Sports Shorts 1.18.18 18 Jan 18

(Houston, TX) — The Timberwolves look to bounce back tonight when they visit the Rockets in Houston. Minnesota had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 108-102 loss in Orlando on Tuesday. The Wolves sit at 29-and-17 on the season. The Rockets enter the tilt at 30-and-12.

(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings are just days away from their showdown with the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game Sunday in Philadelphia. The Vikes are seeking their first NFC title since 1976. The Patriots and Jaguars will meet in the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro. The winners will meet in Super Bowl 52 on February 4th at US Bank Stadium.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins are hiring former American League MVP Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The 36-year-old first baseman formally retired Wednesday after a 14-year big league career with the Twins, Rockies, Pirates and White Sox. Morneau spent his first 10-plus seasons with Minnesota. He was the AL MVP in 2006.

(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild will return to the ice on Saturday when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town. Minnesota has earned at least a point in four straight after Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver. The Wild are fifth in the Central Division with 53 points.

(College Park, MD) — The Golden Gophers meet the Maryland Terrapins tonight in College Park. Minnesota snapped its three-game skid with a 95-84 overtime win at Penn State on Monday. The Gophers improved to 14-and-6 and 3-and-4 in Big Ten play. The Terps are also 14-and-6 and 3-and-4.