MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wolves beat Phoenix thanks to a strong fourth quarter
PHOENIX -- Kevin Love just missed another triple-double with 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as the Timberwolves topped the Suns 110-101 at US Airways Center. Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 20 points off the bench, while Corey Brewer added 18 for Minnesota, which has won four of its last five games. Markieff Morris netted 24 points to pace the Suns, who have lost two in-a-row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Gerald Green tallied 19 points and Goran Dragic donated 16 in the setback.
Austin Hollins scored a game-high 27 points to lead Minnesota to a 95-89 win over No. 20 Iowa on Tuesday. Deandre Mathieu scored 19 points and handed out seven assists, Andre Hollins scored 14 points and Charles Buggs finished with 13 points off the bench for the Golden Gophers (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten), who had dropped two straight entering the contest. Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points and Aaron White added 21 for the Hawkeyes (19-8, 8-6), who have dropped two straight and three of their last five overall.
The Minnesota Wild were at Xcel Energy Center yesterday morning for the final time before hitting the road to return to game action. The Wild and the NHL have been off since February 7th due to the Olympic break. Today, the Wild will fly to Edmonton to prepare for Thursday's game against the Oilers. Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund are expected to meet the team in Edmonton today for the first time since returning from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Wild head coach Mike Yeo was unsure if the three Olympians will practice with the team or use the day as another break from the ice.
Wild defenseman Marco Scandella returned to practice for the first time yesterday since suffering a lower body injury just before the Olympic break. Wild head coach Mike Yeo said he wouldn't rule out Scandella for Thursday's game in Edmonton but said it would he would be doubtful. Yeo also wouldn't say if Wild captain Mikko Koivu will play Thursday but instead called him a game day decision. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom missed yesterday's practice with what Yeo termed a "middle body injury" but expects him to be with the team and on the ice today.
The Minnesota Twins continue spring training workouts today in Fort Myers, Florida. The team opens Grapefruit League play on Friday against the Boston Red Sox. The Twins start the regular season on March 31st against the White Sox in Chicago.