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4 minor leaguers suspended for violating drug program

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four minor leaguers suspended Sunday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Gutierrez, a 24-year-old right-hander, received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a ...

Independent American Association baseball to start July 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down, an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association said Friday its six teams will play in three hubs due to the new coronavirus, at least at ...

Another rough season ends with Wolves near bottom of league

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another season of setback and tumult has mercifully ended for the Minnesota Timberwolves, this time in the strangest of ways after the NBA's decision to resume virus-halted play with 22 teams. The revelation of the makeshift plan ...

Minnesota Legion Baseball season canceled over virus fears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's American Legion Baseball season has been canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. "As much as we wanted to play this year, we cannot take chances with the players, coaches and fans we oversee," Randy Schaub, director of Minnesota American Legion ...

Gophers get big men transfers Liam Robbins, Brandon Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has added two accomplished frontcourt players to its roster, bringing in Liam Robbins from Drake and Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan. The Gophers announced the signings of both big men on Wednesday. The 7-foot, 235-pound Robbins has applied to the NCAA for ...

Ionescu, Sabally, Cox headline WNBA mock draft

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press had a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers hold a mock draft over the course of the season. This is the final installment with the draft on Friday. The coaches weren't allowed to select players for their own ...

Minnesota Vikings re-sign veteran guard Dozier

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran guard Dakota Dozier. The team announced the re-signing of the Furman product, who played in 16 games last season with a career-high four starts. He originally joined Minnesota as a free agent last April 4. Dozier was drafted by ...

Minnesota gymnast Sunisa Lee’s Olympic quest delayed a year

By Nancy Yang Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the last 10 years, almost everything Sunisa Lee has done has been in the name of 2020. Spending up to eight hours a day at the gym. Taking classes online so that she has the flexibility to spend long hours at the ...

Vikings will need heavy lift from new man in middle Pierce

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Pierce will bring an exceptional amount of strength to the Minnesota Vikings, whenever they're able to convene once concern about the coronavirus spread has subsided. He'll fit right in, because there'll be a lot of heavy ...

Cap-strapped Vikings could lose several key players

By The Associated Press MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-7) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Everson Griffen, CB Xavier Rhodes, DT Linval Joseph, CB Trae Waynes, CB Mackensie Alexander, K Dan Bailey, S Andrew Sendejo, S Jayron Kearse, T Rashod Hill, QB Sean Mannion, G Dakota Dozier, RB/KR Ameer Abdullah, WR ...

Bills add WR Diggs in trade with Vikings

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Stefon Diggs is headed to the Buffalo Bills in a splashy trade intended to boost quarterback Josh Allen’s development. Buffalo acquired the big-play receiver and a seventh-round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for ...

Vikings start cap space clearance by cutting Rhodes, Joseph

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The stability and related success the Minnesota Vikings enjoyed on defense during coach Mike Zimmer’s first six seasons will face a big test in 2020. The inevitable turnover of an experienced-and-expensive unit began Friday ...

AP Source: Pitino will return for 8th season with Minnesota

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino will return for his eighth season with the program, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, without authorization ...

Ohio State women pull away to beat Minnesota

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaliyah Patty had 15 points and eight rebounds to help No. 6 seed Ohio State beat No. 11 seed Minnesota 77-56 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night. Ohio State will face third-seeded and 19th-ranked Iowa in the quarterfinals on Friday. The ...

Hoosiers earn crucial victory, 72-67, sweep Golden Gophers

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 18 points and Joey Brunk added 12 on Wednesday night, helping Indiana pick up a key 72-67 victory over Minnesota. The Hoosiers (19-11, 9-10 Big Ten) ended a two-game losing streak by pulling off their ...

Minnesota women beat Penn State 85-65 in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jasmine Brunson scored a career-high 20 points, Taiye Bello had her 12th double-double of the season, and Minnesota beat Penn State 85-65 in the Big Ten tournament Wednesday. Brunson hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and added six assists. Bello finished with 16 points, 13 ...

Fiala scores in 5th straight as Wild win

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala scored for the fifth straight game for Minnesota, this time against his former team, and the Wild beat Nashville 3-1 on Tuesday night to pass the Predators in the Western Conference playoff race. Luke Kunin and Zach ...

Beasley, Russell lead Timberwolves past Pelicans

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Malik Beasley scored 28 points, D'Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beats the New Orleans Pelicans 139-134 on Tuesday night. Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue Holiday ...

Porzingis scores 38; Mavs beat Wolves 111-91 without Doncic

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Being without All-Star guard Luka Doncic for 13 games this season, the Dallas Mavericks have discovered how to stay successful without their leading scorer and assist man. Lean on Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis tied a season high with 38 ...

Maryland ties for top in Big Ten with 99-44 win at Minnesota

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maryland is surging into March again, this time with a twist. The Terrapins have turned themselves into quite the force on defense. Taylor Mikesell scored 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range to lead seventh-ranked Maryland's ...