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    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 01-26

    01/26/2021

    Albert Lea Tiger athletics today will see Boys Hockey @ Mankato West 7:30pm. Girls Hockey will take on Mankato West 7:15pm at the city arena. Boys Basketball will be on the road to take on Rochester John Marshall 7:30pm. And Girls Basketball

    will play host to Rochester John Marshall 7:30pm. POWER 96 will broadcast the girls hockey game with Jay Paul on the call this evening at 7:15.

    Stephen Curry scored 36 points with seven 3-pointers, Andrew Wiggins took it to his old Timberwolves team for 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Minnesota 130-108. Malik Beasley scored 30 points with four 3s to lead Minnesota, which fell behind early with poor shooting and failed to gain any momentum from snapping a four-game losing streak Saturday. D"Angelo Russell was held out in what would have been his first matchup against his former Warriors team because of a bruised right quadriceps muscle.

    Center Karl-Anthony Towns missed his fifth straight games after announcing Jan. 15 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The Timberwolves are 2-10 without Towns in the lineup this season. The two teams face each other again Wednesday night at the Chase Center.

    The NBA and NBPA are reportedly in discussions to hold an All-Star game on March 7th.

    Atlanta is on the table as a potential host.

    The league announced in November that it was postponing the 2021 All-Star Game originally scheduled for February in Indianapolis.

    The NBA is considering incorporating support for historically Black colleges and universities and COVID-19 relief as part of the All-Star Game. The game could take place at the Atlanta Hawks" State Farm Arena or in an HBCU gym in the city.

    Avante Dickerson, the top-ranked recruit in the Minnesota Golden Gopher football team's 2021 recruiting class, has opted to de-commit from the program and will sign with another team during next month's signing period.

    In a tweet, Dickerson said; I"d like to thank Coach Fleck and the entire University of Minnesota staff for the support throughout this process. However, I"ve had a change of heart and I am de-committing from Minnesota.

    I will be announcing my decision on signing day on Feb. 3rd.

    Dickerson is a four-star cornerback from Nebraska and is ranked as the 121st overall prospect and eighth-ranked cornerback from the 2021 class.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 01-25

    01/25/2021

    San Jose's Brent Burns" scored a goal with 1:48 remaining snapped a tie and led the San Jose Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Next up for the Wild is a Tuesday night matchup against the L.A. Kings. at the Excel Center.

    In other Wild news, Starting Goalie Cam Talbot is listed day to day with a lower body injury as the Wild have recalled goalie Andrew Hammond frm the taxi squad and put him on the NHL roster and reassigned goalie Hunter Jones from the Iowa Wild and placed him on the taxi squad.

    It's the Kid VS the GOAT as Superbowl 55 will feature Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on February 7th. Yesterday, the Bucs defeated Green Bay 31-26 and the Chiefs rolled over Buffalo 38-24 for the rights to play on the NFL's biggest stage.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will be in action tonight as the team will play the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. That game scheduled for a 9 pm tipoff. The T-Wolves will be without the services of Center, Karl Anthony Townes who is still in the COVID protocol and Guard D'Angelo Russel who is nursing a right quad contusion.

    The Austin Bruins has a busy weekend. After playing Thursday night, the Bruins were back home for a Friday night contest that saw the the game go not only to extra time, but a shootout as well where the Bruins prevailed beating the Chippewa Steel 2-1. On Saturday, the final game of the Bruins three-in-three, the game didn't go the Bruins way as they fell to the Minnesota Wilderness, 3-0. The Bruins will have a bit of a repeat weekend this weekend as they will once again face the Steel at Riverside Arena Friday night before hitting the road on Saturday to try to get some revenge on the Minnesota Wilderness. Both of those games will be right here on POWER 96.

    In Tiger sports from over the weekend, the Albert Lea boys hockey team shut out Winona 4-0 Saturday. Blake Ulve had 2 goals 1 assist, Logan Barr 1 goal 1 assist, and Caden Jensen had 1 goal, the girls team also had a 6-0 shutout victory over Winona after peppering the Winona goaltender with 56 shots and allowing only 3 shots on goal.

    Boys basketball didn't have quite the same fate with the boys team falling to Rochester Century 73-31, the girls team also shared the same fate dropping their contest to Rochester Century 56-47.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 01-21

    01/21/2021

    The Minnesota Wild are back to their winning ways as Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist, including the game-winning score early in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild capped a successful season-opening road trip with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The win is the third in four games for Minnesota, which is part of the reconfigured West Division this season. Kaapo Kahkonen made 22 saves in his first action in over 10 months.

    In other NHL action from last night, Edmonton beat Toronto 3-1, Vegas kicked the Coyotes 5-2, it took ovetime and a shootout, but the San Jose Sharks came out on top of the St. Louis Blues 2-1 and Vancouver beat Montreal in a shootout 6-5.

    Cole Anthony nailed a hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Orlando Magic upset the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-96 on Wednesday night to stop a six-game losing streak.

    Minnesota had led by 20 before the Magic chipped away at that lead in the second half.

    D"Angelo Russell scored 19 points and Michael Beasley added 13 for the short-handed Timberwolves, who were without Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez as part of the NBA"s health and safety protocols.

    Minnesotas next challenge will be a rematch against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at the Target Center.

    In other NBA Action, it took double overtime for the Cleveland Cavaliers to knock off the Brooklyn Nets 147-135, Philadelphia downed Boston 117-109, Dallas took it to Indiana 124-112, Atlanta topped Detroit 123-115, Miami brought the Heat to Toronto winning 111-102. Phoenix downed Houston 109-103, Golden State spanked San Antonio 121-99, the Clippers crowned the Kings 115-96. Washington Charlotte and Memphis Portland were Postponed due to COVID concerns.

    The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ have reportedly agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract.

    The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees.

    Happ went 12-8 in 2019 and struggled at the start of the pandemic-delayed 2020 season, prompting the Yankees to skip his turn. Happ gained strength as the year went on and finished with a 2-2 record and 3.47 ERA in nine starts.

    Justin Jefferson and Cameron Dantzler can add some accolades to their rookie seasons.

    The Vikings teammates were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

    Drafted 22nd overall by the Vikings out of LSU, Jefferson made plays all over the field, racking up 88 catches for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns en route to breaking Randy Moss' franchise mark for yards by a rookie (1,313), as well as Anquan Boldin's NFL rookie record. Dantzler is the first Vikings cornerback to earn the honor since Dewayne Washington in 1994 and first defensive back since Harrison Smith in 2012.

    Minnesota drafted Dantzler in the third round, 89th overall.

    The Austin Bruins kick off a very busy next 3 days as they take the ice in a Thursday night matchup on the road taking on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Power 96 will air that game beginning with TJ Chillots pregame show at 6:50. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Bruins will also play Friday night at home, and Saturday night on the road.

    Albert Lea Tigers boys hockey team will be in action at the City Arena tonight when they take on Faribault at 7:15.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 01-20

    01/20/2021

    Colorado and Minnesota swapped veteran defensemen on Tuesday, with the Avalanche acquiring Greg Pateryn and the Wild receiving Ian Cole.

    The trade represents a significant salary-cap savings for Colorado from Cole"s $4.25 million hit to Pateryn"s $2.25 million.

    Cole had a career-high 22 assists last season for Colorado. He also had 83 hits and 122 blocked shots in 65 games during the 2019-20 season.

    A first-round pick by St. Louis in 2007, Cole has 26 goals and 112 assists in 543 games

    The Wild will be in action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks as they try to bounce back from a shut out loss the last time the 2 teams faced off.

    Tonight at 7 pm The Minnesota Timberwolves will go to battle against the Orlando Magic at the Target Center.

    Orlando heads into the matchup with Minnesota as losers of six straight games.

    Team officials said the Timberwolves will be without the services of forward Karl-Anthony Towns, guard Ricky Rubio and forward Juancho Hernangomez. Hernangomez remains in isolation, and Towns announced on social media last Friday he"s tested positive for COVID-19.

    Toby Gardenhire, the son of former major league manager Ron Gardenhire, will manage Minnesota"s new Triple-A affiliate, the St. Paul Saints.

    The Saints and Twins made that announcement yesterday.

    After 14 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, George Paton is leaving the organization to become the next general manager of the Denver Broncos. Paton has served as the assistant general manager to Rick Spielman, and the Vikings" vice president of player personnel.

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly took “some big steps” in regard to the concussion he suffered on Sunday against the Browns. Mahomes remains in the NFL"s concussion protocol, but he"s, at least currently, trending in the right direction and according to the team, “is expected to practice Wednesday.”

    Quarterback Philip Rivers announced on Wednesday that after 17 seasons in the NFL, he"s decided to retire.

    Rivers told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It"s just time,” “It"s just right.”

    Rivers, turned 39 in December.

    Albert Lea Tigers scores from last nights contests found the Tigers girls hockey team getting their first win of the season on the road downing Rochester Century/John Marshall 4-2. The girls basketball team fought hard, but the Tigers were defeated by Mankato East 60-52. Taya Jeffrey - 17 pts., 4 rebounds, and Kendall Kenis with 11 pts., 2 rebounds led the scoring for the Tigers. The boys basketball team never quit, but took a 75-35 loss in their game against Kato East. Thursday the boys hockey team will be in action at the City Arena when they take on Faribault at 7:15.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 01-18

    01/19/2021

    Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds, De"Andre Hunter scored 25 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97 on Monday. D"Angelo Russell finished with 31 points for Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10. Malik Beasley, had 15 points.

    Were without Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez because of COVID-19 protocols. Minnesota"s game Friday against Memphis was postponed when Towns, who averages a team-high 22 points, revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus. Up next, the Timberwolves Host Orlando on Wednesday.

    In other NBA Action, the Knicks downed the Magic 91-84, San Antonio took it to Portland winning 125-104, It was a tight one for the Bucks who fell to the Nets 125-123, the Grizzlies defended their home court against the Suns winning 108-104, Toronto beat Dallas 116-93, the Bulls bested the Rockets 125-120, Miami played spoiler to Detroit winning 113-107, Golden State got the best of the Lakers 115-113, and Cleveland vs Washington was postponed.

    The Ducks John Gibson made 33 saves in his 20th career shutout as that Anaheim Ducks' skated away with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night in their home opener.

    Wild goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots in the Wild's first loss of the season. Although both goalies played a strong game it was not without opportunity for the Wild as they had a rough night on special teams going 0-5 on the power play. The Wild are now 0-16 with the man advantage.

    The teams meet again Wednesday in Anaheim.

    In other NHL Action, Columbus beat Detroit 3-2, the Islanders shut out Boston 1-0, Arizona fell to Vegas 4-2, Toronto defeated Winnipeg 3-1, The Sabers gave the Flyers the business winning 6-1, St. Louis battled San Jose to a 5-4 win, Calgary bested Vancouver 5-2, The Hurricanes blew through the Predators 4-2, and Montreal skated to a 3-1 win over the Oilers.

    Vikings faithful knew that the Vikings were giving up more than it received for Yannick Ngakoue and now those chickens have come home to roost.

    The Vikings dropped 46 draft spots due to the Ngakoue trade.

    Minnesota gave up a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick to acquire Ngakoue from Jacksonville before the 2020 season. After a 1-5 start, the Vikings traded Ngakoue to the Ravens for a third-rounder and a fifth in 2022.

    With the Ravens knocked out of the playoffs, we now know that the third-round pick is 91st overall

    After two consecutive home games, Minnesota women's basketball is back on the road as it visits Nebraska today at 3 p.m.

    The game is the first of two matchups between the schools this year.

    Minnesota and Nebraska split the season series last year with each team winning on its home floor.

    The University of Minnesota mens basketball matchup that was supposed to take place tomorrow against Nebraska has been postponed due to a COVID breakout on the Nebraska team.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 01-18

    01/18/2021

    And then there were 4. The Conference Championship games are set in the NFL. On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3, while the Kansas City Chiefs ruined the Cinderella story for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday with a 22-17 victory in which Patrick Mahomes had to leave the game due to concussion protocols. The AFC Championship game will feature the defending champs taking on the Bills for the rights to go to the Superbowl and take on the NFC champions.

    In NFC action, Saturday saw the Green Bay Packers knocking off the LA Rams 32 to 18 to advance to the NFC Championship game where it will be a battle of the 12s. Tom Brady and his Buccaneers defeated Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 30-20 setting up the showdown of the 12's as Arron Rodgers and Tom Bradys teams will do battle to see who goes on to the big dance. The Packs and the Bucks will play Sunday afternoon at 2:05 at Lambo Field. The Chiefs and the Bills will do battle in Arrowhead Stadium at 5:40 p.m.

    Liam Robbins had 22 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes to lead No. 23 Minnesota to a 75-57 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Saturday, handing the Wolverines their first loss.

    The Minnesota Wild take their late game heroics down the road to Anaheim as they will do battle with the Ducks. That game set to get underway at 8 pm. The Wild are bringing a 2 game win streak into the contest, while the Ducks are 0-1-1. The Wild won both of their games against the LA Kings in overtime.

    A change of scenery for some NHL teams in the 4 divisions. Game action today has Columbus taking on Detroit, Boston visits the NY Islanders, Toronto plays host to Winnipeg, Philly will try to fend off neighboring Buffalo, San Jose will visit St Louis, Nashville hosts Carolina, Calgary will fight it out with Vancouver, Edmonton will host Montreal and Arizona will try to win big in Vegas.

    Austin Bruins picked up 1 point, but fell to the Minnesota Wilderness in a shoot out 4-3. Next up, The Bruins travel to Marshall for a Thursday night matchup against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Will will have that game for you Thursday evening with a 6:50 pregame and the faceoff, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Bruins will finally get a taste of home on Friday night when they take on the Chippewa Steel before hitting the road again for a rematch with the Minnesota Wilderness.

    NBA action today not only finds Minnesota visiting Atlanta, but a full slate including Orlando taking on the NY Knicks, Miami hosts Detroit, San Antonio takes the long road to Portland, Memphis will host Phoenix, the 9-4 Milwaukee Bucks travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets, Toronto will host Dallas, Chicago will defend their court against Houston and the Lakers will play host to Golden State. The Cleveland/Washington game has been postponed due to COVID.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 01-14

    01/14/2021

    After trailing by 10 points entering the 4th quarter, the Grizzlies came back and defeated the Timberwolves, 118-107.

    The two teams will face each other again Friday night at the Target Center at 7 p.m.

    In other NBA action from last night, The Bucks beat he Pistons 110-101, Dallas downed Charlotte 104-93, the Nets defeated the Knicks 116-109, the Lakers beat up on the Thunder 128-99, Portland bested Sacramento 132-126 and the Clippers clipped the Pelicans 111-106.

    In a four team deal, the Houston Rockets have agreed to send one-time NBA MVP and three-time reigning scoring champion James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets

    The deal sends Harden to his preferred trade destination. In Brooklyn, he will be reunited with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant and join a backcourt that includes All-Star Kyrie Irving. The trio of All-NBA-caliber stars, including two former MVPs, make the Nets an Eastern Conference favorite.

    With the Austin Bruins season set to resume on Sunday night, forwards Sutter Muzzatti and Braidan Simmons-Fischer will get some game action several nights before as the pair have been loaned to the US National Team Development Program. The forwards become the third and fourth call-ups for the Bruins this season following Hudson Hodges (Cedar Rapids) and Zach Hansen (Sioux City). The Bruins, will hit the road and get back to action Sunday against the Minnesota Wilderness. We will have that game for you right here on Power 96 with TJ Chillot at 7:05.

    The Minnesota Wild will open their 20th season tonight against the "division" rival Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center at 9 p.m.   

    The Gophers women's basketball team will play tonight at Williams Arena as they take on Maryland at 5 p.m.

    In opening night NHL action, Philly proved to be too much for the Penguins with a 6-3 win, Toronto beat Montreal 5-4, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lighting picked up where they left off thrashing Chicago 5-1, Vancouver beat Edmonton 5-3, and St Louis gave Colorado the blues with a 4-1 victory.

    The Minnesota Wild will open their 20th season tonight when the open the 2020-21 regular season against the "division" rival Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center at 9 p.m.   The Wild and Blues are the only teams from the Central Time Zone to be in the newly redesigned 'West' Division.

    Goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to start for the Wild tonight. Signed by Minnesota to a three-year contract last July 1, it will be Talbot's first start in a Wild uniform. He is 7-9-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 18 games (16 starts) in his career against the Kings.

    The 11-1 Golden Gopher men's hockey team, who is unbeaten at home, will play host to Notre Dame for a 2 game set starting Friday night at 7 pm. The same two teams will play again at 5 pm on Saturday as the Gophers hope to make their home record a solid 8-0.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 01-13

    01/13/2021

    In NBA Action from last night, it took overtime, but the Philadelphia 76ers got the best of the Miami Heat 137-134, the Brooklyn Nets defended their home court and came out on top against the Denver Nuggets 122-116, the Utah Jazz have the Cleveland Cavaliers singing the blues after a 117-87 win, the Lakers downed the Rockets 117-100, San Antonio beat Oklahoma City 112-102 and the Pacers stayed up late to beat the Warriors 104-95

    Tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Memphis Grizleys at the Target Center at 7 p.m.

    Karl-Anthony Towns who played Saturday and sat out Sunday in expected to be available for Wednesday's game provided there were no issues in practice yesterday and warmups today.

    After a quick post season rest and an accelerated training camp, the boys of winter are back as the NHL kicks off its regular season tonight and for the next consecutive 115 nights.

    An east coast battle kicks it all off this afternoon as the Flyers take on the Penguins, Montreal will face off against Toronto, Chicago will visit Tampa Bay, Edmonton will play host to Vancouver and the west coast late game features St. Louis taking on Colorado.

    The Minnesota Wild signed forward Marcus Foligno to a three-year, $9.3 million contract extension on Tuesday, coming off the best season of his NHL career.

    The deal takes a potential free agent off the market next summer and keeps Foligno in the fold through 2024. The 29-year-old had 25 points and a plus-8 rating, both career highs, in 2019-20 despite playing in only 59 games. Foligno also led the Wild with 184 hits.

    Foligno has been playing right wing on the third line with Jordan Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek in training camp this month with the Wild, who open at Los Angeles on Thursday.

    NBA Action tonight will not only find the Timberwolves taking on the Grizleys at the target center at 7 pm, but also the Milwaukee Bucks will take on the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte takes on Dallas, the battle of New York will take place with the Knicks facing off against the Nets, Oklahoma City will play host to the LA Lakers, Atlanta will visit Phoenix, the Clippers take on the Pelicans, and Sacramento will host Portland. Utah, Washington and Orlando Boston have been postponed due to COVID.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 01-12

    01/12/2021

    The National Hockey League finds its season disrupted by COVID-19 even before the first puck drops on Wednesday.

    The Dallas Stars have already postponed their first 4 games, two at Florida and two at Tampa Bay in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Final, after six players and two staff members tested positive last week for COVID-19.

    The Minnesota Wild will open their new season on Thursday and the 23-man roster and the taxi squad are slowly taking shape.

    Yesterday, the wild sent 10 players down to the Iowa Wild. Forwards Mitchell Chaffee, Joseph Cramarossa, Connor Dewar, Brandon Duhaime, Gabriel Dumont, Mason Shaw, defensemen Calen Addison and Ian McCoshen, and goaltenders Dereck Baribeau and Hunter Jones.

    More cuts will be coming before Thursdays game as the wild have 31 players on their training camp roster. Former Austin Bruin Marco Sturm is looking like an opening night lock on the left wing of the 4th line.

    On the eve of the new NHL season, NBC Sports announced that Mike Milbury is out for NBC Sports' coverage of the NHL this season.

    Milbury had been with the network since 2008 after coaching the Bruins and serving as coach and general manager of the Islanders. He stepped away from broadcasting during the 2020 playoffs after drawing widespread criticism for saying players should be more focused in the league's coronavirus bubble because there were ''not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.''

    In a statement, NBC Sports said: ''We are grateful to Mike for all of his contributions to our coverage for 14 years, but he will not be returning to our NHL announce team. We wish him well.''

    NBC isn't naming a replacement for Mike ''Doc'' Emrick after he retired from his role as the top play-by-play announcer. Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke headline the group in 2021.

    In a weird season, how about a weird signing?

    Jared Veldheer can make NFL history this week.

    Veldheer, an offensive tackle who played for the Colts on Sunday against the Bills, is , according to Adam Schefter of ESPN signing with the Green Bay Packers. Now, If he plays for the Packers against the Rams, he becomes the first player in NFL history to play for two different teams in the same postseason.

    Ordinarily, that wouldn"t be permitted. But Veldheer was on the Colts" practice squad, rather than their active roster, and was moved up to the gameday roster as part of the league"s special rules this season to give teams more flexibility to field healthy players during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the game ended, Veldheer reverted back to the Colts" practice squad, and the Packers are signing him off the practice squad. The Packers are set to take on the Rams Saturday Afternoon.

    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday night that he will not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying "remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award."

    In a one-paragraph statement, the six-time Super Bowl winning coach did not say explicitly that he had turned down the offer from President Donald Trump, instead explaining "the decision has been made not to move forward with the award" in the wake of last week's protest on the U.S. Capitol.

    NBA Action tonight will have a slate of games with only the Chicago Bulls vs the Boston Celtics being the only postponed game due to COVID. The 76ers will play host to the Miami Heat, the Denver Nuggets take on the Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma will face San Antonio, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Utah Jazz, The Lakers travel to Houston to take on the Rockets, and the Indiana Pacers have the late game when they take on the Golden State Warriors.

    The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled up over 600 yards of offense in a 52-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    The win gives Alabama (13-0) its sixth national title under coach Nick Saban and its third in the College Football Playoff era.

    In NBA action last night the Sacramento Kings held on for a 127-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta bested Philly 112-94, Portland held off Toronto to win 112-111, Memphis, who the Timberwolves play Wednesday, beat Cleveland 101-91. Washington beat Phoenix 128-107, Milwaukee came out on top of Orlando 121-99, the Hornets beat the Knicks 109-88 and the New Orleans Dallas game was postponed due to COVID infections on the Dallas Squad. Tonights Bulls Celtics matchup.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 01-11

    01/11/2021

    D"Angelo Russell had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 96-88 win Sunday over the San Antonio Spurs.

    Russell scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer to tie the score with 7:02 left and two free throws to ice it with 31.5 seconds remaining. Russell and Malik Beasley, who added 24 points, helped the Wolves get their first win since Dec. 26.

    The Timberwolves were playing without star Karl-Anthony Towns, who returned to action Saturday after missing six games with a partial dislocation of his left wrist. Sunday"s absence was part of the plan to ease Towns back in and not a result of any reaggravation of his injury. Sunday"s win was Minnesota"s first without Towns this season.

    Next up, the T-wolves will host Memphis on Wednesday and will play the Grizzlies twice in a three-day span at Target Center.

    The NFL's Wild Card Weekend lived up to its name as some playoff hopes were shattered. On Saturday, Buffalo sent Indy packing 27-24, Tom Brady and his Buccaneers move on after defeating Washington 31-23, Seattle was bounced by the LA Rams 30-20, Baltimore topped Tennessee 20-13, the Bears get to hibernate after a 21-9 loss to the Saints, and the big upset was the Cleveland Browns taking down the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37.

    The NFL's Divisional weekend kicks off Saturday with the sixth-seeded Rams at the top-seeded Packers, teams that haven"t met since 2018. Saturday"s nightcap features the fifth-seeded Ravens at the second-seeded Bills. On Sunday, the sixth-seeded Browns play at No. 1 Kansas City, the defending Super Bowl champions. Cleveland is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Rounding out divisional weekend is Tampa Bay at New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, with the Saints looking to do something no other NFL team has done: beat Brady three times in the same season.

    The PGA of America is cutting ties with President Donald Trump.

    The organization voted to move the 2022 PGA championship away from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    It"s unclear where the tournament will be held next year now that it"s been moved from Trump National.

    Marco Rossi's audition with the Wild will have to wait. The team announced Sunday that Rossi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, an issue the Wild learned of when Rossi reported to Minnesota after competing in the IIHF World Junior Championship.

    The Wild will open up the season on January 14th taking on the LA Kings road.

    Luka Garza scored 33 points and Joe Wieskamp added 20 as No. 5 Iowa defeated No. 16 Minnesota 86-71 on Sunday.

    Former Austin Packer standout Booth Gaach put up 13 along with Marcus Carr for the Gophers. Brandon Johnson had 12. Liam Robbins added 10.

    Five Gophers scored, 10 skaters had points and four members of the top-ranked Gopher men's hockey team notched multi-point performances as Minnesota earned a 5-3 win over No. Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon in Madison.

    A night after having its 10-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Badgers, Minnesota got back to its winning ways on Sunday for a weekend border battle split. The Golden Gophers next play host to Notre Dame in a 2 game set beginning Friday.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Friday 01-08

    01/08/2021

    The Philadelphia 76ers have put their entire team in quarantine after a player tested positive for COVID-19 during Thursday"s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

    The team will reportedly remain in New York and undergo contact tracing.

    The player who tested positive did not play in Thursday"s game, went to an isolation room immediately and later left the arena separate from the team. The Sixers learned of the positive test near the start of the game, but still played.

    Per Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Nets will still fly to Memphis, where they are scheduled to face the Grizzlies tonight.

    The Austin Bruins have announced the full schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

    The second half of the year begins for the black-and-gold on Sunday, January 17 with a road game showdown against the Minnesota Wilderness. The Bruins will then head to Marshall, MN, for their first game of the season against the temporarily relocated Fairbanks IceDogs on January 21 before returning home for a battle against the Chippewa Steele. All of those games will be broadcast right here on Power 96.

    Wildcard Weekend for the NFL is just about here. Saturday, Buffalo will take on Indianapolis, Los Angeles will take on Seattle, and Tampa Bay will Travel to Washington. On Sunday, Tennessee will face off against Baltimore, The Bears will try their luck against the Saints and Pittsburgh will take on Cleveland.

    A big weekend for Gopher athletics as the No. 16 Minnesota men's basketball team will be at No. 5 Iowa on Sunday. Sunday"s game is a rematch after the Golden Gophers won the first meeting between these teams 102-95 in overtime on Christmas night.

    The Undefeated Gopher men's hockey team will bring their 10 and 0 record to Wisconsin for a 2 game set against the Badgers on Saturday and Sunday. Both Games will be at 4 p.m.

    The Gophers Women's Basketball team will be at home on Sunday taking on Penn State at Williams Arena at 4 p.m.

    Damian Lillard put up 39 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their sixth straight loss with a 135-117 victory Thursday night.

    D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards each scored 26 points for the Timberwolves (2-6), who continue to struggle without Karl-Anthony Towns as he recovers from a dislocated left wrist. He's now missed six games, coinciding with Minnesota's losing streak. The Timberwolves now head home to host the first of two straight games against the San Antonio Spurs beginning Saturday.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 01-06

    01/06/2021

    It was pure gold for Team USA as the US team defeated Canada in the World Junior Ice Hockey championship game. Goalie Spencer Knight played a perfect game shutting out the favored Canadian team 2-0. Many of the players for both teams will now report directly to their NHL teams training camps to prepare for the NHL season that begins January 13th.

    Tonight it is No. 16 Minnesota (10-2, 3-2) taking on undefeated No. 10 Michigan in mens college basketball at 7:30 pm in Ann Arbor, Michigan in a Big Ten showdown. Minnesota is a perfect 10-0 when it scores at least 67 points. The Golden Gophers are 0-2 when scoring any fewer than 67.

    One of the newest Rochester Grizzlies, Teppei Ueno, has already made his mark. After just three games played for Rochester, Ueno has earned himself the NA3HL's Central Division First Star of the Week,

    Ueno started the 2020-21 season with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL but was recently reassigned to the Grizzlies. In just his third game under Head Coach Chris Ratzloff, Ueno recorded his first points in his junior career, a goal and an assist in the team's 6-1 win over Wausau last Saturday.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that Vikings star defensive end Jared Allen was a finalist among the modern-era players. This was the first year Allen was eligible for the Hall of Fame. This year's modern-era finalists include quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive back Charles Woodson, defensive back Ronde Barber, safety John Lynch, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and wide receiver Reggie Wayne. From the 15 modern-era finalists, the committee will elect up to five to join the Hall of Fame. Voting will be conducted later this month, with the inductees announced during Super Bowl week.

    The Denver Nuggets downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-116 Tuesday night.

    D'Angelo Russell had 33 points and 11 assists, Juancho Hernangomez had 21 of his 25 points in the first half, Malik Beasley and Anthony Edwards scored 15 each for the Timberwolves.

    Jarred Vanderbilt added 11 off the bench for Minnesota, which has lost five straight.

    Next up, the Wolves travel to Portland to take on the Trailblazers Thursday night.

    After a season filled with muffed punts and missed kicks, the Vikings are not bringing back special teams coordinator Marwon Maalouf.

    Head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday in his season-ending press call. "Marwon's contract ran out so I told him I was not going to renew it,".

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 1-5

    01/05/2021

    Some good news for the Austin Bruins. Having only played three games at home this season, the Bruins have 24 contests remaining at Riverside Arena, kicking off on Friday, January 22. Included in the home games are nine total in the month of February, the first visits from all divisional rivals except for the Minnesota Wilderness, and five out-of-division matchups. As of Monday, January 4, no fans will be permitted to attend but Bruins management and ownership are expecting guidance from the state before the team"s first home game that may allow up to 250 fans. That decision could come from Governor Walz as soon as Wednesday.

    The NCAA announced that its showcase event - the Division I men's basketball tournament, all 67 games of it - will be played entirely in or near Indianapolis. The hope is to limit the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic cancels the wildly popular and lucrative tournament for a second consecutive season.

    Indy was already scheduled to host the Final Four. Selection Sunday is still set for March 14, the tourney field is expected to remain at 68 and the Final Four games are still scheduled for April 3 with the title game two days later.

    After finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs this season, the Minnesota Vikings already know which teams they'll be playing in the 2021 regular season.

    As is always the case, Minnesota will play division foes twice, once at home and once on the road. The remaining 10 games will be against Los Angeles Rams Seattle Seahawks Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers at home. The Vikes will play against Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers Baltimore Ravens Cincinatti Bengals and the Carolina Panthers on the road.

    The Minnesota Vikings have had four new offensive coordinators in the last four years.

    Now that the 2020 season is over, the team may have to search for a new one yet again, according to a report.

    Per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Minnesota OC Gary Kubiak is “leaning towards retirement.” Kubiak just finished up his first year as offensive coordinator for the Vikings.

    Kubiak has already retired once in his coaching career.

    Tonight the Minnesota Timberwolves who are (2-4, for 13th place in the Western Conference) will be looking to end a 4 game losing skid as they take on the Denver Nuggets in Denver at 8 p.m. The Wolves lost to Denver Sunday at home 124-109

    For the first time in more than 80 years, the Gopher men's hockey program is off to a 10-0-0 start after picking up a 6-4 win over Arizona State on Monday.

    Twelve Minnesota players picked up points in the win.

    Minnesota returns to Big Ten play next weekend with a road series at Wisconsin on Saturday and Sunday.

    Minnesota's 10-0-0 start is the program's best since the 1939-40 season.

    Jared Spurgeon was named Captain of the Minnesota Wild. Spurgeon is the second full time captain in team history. Spurgeon, who's beginning his 11th season in the NHL, will replace Mikko Koivu, who signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets after 15 years with Minnesota.

    University of Minnesota men's basketball team is now ranked 16th in the AP top 25 poll, and The Gophers have a chance to rise even higher this week when they face undefeated Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, followed by a date at Iowa on Sunday. This is the first time the Gophers jumped into the top 25 poll since 2017.

       

    POWER 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 12-25

    12/22/2020

    A two-win Cincinnati Bengals team helmed by backup quarterback Ryan Finley handed the once 11-0 Steelers their third straight loss. The stunning 27-17 defeat dropped the Steelers to 11-3 and raised more questions about the effectiveness of 38-year-old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger opened the first half completing 7 of 16 pass attempts for 19 yards with an interception.

    Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson will represent the Minnesota Vikings in the 2021 Pro Bowl after being selected by players, fans and coaches for an all-digital event next month.

    Cook is selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after leading the fan voting as the top NFC running back among vote-getters. Cook leads the NFL with 1,833 scrimmage yards this season and is tied for first with 15 rushing touchdowns.

    Jefferson's selection makes him the third rookie wide receiver in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl along with Randy Moss (1998) and Sammy White (1976).

    Jefferson leads all rookie receivers with 1,182 receiving yards and ranks sixth in the NFL among qualifiers with 16.2 yards per reception.

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley entered a guilty plea on Monday to a felony count of threats of violence and could potentially serve 120 days in the Hennepin County workhouse, as well as three years of probation.

    Beasley appeared remotely in a Monday afternoon hearing before a Hennepin County District Court Judge and pleaded guilty in exchange for a fifth-degree drug possession charge to be dropped.

    As part of the deal, Beasley will serve either 120 days in the workhouse or on home monitoring after the next NBA season is over.

    Beasley's is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 9.

    The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team announced that it will not accept an invitation to a bowl game if they receive an invite.

    The Gophers finished the regular season with a 3-4 record after a 20-17 overtime loss to Wisconsin, but has deemed the health and safety of their student-athletes as a bigger priority than playing in a postseason game.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 12-21

    12/21/2020
    NFL action continues tonight with Monday Night Football. An AFC North match-up where the 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers will once again be in prime time as they take on the toothless 2-10-1 Cincinnati Bengals.

    The Minnesota Vikings allowed 397 total yards, including a career-high 146 yards rushing to David Montgomery, in a 33-27 loss to the Bears on Sunday that dropped them to 6-8 and badly damaged their already faint playoff hopes.

    There was a little good news, after missing three extra points and four field goals over the previous two games and nearly losing his job, kicker Dan Bailey was perfect for the Vikings on three extra points and two field goals. Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 104 yards and set the single-season franchise rookie record held by Randy Moss with 73 catches and counting.

    While the odds are stacked against Minnesota, there remains a way for the Vikings to make the playoffs with a final record of 8-8, but they'll need help and absolutely nothing can go wrong.

    Here's how Minnesota makes the playoffs:

    Vikings beat the Saints and Lions to finish 8-8

    Cardinals lose to the 49ers and Rams to finish 8-8

    Bears lose to either the Jaguars or Packers to finish 7-9 or 8-8

    Next up for the Vikings, a road game where the Vikes will face the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

    Of course we will have that action right here on POWER 96 Kickoff is slotted for 3:30 pm.

    Marcus Carr scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers past visiting Saint Louis 90-82 on Sunday night at Williams Arena.

    The Gophers, who improved to 7-1 also got strong games from Liam Robbins with 10 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, Isaiah Ihnen had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots as the Gophers bounced back nicely from a 92-65 loss at No. 13 Illinois on Tuesday night.

    Minnesota played a great defensive game, blocking nine shots, earning six steals and limiting Saint Louis to 2-for-15 shooting from 3-point range.

    Next up for the Gophers is a Christmas Day match-up against #3 Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena.

    The NHL season is officially a go.

    A couple days after the NHL and NHLPA reached an agreement on a framework for the upcoming season, the deal was made official after a Board of Governors call on Sunday.

    The league and players announced in a joint statement that a 56-game season starting on January 13, 2021 has been confirmed, with teams beginning the year in their own buildings without fans. There will be no pre season, so points will count on day one.

    As for Wild fans, if you want to catch a glimpse of the team this season, you're going to have to need plenty of coffee ready to go. On Sunday, it was revealed that the Wild will play in the revamped West Division for a schedule that will begin on Jan. 13. With The Wild in the West Division, five opponents are located in the Pacific time zone and one that's in the mountain time zone, which will mean a lot of late nights for fans of the Wild.

    According to the league, this is a temporary one-year realignment as the NHL hopes to back back to a normal hockey schedule in October for the 21-22 season.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 12-21

    12/21/2020
    NFL action continues tonight with Monday Night Football. An AFC North match-up where the 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers will once again be in prime time as they take on the toothless 2-10-1 Cincinnati Bengals.

    The Minnesota Vikings allowed 397 total yards, including a career-high 146 yards rushing to David Montgomery, in a 33-27 loss to the Bears on Sunday that dropped them to 6-8 and badly damaged their already faint playoff hopes.

    There was a little good news, after missing three extra points and four field goals over the previous two games and nearly losing his job, kicker Dan Bailey was perfect for the Vikings on three extra points and two field goals. Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 104 yards and set the single-season franchise rookie record held by Randy Moss with 73 catches and counting.

    While the odds are stacked against Minnesota, there remains a way for the Vikings to make the playoffs with a final record of 8-8, but they'll need help and absolutely nothing can go wrong.

    Here's how Minnesota makes the playoffs:

    Vikings beat the Saints and Lions to finish 8-8

    Cardinals lose to the 49ers and Rams to finish 8-8

    Bears lose to either the Jaguars or Packers to finish 7-9 or 8-8

    Next up for the Vikings, a road game where the Vikes will face the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

    Of course we will have that action right here on POWER 96 Kickoff is slotted for 3:30 pm.

    Marcus Carr scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers past visiting Saint Louis 90-82 on Sunday night at Williams Arena.

    The Gophers, who improved to 7-1 also got strong games from Liam Robbins with 10 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, Isaiah Ihnen had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots as the Gophers bounced back nicely from a 92-65 loss at No. 13 Illinois on Tuesday night.

    Minnesota played a great defensive game, blocking nine shots, earning six steals and limiting Saint Louis to 2-for-15 shooting from 3-point range.

    Next up for the Gophers is a Christmas Day match-up against #3 Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena.

    The NHL season is officially a go.

    A couple days after the NHL and NHLPA reached an agreement on a framework for the upcoming season, the deal was made official after a Board of Governors call on Sunday.

    The league and players announced in a joint statement that a 56-game season starting on January 13, 2021 has been confirmed, with teams beginning the year in their own buildings without fans. There will be no pre season, so points will count on day one.

    As for Wild fans, if you want to catch a glimpse of the team this season, you're going to have to need plenty of coffee ready to go. On Sunday, it was revealed that the Wild will play in the revamped West Division for a schedule that will begin on Jan. 13. With The Wild in the West Division, five opponents are located in the Pacific time zone and one that's in the mountain time zone, which will mean a lot of late nights for fans of the Wild.

    According to the league, this is a temporary one-year realignment as the NHL hopes to back back to a normal hockey schedule in October for the 21-22 season.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday12-16

    12/16/2020

    Minnesota United star Kevin Molino has revealed his departure from the Loons in a late-night Instagram post.

    The 30-year-old is out of contract with United, and despite manager Adrian Heath saying they would be offering him a new deal, it appears as though a deal couldn't be reached.

    "Goodbye Minnesota," Molino wrote. He then thanked the organization and closed with "Onto another chapter now."

    In NBA Action from last night, the Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the Boston Celtics 108-99, the Sacramento Kings were victorious over the Golden State Warriors by 1 point, winning 114-113, and the Houston Rockets topped the San Antonio Spurs 112-98.

    Preseason Action continues tonight and will find The Knicks playing host to Cleveland. Portland will visit Denver, The Lakers will take on the Suns, and Chicago faces Oklahoma City.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers Basketball teams winning streak was halted at 6 last night as Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in only 25 minutes to lead No. 13 Illinois past Minnesota 92-65 in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

    The Gophers jumped out to a 15-8 lead but finished the first half 3 for 26 from the field. They shot 23% percent before the break overall. Illinois led 40-29 at halftime and dominated the second period from start to finish.

    Marcus Carr had 16 points for Minnesota (6-1). Carr, the Golden Gophers" leading scorer, was just 3 of 13 from the field. He went 9 of 10 at the free throw line.

    The Gophers next game is Sunday as they will play at home against Saint Louis.

    The Vikings brought in veteran Chandler Catanzaro for a tryout on Tuesday. He could be signed to the practice squad soon.

    That is the most likely reason why on Tuesday, the Vikings released practice squad kicker Tristan Vizcaino

    If the Vikings do sign Catanzaro to their practice squad, it's possible they could elevate him to the active roster for Sunday's game and give him a trial run to potentially replace veteran Dan Bailey.

    In other moves, the Vikings activated CB Mark Fields II from Reserve/Injured

    Signed S Curtis Riley to practice squad.

    Placed CB Kris Boyd on Reserve/Injured.

    Next up for the Purple and Gold is a Sunday match-up against the Chicago Bears. It will be the final home game for the Vikings. We will have all the action for you, beginning with the pregame show at 11 am, and Paul Allen will have the call at Noon.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 12-15

    12/16/2020

    Vikings kicker, Dan Bailey was rock-solid for the Vikings last season, hitting on 27 of 29 field goals, though he did miss four extra points. This season the wheels have come off the veteran kicker as he missed three field goals and an extra point in Minnesota's loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, which came a week after he missed a pair of extra points and a long field goal against the Panthers. Yesterday afternoon Head Coach Mike Zimmer was asked if Bailey will play on Sunday, Zimmer said "I haven't made the decision yet. I'll talk to him tomorrow or Wednesday," noting that he prefers to "address the team about these things as opposed to throwing it out there in the media."

    For the season, Bailey has converted just 12 of 18 field goals and 27 of 31 extra points.

    It was a wild Monday Night Football match-up last night.

    Baltimore Ravens Quarterback, Lamar Jackson, was in the locker room with cramps for most of the fourth quarter, but emerged at the two-minute warning and threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to give the Ravens the lead. Baker Mayfield led a quick drive for a score and the tie. Then Jackson answered again, passing the Ravens into territory for Justin Tucker to make a 55-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the Ravens a 45-42 lead. A safety on a lateral play at the end gave Baltimore a 47-42 win.

    The NBA's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards scored 12 points to finish with his first double-digit scoring effort of the preseason as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 123-104 to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Edwards added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench. While scoring in double figures, Edwards struggled to shoot from the field, converting on just 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-7 from 3-point range.

    Minnesota wraps up preseason play Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.

    The nation's two most productive Power 5 guards will square off when the Minnesota Golden Gophers and No. 13 Illinois meet for a Big Ten opener tonight in Champaign, Ill. That game will be televised on ESPN2 at 6:00 this evening.

    Minnesota junior Marcus Carr, a preseason all-league pick, shows up averaging 23.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds. Minnesota comes into the match-up unbeaten with a record of 6-0 while Illinois is looking to improve their 4-2 standing.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team and Wisconsin Badgers will battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe after all.

    College football's oldest rivalry will have a 2020 installment after the Big Ten announced that the two schools will play at 3 p.m. on Saturday as part of the conference's "Champions Week."

    The initial match-up between the Gophers and the Badgers was scheduled for Nov. 28 but was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Minnesota program.

    The Gophers will try to regain Paul Bunyan's Axe after losing it to the Badgers in a 38-17 loss last season.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 12-14

    12/15/2020

    Months after the NFL team in Washington dropped its "Redskins" nickname, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball may be on the verge of making a similar announcement.

    According to the New York Times, which cites three people familiar with the situation, the team could announce that it is dropping the "Indians" nickname as soon as this week.

    In NBA Pre Season Action, The Timberwolves will play host to the Grizzles of Memphis. That game scheduled for 7:00 at the Target Center. Memphis narrowly won the last meeting between the two teams 107-105

    Tonight, Baker Mayfield and his 9-3 Cleveland Browns will do battle with the 7-5 Baltimore Ravens. Its an AFC battle and the second and third placed teams in the AFC North battle it out in Monday Night Football. Kickoff, slotted for 7:15 from First Energy Stadium.

    Dalvin Cook rushed for 102 yards against the league"s No. 1-ranked rushing defense.

    Tampa Bay however, took advantage of Minnesota's mistakes and multiple missed kicks, prevailing 26-14.

    The Vikings loss, coupled with a Cardinals win over the Giants, pushed Minnesota out of the No. 7 seed of the NFC playoffs and turned up the heat for the final three games of the regular season.

    Former Viking wide receiver Stefon Diggs ended his game for the Bills with 10 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown as Buffalo rolled over Pittsburgh in Sunday Night Football 26-15

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 12-09

    12/10/2020

    On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they have waived CB Holton Hill off the injured reserve. He played three seasons with the team, the best of which was as a rookie when he had seven passes defended and an interception, playing in all 16 games.

    The Vikings also signed tight end Brandon Dillon and offensive lineman Zack Bailey to the practice squad. The Vikings next take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, and POWER 96 will have all the action for you beginning with the pre game show at 11 am, followed by the kickoff with Paul Allen and the gang at Noon.

    Former Cowboy and current Baltimore Raven Dez Bryant got disappointing news ahead of his highly anticipated matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

    The Baltimore Ravens receiver tweeted that he got pulled from warmups prior to the game after a COVID-19 test came back positive.

    As far as the game...

    Dallas" defense is one of the worst in team history. The offense has fallen apart since Dak Prescott"s injury. The special teams failed Tuesday with Greg Zuerlein missing three field goals.

    All of those issues were on full display in Tuesday"s 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

    The Ravens didn"t look great either, but they couldn"t help but pick up first downs practically whenever they wanted on the ground. Baltimore had 294 yards rushing and averaged 7.9 yards per attempt.

    Right-hander Matt Wisler agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

    He became a free agent last week when the Minnesota Twins failed to offer him a contract for next year.

    Wisler could earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

    Are you ready for the 2020-21 NHL season to start next month?

    The league and players are targeting a Jan. 13 opening night with training camps opening Dec. 28 for the seven non-playoff teams and the rest on Jan. 1. The timing would likely mean no exhibition games and a schedule of around 56 games.

    The primary objective remains to have all 31 teams playing in their home arenas, with baseball-style “homestands” of three games between teams. That"s the preference of the majority of owners. That"s the preference of the players.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 12-08

    12/09/2020

    The Austin Bruins are back in North Dakota on Friday and Saturday for their first matchup of the season against the Bismarck Bobcats. Austin remains one point behind the Bobcats for third in the Central Division. Both games will be right here on POWER 96 beginning at 7:05 with faceoff at 7:15 P.M. from the VFW Sports Center in Bismarck, ND

    Tonight NFL action continues when the 3-8 Dallas Cowboys travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the 6-5 Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff slotted for 7:05 on FOX.

    Lance Lynn, one of the best starting pitchers in the trade market, is on the move - reportedly joining a young and exciting Chicago White Sox team looking to level up in the American League.

    The White Sox have swung a deal with the Texas Rangers to acquire Lynn on the first day of MLB"s virtual winter meetings. He joins Lucas Gio lito and Dallas Keuchel atop a White Sox rotation that is hoping to leapfrog the Twins in the AL Central and perhaps everybody else in the AL, too.

    Seattle's Gustav Svensson headed in the winning goal three minutes into stoppage time Monday to lift the defending champion Sounders over Minnesota United 3-2 and into their fourth MLS Cup final in five seasons.

    The Sounders became the first MLS playoff team in 18 years to rally from a two-goal deficit, crushing the visiting Loons.

    The New York Jets have fired a coach. No, not the head coach.

    The team announced on Monday that it fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. New York fired Williams less than 24 hours after his final play call against the Las Vegas Raiders cost the Jets their first win of the season.

    The Jets have named assistant head coach Frank Bush as interim defensive coordinator.

    The 1972 Miami Dolphins can relax. The Pittsburgh Steelers aren"t going undefeated. The Washington Football Team, which was 4-7 coming in, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the NFL season on Monday, coming from behind to knock off Pittsburgh 23-17.

    The Steelers are 11-1 and tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top record in the AFC.

    The 49ers fell flat in Monday night"s loss to the Buffalo Bills. They got out to a fast start with a goal-line stand and an early score, but they were never able to get all the way on track in a 34-24 loss to the Bills.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Friday 12-04

    12/04/2020

    The Austin Bruins will head to Minot North Dakota for a two game series against the Minotauros. Game one takes place tonight, with puck drop coming at 8:05 P.M. We will have the Pregame with TJ Chillot at 7:50. The two teams will meet again at Maysa Arena on Saturday night with an earlier puck drop of 7 P.M. The Bruins will take the air at 6:50.

    The Minnesota State High School League"s Board of Directors approved a flexible plan for the restart of winter activities when clearance is provided by state governmental leaders. Executive Order 20-99 is currently in place, a directive that mandates a four-week pause in activities designed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is scheduled to expire on Dec. 18.

    Should League athletics be able to restart practice on Dec. 21, competitions could take place beginning on or after Jan. 4.

    Should the winter season restart get pushed later, schools may see shorter seasons and fewer games.”

    Moderate adjustments in the winter season are accounted for and are likely to result in minimal disruption to the spring sports seasons. Included in the scheduling models are weeks designated for section play and a potential state tournaments.

    Minnesota United is heading to the Western Conference Final after shocking Sporting Kansas City 3-0 last night.

    The No. 4-seeded Loons will play the Seattle Sounders after registering their second playoff win in its history, overcoming the No. 1 seed in Kansas City.

    Kevin Molino had 2 goals, Bakaye Dibassy had one and Emanuel Reynoso had 3 assists.

    The Loons will meet the No. 2 seed Seattle Sounders on Monday, with the winner going to the MLS Cup Final to face either New England Revolution or Columbus Crew.

    The NFL recognized the Vikings Dalvin Cook as the NFC offensive player of the month on Friday. He was also named the conference"s offensive player of the week in back-to-back weeks to kick off November.

    Cook and the Vikings will play host to the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at US Bank Stadium POWER 96 will have the pregame at 11:00 with kickoff at noon.

    Minnesotas Golden Gophers basketball team will play North Dakota in an early season matchup tonight at Williams Arena. North Dakota fell 74-73 at Dixie State on Wednesday. The Gophers are coming off a 67-64 win at home over Loyola Marymount on Monday.

    The Minnesota Twins and closer Taylor Rogers have repotedly agreed to terms on a $6 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

    Rogers compiled a 4.05 ERA in 21 appearances with nine saves and two blown chances during the abbreviated 60-game season.

    The left-hander was the last remaining Minnesota player eligible for arbitration.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Thursday 12-03

    12/03/2020

    The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed perfect with a disjointed 19-14 win over the undermanned Baltimore Ravens in the first NFL game on a Wednesday in eight years. It was far from pretty, but the Steelers now command an 11-0 record.

    The Houston Rockets reached a deal to send Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night in exchange for John Wall and a future first-round draft pick. Westbrook averaged 27.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game with the Rockets last season, his first with the team after spending his first 11 seasons in the league with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    The Minnesota Vikings will play host to the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at US Bank Stadium POWER 96 will have the oregame at 11:00 with kickoff at noon. The Vikings spent Wednesday at practice, but there were a few missing pieces.

    Missing from practice was punter Britton Colquitt, backup offensive tackle Rashod Hill, tight end Irv Smith Jr. (back) and defensive end D.J. Wonnum (ankle/back). Colquitt and Hill had their absences categorized as not injury related. Dalvin Cook, offensive linemen Ezra Cleveland and Brett Jones were limited participants. Jones started the past two games at right guard with Cleveland out.

    The Minnesota Twins have declined to offer a 2021 contract to Eddie Rosario, their regular left fielder for the last six seasons. The Twins also decided to non-tender reliever Matt Wisler prior to MLB"s deadline.

    President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said the team remains open to negotiating with Rosario and Wisler as free agents.

    They reached one-year deals with five of their arbitration-eligible players: José Berríos, center fielder Byron Buxton, reliever Tyler Duffey, catcher Mitch Garver and reliever Caleb Thielbar.

    The Austin Bruins will head to Minot North Dakota for their first meeting of the season against the Minotauros on Friday, December 4, with puck drop coming at 8 P.M. We will have the Pregame at 7:50. The two teams will meet again at Maysa Arena on Saturday night with an earlier puck drop of 7 P.M. The Bruins will take the air at 6:50.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 12-02

    12/02/2020

    The Austin Bruins have announced newly scheduled games for the upcoming weeks.

    The Bruins have added four more games to their new-look schedule. Up first, the black-and-gold had to Minot for their first meeting of the season against the Minotauros on Friday, December 4, with puck drop coming at 8 P.M. We will have the Pregame at 7:50 on POWER 96. The two teams will meet again at Maysa Arena on Saturday night with an earlier puck drop of 7 P.M. The Bruins will take the air at 6:50.

    In addition, the Bruins also announced a pair of games against the Bismarck Bobcats on December 11 and December 12. Like Minot, it'll be the Bruins' first trip to Bismarck this season to take on their division rivals.

    Both of those games will be broadcast on POWER 96.

    In NFL action, Baltimore is taking on Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.

    The Minnesota Twins are losing a key piece of their bullpen as reliever Trevor May has reportedly agreed to sign with the New York Mets.

    ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that May is in agreement on a two-year deal pending a physical. If May passes, the deal could become official today.

    Upon his return, from Tommy John surgery, May established himself compiling a 3.19 ERA in 113 innings over the past three seasons. This also includes a 12.2 strikeout per nine innings ratio, making him one of the Twins' favorite relievers in late-inning situations.

    With May's departure, the Twins bullpen will look different in 21. As the team has already declined an option on Sergio Romo and Tyler Clippard is a free agent.

    The NBA will tip off their season just days before Christmas, and the leagues holiday schedule packed with games all Christmas Day. The five-game slate will feature many of the league"s best teams. New Orleans Pelicans will start day off against the Miami Heat, The Milwaukee Bucks will take on the Golden State Warriors, The third game on Christmas will feature the Nets vs the Celtics, in the fourth game, the Dallas Mavericks visit the champion Los Angeles Lakers and the finale will feature the Denver Nuggets" taking on the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Minnesota Vikings have waived long snapper Austin Cutting on Tuesday, as the Vikes continue to revamp their special teams.

    Cutting was a seventh-round pick in 2019, the first player drafted from Air Force in 20 years. Three weeks ago, he missed practice leading up to the game at Chicago while on the COVID-19 reserve list. His low snap against the Bears led to a botched extra point. The following week, the Vikings signed veteran Andrew DePaola, who served as the long snapper the past two games without any problems.

    The Vikings also waived fourth-year veteran linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who played sparingly in 10 games and primarily on special teams.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 12-01

    12/01/2020

    Running back Dalvin Cook had to exited Sunday"s win over the Panthers with an ankle injury, but was able to reenter the game later in the second half. While Minnesota"s facility was closed on Monday, Head Coach Mike Zimmer said he did receive a report that Cook is feeling “pretty good,” Zimmer also told reporters he"s hopeful wide receiver Adam Thielen will be able to return this week, though that is subject to the top receiver clearing COVID protocols.

    Minnesota plays Jacksonville on Sunday and we will have all that action right here on POWER 96.

    Marcus Carr put up 26 points for the Gophers, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left, and Minnesota beat Loyola Marymount 67-64 last night.

    University of Minnesota football officials have announced that it has called off this weekend"s game against No. 16 Northwestern, the second straight cancellation for the Gophers due to a spike in COVID-19 cases within the program.

    University officials made the decision in consultation with the Big Ten after seven additional positive cases were confirmed.

    DK Metcalf caught 10 passes for 177 yards, Russell Wilson threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-17 on Monday night.

    Seattle has now won seven-straight games in Philadelphia and hasn"t suffered a loss since 1989 and QB Russell Wilson also improved to a blemish-free 6-0 record versus the Eagles in his career.

    The Seahawks moved one game ahead of the Rams in the NFC West. The Eagles fell a half-game behind the Giants and Washington in the NFC East.

    The NFL has already twice pushed back what was supposed to be a Thanksgiving night game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, and now, the league has postponed Tuesday"s game one more day to Wednesday.

    The teams will kick off at 2:40 p.m. CT, on NBC. It is an early start reportedly due to NBC"s insistence on broadcasting the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony that same night in New York.

    The fallout of the move adds even more delays for Baltimore, as the team"s game against the Dallas Cowboys, has now been pushed back to Tuesday Dec. 8. The Steelers-Washington game that was supposed to be played Sunday has been moved to Monday, the 7th.

    The Austin Bruins have their first call-up to the USHL this season as goaltender Zach Hansen is being loaned to the Sioux City Musketeers.

    Hansen, 18, is in his first full junior season after playing for games for the Bruins last year but spending most of his time with the Des Moines Buccanneers 18U AAA team.

    This is the third call-up to the USHL for Hansen following stints with Dubuque and Cedar Rapids last year, though he has yet to play a game in the league. The Sioux City Musketeers are 1-2-0-0 on the young season and have two games upcoming this weekend including a Saturday night battle with Omaha and a Sunday night showdown against Tri-City.

       

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