The Latest – December 1, 2011 01 Dec 11

Here is the latest sports news: The Wild edged the Oilers in a shootout. The Gophers nipped Virginia Tech. NBA players can report to team facilities today.

Wild Edge Oilers In SO
(Edmonton, Alberta) — Kyle Brodziak scored in the sixth-round of the shootout to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Oilers. Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi each lit the lamp in the second period to erase a 2-0 Edmonton advantage. Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves for Minnesota, which has won two straight. The Wild will host the Devils on Friday.

Gophers Nip VT
(Minneapolis, MN) — Julian Welch dropped in 15 points as Minnesota edged Virginia Tech, 58-55, as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Rodney Williams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Gophers, who improved to 7-and-1 with the victory. The Gophers will host USC on Saturday.

NBA Players Can Report Today
(New York, NY) — NBA players will reportedly be permitted to visit their practice facilities today. Players will be permitted to work on voluntary conditioning or strength training, but “basketball-related activity” will have to wait until the new CBA is officially ratified. NBA executives were allowed to speak to player agents yesterday, but deals cannot be consummated until the league officially opens for business. The “New York Times” has reported the regular season will begin with five games on Christmas Day.