Minnesota Sports Roundup: Wolves plays Pistons in Winnipeg tonightMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Timberwolves are down to their final two preseason games of the exhibition slate.
WINNIPEG -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are down to their final two preseason games of the exhibition slate. The Wolves play against the Pistons tonight in Winnipeg and close out the preseason in Green Bay on Friday to play the Bucks. Tonight's game is set for 7 p.m.
University of Minnesota women's basketball star player Rachel Banham of Lakeville has been cleared to practice and play with the Golden Gophers after missing all of the preseason training camp so far. Banham was sidelined since July after doctors found a blood clot in her lung. She was given the green light this week and says she's ready to play. Banham was last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
When the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play at the Metrodome tomorrow night it will mark the second consecutive season the two teams have met in the Twin Cities. Last year, Tampa Bay beat the Vikings 24-20 in Minneapolis after the Vikes blew an early lead. These two teams used to play twice every year from 1978 through 2001 when they each played in the NFC Central Division. The Vikings hold the overall series lead with 31 wins and 21 losses. But, the Bucs have won the last five contests and eight of the last 11. The last Minnesota came in 2001 at the Metrodome. Tomorrow's kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m.
Golden Gopher head football coach Jerry Kill says he expects to play his true freshman quarterback Phillip Nelson again this weekend. In fact, Kill says once he took the redshirt off of the youngster from Mankato that he would be playing most of the snaps under center. MarQueis Gray continues to recover from injury and has been penciled as a wide receiver the rest of the season. Max Shortell is getting healthy and could see some time, but for now, expect Nelson to get a bulk of the repitions in games and practices. Minnesota needs two wins in its final five games to secure bowl eligibility. The Golden Gophers host Purdue on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Minnesota Wild were supposed to be hosting their third regular season home game of the year last night. Instead, because of the NHL labor dispute, the Xcel Energy Center was once again idle. The Montreal Canadiens were the scheduled team to visit Minnesota last evening. The league announced last Friday it has called off games through November 1st. The players have been locked out since the previous CBA expired September 15th. League officials say they must come to some sort of agreement by tomorrow if they want to retain a full, but revised 82-game regular season schedule. Any agreement reached after Thursday would result in an abbreviated season with fewer than 82 games.
The owners of the Minnesota Twins are putting money into the fight to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Bob Pohlad says he and his brothers will match all donations up to 250-thousand dollars made before the end of the month to Minnesotans United for All Families. Pohlad warns the amendment will seriously hurt real families, and is bad for business and the state's ability to keep its economy competitive. Autumn Leva with Minnesota for Marriage, which supports the amendment, responds they've always known they'd be outspent by their opponents. But she says based on 31 other states that have already passed a marriage amendment, "no dollar amount spent opposing marriage as a unique union between a man and a woman seems to matter."
Golden Gopher wrestling coach J Robinson and his staff will host a coaches clinic Thursday on the University of Minnesota campus. The clinic will feature 2012 Olympian Jake Herbert, as well as four-time all-American Zach Sanders. For more information, coaches should contact the Gopher wrestling department.