MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wolves suffer a bad home loss to the Knicks
MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Knicks put an end to a seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 win over the Timberwolves at the Target Center last night in Minneapolis. New York star Carmelo Anthony netted 33 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the win. Raymond Felton played one of his strongest games of the season with 18 points, eight helpers and four steals, while Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 18 and eight boards. Kevin Love shot 6-of-17 from the field, finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota. Ricky Rubio contributed 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Minnesota, which had won its three previous games. The Wolves host Detroit tomorrow night.
Eduardo Escobar and Trevor Plouffe both drove home a run and scored a run but the Twins lost 11-5 to the Baltimore Orioles in Fort Myers last night. Alex Presley also drove in a run for Minnesota, which slipped to 4-and-3 in spring play. Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs in two-and-a-third innings in the start. The Twins host the St. Louis Cardinals today in Fort Myers.
The Minnesota Wild acquired winger Matt Moulson from the Buffalo Sabres before yesterday's trade deadline. Minnesota also received forward Cody McCormick from Buffalo in exchange for center Torrey Mitchell and a pair of second round draft picks. Moulson has now been traded twice this season, going from New York to Buffalo in October. He has 17 goals and 21 assists in 55 games total.
The Wild are enjoying some time off before their next game. Minnesota will travel to Dallas on Saturday to face the Stars. The Wild have won five in-a-row following Monday's 3-2 victory over Calgary. They are now 34-21-and-7 on the season and sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with 75 points.
The Los Angeles Kings are adding Marian Gaborik for the stretch run. The Kings have acquired the 32-year-old from the Columbus Blue Jackets for right winger Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a third-round pick. Gaborik has just six goals and eight assists this season, missing 40 games due to a broken collarbone and other injuries. The 26-year-old Frattin had two goals and four assists in 40 games this season with Los Angeles. The Blue Jackets completed a busy trading deadline, acquiring defenseman Nick Schultz, a former Wild player, from the Oilers yesterday. Columbus dealt a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft for Schultz. He has played 871 regular season games in his 12-year career. Schultz has four assists and 24 penalty minutes this season.
The 2014 Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament began yesterday with four quarterfinal games in Class A. Hermantown, New Prague, East Grand Forks, and St. Cloud Cathedral all advanced in games yesterday and last night. There are four Class 2-A quarterfinal games set for today. Edina is making its 25th trip to the state tournament and is the Class 2-A defending title team. There will be a new title team in Class A as last year's champ St. Thomas Academy moved up to Class 2-A and did not make the state field. The semifinals are set for tomorrow with the state championship tilts scheduled for Saturday.
Here are the results and schedule of opening round games at the 2014 Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:
Class A (Wednesday): Hermantown 6, Luverne 3 (final)
Class A (Wednesday): New Prague 5, Chisago Lakes 2 (final)
Class A (Wednesday): East Grand Forks 5, Orono 1 (final)
Class A (Wednesday): St. Cloud Cathedral 4, Totino-Grace 3 (final-overtime)
Class 2-A (Thursday): Lakeville North vs. Roseau, 1am
Class 2-A (Thursday): Eden Prairie vs. Centennial, 1pm
Class 2-A (Thursday): Edina vs. Stillwater Area, 6pm
Class 2-A (Thursday): Duluth East vs. Eagan, 8pm
Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 WCHA Women's Hockey Tournament at the Sanford Center in Bemidji:
Semifinal #1 (Friday): No. 9 North Dakota vs. No. 2 Wisconsin, 4pm
Semifinal #2 (Friday): No. 1 Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7pm
Championship Game (Saturday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 7pm
Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis:
First Round (Thursday): Ohio State vs. Northwestern, 11am
First Round (Thursday): Iowa vs. Illinois, 1:30pm (approximate)
First Round (Thursday): Michigan vs. Indiana, 5:30pm
First Round (Thursday): Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, 8pm (approximate)
Quarterfinal #1 (Friday): Penn State vs. Ohio State/Northwestern winner, 11am
Quarterfinal #2 (Friday): Purdue vs. Iowa/Illinois winner, 1:30pm (approximate)
Quarterfinal #3 (Friday): Michigan State vs. Michigan/Indiana winner, 5:30pm
Quarterfinal #4 (Friday): Nebraska vs. Minnesota/Wisconsin winner, 8pm (approximate)
Semifinal #1 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #1 winner vs. Quarterfinal #2 winner, 2:30pm
Semifinal #2 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal #4 winner, 5pm (approximate)
Championship Game (Sunday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, noon
The college basketball playing career of Golden Gopher junior forward Oto Osenieks is over. The fourth-year player from Riga, Latvia has a worsening knee injury that team officials say won't allow him to play next season A statement from head coach Richard Pitino says Osenieks will take part in Senior Day activities on Sunday prior to the Gophers' game against Penn State at Williams Arena. Pitino says Osenieks can be part of the program next year, assisting in day-to-day operations as a non-player. Osenieks is on track to receive his degree in May and hopes to pursue a coaching career.
A hearing in state Senate committee this afternoon (3pm) on a bill that would allow the U-of-M to continue selling beer and wine at TCF Bank Stadium. That permission sunsets under current Minnesota law. Northfield Democrat Kevin Dahle, who's sponsoring the extension, says the University tells him disturbances and incidents of public intoxication have actually dropped since beer and wine have been available at the stadium. The U originally planned to sell alcoholic beverages only in suites at TCF Bank Stadium, but the legislature passed a bill saying they had to sell them either everywhere in the stadium or nowhere. Beer and wine are currently sold in a designated area from one hour before kickoff through the end of halftime. Alcoholic beverages are available in suites only at Mariucci and Williams Arena.
The Minnesota Vikings are parting ways with tight end John Carlson of Litchfield. They have terminated the 29-year-old's contract. Carlson caught 32 passes for 344 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season, his second with the Vikes. He ended the campaign on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in Week 14 against the Ravens. The Notre Dame product was originally selected by Seattle in the second round of the 2008 NFL Daft. The team also reportedly tendered running back Matt Asiata, who was an exclusive rights free agent.