The Latest – January 18, 2012 18 Jan 12

Timberwolves-Pistons
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves hit their home floor at the Target Center with a game tonight against the Detroit Pistons. Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman says his team is getting better and earning respect from folks around the NBA. He says that respect is slowly coming from game officials, too. Star player Kevin Love has been upset with the officiating in games on multiple occasions this season, incurring a technical foul in Monday’s win over Sacramento. Love admits to being overly emotional at times and says he will work hard to contain his emotions. But, he also says if the team continues to play hard, it will get more respect from the referees. Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m.

Timberwolves Going Old School
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will go “old school” with their uniforms later this season. The Wolves will wear throwback jerseys of the old Minnesota Muskies for six home games this season. The first game will be February 1st against Indiana. Other “Hardwood Classic” dates include February 10th and 11th, and March 5th, 9th, and 30th. The Minnesota Muskies played in the American Basketball Association during the 1967-68 season.

Vikings Stadium Discussion Follows Bonding Bill Announcement
(St. Paul, MN) — We’re another day closer to the start of Minnesota’s legislative session following Tuesday’s announcement of a nearly $800-million bonding bill by the governor. The plan includes borrowing money to fund roads and bridges, civic center expansions, state prison renovations and more. Meanwhile, lawmakers are scheduled to meet this afternoon about where to put a new Vikings stadium. They hope to have a plan in place by the time the legislature convenes January 24th.

Saints Ballpark On Docket
(St. Paul, MN) — Among the items that Governor Mark Dayton included in his nearly $800-million bonding bill proposal was money designated for a new minor league baseball stadium in St. Paul. The St. Paul Saints put in the request to help the club and city fund construction of a seven-thousand-seat ballpark. Dayton earmarked $27-million for the project. The Saints are committed to pitch in $10-million, while the city would put in another $10-million. The proposed stadium would be built on the old Gillette factory grounds, a site that would require environmental cleanup and infrastructure improvements. Last year, Dayton had $20-million in the bonding proposal for a Saints ballpark, but that part of the measure was rejected.

Wild In Ontario
(Toronto, Ontario) — The Minnesota Wild hit the ice in Toronto for a morning skate today. The NHL club is trying to figure out ways to get out of a rut that has resulted in 14 losses in the last 16 games. Wild defenseman Nick Schultz says they need to produce more offensively, and that means they might need to create some goals by simply out-working the opposition. The Wild play the Maple Leafs tomorrow night.

Gopher Wrestlers
(Minneapolis, MN) — The fourth-ranked University of Minnesota wrestling team has a big dual meet this Sunday at home against border rival Wisconsin. The meet will be held at the U-of-M Sports Pavilion and begins at noon. The Golden Gophers boast the top-ranked wrestler in the 125-pound weight class in Wabasha native Zach Sanders, who is unbeaten on the season.

D-II Rankings
(Undated) — This week’s NCAA Division II wrestling rankings are out and St. Cloud State is the new top-ranked team in the nation. The Huskies moved up two spots after improving their dual record to 13-and-0 on the season. Minnesota State-Mankato moved up two slots to No. 17 in this week’s national poll.

NSIC Honors Wrestler
(Burnsville, MN) — Southwest Minnesota State sophomore wrestler Jacob Begin of Anoka is the NSIC Wrestler of the Week. The 165-pounder won all five of his matches last week

Track and Field Athletes Honored
(Burnsville, MN) — The NSIC has named the weekly track and field award winners. Minnesota State-Mankato freshman David Pearcill is the men’s Field Athlete of the Week. Northern State senior Richard Keroack of Spokane, Washington is the men’s Track Athlete of the Week. Wayne State sophomore Emily Wells of Albion, Nebraska is the weekly female field athlete winner. And, her teammate Paige Pollard of Newcastle, Nebraska is the women’s track winner.

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