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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 ...

Wiggins scores 40 to lead Wolves past Warriors in OT

By Joe Ziemer Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 40 points, hitting the tying basket late in regulation, and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame D'Angelo Russell's career-high 52 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 125-119 in overtime Friday night. Russell and ...

They’re unbeaten too: No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The college football spotlight this weekend has been aimed at Alabama, where LSU's visit will mark the first regular-season meeting of the top two teams in the Associated Press poll since those same teams played eight years ago. There ...

Vikings visit Cowboys with RBs Elliott, Cook in spotlight

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t feel the need to declare himself the best running back in the NFL with the two-time rushing champion and the Dallas Cowboys set to face current leader Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings. Two ...

Butker’s late FGs help Chiefs rally past Vikings, 26-23

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Harrison Butker watched his 44-yard field goal split the uprights, the clocks inside Arrowhead Stadium reading zero, and the Chiefs kicker turned and sprinted the other way in celebration. The first person to join him? Patrick Mahomes. The reigning league MVP, who ...

Vikings, Chiefs both await word on whether Mahomes plays

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs aren’t the only ones who hope Patrick Mahomes plays against Minnesota on Sunday. Vikings counterpart Kirk Cousins does, too. “At the end of the day, I just want to see players healthy, out on the field. You want to ...

Embiid, Towns ejected as Sixers rout T’Wolves

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 19 points and got into a brawl with Karl-Anthony Towns that sent both players to the showers early, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-95 Wednesday night for their fourth straight win to ...

Zimmer on Kearse arrest: ‘I’m very, very ticked off’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Though the Minnesota Vikings welcomed a weekend off at the midpoint of their season, the mini-break didn’t prove to be all rest and relaxation. The mood for coach Mike Zimmer turned sour when he learned of the late-night ...

No. 17 Minnesota routs Maryland

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Smith ran for 103 yards to become Minnesota’s career leader in all-purpose yards, Seth Green had two touchdown runs and the No. 17 Golden Gophers routed Maryland 52-10 on Saturday. Tanner Morgan was 12-of-21 passing for 138 yards ...

Towns scores 37 points, Timberwolves rout Hornets 121-99

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns took advantage of an obvious mismatch Friday night when Charlotte center Cody Zeller wasn't there to defend him. Towns had 37 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves remained unbeaten ...