Minnesota Sports Briefs: Gopher coach Kill says thank youMinnesota Sports
-- University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill sent a video "thank you" to his team's season tickets holders this week.
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill sent a video "thank you" to his team's season tickets holders this week.
The 90-second video was filled with the highlights of the 3-9 season. Kill told Gopher fans in the recorded piece that he was appreciative of their support and he was already looking forward to next year. The video can now be found on You Tube.
The Minnesota Golden Gopher women's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start last night at Wake Forest and lost 82-65 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kiara Buford of Minneapolis paced Minnesota with 15 points on four-of-five shooting from the floor and six-of-seven shooting from the free throw line. Freshman Rachel Banham of Lakeville scored 12 poitns, but had five turnovers and struggled with a 4-for-16 shooting night. Minnesota is now 4-4 and welcomes top-ranked Baylor to Williams Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team moved to 7-1 with a 58-55 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. The Gophers notched the win without star player Trevor Mbakwe who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Minnesota was also without center Ralph Sampson III, who continues to nurse a sore ankle. The Golden Gophers host Southern California tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. The Trojans beat UC-Riverside 55-36 Wednesday and are 4-4 on the season.
The Minnesota Wild made a roster move yesterday, recalling forward Cody Almond from their AHL affiliate in Houston. The 22-year-old Almond has posted seven points in ten games with the Aeros after missing some time with injury early in the year. Minnesota hosts New Jersey tonight at 7 p.m.
The Major League Baseball Players Association has approved the new collective bargaining agreement with owners that was reached last week. A unanimous vote from the MLBPA's executive board ratified the new deal that will keep labor peace in the sport through the 2016 season. In addition to the Basic Agreement, the union's board also unanimously approved the Joint Drug Agreement and Benefit Plan Agreement. The conclusion of a new five-year pact will give the sport uninterrupted labor peace for 21 years, something once considered unimaginable after constant battles between the owner and players led to strikes in 1981 and 1994, the latter of which eventually forced the cancellation of that year's World Series and delayed the start of the 1995 campaign.