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Cowboys lineman Thornton not fined for hit on Bradford

Friday was fine day in the NFL, when the league collected money from players for infractions during Week 13 games.

Per Pro Football Talk, one player who kept his entire paycheck was Cowboys defensive lineman Cedric Thornton.

Surely you remember Thornton. It was his thwack to Vikings QB Sam Bradford's helmet on a two-point conversion try that would have tied the game that had plenty of people talking after the game and in the days after. Replay after replay clearly show Thornton made contact.

Thornton was not penalized for roughing the passer on the play, and the NFL has not come out to say that referee Tony Corrente and his crew made a mistake in not throwing the flag.

Charles Barkley weighs in: Bench Rubio, start Kris Dunn

The Timberwolves need to make a change at the point guard position and speed up the game, Charles Barkley expressed late Thursday night on TNT’s Inside the NBA.

The Wolves led Toronto by a point at the end of the third quarter and lost by double figures, 124-110, in the first game of the network’s doubleheader. The blown lead marked the 10th time this season the Wolves have lost when leading after the first quarter or at halftime.

“They’ve got to figure out who their point guard is going to be and they have to play at a much-faster pace,” Barkley began his breakdown. “You just turn them loose.”

Kenny Smith also wants to see the Wolves play faster and as a result produce more possessions and scoring opportunities.

Barkley said “With [Zach] LaVine, [Andrew] Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns they should not be one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA.”

The Wolves’ 104.4 points per game average ranks 15th in the league and 2,296 total points are 19th.  They share the third-worst record in the NBA at 6-16.

Shaquille O’Neal asked if Barkley’s adjustment meant moving Ricky Rubio into an off-the-bench role.

“Yes, Rubio should come off the bench. It should be Kris Dunn starting,” Barkley answered. “You have to play him. Plus, he’s your point guard of the future. Your team is not going to be really good for the next two or three years and he’s the guy that is going to be there.”

Smith added “[Dunn] needs playing time and he will mature once you allow him to get into an offensive rhythm.”

Rubio played 29 minutes and was 2-of-7 shooting for seven points with three assists and three rebounds. Dunn played 19 minutes off the bench, scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting, and had five assists.

Barkley also called for Towns to get more touches. Towns had just four field-goal attempts and two points in the first half.

“Feel free to get [Towns] the ball, too. That would probably make your team better,” Barkley said. “He should have more than four attempts at halftime.”

TV Listings

Local Schedule

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    2 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    7 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Vikings at Jacksonville

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Gophers women's basketball at South Carolina

    2 pm on SECN, 88.5-FM

  • Northern Illinois at Gophers men's basketball

    4 pm on 1500-AM

  • St. Louis at Wild

    5 pm on FSN PLUS, 100.3-FM

  • Golden State at Timberwolves

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Timberwolves at Chicago

    7 pm on ESPN, 830-AM

  • Florida at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Belmont at Gophers women's basketball

    12 pm on 88.5-FM

  • LIU Brooklyn at Gophers men's basketball

    7 pm on 1500-AM

  • Wild at Nashville

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

No MLB games today

No NFL games today

  • Orlando

    Charlotte

     

    - F

    88

    109

  • Toronto

    Boston

     

    - F

    101

    94

  • Miami

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    84

    114

  • Atlanta

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    114

    110

  • Detroit

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    117

    90

  • Houston

    Oklahoma City

     

    - F

    102

    99

  • Indiana

    Dallas

     

    - F

    103

    111

  • New York

    Sacramento

     

    - F

    103

    100

  • Phoenix

    LA Lakers

     

    - F

    119

    115

  • Washington

    Buffalo

     

    - F

    4

    1

  • Columbus

    Detroit

     

    - F

    4

    1

  • St. Louis

    New Jersey

     

    - F

    4

    1

  • Edmonton

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    2

    3

  • NY Rangers

    Chicago

     

    - F

    1

    0

  • San Jose

    Anaheim

     

    - F

    2

    3

No MLS games today