MN State Sports

Vikings defense dominates in 24-16 win over Ravens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings offense is down its starting quarterback, star rookie running back and best receiver. With a defense like they have, the Vikings have not missed a beat. Everson Griffen had two of Minnesota's five sacks and Latavius Murray rushed for 113 yards and a ...

Wiggins’ heave banks in, leads Timberwolves past Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give ...

Keenum, Flacco with role reversals for Vikings and Ravens

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Listed generously at 6-foot-1, Case Keenum has played for three teams in three NFL seasons and came to Minnesota in the offseason knowing he was the backup from Day 1. At 6-foot-6, Joe Flacco is the statuesque, Super Bowl-winning ...

Gophers run past Illini

Gophers run for 333 yards in win over Illini By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Using just two different plays, Minnesota marched down the field midway through the fourth quarter against Illinois on Saturday. Kobe McCrary carried the ball six times. Rodney Smith ran five ...

Blake Wheeler scores 200th NHL goal, Jets hold off Wild 4-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored the 200th goal of his NHL career with 6:46 left and the Winnipeg Jets held off the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Friday night. Wheeler also helped Jets coach Paul Maurice become the 17th NHL coach to reach 600 victories. The Wild turned the puck over ...

Vikings’ Barr says he was not trying to injure Aaron Rodgers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Friday he did not intend to “take out” Aaron Rodgers with a hit last weekend that left the Packers quarterback with a broken right collarbone. After spending most of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol, ...

Crawford lifts Wolves over Rubio, Jazz 100-97

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jamal Crawford couldn't even see the basket when he let the game-winning shot fly. Eighteen years in the league told him exactly where it was going. Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds to go that helped the ...

Young Gophers, Illini look for first Big Ten win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In his first season at Minnesota, coach P.J. Fleck has stressed the process of building his program and giving his players experience, even over the results of each game. Lovie Smith understands Fleck’s position all too well. His young Illinois squad plays at Minnesota ...

Bridgewater: ‘I definitely believe I’ll play this year’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — After nearly 14 months of arduous rehabilitation for his left knee, Teddy Bridgewater has arrived at the final stage. For all the progress he’s made, appearing in a game for the Minnesota Vikings again will be no small step to take. “I definitely believe ...

Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs were without Leonard and Tony Parker, but ...

Bridgewater cleared to rejoin Vikings for practice this week

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings for practice, roughly 14 months after a dislocation and multiple ligament tears in his left knee put his leg and career at risk. Coach Mike Zimmer said ...

With Rodgers out, Vikings cruise past Packers 23-10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has engineered many a last-minute comeback for the Green Bay Packers. He has a dozen victories over the rival Minnesota Vikings in 10 years as the starter. This time? No chance. Rodgers was long gone, and so was Green Bay's division lead. Harrison Smith led ...

Vikings D takes down Rodgers, dismantles Packers 23-10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers arrived at the Super Bowl site for this season, with a realistic goal of returning to Minnesota in four months for a crack at another championship. Their chance of returning in February took an awfully big hit when Rodgers broke his ...

Alessandrini scores twice, Galaxy blank Minnesota 3-0

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Romain Alessandrini had two goals and an assist, Clement Diop made four saves, and the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Minnesota United 3-0 on Sunday. Home games haven't been kind this season for the Galaxy (8-17-6), who have the worst home record in the league with just ...

Zimmer, Vikings send thriving defense at Packers

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fast, clever and tough defense Minnesota has had in four seasons with head coach Mike Zimmer has given the Vikings as good a chance to beat rival Green Bay as they've had since Aaron Rodgers became Packers starting quarterback ...

Great Scott: MSU runs over Minnesota, hangs on for 30-27 win

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — L.J. Scott returned from an injury to rush for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns , helping 21st-ranked Michigan State hang on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota on a soggy Saturday night after kickoff was delayed 34 minutes by ...

Wennberg scores in OT; Columbus beats Minnesota 5-4

By Mike Cook Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alexander Wennberg scored 47 seconds into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Saturday night. Zach Werenski, David Savard, Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson also scored ...

No. 21 Michigan St. takes confidence to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Though football teams often talk about the importance of swiftly moving their minds toward the next opponent, the euphoria at Michigan State was bound to stick around for a while after the gritty victory at rival Michigan . "A couple times I've been sitting in my room or ...

Minnesota gets past Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Stewart broke a tie midway through the third period with the first of his two goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves to ...

Rudolph, Vikings have childlike fun with Duck, Duck, Goose

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The idea for the touchdown celebration came to Kyle Rudolph's mind, right before quarterback Case Keenum called the pass play in the Minnesota huddle. How about a quick game of Duck, Duck, Goose? "'If we score here, whoever scores, you get to be the ducker, and ...