1/6/22 Sports Update

—  The Minnesota Timberwolves held off a late Oklahoma City comeback attempt in a 98-90 win at the Target Center. The Minnesota Wild are trying to snap a five-game losing streak when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden tonight. With the playoffs now out of reach, the Minnesota Vikings have activated their starting quarterback from the COVID-19 list.

— The Timberwolves held off a late Oklahoma City comeback attempt in a 98-90 win at the Target Center. The Thunder, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter, cut the deficit down to one point with five-and-a-half minutes left in regulation. However, Jaylen Nowell scored seven of the Wolves next eight points to put Minnesota back up by seven. Nowell finished with 16 points off the bench, and Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 22 points. The game also saw the return of Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell from the COVID-19 list. The 18-and-20 Wolves are at OKC tomorrow.

— The Minnesota Wild are trying to snap a five-game losing streak when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden tonight. It’s the first time this year the team will take on Boston. Prospects Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy are both expected to make their NHL debut after being called up to the team on Tuesday. Minnesota also recalled goalie Hunter Jones from Iowa to the taxi squad, and they’ll have Andrew Hammond serving as Kaapo Kahkonen’s back-up in-goal tonight.

— With the playoffs now out of reach, the Minnesota Vikings have activated their starting quarterback from the COVID-19 list. Kirk Cousins is expected to start Minnesota’s season finale after missing a pivotal week 17 game against the Packers because of the virus. The team also activated right tackle Brian O’Neill from the list. Four Vikings, including defensive tackle Michael Pierce, missed practice with injuries yesterday, and six other players were limited participants. Minnesota hosts the Bears on Sunday.

— Fans attending Vikings and Wild games in the near future will have to mask up while watching the game. Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter each announced mask mandates for their respective cities yesterday. Both teams are complying with the mandate, stating that masks must be worn at all times in each stadium except while eating and drinking. The Vikings next-and-final home game of the season is on Sunday, and the Wild will next play at home on Saturday.

— Former Minnesota Lynx legend and current Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen is recovering from an emergency appendectomy. The University of Minnesota says the surgery was successful, but it will keep Whalen off the sidelines for a little bit. Whalen will miss tonight’s women’s basketball game at Rutgers, and Carly Thibault-DuDonis will be the acting head coach.