MN State Sports

Giguere scores in OT; Clarkson wins 2nd straight NCAA crown

By MIKE COOK, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than three periods of hockey didn't matter to Clarkson again. Elizabeth Giguere scored 7:55 into overtime and the Golden Knights won their second straight NCAA women's hockey title and third in five years with a 2-1 win over Colgate on ...

Twins SS Polanco suspended 80 games for PED violation

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, a big blow to a team that has made a series of roster-enhancing moves throughout the offseason and into ...

Butler targeting return to Timberwolves before end of season

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season, if he continues to stay on track with his rehabilitation from surgery on his right knee. He's predictably having a hard time ...

Harden scores 34 as Rockets hold off Timberwolves 129-120

By ANDRES YBARRA, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the Houston Rockets, finally facing a challenge from Minnesota and a hostile crowd on the road was a good test to prepare for the postseason. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are left holding on for dear life in a tightening playoff ...

Ibson, Nicholson score, Minnesota United tops Fire 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ibson scored his first MLS goal in the second half, Sam Nicholson added another 11 minutes later and Minnesota United beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday in its home opener. Ibson gave Minnesota (2-1-0) a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. His header was saved by Richard ...

Minnesota’s next hurdle is the second-seeded Duck women

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer After the victory in their NCAA Tournament opener, Minnesota’s coaches sat courtside to watch their next opponent, Oregon. What they saw was a second-seeded team that certainly wasn’t taking their first opponent lightly. The Ducks were focused from ...

Dubnyk, Foligno lead Wild over Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3- victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Nino Niederreiter also scored and Eric Staal added an empty-netter to seal Minnesota’s fifth win in the ...

Aldridge’s 39 points leads Spurs past Wolves, 117-101

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 39 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a sluggish start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-101 on Saturday night. San Antonio won its third straight to move into fifth in the Western Conference five days after dropping to ...

Vikings sign Seahawks’ Richardson to bolster defensive line

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to bolster what was already one of the NFL's top defenses. Richardson, the 13th overall pick out of Missouri in 2013 by the Jets, had one sack and 27 tackles last season for Seattle. He spent his first ...

Bell helps Minnesota upset 7-seed Green Bay 89-77

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Defensive intensity triggered the kind of offensive avalanche that Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings has come to expect. All it took was for Kenisha Bell to get the Golden Gophers rolling downhill. Bell scored 24 of her 26 points in the second half to lead No. 10 seed ...

Could Vikings’ guarantee for Cousins start an NFL trend?

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The idea began to percolate about 21⁄2 years ago, in discussions between Kirk Cousins and agent Mike McCartney about his status with the Washington Redskins and his future in the NFL. The goal was to get a fully guaranteed contract, the security players in this league ...

Twins finalize $12M Lynn deal to further upgrade rotation

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Patiently monitoring baseball’s slow-moving market, the Minnesota Twins made several significant improvements to the team that made a surprise run last season to the AL wild card game. Right-hander Lance Lynn became the latest addition when the Twins finalized a $12 ...

Timberwolves go to Towns in 109-103 win vs. Warriors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Minnesota's measuring-stick matchup with Golden State hung in the balance, the Timberwolves turned the game over to Karl-Anthony Towns. Their flourishing young center took over in the final stretch. Towns helped Minnesota stop a season-high three-game losing streak ...

Irving returns to carry Celtics past Timberwolves 117-109

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyrie Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to pace the Celtics in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night. Al Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds, six ...

Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer For Derrick Rose, what's old is new again. Rose has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in a move that reunites the 2011 NBA MVP with three mainstays from his days in Chicago — coach Tom Thibodeau, as well as Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The ...

Staal scores twice more for Wild in 6-2 romp over Hurricanes

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Those Minnesota Wild fans waiting in concession lines or lingering too long in the concourse during the first intermission sure missed a show. Eric Staal has put on quite the must-see performance himself this season. Staal’s ...

Wild snap skid with 4-1 win over Red Wings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rookie defenseman Nick Seeler picked up Minnesota's offense with a timely fight. Eric Staal and Zach Parise scored in the second period after Seeler fought Luke Witkowski, and Jason Zucker added two late goals in the Wild's 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on ...

Twins finalize $6.5M deal with power hitter Logan Morrison

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Twins were all about upgrading their pitching this winter, giving both their bullpen and their rotation with a series of acquisitions. With the market moving slowly, though, there were position players still available for sensible ...

Staal’s hat trick leads surging Wild past slumping Blues 8-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal had three goals and two assists to combine with linemates Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker for 14 points and propel the surging Minnesota Wild to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday over the St. Louis Blues, who lost their seventh straight. Staal notched his 14th ...

Granlund, Staal each scored twice, Wild beat Rangers 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have been thriving lately on the road to keep pace in the Central Division. After smothering the Rangers 4-1, they completed a three-game sweep in the New York area. Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal each scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in the ...

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