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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Red Wing girls hockey to play in state semifinals

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ST. PAUL -- Here are results from first-round action at the 2014 Minnesota State Girls' Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:

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Class 2-A (Thursday):  Hill-Murray 4, Burnsville 1 (final)

Class 2-A (Thursday):  Eden Prairie 4, Andover 2 (final)

Class 2-A (Thursday):  Benilde-St. Margaret's 7, Roseau 0 (final)

Class 2-A (Thursday):  Lakeville North 3, Mounds View 2 (final-overtime)

Class 1-A (Wednesday):  The Blake School 3, Alexandria 2 (final)

Class 1-A (Wednesday):  Red Wing 7, New Ulm 2 (final)

Class 1-A (Wednesday):  East Grand Forks 8, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 1 (final)

Class 1-A (Wednesday):  St. Paul United 5, Proctor/Hermantown 2 (final)

(St. Paul, MN) --  Here is Friday's slate of semifinal games at the 2014 Minnesota State Girls' Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:

Class 1-A:  The Blake School vs. Red Wing, 11am

Class 1-A:  East Grand Forks vs. St. Paul United, 1pm

Class 2-A:  Hill-Murray vs. Eden Prairie, 6pm

Class 2-A:  Lakeville North vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's, 8pm

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The U-S women's Olympic hockey team blew a two-goal lead late in the third period before losing 3-2 in overtime to Canada, who took the gold medal in Sochi yesterday.  The Canadians scored the game-winner during a 5-on-3 power play for their fourth straight championship at the Winter Games.  The Americans settle for a silver medal for the second consecutive Olympics.  Team USA featured five current or former University of Minnesota players, including Minnesotans Gigi Marvin of Warroad, Lee Stecklein of Roseville, and Anne Schleper of St. Cloud.  ____________________The U.S. men's hockey team hits the ice today against Canada in the second of two semifinals.  Both teams are unbeaten in Olympic play.  The U.S. will be looking to avenge a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadians in the 2010 gold medal game in Vancouver.  The Americans have ten players on the roster with Minnesota ties, including team captain Zach Parise.  The winner advances to play Sweden or Finland in Sunday's gold medal match. _____________________

Sweden and Finland hit the ice in Sochi for the right to represent their country in the men's ice hockey gold medal game.  The puck drops at 6 a.m.  Finland took bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and silver at the 2006 Turin Games.  Minnesota Wild player Mikael Granlund plays for Finland.  The Swedes won gold in 2006.  Today's winner moves on to the final match to play the United States or Canada in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday.

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With the Olympics winding down in Russia, the Minnesota Wild players are getting set to resume regular-season play next week.  The NHL remains on break for the Winter Games, with Team USA in today's semifinals against Canada.  Three Wild players are playing in today's semifinals, but Wild head coach Mike Yeo has put the rest of team through a pair of workouts in Edina this week.  A third skate will happen today, with the team getting tomorrow off.  An outdoor practice is open to the public on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the John Rose Minnesota Oval in Roseville.

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There are seven gold medal events on tap at the Sochi Olympics today.  They are the ladies' ski cross finals, the men's gold medal curling match, the women's four by six kilometer biathlon relay, the ladies' alpine slalom, the men's 500 meter short track final, the ladies' one-thousand meter short track final and the men's five-thousand short track relay race.

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The United States is two up on host Russia in the medal standings.  The Americans enter Friday's events with 25 total with eight gold, six silver and 11 bronze.  Russia is second with 23 total medals.  The Netherlands is third with 22 medals.  The Norwegians have the most golds with 10, two better than Team USA and Germany.

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The University of Minnesota women's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped last night.  No. 21 Purdue controlled the game from start to finish and beat Minnesota at Williams Arena 63-42.  Golden Gopher junior star Rachel Banham of Lakeville struggled in the game, scoring just eight points on 1-of-17 shooting.  Minnesota dips to 17-and-10 overall and 6-and-7 in the Big Ten, while Purdue improves to 19-and-7 overall and 9-and-5 in the league.  The Gophers travel to Michigan State for a Monday night game.

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers battle the 23rd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes tomorrow in Columbus.  The Gophers have alternated wins and losses over their last five games following Wednesday's 62-49 home setback to Illinois.  Minnesota sits at 17-and-10 on the season and 6-and-8 in the Big Ten.  Ohio State is 21-and-6 and 8-and-6.  Tipoff tomorrow is set for 5 p.m.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a five-game road trip tomorrow in Utah against the Jazz.  Minnesota will also make stops in Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver.  Wolves center Ronny Turiaf will miss some time with a bruised knee.  A team statement says Turiaf is out indefinitely.  The T'wolves have won two in-a-row after Wednesday's 104-91 victory over Indiana.  They are now 26-and-28 on the season.  The 19-and-34 Jazz are at Portland tonight.

 _____________________________Twins position players report to camp today in Fort Myers.  The first full squad workout is tomorrow.  Some players reported early including first baseman Joe Mauer and outfielder Josh Willingham.  The Twins open spring training play on February 28th against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.
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