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Kuemper helps Coyotes top Wild 4-0 to continue playoff push

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper has gone from backup to backstop in goal for Arizona this season. Kuemper made 36 saves for his second straight home shutout and Josh Archibald had two goals as the Coyotes continued a playoff push with a 4-0 victory over Minnesota in the closest thing to ...

Towns’ free throw lifts Wolves over Warriors in OT

By Joe Ziemer Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime after Stephen Curry led a frantic rally to tie the game, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 131-130 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday ...

Twins get 1st crack at division champ Indians

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After hiring a new manager and some power-hitting help, the Minnesota Twins have assembled a team for 2019 that, assuming expected progress by several of their young players, they’re confident can close the gap with Cleveland in the ...

Wild edge Capitals to move into playoff position

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Luke Kunin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and the Minnesota Wild moved into playoff position by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Friday night. Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota, which ...

Big Ten battle: Gophers’ Pitino has no gripe facing Spartans

By Eric Olson AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Unlike the grind of conference season, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says, the fun of coaching in the NCAA Tournament is coming up with a game plan for an unfamiliar opponent, maybe one he and his team had never faced. "You can run a ...

Minnesota tops Cornell 2-0 for spot in women’s hockey final

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Nicole Schammel scored off a rebound midway through the second period and goalie Alex Gulstene made it stand, lifting Minnesota over Cornell 2-0 Friday to earn a spot in the NCAA championship game. Sarah Potomak scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of the Frozen ...

Walker, Bridges lead Hornets past Wolves

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 31 points, rookie Miles Bridges had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double on his 21st birthday, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss, 113-106 ...

Kalscheur, Gophers upset Louisville

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota found its elusive 3-point stroke just in time to give coach Richard Pitino the NCAA Tournament win he'd been seeking for years. The 10th-seeded Gophers won their first NCAA Tournament game in six seasons behind 24 points ...

Ichiro cheered at Tokyo Dome, Mariners top A’s 9-7 in opener

By Stephen Wade AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent ...

Vikings sign ex-Titans guard Kline for O-line

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line. Kline’s three-year deal, valued at $15.75 million, was done Wednesday as Kline finished a visit to team headquarters. Kline’s streak of 46 games started is the ...

Nelson scores early in OT, Islanders beat Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of guys who played high school hockey in Minnesota helped the New York Islanders pick up an important two points on the road Sunday night. They also did no favors for the home team. Brock Nelson scored 1:04 into overtime and the Islanders beat the Wild 3-2 to ...

Donato scores 2, Wild past Rangers 5-2

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato scored two goals and Devan Dubnyk had 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Saturday night to stay in the thick of the playoff race. Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown also scored for ...

Livers scores 21, No. 10 Michigan pounds Minnesota

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — No. 10 Michigan had just buried Minnesota when the focus shifted to the opportunity at hand. The Wolverines didn’t just earn a shot at a record third straight Big Ten Tournament championship. They put themselves in position to get some ...

Murphy, Coffey lead Minnesota over No. 13 Purdue 75-73

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota came into the Big Ten Tournament looking to secure a brighter postseason future after an inconsistent regular season. With a trip to the conference semifinals, things are looking good Even better, the Gophers knocked off one of ...

Stars overcome Bishop’s injury in 4-1 win vs. Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance scored for Dallas in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and the Stars hung on for a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild after goalie Ben Bishop was hurt Thursday night. Anton Khudobin stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced ...

Coffey leads Gophers over Penn State, 77-72 in OT

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Amir Coffey scored 10 of his 22 points in the final minute, and Minnesota rallied for a 77-72 overtime victory over Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night. Coffey put the Golden Gophers (20-12) on top ...

Relieved Barr remains a Viking after uneasy pledge to Jets

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Anthony Barr slept for a mere two hours on Monday night, awakened at 3 a.m. by the angst of his decision about which team to pick in free agency. His verbal commitment to join the New York Jets triggered immediate unease about ...

Gibson scores 25 as Wolves, without Towns, top Knicks 103-92

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 25 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 103-92 on Sunday night despite playing without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Rookie Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 18 ...

Barkov has team-record 5 assists, Panthers beat Wild

By Paul Gereffi Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov set a franchise record with five assists, and MacKenzie Weegar and Mike Matheson each scored twice as the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. Jonathan ...

Cowan scores 21 as No. 24 Maryland beats Minnesota

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan scored 21 points, Jalen Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland beat Minnesota 69-60 on Friday night to end the regular season in feel-good fashion following a two-game skid. The Terrapins led by 12 ...