MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Twins add to pitching roster by signing Hughes
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins are apparently bolstering their rotation. Minnesota has signed Phil Hughes to a three-year deal worth $24-million according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The 27-year-old Hughes will join newly-signed pitcher Ricky Nolasco in the Twins rotation.
Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant posted a triple-double with 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Thunder beat the Timberwolves 113-103 in Oklahoma City last night. Durant added four blocks and four steals in the win. Russell Westbrook tallied 19 points and five assists for OKC, which has won seven in-a-row. Reggie Jackson scored 18 points off the bench for the Thunder. Minnesota guard Kevin Martin scored 24 points against his former team in defeat. Kevin Love had 16 points and 12 rebounds while Nikola Pekovic totaled 22 points and 10 boards for Minnesota, which has lost four-of-five overall. The Wolves play San Antonio in Mexico City on Wednesday.
Minnesota star guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville thought she had hit the game-winning jumper with four-seconds left in yesterday's game at Hawaii. Her three-point shot gave the Golden Gophers a 66-63 lead. But, Hawaii's Shawna-Lei Kuehu banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Rainbows won it 77-71.overtime, where the Rainbows won it 77-71. Banham finished the game with 24 points and was named the Wahine Showdown Tournament MVP. The Gophers finished 2-1 in the event, with previous wins over Colorado State and Tennessee-Chatanooga. The Gophers return home on Thursday against Miami of Florida.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team hosts Florida State tomorrow night at Williams Arena as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Golden Gophers snapped their two-game losing streak with an 83-68 rout of Chaminade last Wednesday in Maui. The Gophers are now 6-2 on the season. The Seminoles sit at 5-2. Tipoff is 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The University of Minnesota volleyball team was chosen to host the first and second rounds of the upcoming NCAA Division I National Tournament. The Golden Gophers will host Radford on Friday night at the U of M Sports Pavilion at 7 p.m. Iowa State and Colorado are on the other side of the bracket and will play on Friday at the Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. The winners of the opening games will face off in round two on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota is 27-6 overall and received the tournament's No. 10 overall seed. The field is 64 teams. Tickets to the weekend's games go on sale this morning at 9 a.m
The top-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team completed a two-game home sweep of Princeton with a 9-1 win yesterday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Gophers Rachael Bona, Sarah Davis, and Hannah Brandt turned in three-point games in the win. Minnesota is now 17-1 on the season. The Gophers visit Ohio State this coming weekend.
The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight as they host the Philadelphia Flyers in St. Paul. Minnesota will play three of its next four games on home ice. The Wild have lost four in-a-row following Saturday's 3-2 shootout setback in Colorado. They sit at 15-8-5 on the season. The Flyers are 12-12-2. Minnesota shipped forward Jason Zucker back to A-H-L Iowa and activated Mike Rupp to the active roster. The puck drops tonight at 7 p.m.