The Latest – February 11, 2012 11 Feb 12

Timberwolves 97 – Mavericks 104
(Minneapolis, MN) — Dirk Nowitzki (no-VIT-skee) poured in 33 points as the Mavericks ripped the Timberwolves, 104-97. Kevin Love, returning to play after a two-game suspension, posted 32 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost two in-a-row. Michael Beasley finished with 20 points in defeat. Ricky Rubio (ROO-bee-oh) added 10 points and eight assists for the Wolves.

Gophers Off
(Minneapolis, MN) — Neither the University of Minnesota men’s or women’s basketball teams have games this weekend. Both are coming off Thursday night defeats to border rivals and each will have home games early next week against ranked foes. Tubby Smith’s men’s team fell at home last night to Wisconsin 68-61 in overtime. His team will host No. 3 Ohio State on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Williams Arena. Pam Borton’s team lost at Iowa 73-58 last night. Her club will host No. 15 Nebraska on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Arena.

Gametime Set For Gophers-Indiana MBB Game
(Minneapolis, MN) — Tipoff time for the Minnesota-Indiana men’s basketball game has been set for Sunday, February 26th at noon at Williams Arena. The game has been given a “wildcard” status by the Big Ten Conference, meaning they were holding off on naming an exact date or time until the league standings could come into clearer focus. The game will be broadcast on national cable television channel ESPN, as well as on the statewide Gopher Radio Network. Minnesota defeated then-No. 7 Indiana 77-74 back on January 12th.

WCHA Hockey
(Various) –Here are the men’s scores from Friday’s games:

North Dakota 3 – UMD 1
Colorado College 2 – Bemidji State 4
Minnesota 3 – Denver 5
MSU-Mankato 3 – Alaska Anchorage 2

Here are the women’s scores from Friday’s games:

UMD 1 – Bemidji State 0
Minnesota 5 – Ohio State 0
North Dakota 7 – MSU-Mankato 1
Wisconsin 5 – St. Cloud State 0

Beavers To Induct Eight
(Bemidji, MN) — Four former Bemidji State athletes, two coaches, a team, and two boosters will be enshrined into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony this morning. The 2012 Hall of Fame class includes former baseball and football player John Noga of Parkers Prairie; former four-sport star Leland Patten of Bemidji; former swimmer and track athlete Linda (Kirchner) Pomeroy of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and former football player and swimmer Dr. John Wasilak of Cary, North Carolina. In addition, former golf coach Donald Niskanen of Bemidji will be honored, as will alum Tim Buckley. Buckley is currently an assistant basketball coach at Indiana University and goes into the BSU Hall of Fame as an alumni coaching achievement honor. The 1982 baseball team also goes in, as do Joseph and Janice Lueken, who have been long-time Beaver supporters.

Wild In Action
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild continue their four-game home stand with a game tonight against Columbus. The Blue Jackets beat Minnesota on Tuesday in Ohio 3-1. Minnesota lost on Thursday at home to Vancouver. Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m.

Stadium Update
(St. Paul, MN) — Governor Dayton blasted the seven members of the Minneapolis City Council who oppose Mayor R-T Rybak’s Vikings stadium proposal. The governor says Minneapolis Mayor R-T Rybak and Council President Barb Johnson made a “tremendous effort,” but seven councilmembers “really don’t have…the proper perspective on what’s best for all of Minneapolis.” The councilmembers say a public referendum is necessary on the plan. Meanwhile, Ramsey County representatives made another stadium funding pitch to the governor yesterday, which includes a combination of parking revenue, a ticket surcharge, hospitality tax and other items — but *no* countywide sales tax or food and beverage tax.

Vikings Fundraiser Today
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The 17th annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast is set for this weekend near Lake Mille Lacs. The snowmobile rally begins today and runs through Sunday. The event features current and former Vikings players along with cheerleaders. Among the current and former players scheduled to appear at the festivities are Toby Gerhart, Jamarca Sanford, Joe Webb, Darrin Nelson, Pete Bercich, Joey Browner, and others. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Vikings Children’s Fund. Details on the weekend can be found at the Vikings’ webpage.

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