HR--UST, Conway, Huegel, Nagel.

Vikings ink Goodwin

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with backup tight end Hunter Goodwin. Goodwin will remain the No. 3 tight end behind Byron Chamberlain and Jim Kleinsasser.

The team also announced it that it has renegotiated the contract of wide receiver Derrick Alexander. Alexander had a disappointing season after signing a three-year deal with the Vikings to be their No. 2 receiver.

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He missed most of the second half of the season with a knee injury.

Vikings' Mixon acquitted

MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon was acquitted Wednesday of third-degree drunken driving and refusing to take a sobriety test.

A Hennepin County jury deliberated about 40 minutes before returning the verdict. Mixon, 27, was stopped for speeding Jan. 3 on Interstate Highway 394 in Golden Valley.

Mixon's attorney, John Brink, said objective reasons are needed for asking a driver to take a sobriety test. In Mixon's case, the officer did not have evidence of impaired driving, he said. The officer said he smelled alcohol on Mixon, Brink said.

A hearing on Mixon's license revocation is pending.

Mixon was charged last year with drunken driving and refusal to take a sobriety test after being stopped July 23 in Deephaven. On Sept. 4, he pleaded guilty to refusing to take the test and was sentenced to community service.

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