MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Michigan defeats Gophers in conference opener for both teams
Minnesota junior center Elliott Eliason ecorded 10 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Golden Gophers lost 63-60 to Michigan in the Big Ten opener for both teams at Williams Arena last night. Andre Hollins and Malik Smith both scored 12 points for the Golden Gophers, who had their six-game winning streak snapped and fell to 11-and-3 on the year. The Gophers host Purdue on Sunday.
Minnesota's Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville and Jason Zucker all scored in the second period as the Wild cruised past the Sabres 4-1 in St. Paul last night. Kyle Brodziak added a goal in the final minute for Minnesota, which put an end to its franchise-record six-game losing streak. Niklas Backstrom earned the win in net by blocking 19 Sabre shots on the night. The Wild wrap up their four-game homestand tomorrow against the Washington Capitals.
The Minnesota Wild a handful of roster moves prior to last night's victory. Goaltender Josh Harding missed the game due to illness, so Niklas Backstrom started and won the game. That left the team short-handed in goal, so the Wild recalled netminder Darcy Kuemper from AHL Iowa. Minnesota also activated defenseman Clayton Stoner from Injured Reserve. To make room on the roster, Minnesota placed forward Zenon Konopka on waivers.
Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he was released by the team before the season for his outspoken support of gay marriage. Kluwe tells "Deadspin" that he was also the victim of homophobic comments by Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Kluwe was let go by the Vikings in May after eight seasons. Priefer adamantly denies the allegation.
Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is dealing with his second DUI arrest in six weeks. Henderson was arrested in Chanhassen on Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of drunken driving and refused a sobriety test. Henderson was also arrested on November 19th and charged with drunken driving and possession of a controlled substance.
The Minnesota Timberwolves wrap up their three-game homestand tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Target Center. Minnesota will then travel to Philadelphia on Monday before returning home for two games. The T'wolves have won three-of-four to get back to the .500 mark at 16-and-16. The Thunder sit at 25-and-7 after losing a home game last night to Brooklyn 95-93.