MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gopher hoops rout Wofford
University of Minnesota senior guard Austin Hollins of Germantown, Tennessee posted 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Golden Gophers to a 79-57 rout of Wofford at Williams Arena last night. Oto Osenieks scored 14 points and Elliott Eliason had 11 points, 11 boards and seven blocks for Minnesota. The Gophers jumped out to a 24-to-2 lead after eight minutes and never looked back, improving to 5-and-0 on the year. Minnesota battles No. 9 Syracuse on Monday in Maui, Hawaii.
The 23rd-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers host No. 17 Wisconsin tomorrow at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers have won four in-a-row after their 24-10 win over Penn State on November 9th. Minnesota sits at 8-and-2 on the season and 4-and-2 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin has won five straight contests and is also 8-and-2 and 5-and-1 in conference play. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.
When the Vikings visit the Packers this Sunday, it will mark the 107th time the two long-time rivals have played against each other. Green Bay leads the all-time series with 56 wins, 49 losses, and one tie. The Pack leads the series when played in Wisconsin with 30 wins, 23 losses, and one tie. Green Bay won the matchup in Minneapolis earlier this season by a 44-31 count.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is calling for NFL players to stop using the N-word on the field. The group, led by former players Harry Carson and John Wooten, released a statement saying they are appalled and extremely disappointed to learn the word is being used during games and casually in the NFL locker rooms.
The Brooklyn Nets are in Minnesota tonight to take on the Timberwolves in NBA action at the Target Center. It's the finale of a two-game road trip for Brooklyn. The Nets lost 95-91 at Charlotte on Wednesday. Brooklyn has lost three straight and six of its last seven games to slip to 3-and-8 overall. The T'wolves have lost their last two to fall to 7-and-6 on the season. Tonight's game tips off at 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Wild continue their four-game road trip tomorrow in Winnipeg against the Jets. Minnesota has split the first two games on the trek following Wednesday's 4-3 victory in Ottawa. The Wild sit at 14-5-and-4 on the season. The Jets are 10-11-and-3. Tomorrow's game is a matinee, with an opening faceoff at 2 p.m.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner has passed away at the age of 51. Weiner died Thursday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. The union said he died at his home in New Jersey surrounded by his wife and three daughters. Weiner continued to serve as director of the MLBPA since being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in August of 2012. Former All-Star Tony Clark has been elevated to the role of acting executive director under a plan approved in July. Weiner had been part of the union since 1988.