Minnesota tops Wisconsin 74-68 in OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rachel Banham scored 22 points Thursday night, including 10 of 10 free throws, as Minnesota rallied to beat Wisconsin 74-68 in overtime to win their opening-round Big Ten Conference tournament game.
The No. 6 seeded Golden Gophers will face the winner of Friday's game between No. 5 seeded Iowa and No. 4 seeded Purdue. Iowa beat Illinois 81-62 Thursday to advance.
Minnesota used a 7-2 run to take a 68-63 lead in overtime, then Banham made four free throws in the final 8 seconds to clinch the win.
Kayla Hirt scored 14, Amanda Zahui 12 and Stabresa McDaniel 10 for the Golden Gophers.
Michala Johnson led the No. 11 seeded Badgers with 19, Morgan Paige had 16, and Taylor Wurtz 13.
Wisconsin led 35-21 at halftime, and led 61-58 in the second after free throws by Paige, but Banham tied it with a 3 at the end of regulation.
Cardinals-Twins rained out
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins scheduled for Thursday was rained out.
The game was called off before it started.
Ricky Nolasco was set to start for the Twins. With rain in the forecast, he pitched a simulated game instead.
Zimmer would like Cassel back with Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - New Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he would welcome Matt Cassel back to the team if the veteran quarterback decides he wants to return.
Zimmer spoke on Thursday, less than a week before free agency opens. Cassel is opting out of the option year on his contract and is expected to explore his options in free agency. He went 3-3 in his six starts for the Vikings last year and was on the field at the end of the game for all five of the team's victories.
Zimmer replaced the fired Leslie Frazier in January. He says after reviewing last season, he liked how the team responded to Cassel's leadership.
Zimmer says he'd also like to see Jared Allen and Kevin Williams return if the money works out.
MINN ST-MANKATO COACH-COURT RECORDS
Hoffner wants to erase records from dismissed case
MAKATO, Minn. (AP) - The former head football coach at Minnesota State-Mankato wants to have court records from an unfounded child pornography case against him erased.
Todd Hoffner was charged in 2012 with creating child pornography for recording videos of his children dancing naked. The charges were dismissed after a judge found the images weren't child porn.
The Mankato Free Press reports Hoffner has filed a petition to expunge records in the case. In the petition, Hoffner says he was wrongly accused.
The videos were found on Hoffner's work cellphone after he asked to have it repaired. He was subsequently placed on paid leave and arrested. After the charges were dismissed he was given an administrative job, but was fired in May for undisclosed reasons.
Hoffner recently became head coach at Minot State.
PATTY KAZMAIER AWARD-BRANDT
Minnesota's Brandt among Patty Kaz top 3 finalists
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota sophomore forward Hannah Brandt is among three finalists for the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
Brandt joins Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray and Cornell junior forward Jillian Saulnier as finalists for the top honor in college women's hockey.
Brandt leads the nation in points, assists and assists per game.
The sophomore from Vadnais Heights also was a top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2013 and was the lone repeat honoree among this year's top 10 finalists.
Gophers junior forward Rachael Bona of Coon Rapids also was a top 10 finalist for this year's award.
USA Hockey announced the top three finalists Thursday. The award will be presented March 22 during the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend.
Stars set to retire Mike Modano's iconic No. 9
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars are set to retire Mike Modano's No. 9.
The next face of the franchise will always skate in the shadow of the guy who made hockey cool in Dallas.
Modano's number will be lifted to the rafters before the Stars' game Saturday night against Minnesota, where he started his career as the No. 1 pick in 1988 before the franchise moved south five years later.
There are 53 names on the list for the pre-game festivities, many of them former teammates who beat Buffalo for the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 1999 and lost in the finals a year later to New Jersey.
Modano is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, a U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and two-time Olympian. He was born in Livonia, Mich.
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