Minnesota Sports Briefs: Wild to pick seventh in NHL draftMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Wild remained in the seventh slot for the June NHL Entry Draft.
TORONTO - The Minnesota Wild remained in the seventh slot for the June NHL Entry Draft.
The draft lottery was held last night and Edmonton won the first overall pick, while Columbus will choose second. Minnesota fits exactly where it was slotted to choose. The Wild had the seventh-worst record this season and will have the No. 7 overall choice.
The slumping Minnesota Timberwolves are in Denver to face the Nuggets this evening. Minnesota's losing streak was extended to six with a 114-90 loss to the Suns on Monday. The Wolves fell to 25-and-33 on the year with the setback. The Nuggets routed Golden State 123-84 on Monday evening to improve to 31-26 on the season. Tip-off tonight is at 8 p.m. A win tomorrow night by the Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver would end a 22-game losing streak in the month of April. The Timberwolves have not won a game in the month of April since a victory over Golden State on April 8, 2009. The Wolves finished 2009 by losing their final three games in April of 2009, lost all seven April games in both 2010 and 2011, and the first five April games in 2012.
The Twins resume their three-game series with the Angels at Target Field tonight. Minnesota suffered a 5-1 loss in the opener of the set on Monday. The Twins are 0-4 for the first time since 1981. The franchise has never started a season 0-5. Carl Pavano is scheduled to oppose Jered Weaver. First-pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Here are the scheduled pitching pairings for the remainder of the series against the Angels at Target Center (Twins pitcher listed first):
Tuesday - OFF DAY
Wednesday - Carl Pavano (0-1, 5.14 ERA) vs. Jared Weaver (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Thursday - Francisco Liriano (0-1, 11.55 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (0-1, 8.44 ERA)
University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Gophers. The deal will run through the 2016 season. Anderson is in the middle of his 31st year as Golden Gopher head baseball coach. He is the winningest baseball coach in Big Ten history with a 1080-715-3 record. He is a six-time winner of the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor and his teams have claimed nine league titles. The Gophers are at South Dakota State tonight.
The Vikings signed linebacker Marvin Mitchell and cornerback Chris Carr on Tuesday. Mitchell had 30 tackles and an interception in 16 games with the Dolphins last season. Carr spent the last three seasons with the Ravens. He had 19 tackles in nine games last year.
The MIAC has named Hamline men's tennis player David Croonquist of North Oaks as its Player of the Week. The junior won his No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles matches against St. Olaf last week. Carleton's Anne Lombardi of Hinsdale, Illinois captured the women's tennis weekly honor. The sophomore clinched a team win over Gustavus Adolphus when she won at No. 3 singles in the Midwest Invitational Tournament in Madison.