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Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota's still-buzzing ...

Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen. The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday and calls for salaries of ...

Magic end Timberwolves’ five-game win streak, 108-102

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With Bismack Biyombo and rookie Khem Birch providing boards and blocks, the Orlando Magic won for the first time in 2018. The duo combined for 26 rebounds and nine blocked shots in Orlando's 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Statistically ...

McBrayer leads Minnesota over Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — The cheers and hollers coming from the Minnesota locker room were audible at least 20 feet away, deep inside Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. It sounded like joy, a feeling the Golden Gophers hadn't experienced in at least 10 days after losing two of their best ...

Vikings pivot to Eagles after big break

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midnight. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes replayed the video clip of the ...

Sutter gets overtime winner, Canucks beat Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Brandon Sutter scored 2:50 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Loui Eriksson and Thomas Vanek also scored to rally the Canucks who played without Daniel Sedin. The team's third-leading goal scorer with ...

Brees-Keenum: Will playoff savvy prevail in Saints-Vikings?

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints. "I prepare for ...

Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk lead Wild past Blackhawks

By Matt Carlson Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night to end a two-game slide. Jonas Brodin scored in the second period for ...

Butler scores 26 to lead Timberwolves past Thunder 104-88

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had eight assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 104-88 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 ...

Vikings put faith in Forbath’s leg, as Lutz satisfies Saints

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Kai Forbath was planning to move into an apartment in New Orleans the week of the 2016 season opener, when a phone call from the Saints quickly turned his day upside down. The players were off from practice, so Forbath ...

Towns and Butler score 21 as Wolves roll over Pelicans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler each scored 21 points, Andrew Wiggins added 20 and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past New Orleans 116-98 on Saturday night. Towns went 7 for 11 and grabbed 16 rebounds for another strong effort after Friday’s 25-point, 23-rebound ...

Johnson’s career day lifts Indiana past Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, while Justin Smith and Juwan Morgan each added 20 as Indiana defeated Minnesota 75-71 on Saturday. Nate Mason led Minnesota with 22 points and nine assists, while Dupree McBrayer and Jordan Murphy each scored 18. Murphy ...

Marcus Smart scores 18, Boston tops Minnesota 91-84

BOSTON (AP) — Defense dominated as Boston went back-and-forth with Minnesota for three quarters. The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night. “We just stuck with it and the defense came and gave us a ...

Dominant, unselfish Vikings defense is Super Bowl ready

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — No team in the NFL this season allowed fewer points or yards than the Minnesota Vikings, putting them in better position than any of their competitors to prove that old “defense wins championships” adage to be true. For the first time since the famed Purple ...

Gophers’ Lynch suspended from playing amid assault probe

By Dave Campbell and Amy Forliti Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota’s athletic director suspended basketball standout Reggie Lynch from team competition on Friday due to an alleged violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after a second woman ...

Niederreiter’s hat trick fuels Wild in 6-2 win vs Sabres

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter had a hat trick in his return from injury, Mikko Koivu contributed a goal and two assists, and the finally fully healthy Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 on Thursday night. Niederreiter, who missed the previous five games because of a lower ...

Nets cool off Timberwolves 98-97 on Dinwiddie’s jumper

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead jumper with 9.7 seconds left and tied his career high with 26 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Jimmy Butler missed at the buzzer as the Timberwolves lost for just the ...

Sam Bradford on latest comeback: ‘Really hard to let it go.’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The worst-case scenario fear surfaced in Sam Bradford's mind at midseason, in the aftermath of the 30-year-old quarterback's latest surgery on his left knee. This procedure was an arthroscopic cleanup, not another ...

Gophers top Illini

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy had 17 points and 17 rebounds while Nate Mason added 17 points and 6 assists as Minnesota defeated Illinois 77-67 on Wednesday. All five starters scored in double figures for Minnesota (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten). Amir Coffey had 16 points, Dupree McBrayer scored 12, ...

Butler scores 28 points; Timberwolves beat Lakers

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 114-96 on Monday night. Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and ...

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