The Latest – November 9, 2011 09 Nov 11

Here is the latest sports news: Don’t look for the Timberwolves to be on the court anytime soon. The Wild kept rolling in Calgary. It’s a big weekend for the Gophers.

Union Says No To NBA Labor Deal
(New York, NY) — Don’t look for the Timberwolves to be on the court anytime soon. NBA union president Derek Fisher said yesterday that the players will not accept the league’s current labor proposal. He added he doesn’t see how a deal will get done before today’s deadline set by commissioner David Stern. Union chief Billy Hunter says he expects games to now be canceled through Christmas.

Backstrom Helps Wild Blank Flames
(Calgary, Alberta) — Niklas Backstrom denied all 41 shots he faced as the Wild blanked the Flames, 3-0, in Calgary. Backstrom earned the shutout in his first start since October 27th. Dany Heatley, Guillaume Latendresse and Darroll Powe found the back of the net for Minnesota, which has won five in a row for the first time since November 27th-through-December 5th, 2009. Minnesota is right back in action against the Sharks in San Jose tomorrow night.

Gophers Host Bucknell In Season-Opener Friday
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team opens the season against Bucknell Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers wrapped up exhibition play with a 72-60 win over Augustana on Monday. Friday’s tilt tips off at 7:00 p.m.

Minnesota Clashes With Badgers Saturday
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota will host 18th-ranked Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. The schools will be meeting on the gridiron for the 121st time. The Gophers hold a 58-54-and-8 edge in the all-time series. Paul Bunyan’s Axe will also be on the line in the rivalry affair.