The Latest – November 8, 2011 08 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: Bill Smith fired as Twins GM. Wild start road swing. Harding wins weekly honor. Vikes’ Harvin helped with bye week.

Smith Out, Ryan Back In As Twins G
(Minneapolis, MN) — Bill Smith was fired as general manager of the Minnesota Twins and replaced for the time being by the man he succeeded in the position four years ago. The Twins announced the move Monday, saying Terry Ryan has agreed to assume the role of interim general manager. Smith had been general manager since September 13th, 2007, when Ryan announced his resignation after 13 seasons. Ryan was originally hired as GM in 1994 and helped the Twins win four division titles from 2002-to-2006. He has spent more than 28 years with the organization and will lead the search for a permanent replacement.

Wild On The Ice
(Calgary, Alberta) — The Minnesota Wild are back on the ice this evening as they kick off a five-game road trip against the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Wild have won four games in-a-row and are coming off a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Saturday to improve to 7-3-and-3 on the season. Minnesota continues the road swing on Thursday at San Jose.

Wild Goalie Harding Highlights NHL’s “Three Stars”
(New York, NY) — Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding grabbed the NHL’s top weekly honor on Monday. Harding earned “First Star” honors by going 3-0-and-0 with a goals-against average of 0.99 last week, giving up just three goals in victories over Detroit, Vancouver and St. Louis. The 27-year-old, who missed all of last season due to tearing both the ACL and MCL in one of his knees, is 4-0-and-1 with a league-best .965 save percentage and 1.18 goals-against-average.

Vikes’ Harvin: Week Off Helped
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin said on Monday that the team’s bye week really helped his health. Harvin has been battling a season-long rib injury and said he expects to play in Week 10 at Green Bay. The Vikings beat Carolina, 24-21, in Week Eight to up their mark to 2-and-6 on the season.