MN State Sports

Walker, Bridges lead Hornets past Wolves

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 31 points, rookie Miles Bridges had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double on his 21st birthday, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss, 113-106 ...

Kalscheur, Gophers upset Louisville

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota found its elusive 3-point stroke just in time to give coach Richard Pitino the NCAA Tournament win he'd been seeking for years. The 10th-seeded Gophers won their first NCAA Tournament game in six seasons behind 24 points ...

Ichiro cheered at Tokyo Dome, Mariners top A’s 9-7 in opener

By Stephen Wade AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent ...

Vikings sign ex-Titans guard Kline for O-line

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line. Kline’s three-year deal, valued at $15.75 million, was done Wednesday as Kline finished a visit to team headquarters. Kline’s streak of 46 games started is the ...

Twins start fresh with rookie manager Rocco Baldelli in dugout

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins hired the youngest manager in the major leagues. They remade the right side of the infield. There will be a new closer, too, should rookie skipper Rocco Baldelli decide to designate a particular reliever for ...

Nelson scores early in OT, Islanders beat Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of guys who played high school hockey in Minnesota helped the New York Islanders pick up an important two points on the road Sunday night. They also did no favors for the home team. Brock Nelson scored 1:04 into overtime and the Islanders beat the Wild 3-2 to ...

Donato scores 2, Wild past Rangers 5-2

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato scored two goals and Devan Dubnyk had 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Saturday night to stay in the thick of the playoff race. Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown also scored for ...

Livers scores 21, No. 10 Michigan pounds Minnesota

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — No. 10 Michigan had just buried Minnesota when the focus shifted to the opportunity at hand. The Wolverines didn’t just earn a shot at a record third straight Big Ten Tournament championship. They put themselves in position to get some ...

Murphy, Coffey lead Minnesota over No. 13 Purdue 75-73

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota came into the Big Ten Tournament looking to secure a brighter postseason future after an inconsistent regular season. With a trip to the conference semifinals, things are looking good Even better, the Gophers knocked off one of ...

Stars overcome Bishop’s injury in 4-1 win vs. Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance scored for Dallas in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and the Stars hung on for a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild after goalie Ben Bishop was hurt Thursday night. Anton Khudobin stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced ...

Coffey leads Gophers over Penn State, 77-72 in OT

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Amir Coffey scored 10 of his 22 points in the final minute, and Minnesota rallied for a 77-72 overtime victory over Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night. Coffey put the Golden Gophers (20-12) on top ...

Relieved Barr remains a Viking after uneasy pledge to Jets

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Anthony Barr slept for a mere two hours on Monday night, awakened at 3 a.m. by the angst of his decision about which team to pick in free agency. His verbal commitment to join the New York Jets triggered immediate unease about ...

Gibson scores 25 as Wolves, without Towns, top Knicks 103-92

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 25 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 103-92 on Sunday night despite playing without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Rookie Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 18 ...

Barkov has team-record 5 assists, Panthers beat Wild

By Paul Gereffi Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov set a franchise record with five assists, and MacKenzie Weegar and Mike Matheson each scored twice as the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. Jonathan ...

Cowan scores 21 as No. 24 Maryland beats Minnesota

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan scored 21 points, Jalen Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland beat Minnesota 69-60 on Friday night to end the regular season in feel-good fashion following a two-game skid. The Terrapins led by 12 ...

Zucker, Dubnyk lead Wild past Lightning 3-0

By Erik Erlendsson Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Zucker kept putting the puck in the net for the Minnesota Wild. And, Devan Dubnyk refused to let any get by him. Zucker scored all three of Minnesota's goals for his first career hat trick, Dubnyk made 25 saves for his second ...

Drummond has 31 and 15 as surging Pistons top Wolves

By Dave Hogg Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the surging Detroit Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-114 on Wednesday night. Drummond posted his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set ...

Coffey’s 32 points helps Minnesota down No. 11 Purdue 73-69

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Amir Coffey matched his career with 32 points, making two free throws with 2.5 seconds left Tuesday night to seal Minnesota’s 73-69 victory over No. 11 Purdue to give the Gophers a big boost for an NCAA Tournament berth and spoil the ...

Towns scores 41 as Timberwolves top Thunder 131-120

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 41 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled Paul George’s return to the Oklahoma City lineup with a 131-120 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night. Towns has 180 points over his last five ...

Predators-Wild Sums

Nashville 1 0 1 0—3 Minnesota 0 2 0 0—2 Nashville won shootout 2-1. First Period_1, Nashville, Bonino 15 (Grimaldi, Simmonds), 5:21. Penalties_Johansen, NSH, (slashing), 16:12. Second Period_2, Minnesota, Fehr 6, 16:35. 3, Minnesota, Zucker ...