The Latest – November 30, 2011 30 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: The NBA lockout will reportedly partially be lifted tomorrow. The Vikings made a flurry of moves Tuesday. The Oilers host the Wild. The Gophers face Virginia Tech.

Report: NBA Players Allowed In Facilities Thursday
(New York, NY) — The “New York Times” reports the NBA will partially lift the lockout on Thursday. According to the report, players will be allowed to use team facilities and work with team trainers on voluntary conditioning or strength training. However, coaches and players still are not permitted to interact. Additionally, team executives and agents will be allowed to discuss free agent players, but deals cannot be made until the NBA officially reopens. The paper reports the season will begin with five games on December 25th. It’s unclear which teams will play opening day.

The league and the disbanded players association reached a tentative agreement to end the lengthy lockout Saturday morning after a meeting that lasted roughly 15 hours. The nearly five-month lockout wiped out all games that were scheduled in November, but a 66-game schedule is widely expected to begin Christmas Day. Earlier reports have suggested the league will officially reopen for business on December 9th.

Vikings Make Flurry Of Moves
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings placed four players on season-ending injured reserve among a flurry of moves on Tuesday. Wide receiver Michael Jenkins, safety Tyrell Johnson, long snapper Cullen Loeffler and safety Husain Abdullah were all placed on IR. To replace those four players on the roster, the Vikes signed safety Jarrad Page, wide out Stephen Burton, long snapper Matt Katula and safety Andrew Sendejo. Minnesota also added tight end Mickey Shuler to the practice squad.

Oilers Host Wild
(Edmonton, Alberta) — The Wild will be in Edmonton to face the Oilers tonight. Minnesota got back in the win column with a 3-1 victory over the Lightning on Monday. The Wild snapped a two-game skid and improved to 13-7-and-3 with the win. The puck drops at 8:30 tonight.

Gophers Host VT
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team hosts Virginia Tech at Williams Arena this evening. The contest is part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Gophers will be playing for the first time without leading scorer and rebounder Trevor Mbakwe, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Tonight’s tilt tips of at 8:15 p.m.