Minnesota Sports Briefs: Sampson expected to play for U in NIT openerMinnesota Sports
-- The University of Minnesota men's basketball team worked out twice yesterday at Williams Arena and will leave this morning for its National Invitational Tournament game in Philadelphia tomorrow night against LaSalle.
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota men's basketball team worked out twice yesterday at Williams Arena and will leave this morning for its National Invitational Tournament game in Philadelphia tomorrow night against LaSalle.
Gopher head coach Tubby Smith says he expects senior center Ralph Sampson III to play in this game. Smith says Sampson III took part in yesterday's morning workout, but rested in the afternoon session. Sampson III missed both games in the Big Ten Tournament last week with a knee injury. Tomorrow's game tips off at 6 p.m.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will be taking part in the postseason, as well. Minnesota accepted a bid into the Women's Basketball Invitational, or WBI. The Gophers will host Charleston Southern at Williams Arena on Friday night. Friday's game tips off at 7 p.m. Charleston Southern is 17-14 on the season while the Gophers went 15-17.
Here is this week's schedule of first-round games at the 2012 Minnesota Girls' State Basketball Tournament in Minneapolis:
Wednesday - Class 4-A: Lakeville North vs. Hopkins, Target Center, 10am
Wednesday - Class 4-A: Saint Michael-Albertville vs. Eastview, Target Center, noon
Wednesday - Class 4-A: Duluth East vs. Edina, Target Center, 2pm
Wednesday - Class 4-A: White Bear Lake vs. Osseo, Target Center, 4pm
Wednesday - Class 3-A: Red Wing vs. Richfield, Williams Arena, 10am
Wednesday - Class 3-A: Hutchinson vs. Hill-Murray, Williams Arena, noon
Wednesday - Class 3-A: Chisago Lakes vs. Fergus Falls, Williams Arena, 2pm
Wednesday - Class 3-A: Monticello vs. DeLaSalle, Williams Arena, 4pm
Wednesday - Class 2-A: Braham vs. NRHEG, Target Center, 6pm
Wednesday - Class 2-A: Sauk Centre vs. Worthington, Target Center, 8pm
Wednesday - Class 2-A: Providence Academy vs. Minnehaha Academy, Williams Arena, 6pm
Wednesday - Class 2-A: Pequot Lakes vs. Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Williams Arena, 8pm
Thursday - Class 1-A: Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Sleepy Eye, Williams Arena, 11am
Thursday - Class 1-A: Ada-Borup vs. Minneota, Williams Arena, 1pm
Thursday - Class 1-A: Isle vs. Maranatha Christian, Williams Arena, 3pm
Thursday - Class 1-A: Spring Grove vs. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Williams Arena, 5pm
The Minnesota Wild will have a light skate today at the Xcel Energy Center leading into tonight's game against the Dallas Stars. Minnesota is now in 13th place in the NHL Western Conference standings, ten points behind the eighth and final postseason position. Dallas is the division leader and is in outstanding position to earn a playoff berth. Tonight's game is set for 7 p.m.
Here is this week's schedule of games in the WCHA Final Five playoffs at the Xcel Energy Center:
Thursday - Michigan Tech vs. Denver, 2 p.m.
Thursday - St. Cloud State vs. North Dakota, 7 p.m.
Friday - Michigan Tech/Denver winner vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 2 p.m.
Friday - St. Cloud State/North Dakota winner vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Saturday - Friday's winners play in championship, 7 p.m.
Here is the schedule of games in the NCAA Women's Frozen Four to be played this weekend at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth:
Friday - Wisconsin vs. Boston College, 5 p.m.
Friday - Minnesota vs. Cornell, 8 p.m.
Sunday - Winners Play In National Championship Game, 3 p.m.
University of Minnesota softball player Sara Moulton has been named the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week. The sophomore from Eagan threw 22 innings last week, did not allow an earned run, tossed a no-hitter, struck out 34 batters in three games, and walked only two. This is Moulton's fourth career weekly honor. Her teammate Kaitlyn Richardson of Phoenix is the league's Freshman of the Week after hitting .538 in three games last week. This is Richardson's second weekly honor this season.
Minnesota members of Congress have formed a bi-partisan effort to stop the spread of Asian carp in Minnesota waterways. There is evidence the destructive fish have pushed as far north as Winona on the Mississippi. Senator Amy Klobuchar says they want the Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate a study of the carp threat farther upriver - and perhaps shut the Upper St. Anthony Falls Dam in the Twin Cities. Klobuchar, Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen and other members of Minnesota's delegation are pushing for a federal-state collaboration in the fight against carp. The big fish destroy the habitat for native fish and aquatic life.