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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Love powers Wolves past Nuggets

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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Love powers Wolves past Nuggets
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DENVER - Minnesota star Kevin Love posted 33 points with 19 rebounds as the Timberwolves bounced the Nuggets 132-128 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. 

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Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and nine boards while Corey Brewer also had 16 points.  Kevin Martin chimed in with 22 points for Minnesota, which has won six out of seven.  Ty Lawson returned from a nine-game absence with a rib injury to score 31 points with 11 assists for Denver.  Wilson Chandler added 25 points and 10 rebounds while Randy Foye netted 22 points for the Nuggets, who continue to slide having lost six straight and 11 of their last 12.  The Wolves host the Knicks tomorrow night.

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University of Minnesota women's basketball players Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui have been tabbed first-team all-Big Ten selections.  Banham, a junior from Lakeville, led the Big Ten in scoring and was chosen as a unanimous pick in both the coaches and media vote.  Zahui, a freshman from Stockholm, Sweden, was a first-team choice by the media and second-team selection by the coaches.  Zahui was voted Freshman of the Year in both surveys.  Zahui was also named the Big Ten Player of the Week and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her work in the Gophers' wins over Indiana and Ohio State.  She averaged 20-points and 18.5-rebounds in the two victories.  Northwestern freshman Nia Coffey of Hopkins was named a first-team choice by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media.  She is the daughter of former Gopher Richard Coffey.  Iowa's Bethany Doolittle of Oakdale was a second-team pick in each team. 

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Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis:

First Round (Thursday):  Ohio State vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m.

First Round (Thursday):  Iowa vs. Illinois, 1:30 p.m. (approximate)

First Round (Thursday):  Michigan vs. Indiana, 5:30 p.m.

First Round (Thursday):  Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (approximate)

Quarterfinal #1 (Friday):  Penn State vs. Ohio State/Northwestern winner, 11a.m.

Quarterfinal #2 (Friday):  Purdue vs. Iowa/Illinois winner, 1:30 p.m. (approximate)

Quarterfinal #3 (Friday):  Michigan State vs. Michigan/Indiana winner, 5:30 p.m.

Quarterfinal #4 (Friday):  Nebraska vs. Minnesota/Wisconsin winner, 8 p.m. (approximate)

Semifinal #1 (Saturday):  Quarterfinal #1 winner vs Quarterfinal #2 winner, 2:30pm

Semifinal #2 (Saturday):  Quarterfinal #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal #4 winner, 5pm (approximate)

Championship Game (Sunday):  Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, noon

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The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team has the week off to prepare for its regular season finale on Sunday against Penn State at Williams Arena.  The Gophers have lost three-of-four following last Saturday's setback at Michigan.  Minnesota is 18-12 on the season and 7-10 in the Big Ten.

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The University of Minnesota football team opens spring practice this afternoon at the football complex on campus.  Today will be the first of 15 practice sessions over the course of the spring practice period.  The annual spring game is slated for April 12th at TCF Bank Stadium.  Spring practice started earlier than normal this year and according to head coach Jerry Kill that decision was made in case there are injuries, players would have more time to recover prior to the start of the 2014 season this fall.  All practices are open to the public.  Today's workout begins at 4 p.m. at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.

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Minnesota winger Zach Parise tallied a third period goal and it held up as the Wild edged the Calgary Flames 3-2 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last night.  Kyle Brodziak and Jared Spurgeon also lit the lamp for Minnesota, which has won a season-high five straight.  Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves in the victory.  The Wild are now off until Saturday when they play at Dallas.

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Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper is the NHL's Third Star for the week ending on Sunday.  Kuemper went 2-and-0 with a 0.48 goals-against-average for the week.  In other team news, the Wild signed forward Kurtis Gabriel to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 WCHA Women's Hockey Tournament at the Sanford Center in Bemidji:

Semifinal #1 (Friday):  North Dakota vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m.

Semifinal #2 (Friday):  Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7pm

Championship Game (Saturday):  Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 7 p.m.

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Minnesota's Jeremy Mitchell went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI as the Twins blasted the Blue Jays 12-2 in a split squad game in Fort Myers.  Eric Fryer drove in three runs, while Deibinson Romero plated a run and scored twice for Minnesota, which improved to 4-1 in spring play.  Kevin Correia tossed three scoreless innings without allowing a hit.  The Twins other group beat Baltimore 9-2 in Sarasota.  Wilkin Rameriz hit a three-run homer against the O's, while Vance Worley tossed three scoreless innings to start the game.  The Twins meet the Marlins today in Jupiter.

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