The Latest – January 24, 2012 24 Jan 12

Timberwolves-Rockets
(Minneapolis, MN) — Houston’s Kyle Lowry posted his second career triple-double while Kevin Martin finished with 31 points, and the Rockets downed the Timberwolves, 107-92, for their seventh consecutive victory. Lowry totaled 16 points, ten assists and ten boards for Houston, which hadn’t won seven in a row since a 22-game streak during the 2007-08 season. Minnesota’s Kevin Love tallied 39 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, hitting all five of his three-point tries and 13-of-19 shots overall. But he sat for the final few minutes of the contest with an apparent eye injury, and the Timberwolves closed out their second straight loss without their star. The Wolves are at Dallas tomorrow night.

Lynx Re-Sign Center
(Minneapolis, MN) — A key player on last year’s WNBA championship Minnesota Lynx will be back. Veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin has signed a one-year deal with the team. The veteran of 13 WNBA seasons was reportedly considering retirement but has decided to play again. McWilliams-Franklin is a six-time WNBA all-star and averaged nearly eleven points and five rebounds per game last year. She says she is looking forward to trying to help defend the league championship.

Gophers At Michigan State Tomorrow
(Minneapolis, MN) — The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team has won three straight Big Ten games for the first time since early in last season’s league slate. The Golden Gophers knocked out Northwestern, 75-52, yesterday at Williams Arena. The team will leave for East Lansing, Michigan, this afternoon, where it will play Number Eleven Michigan State tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Golden Gopher women hosts Wisconsin on Thursday. The Gopher women’s team lost at Nebraska 64-49 yesterday.

Gopher Men’s Basketball Schedule
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are the schedule and results for the University of Minnesota 2011-12 men’s basketball team (home games at Williams Arena):

Tuesday, November 1st – Minnesota 71, Bemidji State 58 (exhibition) Monday, November 7th – Minnesota 72, Augustana 69(exhibition) Friday, November 11th – Minnesota 70, Bucknell 58 (final) Monday, November 15th – Minnesota 71, South Dakota State 55 (final) Thursday, November 17th – Minnesota 67, Fairfield 57 (final) Monday, November 21st – Minnesota 85, Mt. St. Mary’s 56 (final) Thursday, November 24th – Minnesota 86, DePaul 85 (final) Friday, November 25th – Minnesota 76, Indiana State 69 (final) Sunday, November 27th – Dayton 86, Minnesota 70 (final) Wednesday, November 30th – Minnesota 58, Virginia Tech 55 (final) Saturday, December 3rd – Minnesota 55, Southern California 40(final) Tuesday, December 6th – Minnesota 70, Appalachian State 56 (final) Saturday, December 10th – Minnesota 69, St. Peters 47 (final) Tuesday, December 13th – Minnesota 76, Central Michigan 56 (final) Thursday, December 22nd – Minnesota 63, North Dakota State 59 (final) Tuesday, December 27th – Illinois 81, Minnesota 72 (final-double overtime) Sunday, January 1st – Michigan 61, Minnesota 56 (final) Wednesday, January 4th – Iowa 64, Minnesota 62 (final) Sunday, January 8th – Purdue 79, Minnesota 66 (final) Thursday, January 12th – Minnesota 77, Indiana 74 (final) Sunday, January 15th – Minnesota 80, Penn State 66 (final) Sunday, January 22nd – Minnesota 75, Northwestern 52 (final) Wednesday, January 25th – at Michigan State, 7:30pm Saturday, January 28th – vs. Illinois, 7pm Wednesday, February 1st – at Iowa, 7:30pm Sunday, February 5th – at Nebraska, noon Thursday, February 9th – vs. Wisconsin, time TBD Tuesday, February 14th – vs. Ohio State, time TBD Saturday, February 18th – at Northwestern, 6pm Wednesday, February 22nd – vs. Michigan State, 7:30pm Saturday or Sunday, February 25/26 – vs. Indiana, time/day TBD Tuesday, February 28th – at Wisconsin, 7pm Saturday, March 3rd – vs. Nebraska, 11:30am March 8-11 – Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis

MIAC Honors Players
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has named its weekly award winners in men’s and women’s basketball. Bethel junior Taylor Hall of Blaine is the men’s Player of the Week after averaging 19.5-points per game in a pair of big wins for the Royals. And Macalester senior Holly Schiedermayer of Waupaca, Wisconsin, is the women’s honoree this week. She averaged 21 points and eleven rebounds per game in two wins.

MIAC Hockey POWs
(St. Paul, MN) — The men’s and women’s Hockey Players of the Week in the MIAC have been announced. Saint John’s junior goaltender J.D. Wells of Anoka is the men’s honoree. He allowed only two goals on 45 shots over the course of two Johnnies wins over Concordia-Moorhead. St. Thomas senior forward Kaylee Keys of St. Paul is the women’s weekly winner. She had three goals and an assist in a sweep over Saint Mary’s.

Wild-Avs
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild have a game in Colorado tonight, the final contest prior to this weekend’s NHL All-Star weekend festivities. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo [[ YOH ]] says it would be nice to get a win heading into the break because it would likely indicate another game of well played hockey. Those have been few and far between of late, but Saturday’s 5-2 win over Dallas gave Yeo some reason for optimism. Tonight’s game starts at 8 p.m.

Hockey Day Minnesota
(St. Paul, MN) — On the heels of a very successful Hockey Day Minnesota this past weekend, organizers have announced next year’s location site. The 2013 event will be held at Pokegama [[ poh-KEH'-guh-muh ]] Lake in Grand Rapids. The exact date will be announced this summer. 2012′s Hockey Day Minnesota raised more than 200-thousand dollars for Jack Jablonski, the high school hockey player paralyzed earlier this year.

Injured Hockey Player Moved From HCMC To Rehab Center
(Minneapolis, MN) — Injured Benilde-St.Margaret’s hockey player Jack Jablonski is beginning his next phase of recovery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Jablonski was moved yesterday from Hennepin County Medical Center to the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The 16-year-old suffered a neck fracture after being checked from behind in a game December 30th that left him partially paralyzed. But Jablonski has been showing improved movement in his hands and arms, which doctors were not expecting. During an interview as part of Hockey Day Minnesota, Jablonski vowed that he’ll skate again.

Twins Continue Caravan Today
(Undated) — The Twins continue their Winter Caravan today with three separate celebrity groups making visits in Minnesota and South Dakota. A group including current players Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni, former player Tony Oliva, and broadcaster Dick Bremer will make three stops in Minnesota today. Those visits include Aitkin, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji. Another Twins group including current players Danny Valencia and Drew Butera, former player and current TV analyst Bert Blyleven and radio announcer Cory Provus have four Minnesota visits. They will stop in Forest Lake, Minneapolis, Jordan, and Owatonna. A third group including current players Anthony Swarzak, Trevor Plouffe [[ PLOOF ]], and Chris Parmelee, along with former player and current broadcaster Dan Gladden will make three South Dakota stops. Their visits will be in Huron, Mitchell, and Sioux Falls. Twins Fest starts in Minneapolis this Friday.

Vikings Stadium On Lawmakers’ Plate As 2012 Session Opens
(St. Paul, MN) — The 2012 legislative session begins today at noon, and one of the major issues on state lawmakers’ plate will be the Vikings’ push for a new stadium. Lead Senate sponsor, Fairmont Republican Julie Rosen, says the team’s lease at the Metrodome is up, they’re free agents and, quote, “we can’t keep putting it off.” Rosen predicts they’ll have a bill put together by March 1st but adds it probably won’t be up for a floor vote that soon. A site and a financing plan are still up in the air.

Senser Case Update
(Minneapolis, MN) — Prosecutors are providing more evidence they believe bolsters their criminal case against Amy Senser. The Edina woman is charged with driving the car that struck and killed an 18-year-old man on an interstate ramp last summer in Minneapolis. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says they have cell phone records showing that after the man was struck, Senser drove in a westerly direction – not east toward St. Paul where she was to have picked up her daughters. Amy Senser, the wife of former Vikings star Joe Senser, is charged with criminal vehicular homicide operation and failure to notify police in a timely manner. Senser’s attorney has said he intends to ask the court to throw out the case for lack of sufficient evidence. A tentative trial date is set for April.

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