The Latest – November 29, 2011 29 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: The Wild knocked off the Lightning. There’s another sign the NBA will be back soon. The Gophers have lost their leading scorer and rebounder for the season.

Wild Strike Lightning
(St. Paul, MN) — Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s [[ boo-SHARD ]] late second-period tally proved to be the decider as the Wild took down Tampa Bay, 3-1. Cal Clutterbuck scored shorthanded off a pass from Mikko Koivu [[ MEE-koe KOY-voo ]] to tie things up, and Koivu added an empty-netter late in regulation to seal victory for Minnesota. Niklas Backstrom turned aside 32 shots as the Wild bounced back from two straight losses to improve to 13-7-and-3. The Wild will visit the Oilers in Edmonton tomorrow night.

Letter Asks For Stay In NBA Case
(Minneapolis, MN) — The judge overseeing an antitrust lawsuit filed by players against the NBA has been asked to stay all court proceedings while the sides work on finishing a labor agreement. In a letter written to Minnesota District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz on Monday, attorney Barbara Podlucky Berens says the players and the NBA have reached a tentative agreement to resolve the labor dispute, including the players’ lawsuit and a suit filed by the NBA against the players in New York. The letter asks the judge to stay all proceedings through December 9th.

The league and the disbanded players association reached a tentative agreement Saturday morning after a meeting that lasted roughly 15 hours. The nearly five-month lockout has already wiped out all games that were scheduled in November, but NBA commissioner David Stern indicated that a 66-game schedule could begin on December 25th if the new deal is ratified. Reports also indicate that training camps and the free agency period would begin on December 9th if a deal gets done.

Gophers’ Mbakwe Out For Season
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team will be without forward Trevor Mbakwe for the rest of the season. Mbakwe tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday’s title game against Dayton in the Old Spice Classic. Mbakwe was averaging a team-best 14 points and 9.1 rebounds through the first seven games this season. The Gophers will host Virginia Tech as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at 8:15 tomorrow night.