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Bringin' It: Thursday's Top 5 Minn. sports storylines

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In today's Top 5: A near-miracle comeback, waiting for Duke, Spielman spills, drop dead hockey and ex-Twins doing well...

1) The Timberwolves' "Iron 9" clank too many free throws, and lose to Charlotte, 89-87.

2) The basketball Gophers take on Tennessee State tonight at the Barn, and announce the signings of Alvin Ellis and Alex Foster, two Chicago prep standouts.

3) Vikings boss Rick Spielman says qurterback Ponder is the future, but stops short on saying if coach Frazier will get an extension

4) The NHL... you remember the NHL don't you? ... creeps closer to a drop dead date to cancel the season.

5) Ex-Twin R.A. Dickey is a Cy Young winner. Ex-Twin Torii Hunteris a Tiger. Ex-Twin A.J. Pierzynski is available.

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