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Twins start rotation rebuild, sign Dylan Bundy to $5M deal

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Dylan Bundy to a $5 million, one-year contract on Wednesday, taking their first step toward rebuilding a depleted rotation. Bundy will make $4 million in 2022. His deal comes with an $11 million ...

Safe at home: Buxton relishes comfort of staying with Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first offer came from the Minnesota Twins nearly five years ago, initiating their attempt to sign center fielder Byron Buxton to a long-term contract and keep a potential superstar from reaching free agency and a bidding frenzy on the ...

Vikings need Smith to keep up strong return from COVID-19

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Harrison Smith has made a noticeable impact in his return to the Minnesota secondary following a sudden, COVID-19-forced absence. With the depleted state of their defense, the Vikings could use several more similar performances from ...

Wizards beat Timberwolves 115-107; Towns hurt late

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 27 points and Bradley Beal added 19 to lift the Washington Wizards to a 115-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns had to leave the game with 2:14 ...

Greenway, Kaprizov lead the way as Wild beat Coyotes 5-2

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jordan Greenway had a goal and two assists, Kirill Kaprizov scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night. Joel Eriksson Ek, Jonas Brodin and Marcus Foligno also scored for ...

Lions RB D’Andre Swift’s banged-up shoulder still hurting

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The winless Detroit Lions may be without their best player against the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit coach Dan Campbell said Monday that running back D'Andre Swift's injured shoulder is still sore, adding it's hard to envision him playing on Sunday. Campbell said the ...

Still-viable Vikings making season harder than it has to be

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have been as relentless as any team in the league this year, with all six of their defeats decided by one score. Each time they've teetered on the edge of being done for, in a game or in this season, they've ...

Vikings deem Dalvin Cook ‘day to day’ with shoulder injury

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook's availability this week for the game at winless Detroit is in doubt because of an injury to his left shoulder, but coach Mike Zimmer stopped short on Monday of confirming a long-term ...

Towns, Edwards push Timberwolves to 100-98 win over Pacers

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter and Anthony Edwards added 21 as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for a 100-98 win against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. The Timberwolves trailed by 12 early in the ...

Minnesota chops down No. 18 Wisconsin 23-13 to take back Axe

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's fans gleefully converged on the field as Paul Bunyan's Axe was slowly paraded through the crowd, eager for a peek at this long-sought trophy that has gone so often to Wisconsin. The Gophers' defense swarmed the field like that ...

Timberwolves spoil Embiid’s 76ers return with 2OT victory

By AARON BRACY Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D'Angelo Russell scored 35 points and had a decisive steal and assist in the final seconds of the second overtime in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 121-120 victory over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Embiid had 42 ...

Trammell, Economou lift Seattle past St. Thomas (MN) 81-64

SEATTLE (AP) — Darrion Trammell had 18 points to lead five Seattle players in double figures as the Redhawks beat St. Thomas (MN) 81-64 on Saturday night. Rip Economou added 14 points for the Redhawks. Viktor Rajkovic chipped in 12, Cameron Tyson scored 11 and Riley Grigsby had 10. Economou ...

Hartman scores in 3rd straight; Wild beat Lightning 4-2

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman broke a 2-all tie midway through the third period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Sunday. Hartman scored for the third straight game and has goals in five of the last six games to give him 12 on ...

4th-down miscommunication dooms Vikings in loss to 49ers

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — On the biggest play of the game, the Minnesota Vikings had no idea where to go. The confusion led to a wasted timeout and then a missed fourth down that played a key role in a 34-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday ...

AP source: Twins, Buxton agree on 7-year, $100M contract

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and center fielder Byron Buxton agreed to a seven-year, $100 million contract Sunday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the ...

Gophers lean on leader Morgan as surging Badgers, Axe arrive

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tanner Morgan got the game ball for Minnesota last week, a tribute to his 25th career victory that gave him the record for Gophers quarterbacks. "I've been around a lot of good teammates and a lot of good coaches. It was really special, ...

Vikings, 49ers head into meeting on upswings in NFC

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers found themselves in similar predicaments a few weeks ago after seasons that began with high hopes saw both teams struggling at the midpoint. Both have responded with back-to-back ...

Kaprizov has goal, three assists as Wild rout Jets 7-1

By MIKE COOK Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored and tied a career high with three assists to help the Minnesota Wild rout the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday. Mats Zuccarello scored twice before leaving after a slash to his wrist, Alex Goligoski, Ryan Hartman, Jon ...

Oubre, Hornets blister Timberwolves from long range, 133-115

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kelly Oubre Jr. matched a career high with seven 3-pointers and had 27 points off the bench, helping the surging Charlotte Hornets snap the Minnesota Timberwolves' five-game winning streak with a 133-115 victory Friday night. Miles ...

Vikings relieved Everson Griffen crisis ends ‘peacefully’

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have made mental health support an organizational priority, an investment that only became more important with Everson Griffen's frightening experience three years ago. The condition of mental illness never truly goes ...