MN State Sports

Zimmer, Vikings clinch division at expense of Lewis, Bengals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Zimmer has a second NFC North title in his fourth year in Minnesota, with the Vikings just a few wins away from becoming the first team in history to play in a home-stadium Super Bowl. Zimmer's mentor, Marvin Lewis, is simply winding down a wince-inducing season that ...

Kane, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Wild for 5th straight

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored two slick goals, Corey Crawford made 27 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win. Ryan Hartman also scored for Chicago, snapping a 17-game drought dating to Oct. 28. Tommy Wingels ...

Twins confirm Rodney signed to 1-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have announced the signing of right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract. The deal reached during Major League Baseball’s winter meetings and confirmed by the team Friday brings an experienced, three-time All-Star closer to a bullpen ...

Rudolph, Reiff doubtful for Vikings with ankle injuries

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings likely may be without a pair of important offensive players on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Left tackle Riley Reiff (ankle) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were listed as doubtful on the team’s official injury report ...

Recovering Pineda, Twins agree to $10M, 2-year deal

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching. This boost won’t take effect for a while. Minnesota agreed Wednesday to a $10 million, two-year contract with former New York Yankees right-hander ...

Granlund’s shootout goal lifts Wild to 2-1 win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored the winning goal in a shootout and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Tuesday night. The shootout reached the fifth round before Granlund beat Mike Smith. Alex Stalock stopped Michael Ferland to give Minnesota its third ...

Towns scores 28, Timberwolves hold off Mavericks 97-92

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 97-92 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading ...

Stewart runs for 3 TDs, Panthers beat Vikings 31-24

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jonathan Stewart seems determined that nobody is going to write the epitaph on his NFL career just yet. The Panthers 30-year-old running back and all-time leading rusher has played 129 games in his NFL career, but had never run for more than two touchdowns in a ...

Keenum, Vikings can clinch NFC North with win over Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Case Keenum’s improbable season has the Minnesota Vikings thinking playoffs. Keenum entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, one year after Cam Newton made a splash as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. While the two quarterbacks have taken ...

Barford, Gafford lead Arkansas past No. 14 Minnesota, 95-79

By Kurt Voigt AP Sports Writer FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jaylen Barford scored 22 points and freshman Daniel Gafford added 16 on 8-of-8 shooting to help Arkansas continue its hot start at home with a 95-79 win over No. 14 Minnesota on Saturday night. The victory is the first for the ...

Butler scores 33 points, T-Wolves outlast Clippers 112-106

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, Taj Gibson added 20 and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 112-106 on Sunday night. The Wolves overcame a season-high 30 points from Austin Rivers, who matched his career best with ...

Mason, Murphy help No. 12 Minnesota rout Rutgers 89-67

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Coaches aren't usually concerned about a letdown in the first conference game of the season. But No. 12 Minnesota was coming off a hard-fought loss to a ranked opponent, and with lightly regarded Rutgers on the schedule Sunday, Richard Pitino had cause for concern. Nate ...

Dumba’s goal lifts Wild in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In overtime, defenseman Matt Dumba takes the ice to give the Minnesota Wild an offensive boost. That's exactly what he did on Saturday. Dumba scored 39 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. After Devan Dubnyk stopped Alex ...

George, Adams lead OKC past Timberwolves

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George had 35 points and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-107 on Friday night and snap a three-game losing streak. Steven Adams had a career-high 27 points on 11-for-11 shooting from the field and Russell Westbrook ...

Staal’s 3rd-period pair gives Wild 4-2 win vs. Knights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal with 7:55 left and tacked on an empty-netter to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who wrapped up the month with a 4-0-1 ...

Huell, 10th-ranked Hurricanes top No. 12 Minnesota 86-81

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dewan Huell scored 23 points in 27 minutes and Bruce Brown Jr. added 16 points and nine rebounds to help the No. 10 Miami beat No. 12 Minnesota 86-81 on Wednesday night as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ja'quan Newton had 12 ...

Wiggins lifts Timberwolves to 120-102 win over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat New Orleans 120-102 on Wednesday night in a game that saw Pelicans forward Anthony Davis ejected for the first time in his career. Jimmy Butler and Gorgui Dieng had 19 points each for the Timberwolves ...

Timberwolves fall to Wizards 92-89

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. hit a 22-foot jumper with 25 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Wizards to a 92-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Washington trailed for nearly the entire fourth quarter. After Porter's jumper, Minnesota had two shots at the ...

Towns scores 32 points, T-Wolves beat Booker-less Suns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns' scoring actually meant something this time. Two days after his coach characterized his late points as "meaningless" in a listless loss to Miami, Towns led a balanced offensive attack for Minnesota with 32 points and 12 rebounds and the Timberwolves beat ...

Jaden Schwartz scores twice, Blues beat Wild 6-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Kyle Brodziak added a short-handed goal in the St. Louis Blues’ 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Paul Stastny, Dmitrij Jaskin and Sammy Blais also scored for the Blues, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. ...