Minnesota Sports Roundup: Wolves lose another close oneMinnesota Sports
-- Golden State's Jarrett Jack recorded 23 points and eight assists as the Warriors topped the Timberwolves, 100-99, at the Target Center last night.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Golden State's Jarrett Jack recorded 23 points and eight assists as the Warriors topped the Timberwolves, 100-99, at the Target Center last night. David Lee notched 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Carl Landry added 19 points and nine boards for Golden State, which has won three straight. Derrick Williams posted 23 points and 12 boards for the T'wolves, who have lost two in-a-row and seven-of-nine overall. Nikola Pekovic had 21 points and eight boards in the setback. Luke Ridnour missed a tough runner as time expired that would have won the game. The Wolves are at Phoenix tomorrow.
The Golden Gopher women's basketball team could not maintain the hot-shooting that pushed them to a four-point halftime lead over No. 22 Purdue yesterday. Minnesota lost 75-63 at Williams Arena to fall to 16-and-12 overall and 5-and-9 in the Big Ten. The Gophers shot 50-percent in the first half, while dipping to 29-percent from the floor in the second half. Minnesota sophomore Rachel Banham poured in 21 points in the loss, with 17 of those coming in the first half. The Gophers entertain No. 7 Penn State on Thursday night at 8 p.m.
After having the weekend off, the Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team returns to action tomorrow night at home against top-ranked Indiana. The Gophers have lost two in-a-row and four-of-five overall following last Wednesday's 71-45 setback at 18th-ranked Ohio State. Minnesota sits at 18-and-9 on the season and 6-and-8 in the Big Ten. Tomorrow's tip is set for 6 p.m.
It was a fun weekend for some select University of Minnesota student-athletes. The top-ranked Golden Gopher women's hockey team became the first women's hockey team in NCAA history to finish a regular season undefeated. Minnesota swept rival St. Cloud State to end the regular season with a 34-and-0 record. The team has won 42 straight games dating back to last year's national title run. The third-ranked Gopher wrestling team won the National Duals Tournament at Williams Arena with three impressive wins. Minnesota beat Virginia Tech, No. 2 Iowa, and No. 1 Oklahoma State on the way to the title. And, the Golden Gopher women's swimming and diving team won the Big Ten Championships with an impressive two-day showing over the weekend at the U of M Aquatic Center.
Vikings coaches and front office staff remained at work during the NFL Combine from Indianapolis this weekend. The team got a look at the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers yesterday. Today defensive lineman and linebackers take the stage. The event wraps up tomorrow. Head coach Leslie Frazier says his team will likely look to add a wide receiver at some point in the April draft.
A high school football coach was ticketed in a prostitution sting near Minneapolis. Hill-Murray High School head coach Mark Mauer was one of 19 men arrested in the two-day undercover sting, and cited with solicitation. The 54-year-old Maplewood man is also the cousin of Minnesota Twins player Joe Mauer. Police say he agreed to pay an undercover officer $100 for a half-hour of "full service."
The Twins rallied with five runs in the ninth inning to tie yesterday's home opener 7-7 and send it to extra innings. Tampa Bay then plated three runs in the top of the tenth and held on to win 10-7. Brandon Boggs belted a three-run homer for Minnesota to help push the game to the extra frame. Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks was solid, allowing a run on two hits in two innings. The Twins play Pittsburgh today in Fort Myers with Vance Worley getting the starting nod for Minnesota.