MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wolves, Wild win, Vikes fall
NEW YORK -- Minnesota forward Kevin Love scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Timberwolves hold off the Knicks 109-100 at Madison Square Garden in New York City last evening. Minnesota led 40-19 after the first quarter. Kevin Martin added 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting including 5-of-5 from behind th arc. The T'Wolves are 3-and-0. New York cut the lead to as low as three in the fourth quarter, but couldn't finish off the comeback. Carmelo Anthony missed 13-of-21 yet still finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Raymond Felton dished out 12 assists and chipped in eight points. The Knicks fell to 1-and-2. Minnesota visits Cleveland tonight.
Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding stopped all 19 shots he faced in net as the Wild blanked the Devils 4-0 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last night. This is the second shut out of the season and the ninth of his career. Mikael Granlund, Torrey Mitchell, Dany Heatley and Jason Pominville all scored for Minnesota, which improved to 8-4-and-3. Nino Niederreiter had three assists in the win. Cory Schneider made 16 saves in net for New Jersey, which slipped to 3-7-and-4.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo connected with Dwayne Harris for a seven-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left as the Cowboys rallied to beat the Vikings 27-23 yesterday in Texas. Romo finished 34-of-51 for 337 yards with two TD's and an interception for the Cowboys, who upped their mark to 5-and-4. Jason Witten had eight catches for 102 yards and a score in the victory. Vikings signal-caller Christian Ponder was 25-of-37 for 236 yards with a TD and a pick. He also fumbled in the end zone leading to a Dallas score, and ran in a touchdown himself for the Vikes. Minnesota fell to 1-and-7 with its fourth straight loss. Adrian Peterson rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown in the setback. The Vikes host the Redskins on Thursday night at the Metrodome. Washington beat San Diego yesterday in overtime 30-24.
Golden Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson of Mankato threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns to power the Golden Gophers to a 42-39 win over Indiana on Saturday. Nelson found Maxx Williams from 50-yards out with three minutes to play for the game-winner. David Cobb rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown in the win, which moved Minnesota to 7-2 and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Gophers play Penn State on Saturday. The school is offering special ticket prices on their official athletics Webpage for this weekend's game.
>>Gopher Gridiron Slate and Results
(Undated) -- Here is the 2013 Golden Gopher football schedule with results to date:
Thursday, August 29 - Minnesota 51, UNLV 23 (final)
Saturday, September 7 - Minnesota 44, New Mexico State 21 (final)
Saturday, September 14 - Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12 (final)
Saturday, September 21 - Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24 (final)
Saturday, September 28 - Iowa 23, Minnesota 7 (final)
Saturday, October 5 - Michigan 42, Minnesota 13 (final)
Saturday, October 12 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, October 19 - Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17 (final)
Saturday, October 26 - Minnesota 34, Nebraska 23 (final)
Saturday, November 2 - Minnesota 42, Indiana 39 (final)
Saturday, November 9 - vs. Penn State, 11am
Saturday, November 16 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, November 23 - vs. Wisconsin, TBD
Saturday, November 30 - at Michigan State, TBD
The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hoopsters play their final exhibition game tonight. The Gophers host Concordia-St. Paul at Williams Arena at 7 p.m. Minnesota dropped Cardinal-Stritch 79-57 on Friday. The regular season starts Friday at home against Lehigh.