The Latest – March 22, 2012 22 Mar 12

Here is the latest sports news: Vikings make moves. NFL drops hammer on Saints. Spurs smoke Wolves. Gophers going to New York.

Vikings Make Moves
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings signed running back Lex Hilliard yesterday. Hilliard rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns the last two seasons with the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Vikes also re-signed defensive tackle Fred Evans. Evans has 73 tackles in five seasons with Minnesota.

Saints’ Payton Suspended One Year, Williams Indefinitely
(New York, NY) — The NFL has come down hard on the Saints for their illegal bounty program. Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year, General Manager Mickey Loomis has been given an eight-game ban and assistant Joe Vitt a six-game ban, all without pay.

In the 2010 NFC Championship Game against the Vikings, Saints defensive players were assessed $30,000 in fines for four separate illegal hits, several of which were directed against quarterback Brett Favre.

Spurs Smoke Wolves
(San Antonio, TX) — Tim Duncan had 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Spurs smoked the Timberwolves, 116-100. J.J. Barea had 18 points and 11 assists for the Wolves, who have lost six of their last eight. Kevin Love collected 17 points and 12 boards in the loss. The Wolves wrap up their road trip against the Thunder tomorrow night.

Gophers Advance In NIT
(Murfreesboro, TN) — Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins had 24 points apiece as Minnesota beat Middle Tennessee State, 78-72, in the quarterfinals of the NIT. Elliot Eliason added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers, who will face Washington in the NIT semifinals on March 27th.

Twins Take Down Tigers
(Lakeland, FL) — Luke Hughes belted a three-run homer as the Twins took down the Tigers, 7-3. Joe Benson added a two-run blast, while Chris Parmelee smacked an RBI triple. Liam Hendriks allowed two runs over four innings. The Twins face the Orioles this afternoon.

Flames Visit Wild
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild will wrap up their five-game homestand against the Flames this evening. Minnesota put the brakes on a three-game skid with a 2-0 win over the Canucks on Monday. Minnesota has won only two of its last 10 games. The puck drops at 7:00.

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