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Cousins, Vikings pass by Packers 24-17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins bounced back from his worst game for Minnesota with 342 passing yards and three touchdowns without a turnover, and the Vikings overcame some early gaffes to outlast the depleted Green Bay Packers for a 24-17 victory on Sunday night. Completing 29 of his 38 ...

Cobb out again for Packers with hamstring injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss his sixth game this season because of a hamstring injury. Cobb was sidelined Sunday at Minnesota for the third straight week, along with cornerback Kevin King (hamstring). Defensive end Mike Daniels (foot) and ...

Packers, Vikings meet without promise of 1st place

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The final weekend of November has arrived, with this Green Bay-Minnesota game predictably carrying plenty of weight toward the race for the NFC playoffs. The twist, though, is the Packers and Vikings are stuck in the thick of the ...

Towns’ 35 points, 22 boards lead Wolves over Bulls, 111-96

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 22 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 22 points off the bench and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 111-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Jeff Teague ...

Gophers take back Axe, beat Wisconsin 37-15

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The giddy Minnesota players ran one way down the field, with one lucky Golden Gopher holding tightly on to Paul Bunyan’s Axe as they raced toward a goal post. Coach P.J. Fleck went the other way, jogged past the end zone and gave ...

Staal caps Wild comeback in 4-2 win against Jets

By Brian Hall Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal scored with 2:31 remaining to send the Minnesota Wild to 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in an emotional, penalty-filled matchup on Friday. Nino Niederreiter, Eric Fehr and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota, which ...

Axe to grind: Gophers and Badgers renew Midwest grudge match

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If given the chance to deliver an inspirational talk to teammates this week, Wisconsin offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel would keep it short and get right to the point. The exact two-word phrase is best left said in the privacy of ...

Rose scores 25 as Timberwolves beat Nets 112-102

By Denis P. Gorman Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns thinks the real Derrick Rose is shining once again. Rose scored 25 points, Towns had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-102 on Friday. Rose was 11 for 17 from the ...

Humbled Vikings running out of time to catch Bears

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The NBC camera on Minnesota’s pregame huddle in Chicago captured Kirk Cousins delivering the customary pep talk to his teammates, a full-throated reminder by the quarterback that the Vikings reached the NFC championship game ...

Gasol, Conley lead Grizzlies past Timberwolves, 100-87

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Mike Conley finally healthy to rejoin teammate Marc Gasol, and adding 6-foot-11, 242-poound rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., the Memphis Grizzlies have gone back to their long-trusted approach of physical defense. It has got Memphis winning again, too. Gasol had 26 points ...

Koivu has goal, 2 assists; Wild crush Canucks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists, and the surging Minnesota Wild beat the road-weary Vancouver Canucks 6-2 on Thursday night. Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker also scored for the Wild, who had ...

Towns, Wiggins shine as Timberwolves top Pelicans

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves improved to 2-0 since trading Jimmy Butler with a 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Jeff ...

No. 25 Minnesota women breeze by Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kenisha Bell scored 18 points, Taiye Bello had 11 points and 16 rebounds and No. 25 Minnesota beat Xavier 78-53 on Wednesday night. Minnesota's full-court defense caused problems for Xavier in the first half, turning it over seven times and shooting 27.6 percent. The ...

Granlund scores in third to lift Wild over Blues 3-2.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikael Granlund opened the season with a trio of forgettable games. "I hardly ever touched the puck," the Minnesota Wild forward recalled. Those days are long gone. Granlund scored his team-high 10th goal of the season in the third period to lift the Wild over the St. ...

AP Source: Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota. And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference. A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Butler is being traded to ...

Minnesota defense shows in 41-10 win against Purdue

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Known for his catchphrases, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck had one for his defense that he repeated often in the week after firing defensive coordinator Robb Smith: sound, simple fast. The Gophers’ maligned defense looked each part as it ...

Twins’ Joe Mauer retiring after 15 seasons

By Dave Campbell Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins. “Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, ...

Gashed by long gains, Minnesota D seeks rebound vs. Purdue

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Favorable field position has meant little for Minnesota this season, as huge gains against the Gophers have piled up as if opponents are playing a video game. This will be an especially difficult week for the defense to try to stem ...

Welcoming Whalen: Gophers to start season with sellout crowd

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has a first team all-conference player coming back with Kenisha Bell, along with Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winner Destiny Pitts and four of the top five scorers from a team that finished 24-9 last season and won an ...

Coffey leads Minnesota past overmatched Omaha

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Amir Coffey opened the season for Minnesota with 18 points in 24 minutes and Daniel Oturu had 14 points and eight rebounds in his college debut, guiding the Gophers to a 104-76 victory over Omaha on Tuesday night. Dupree McBrayer ...