MN State Sports

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 ...

Huberdeau scores twice as Panthers defeat Wild 4-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals, James Reimer made 29 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Friday night. Vincent Trocheck and Connor Brickley also scored for Florida, and Aleksander Barkov had two assists. It was the Panthers' first win over ...

Murphy has double-double; Minnesota beats Oral Roberts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota had more than a week to try and bounce back from a rough three-game stretch that included a pair of road losses and a narrow one-point home win. It seems the rest paid off for the Golden Gophers. Jordan Murphy scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his ...

Towns, Butler lead Timberwolves past Nuggets 112-104

DENVER (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jimmy Butler also scored 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets 112-104 on Wednesday night. Jamal Crawford added 20 points and seven assists off the bench for the Timberwolves, who rallied from 14 down to end ...

Minnesota’s lauded recruiting class has 4 from in state

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s 26-player recruiting class for 2018 is the program’s highest-ranked since the turn of the century. The Gophers landed at 28th in the country in the composite rankings at 247Sports.com . That’s sixth in the Big Ten and first in the West Division. Over the ...

Twins overhaul continues with new minor league managers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have hired new managers for all but one of their minor league affiliates, continuing the overhaul of the organization entering chief baseball officer Derek Falvey’s second season in charge. The Twins announced Wednesday the following managerial ...

Staal’s 2 goals help Wild rally past Senators 6-4

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The slumping Minnesota Wild looked a little more like a Western Conference contender by the end of Tuesday night. Eric Staal scored twice, Nate Prosser had a goal and an assist and the Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4. Minnesota had ...

Vikings Pro Bowl picks: Thielen, Rhodes, Barr, Griffen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Four Minnesota Vikings players have been picked for the Pro Bowl that they're hoping not to participate in. Wide receiver Adam Thielen, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive end Everson Griffen were on the rosters revealed on Tuesday for ...

Butler leads Wolves past Blazers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler powered through a recent bout of back spasms to score 37 points, sinking two free throws that gave the Minnesota Timberwolves the lead with 2.5 seconds left in a 108-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. Jamal Crawford pitched in a ...

Vikings check one box, aim for the next

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the NFC North title in hand, the Minnesota Vikings have guaranteed themselves a home game to start the playoffs. Now it's time to schedule it for the second weekend in January, rather than the first. "We're still playing ...

Zimmer, Vikings clinch division at expense of Lewis, Bengals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Zimmer has a second NFC North title in his fourth year in Minnesota, with the Vikings just a few wins away from becoming the first team in history to play in a home-stadium Super Bowl. Zimmer's mentor, Marvin Lewis, is simply winding down a wince-inducing season that ...

Kane, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Wild for 5th straight

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored two slick goals, Corey Crawford made 27 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win. Ryan Hartman also scored for Chicago, snapping a 17-game drought dating to Oct. 28. Tommy Wingels ...

Twins confirm Rodney signed to 1-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have announced the signing of right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract. The deal reached during Major League Baseball’s winter meetings and confirmed by the team Friday brings an experienced, three-time All-Star closer to a bullpen ...

Rudolph, Reiff doubtful for Vikings with ankle injuries

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings likely may be without a pair of important offensive players on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Left tackle Riley Reiff (ankle) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were listed as doubtful on the team’s official injury report ...