The Latest – November 11, 2011 11 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: The NBA labor dispute continues. The Sharks cooled off the Wild. It’s a busy weekend for the Gophers.

NBA Talks End Without Deal
(New York, NY) — NBA labor talks ended without a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday. However, the league submitted a new offer to the players after lengthy negotiations in New York. NBA commissioner David Stern said a 72-game season beginning on December 15th could be possible if the offer is accepted. Union president Derek Fisher said the revised proposal will be discussed with player representatives to decide what their next move will be.

Marleau’s Power Play Goals Carry San Jose
(San Jose, CA) — Patrick Marleau scored twice on the power play in the second period to spark the Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Wild. Torrey Mitchell’s first goal of the season gave San Jose a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission. Niklas Backstrom took the loss in goal for the Wild, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Kyle Brodziak scored the lone goal for the Wild in defeat. Minnesota heads to Los Angeles to face the Kings tomorrow night.

Lynx To Pick Third In Draft
(New York, NY) — The Minnesota Lynx netted the third-overall pick in the WNBA draft lottery on Thursday. Minnesota obtained the lottery pick in a deal with Washington for Nicky Anosike last season. The defending WNBA champions also hold the 12th overall pick.

Gophers Open Hoops Season Against Bucknell
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team open the season against Bucknell this evening. The matchup marks the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the schools. Tip-off at Williams Arena is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Badgers, Gophers Battle For Bunyan’s Axe
(Minneapolis, MN) — Paul Bunyan’s Axe will be on the line when 18th-ranked Wisconsin clashes with Minnesota in at TCF Bank Stadium tomorrow. The 2-and-7 Gophers gave a valiant effort in a 31-24 road loss to Michigan State last week. Minnesota holds a 58-54-and-8 edge over Wisconsin in the all-time series. Kick-off will be at 2:30 p.m.

Vikes Face Packers On “MNF”
(Green Bay, WI) — The Vikings have the weekend to prepare for Monday’s road matchup with the 8-and-0 Packers. The Vikes had their bye last week after notching a 24-21 win over the Panthers their last time out October 30th. Minnesota suffered a 33-27 loss to Green Bay in Week Seven.