MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild blank Oilers in first game back after Olympics
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Minnesota goaltender Darcy Kuemper notched 21 saves for his second career shutout in a 3-0 Wild win over the Oilers in Edmonton last night. The game was the first for Minnesota since the Olympic break. Olympian Mikael Granlund scored early in the first period to send Minnesota on its way. Stephane Veilleux and Dany Heatley also netted goals for the Wild. The win is the third in a row for Minnesota, which will play at Vancouver tonight. The Canucks beat St. Louis 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Golden Gopher freshman Amanda Zahui recorded career highs in points and rebounds as Minnesota beat Indiana 73-62 in a Big Ten women's basketball game at Williams Arena last night. Zahui registered 26 points and 19 rebounds to push the Gophers to an 18-and-11 overall record and 7-and-8 in the Big Ten. This was Zahui's 13th double-double of the season, most in the Big Ten this year. Junior guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville chipped in with 20 points for Minnesota, which hosts Ohio State to close out the regular season at home on Sunday against Ohio State.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers meet the 16th-ranked Michigan Wolverines tomorrow in their regular season road finale in Ann Arbor. The Gophers are coming off a 95-89 upset win over 19th-ranked Iowa on Tuesday. Minnesota sits at 18-and-11 on the year and 7-and-9 in the Big Ten. Michigan is 20-and-7 and 12-and-3. Tomorrow's game starts at 5 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves resume their five-game road trip tomorrow night in Sacramento against the Kings. Minnesota is 2-and-1 on the trip so far following Tuesday's 110-101 victory in Phoenix. The T'wolves sit at 28-and-29 on the season. The 20-and-37 Kings clash with the Lakers tonight in LA. Tomorrow's game begins at 9 p.m.
The Minnesota Twins played an eight-inning intrasquad game in Fort Myers yesterday. A team managed by Ron Gardenhire beat a team managed by Terry Steinbach 5-3. New Minnesota pitcher Phil Hughes tossed two scoreless innings and struck out four in the scrimmage. Kevin Corriea also threw two scoreless innings in the contest. Catcher Josmil Pinto was cleared to play and caught an inning and walked in his only at bat. Wilkin Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the scrimmage.
The Minnesota Twins open up Grapefruit League play today against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. The Twins will send right-hander Mike Pelfrey (PELL-free) to the hill to open the spring training slate. The Red Sox counter with right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. Today's game is at the Red Sox home park in Fort Myers, while the same two teams play tomorrow at the Twins home park. Minnesota starts the regular season on March 31st against the White Sox in Chicago
Apple Valley, Simley, and Chatfield won team dual state titles yesterday at the 2014 Minnesota State High School Wrestling Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Individual state wrestling begins today and runs through Saturday. Here are Thursday's results in the state dual meet:
Class 3-A First Round (Thursday): St. Michael-Albertville 46, Moorhead 12 (final)
Class 3-A First Round (Thursday): Prior Lake 57, Tartan 13 (final)
Class 3-A First Round (Thursday): Apple Valley 64, Maple Grove 4 (final)
Class 3-A First Round (Thursday): Hastings 42, Willmar 21 (final)
Class 3-A Semifinal #1 (Thursday): Prior Lake 37, St. Michael-Albertville 21 (final)
Class 3-A Semifinal #2 (Thursday): Apple Valley 65, Hastings 3 (final)
Class 3-A Championship (Thursday): Apple Valley 56, Prior Lake 9 (final)
Class 2-A First Round (Thursday): Foley 35, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 27 (final)
Class 2-A First Round (Thursday): Scott West 40, Milaca/Faith Christian 27 (final)
Class 2-A First Round (Thursday): Simley 46, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montivideo 12 (final)
Class 2-A First Round (Thursday): Kasson-Mantorville 32, Totino-Grace 25 (final)
Class 2-A Semifinal #1 (Thursday): Scott West 30, Foley 23 (final)
Class 2-A Semifinal #2 (Thursday): Simley 40, Kasson-Mantorville 19 (final)
Class 2-A Championship (Thursday): Simley 33, Scott West 21 (final)
Class 1-A First Round (Thursday): Frazee 32, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 22 (final)
Class 1-A First Round (Thursday): Chatfield 40, Pierz 18 (final)
Class 1-A First Round (Thursday): Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 43, Sibley East 20 (final)
Class 1-A First Round (Thursday): Jackson County Central 31, Minneota/Lincoln HI 25 (final)
Class 1-A Semifinal #1 (Thursday): Chatfield 38, Frazee 19 (final)
Class 1-A Semifinal #2 (Thursday): Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 38, Jackson County Central 25 (final)
Class 1-A Championship (Thursday): Chatfield 38, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 22 (final)
Former NFL star Darren Sharper, who spent time with the Vikings, is now facing rape charges in two states, and more could be on the way. Sharper turned himself in to police in Los Angeles Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, the district attorney's office in New Orleans said Sharper and another man, Erik Nunez, each face two counts of rape. Prosecutors in California say Sharper is under investigation in Arizona and Nevada as well. Authorities in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Arizona say they expect to file charges against Sharper soon. In addition to that, a woman in Florida last month filed a sexual battery complaint against Sharper. The former NFL safety's attorney says the contact was all consensual with women who wanted to be in Sharper's company. Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints before retiring after the 2010 season.