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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Both Gophers' hoops teams lost on the road

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Minnesota men's basketball team lost at Nebraska 82-78 last night in Big Ten Conference play. The Cornhuskers blistered the nets for 50-percent shooting in the win, led by a career high 35 points from Terran Petteway. Golden Gopher Malik Smith made his first start as a Minnesota player and matched a career high with 29 points and tied a school record by making eight baskets from three-point range. Smith transferred to Minnesota from Florida International, where he also scored 29 points in a game last year. The Gophers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and eventually pulled to within two points with two-seconds left. Nebraska cashed in on free throws late to seal the win. Minnesota is now 15-and-6 overall and 4-and-4 in the Big Ten. Next up for the Gophers is a Saturday game at home against Northwestern at 1 p.m.

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The Golden Gopher women's basketball was no match for No. 13 Penn State yesterday. The Nittany Lions raced out to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back, getting 25 points from Maggie Lucas. Minnesota received 25 points from junior Rachel Banham of Lakeville and a double-double from freshman Amanda Zahui. The Gophers are now 13-and-8 overall and 2-and-5 in the Big Ten. The Gopher host Iowa on Wednesday night.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves wrap up a four-game road trip with a contest tonight against the red hot Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have won 10 of their last 13, including a win over Charlotte on Saturday. Minnesota continues to struggle to get over the .500 mark after a Saturday loss in Portland pushed the Wolves' record to 21-and-22. The Bulls are a game over .500 and 22-and-21. Tonight's tip is set for 7 p.m.

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 It took a fantasy style draft along with a few slight rule changes, but Roger Goodell finally found a way to make the Pro Bowl competitive. DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with under a minute left and Mike Tolbert followed with a go-ahead two-point conversion run, as Team Rice secured a 22-21 win over Team Sanders on Sunday in the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The familiar AFC-NFC dynamic that had existed since 1971 was replaced by Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders serving as alumni team captains for the two Pro Bowl squads. Vikings kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson returned two punts for one-yard.

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Bonds for the new one-billion-dollar Vikings stadium are expected to be up for sale starting today (MON). A last-minute legal challenge filed earlier this month by three Minneapolis residents delayed the sale of the bonds. In their suit, the residents claimed the funding process for the stadium was unconstitutional. The State Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday. The new stadium is slated to open in July 2016.

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The Minnesota Wild continue their four-game road trip with a game tomorrow night in Anaheim against the Ducks. Minnesota lost an overtime game on Saturday night at San Jose. The puck is set to drop at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

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.The 30th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is under way in northeastern Minnesota. Thirty teams of dogs and mushers left Duluth Sunday afternoon heading northwest toward the Gunflint Trail. President Jason Rice says they hope to avoid moose along the trail and not because they're aggressive in the winter, but because their tracks leave big holes in the trail. Rice says the dogs don't mind the extreme cold. Ten of the teams are going the entire 384-mile marathon leg while 20 are taking the 112-mile mid-distance leg. The finishers are expected Wednesday morning in Duluth. 

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