MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild beat Blackhawks again
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota forwards Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke scored in the first period as the Wild were able to hold on and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last night. Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots for Minnesota, which has won three-of-four. The Wild have now beaten the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in three of four games this season. Patrick Kane scored late in the game for Chicago, which has lost two straight. Antti Raanta had 17 saves in net for the losing side. The teams were a combined 0-for-5 on the power play. Minnesota is at San Jose tomorrow night to begin a four-game road trip, with games also set for Anaheim, Colorado and Calgary.
The Minnesota Wild activated winger Zach Parise from injured reserve prior to last night's win over Chicago. Parise had been out since late December with a foot injury and missed 14 games. The 29-year-old played last night against Chicago but did not record a point. He has 15 goals and 12 assists in 38 games this season.
Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson is recovering from surgery to repair an adductor muscle. He's expected to make a full recovery in six weeks. Peterson was slowed by hamstring and foot injuries this past season, missing two games in December. He finished with 1,266 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in 14 games as Minnesota went 5-10-and-1.
Rookie kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson will represent the Vikings in the 2014 Pro Bowl on Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Patterson will play on Team Sanders after being drafted by Deion Sanders earlier this week. It marks the first year the NFL used a draft process to select the Pro Bowl rosters.
NBA fans have spoken and the NBA All-Star starters have been announced. Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love became only the second player in franchise history to get voted in as an all-star starter, joining Kevin Garnett. Love was joined on the Western Conference's starting five with Kobe Bryant, who led the West with his 16th All-Star selection. Golden State guard Stephen Curry, forwards Kevin Durant of the Thunder, and Blake Griffin of the Clippers are the other starters. Bryant will miss the game as he recovers from a fractured knee. For the East, fans voted in guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavs and Dwyane Wade of the Heat, and forwards LeBron James of the Heat, Paul George of the Pacers and Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks. James was the top overall vote-getter, followed by Durant, who was the top vote-getter in the west. The game will be played February 16th in New Orleans. Love says he will also take part in the Three-Point Shootout Competition during NBA All-Star weekend.
The Minnesota Timberwolves resume their four-game road trip tonight against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. Minnesota has won two in-a-row after opening the trip with a 112-97 victory in Utah. The T'wolves are now 20-and-21 on the season. The Warriors sit at 26-and-17. Tipoff is set for 9:30 pm.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team beat Wisconsin last night 64-53 at Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers outscored the Badgers 41-24 in the second half, erasing a six-point halftime deficit. Minnesota forward Micaella Riche turned in a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds. Guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville scored a game-high 19 points and played all 40 minutes of the game. St. Peter native AnnMarie Brown scored two points for the visiting Badgers. The Gophers are now 13-and-7 overall and 2-and-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin fell to 9-and-9 overall and 2-and-4 in the league. Minnesota is at Penn State on Sunday.