MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Warriors pull away in the fourth to defeat Minnesota
Golden State sharpshooter Klay Thompson posted a game-high 30 points to pace the Warriors to a 106-93 victory over the Timberwolves at the Target Center last night in Minneapolis. Thompson poured in 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, where the Warriors pulled away. Thompson is the son of former Golden Gopher star Mychal Thompson. David Lee tallied 22 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which improved to 4-and-1. Andre Iguodala added 20 points and six assists for the Warriors, who lost guard Stephen Curry to a leg injury in the second half. Kevin Love registered 25 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which dropped to 3-and-2. Kevin Martin chipped in with 23 points for the T'wolves. Minnesota hosts Dallas tomorrow night. The Mavericks lost to Oklahoma City 107-93 last night.
The Minnesota Wild begin a brief two-game road trip tonight in DC against the Washington Capitals. Minnesota will then head to Carolina to play the Hurricanes on Saturday. The Wild sit at 9-4-and-3 on the season following Tuesday's 5-1 home victory over Calgary. The Caps are 8-and-7. Tonight's faceoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Minnesota Vikings could be without six starters when they host the Washington Redskins tonight for Thursday Night NFL Football. Tight end Kyle Rudolph, safety Jamarca Sanford, offensive lineman Phil Loadholt, and cornerback Chris Cook have already been declared out for this game. Defensive lineman Letroy Guion and offensive lineman Charlie Johnson are listed as doubtful. Reserve tight end Rhett Ellison is questionable to play tonight. Minnesota is 1-7 on the season, while Washington is 3-and-5. The game kicks off at 7:25 p.m. at the Metrodome.
The nickname of Washington's NFL team is the focus of a protest outside the Metrodome for tonight's (Thurs) Vikings game. Demonstrators say Redskins is a "derogatory and offensive" moniker and should be changed. Congresswoman Betty McCollum says the American Indian Movement organized the protest and she's proud to be part of it. McCollum says opposition to the team's name is growing and owner Daniel Snyder has a real opportunity to step up and change it. Former Vikings Pro Bowl safety Joey Browner is among those taking part in the protest.
Golden Gopher quarterback Phillip Nelson of Mankato says winning this week's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors is more about how well the team's offense played as a whole in last week's 42-39 win at Indiana, and not as much about him individually. Nelson threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the win. He says winning the weekly award is a great honor and he shares it will his teammates, including his offensive line, running backs, and pass catchers. He says those players made him "look good." 7-and-2 Minnesota hosts 5-and-3 Penn State on Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets for the game still remain. The Gopher athletic marketing department is offering reduced-priced tickets on the Gopher sports Webpage.
Here is the schedule with results from the 2013 Big Ten women's soccer tournament, hosted by the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois:
Quarterfinals (Wednesday): Nebraska 4, Minnesota 1 (final)
Quarterfinals (Wednesday): Indiana 5, Illinois 3 (final)
Quarterfinals (Wednesday): Penn State 2, Wisconsin 0 (final)
Quarterfinals (Wednesday): Iowa 1, Michigan 0 (final)
Semifinal #2 (Friday): Nebraska vs. Indiana, 1:30pm
Semifinal #1 (Friday): Penn State vs. Iowa, 11am
Championship (Sunday): Semifinal Winners, 1pm
The Minnesota State-Mankato athletic department has been fined $2500 by the NCAA. The penalty comes as a result of secondary rules violation relating to two classes taken by student-athletes in the spring 2012 semester. Two Maverick athletes inadvertently repeated coursework, which was reported by the athletic department to the NCAA. The penalty will have no effect on NCAA postseason eligibility this season, nor will it impact anything from last season. The school calls the mistake an administrative error which occurred because a course title was changed and not identified through the usual screening process to detect class duplication. MSU says the process has now been altered to correct such problems.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer has won his fifth American League Silver Slugger Award. Mauer hit .324 with 11 homers and 47 RBI in 113 games this season. He also won the award in 2006, and 2008 through 2010.