MN State Sports

Hopes high as Vikings take bye, franchise scars to playoffs

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have begun another postseason adventure, backed by an often-burned fan base carrying several scars from flameouts of playoffs past. There’s already a dose of modesty embedded in state culture that ...

Wild clear Zach Parise to make regular-season debut

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to make his season debut, after missing the first 39 games because of back trouble. Parise told reporters after practice on Monday afternoon that he's "got the green light" to play for the Wild on Tuesday night ...

Saros’ 29 saves lead Predators over Wild

By Jim Diamond Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his second shutout this season, P.K. Subban scored his ninth goal and the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday night. Subban also had an assist, and Scott Hartnell and Viktor ...

Murphy, McBrayer lead Minnesota past Harvard 65-55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, posting his national-best 15th double-double to pace Minnesota during a grind-it-out 65-55 victory over Harvard on Saturday. Dupree McBrayer returned from a two-game absence to a lower left leg injury with a ...

Vikings place long snapper Kevin McDermott on IR

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed long snapper Kevin McDermott on injured reserve, forcing them to break in a new specialist right before the playoffs. The move was made Saturday, making room on the active roster to promote practice squad center Cornelius Edison. ...

Vikings have plenty more to play for in rematch vs. Bears

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have won a whole bunch of games since their previous matchup with Chicago, a steady march to become NFC North champions that has put plenty of distance between the playoffs they’re about to enter and that ...

Granlund’s hat trick powers Wild to win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund had the second three-goal game of his career and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in his first start since Dec. 12 to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Friday night. Matt Dumba had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which has won two ...

Gophers guard Nate Mason day-to-day with ankle injury

By Sam Ekstrom Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota expects guard Nate Mason will return to the court soon, with an ankle injury not as severe as initially thought. The starter is considered day-to-day after going down on Dec. 23 against Florida Atlanta and receiving an MRI that ...

Vikings center Pat Elflein ruled out with shoulder injury

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer says rookie center Pat Elflein will miss Sunday’s game against Chicago because of a shoulder injury, his second missed start of the season. Zimmer made the announcement Friday during a press conference. Veteran Joe Berger will move ...

Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves 102-96

By Joe Totoraitis Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally from a 20-point deficit and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-96 on Thursday night. Bledsoe had six points and made two key assists ...

Photographer: Twins’ Sano grabbed, tried to kiss her in 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A photographer is accusing Minnesota Twins star Miguel Sano of grabbing her wrist and trying to kiss her and pull her through a door after a 2015 autograph session. Betsy Bissen accused Sano on Thursday in a tweet, saying what he did amounted to assault. Bissen works as a ...

Lynx give coach Cheryl Reeve contract extension, GM duties

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx have signed coach Cheryl Reeve to a multiyear contract extension and made her general manager of the four-time WNBA champions. Reeve’s record in eight seasons with the Lynx is 195-77, winning titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. During the 11 years ...

Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph looking ahead to playoffs, for once

By Brian Hall Associated Press EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — For the first time in Kyle Rudolph’s seven-year career, the Minnesota Vikings tight end is willing to concede there’s more riding on Sunday’s game than just one victory. Minnesota (12-3) can earn a first-round bye with a win ...

Granlund gets game-winner; Wild beat Stars

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night. Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in six games. Charlie Coyle ...

Butler’s 39 points lift Wolves to 128-125 win in OT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 12 of Minnesota’s 14 points in overtime and finished with a season-high 39 to lift the Timberwolves to a 128-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Minnesota, which won its ...

Vikings’ Bradford could return to practice next week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford could return to practice next week as he recovers from a knee injury from Week 1. Bradford has been out since a brief return in Week 5 against Chicago, which Minnesota plays Sunday in the regular-season finale. Bradford ...

Vikings S Harrison Smith named NFC Defensive Player of Week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Smith intercepted two passes and made seven tackles — five solo — as the Vikings shut out interstate rival Green Bay 16-0 on Saturday night. Smith also had two pass breakups, one ...

Left-hander Zach Duke, Twins finalize 1-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Left-hander Zach Duke and the Minnesota Twins have finalized a one-year contract. The 34-year-old was 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 relief appearances this year for St. Louis, returning to the major leagues on July 21 after Tommy John surgery in October 2016. He struck out 12 ...

Vikings place Easton on injured reserve, sign Overbaugh

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed long snapper Jeff Overbaugh and placed guard Nick Easton on injured reserve. Overbaugh was signed to fill in for Kevin McDermott, who injured his shoulder on Saturday night at Green Bay. McDermott’s status for the rest of the ...

Vikings look to get past Packers in final push to playoffs

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — If the Minnesota Vikings have their way, they won't have to take another road trip after this weekend, even in the playoffs. For an opportunity for that to happen, the NFC North champions need to finish out the last two weeks of ...