MN State Sports

Anchoring outfield and batting 3rd, Byron Buxton has arrived

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton took two steps backward when the ball left the bat, believing it was hit deep. Slipping in transition upon realizing he overestimated the distance and needing to charge forward, Minnesota's center fielder used his fast feet ...

Niederreiter leads Wild to 5-3 victory

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist to lead Minnesota to a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night that clinched second place in the Central Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the Wild. Zach Parise scored ...

Vikings sign backup QB Case Keenum

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed quarterback Case Keenum, acquiring the experienced backup sought for starter Sam Bradford with the unlikelihood that the rehabilitating Teddy Bridgewater will be ready to play this season. Keenum started nine games in 2016 for the ...

Sano, Santana steer Twins past Royals 7-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk for Minnesota during a dreadful seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen as the Ervin Santana and the Twins beat the Royals 7-1 on Monday for their first opening victory in nine years. Santana (1-0) gave up just two ...

Timberwolves snap Blazers’ 6-game streak

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Karl-Anthony Towns powered through Portland's smaller frontcourt, the Trail Blazers found out just how much they're going to miss big man Jusuf Nurkic down the stretch. Towns had 34 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped Portland's six-game ...

Elk population of NW Minnesota estimated at 79 in 3 herds

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An annual survey estimates the elk population of northwestern Minnesota at 79 animals in three herds. While that's down from 83 last winter and 131 in 2015, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the main reason is that the Caribou-Vita herd travels back ...

Ventura’s absence will be felt as Royals open vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Kansas City Royals take their places along the third-base line in Minnesota for the introductory ritual of opening day, the absence of their former teammate will surely be felt. The Twins have planned a pregame tribute to Yordano Ventura, the power-armed starting ...

Haula, Dubnyk lead Wild to 5-2 win against Avalanche

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some time off proved beneficial for Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk. A game against the lowly Colorado Avalanche was the answer for the Wild's offense. Dubnyk stopped 30 shots, Erik Haula had a goal and assist and Minnesota beat Colorado 5-2 Sunday. Martin Hanzal, Jared ...

Hield’s 22 points lead Kings to 123-117 win against Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Buddy Hield tied a career high with 22 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and the Sacramento Kings got 66 points from their bench in a 123-117 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Reserve point guard Ty Lawson had 21 points and 11 assists. ...

Predators beat slumping Wild

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators know there's a chance they might see the Minnesota Wild in the postseason. That makes a 3-0 shutout in the final regular-season game between these teams even sweeter. Filip Forsberg and Kevin Fiala scored 10 seconds apart late in the second ...

Minnesota United beats Real Salt Lake for first ever win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Christian Ramirez scored two second half goals and Minnesota United rebounded from an early deficit to earn the franchise's first ever win, 4-2 over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Minnesota (1-3-1) had opened its inaugural season with three losses and a draw, and shook ...

Twins send ByungHo Park to minors despite strong spring

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins made slugger ByungHo Park one of their final roster cuts despite a strong performance at the plate throughout spring training, in favor of a 13-man pitching staff. Park was among six players reassigned to minor league camp on Thursday before ...

Stalock beats Senators for 1st win with Wild in 5-1 game

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Stalock won his first NHL start in over a year, Nino Niederreiter had two goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Thursday night to end a four-game skid. Stalock stopped 18 shots in his first start for the ...

Wild’s Parise could return next week after scary collision

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will likely miss the next three games with bruising and swelling around his eye from a high stick to the face that led to blows to the head as he fell. Parise was struck Tuesday by Washington’s ...

Capitals top Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored his second goal of the game 1:42 into overtime to bookend Alex Ovechkin's hat trick, Braden Holtby earned his 40th win and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory. After Eric ...

Slumping Wild recall rookie forward Joel Eriksson Ek

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek from his Swedish team for the remainder of the season. The slumping Wild made the move Tuesday, summoning one of their top prospects in time for the final stretch. The 20-year-old Eriksson Ek scored for the ...

Late free throws lift Wolves

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Minnesota snapped a season-high six-game losing streak by taking its only lead of the quarter. Rubio had 21 points and ...

Ex-coach Rick Stelmaszek to throw 1st pitch at Twins opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team's opener next week. The Twins announced Monday that the longest-tenured coach in club history will take the mound April 3 before the Twins host the Kansas City ...

Red Wings beat reeling Wild 3-2 in OT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are doing what they can to cling onto mathematical hopes of extending their playoff streak to 26. Andreas Athanasiou scored 1:52 into overtime on a breakaway, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win Sunday over the reeling Minnesota Wild. Detroit, the ...

Minneapolis North wins 2nd-straight Class A title

Class A finals: Minneapolis North 96, North Woods 49 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis North Community rolled past North Woods 96-49 during Saturday’s Class A state boys’ basketball championship game at Target Center. The Polars (32-2) opened the game on a 19-2 run and never looked back, ...