MN State Sports

Thibodeau on trade rumors: ‘I like the guys we have’

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau said the team will continue to talk to teams about possible trades ahead of Thursday's deadline, but he didn't see a deal that makes sense for them "at this point." The ...

West-leading Wild aim to avoid post-bye blues

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The remarkably slump-proof Minnesota Wild will have their season-long stability challenged next week. That's when the Western Conference leaders come back from their bye, the five-day gap on every team's schedule gained by the NHL ...

Gophers trounce Terrapins

Minnesota beats No. 24 Maryland 89-75 for 6th straight win COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Dupree McBrayer scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and Minnesota beat struggling No. 24 Maryland 89-75 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight victory. The Golden Gophers (21-7, 9-6 Big Ten) ...

Mauer enters 14th year still excited he’s at home as a Twin

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For a local kid that grew up a Minnesota Twins fan, Joe Mauer has had quite a career with his home team. Entering his 14th season with the Twins — a total that matches two of the organization's previous stars, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Hrbek, and is one year less ...

Pitino, Gophers surging toward NCAA Tourney

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This time a year ago, Richard Pitino was at the center of a storm in Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were a disaster on the court and a distraction off of it, on their way to a two-win Big Ten season in his third year on the job. Now the 34-year-old coach walks around campus ...

Once under fire, Pitino, Gophers surging toward NCAA Tourney

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This time a year ago, Richard Pitino was at the center of a storm in Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were a disaster on the court and a distraction off of it, on their way to a two-win Big Ten season in his third year on the job. Now ...

Murphy, Minnesota outlast Michigan, 83-78

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Losers of five straight games in January, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were in desperate need of a rebound. Jordan Murphy and the Gophers big men got almost all of them against Michigan on Sunday night to keep them steamrolling toward an NCAA tournament berth. Murphy had ...

AP Exclusive: Wolves owner says playoffs priority this year

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the All-Star break in 13th place in the muddled Western Conference, seemingly faced with two options. They can try to chase down the eighth seed and make the playoffs, with the Denver Nuggets just 3 ...

Rehab nearly complete, Perkins focused on health, not future

By J. SCOTT BUTHERUS Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glen Perkins' professional baseball career began with the Minnesota Twins organization. He wants it to end that way too. He's just not quite ready for that day to come. "In an ideal world I'd get to finish here," Perkins said. ...

Kuemper stops 34 shots to lead Wild over Stars

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots, Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night. Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Western Conference leaders. Minnesota hasn't ...

Bulls’ Wade, Butler, Mirotic, Zipser all out vs. Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago Bulls were severely short-handed for Sunday's game against Minnesota. If Jimmy Butler's heel doesn't improve quickly, the Eastern Conference could face a similar issue in the All-Star game next weekend. The Bulls scratched Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic ...

Zach Parise scores twice, Wild beat Red Wings 6-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild have beaten teams a lot of ways this season. On Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings gave one of the league's best power plays too many chances. Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to help the Western Conference-leading Wild ...

Vikings dump Fusco, Harris

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have released Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris, the guards who started a combined 85 games for the team over the last five seasons. The moves were made Friday, one month before the start of free agency when the Vikings will likely seek some new ...

Davis leads Pelicans past Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 42 points and 13 rebounds to win a duel with Karl-Anthony Towns and lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 122-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Davis hit 16 of 22 shots, including two 3-pointers, and Jrue Holiday had 25 points and ...

Koivu’s shootout goal gives Wild 2-1 win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu got the lone goal in the shootout for Minnesota, and the Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Friday night to avoid losing consecutive home games for the first time this season. Koivu used a masterful left-right move to flip the puck past the ...

Murphy-led Minnesota outlasts Iowa 100-89 in 2OT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy scored a career-high 25 points with 19 rebounds, Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists and Minnesota outlasted Iowa 100-89 in double overtime on Wednesday night. Playing an extra period for the fourth time in Big Ten play this season, the Gophers (17-7, ...

Andrew Wiggins helps Wolves stun Raptors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points against his hometown team, Tyus Jones hit a 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds left and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Toronto Raptors 112-109 on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Wiggins hit 11 of 19 shots ...

Toews’ goal in OT lifts Blackhawks

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal 3:09 into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Wednesday night. Ryan Suter was called for holding midway through the overtime, ...

Pominville, Niederreiter lift Wild over Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice and the Minnesota Wild hung on for a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Pominville also had two assists, and Charlie Coyle added three assists. Niederreiter's second goal was an ...

Ray Christensen, voice of the Gophers, dies at 92

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ray Christensen, who did play-by-play for the Minnesota Gophers for 50 years, has died at age 92. Christensen's son, Jim, said his father died Sunday after an upper respiratory infection. Christensen was a well-known voice on WCCO Radio and known as the Voice of the ...