MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Scandella's goal leads Wild to 4-3 win over Blackhawks
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Marco Scandella scored the go-ahead goal with 1:48 left in regulation to lift the Wild to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last night.
Jonas Brodin's goal tied the game with 5:39 to go for the Wild, who have won two in-a-row after a four-game skid The Wild led the game 2-0 after goals from Matt Cooke and Zach Parise. But, the Blackhawks scored three unanswered goals to take the lead. Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding made 16 saves in the victory. Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa all scored for the 'Hawks, who have lost two straight since a six-game winning streak. Corey Crawford allowed all four goals on 23 shots in defeat. Minnesota is at Columbus tonight at 6 p.m.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team jumped out to a 38-13 first half lead over Miami of Florida last night and held on for a 74-67 win at Williams Arena. Minnesota also overcame a scare, as star player Rachel Banham left the game right before halftime with an apparent knee injury. She was treated at halftime and returned to the game, scoring a game-high 27 points. She was 14-of-15 from the free throw line to help ice the game late. The junior from Lakeville will get further examination of her knee today. Minnesota is now 8-2 on the season and hosts North Dakota on Sunday at the Barn.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball squad is preparing for a weekend game against New Orleans. The 7-2 Minnesota team is coming off of a 71-61 win over Florida State on Tuesday night. Head coach Richard Pitino says he felt his team was tougher than the Seminoles in that game. Tomorrow's game begins at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
The grandmother of Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love has passed away in California. Love left the team yesterday to be with his family. Love will not practice with the team today and his status for tomorrow's home game against Miami is in doubt. Carol Lee Craig was Love's grandmother on his mother's side of the family.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to regroup from a long trip to Mexico that resulted in a game postponement. Minnesota and San Antonio were supposed to play Wednesday night in Mexico City, but a generator fire filled the Mexico City Arena with smoke and the game was scrapped. The Wolves now have to turn their attention to the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, who visit the Target Center tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Wolves-Spurs game from Wednesday night will be made up at a later at the Target Center, not in Mexico. A new game date has not yet been determined.
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, originally from Minnesota, says she's ready to hit the slopes today in Lake Louise, Canada. It will be her first World Cup start since injuring a knee last February. Vonn's comeback was interrupted by crash while training in Colorado last month. In a note posted on Facebook yesterday, Vonn said she feels confident and "can't wait" for her first race today.
The Minnesota Twins officially introduced Phil Hughes at a news conference yesterday. The right-hander was inked to a three-year, $24 million contract. Hughes, a former New York Yankee pitcher, says he thinks he will benefit from a change of scenery after a down season. The 27-year-old Hughes spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Yankees, who drafted him in the first round in 2004. His signing comes after the Twins inked another right-hander, Ricky Nolasco, to a four-year, $48 million deal. Minnesota designated Liam Hendriks for assignment to make room for Hughes on the 40-man Major League roster.
Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield is joining the staff of the Major League Baseball Players Association. He will serve as a special assistant to new executive director Tony Clark. The MLBPA's executive board named Clark its new chief on Tuesday, replacing the late Michael Weiner. Weiner led the union for nearly four years, but died November 21st at the age of 51 after battling inoperable brain cancer for 15 months. Winfield spent 15 of his 22 big league seasons as a player representative. He also served as a founding member of the advisory board of the MLB Players Trust, which began in 1996. Winfield is a St. Paul native who played college baseball and basketball at the University of Minnesota. He played for the Twins in 1993 and 1994.
The Minnesota Vikings are on the road this week as they travel to Baltimore to play the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. The Vikes are coming off consecutive overtime games against division rivals, tying the Packers in Week 12 and beating the Bears in Week 13. Minnesota is 0-5-1 on the road this season and 3-8-1 overall. The Ravens look to continue their playoff push after a 22-20 win over the Steelers on Thanksgiving night. Baltimore has won three of its last four to move into the sixth seed in the AFC at 6-6. Sunday's kickoff is set for noon. When the Vikings and Ravens match up in Maryland this Sunday, it will be the fifth time the two teams have played against each other and the first since 2009. Each team has won two of the previous four meetings, with Minnesota claiming the first game in 1998 and the most recent outing in 2009. Baltimore has wins in 2001 and 2005. This will be the fourth time in the five games that the meeting takes place in Baltimore. Vikings Schedule And Results
(Eden Prairie, MN) -- Here is the 2013 Vikings schedule and results:
Sunday, September 8 - Detroit 34, Minnesota 24 (final)
Sunday, September 15 - Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 (final)
Sunday, September 22 - Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 (final)
Sunday, September 29 - Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (final)
Sunday, October 6 - BYE WEEK
Sunday, October 13 - Carolina 35, Minnesota 10 (final)
Monday, October 21 - NY Giants 23, Minnesota 7 (final)
Sunday, October 27 - Green Bay 44, Minnesota 31 (final)
Sunday, November 3 - Dallas 27, Vikings 23 (final)
Thursday, November 7 - Minnesota 34, Washington 27 (final)
Sunday, November 17 - Seattle 41, Minnesota 20 (final)
Sunday, November 24 - Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26(final-overtime)
Sunday, December 1 - Minnesota 23, Chicago 20 (final-overtime)
Sunday, December 8 - at Baltimore, noon
Sunday, December 15 - vs. Philadelphia, noon**
Sunday, December 22 - at Cincinnati, noon**
Sunday, December 29 - vs Detroit, noon**
** - gametime subject to NFL Flex Scheduling