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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: T-Wolves' Brewer fined five grand by NBA for flopping

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer was fined $5,000 on Monday by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rule for a second time this season.

Brewer was attempting to box out Miami star LeBron James on a shot from the corner in Saturday's loss to the Heat.  As James came down with the rebound, Brewer stumbled in the lane, though there appeared to be little contact between the players. Brewer is averaging 14.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.


The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to get things head in the right direction with a game in Detroit tonight against the Pistons. The Wolves will get Kevin Love back in the lineup this evening.  He missed the previous game to attending his grandmother's funeral.  Minnesota is 9-11 on the season and have lost two straight, including a Saturday loss to Miami.  Detroit is 10-11 on the year and coming off of a loss to Miami on Sunday.  Tonight's game starts at 6:30 p.m.


The University of Minnesota men's basketball team hosts border school South Dakota State tonight at Williams Arena.  The Golden Gophers are 8-2 on the season and coming off of an 80-65 win over New Orleans on Saturday.  The Jackrabbits are 4-6 and coming off of a win last Wednesday against Dakota State.  Tipoff tonight is set for 7 p.m. at the Barn.


University of Minnesota standout basketball player Amanda Zahui of Stockholm, Sweden is this week's Big Ten Conference Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week.  She averaged nearly 22-points per game and almost ten-rebounds per contest in two wins.  The Minnesota wins came against Miami of Florida and North Dakota.  She took home the same honors back on November 25th.


When the University of Minnesota plays Syracuse in the Texas Bowl in Houston later this month, the Golden Gophers will be wearing special white helmets.  One side of the white helmet will feature current "Block M" logo, while the other side will showcase the jersey number of the player wearing the helmet.  That part of the design is a throwback to the glory days of Gopher football when Minnesota players wore their numbers on their helmets.  The center striping of the white helmet has a maroon brick design, representing the team's slogan of "brick by brick."  Head coach Jerry Kill says the players love the design and will feel good about wearing the helmets.  The Texas Bowl will be played on Friday, December 27th at Houston's Reliant Stadium.


The Minnesota Vikings have placed tight end Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve with a fractured foot.  Rudolph suffered the injury in Minnesota's 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on November 3rd.  The third-year Notre Dame product recorded 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season.  Minnesota hosts Philadelphia this Sunday.


Vikings Schedule And Results

(Eden Prairie, MN)  --  Here is the 2013 Vikings schedule and results:

Sunday, September 8 - Detroit 34, Minnesota 24 (final)

Sunday, September 15 - Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 (final)

Sunday, September 22 - Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 (final)

Sunday, September 29 - Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (final)

Sunday, October 6 - BYE WEEK

Sunday, October 13 - Carolina 35, Minnesota 10 (final)

Monday, October 21 - NY Giants 23, Minnesota 7 (final)

Sunday, October 27 - Green Bay 44, Minnesota 31 (final)

Sunday, November 3 - Dallas 27, Vikings 23 (final)

Thursday, November 7 - Minnesota 34, Washington 27 (final)

Sunday, November 17 - Seattle 41, Minnesota 20 (final)

Sunday, November 24 - Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26(final-overtime)

Sunday, December 1 - Minnesota 23, Chicago 20 (final-overtime)

Sunday, December 8 - Baltimore 29, Minnesota 26 (final)

Sunday, December 15 - vs. Philadelphia, noon

Sunday, December 22 - at Cincinnati, noon**

Sunday, December 29 - vs. Detroit, noon**

** - gametime subject to NFL Flex Scheduling


The Minnesota Wild have assigned forward Erik Haula to AHL Iowa.  The 22-year old played in six games with Minnesota, recording two assists.  The native of Pori, Finland has collected ten points in 18 games with Iowa earlier this year.  The Minnesota Wild are at Anaheim tomorrow night for a 9 p.m. game.


The Minnesota Twins have released the schedule for the 54th annual Twins Winter Caravan.  The 2014 caravan will make stops in more than 50 communities throughout the Upper Midwest January 13th through the 23rd.  The tours will be led by Twins broadcasters Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven, Dan Gladden and Cory Provus.  Here are the communities on this year's tour:

January 13th - Iowa Falls, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

January 13th - Northfield, Faribault, MN; and Mason City, Iowa

January 14th - Cedar Falls, Des Moines and Sioux City, Iowa

January 14th - Waseca, Owatonna and Rochester

January 15th - Spencer, IA; Windom, Worthington, MN; Sioux Falls, SD

January 15th - Preston and Winona, MN

January 16th - Eau Claire, WI; St.Cloud, MN

January 20th - Valley City, Jamestown, Fargo, ND; Detroit Lakes, MN

January 20th - Waconia, Glencoe,  Montevideo and Willmar, MN

January 21st - Grand Forks, ND; Crookston, Erskine, Bagley and Bemdiji, MN

January 21st - Benson, Ortonville, Fergus Falls, MN; Wahpeton, ND

January 21st - Twin Cities and St.Paul

January 22nd - Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Ely

January 22nd - Balsam Lake, New Richmond, Red Wing, MN

January 22nd - Morris, Glenwood, Freeport and Alexandria

January 23rd - Eveleth, Cloquet and Duluth

January 23rd - Wadena, Aitkin, Brainerd and Little Falls