The Latest – December 7, 2011 07 Dec 11

Here is the latest sports news: A backup goalie led the Wild past the Sharks. The Wolves open the season against the Thunder. The Gophers continue to roll.

Hackett Leads Wild Over Sharks
(San Jose, CA) — Matt Hackett stopped all 34 shots he faced as the Wild skated past the Sharks, 2-1. Hackett was forced into action after Nick Schultz inadvertently collided with Josh Harding in the first period. Harding, starting in place of the injured Niklas Backstrom, gave up a goal to Joe Pavelski one minute into the game, but Hackett pitched a shutout to pick up a win in his first NHL appearance. Mikko Koivu [[ KOY-voo ]] and Pierre-Marc Bouchard had the goals for the Wild, who have won three straight. The Wild will visit the Kings in Los Angeles tomorrow night.

Late NHL Enforcer Had Brain Ailment
(New York, NY) — Former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from a traumatic brain ailment. “The New York Times” reports the degenerative condition was related to Alzheimer’s disease and caused by repeated blows to the head. The 28-year-old died in May of an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. Boogaard’s brain was studied at Boston University. He spent his first five NHL seasons with the Wild before playing last season with the New York Rangers.

Wolves Open Season Vs. Thunder
(New York, NY) — The NBA revealed the 2011-12 66-game regular season schedule on Tuesday night. The Timberwolves will open the season at home against the Thunder on Monday, December 26th. Minnesota will open preseason play against the Bucks on Saturday, 17th at the Target Center.

Gophers Crush App. State
(Minneapolis, MN) — Rodney Williams had 18 points, six rebounds and five blocks to lead Minnesota to a 70-56 win over Appalachian State at Williams Arena. Julian Welch added 15 points for the Gophers, who improved to 9-and-1. The Gophers host St. Peter’s on Saturday.

Rockies Acquire Pitcher Kevin Slowey From Twins
(Dallas, TX) — The Colorado Rockies have acquired pitcher Kevin Slowey from the Twins for a player to be named later. The right-hander went 0-and-8 with a 6.67 ERA during an injury-plagued 2011 season, but was 13-and-6 with a 4.45 ERA the year before. The 27-year-old, who is arbitration eligible, is 39-and-29 with a 4.66 ERA in five big league seasons, all with the Twins.

Favre Says He Will Remain Retired
(Undated) — Brett Favre [[ FARV ]] says he will not be coming out of retirement. In a statement appearing on his official website, Favre said he’s enjoying his retirement and has no plans to play football. The statement came a day after ESPNChicago.com reported the future Hall of Fame quarterback would be willing to talk if the Bears inquired about his availability. The 42-year-old Favre said in Tuesday’s statement that he has not been contacted, nor has he contacted any teams and all reports are inaccurate.