>>Vikings Coach On No-Call
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says it would have been nice if the officials had called a facemask against Detroit on the final play of Sunday’s 34-28 loss to the Lions, but he says that doesn’t mean his team would have won the game. Frazier says they made too many mistakes earlier in the game to use the missed call as an excuse for another loss. Reserve quarterback Joe Webb fumbled on the play, which began at the Detroit one-yard-line. As Webb was stumbling sideways, he fumbled the ball, and then his facemask was grabbed by a Lions defender. The officials missed the call and Detroit eventually recovered the loose ball to secure the win. Minnesota hosts New Orleans this weekend.
>>Vikings Make Roster Moves
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings signed receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux [[ ARE-sin-oh ]] to their active roster. The Alcorn State product had been on the club’s practice squad for the entire season. He replaces Stephen Burton, who was put on the season-ending Injured Reserve List yesterday.
>>Packers’ Jennings To Miss 2-3 Weeks
(Green Bay, WI) — The Packers expect to have injured wide receiver Greg Jennings back before the start of the playoffs. Jennings was carted off during Sunday’s game against Oakland, but head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jennings will likely miss only two to three weeks with a left knee sprain. Jennings has 67 catches for 949 yards and nine touchdowns this year. The 13-and-0 Packers will try to keep their undefeated season intact this Sunday at 5-and-8 Kansas City.
>>Reports: Former Mavs Guard Coming To MN
(Minneapolis, MN) — Point guard J.J. Barea could be the newest member of the Timberwolves. He helped the Mavericks to an NBA title last year and is now reportedly set to sign a three-year deal with Minnesota. Although team officials have not confirmed the signing, Barea was listed on the roster on the team’s webpage last night, but his name has since been removed. The 27-year-old Barea would add point guard depth to a team that already has rookie Ricky Rubio [[ ROO-bee-oh ]] and veteran Luke Ridnour.
>>Wolves Sign Williams
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Derek Williams to a rookie contract today. The six-foot-eight forward out of Arizona was the number-two overall selection by Minnesota last summer. Williams averaged 19.5-points and 8.3-rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2010-2011. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and a first-team All American last season.
>>NBA Reveals New Concussion Policy
(New York, NY) — The NBA announced its new policy regarding concussions on Monday. The new program includes annual education and training for players, coaches and team medical personnel regarding their specific roles on the club and consistent with current scientific research as well as yearly baseline testing of all players which includes a neurological examination and a computer-based cognitive assessment tool. There will also be customized assessments and multi-stage protocol for determining when a player is healthy enough to return to action, as well as documentation and analysis of all data related to the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of all concussion diagnoses.
>>Gopher Men In Action
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team takes on Central Michigan at Williams Arena tonight. The Gophers notched a 69-47 win over St. Peter’s their last time out on Saturday. Minnesota has won four straight to enter tonight’s tilt with a 10-and-1 on the season. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.
(Chicago, IL) — University of Minnesota women’s basketball player Rachel Banham of Lakeville has been named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week for her performance over the past week. Banham helped the Golden Gophers to three wins, including a victory to secure the championship of the Best Buy Classic Tournament in Minneapolis. In the three wins, Banham averaged almost 16-points per game and nearly five-rebounds per contest. The Gophers are at Denver tomorrow night.
>>NHL: Hackett Honored
(New York, NY) — Wild rookie goaltender Matt Hackett received the NHL’s Weekly “Second Star” for his work in winning a pair of games last week. Each week the NHL names three players as honorees, and Hackett earned the No. 2 honor. Calgary’s Jerome IGinla was the “First Star,” while Washington’s John Carlson was the “Third Star.” Hackett filled in for injured goalies Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding last week. He stopped all 34 shots he faced in his NHL debut in a 2-1 win over the Sharks last Tuesday. Hackett then made 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Kings two nights later.
>>Wild at Winnipeg
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) — The Wild will look to extend their winning streak when they wrap up a five-game road trip against the Jets in Winnipeg tonight. Minnesota has won all four games on the trek, including a 4-1 victory over the Coyotes its last time out on Saturday. Minnesota has won seven straight games overall. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
>>Crosby Says He’s Out Indefinitely
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms. Crosby was originally slated to sit out two games as a precaution following an undisclosed injury December 5th against Boston. After missing games against the Flyers and Islanders, Crosby still isn’t ready to return. He said Monday that he’s still had symptoms the last few days and needs to make sure he’s 100-percent before coming back. Crosby returned to action November 21st after missing more than ten months following a concussion suffered this past January. Crosby played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.
>>Twins Make Changes
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins bullpen will have a different look in 2012. Lefty specialist Jose Mijares was non-tendered by the team yesterday, meaning if he comes back to the Twins, he would likely have to make significantly less than the 700-thousand dollars he likely would have made as a tendered player. The also team lost right hander Jim Hoey yesterday when the Blue Jays claimed the hard-throwing Hoey off of waivers. Hoey struggled last year in limited work with Minnesota. Minnesota did make tender offers to Alexi Casilla, Francisco Liriano, and Glen Perkins, as expected. That means they will be with the team next season.
>>TwinsFest 2012 Tickets
(Minneapolis, MN) — Tickets for TwinsFest 2012 go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. The Minnesota Twins’ annual fan festival is January 27th, 28th and the 29th at the newly renovated Metrodome Last year’s TwinsFest had to be moved to the National Sports Center in Blaine after the dome’s roof collapsed. Advance tickets are nine dollars for adults and five dollars for kids. The fundraising event features autograph stations, photo opportunities with current and former players, a baseball card show and a skills area.
>>Aggies Introduce Sumlin
(College Station, TX) — Kevin Sumlin was introduced Monday as the new head football coach at Texas A&M. He replaces Mike Sherman, who was fired after the Aggies went 6-and-6 this season. Sumlin spent the last four years as head coach of the Houston Cougars, leading them to a school-record 12 wins this year and a berth in the TicketCity Bowl. Sumlin was 35-and-17 at Houston. He served as a receivers and quarterbacks coach at the University of Minnesota from 1993-to-97 under then-head coach Glen Mason.