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MN State Sports

Lynx hire former star Katie Smith as assistant coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx hired Katie Smith, the franchise’s third-leading all-time scorer and Hall of Fame player, as the lead assistant Tuesday on coach Cheryl Reeve’s staff. Smith was head coach of the New York Liberty the past two seasons. She was replaced by Walt ...

Gilgeous-Alexander’s 1st triple-double leads Thunder by Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s goal was to play a better all-around game. He did that and then some. Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-104 victory over the ...

Pettersson, Markstrom help Canucks beat Wild 4-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vancouver's typically strong power play has been struggling. Luckily for the Canucks, they're doing just fine scoring 5 on 5. A day after scoring four third-period goals in Buffalo, the Canucks used a three-goal second period to beat Minnesota 4-1 on Sunday. Elias ...

Minnesota pushes sophomore Daniel Oturu as NBA prospect

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Of all the evidence from the past two decades that Minnesota has been mostly a middle-of-the-pack program, the lack of a presence in the NBA has been one of the biggest knocks against the Gophers. Daniel Oturu could be the next one to ...

Ball-hawking Harris has been Vikings secondary success story

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Over Minnesota’s past six games, Anthony Harris has picked off Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, owners of three of the four lowest interception percentages in the NFL this season. The fifth-year safety has come a ...

Staal scores in overtime to give Wild 3-2 win over Jets on Saturday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal didn’t need to be reminded he hadn’t scored in overtime in eight years. The Minnesota Wild’s veteran center was well aware. Staal ended his drought in overtime, Minnesota finally cashed in on the power-play and the Wild earned an important win after ...

Vikings must face Saints without CBs Alexander, Hughes

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings secondary will be short-handed for Sunday’s playoff game at New Orleans, with cornerback Mackensie Alexander ruled out with a knee injury and cornerback Mike Hughes placed on injured reserve with a neck ...

Vikings have ‘every intent’ of retaining Spielman, Zimmer

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings President Mark Wilf issued a statement of confidence in general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer on Friday, tamping down speculation about their future two days prior to the team’s playoff ...

Minnesota hires Mike Sanford Jr. as co-offensive coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck hired Mike Sanford Jr. and promoted Matt Simon to fill his offensive coordinator vacancy Friday. Sanford, who will also serve as quarterbacks coach, held the dual role at Utah State in 2019. He was the head coach for Western Kentucky for two ...

Vikings-Saints playoff clash features Dalvin & Alvin show

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Dalvin and Alvin show is coming to the Superdome. And the stakes are a lot higher than the last time they shared the stage as NFL debutants three seasons ago. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and Saints rusher Alvin Kamara look ...

Whatever the role, Vikings lean plenty on durable Rudolph

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With the majority of Minnesota’s starters resting on the sideline for the regular-season finale against Chicago, the longest-tenured player on the offense joined the second-stringers to take the first snap. Kyle Rudolph took ...

Napier, Covington lead Timberwolves by Warriors 99-84

By Joe Ziemer Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shabazz Napier and Robert Covington each scored 20 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Golden State Warriors 99-84 on Thursday night in a matchup of injury-ravaged teams. Naz Reid added 13 points, Kelan Martin had 12 and ...

Haarms scores 26 points, Purdue beats Minnesota 83-78 in 2OT

By Mark Ambrogi Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Matt Haarms figures this victory will pay dividends down the road. The 7-foot-3 junior center scored a career-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead Purdue to an 83-78 victory in double overtime over Minnesota in Big Ten ...

Whatever the role, Vikings lean plenty on durable Rudolph

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With the majority of Minnesota’s starters resting on the sideline for the regular-season finale against Chicago, the longest-tenured player on the offense joined the second-stringers to take the first snap. Kyle Rudolph took ...

Antetokounmpo scores 32, Bucks hold off Wolves 106-104

By Andrew Wagner Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off a strong challenge from short-handed Minnesota in a 106-104 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo got his 30th double-double ...

Johnson lifts No. 16 Minnesota over No. 9 Auburn in Outback

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson had 12 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns Wednesday to become Minnesota’s career receiving leader and propel the 16th-ranked Gophers to a 31-24 victory over No. 9 Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Johnson broke Eric ...

Cousins, Vikings prep for crossroad playoff game vs. Saints

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s investment in Kirk Cousins has yet to yield a postseason victory. The hyper-scrutinized quarterback’s first opportunity to get one with the Vikings has arrived this week, on the heels of his career-best ...

Napier, short-handed Wolves beat Nets 122-115 in OT

By Joe Ziemer Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shabazz Napier scored a season-high 24 points, Jarrett Culver added 21 points and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves rallied past the Brooklyn Nets 122-115 in overtime Monday night. The Timberwolves had lost 12 of 13 and were again ...

Islanders get three goals in 3rd period, beat Wild 3-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reinforcing fundamentals paid off for the New York Islanders. Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin scored less than 2 minutes apart early in the third period and the Islanders rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Sunday. Tom Kuhnhackl scored late and Semyon Varlamov stopped ...

Kalscheur, Oturu lead Minnesota to 89-62 win against FIU

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Coach Richard Pitino loaded Minnesota's early-season schedule to prepare the Gophers for playing in the Big Ten and to boost their tournament credentials. Minnesota lost some of those tougher games but said it learned from them. A loss at ...