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MN State Sports

Twins’ right-hander Berríos expected to lead staff again

By Ken Powtak Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota’s José Berríos hardly has the frame and look of an overpowering pitcher. He didn’t even want to be a pitcher until his agent convinced him it was the best option for a major league career, a decision just five months ...

Fiala has goal, 2 assists, as Wild beat Golden Knights 4-0

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala kept up his recent surge for Minnesota with a goal and two assists, and the Wild matched their season high with three power-play scores on the way to a 4-0 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Joel ...

MacKinnon scores 32nd goal; Avalanche beat Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored his 32nd goal of the season, Pavel Francouz made 34 saves and the Colorado Avalanche ended their road trip with four wins in five games, beating the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Gabriel Landeskog also scored ...

Eriksson Ek scores 2, Wild rally to beat Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek scored his second goal of the game with 26 seconds to play and the Minnesota Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night. Eriksson Ek skated from behind the net to the right goalpost and put a wraparound behind Dallas ...

Russell, T-wolves ‘feel the love’ in star pairing with Towns

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Not yet finished with his fifth NBA season, D’Angelo Russell has landed with his fourth team. Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves sure don’t want him to leave. “It’s surreal to really think that instead of us ...

Donaldson arrival gives Twins extra swagger entering spring

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were squarely focused a year ago on the development of young players and the integration of a new coaching staff, confident in their foundation but not ready to declare themselves contenders. This time, as the start of spring training approaches, they ...

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Payton Willis scored a career-high 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range to lead Minnesota’s romp past rival Wisconsin 70-52 on Wednesday night. Daniel Oturu had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Carr scored 12 points, and ...

Timberwolves fall to Hawks, drop 13th consecutive game

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trae Young had 38 points and 11 rebounds and John Collins added 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Atlanta past Minnesota 127-120 Wednesday night, as the teams braced for major roster shifts. Collins had his fifth straight double-double ...

AP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team trade

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as the headline moves in a complicated trade that was struck early Wednesday involving four teams, 12 players and at least three draft picks, two people ...

Dumba scores OT winner as Wild beat Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored with 2:39 remaining in overtime to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Kevin Fiala scored twice for Minnesota and Alex Stalock made 27 saves. Dumba snapped a 33-game goal-scoring drought with his ...

Davison’s return to Badgers sure to be jeered by Gopher fans

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Davison is one of the many Minnesota natives who have crossed the border to play for Wisconsin, a sure path to enemy status in college sports. The junior guard has also been widely branded, fair or not, as the biggest villain in ...

Pastrnak’s NHL-best 38th goal caps 6-1 Bruins romp past Wild

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — NHL scoring leader David Pastrnak matched his career high with his 38th goal, Torey Krug scored twice and the Boston Bruins had three power-play goals in the second period to surge past the Minnesota Wild 6-1 Saturday night. Brad ...

Leonard scores 31, Clippers beat Timberwolves 118-106 on Saturday

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have their entire roster healthy for the first time this season and it showed against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Led by Kawhi Leonard’s 31 points, the Clippers had five other players in double figures in a ...

Wild return from break ready to make final push for playoffs

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild were playing at the beginning of the season like they were destined for the draft lottery, with the possibility of a high first-round pick hovering as a tantalizing prize for a franchise long mired in the middle ...

No. 19 Illinois holds on to take down Minnesota 59-51

By Terry Towery Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Andres Feliz scored 17 points while Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn added 13 each as No. 19 Illinois held on to beat Minnesota 59-51 on Thursday night. It was the seventh consecutive win for the Fighting Illini (16-5, 8-2 Big Ten). ...

Nationals acquire reliever Ryne Harper in trade with Twins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals acquired reliever Ryne Harper on Wednesday in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Washington sent minor league right-handed pitcher Hunter McMahon to the Twins in the deal. Harper went 5-2 with one save and a 3.81 ERA in his first major league season in 2019. ...

Hall of Fame DE Doleman dies at age 58

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, whose enviable blend of speed and power made him one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. The longtime Minnesota Vikings star, who had 1501⁄2 ...

Maya Moore at peace with decision to skip second WNBA season

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore sees missing a second consecutive WNBA season as an extension of her decision to skip last year. The 30-year-old told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her work pushing criminal ...

Vikings name Andre Patterson, Adam Zimmer as co-DCs

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer promoted his son on Monday to help fill a key vacancy on his staff, appointing Adam Zimmer and Andre Patterson as co-defensive coordinators. The Vikings announced their revamped lineup of assistant coaches, which includes two new ...