The Latest – November 7, 2011 07 Nov 11

Minnesotan Wins PGA Champions Season Title
(San Francisco, CA) — Minnesota native Tom Lehman clinched the PGA Champions Tour season championship, but just barely. Lehman held on to win the season title after he struggled to an 18th-place finish in yesterday’s season-ending event in California. The low finish left the door open for Mark Calcavecchia to possibly take the season championship. Calcavecchia needed to either win the event or finish in a two-way tie for second. Eventually, Calcavecchia finished in a five-way tie for second-place, which secured the title for Lehman by a nose. Lehman won three events during the season, including one Major title at the Tradition. Lehman’s season title is the second in his professional golf career to go along with his PGA Tour season crown back in 1996. Lehman was born in Austin, raised in Alexandria, and played college golf at the University of Minnesota.

Vikings Off
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings had their bye week this past weekend, so did not play yesterday. In fact, only one team from the NFC North played in a game yesterday when Green Bay held on to beat San Diego 45-38. Chicago will play at Philadelphia tonight in Monday Night Football, while Detroit was also idle this weekend. The Vikings players report back to team headquarters today for their first practice of the week. The players were given almost all of last week off. Minnesota is at Green Bay a week from tonight as part of Monday Night Football.

Vikings Schedule/Results
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Here is the 2011 schedule and results for the Minnesota Vikings:
Sunday, September 11 – San Diego 24, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, September 18 – Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20 (final) Sunday, September 25 – Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (overtime) Sunday, October 2 – Kansas City 22, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, October 9 – Minnesota 34, Arizona 10 (final) Sunday, October 16 – Chicago 39, Minnesota 10 (final) Sunday, October 23 – Green Bay 33, Minnesota 27 (final) Sunday, October 30 – at Carolina, noon Sunday, November 6 – BYE WEEK Monday, November 14 – at Green Bay, 7:30pm Sunday, November 20 – vs. Oakland, noon* Sunday, November 27 – at Atlanta, noon* Sunday, December 4 – vs. Denver, 3:05pm* Sunday, December 11 – at Detroit, noon* Sunday, December 28 – vs. New Orleans, noon* Saturday, December 24 – at Washington, noon* Sunday, January 1 – vs. Chicago, noon*
(* – gametime subject to change due to NFL “flex schedule”)

Green Bay Stays Unbeaten
(San Diego, CA) — Aaron Rodgers continued his stellar season, helping Green Bay hold off San Diego 45-38 in a rain-soaked game in San Diego yesterday. Rodgers completed 21-of-26 attempts for 247 yards and four touchdowns for the Packers, who stayed perfect at 8-and-0. The Vikings visit Green Bay a week from tonight.

Tebow, Broncos Roll Over Raiders
(Oakland, CA) — Tim Tebow (TEE-boh) threw for 124 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 117 rushing yards as the Broncos rolled to a 38-24 victory over the Raiders. Cold Spring native Eric Decker hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tebow in this game. The former Golden Gopher star football and baseball player had three receptions total for 47 yards.

Bears Battle Eagles On “Monday Night Football”
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Chicago Bears head to The City of Brotherly Love to battle the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on “Monday Night Football.” The Eagles have won back-to-back games on the heels of a four-game slide to sit at 3-and-4 on the season. Philadelphia leaned on running back LeSean McCoy, who rumbled for 185 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns in a 34-7 victory over NFC East rival Dallas in Week Eight Chicago is coming off its bye. The Bears topped Tampa Bay, 24-18, in Week Seven at Wembley Stadium in London to up their mark to 4-and-3. Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] continued his impressive campaign with 145 yards and a score via the ground on 25 carries as the “Monsters of the Midway” won for the third time in four games. Chicago beat Philly, 31-26, last season at Soldier Field.

Gopher Kickoff Time Set
(Chicago, IL) — The start time for this Saturday’s Golden Gopher football game against Wisconsin has been set for 2:30 p.m. The Big Ten Conference was allowed to wait until the results of all of last week’s games were in before setting start times and television network assignments. The Minnesota-Wisconsin game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network from TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota lost to Michigan State this past Saturday 31-24, while Wisconsin throttled Purdue 62-17.

Gopher Football Schedule/Results
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are results and the remaining schedule for the University of Minnesota football team:
Saturday, September 3rd – USC 19, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, September 10th – New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21 (final) Saturday, September 17th – Minnesota 29, Miami (OH) 23 (final) Saturday, September 24th – North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 (final) Saturday, October 1st – Michigan 58, Minnesota 0 (final) Saturday, October 8th – Purdue 45, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, October 15th – BYE WEEK Saturday, October 22nd – Nebraska 41, Minnesota 14 (final) Saturday, October 29th – Minnesota 22, Iowa 21 (final) Saturday, November 5th – Michigan State 31, Minnesota 24 (final) Saturday, November 12th – vs. Wisconsin, 2:30pm Saturday, November 18th – at Northwestern, time TBD Saturday, November 26th – vs. Illinois, time TBD

Gopher Women Victorious
(Minneapolis, MN) — University of Minnesota women’s basketball senior Kiara Buford of St. Paul scored a game-high 21 points to pace the Golden Gophers to a 92-50 exhibition win over Bemidji State yesterday at Williams Arena. Heralded freshman Rachel Banham of Lakeville scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, and handed out four assists for the Gophers. Taylor Davis of Crookston scored ten points off the bench to lead the Beavers. The Gophers open the season by taking on Arkansas this Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of a weekend tournament in Daytona, Florida. Bemidji State next plays against Mayville State on November 19th.

Gopher Men’s Hoops
(Minneapolis, MN) — Tubby Smith’s Golden Gopher men’s team concludes its exhibition schedule with a home game tonight against Augustana. Augustana is the preseason coaches pick to win the Northern Sun title, so the Gophers will have a test in this one. The Vikings were 18-and-9 last season and return the team’s top scorer in Cody Schilling of Ellsworth. Schilling is the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year. Tonight’s game tips off at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena.

Minnesota Hockey Weekend
(Minneapolis, MN) — It was quite a weekend for both the Golden Gopher men’s and women’s hockey teams, as each swept a pair of games from rival opponents. The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team beat North Dakota 2-0 on Friday and rallied to win 3-2 on Saturday. The Gopher women beat Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday.

Wild Hockey
(St. Paul, MN) — The red-hot Minnesota Wild will have a morning workout on the Xcel Energy Center ice this morning before embarking on a five-game road trip, which begins tomorrow night in Calgary. Minnesota has won four straight games, all behind goaltender Josh Harding. The four-game winning streak has put the Wild into second-place in the Northwest Division, only one-point behind top team Edmonton. Tomorrow’s game starts at 8 p.m.

NBA Deal Not Done
(New York, NY) — Still no deal, even after eight-and-a-half-hours of negotiations from the NBA and the players’ union Saturday night. The lockout continues, but commissioner David Stern said the players have a deadline of Wednesday to accept a new proposal that includes a split of basketball-related income to the players between 49 and 51 percent, depending on revenue projections from the league. The deal was brokered by federal mediator George Cohen, but was not accepted by the main negotiator for the players, Jeffrey Kessler. Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers, the union president, said what the NBA presented was a series of “what ifs” and not a formal proposal.

NSIC Soccer Title
(Mankato, MN) — Minnesota State-Mankato beat St. Cloud State 1-0 in yesterday’s NSIC Postseason Soccer Tournament championship in Mankato. Junior forward Nicole Dooher of New Hope scored the lone goal of the game. The victory gives the Mavericks an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Those pairings will be released tonight.

Duluth Park Referendum On Ballot
(Duluth, MN) — Voters in Duluth will consider a two-point-six-million-dollar referendum for a dedicated parks and recreation fund tomorrow. Mayor Don Ness says they could have taken the proposal to the city council and raised taxes – but felt it was important to bring the question directly to voters. He estimates that a homeowner with a 160-thousand-dollar house would pay an additional five dollars a month in property tax.