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Minnesota Vikings’ playoff push leads to hard-luck Chargers

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings realize they can't stop to take a deep breath in the final three weeks of the regular season — not even at sea level on the sunny West Coast. With the Green Bay Packers ahead of them in the NFC North and the ...

Mitchell, Jazz hand Wolves 6th straight loss, 127-116

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 30 points and six assists, Joe Ingles pitched in a season-high 23 points and the Utah Jazz beat Minnesota 127-116 on Wednesday to stick the Timberwolves with their sixth straight loss. Rudy Gobert added 20 points ...

Defense delivers as Vikings sail past Lions 20-7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's long-dominant defense had been slipping for the past several weeks, a proud and seasoned group that needed to get its edge back. The Vikings gave hardly any ground against the sputtering Detroit Lions. Danielle Hunter had three of Minnesota's five sacks to ...

After strong Blough debut, Vikes say ‘whoa’ in win vs. Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first three plays for David Blough and the Detroit Lions on Sunday were an ominous sign. The rookie quarterback's first two passes were deflected at the line of scrimmage. Then he was sacked for a 6-yard loss. The Minnesota Vikings made sure there would be no repeat of ...

Thunder hit buzzer-beater to force OT, then top Wolves

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul scored a season-high 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off an improbable 139-127 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. With Minnesota ahead 121-119 and a second remaining in ...

Lynx sign head coach and GM Cheryl Reeve to multi-year contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS –– The Minnesota Lynx announced on Friday that the team has signed head coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. "I am grateful to Glen and Becky for their ongoing support and commitment," ...

Vikings start division home slate against reeling Lions

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings brought back little to show from a trip to one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. Other than additional injuries to important players and perhaps some pride in a fourth-quarter rally in Seattle that ...

Zuccarello leads streaking Wild to 5-4 win over Lightning

By Mark Didtler Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists as the Minnesota Wild won their fifth consecutive game, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Joel Eriksson Ek, Jason Zucker, Carson Soucy and Victor Rask also scored for the ...

Wilson, Cousins renew connection as Seahawks host Vikings

SEATTLE (AP) — When Russell Wilson made the decision to transfer to Wisconsin for his final college season, he became connected with Kirk Cousins. It started that season when Wilson's Badgers and Cousins' Michigan State squad played a pair of memorable games, including a Big Ten championship ...

Wild use 3-goal burst to coast past Senators 7-2

By Brian Murphy Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Zack Parise stayed hot and Minnesota scored three goals in a 4:13 span of the second period to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday. The Wild had their ...

Moore’s double-double helps DePaul edge Minnesota 73-68

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Charlie Moore scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists and had five steals on Friday as DePaul defeated Minnesota 73-68. Jalen Coleman-Lands added 11 points for the Blue Demons (8-0), while Paul Reed had 11 points, nine boards and a ...

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 ...