MN State Sports

Rockets blister Wolves 102-82 in Game 2, lead series 2-0

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 21 as the Houston Rockets used a huge second quarter to cruise to a 102-82 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that gave them a 2-0 lead in the ...

Foligno brothers savoring first simultaneous NHL postseason

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members, promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs. “This is going to be a big night for the Folignos,” he tapped out on his ...

Scheifele, Hellebuyck lead Jets past Wild 2-0

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff ...

Indians top Twins 6-1 in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night. Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each had three hits for Cleveland in the first ...

Paul and Harden lead No. 1 seed Rockets against Wolves

HOUSTON (AP) — So far the trade for Chris Paul to give the Houston Rockets another superstar to help James Harden has worked famously. Now the two, who have both had their fair share of playoff disappointments, will try to build on that success in the playoffs when the Rockets open a ...

Jets fly by Wild 4-1, lead series 2-0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. Defenseman Tyler Myers had a goal in the second period and also ...

Butler impact on Wolves starts with leadership, toughness

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The impact made by Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves was obvious from the start, transcending the two ends of the court where he’s made his mark as a four-time All-Star. Perhaps no better example of the leadership he ...

Whalen starts dual duty as Gophers welcome all-time great

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen took the stage in the middle of Minnesota’s Williams Arena where she once wowed crowds with slick passing and fearless shooting, wearing a gray suit and the typical laid-back off-the-court demeanor that has helped make her one of the most approachable and ...

Twins postpone game against White Sox because of rain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox because of rain, with wintry weather also threatening the rest of the series. The team announced the decision Friday afternoon, four hours before the scheduled first pitch. No makeup date was set. ...

Verlander dominates over 7 innings, Astros beat Twins 2-0

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven dominant innings, Carlos Correa had two hits and scored twice and the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Monday night. Verlander (2-0) was in control throughout on a chilly night ...

Towns helps T-wolves top Grizzlies 113-94, closer to clinch

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns slammed his way to 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who toughed out a 113-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night to move one step closer to a long-sought spot in the ...

Mariners’ Healy injures ankle in postgame workout

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy injured his right ankle during a postgame workout Saturday and likely will miss at least a few games this week. Healy was injured following an 11-4 win over Minnesota and showed up on crutches and in a walking boot Sunday, when the ...

The Twins take on the cold in opening homestand

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson was given the assignment to take the mound for the first home game for the Minnesota Twins, an afternoon that was quite the cold opener to the team’s ninth season at Target Field. He didn’t mind the 38-degree ...

Twins hand Pirates first loss with 7-3 victory

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Dozier homered for the third straight game, Miguel Sano drove in a pair of runs and the Minnesota Twins handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their first loss of the season with a 7-3 victory at frigid PNC Park on Wednesday night. Dozier ...

Big Ten has big presence this year, with 3 teams at Frozen 4

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Considering the force of the impact it made on the sport, the Big Ten hockey conference sure started with a soft launch. Five years in, its presence has finally been felt. Three teams have reached the Frozen Four after four members ...

Berrios tosses 3-hitter as Twins beat Orioles 7-0

BALTIMORE (AP) — One after another, the Minnesota Twins' starting pitchers kept getting better and better against the Baltimore Orioles. Jose Berrios threw a three-hitter in Minnesota's 7-0 victory Sunday, capping a season-opening series in which Twins starters combined for 21 innings of ...

Rubio scores 23 points as Jazz beat Timberwolves, 121-97

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio wasn't going to miss this game. Not back in Minnesota against his former team, and not with the Utah Jazz having a chance to improve their playoff position in the packed Western Conference. Rubio, who was questionable before the game with sore left hamstring, ...

Klingberg, Stars top Wild 4-1 with playoff hopes fading fast

DALLAS (AP) — John Klingberg scored a goal while adding to his NHL-leading assist total for defensemen and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday night. Jason Spezza scored a goal for the first time since Jan. 16 as the Stars, playing their home finale, won for just the ...

Gibson pitches 6 hitless innings, Twins beat Baltimore

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson held the Baltimore Orioles hitless over six innings before being replaced by Ryan Pressly, who kept the no-hitter intact until the eighth in a 6-2 victory Saturday night. Gibson, Pressly and ...

Wolves get by Dallas

By Dave Jackson Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 20 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 on Friday night to gain ground in the tight Western Conference playoff race. After shooting ...