The Latest – January 28, 2012 28 Jan 12

Here is the latest sports news: Wolves handle Spurs. Nick Johnson takes part in NHL Skills Competition. Chilly lands in Cleveland. Gardenhire names Pavano OD starter. Gophers welcome Illinois.

T’Wolves Down Spurs
(Minneapolis, MN) — Kevin Love had another double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs, 87-79. Ricky Rubio scored 18 and dished out 10 assists to help the T’Wolves win their second straight game. The T’Wolves are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wild Rookie Johnson In Skills Competition Tonight
(Ottawa, Ontario) — Minnesota Wild rookie Nick Johnson will participate in tonight’s All-Star Skills Competition in Ottawa. The 26-year-old Johnson will be the one-time passer for Team Alfredsson in the NHL Skills Challenge Relay. Johnson was selected to the All-Star Game to replace center Mikko Koivu, who was ruled out of the game with an upper-body injury.

Report: Browns Hire Childress As Offensive Coordinator
(Cleveland, OH) — The Cleveland Browns have hired former Vikings head coach Brad Childress as offensive coordinator. NFL.com reports that Childress will become the first offensive coordinator under Browns head coach Pat Shurmer. The former Minnesota head man was an offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles under Andy Reid. The Vikings fired Childress as head coach and replaced him with Leslie Frazier in November 2010 during his fifth season at the helm.

Twins Name Pavano Opening Day Starter
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins haven’t wasted any time planning out their rotation to start the 2012 season. Manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed yesterday that Carl Pavano will get the nod when Minnesota opens its season in Baltimore against the Orioles on April 6th. Right-hander Scott Baker is scheduled to start the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Angels on April 9th if things go according to plan. Gardenhire added that it was not his call to name Pavano the number-one starter, but that of pitching coach Rick Anderson.

Gophers Host Illini
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Golden Gophers play host to the Illinois Fighting Illini this evening. Minnesota suffered a 68-52 loss to the 11th-ranked Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday to drop to 3-and-5 in the Big Ten. The Gophers are 15-and-6 overall. The Illini enter tonight’s tilt with a 15-and-5 record and at 4-and-3 in conference.

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