MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Minnesota clinches Big Ten title in men's hockey
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Minnesota men's hockey team won the Big Ten regular season title with a 3-2 overtime win over Michigan Friday at Yost Ice Arena.
The No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers trailed 2-1 before Justin Kloos's goal tied the score in the second period. Kyle Rau scored the game-winner in OT on a power play. Brady Skjel scored the game's first goal to put the U in front 1-0 before Michigan took a the lead on a pair of first period goals. Winning goalie Adam Wilcox made 22 saves. The series concludes this evening.
Brandon Waring's solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning enabled the Minnesota Twins to force a 2-2 tie with the Baltimore Orioles in spring training action. Eduardo Escobar finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Twins. Starter Mike Pelfrey allowed one run on five hits over 3 1/3 innings. Henry Urrutia went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for Baltimore, while Steve Clevenger and Jonathan Schoop also added two hits apiece. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen yielded one run on three hits over four innings.
The Minnesota Twins signed closer Glen Perkins to a four-year contract extension, covering the 2014-17 seasons. Perkins, who was under contract through 2015, will earn $4.025 million in 2014, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The deal also includes a $6.5 million club option for the 2018 season. Perkins went 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 36 saves in 61 appearances last season. He was named to his first All-Star Game in 2013. Originally selected by the Twins in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Minnesota, Perkins has a career record of 28-17 with a 3.89 ERA and 54 saves in 276 games with the Twins.
Al Jefferson posted 25 points with 16 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves, 105-93, on Friday. Gary Neal recorded 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting -- including 3-for-3 from deep -- and a quartet of Bobcats tallied 10 points in the win, Charlotte's eighth straight at home. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson, Cody Zeller and Chris Douglas- Roberts each scored 10-apiece, with Kidd-Gilchrist narrowly missing a double- double, grabbing nine rebounds. The Bobcats have won four of their last five overall to maintain their spot as the seventh-seed in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Martin paced Minnesota with 19 points, while Kevin Love contributed 18 and Corey Brewer and Dante Cunningham each netted 10 for the Timberwolves, who have dropped two of their last three.