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MN State Sports

‘Beacon of goodness’: NCAA women’s gymnastics is booming

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer Sunisa Lee and the rest of the Auburn women's gymnastics team filed out of Stegeman Coliseum on Georgia's campus in mid-February, equal parts exhausted and giddy. A happy three-hour trip home awaited after the Tigers edged the Gymdogs on the road for just the ...

Hotbed for women’s hoops in Minnesota goes beyond Bueckers

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Cheryl Reeve was once in between weightlifting sets at a Twin Cities area fitness center when she spotted a scrawny youngster working on her game on an otherwise-empty basketball court. This sixth-grader had the moves, determination ...

Fleury, Wild beat Flyers 4-1, extend win streak to 7 games

By TYLER MASON Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves and won his second straight start for Minnesota, and the Wild extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Matt Dumba, Kirill Kaprizov, ...

Gophers’ Steveson wins Hodge again as top college wrestler

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion Gable Steveson of Minnesota has been named repeat winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the top college wrestler. WIN magazine on Monday announced Steveson had received 49 of 59 first-place votes from a panel of retired ...

Flyers sign US Olympian Noah Cates among moves around NHL

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Noah Cates is going from Beijing to Broad Street after the Philadelphia Flyers signed the forward prospect to a two-year entry-level contract. Cates signed a deal Monday for the rest of this season and 2022-23 and is expected to play in the NHL immediately. ...

Vikings add ex-Dolphin Jesse Davis in search for interior OL

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed three free agents on Monday, including former Miami offensive lineman Jesse Davis in their attempt to upgrade the interior blocking. The Vikings also signed ex-Denver cornerback Nate Hairston and re-signed cornerback Tye Smith. Davis was a ...

Twins sign veteran Chris Archer as potential rotation boost

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins signed veteran right-hander Chris Archer to a one-year contract Monday, a potential boost for their rotation with a two-time All-Star who's coming off an injury-ruined season. The 33-year-old Archer made five starts and one relief appearance for ...

UConn reaches 14th straight Final Four, tops NC State in 2OT

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — In a double-overtime thriller that put UConn's record streak of women's Final Four appearances at serious risk, Paige Bueckers came through for the Huskies — and earned a trip home to Minneapolis. The sensational sophomore ...

UConn, Stanford, SC, Louisville headed to women’s Final Four

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer There will be plenty of familiar faces at the women's Final Four with Stanford, South Carolina, Louisville and UConn heading to Minneapolis. With all the upsets that occurred during the women's NCAA Tournament this year — a record number of double-digit ...

Spurgeon scores in OT as Wild beat Blue Jackets 3-2

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jared Spurgeon scored on a give-and-go 1:24 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild recovered to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 and provide Marc-Andre Fleury with a victory in his Minnesota debut Saturday night. Fleury, the three-time ...

Celtics beat T’Wolves 134-112, take over top spot in East

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Ime Udoka has his priorities set for the final push to the playoffs, and trying to figure out Boston's best matchup isn't among them. "Teams manipulate where they want to play. We're not concerned about that," the rookie head coach ...

Fiala scores in OT to send Wild to 3-2 win over Avalanche

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala scored 15 seconds into overtime to send the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night for their sixth straight victory. Kirill Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman also scored for Minnesota, ...

Former Packers CB Chandon Sullivan signs with rival Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Chandon Sullivan signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, the latest player to switch from one NFC North rival to another. The 25-year-old Sullivan played more than 76% of the snaps on defense last season for Green Bay, mostly in ...

Wolves stop skid, avenge recent loss with romp over Mavs

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves made up for a narrow loss at Dallas four days earlier by tightening up their defense and blowing out the Mavericks 116-95 on Friday night. The seeds for ...

Ayton has career-high 35 points, Suns rally past T-Wolves

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA-leading Phoenix Suns, still playing short-handed, passed another stiff test. Even before Chris Paul comes back, they appear more than ready for another deep postseason run. Deandre Ayton scored a career-high 35 points and had 14 ...

Eriksson Ek scores in overtime, Wild beat Canucks 3-2

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek scored 31 seconds into overtime, Cam Talbot made 26 saves and the Minnesota Wild kept rolling with a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Fiala also ...

Vikings agree to 3-year, $42M deal with OLB Za’Darius Smith

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three years ago at the Pro Bowl, Danielle Hunter autographed a jersey and gave it to his NFC teammate, Za'Darius Smith, with an inscription that raised the possibility of a future reunion. That didn't take long. Smith agreed to a ...

Vikings try to ‘live in today and tomorrow’ this offseason

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings hired a new general manager and head coach, the natural expectation from outside was that major roster moves would follow. The Vikings have, instead, kept their best and costliest players largely intact ...

Correa promises ‘championship culture’ for luckless Twins

By JAKE SEINER AP Baseball Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Correa has declared October "his time." It certainly hasn't been Minnesota's. The Twins hope Correa can fix that, even if his stay in Minneapolis is short. "I want to build a championship culture in this organization," Correa ...

Wild, Avs, Rangers among the winners at NHL trade deadline

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer Marc-Andre Fleury may have been the biggest winner at the NHL trade deadline, getting dealt by the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks to the potentially contending Minnesota Wild. Minnesota acquired the biggest name available on Monday, adding a three-time Stanley ...