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Minnesota College and Pro News: Jay Med's Twin Cities Sports 12/30/09

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 29:  Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after Nick Roach #53 of the Chicago Bears is called for pass interference on November 29, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jesse L. MedfordContributor IDecember 30, 2009

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa State Cyclone players get to go to a suite at their Arizona hotel, where they will be given a list of Sony products. They will get to choose what they want, up to a $300 value. Players will also receive a Fossil watch, a hat and either a Hermit laptop backpack or Ogio Bounty Hunter.

The Gophers have sold 1,900 tickets for the Insight Bowl. Both teams were allotted 10,500 tickets to sell. The Cyclones are nearly sold out.

The high school No. 55 ranked defensive end Nduka Onyeali, is being recruited by Tim Brewster. He is visiting Texas Christian next week, but says the Gophers are on his final list. Other teams on Onyeali's list are Arizona State and Syracuse.

Former Gopher, Shannon Stemper, was hired by Saints Sports Academy to be their primary softball instructor. St. Paul's Melissa Wittgenstein, was also hired to be the head pitching instructor. She was a four-year starter for Northern State University.

Gophers reliever Scott Matyas (junior) has been named a pre-season Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

The Gophers baseball team is ranked No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine poll.

The Gophers women's gymnastics team is ranked No. 22 in the UGA Tops Women's Preseason Poll.

The annual women's gymnastics intrasquad Exhibition Meet has free admission on Jan. 4.

Minnesota Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe is a Pro Bowl alternate. An NFL-leading eight Vikings were selected to play in the game. Shiancoe hopes the leg he injured against the Bears, will be healed in time to play the Giants Jan. 3.

Former Minnesota Timberwolf Coaches Flip Saunders, Randy Wittman, and Don Zierden brought former T-Wolf guards Randy Foye, Mike Miller and Mike James to Minneapolis for a game against the T-Wolves Dec 26. The T-Wolves embarrassed the Wizards in that contest.

Iowa sophomore basketball player Anthony Tucker, a Burnsville native, is suspended from the team after being arrested on his second alcohol related offense.

Tucker has pleaded guilty to public intoxication on Jan. 28.

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