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Vikings release kicker Dan Bailey after rough season

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings cleared more salary cap space by cutting kicker Dan Bailey on Tuesday, keeping their carousel of specialists spinning for yet another season. Bailey ranked last in the league in 2020 in field goals (68.2 ...

New SS Simmons finally in camp with Twins after travel delay

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have been eagerly anticipating the addition of Andrelton Simmons to their infield this season. Getting him and his renowned glove in camp was even worth an extra wait. "It's enjoyable to see a guy out there who can do ...

Vikings bring back DE Stephen Weatherly after Panthers stint

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed defensive end Stephen Weatherly to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Monday, bringing back one of their past draft picks to try to strengthen a lagging pass rush. Weatherly played last season with the Carolina Panthers, who released him on ...

Young’s 23 points leads Rutgers past Minnesota 77-70 in OT

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jacob Young had 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds to help Rutgers hold off Minnesota 77-70 in overtime Saturday to finish the regular season with a fourth Big Ten road win — the most for the Scarlet Knights in seven years in the ...

Pitlick, Garland help Coyotes rally for 5-2 win over Wild

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tyler Pitlick scored twice, Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Saturday night. Lawson Crouse scored for the first time in 21 games, and Jakob Chychrun also scored for the Coyotes, who trailed 2-0 after ...

‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Pavelich, the speedy center from the Iron Range who played on the "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey team, has died at a treatment center for mental illness. He was 63. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagle's Healing Nest ...

Kahkonen stops 24 shots in Wild’s 5-1 win over Coyotes

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist, Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 24 shots and the Minnesota Wild jumped on the Arizona Coyotes early in a 5-1 victory Friday night. The Wild had a lackluster performance two nights earlier in a loss to ...

Vikings GM: ‘Kirk Cousins is our quarterback’

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The quarterback carousel has begun to spin around the NFL for the second straight offseason, with even the slight potential of further movement creating a flurry of speculation about who will man these vital positions for certain ...

Jones leads balanced Penn State past Minnesota 84-65

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Myreon Jones scored 17 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, as five Penn State players reached double-figures and the Nittany Lions walloped Minnesota 84-65 on Wednesday night. After an early scramble, Penn State took the lead for keeps on a Trent Buttrick ...

Rozier leads Hornets to 135-102 rout of skidding T-Wolves

By TYLER MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 31 points and Gordon Hayward added 23 as the Charlotte Hornets headed into the All-Star break with a 135-102 win over the skidding Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Rozier was instrumental in helping the Hornets ...

Rozier leads Hornets to 135-102 rout of skidding T-Wolves

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 31 points and Gordon Hayward added 23 as the Charlotte Hornets headed into the All-Star break with a 135-102 win over the skidding Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Rozier was instrumental in helping the ...

Job in jeopardy, Gophers’ Pitino ‘not waving the white flag’

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino acknowledged his job is in jeopardy with the Gophers going through another late-season fade, but he said he doesn't believe his fate has been determined. The banged-up Gophers have lost eight of their last ...

Vikings cut TE Kyle Rudolph after 10 years for cap savings

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings released two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday, ending his 10-season run with the team to create a little more than $5 million in salary cap space. Rudolph is fifth in franchise history with both ...

B10 baseball momentum could slow with no nonconference games

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer The Big Ten's decision to prohibit its teams from playing nonconference baseball games this season likely will cost the league when it comes to NCAA Tournament selections. The Big Ten season opens Friday with teams traveling to neutral sites where bad weather ...

Position-switching Polanco enjoys pain-free start with Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After having surgery on his right ankle for the second straight offseason, Jorge Polanco has enjoyed a pain-free start to spring training with the Minnesota Twins. Camp came with a position switch for Polanco, too, which won't hinder his ...

Banton, Nebraska beat Minnesota 78-74, snap 5-game skid

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Dalano Banton scored 14 points, Derrick Walker had 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and Nebraska held off a late Minnesota rally to beat the Golden Gophers 78-74 on Saturday night. Trey McGowen added 11 points and Kobe Webster and Thorir Thorbjarnarson scored ...

Wizards send Timberwolves to 7th straight loss, 128-112

By IAN NICHOLAS QUILLEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 34 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 as part of his NBA-leading 10th triple-double, and the Washington Wizards used a 44-point third quarter to pull away for a 128-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on ...

Dumba scores in last second of OT, Wild beat Kings 4-3

By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored in the final second of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. With time running out, Minnesota's Mats Zuccarello dug the puck out of a scrum on the side ...

US men’s gymnastics eyes momentum after promising Winter Cup

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer Brett McClure wanted to lower the temperature. So the high-performance director for USA Gymnastics' men's program told everyone who showed up for this weekend's Winter Cup in Indianapolis that they would be assured a spot in more important meets this spring ...

Booker scores 43 points, surging Suns beat T-wolves 118-99

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Booker scored 21 of his season-high 43 points in the third quarter to carry Phoenix in a 118-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, the 14th win for the Suns in their last 17 games. Booker hit 15 of 26 shots ...