MN State Sports

Twins stumble against Rangers

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joey Gallo hit another massive homer, a three-run shot in the fourth inning on Thursday night that spurred the Texas Rangers on to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. A.J. Griffin (5-2) made his first start in more than two months, ...

Lynx outscore Dream 23-2 in 4th quarter, reach 20 wins on the year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Minnesota used a 23-2 fourth quarter to cruise past the Atlanta Dream 69-54 on Thursday night. Minnesota (20-2) is the first team in league history with 20-plus wins in seven straight seasons. The Lynx scored ...

Newly signed Granlund: Wild ‘can do some damage’ in playoffs

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer This offseason for the Minnesota Wild was never going to be about making major additions. This was simply the summer of maintenance and sustenance, with a new contract for Mikael Granlund one of the biggest priorities. Now that Granlund has agreed to the ...

Vikings’ kicker competition: Will winner be Forbath or Koehn?

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Whether they pick Kai Forbath or Marshall Koehn, the Minnesota Vikings badly need their kicker to come through after all those points squandered last season. Koehn sure delivered last year. While Forbath was settling in after ...

Santana throws 4-hitter, drives in 2 runs in Twins’ 5-2 win vs. Padres

By Bernie Wilson AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — The slumping Minnesota Twins desperately needed a big game from Ervin Santana, who was more than happy to oblige. Santana threw a four-hitter for his major league-best fifth complete game and hit a two-run single to lead the Twins to a ...

Wild, Mikael Granlund agree to 3-year, $17.24 million contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with standout forward Mikael Granlund on a three-year, $17.25 million contract. The Wild announced the deal Tuesday with the restricted free agent, whose 69 points last season ranked tied for fourth in franchise history. The ...

Rhoda, Croft in open competition at QB as Gophers start camp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s first season under coach P.J. Fleck will begin with a wide-open competition at quarterback between Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft. Fleck said Monday that Rhoda and Croft will take equal turns with the first team offense until a starter is selected. Fall camp ...

Vikings’ offensive line has early setback with Reiff injury

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Offensive line repair was the top offseason priority for the Minnesota Vikings. That was a given, after a grueling experience with injuries and ineffectiveness in 2016. The Vikings used 12 players among the five spots and ...

Bye bye Brandon, Twins ship Kintlzer to Nationals

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — After adding three relievers in two weeks, the Washington Nationals still aren’t sure who’s going to be their closer. They suddenly have plenty of candidates. The NL East leaders added another Monday by barely beating the trade deadline ...

Signed for 5 years with Wild, now Niederreiter can relax

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer Nino Niederreiter has been bold enough with his hobbies to ride on the outside of an airplane . On the ice, he plays a fearless game with a thick frame that’s tough to knock off the puck around the net. The last few months, though, he found himself ...

Fowles has 29 points, 12 rebounds; Lynx beat Storm 93-82

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting and added 12 rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 93-82 on Sunday night for their sixth straight victory. Maya Moore had 24 points, and Rebekkah Brunson added 20 for WNBA-leading Minnesota (19-2). ...

Rhodes closed: Vikings sign star CB to contract extension

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Xavier Rhodes arrived at Florida State as a skilled offensive player, a running back and wide receiver from the football-rich Miami area. He was quickly switched to cornerback, and he didn't like it. "At that moment, I thought I wasn't going to be here," Rhodes said. ...

Wild, Niederreiter agree to 5-year, $26.25 million contract

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with right wing Nino Niederreiter on a five-year, $26.25 million contract. The Wild announced Sunday their deal with the restricted free agent, who established career highs last season with 25 goals, 32 assists and a plus-17 ...

Alonso’s HR in 12th powers A’s past Twins, 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso blames a bad month on him trying to do too much. The Athletics' All-Star first baseman is trying a new approach, and it seems to be working. Alonso homered in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota ...

Minnesota golf course to become Olympic ski jump

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A former ski resort and current golf course in southeastern Minnesota will be transformed into an Olympic ski jump suitable for world-class competition. Bryan Sanders is a former Olympic ski jumper and executive director of the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and ...

Vikings sign LB Darnell Sankey, cousin of RB Bishop Sankey

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Darnell Sankey for depth, responding to injuries to two players at the position early in training camp. Sankey found a recognizable name waiting for him on the roster, if not a ...

Wally Hilgenberg’s widow hopes to keep kids from playing football

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer Nearly a decade after Wally Hilgenberg’s death, his widow can still hear his voice telling her he loves her, at the push of a button. It’s programmed into a stuffed bear he gave her shortly before succumbing to ALS in 2008. That’s how Mary ...

Former Minnesota coach Kill returns to coaching

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Jerry Kill has been seizure-free for almost a year and a half. He has lost 25 pounds by cutting way down on carbs and taking long walks. After years of sleeping two or three hours a night, he now regularly gets six or ...

Fowles has 29 points, 8 rebounds to lead Lynx by Dream 90-80

ATLANTA (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 29 points and eight rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 90-80 on Friday night. Fowles was 11 of 15 from the floor and 7 of 10 at the line. Minnesota was ahead 42-28 with 4:03 left in the second quarter, but Atlanta closed the half on a ...

Healthy again, harsh critic Treadwell eyes rebound for Vikes

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — One catch, 15 yards. That was the jarringly limited extent of Laquon Treadwell’s production on the field last season for the Minnesota Vikings. Even with the rookie learning curve factored in, and his struggle to stay ...