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MN State Sports

Parise scores winner, Wild beat Canadiens 4-3 for 2nd win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild called a players-only meeting as they struggled to start the season. In their first game since that meeting, the Wild earned a win and gained a sense of relief. Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Wild won ...

Galaxy beat Minnesota United 2-1, move on to face LAFC

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan dos Santos scored four minutes apart midway through the second half, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the MLS playoffs Sunday night to spoil United's postseason debut. Jan Gregus gave ...

Lynx leading scorer Sims suspended 2 games for DWI charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx leading scorer Odyssey Sims has been suspended for two games to start the 2020 season, stemming from a drunken-driving charge last summer. The punishment was announced Friday. Sims was sentenced by a Hennepin County judge Tuesday to 10 days of house arrest. ...

The Wonderwall: Minnesota United has steep backing behind it

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the field for the franchise’s first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them. If the home team wins, the scene at Allianz Field will briefly become a ...

Lions like quick turnaround to face Vikings after tough loss

By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions are thankful they have a short week to prepare to play Minnesota in a possibly pivotal NFC North matchup. A quick turnaround gave the Lions less time to lament critical calls that didn’t go their way on Monday night in a ...

Unbeaten No. 20 Minnesota back in poll, faces woeful Rutgers

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Minnesota is back in the Top 25 for the first time in five years and it has a shot at staying there a while. The Golden Gophers (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) will take their eight-game overall winning streak on the road to New Jersey to ...

Canadiens shut out Wild 4-0

MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 17 saves for his first shutout of the season and Victor Mete and Nick Suzuki scored their first NHL goals in a first-period burst in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Joel Armia and Brendan Gallagher also scored ...

Unheralded Vikings LB Kendricks on verge of breakout season

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For an accomplished, experienced group like the Minnesota Vikings’ defense, maintaining that edge is more of the goal than plowing new ground. If there’s unheralded one player still primed for a breakout, though, middle ...

Cousins, Diggs fly past Eagles in Vikings’ 38-20 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, Stefon Diggs was a dissatisfied star with a decreasing role for a Minnesota team in a mini-crisis on the passing attack. Patience was all Diggs needed, as it turned out, to re-establish himself as a prominent receiver for Kirk Cousins and the ...

Rodney Smith, unbeaten Gophers run over Huskers 34-7

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Smith ran for 139 yards and a touchdown, helping Minnesota overpower Nebraska on a wintry Saturday night and stay undefeated with a 34-7 victory on the strength of 322 yards rushing. Shannon Brooks ran for 99 yards, Mo Ibrahim ...

As Eagles return to Super Bowl site, Vikes await in key game

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Philadelphia Eagles arrive in Minnesota, their first visit since winning Super Bowl 52, there might be some subtle reminders at U.S. Bank Stadium of the scene that night when the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy was ...

Brrrr: Unbeaten Gophers embrace cold night game vs. Huskers

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The weather in Minnesota this weekend is forecast to turn wintry. These Gophers are more than ready for that. With the game on Saturday against Nebraska on track for the coldest night-time kickoff temperature since TCF Bank Stadium ...

Laine’s 2 goals, 2 assists help Jets beat Wild

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrik Laine scored twice and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday night. Laine set up Kyle Connor’s third-period goal that broke a 2-2 tie, giving the Finnish shooter the lead in team points with 10 (three goals and ...

Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant win over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So much for the Minnesota Vikings being one dimensional. The passing game is back in synch with the run. Add in the defense, and the reality is the Vikings have it all. Kirk Cousins threw two touchdowns to Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and the ...

Yankees blast past Twins

By Mike Fitzpatrick AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the New York Yankees extended their October mastery of the Minnesota Twins with a 10-4 victory Friday night in the AL Division Series ...

After career game, Minnesota QB Morgan turns toward Illinois

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pressure came quickly at Tanner Morgan from two Purdue rushers, with time in the second quarter ticking down toward a minute remaining and Minnesota moving into scoring range. The sophomore quarterback, realizing the significant ...

Giants go for 3 in row as Jones face Vikings’ tough defense

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — On the surface, the Minnesota Vikings’ game against the New York Giants is a meeting of old friends. It’s the first time Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is going to face his former offensive coordinator since Pat Shurmur left to ...

Bears lose Trubisky, shut down Cook in 16-6 win over Vikings

CHICAGO (AP) — Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for the Chicago Bears. It all added up to a victory that ranked among coach Matt Nagy's favorites, even if it came with a ...

Boxall’s header gives Minnesota United 1-1 draw with LAFC

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Michael Boxall scored the tying goal with a no-look header in the 75th minute for Minnesota United, which took a 1-1 draw with MLS-leading Los Angeles FC on Sunday night but fell short of securing a home game for the first round of the playoffs. Jan Gregus sent a free ...

Arraez gets hurt in Twins’ 4-3 victory over Royals on Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was a tough moment for rookie third baseman Luis Arraez. It could have been a lot worse. Arraez sprained his right ankle during the seventh inning of Minnesota’s 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, leaving his status for the Twins’ AL Division ...