MN State Sports

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 ...

Ritchie scores in 11th round of SO, Ducks defeat Wild

By Mike Cook Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Ritchie isn’t one of the first players called upon for the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout. He wasn’t among the first 10 shooters Saturday. Yet, Ritchie scored in the 11th round of the shootout and John Gibson stopped the final ...

Timberwolves rally past Lakers, 119-111

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Jimmy Butler added 24, providing the Minnesota Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and Jamal Crawford added ...

Ovechkin, Wilson lead Capitals to 5-2 win against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 34th goal and had three assists, and Tom Wilson scored twice for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Ovechkin assisted on Wilson’s opening goal in the second period before adding ...

Remembering Flip: T-wolves plan pregame ceremony vs. Lakers

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Summer was coming into bloom, and Flip Saunders had an extra bounce in his step as he departed Minnesota's arena with his wife that night of the 2015 draft. The Timberwolves were finally on the verge of flourishing again after so many ...

No. 2 MSU tops Minnesota 87-57 with 27 points from Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting for second-ranked Michigan State, and the Spartans cruised to their ninth consecutive victory by beating Minnesota 87-57 on Tuesday night. The Spartans (25-3, 13-2) notched their best 28-game record ...

Dubnyk saves 32 as Wild hold on 3-2 against Rangers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota’s early three-goal lead held up in 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for Minnesota, which ran its home point streak to a ...