MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: T-Wolves rip 76ers 126-95
PHILADELPHIA - Minnesota power forward Kevin Love posted 26 points and seven rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 126-95 rout of the 76ers last night in Philadelphia.
Kevin Martin added 18 points while Nikola Pekovic netted 16 points with 14 boards. Corey Brewer chipped in 15 points as Minnesota won its fourth game in six outings. Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 20 points while James Anderson chimed in with 14 points and seven boards off the bench. Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner each had 13 points as the Sixers saw a four-game win streak end.
The NBA is rescheduling last month's game between the Spurs and Timberwolves for April 8th in Minneapolis. The teams were to have played in Mexico City on December 4th, but the game was postponed when a generator malfunctioned before the game and caused a fire that filled the arena with smoke. Since the T'wolves were designated the home team, they will host the makeup at Target Center on what was to have been an off day for both teams.
The Minnesota Wild placed goaltender Josh Harding and center Mikko Koivu on injured reserve on Monday. Harding is out with an illness, while Koivu had successful surgery on his fractured ankle. Harding is 18-7-3 with a 1.66 goals-against-average this season. Koivu has eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games. There is not an exact time table for the return of either key player. The Wild recalled defenseman Jonathan Blum and forward Erik Haula from Iowa. Meanwhile, there was some good news for Minnesota. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week on Monday. Suter led all defensemen with four goals and tied for first among blueliners with six points for the week as the Wild went 2-1. The 28-year-old has five goals and 24 helpers in 44 games overall this season.
The Wild clash with the Kings tonight in Los Angeles. Minnesota will then wrap up the brief two-game road trip Thursday in Phoenix. The Wild have won two in a row on the heels of a six-game losing streak following Saturday's 5-3 victory over Washington. They sit at 22-17-5 on the season. The Kings are 26-13-4.
The Iowa Wild dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Milwaukee Admirals last night in Milwaukee. Johan Gustafsson made 28 saves in defeat for Iowa. Chad Rau and Kyle Medvec each scored in the third to force OT. The Wild has lost three out of four. Iowa plays at Grand Rapids this weekend. Iowa is the AHL affiliate for the Minnesota Wild.
The University of Minnesota men's and women's hockey teams are still each ranked No. 1 in this week's USCHO.com national poll. The Golden Gopher men are 13-2-3 on the season, turning in a shootout loss and a tie over the weekend. The shootout loss officially counts as a tie for NCAA tourney purposes. St. Cloud State moved up one spot in the men's survey, sitting at No. 2 this week. The Gopher women are 19-1-0 on the season and have been atop the ratings all season. The St. Thomas men are ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Division III poll, with St. Scholastica ranked 14th. Adrian of Michigan is top-ranked in D-III men. St. Scholastica is sixth in the women's Division III poll with the Gustavus Adolphus women rated No. 8. Plattsburgh of New York is the top-ranked women's D-III team.
Saint Benedict's freshman forward Stephanie Kirk of Minnetonka is this week's MIAC women's hockey Player of the Week. She scored the game-winning goal in a 6-5 win over Concordia-Wisconsin last week. Brainerd native Josh Archibald, a junior forward for Nebraska-Omaha has been named the NCHC Offensive Player of the Week. He scored three goals in a weekend series at New Hampshire.
Both the University of Minnesota men's and women's basketball teams are on the road for games tomorrow night in the Big Ten. Richard Pitino's men's club is at Penn State for a 6 p.m. game The Gopher men are 12-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 9-6 overall and 0-2 in the league. Pam Borton's women's team is at Iowa on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest. The Gopher women are 11-4 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeye women are 12-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
A standout volleyball player from the Twin Cities is returning to her home area to play college volleyball. Lakeville native Erica Handley played at Syracuse as a freshman last season, but has decided to return to the Minnesota to play for the Golden Gophers next season. She will enroll at Minnesota to start this coming semester. Handley was named the ACC Freshman of the Week twice and ranked tenth in the conference in assists per set.
The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles have won the final BCS Championship Game. Jameis Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin on a two-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play as FSU knocked off second-ranked Auburn 34-31 in the final BCS title game at the Rose Bowl. The Seminoles have now won three national championships, with their last coming in 1999.
The Minnesota Vikings have been without a head coach for just more than a week. General manager Rick Spielman is in search of the new bench boss and has reportedly conducted a handful of interviews with various candidates, mostly with current NFL coordinators. Leslie Frazier was let go last Monday, a day after a season-closing win over Detroit.