MN State Sports

Berrios sharp, Hildenberger clutch as Twins beat Tigers 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios calls himself "a normal guy," and his teammates describe him as "humble." "I'm feeling proud, but not like the way, 'Oh, I'm the guy,'" Berrios said. Two standing ovations in two home games suggest he very much is "the guy." Minnesota's ace pitched into the ...

NYCFC ties Minnesota 3-3 in stadium opener

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota United made the first game at Allianz Field a real show, with end-to-end action that entertained the raucous fans as much as the new stadium itself. Being swept up a bit too much by the energy of the moment might have kept the Loons from obtaining the ideal ...

Pineda goes 6 innings, Twins beat Tigers 4-3

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins’ offense managed just enough to back Michael Pineda through his tough outing. Pineda labored through six innings and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs as Minnesota had just five singles in 4-3 win over the Detroit ...

Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension valued at $64 million. The Vikings announced the deal on Friday. Thielen's agency, The Institute for Athletes, posted ...

Confidence overrides nerves for Virginia’s Guy in big moment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia's Kyle Guy felt the nerves tingling in his stomach as he stepped to the foul line for three of the most pressure-charged free throws in recent Final Four history. He felt "terrified" with more than 70,000 people staring at his every movement — understandable for ...

Punchless Wild ponder end of playoff streak at 6 years

As the Minnesota Wild crawled to the end of this fruitless season, there was no more fitting way to finish. Back-to-back blanks. The consecutive shutouts by Boston and Dallas gave the Wild a total of 11 games without a goal in 2018-19, pushing them to 27th in the NHL in scoring out of 31 ...

Westbrook’s triple-double lifts Thunder past Wolves 132-126

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Thunder are tough enough to beat when Russell Westbrook and Paul George are rolling. But when their bench players are locked in, too, Oklahoma City can be impossible to stop. Westbrook and George each scored 27 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 of his 21 in the fourth ...

Stars beat Wild for top wild-card spot in Western Conference

DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin broke open a scoreless game with two third-period goals, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take the Western Conference's top wild-card spot Saturday night. Ben Bishop made 22 saves for his career-high seventh shutout of the season, and Tyler ...

Minnesota United beat Red Bulls 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Abu Danladi and Romario Ibarra scored goals on Saturday night and Minnesota United beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1. Danladi opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a low finish set up by Angelo Rodriguez’s cross. Rodriguez’s hold-up play led to a deflection that ...

Kepler, Astudillo, Rosario go deep; Twins beat Phillies

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Pineda has plenty to celebrate after a long road back to the majors. Max Kepler and Willians Astudillo hit consecutive homers, Eddie Rosario hit a three-run shot and Pineda’s Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 ...

Hoskins drives in 4, Phillies beat Twins

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins had three hits and drove in four runs, including Bryce Harper from first base on a single, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Friday night despite Jorge Polanco hitting for the cycle. Nick Pivetta ...

Vikings sign ex-Jets guard Dakota Dozier

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed guard Dakota Dozier, adding more depth at a position in flux. The deal was done Thursday with Dozier, who played the past five seasons with the New York Jets after being drafted in the fourth round out of Furman. He was a first team ...

Turner has triple-double as Blazers top Wolves

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Turner had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with a 132-122 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Rodney ...

Cruz hits first homer, Pineda strong as Twins beat Indians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two years since his last time on a big league mound, Michael Pineda looked better than ever in his Minnesota Twins debut. Pineda was stellar in his first appearance since 2017, Nelson Cruz hit his first homer with the club and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians ...

Kuemper helps Coyotes top Wild 4-0 to continue playoff push

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper has gone from backup to backstop in goal for Arizona this season. Kuemper made 36 saves for his second straight home shutout and Josh Archibald had two goals as the Coyotes continued a playoff push with a 4-0 victory over Minnesota in the closest thing to ...

Towns’ free throw lifts Wolves over Warriors in OT

By Joe Ziemer Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime after Stephen Curry led a frantic rally to tie the game, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 131-130 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday ...

Twins get 1st crack at division champ Indians

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After hiring a new manager and some power-hitting help, the Minnesota Twins have assembled a team for 2019 that, assuming expected progress by several of their young players, they’re confident can close the gap with Cleveland in the ...

Wild edge Capitals to move into playoff position

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Luke Kunin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and the Minnesota Wild moved into playoff position by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Friday night. Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota, which ...

Big Ten battle: Gophers’ Pitino has no gripe facing Spartans

By Eric Olson AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Unlike the grind of conference season, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says, the fun of coaching in the NCAA Tournament is coming up with a game plan for an unfamiliar opponent, maybe one he and his team had never faced. "You can run a ...

Minnesota tops Cornell 2-0 for spot in women’s hockey final

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Nicole Schammel scored off a rebound midway through the second period and goalie Alex Gulstene made it stand, lifting Minnesota over Cornell 2-0 Friday to earn a spot in the NCAA championship game. Sarah Potomak scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of the Frozen ...