The Latest – October 11, 2011 11 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: Wild fall to Isles. NBA cancels first two weeks of regular season. Lynx to celebrate championship today. Delmon Young back on Tigers roster.

Isles Trim Will
(Uniondale, NY) — The Islanders scored twice in the first period and Al Montoya made it stand up in a 2-1 win over the Wild. Andrew MacDonald and Frans Nielson tallied two-and-a-half minutes apart midway through the opening stanza for New York. Montoya finished with 20 saves for the host Isles, who improved to 1-1-and-0. Matt Cullen scored the lone goal for Minnesota early in the third. Nicklas Backstrom made 12 saves for the Wild, who were 0-for-7 on the power play and fell to 1-1-and-0. Minnesota is back in action tonight in Ottawa as they take on the Senators.

Stern Cancels First Two Weeks Of NBA Season
(New York, NY) — NBA commissioner David Stern announced Monday he has cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season. Stern’s announcement came after two straight days of last-ditch negotiations failed to resolve an ongoing labor dispute. All contests originally scheduled through November 14th have been cancelled. This marks the first time since the 1998-99 regular season that games will be eliminated. The league is offering refunds plus interest to NBA season-ticket holders for all the annulled preseason and regular season games.

The stickiest issue in the lockout has been the split of basketball-related income. Owners want a 50-50 share with the players, while the players are apparently holding out for 53-percent. There are no new meetings scheduled and Stern said both sides remain very far apart on all issues.

Lynx To Celebrate Title Today
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Lynx will celebrate their first WNBA championship today with a parade. The parade on Nicollet Mall will begin at 11:30 a.m. and run from 12th Street to Seventh Street, continuing to the Target Center. A celebration, which is free to the public, will take place at 12:15 p.m. at the arena.

Former Twin Young Back On ALCS Roster
(Arlington, TX) — Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young is apparently healthy enough to replace the injured Magglio Ordonez, who will miss the remainder of the playoffs because of a fractured right ankle. Young was initially left off the roster for the American League Championship Series against Texas because of a strained left oblique muscle, an injury he sustained during Game Five of the Division Series against the Yankees. The 26-year-old Young was traded from the Twins to Detroit in mid-August. The Tigers are down 2-games-to-none against the Rangers with the best-of-seven set shifting back to Detroit today.