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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 ...

Davison, Pritzl help Wisconsin slip past Minnesota 71-69

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — A little more than a month into the season, Wisconsin was 5-5. With a week to go in Big Ten play, the Badgers are one game out of first place. Brad Davison scored 20 points and Brevin Pritzl added 15 as Wisconsin rallied from a late deficit to beat Minnesota 71-69 on ...

Minnesota stuns Portland 3-1 in MLS opener for both teams

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kevin Molino credited his offseason training back home in Trinidad and Tobago for his fast start. Molino scored two goals and Minnesota United beat the Portland Timbers 3-1 on Sunday night in the season opener for both ...

Ovechkin nets pair of goals as Capitals beat Wild 4-3

By MIKE COOK Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice as part of a three-point night and the Washington Capitals ended a season-high four-game road slide by holding off the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Sunday night. Richard Panik and Tom Wilson also scored, Evgeny ...

Hayward, Celtics hold off Wolves

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 29 points, Daniel Theis had career highs with 25 points and 16 rebounds and the Boston Celtics stayed strong out of the All-Star break, holding off the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-117 on Friday night. Jalen Brown ...

Twins’ staff holds the key to team loaded with offense

By Ken Powtak Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Expecting another big season from their high-octane offense, the Minnesota Twins hope to pitch well enough to win a second straight AL Central title. Minnesota set a major-league record with 307 homers and was eighth with a 4.18 ERA ...

Garza scores 24 points; No. 21 Iowa beats Minnesota 58-55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winning on the road in the Big Ten has proven to be a monumental task for most every team this season. Even trailing by eight points late at Minnesota, No. 21 Iowa believed it was going to shake that trend. Luka Garza had 24 points and the Hawkeyes closed the game by ...

Martin Jones shuts out Wild, Sharks win 2-0

By Brian Hall Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Martin Jones stopped 39 shots for his first shutout of the season, and Dylan Gambrell scored his third goal for the San Jose Sharks in a 2-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Melker Karlsson added an empty-net goal for San ...

Minnesota, Lindsay Whalen agree on contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota and women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen have agreed on a contract extension that will keep her with the Golden Gophers into 2024. The university's Board of Regents approved the extension Friday. Whalen is one of the Golden Gophers' most ...

Minnesota Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot. First-year general manager Bill Guerin said he felt the timing was right to move on from Boudreau and ...