The Sixers did not exactly kick off their two game home stand on the right foot. The Timberwolves came in and absolutely manhandled the Sixers. After being outscored 34-21 in the first quarter, the Sixers cut the lead to 10 points before Minnesota stormed out on a 10-0 run to take a 44-24 lead with 9:00 to go in the half. The Sixers went into the break trailing by 18 and could not cut into it in the second half. The Sixers could not get anything going and could not slow down the hot Timberwolves. Minnesota pulled away while shooting 53.2% from the field and shooting 13-for-25 (52%) from 3-point range en route to a 105-88 victory. More here.
NHL players met with owners for a large portion of yesterday with the NHL and NHLPA meeting late last night without Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA head Donald Fehr. The NHL Board of Governors will meet today at 11:00 am but the two sides have elected to meet today, potentially before the meeting. Gary Bettman has scheduled a press conference for 1:00 pm. The situation has been described as “cautiously optimistic.” More here.
The Wisconsin Badgers are headed to their third straight Rose Bowl and have had a streak of tremendous success. Unfortunately they are scrambling today as head football coach Bret Bielema has accepted the Arkansas vacant head coaching position. Bielema is 68-24 since 2006. He was the 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year and now will replace Bobby Petrino as head coach of the Razorbacks. More here.
The Chicago Bears were dealt another blow on Sunday. Linebacker Brian Urlacher injured his hamstring and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. It is 2-4 weeks if you ask Urlacher but many believe it is closer to 3-4 weeks. Urlacher is a free agent after the season and, depending on how the playoff and injury situation play out, Urlacher could have played his last game in a Bears uniform. More here.