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Georgia, Minnesota players win national prep honors

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Football player Arik Gilbert and basketball player Paige Bueckers have been named national high school athletes of the year. Gilbert of Marietta, Georgia, is the first tight end to win. Bueckers of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is the first female basketball player to ...

AP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy Wolves

By PAT GRAHAM and DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writers MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo is putting together an offer to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, two people with knowledge of the bid said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition ...

Vikings sign Zimmer to 3-year contract extension through ’23

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season, finalizing a key piece of business Friday before the beginning of training camp. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six ...

After rough start, MLS bubble in Florida seems to be working

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Jeff Agoos arrived inside the Major League Soccer bubble in Florida in late June. About a month into his stay, the number of restful, relaxing moments have been rare. "I don't think I've actually exhaled since I first arrived," Agoos joked. Agoos is the senior ...

Thompson, Werenski share lead at 3M Open at 12 under

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski maintained their momentum at the 3M Open. Tony Finau, fresh off a caddie change, put himself in prime position right behind the leaders at the halfway point of the second-year tournament. Thompson ...

Kepler hits 2 HR, Twins power past White Sox 10-5 in opener

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered against White Sox ace Lucas Giolito in his first two at-bats and the Minnesota Twins beat Chicago 10-5 on Friday night in the clubs' first game of a 60-game season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. White Sox slugger ...

PGA Tour goes to Minnesota before bracing for 2 big events

By The Associated Press undefined PGA TOUR 3M OPEN Site: Blaine, Minn. Course: TPC Twin Cities. Yardage: 7,114. Par: 72. Purse: $6.6 million. Winner's share: $1,188,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. ...

NHL’s training camps advantage for coaches hired midseason

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Play a game, head for the airport. Take a day off, play another game. Squeeze in a practice when you can. The pace of a regular NHL season is challenging enough, but coaches who take over in the middle of a season are forced to ...

Wolves owner listening to offers, Garnett hoping to buy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett wants to come back to Minnesota — as a Timberwolves owner. The longtime NBA superstar said Tuesday he is part of a group that is hoping to buy the franchise from Glen Taylor, who has owned it since 1994. Taylor said in a statement he was recently ...

4 minor leaguers suspended for violating drug program

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four minor leaguers suspended Sunday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Gutierrez, a 24-year-old right-hander, received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a ...

Independent American Association baseball to start July 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down, an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association said Friday its six teams will play in three hubs due to the new coronavirus, at least at ...

Another rough season ends with Wolves near bottom of league

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another season of setback and tumult has mercifully ended for the Minnesota Timberwolves, this time in the strangest of ways after the NBA's decision to resume virus-halted play with 22 teams. The revelation of the makeshift plan ...

Minnesota Legion Baseball season canceled over virus fears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's American Legion Baseball season has been canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. "As much as we wanted to play this year, we cannot take chances with the players, coaches and fans we oversee," Randy Schaub, director of Minnesota American Legion ...

Gophers get big men transfers Liam Robbins, Brandon Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has added two accomplished frontcourt players to its roster, bringing in Liam Robbins from Drake and Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan. The Gophers announced the signings of both big men on Wednesday. The 7-foot, 235-pound Robbins has applied to the NCAA for ...

Ionescu, Sabally, Cox headline WNBA mock draft

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press had a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers hold a mock draft over the course of the season. This is the final installment with the draft on Friday. The coaches weren't allowed to select players for their own ...

Minnesota Vikings re-sign veteran guard Dozier

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran guard Dakota Dozier. The team announced the re-signing of the Furman product, who played in 16 games last season with a career-high four starts. He originally joined Minnesota as a free agent last April 4. Dozier was drafted by ...

Minnesota gymnast Sunisa Lee’s Olympic quest delayed a year

By Nancy Yang Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the last 10 years, almost everything Sunisa Lee has done has been in the name of 2020. Spending up to eight hours a day at the gym. Taking classes online so that she has the flexibility to spend long hours at the ...

Vikings will need heavy lift from new man in middle Pierce

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Pierce will bring an exceptional amount of strength to the Minnesota Vikings, whenever they're able to convene once concern about the coronavirus spread has subsided. He'll fit right in, because there'll be a lot of heavy ...

Cap-strapped Vikings could lose several key players

By The Associated Press MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-7) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Everson Griffen, CB Xavier Rhodes, DT Linval Joseph, CB Trae Waynes, CB Mackensie Alexander, K Dan Bailey, S Andrew Sendejo, S Jayron Kearse, T Rashod Hill, QB Sean Mannion, G Dakota Dozier, RB/KR Ameer Abdullah, WR ...

Bills add WR Diggs in trade with Vikings

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Stefon Diggs is headed to the Buffalo Bills in a splashy trade intended to boost quarterback Josh Allen’s development. Buffalo acquired the big-play receiver and a seventh-round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for ...