MN State Sports

Heat win 11th straight

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 33 points and hit a career-high seven 3-pointers to lead the Miami Heat to their 11th straight victory, 115-113 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 13 rebounds, ...

Lynch has 15, Minnesota defeats Illinois 68-59

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — There was plenty of glamour at the State Farm Center before and during the game with the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy in the building, but Minnesota overcame a slow start to steal the show with a 68-59 win over Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The Gophers had a week ...

Timberwolves lose Zach LaVine for rest of season to torn ACL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Zach LaVine will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. LaVine had an MRI before the Wolves hosted Memphis on Saturday, when the diagnosis was revealed. LaVine was injured the night before in the team's loss at ...

Twins take Byung Ho Park off 40-man roster to sign reliever

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have designated slugger Byung Ho Park for assignment following a disappointing major league debut in 2016. The Twins made the potentially expensive move on Friday so they could make room on the 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, who ...

Morris, Leuer lead Pistons over Timberwolves

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Two days after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reached a career high in scoring, Marcus Morris and Jon Leuer followed suit. The Detroit Pistons can be tough to beat when they're getting that type of production from so many different players. Morris scored 36 points and ...

James, Irving pace Cavaliers in 125-97 win over Timberwolves

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 27 points, Kyrie Irving had 14 and a career-high 14 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers, coming off a losing record in January, defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-97 on Wednesday night. Cleveland, which went 7-8 last month, began February looking ...

Fleck makes a splash with 1st recruiting class at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — P.J. Fleck came to Minnesota less than a month ago promising to use his seemingly endless reservoir of energy to invigorate a Golden Gophers program rocked by discord surrounding a sexual assault investigation. From the moment he set foot on campus, the 36-year-old who ...

Timberwolves starting to find themselves under Thibodeau

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves led by nine-point with under five minutes to play when the Orlando Magic made their charge. Over the next three minutes, that lead disappeared, just as so many others had earlier in the season. They still trailed with 10 seconds to play when ...

Suspended Minnesota players get their turn in hearings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 10 Minnesota football players suspended after an alleged sexual assault last fall presented their case Friday in the final day of hearings in front of a panel of university members. The university presented its side of the case on Thursday during a session that lasted ...

Wiggins’ basket at buzzer gives Wolves win over Suns

By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Andrew Wiggins sank an 18-foot pull-up jumper at the buzzer to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 112-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Wiggins, who scored 31 points, made one of two free throws with 12.1 seconds remaining to put ...

Stewart scores winner in shootout, Wild beat Stars 3-2

DALLAS (AP) — Chris Stewart scored in the fifth round of a shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night. Stewart moved the puck to his backhand and slid the puck in under Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got a piece of it. Patrick Eaves and Jamie Benn had ...

Dayton’s State of the State will set stage for 2017 session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to lay out his vision for 2017 and beyond. The Democratic governor was set to deliver his State of the State address Monday evening at the state Capitol. It's back to normal for the annual speech after it was moved to the University of ...

Towns carries Wolves past Nuggets, 111-108

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and hit the go-ahead shot with 42.5 seconds to play to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 111-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. Towns hit 13 of 19 shots and also had four blocks and Andrew ...

Rubio to miss Nuggets game for personal reasons

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will miss the game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, but it has nothing to do with the trade rumors that have surrounded him of late. Rubio left the team on Friday for personal ...

Gophers fall yet again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ethan Happ scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 17 Wisconsin to a 78-76 overtime victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Nigel Hayes added 21 points for the Badgers (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) and Bronson Koenig hit two huge 3-pointers in overtime to help ...

T-wolves’ Rubio to miss Nuggets game for personal reasons

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will miss the game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, but it has nothing to do with the trade rumors that have surrounded him of late. Rubio left the team on Friday for personal ...

Vikings shed OC Pat Shurmur’s interim tag, hire 2 assistants

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's interim tag has been shed by coach Mike Zimmer, a step toward stability for the team's offense following a tumultuous season. The widely expected move was finalized Friday by the Vikings, who also fired ...

Gophers could have Springs in their step vs. Badgers

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The emotional and intellectual leader of Minnesota's significantly improved team might be the player who's been with the program the shortest amount of time. That's how swiftly Akeem Springs has adjusted to the Gophers. He had to, of ...

Fleck names 9 assistants at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has hired nine coaches for his staff, including offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and defensive coordinator Robb Smith. The Golden Gophers announced the additions on Tuesday night. Ciarrocca follows Fleck from Western Michigan and Smith ...

Leonard’s 34 points rally Spurs past Timberwolves, 122-114

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a strong start by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 122-114 victory Tuesday night. Leonard's fourth straight 30-point game helped him become the first San Antonio player to ...