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MN State Sports

As Gophers aim for title game, Badgers seek to take back Axe

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The empty display case in the locker room at Wisconsin has created a daily source of purpose this year for the players passing by — the unwelcome memory of watching Minnesota hoist Paul Bunyan's Axe on their home field. "It's always ...

Vulnerable Vikes pass D seeks progress vs. Wilson, Seahawks

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The priority during the bye week for Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and his staff was not difficult to discern. Pass defense that has uncharacteristically been a problem in several recent games needed some work. "We spent ...

Kalscheur scores 18 as Minnesota beats North Dakota 79-56

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With continued growth from sophomore Gabe Kalscheur and the impact of two transfer guards in Marcus Carr and Payton Willis, Minnesota has become reliant on 3-point shooting. The Gophers proved Sunday that they can still go inside to score. Kalscheur scored 18 points on ...

Bruins rally late, beat Wild 5-4 in OT on Krug’s goal

By KEN POWTAK Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Torey Krug scored 2:41 into overtime after David Krejci had two goals in the final two minutes of regulation, rallying the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand also scored to ...

Booker scores 35 as Suns beat Wolves 100-98

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Booker had the ball, and a defensive switch left him staring at an old friend on the perimeter. Teammates spread out to give Booker the spacing he needed, and the dynamic guard drove to the hoop before stopping for a step-back ...

Morgan leads No. 11 Gophers past Wildcats

By Matt Carlson Associated Press EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Minnesota was eager to get back on the field — and it showed. Tanner Morgan led No. 11 Minnesota to scores on its first three possessions and finished with four touchdown passes, and the Gophers bounced back from their first loss ...

Balance, 3s give Minnesota 82-57 win over Central Michigan

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Starting the second half with possession, Minnesota worked the ball around the offensive zone for nearly 30 seconds before Daniel Oturu found Gabe Kalscheur open in the corner for a 3-pointer. Kalscheur hit the shot and the Gophers ...

Zucker scores winner in third, Minnesota beats Colorado

By Mike Cook Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker scored midway through the third period and the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Thursday night. Mats Zuccarello and Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota, which has won consecutive games for the second ...

Parise scores 2 goals, Wild beat Sabres 4-1

By Jonah Bronstein Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice, Alex Stalock made 30 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Tuesday night. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who improved to 4-2-1 in their ...

Vikings overcome 20-0 deficit at half to beat Broncos 27-23

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had barely moved the ball at all, when they gathered in a humbled locker room after an awful first half. Picking up the pace with the two-minute offense was about their only hope of a comeback. They delivered one in stunning fashion against the Denver ...

Beal scores 44 again as Wizards top Timberwolves

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 44 points for the second straight game and the Washington Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a 137-116 win over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. It was the third 40-point game of ...

No. 7 Minnesota takes its perfect season to No. 23 Iowa

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota proved it was for real by beating No. 9 Penn State last weekend. The next challenge for the seventh-ranked Golden Gophers (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) will be to knock off yet another ranked opponent Saturday — in a stadium where ...

Betting on himself: Odorizzi accepts offer for Twins’ return

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi watched Dallas Keuchel remain on the free-agent market until June and didn’t want to take a chance of lingering without a contract. So he accepted the Minnesota Twins’ $17.8 million qualifying offer for a one-year contact ...

Kubiak’s impact on Vikings’ offense is clear

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings needed to refresh their offense after that flop of a finish to last season, and coach Mike Zimmer sought another experienced confidant. Adding Gary Kubiak to the staff has clearly changed the dynamic around ...

Wiggins leads Wolves with 30 points in 129-114 win vs. Spurs

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins kept up his early season surge with 30 points on 12-for-23 shooting, and the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the San Antonio Spurs their third straight loss, 129-114 on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points ...

No. 7 Minnesota making major strides in Ciarrocca’s offense

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With no game on the schedule the week before Minnesota played Penn State, most of the Gophers coaches hit the road for recruiting. Kirk Ciarrocca hung back and crafted the game plan to beat a Nittany Lions defense that entered with the ...

He’s cooking: Vikings RB’s recipe is speed, strength, vision

By Brian Hall Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Tackling Dalvin Cook has been a challenge this season. The Minnesota Vikings running back has vaulted to the top of the league’s rushing list while leaving behind a trail of defenders who have either bounced off his 5-foot-10, 210-pound ...

Minnesota signs Mashburn Jr., son of former NBA standout

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jamal Mashburn Jr. has signed his national letter of intent with Minnesota. The 6-foot-2 guard from Miami, a consensus four-star and top-100 recruit, is the son of Jamal Mashburn. The 11-year NBA standout played at Kentucky from 1990-93 for coach Rick Pitino, whose son, ...

Jokic, Nuggets hold on for 100-98 overtime win over Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One game after a team-record comeback, the Denver Nuggets allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to nearly do the same. Nikola Jokic saved Denver each time. Jokic hit a fadeaway jumper with 2.4 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 100-98 overtime victory over the Minnesota ...

No. 13 Minnesota stays unbeaten vs No. 5 Penn State with 31-26 win

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The progress made by Minnesota in coach P.J. Fleck’s third season had been met by natural skepticism outside the long-languishing program, with even the most ardent fans in full prove-it mode for this game of unbeaten teams against ...