The Latest – January 3, 2012 03 Jan 12

Wolves Beat Spurs 

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Timberwolves star Kevin Love was his usual self, posting 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves over the Spurs 106-96 last night at the Target Center.  Michael Beasley and Luke Ridnour each had 19 points to help the Wolves claim their second straight win.  Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson both had 16 points to pace the Spurs, who lost All-Star guard Manu Ginobili to a broken hand with 2:38 remaining in the game.  Minnesota is off today and will host Memphis tomorrow night. 

>>Gopher Women Dominate 

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team raced to a dominating 84-43 win over Indiana yesterday at Williams Arena.  Freshman Rachel Banham of Lakeville notched career highs in both points and rebounds in turning in her first career double-double.  She scored 21 points and grabbed 11 boards.  She was five-for-five from three-point range in the game.  The Golden Gophers built a 31-point halftime lead, which is the largest halftime edge in program history.  Minnesota led by as many as 46 points in the second half before winning by 41.  The Gophers are now 9-and-7 overall and 1-and-1 in league play.  Minnesota visits Northwestern on Thursday. 

>>Gopher Men Host Iowa Tomorrow 

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from consecutive losses with a tilt tomorrow night against the Iowa Hawkeyes.  The Gophers fell to 12-and-3 following a 61-56 setback to Michigan Sunday.  Iowa enters tomorrow night’s contest with a 9-and-6 mark and a 1-and-1 record in conference play after beating nationally-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday. 

>>Burke Wins Award After Big Outing 

(Chicago, IL)  –  Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke has been named the Big Ten men’s basketball co-player of the week after a career high performance against the Golden Gophers on Sunday.  Burke torched Minnesota for 27 points in the 61-56 victory.  He scored 13 against Penn State on Thursday.  Michigan State guard Keith Appling is the co-winner of the weekly honor. 

>>Gopher Grapplers Grab Second Place 

(Chattanooga, TN)  –  The third-ranked University of Minnesota wrestling team finished second at the 23-team “Southern Scuffle” tournament in Chattanooga over the weekend.  Penn State won the tourney.  Three Gophers won their weight class in the event, including Zach Sanders at 125-pounds.  Sanders, of Wabasha, is now 16-and-0 on the season and ranked number-one in his division.  Also winning individual trophies were Chris Dardanes of Chicago and Tony Nelson of Cambridge.  The Gophers next host Ohio State for a Big Ten dual on Sunday at the U-of-M Sports Pavilion. 

>>Vikings Done 

(Eden Prairie, MN)  –  The Vikings cleaned out their lockers and headed out for the offseason yesterday.  Receiver Percy Harvin told reporters that he expects every man on the team to show up for the traditional offseason workouts at the team’s training facility this summer.  He also says he expects the team’s offense to expand with a full offseason to prepare and learn the complexity of the system.  Minnesota finished 3-and-13 on the season and Harvin says he’s going to figuratively “throw it in the garbage.” 

>>Vikings Sign Several 

(Eden Prairie, MN)  –  The Vikings signed several players to future contracts, meaning they will be with the team this offseason, but not on the official active roster.  They include Kris Adams, Chris DeGeare, Reggie Jones, Butch Lewis, Tyrone McKenzie, Allen Reisner, and Kerry Taylor.  Most of the players spent some time with the team this past season. 

>>Vikings Hoping For New Stadium In New Year 

(Eden Prairie, MN)  –  The Minnesota Vikings hope the new year of 2012 will bring them a new stadium, but it’s far from a done deal and many obstacles remain.  Vikings VP Lester Bagley says, at lawmakers’ request, they’re working on a review of two proposed sites in downtown Minneapolis — but he says the Arden Hills location has been thoroughly vetted and is “the ideal site.”  The two possible Minneapolis sites are the current Metrodome location and a parcel of land on Linden Avenue, just west of Target Center and Target Field. 

>>Fitz Suffers Lung Injury 

(Tempe, AZ)  –  Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of Minneapolis apparently suffered a lung injury in the team’s 23-20 overtime victory over Seattle on Sunday.  Fitz’s father, Larry Fitzgerald Senior, tweeted after the game that his son was spitting up blood on the sidelines.  He also added that Fitzgerald was slated to undergo an MRI yesterday.  Arizona team officials said Fitzgerald underwent X-rays after the game and they came back negative.  The 28-year-old eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the sixth straight season and finished with 80 receptions and eight TD’s. 

>>Wild Battle Canucks Tomorrow 

(Vancouver, British Columbia)  –  The Minnesota Wild get their first taste of 2012 hockey tomorrow night in Vancouver against the Canucks.  The reeling Wild have dropped nine-of-10 to fall to 21-13-and-6 on the year.  The defending Western Conference champion Canucks lost to San Jose last night to fall to 24-13-and-3. 

>>High Schooler Injured 

(St. Louis Park, MN)  –  A Twin Cities area high school hockey player who suffered a spinal injury in a game is scheduled for surgery this week.  But it’s too soon to tell if Benild-St. Margaret’s sophomore Jack Jablonski will regain full control of his limbs.  Doctors say the 16-year-old has gained a bit more movement but still can’t move his legs, and only has partial motion in his shoulders and right arm.  Jablonski’s surgery will fuse the section of his spine that was damaged on Friday, when he was checked and tumbled head-first into the boards. 

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