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Bell helps Minnesota upset 7-seed Green Bay 89-77

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Defensive intensity triggered the kind of offensive avalanche that Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings has come to expect. All it took was for Kenisha Bell to get the Golden Gophers rolling downhill. Bell scored 24 of her 26 points in the second half to lead No. 10 seed ...

Could Vikings’ guarantee for Cousins start an NFL trend?

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The idea began to percolate about 21⁄2 years ago, in discussions between Kirk Cousins and agent Mike McCartney about his status with the Washington Redskins and his future in the NFL. The goal was to get a fully guaranteed contract, the security players in this league ...

Twins finalize $12M Lynn deal to further upgrade rotation

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Patiently monitoring baseball’s slow-moving market, the Minnesota Twins made several significant improvements to the team that made a surprise run last season to the AL wild card game. Right-hander Lance Lynn became the latest addition when the Twins finalized a $12 ...

Timberwolves go to Towns in 109-103 win vs. Warriors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Minnesota's measuring-stick matchup with Golden State hung in the balance, the Timberwolves turned the game over to Karl-Anthony Towns. Their flourishing young center took over in the final stretch. Towns helped Minnesota stop a season-high three-game losing streak ...

Irving returns to carry Celtics past Timberwolves 117-109

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyrie Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to pace the Celtics in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night. Al Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds, six ...

Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer For Derrick Rose, what's old is new again. Rose has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in a move that reunites the 2011 NBA MVP with three mainstays from his days in Chicago — coach Tom Thibodeau, as well as Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The ...

Staal scores twice more for Wild in 6-2 romp over Hurricanes

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Those Minnesota Wild fans waiting in concession lines or lingering too long in the concourse during the first intermission sure missed a show. Eric Staal has put on quite the must-see performance himself this season. Staal’s ...

Wild snap skid with 4-1 win over Red Wings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rookie defenseman Nick Seeler picked up Minnesota's offense with a timely fight. Eric Staal and Zach Parise scored in the second period after Seeler fought Luke Witkowski, and Jason Zucker added two late goals in the Wild's 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on ...

Twins finalize $6.5M deal with power hitter Logan Morrison

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Twins were all about upgrading their pitching this winter, giving both their bullpen and their rotation with a series of acquisitions. With the market moving slowly, though, there were position players still available for sensible ...

Staal’s hat trick leads surging Wild past slumping Blues 8-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal had three goals and two assists to combine with linemates Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker for 14 points and propel the surging Minnesota Wild to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday over the St. Louis Blues, who lost their seventh straight. Staal notched his 14th ...

Granlund, Staal each scored twice, Wild beat Rangers 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have been thriving lately on the road to keep pace in the Central Division. After smothering the Rangers 4-1, they completed a three-game sweep in the New York area. Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal each scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in the ...

Butler hurt as Rockets beat Wolves for 11th straight

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets won their 11th straight game with a 120-102 victory Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to an apparent right knee injury. Butler left the game late in the third quarter. After ...

Wild score 3 in 2nd period to overcome 2-0 deficit vs Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek and Chris Stewart scored in a 39-second span during Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild rallied from two down to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Thursday night. Wild defenseman Mike Reilly also scored in the second period and Eric Staal ...

Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal Sanchez

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation. For the Twins, he’s another option in a situation with few of them proven. ...

Minnesota snaps nine-game skid with 86-82 win over Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nate Mason scored 33 points as Minnesota snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 86-82 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night. Dupree McBrayer scored 16 for Minnesota (15-15, 4-13 Big Ten), Jordan Murphy had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Davonte Fitzgerald also scored ...

Healthy, productive Mauer aims to play ‘as long as I can’

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The final season of the franchise-record contract the Minnesota Twins gave Joe Mauer has begun, bringing with it the inevitable questions about his future. For now, before any such decisions must be made by the front office or the ...

Cullen, Ennis lead Wild to 5-3 win over Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis scored in Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild beat the New York Islanders 5-3 Monday. Jason Zucker added two goals and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild, who have earned at least a point in six of their past seven games ...

Minnesota women go deep, beat No. 10 Maryland 93-74

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maryland had worked its way into the nation's No. 10 ranking by beating teams by an average of 20.3 points heading into Sunday. Minnesota is showing with its wins over ranked teams that it might be another Big Ten powerhouse. Freshman Destiny Pitts scored 20 points, ...

Sano reports to Twins with several unanswered questions

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With his hulking 6-foot-4 body that's built for football and a slugger's mentality at the plate that can swiftly produce majestic drives soaring high over the wall, the presence of Miguel Sano looms larger than anyone else around the Minnesota Twins. This spring, so ...

Minnesota’s Coffey to have season-ending shoulder surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sophomore small forward Amir Coffey will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. The university announced the news Saturday night about the 6-foot-8 Coffey, who has missed 10 of the last 12 games with the injury. He finished his second year with the ...