The Latest – November 16, 2011 16 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: The Wild ended their road trip with a win. Antoine Winfield is out for the season. NBA players filed antitrust lawsuits against the league in two courts on Tuesday.

Wild Ends Road Trip With Win
(Columbus, OH) — Columbus jumped out to a two-goal lead but Cal Clutterbuck’s third-period tally lifted the Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jackets. Matt Cullen and Nick Johnson scored second-period goals to knot things up for Minnesota before Devin Setoguchi added an empty-netter late. Niklas Backstrom made 43 saves to help the Wild win their second straight and bump their record to 10-5-and-3. Minnesota begins a six-game homestand against the Avalanche at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night.

Winfield Out For Season
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield will miss the rest of the season due to a fractured clavicle. Winfield, who has made the last three Pro Bowls, missed four straight games with a neck strain before returning Monday night and suffering the season-ending injury.

NBA Players File Antitrust Suits
(New York, NY) — NBA players filed antitrust lawsuits against the league in two courts on Tuesday. The suits came a day after the players rejected the league’s latest labor offer. Tuesday’s developments were not a surprise, as the Players Association announced its intention to disband as a union in order to pursue antitrust litigation against the NBA.

Three of the five named plaintiffs in the Northern California suit are Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Kevin Durant. The suit filed in Minneapolis lists Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver and would-be rookie Derrick Williams as plaintiffs. According to a Yahoo! Sports Twitter post on Tuesday, the league has cancelled games through December 15th. All games in November were previously wiped out.

Gophers Host Fairfield
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team hosts Fairfield at Williams Arena tonight. The Gophers improved to 2-and-0 on the young season with a 71-55 win over South Dakota State on Monday. Tonight’s game gets underway at 6:00 p.m.

Report: Twins Interested In Doumit, Willingham
(Milwaukee, WI) — The “Minneapolis Star Tribune” reports the Twins are interested in catcher Ryan Doumit [[ DOE-mitt ]] and outfielder Josh Willingham. According to the report, the Twins have made contact with the agent who represents both players. Doumit hit .303 in 77 games with the Pirates last season. Willingham hit .246 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 136 games with the A’s last year.

Report: MLB On Verge Of New Labor Deal
(Undated) — It appears that baseball negotiators are on the verge of completing a ground-breaking new labor deal. According to ESPN, sources say a deal that will drastically change the landscape of the sport could be reached as soon as this week. Negotiations are on hold due to the MLB’s quarterly owners meetings, but are expected to start back up tomorrow.

Main pieces of the new deal include realignment of the sport into two 15-team leagues, adding a second wild card team in each league, spreading out Interleague play throughout the entire regular season and making significant changes to the draft and free agency. A deal would cement two decades of continuous labor peace for the first time since the formation of the MLB Players Association in the 1960′s.