Save Gopher Football, the website that has been critical of the hiring
process for a new coach, posted a message this week sending best wishes
to Jerry Kill.
CBS College Sports will televise tomorrow’s Minnesota Duluth (13-0) and
Northwest Missouri State (12-1) NCAA Division II football semifinal
playoff game from Duluth. The Bulldogs are the only undefeated Division
II team in the country. The winner of tomorrow’s game will play for the
national championship on December 18. The Bulldogs were 15-0 in 2008
when they won the national title.
Bethel lost 62-14 to Mount Union in the 2007 Division III football
playoffs. The two teams meet again tomorrow in a semifinal playoff game
in Alliance, Ohio.
The Wild has its first City Pages cover story ever with a feature
this week titled: “The Opposite of Wild: Nik Backstrom is Cool as Ice
between the Pipes.”
The Wild’s Martin Havlat, with 17 points
since November 12, has been among the NHL’s most productive players.
Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby has 28 during the same period.
Three Wild prospects, all from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, were named to
preliminary rosters for the World Junior Championship that begins later
this month in Buffalo. Forward Jason Zucker (second round, 59th
overall) was named to the United States roster while forward Johan
Larsson (second round, 56th overall) and goalie Johan
Gustafsson (sixth round, 159th overall) were named to
Mr. Basketball chair, rates the top five metro area teams like this:
Hopkins, DeLaSalle, St. Paul Johnson, Osseo and Apple Valley. Hopkins
and Osseo play on Saturday night at Minnetonka High School as part of
the Breakdown Sports Tip Off Classic.
In a poll of league coaches,
St. Thomas is favored to capture its sixth-straight MIAC championship.
Hamline, from 1946-1953, is the only men’s basketball program ever to
have won six straight. Last year UST finished 23-4 overall and 19-1 in
conference play. This season 11 of the top 14 players return for head
coach Steve Fritz now in his 31st season. MIAC
Player-of-the-Year and All-American guard Tyler Nicolai
returns for his senior season after averaging 14.1 points per game last
year. The Tommies are off to a 4-0 start
in league play.
Lynx star Candice Wiggins,
recovering from a ruptured left Achilles, is finishing her undergrad
degree in communications at Stanford. Finals end today.
Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points and added
seven assists and seven rebounds in USK Praha’s (Prague) 78-58 win over
Tarbes (France) on Wednesday. Whalen is averaging 14.7 points per game
in seven EuroLeague games this winter.