Minnesota Sports

Rubio to miss Nuggets game for personal reasons

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will miss the game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, but it has nothing to do with the trade rumors that have surrounded him of late. Rubio left the team on Friday for personal ...

Gophers fall yet again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ethan Happ scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 17 Wisconsin to a 78-76 overtime victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Nigel Hayes added 21 points for the Badgers (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) and Bronson Koenig hit two huge 3-pointers in overtime to help ...

T-wolves’ Rubio to miss Nuggets game for personal reasons

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will miss the game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, but it has nothing to do with the trade rumors that have surrounded him of late. Rubio left the team on Friday for personal ...

Vikings shed OC Pat Shurmur’s interim tag, hire 2 assistants

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's interim tag has been shed by coach Mike Zimmer, a step toward stability for the team's offense following a tumultuous season. The widely expected move was finalized Friday by the Vikings, who also fired ...

Gophers could have Springs in their step vs. Badgers

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The emotional and intellectual leader of Minnesota's significantly improved team might be the player who's been with the program the shortest amount of time. That's how swiftly Akeem Springs has adjusted to the Gophers. He had to, of ...

Fleck names 9 assistants at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has hired nine coaches for his staff, including offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and defensive coordinator Robb Smith. The Golden Gophers announced the additions on Tuesday night. Ciarrocca follows Fleck from Western Michigan and Smith ...

Leonard’s 34 points rally Spurs past Timberwolves, 122-114

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a strong start by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 122-114 victory Tuesday night. Leonard's fourth straight 30-point game helped him become the first San Antonio player to ...

Bennett gets late goal to lift Devils over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Beau Bennett scored with 2:17 remaining to lift the New Jersey Devils over the Minnesota Wild in an unexpected 4-3 victory Tuesday night. Pavel Zacha, Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey, which went 3-0-1 on its four-game road trip. Cory Schneider ...

Matthews leads Mavericks to 98-87 win over T-Wolves

DALLAS (AP) — Playing against a much younger team that beat them six days ago, the Dallas Mavericks turned to their depth and veteran savvy. Wesley Matthews had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 as the Mavericks spread out the scoring and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-87 on ...

Surging Wild beat Blackhawk 3-2 for Western Conference lead

CHICAGO (AP) — Playing on the road for the second straight night against one of their biggest rivals, Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild rallied to another impressive victory. Not much to complain about for Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "They just refuse to lose at this stage," he ...

Wildcats tie Lake State, win shootout and Cappo Cup

By Journal Sports Staff SAULT STE. MARIE — In a repeat performance of last night’s contest, the Northern Michigan University hockey team tied Lake Superior State 1-1 again Saturday night. However, unlike Friday’s game, it was the Wildcats who earned the extra point in the WCHA ...

Watkins lifts Penn State to 52-50 win over No. 24 Gophers

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach Patrick Chambers discussed end-of-game scenarios often over the last several days with his young team. He reminded Tony Carr about those conversations with three words and a slap on the rear end as the point guard ...

Minnesota gets UCLA’s Danladi with MLS SuperDraft’s top pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Expansion Major League Soccer franchise Minnesota United has chosen UCLA forward Abu Danladi with the first overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. United selected the Ghanaian prospect Friday, bypassing better-known names on the board. Danladi moved to the U.S. in 2011 and ...

Twins agree to deals with Gibson, Santiago, Kintzler

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins agreed to one-year contracts with starting pitchers Kyle Gibson and Hector Santiago, reliever Ryan Pressly and closer Brandon Kintzler on Friday while avoiding arbitration with their four remaining eligible ...

Towns, Rubio lead Wolves to 3rd straight win

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook piled up another triple-double in a season full of them. The Minnesota Timberwolves' improving defense made sure he had a fourth double that he wanted nothing to do with. Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 17 ...

Twins to put Hunter, Hawkins in FSN booth

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Twins stars Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins will serve as television analysts this season for broadcasts on regional cable outlet Fox Sports North. Bert Blyleven has long been the lead analyst on FSN and will continue to call games with play-by-play ...

Spartans blast Gophers

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges did not play the last time Michigan State rallied to beat Minnesota. With the freshman standout back in the lineup, the Spartans simply dominated the 24th-ranked Golden Gophers. Bridges scored all 16 of his points before halftime, helping Michigan ...

Wolves snap Houston streak at 9

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 Wednesday night to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 119-105. James Harden scored 33 points and had 12 assists for Houston, which saw ...

Boudreau, Dubnyk, Suter are Wild’s NHL All-Star reps

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Coach Bruce Boudreau, goalie Devan Dubnyk and defenseman Ryan Suter will represent the Minnesota Wild in the NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. The league announced the rosters Tuesday for the 3-on-3 tournament, featuring one team from each of the four divisions. ...

Bruce Boudreau wins in Anaheim return as Wild beat Ducks 2-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon scored early in the second period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Ducks 2-1 Sunday night in coach Bruce Boudreau's triumphant return to Anaheim. Boudreau was fired by the Ducks after their first-round playoff exit last spring despite ...