The Latest – January 7, 2012 07 Jan 12

Here is the latest sports news:  Wolves fall to Cavs.  Vikes dump Karl Dunbar.  Wild battle Calgary.  NHL won’t realign.  Gophers battle Purdue tomorrow.

Cavs Tame Timberwolves 
(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Antawn [[ ANN-twan ]] Jamison scored 22 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead Cleveland to a 98-87 victory over the Timberwolves.  Kevin Love did his usual double-double damage with 29 points and 14 rebounds.  Darko Milicic [[ MILL-ih-chitch ]] added 11 points while Michael Beasley scored nine and grabbed 12 caroms.  Derrick Williams scored 12 and Ricky Rubio [[ ROO-bee-oh ]] scored 10 points off the bench for Minnesota, which has dropped two straight following a two-game winning streak.  The Wolves are back on the court tomorrow in DC battling the Wizards. 

Vikings Fire Karl Dunbar 
(Eden Prairie, MN)  –  The Minnesota Vikings dismal season has seen its first coaching casualty.  Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar was fired by the Vikes yesterday after six seasons with the team.  The Vikings defense tallied 50 sacks with Jared Allen setting a single-season team record with 22, but it was not enough to saves Dunbar’s job.  The firing is one of many expected of the next few weeks as Minnesota revamps its coaching staff. 

Wild Take On Flames 
(Calgary, Alberta)  –  The Minnesota Wild look to turn things around in Calgary tonight when they skate with the Flames.  The Wild have fallen from the top of the league, losing 10-of-11.  The rough stretch comes following a seven-game winning streak that started on November 28th.  The Flames enter tonight’s tilt in their own slide, having dropped five straight.

NHL Will Not Realign Next Season 
(New York, NY)  –  The NHL will not be moving forward with a recently-developed realignment plan for next season.  The league announced that the plan, which was recently approved by the NHL Board of Governors, has been delayed because the player’s association refused to provide its consent.  The format was to have created four conferences as opposed to the current two conference, six division alignment.  While the proposed format has not completely been scrapped, the league’s decision means that no realignment will occur for the 2012-13 NHL season.  The Wild were scheduled to move into a conference with St. Louis, Nashville, Dallas, Chicago, Winnipeg, Detroit and Columbus.

Gophers Host Purdue Tomorrow 
(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Minnesota Gophers look to stop a three-game slide tomorrow when they host the Purdue Boilermakers.  The Gophers fell to 12-and-4 on the season with Wednesday’s 64-62 loss to Iowa.  Minnesota also lost to Illinois and Michigan to sit at 0-and-3 in the Big Ten.  Purdue comes into tomorrow’s contest with an equal 12-and-4 overall record but is 2-and-1 in conference.  The Boilermakers have won three straight.

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