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Fortunes of Vikings, Packers headed in opposite directions

By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have powered through injuries to Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to surge back into postseason contention. The fading Minnesota Vikings need a miracle to get into the playoffs, especially if running back ...

McBrayer scores 19; Minnesota beats Arkansas State 82-75

By MIKE COOK Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Games are about to get much harder for Minnesota, but the Gophers look forward to the opportunity after a strong start to their season. Dupree McBrayer scored 19 points and Minnesota held off Arkansas State 82-75 Friday in the final ...

Staal helps Wild win ninth straight game, beat Canadiens 4-2

MONTREAL (AP) — Playing at Bell Centre against goaltending ace Carey Price was a stiff test for Minnesota but these days the Wild just keep on winning. Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal shorthanded early in the third period to give Minnesota a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday ...

Fans help shovel Lambeau Field before Vikings-Packers game

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager Packers fans are flocking to Lambeau Field to help shovel snow before Saturday's matchup with the Vikings. The team asked for up to 650 people to help remove snow Thursday, after a recent storm dumped several inches in the area. Some fans lined up early to ...

Adrian Peterson misses practice, outlook murky for Saturday

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not practice on Wednesday and his outlook for the game against Green Bay on Saturday is in question. Peterson said he had "a couple of nicks" that he was getting treatment and ...

Minnesota Twins name Smith, Pickler to coaching staff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have hired Jeff Smith as first base coach. Smith replaces Butch Davis, who was not offered a new contract. The Twins also announced Wednesday that Jeff Pickler will serve as the team's major league coach and coordinator of major league ...

Wiggins, Towns give Timberwolves boost over Hawks

By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 18 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks 92-84 on Wednesday night. Zach LaVine added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who earned consecutive wins ...

Minnesota opens at Portland; Atlanta hosts Red Bulls

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota United will play its Major League Soccer opener at Portland on March 3 in the first match of the 2017 season, and Atlanta United will make its debut two days later at home against the New York Red Bulls. Minnesota plays its first home game March 12 against Atlanta ...

Prosecutors reviewing Gophers assault investigation report

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say they're reviewing a report prepared by University of Minnesota investigators on allegations of sexual assault by several members of the Gopher football team. In a statement Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office will review the ...

Vikings place Tom Johnson on injured reserve with hamstring

EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed defensive tackle Tom Johnson on injured reserve with an injured right hamstring. The Vikings announced the move on Tuesday, meaning Johnson will miss the final two games of the regular season. Johnson has solidified himself as a ...

Dubnyk gets NHL-leading 5th shutout to Wild keep rolling

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The last time the Wild hosted the Avalanche, Minnesota let a two-goal third period lead evaporate while losing to Colorado for the second time this season. Full of confidence and riding high since the loss, the Wild weren't going to let the same thing happen again on ...

Twitter hoax targeted Vikings, stadium and the homeless

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Twitter users have admitted they started a false rumor that the Minnesota Vikings were opening their new stadium to the homeless during this weekend's extreme cold. Marketer Jake Nyberg and fitness coach David Dellanave (del'-lah-NAH'-vay) say their tweets were a hoax ...

Adrian Peterson’s return is a dud, but he’ll keep going

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson was hoping his faster-than-expected return would help catapult the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs. Instead, the Vikings fell flat in a 34-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a curiously uninspired ...

Towns, Timberwolves beat Suns 115-108

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns 115-108 on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio had 12 ...

Vikings defense shredded in backbreaking loss to Colts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have leaned on their ferocious, fiery defense all season long to hang around the playoff field in the NFC. When they needed them most, they were nowhere to be found. Andrew Luck threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, shredding the league's ...

Minnesota coach speaks for 1st time since player boycott

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys doubled down Sunday on his support for players who boycotted practices and threatened to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren't reinstated. Speaking publicly for the first time since a ...

Luck faces his biggest test yet in Zimmer’s defense

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From Aaron Rodgers to Eli Manning, Cam Newton to Marcus Mariota, Mike Zimmer has devised game plans that have made some of the league's best and most dynamic quarterbacks look like lifelong backups. Next up for the Minnesota Vikings' ...

Adrian Peterson reinstated from injured reserve for Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated running back Adrian Peterson from injured reserve, clearing the way for him to return Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings announced the roster move Saturday. Peterson said in a radio interview Friday that he plans to ...

Minnesota team ends boycott threat, will go to Holiday Bowl

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota football team's boycott started with a bold demand for apologies and a threat to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren't reinstated. It ended less than 36 ...

Kuemper has 27 saves, Wild beat Coyotes for 7th straight win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Unlike most teams on long winning streaks, the Minnesota Wild aren't shy about discussing theirs. There's a difference in opinion, though, about how much they're talking about it. "Bruce (Boudreau) always talks about it, so it's hard to ignore," Ryan Suter said of his ...