Minnesota Sports

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 ...

No charges against Minnesota’s Brooks in alleged assault

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis city attorney has declined to file charges against Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks after an alleged assault. Brooks was arrested after an Oct. 14 incident in which his male roommate accused him of assault. No injuries were reported. City spokeswoman ...

Minnesota searches for needed win at reeling Illinois

By Terry Towery Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP)  Minnesota is just two wins from securing eligibility for a bowl game and the Gophers get a golden opportunity this weekend to lock up a victory. The Gophers visit Illinois on Saturday and will face a reeling program that has lost its ...

Vikings’ Dalvin Cook: ‘Once I get back, it’s going to be on’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Since the Minnesota Vikings made him their top draft pick last year, Dalvin Cook has played in only seven of a possible 24 regular-season games. That means the early lessons have been just as much about handling injuries and ...

Rose scores career-high 50 points in Wolves win over Jazz

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points, turning back the clock to his prime years and lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 128-125 on Wednesday night. Rose was in tears after the game as he walked off the court ...

Rhodes returns for Vikes after decent fill-in by rookie Hill

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With another dangerous quarterback opposing the Minnesota Vikings this week, the helmet on cornerback Xavier Rhodes in practice Wednesday was a welcomed sight. The performance by his replacement in the last game against New ...

Staal, Wild hang on to beat Avalanche, 3-2

By Tyler Mason Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal put Minnesota ahead on the power play with 9:44 remaining, and Jonas Brodin had a late empty-netter as the Wild held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night. Staal’s goal came on the fifth power play of ...

Middleton leads balanced effort as Bucks top Wolves

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points and 12 rebounds in just 23 minutes, Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points off the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-95 on Friday night. Khris Middleton scored 16 points and hit ...

Fehr, Brodin get first goals of season; Wild beat Kings 4-1

By Mike Cook Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Fehr and Jonas Brodin scored their first goals of the season, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots and had an assist for the Wild, winners of four straight. Mikael ...

Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer Seeking a fresh voice for their underachieving young players, the Minnesota Twins have made Rocco Baldelli the youngest manager in the major leagues. The Twins hired the 37-year-old Baldelli on Thursday, bringing the former Tampa Bay player, assistant and ...

Butler leads T-wolves with 33 points in 131-123 win vs. Cavs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler brushed off some early jeers from the jaded home crowd, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night. Andrew Wiggins pitched in with 22 points and Anthony Tolliver hit three 3-pointers ...