(Madison, WI) — The Golden Gophers upset 23rd-ranked Wisconsin 59-54 in Madison in Big Ten action. Amir Coffey led Minnesota with 21 points. Dupree McBrayer contributed 14 points to the win. The Gophers limited Wisconsin to 14 points in the first half. They improve to 12-and-2 and 2-and-1 in league play. Minnesota is off until Tuesday when it hosts Maryland.
(Tulsa, OK) — North Dakota lost 83-72 at Oral Roberts in Tulsa in Summit League action. Conner Avantas led the Fighting Hawks with 21 points, while Marlon Stewart had 11 off the bench. The Fighting Hawks have dropped four in a row and are 6-and-9. They are back on the road tomorrow at Denver.
(Toronto, Ontario) — Zack Parise scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Wild beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 in Toronto. Devan Dubnyk logged 38 saves for Minnesota. Jared Spurgeon contributed a goal and two assists for the Wild, who have won two of their last three. The Wild continue this four-game trip tomorrow afternoon in Ottawa. They do not return home until January 10th.
(Frisco, TX) — The North Dakota State Bison play for another FCS national championship tomorrow. The game against Eastern Washington will be in Frisco, Texas. Game time is set for 11 a.m. Central Time and it can be seen heard on Real County 1460AM – KKAQ in Thief River Falls.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves are back at the Target Center tonight, hosting the Orlando Magic. Minnesota lost 115-102 Wednesday in Boston The Wolves have dropped three of their last four and are 17-and-21. They will stay in town to host the Lakers on Sunday afternoon and play four of their next five at home.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins designated for assignment right-hander Aaron Slegers. Minnesota needed to make roster room for Nelson Cruz, who they signed to a 14-million dollar one year contract. The 6-foot-10 Slegers is 1-and-2 with a 5.90 ERA in eight games with the Twins the past two years. The Indiana alumnus went 15-and-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 2017 with Triple-A Rochester.
(Minneapolis, MN) — Several outlets have reported the Vikings are interested in hiring Hue Jackson as their offensive coordinator if the Bengals do not promote him to their head coach. Mike Zimmer and Jackson were on the same Cincinnati staff before he was named the Minnesota head coach in 2014. Jackson returned to the Bengals’ staff in mid-season after Cleveland fired him with a 3-36-and-1 record.