The Latest – January 17, 2012 17 Jan 12

Wild At Philly
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Minnesota Wild will be without star center Mikko Koivu [[ KOY-voo ]] tonight against Philadelphia. Koivu injured his shoulder in Saturday’s loss at St. Louis and could miss up to six weeks. Meanwhile, Minnesota coach Mike Yeo says his team is entering a stretch of games that could “tip the season” one way or the other. Minnesota has three road games and a home game heading into the all-star break and then three of four on the road after the break. Yeo’s team is currently in eighth place in the Western Conference and he says if they play well in that stretch it could go a long way to securing post season hockey for Minnesota. Tonight’s game begins at 6 p.m.

Hot Love
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love continues to put his name in the record book. His 33-point, 11-rebound effort in last night’s victory over Sacramento marked his 13th consecutive double-double to start this season. The last NBA player to begin a season with 13 straight double-double performances was Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon in 1992. Since 1975, only four other players have begun a season with 13 double-doubles. They were Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Bill Walton, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Last night’s game also was Love’s third consecutive game of scoring at least 30 points. That’s the first time in the UCLA product’s career he’s done that. For the season, Love is averaging 25.6-points and 14.3-rebounds per contest.

Wolves Practicing
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves went through a midday practice routine at the Target Center today in preparation for their home game tomorrow night against the Pistons. Minnesota is coming off of a 99-86 win over Sacramento last night. The Timberwolves are still in last place in the NBA’s Northwest Division with a 5-and-8 record, but are getting some buzz around the league with the stellar play of Kevin Love and the emergence of rookie point guard Ricky Rubio [[ ROO-bee-oh ]]. Detroit is 3-and-10 on the season and at Houston tonight.

Pistons Have Rough Flight
(Houston, TX) — Things haven’t exactly been going well for the Detroit Pistons this season. The NBA team visits Minnesota for a game against the Timberwolves tomorrow. But, first, the struggling team is set to take on a surging Houston club in South Texas tonight. That’s a tough enough task considering Detroit is just 1-and-5 on the road this season. But, basketball took a back seat for Detroit when the team’s chartered flight reported problems with the hydraulics operating part of the aircraft’s landing gear, forcing an emergency landing yesterday afternoon. Fortunately everyone escaped the scary situation unscathed and the Pistons will now try to halt the momentum of a Rockets team attempting to get back to the .500 mark. Detroit comes in after losing for the seventh time in eight contests on Sunday.

Gophers Off Till Sunday
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team is off until the weekend. The Gophers host the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota has won back-to-back games on the heels of a four-game slide to improve to 14-and-5 overall and 2-and-4 in the Big Ten. Freshman Joe Coleman of Minneapolis was named this week’s Big Ten Freshman of the Week after registering a career high 23 points in Sunday’s 80-66 win at Penn State. The Gophers women’s team, meanwhile, will host Michigan State on Thursday night.

MIAC Hoops Honorees
(St. Paul, MN) — The players of the week in men’s and women’s basketball in the MIAC have been announced. Gustavus Adolphus senior guard Seth Anderson of Minnesota Lake is the men’s honoree. Anderson helped the Gusties to two MIAC wins last week. Augsburg guard Serenae Levine of Eden Prairie is the women’s award co-winner. Levine’s team split a pair of games last week. Bethel senior guard Taylor Sheley of Backus is the other female winner. She helped the Royals snap a three-game losing skid. Both Levine and Sheley have won the weekly honor one other time this season.

MIAC Honors Hockey Players
(St. Paul, MN) — The MIAC has named its weekly award winners for men’s and women’s hockey. The men’s hockey Player of the Week is St. Thomas senior forward Robby Philipp of Thief River Falls. he had three goals and two assists in two wins over Hamline over the weekend. One of the goals was an overtime winner. St. Thomas junior forward Korinne O’Connor of New Ulm is the women’s Player of the Week. She helped the Tommies to a pair of non-conference wins.

U.S. Pond Hockey Championship Expected To Draw Thousands
(Minneapolis, MN) — The show must go on Saturday at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in south Minneapolis. Ice conditions are good despite above-normal temperatures this winter. Co-Commisioner Carson Kipfer says this event is the largest hockey tournament of its kind in the country, with 26 rinks out on Lake Nokomis and over 250 teams competing. Kipfer says the number of spectators is estimated at nearly 30-thousand. He says people come from as far away as New York to play and watch the pond hockey games. There are still some openings for the boot hockey tournament.


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