The Latest – March 17, 2012 17 Mar 12

Here is the latest sports news: T’wolves fall to Lakers. Rubio to undergo surgery next week. Wild battle Carolina. Twins halve two split squad games. Gophers back in action Monday.

Lakers Level Timberwolves
(Los Angeles, CA) –Kobe Bryant hit five three pointers en route to 28 points for the Lakers as they dumped the Timberwolves, 97-92. Kevin Love posted 27 points and 15 boards for Minnesota, which has lost four-of-five. Nikola Pekovic [[ NEE-koh-luh PECK-oh-vitch ]] chipped in with 20 points and 12 caroms in the setback. Luke Ridnour finished with 12 points and 11 assists for the T’wolves. The Wolves head to Northern California to take on Sacramento tomorrow evening.

T’wolves’ Rubio To Have Knee Surgery Wednesday
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio is slated to have knee surgery next week. Rubio is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last Friday. Wednesday’s surgery will be performed in Vail, Colorado. The fifth pick in the 2009 draft averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 41 games this season.

Wild Take On Canes
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild take this afternoon at The X against the Carolina Hurricanes. Minnesota has dropped seven-of-eight to fall to 29-31-and-10 on the season. The Wild suffered a 1-0 loss to Dallas on Tuesday.

Twins Fall To O’s, Top Red Sox
(Fort Myers, FL) — The Orioles grabbed a 3-1 win over the Twins yesterday afternoon. Luke Hughes knocked in the lone Minnesota run, while Nick Blackburn limited the Orioles to one hit over four strong frames. Last night, the Twins split squad group took a 2-1 win over Boston. The Twins are back on the field this afternoon in Jupiter against the Marlins.

Gophers Battle Miami In NIT Action Monday
(Coral Gables, FL) — The Golden Gophers are back in action Monday night at Miami. Sixth-seeded Minnesota earned a 70-61 win in the first round of the NIT against La Salle on Wednesday. The Hurricanes are the two-seed and advanced past Valparaiso. With a victory, the Gophers would advance to play either Tennessee or Middle Tennessee State in the quarterfinals.

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