MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Golden Gopher teams Hockey City Classic
MINNEAPOLIS - Both the University of Minnesota men's and women's teams were winners at Friday's Hockey City Classic, the first outdoor hockey game played at TCF Stadium, in front of over 45,000 fans.
The No. 1 ranked Golden Gopher men's team beat Ohio State 1-0 while the No. 1 ranked U women's team defeated Minnesota State 4-0. The U women went first and were led by Rachel Bona's goal and assist and Sarah Davis's goal and two assists. Meghan Lorence also scored for Minnesota and Jordyn Burns tallied her first varsity goal in the third period. Winning goalie Amanda Leveille tallied 19 saves. The U outshot the Mavericks 51-19 and MSU goalie Danielle Butters had to make a whopping 47 saves. The Gopher men's team lone goal came from Taylor Cammerata in the second period. Goalie Adam Wilcox made 21 saves. The U men's team concludes its series with the Buckeyes tonight in Mariucci Arena while the U women will play Minnesota State Sunday in Mankato.
Kyle Lowry had 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc with six assists and five rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 94-89 win, Toronto's 10th consecutive home victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday. Amir Johnson added 19 points, Terrence Ross had 16 and DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 15 points for the Raptors, who picked up their sixth consecutive win overall at Air Canada Centre. Meanwhile, Minnesota has lost three straight overall and was paced by Kevin Martin, who finished with 18 points. Kevin Love recorded a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea added 14 off the bench in the setback.
The Minnesota Vikings officially named Mike Zimmer as their new head coach Friday at Winter Park. Zimmer had been the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2008. He replaces Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the 2013 season. "
We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings," team owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said. "He has a proven track record of success at every stop in the NFL and we look forward to him maintaining that consistency here in Minnesota."
Before joining the Bengals, Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (2000-06) and Atlanta Falcons (2007). Minnesota's defense gave up the second-most yards and most points in the NFL this past season. The Bengals' defense has finished in the top 10 in yards and points allowed in four of the last five seasons under Zimmer.
"I believe in a disciplined and physical brand of football and I look forward to getting to work on leading a team capable of long-term success," Zimmer said.
Zimmer started his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 1994 as an assistant. He became the team's defensive coordinator in 2000. The 57-year-old Zimmer will have the task of turning around a Vikings team that went 5-10-1 in 2013.