MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Vikings' Robinson out with injury
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson will be out four-to-six weeks with a fractured sternum.
Robinson suffered the injury in Sunday's 41-20 loss at Seattle. He could miss the rest of the season. He has 58 tackles and four passes defensed in 10 games. Center John Sullivan also sustained a concussion on Sunday and will have to go through the NFL's testing protocol before he can return to action. Minnesota is at Green Bay this weekend. The Vikings are off today and return to practice tomorrow.
Scott Tolzien will make his second straight start for the Packers this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Tolzien got the nod after backup Seneca Wallace suffered a season-ending groin injury. Aaron Rodgers hoped to be ready for this week but has not yet been medically cleared from his broken collarbone. Green Bay is 5-and-5 on the season, one game behind both Detroit and Chicago.
St. Cloud State senior quarterback Phillip Klaphake of Princeton is this week's NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. He threw for 512 yards in a win over Minnesota State-Moorhead, moving past the ten-thousand career yard mark. Concordia-St. Paul junior kicker Tom Obarski of Burnsville is the league's Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on three field goals in the Golden Bears win over Winona State. One of the field goals came from 51-yards out. Sioux Falls sophomore defensive back Solomon St. Pierre of Wagner, South Dakota is the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week. Carleton receiver Anthony Kemper of Prior Lake is this week's MIAC Offensive Player of the Week after catching a game-winning touchdown in the Knights come-from-behind win over Augsburg. Bethel sophomore linebacker Landon Mathis of Anoka is the league's Defensive Player of the Week after helping his team bet Saint John's. And, Augsburg senior kick returner Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane of Bloomington is the Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two kicks for touchdowns in a loss last weekend.
The University of Minnesota men's hockey team has changed its weekend game schedule because of the kickoff time set for the Gopher football team on Saturday. The Gopher football team kicks off against Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. at TCF Stadium, meaning the University felt it was best to push the Saturday night men's hockey game against Minnesota-Duluth back one day. The Gophers and Bulldogs will now play on Sunday, November 24th at 4 p.m. University officials say this will alleviate any potential traffic problems and other conflicts the afternoon kickoff meant. Friday's game between the Gophers and Bulldogs remains set as previously-scheduled at 7 p.m.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are back in action tonight on the hardwood as they host Coastal Carolina at Williams Arena. The Gophers are 3-0 on the young season following Saturday's 74-59 win at Richmond. Coastal Carolina is 1-2.
The Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Wizards tonight in Washington, D.C. Minnesota will then return back home to host the Clippers and Nets. The T'wolves have alternated wins and losses over their last five games following Saturday's 106-88 rout of Boston. They sit at 7-4. The Wizards are 2-7.
The Minnesota Wild start a four-game road trip tonight in Montreal against the Canadiens. Minnesota will also make stops in Ottawa, Winnipeg and St. Louis. The Wild have won four in-a-row following Sunday's 2-1 home win over the Jets. They sit at 13-4-4 on the season. The Habs are 10-9-2. Minnesota recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from AHL Iowa and reassigned Johan Gustafsson to Iowa. Tonight's game starts at 6:30 p.m.
Wild goalie Josh Harding is the NHL's Third Star of the Week for games played through Sunday. Harding went 3-0 with a 1.38 goals-against-average and a .939 save percentage for the week. Overall, the 29-year-old is 12-2-2 with a 1.25 GAA and a .946 save percentage in 17 games this season including 14 starts.
Both the men's and women's hockey teams at the University of Minnesota remain ranked No. 1 this week in their respective national USCHO.com. The Golden Gopher women had a streak of 62 straight wins snapped, but remained the top team in the land. The Gopher men swept Minnesota State-Mankato to hold on to No. 1. St. Cloud State moved up to the No. 2 position. Both Minnesota and St. Cloud State have 8-1-1 season records. Minnesota-Duluth inched up one spot to No. 19. St. Scholastica and St. Thomas are ranked tenth and 11th in the men's Division III poll this week. Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the top team. Gustavus Adolphus and St. Scholastica are ranked sixth and ninth in the women's Division III survey this week. Plattsburgh is No. 1.