Minnesota Sports Briefs: Vikings to play in Metrodome next fallMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Vikings are staying in downtown Minneapolis for at least another year.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings are staying in downtown Minneapolis for at least another year.
Today is the deadline to give the NFL written notice of any plans to move, but Vikings Vice-President Lester Bagley says the team is staying put for now. That means they will play at least one more season in the Metrodome while local officials continue to work on a deal to build a new stadium.
There is bad news for the Winona State men's basketball program. The Warriors are the third-ranked team in the nation, but will be required to nullify their first 13 Northern Sun wins because its been discovered they have been playing an ineligible player. Whether Winona State will be able to compete in postseason play will depend on a formula that will find a new virtual win/loss percentage. Winona State was 17-1 in the league.
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman says his point guards better address the turnover situation or his team is in for a long year. The Wolves point guards combined for 12 turnovers in Monday's loss at Orlando. Adelman says the point guards are ultimately reponsible for the flow of the offense and they must make the proper decision with the ball to avoid turnovers. The Wolves host Charlotte tonight at 7 p.m.
Timberwolves star player Kevin Love says he has confirmed with the NBA tht he will take part in the three-point shootout competition during NBA All-Star Weekend festivities. Love had already been chosen to take part in the game and now he will be part of the long-distance shooting contest, as well. The NBA All-Star Weekend is set for February 25-26 in Orlando. The three-point shootout portion of the weekend is slated for Saturday, February 25th at 7 p.m.
The WCHA has named its men's hockey Players of the Week. Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Jack Connolly of Duluth gets the Offensive Player of the Week award after helping the Bulldogs to a weekend split of games against North Dakota. Bemidji State goaltender Dan Bakala of Calgary is the league's Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Beavers to a sweep over Colorado College. And, Denver's Scott Mayfield of St. Louis was named the conference's Rookie of the Week after the Tigers swept Minnesota in a pair of games.
The 2012 Minnesota State High School League Alpine Ski Meet is set for today at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Minnetonka returns to defend its girls title, while it is also the highest returning boys team. Last year's boys team champ St Thomas Academy did not qualify for the state meet this year. Both individual champions from last year also graduated, so there will be new individual state medalists crowned later today. Competition begins at 10 a.m