The Latest – December 9, 2011 09 Dec 11

Here is the latest sports news: The NBA lockout has officially ended. The Wild skated past the Kings. The Gophers host St. Peter’s tomorrow.

Players, Owners Ratify CBA
(New York, NY) — The NBA lockout has officially ended. NBA players and owners approved the new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday. Training camps open on today, with the free agent and trading periods set to start at 1:00 p.m. The Timberwolves will open preseason play against the Bucks a week from tomorrow.

Peterson Practices In Limited Basis
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson practiced on a limited basis on Thursday. Peterson has missed the last two games due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in a loss to the Raiders on November 20th. Meantime, quarterback Christian Ponder did not practice due to a hip pointer. Ponder is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.

Hackett Leads Wild Over Kings
(Los Angeles, CA) — Matt Hackett made 42 saves to lead the Wild to a 4-2 win over the Kings in Los Angeles. Darroll Powe had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, which has won six straight and has an NHL-best 41 points. Mikko Koivu, Marco Scandella and Cody Almond all found the back of the net in the victory. The Wild will face the Coyotes in Phoenix tomorrow night.

Setoguchi Lands On IR
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild placed forward Devin Setoguchi on injured reserve prior to last night’s game against the Kings. The move is retroactive to December 6th. In a corresponding roster move, the Wild recalled forward Jeff Taffe from the Houston Aeros of the AHL.

Gophers Host St. Peter’s Tomorrow
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team hosts St. Peter’s at Williams Arena tomorrow afternoon. The Gophers ran their winning streak to three with a 70-56 win over Appalachian State on Tuesday. Minnesota also moved to 9-and-1 with the win. Tip-off tomorrow is at noon.