TNT studio analyst
chose his words poorly when he went off on Glen Taylor Tuesday
night after earlier in the day the Timberwolves owner had suggested
Kevin Garnett “tanked” some late season games last year while still
playing here. “Glen Taylor’s got a lot of money but he doesn’t know
anything about basketball,” Barkley said. Barkley then made a crude
remark about where Taylor could kiss him and he still wouldn’t know who
Snyder, traded to the Wolves in late February, has now matched his total
starts here, nine, with what he had in Houston. His minutes per game
have almost tripled, from nine to 26.9 as the Wolves try to learn
whether the 6-6, 24-year-old forward can be part of their future. He’s
averaging 7.3 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Wolves.
ESPN2 will televise the Gopher women’s
opening NCAA basketball game Sunday night against Texas from Bridgeport,
Conn. Game time is 8:30 p.m. central daylight.
Four MIAC men and five women have been
named to the 2008 D3hoops.com All-West Region teams as selected by
sports information directors at various Division III schools. Macalester
senior forward Tom Conboy
was a first team selection. Bethel junior guard
Tim Madson and
Concordia senior forward Luke
Linz were second team selections. Carleton junior forward Zach Johnson
was a third team pick.
Gustavus Adolphus senior guard
Jess Vadnais and
Bethel junior center Annegret
Nautsch were both first team All-Region women’s
selections. Concordia senior forward/ center
Melanie Hageman and
St. Thomas senior forward
Carrie Embree were selected to the All-Region second
team. Macalester sophomore forward
Trina PaStarr was a
third team pick.
Jose, which clinched a playoff spot with a win over the
Wild on Wednesday night, was Sports Illustrated’s preseason
Stanley Cup favorite. The Sharks, who didn’t lose a game this season to
the Wild, are in second place in the Western Conference with 97 points.
The Wild are at Vancouver tonight, the
first of eight remaining games against Northwest Division teams.
Minnesota, leading the division, needs one more win to tie the franchise
record for most road victories in a season, 19.
23, had an assist Wednesday night and added to his club record for most
points in a season by a defenseman, 41. Burns has eight two-point games
this season, plus a career-high three points
all assists – in a
January game against Dallas. Minnesota is 10-1-3 this season when Burns,
now in his third season with the Wild, scores a goal and 7-0-2 when he
has two or more points.
Marian Gaborik, team captain for March, scored two goals in the Wild's 4-3 shootout
loss to the Sharks.
He now has 38 goals, matching
his single season career best 38 set in 2005-06.
Gopher women's hockey coach Brad Frost has been named a finalist
for national coach of the year, announced earlier this week by the
American Hockey Coaches Association. The award will be presented at the
AHCA Coach of the Year Banquet on Saturday, April 26, in Naples, Fla.
Frost was the WCHA coach of the year after his team finished second in
the league during his first season.