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Nikita Kucherov scores twice, Lightning beat Wild 4-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, the first on a power play less than seven minutes into the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Thursday night. Kucherov assisted a goal by Andrej Sustr, giving him nine goals and eight assists in his last eight ...

Vikings lose Kalil, reportedly snag Reiff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings forged into free agency with the offensive line as a primary focus. Bringing in more blockers will be a priority all the way through the draft. After letting left tackle Matt Kalil leave for Carolina on a whopping five-year contract worth as much as ...

Towns, Rubio lift T-Wolves to 107-91 win over Clippers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were well-rested ...

WR Adam Thielen seeks ‘respect’ with new Vikings deal as RFA

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings provided Adam Thielen his overcoming-the-odds opportunity in the NFL, as an undrafted wide receiver from an NCAA Division II school. As grateful and loyal as Thielen is to his home-state team, though, he's not about to simply accept a discount ...

Vikings’ Chad Greenway leaving football ‘healthy and happy’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — NFL players usually don't get to leave the game like Chad Greenway did. From start to finish, Greenway had quite the career. Proudly declaring he's "healthy and happy" and ready for retirement after 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings , Greenway turned his time ...

Tarasenko, Perron score and Blues top Wild 2-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored and Jake Allen made 32 saves and the St. Louis Blues edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night. Allen was 10.5 seconds away from a second straight shutout before Wild center Mikko Koivu threw a puck on net from near the ...

Koenig hits 5 3s on Senior Day, No. 22 Badgers beats Gophers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bronson Koenig had a disappointing start to his final home game at Wisconsin, spending most of the first half watching from the bench because of foul trouble. The sharpshooting senior point guard came out firing from 3-point range after halftime, providing a second-half ...

Parise, Staal lead Wild to 3-1 win over Sharks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Zach Parise and Jason Pominville returned from the mumps, Eric Staal found his scoring touch and the Minnesota Wild finally were able to put their new-look lineup together. Staal scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves as Minnesota held on for a 3-1 win over the ...

No. 4 Maryland women beat Minnesota to reach Big Ten semis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota came into Friday night's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal playing feisty and fast. The Gophers, riding the momentum of a close win over Penn State the day before, were determined to upset No. 4 Maryland. But the Terrapins had other plans, despite what coach ...

Gophers stay hot, defeat Nebraska

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nate Mason had 25 points in 28 minutes with his best shooting performance in Big Ten play, Jordan Murphy posted his sixth double-double in the last seven games and Minnesota breezed by Nebraska 88-73 on Thursday night for its eighth ...

Saad scores in third period as Blue Jackets beat Wild 1-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brandon Saad broke a scoreless tie in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 on Thursday night. Saad got his 19th goal of the year 4:32 into the final frame when he charged in to get his own ...

Peterson a free agent after 10 years with Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's all-time leading rusher and a first-team All-Pro pick in four of his 10 seasons with the Vikings, will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when the market opens next week. The Vikings as expected said Tuesday they ...

Zucker scores with 2:10 left to lift Wild over Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jason Zucker scored with 2:10 left in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Tuesday night. Erik Haula set up Zucker's 20th goal of the season by racing after a loose puck and sending a backhand pass across the slot. Zucker scored ...

Wild beat Kings 5-4 on Granlund’s overtime winner

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund beat two defenders to find open ice and wrap the winning shot around goalie Jonathan Quick just 12 seconds into overtime, giving the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Granlund's 20th goal of the season gave goalie ...

No. 2 Maryland tops Minnesota 93-60 to clinch 1st place tie

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — First, there was the trophy presentation to Maryland for finishing in first place in the Big Ten. Then, seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had their jersey numbers lifted to the rafters of the arena in recognition of their outstanding play over the ...

Wild acquire center Martin Hanzal in trade with Coyotes

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Czech center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes in a trade that includes several draft picks. Arizona got a 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor leaguer Grayson Downing from Minnesota for Hanzal, ...

Vikings hire ex-Purdue coach Hazell to supervise WRs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired former Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell as their wide receivers coach. Hazell's deal was finalized Thursday along with the staff for 2017 under head coach Mike Zimmer. This will be Hazell's 31st year as a coach, his first in the ...

Vikings GM says Adrian Peterson’s status not yet decided

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Time is running out for Adrian Peterson and the Vikings to work out a way for the venerable running back to stay in Minnesota. With the increasing likelihood of a split after 10 seasons together, the two sides have not spoken yet about a path to a future if there's ...

Park looks to rebound after rough year

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Byung Ho Park reported to Minnesota a year ago with a $12 million, four-year contract after the Twins agreed to pay $12.85 million to his South Korean club. After hitting .191 with 12 homers, 24 RBIs and 80 strikeouts in 62 games as a rookie and getting demoted to ...

T-Wolves stand pat, Rubio going nowhere

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio is a veteran of the NBA trade deadline, having seen his name surface in rumors several times over the last few years. As experienced as he has been with handling the situation, this time felt a little different. His Minnesota Timberwolves had conversations with ...