The Latest – November 2, 2011 03 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: The Wild and Canucks will clash at The X. Jared Allen took home some hardware Wednesday. The Gophers are gearing up for the Spartans.

Wild Hosts Canucks
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild will host the Vancouver Canucks at The X this evening. Minnesota notched a 2-1 overtime win over the Red Wings in Detroit Tuesday night. The Wild swept the home-and-home set with the Wings to improve to 5-3-and-3 on the season. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

Vikings’ Allen Wins Monthly Honor
(New York, NY) — Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. Allen had
eight sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Vikes last month. Allen has an NFL-best 12-and-a-half sacks this season.

Gophers Gearing Up For Spartans
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota is gearing up for Saturday’s matchup with 17th-ranked Michigan State. The 2-and-6 Gophers are looking to build off of last week’s 22-21 home win over Iowa. The Spartans hold a 26-17 edge in the all-time series with Minnesota, which includes a 31-8 victory last season.

NFL Asks Refs To Watch For Concussion Symptoms
(New York, NY) — The NFL is asking referees to be on the lookout for symptoms of concussions during games. The league said in a statement that game officials will receive concussion awareness training and will remain alert to possible concussions that occur during games. The NFL also said if a referee believes player may have suffered a concussion, he should alert the team and get medical attention.

Fisher Reportedly Threatening To Sue Fox Sports
(Boston, MA) — NBA Union President Derek Fisher may be taking legal action against Fox Sports. According to the “Boston Globe,” Fisher, who at one time played for the Jazz, has threatened to sue if he doesn’t get a retraction for Jason Whitlock’s recent column that suggests he’s been working privately with NBA Commissioner David Stern to strike a league-friendly labor deal.

Whitlock cited sources as saying Fisher hopes to work with an NBA club or the league after his retirement and has been trying to negotiate a deal with Stern that would force the players to settle for a 50-50 split of basketball-related income. The Players Association has been seeking a 52-48 split of basketball-related income, which has been the major stumbling block in the now four-month old lockout.