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Timberwolves At Houston 
(Houston, TX)  –  Head coach Kevin McHale will attempt to top his old team for the second time in a week when the Houston Rockets welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Toyota Center tonight.  McHale, who twice left his front-office position with the Timberwolves to coach the team, knocked off Minnesota a week ago in Minneapolis.  Ironically, McHale replaced Rick Adelman in Houston and Adelman is now the Wolves coach.  McHale’s current team has won nine of ten, while Adelman’s crew has shown flashes of good play this season, as well.  McHale is a Hibbing native and a former all-Big Ten player for the University of Minnesota.  Houston has won 15 of the past 16 meetings in the series.  Tonight’s tipoff is 7 p.m.

Big Ten Players Honored 
(Chicago, IL)  –  Michigan State’s Draymond Green has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week thanks to his performance in a 68-52 win over Minnesota last Wednesday.  He nailed 9-of-11 field goal attempts en route to a 22-point, 14-rebound effort in the win.  The Spartans’ Branden Dawson was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after posting a career-high 16 points in the win over Minnesota.  He made 7-of-10 field goal attempts in the win.  Nebraska’s Brandon Richardson shared Player of the Week honors with Green.  He helped the Huskers to an upset win at Iowa.  The Golden Gophers visit Nebraska on Sunday after a Wednesday game at Iowa.

Wild Back On Ice 
(St. Paul, MN)  –  The Minnesota Wild are back on the practice ice later this afternoon.  It will be the team’s first skate together since their game last Tuesday in Denver.  The NHL All-Star break gave the players a little rest and recuperation.  Today’s skate is at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and will get the team ready for tomorrow’s home game against Nashville.  The Wild are currently in eighth place in the Western Conference.  The Predators are fifth in the West.  The Wild will have another lighter skate tomorrow morning prior to tomorrow night’s game, which starts at 7 p.m.

Wild Make Roster Moves 
(St. Paul, MN)  –  The Minnesota Wild have called up three forwards from AHL Houston.  Chad Rau, Jed Ortmeyer, and Matt Kassian all were recalled this morning.  Rau scored the go-ahead goal for Minnesota in a January 21st win against Dallas.  Ortmeyer has played in six Wild games this year.  And, Kassian has also played in six contests for Minnesota.

Hockey Player In Injury Rehab 
(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Injured Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player Jack Jablonski enters his second week of rehab at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis.  The 16-year-old suffered a neck fracture and spinal cord injury after being checked from behind in a game last month that left him partially paralyzed.  Jablonski has been showing improved movement in his hands and arms – which doctors were not expecting.  Jack’s father Mike says his son is working really hard in the process.  Jablonski is expected to be in rehab for three months.  You can follow Jack’s story on his CaringBridge website. 

Twins’ Gardenhire Hopes Team Is Healthy 
(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says he had to manage last year’s team based too much on doctor’s orders and not enough on baseball tendencies.  The Twins were fallen with enough injuries that Gardenhire says he had to figure out which guys doctors would let play and not play and then move on to making decisions based on baseball.  He says it was the first time in his career he had to manage that way and he is hoping 2012 brings an end to that way.  The best way to avoid the scenario again, is to have a healthy roster of players.  Gardenhire says he’s keeping his fingers crossed.  Twins pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Florida next month. 


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