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Lou Nanne to lead sports fundraising for Gophers

Former University of Minnesota hockey star Lou Nanne, now a prominent Gophers booster, has been picked to lead the school’s fundraising campaign for enhanced athletic facilities.

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The university announced the news on Monday.

With a separate practice building for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the top of the list, the Gophers are pursuing $190 million in private money to upgrade their sports programs. Football practice facility renovation is also a high priority.

Nanne will lead a new volunteer leadership council that will assist the athletic department in meeting the needs of the athletes, coaches and programs. Nanne was a star for the Gophers in the 1960s. He went on to major roles with the Minnesota North Stars and Team USA hockey team.

Timberwolves’ Brewer fined $5,000 for flopping

Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.

The punishment was levied on Monday.

The incident occurred late in the first quarter of Minnesota’s 103-82 loss to Miami on Saturday. Brewer was jockeying for rebounding position with Heat star LeBron James. After James bumped Brewer off the block, Brewer flailed his arms and thrust his body toward the free-throw line to act like he’d been pushed hard.

Brewer was warned by the NBA last month for flopping. The league instituted a crackdown on the practice prior to last season.

He’s only the second player to receive a fine as James Harden was fined last month.

Raptors officially trade Gay to Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors officially announced on Monday that the Kings acquired forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy along with center Aaron Gray in a trade with Toronto that sent guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to the Raptors.

The trade had been widely reported a few days ago, but did not become official until Monday.

Gay, 29, is the key component of the trade. He averaged 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds this season for Toronto in 18 games, all as a starter.

Vasquez is the Raptors’ most important addition from the trade. He started all 18 games this season for the Kings, and averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 assists.

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