• Jim Dowdle, who helped turn the Chicago Tribune Co. into a multimedia conglomerate and worked for the Hubbard Broadcasting Co. in Minneapolis, died Monday. Dowdle played a significant role in the sports media landscape when he made the decision to hire announcer Harry Caray away from the White Sox in 1982 to call Cubs games on WGN. Dowdle was also the man responsible for getting Twins General Manager Andy MacPhail to leave here and join the Cubs as president and CEO in 1994.
• Wednesday night was a tremendous statistical game for the Timberwolves as they defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers 104-91. Kevin Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds; he now leads the NBA in double-doubles with 44. He also recorded his eighth consecutive game with 25 or more points and 15 rebounds, the longest such streak in the NBA since Shaquille O’Neal did it in January of 2005. Point guard Ricky Rubio, meanwhile, tied a franchise record with 17 assists, equaling the Pacers’ team total.
• Minneapolis Southwest is starting a high school athletics hall of fame. The school has an especially rich track and hockey tradition. Stanley Cup champion Tom Chorske, 1960 Olympic gold medal winner Dick Meredith and hockey coach Dave Peterson, who was the head coach of the 1988 and 1992 Olympic hockey teams, all went to Southwest. The hall of fame committee has started a website called SWHSHOF.com, where people can vote on who should be inducted into the first class.
• While the Twins are gearing up to start spring training in Fort Myers, the Gophers baseball team (3-0) is also in the city to start a three-game series with Creighton this weekend.
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