Minnesota Sports

Graham’s strip-sack of Brady hands Super Bowl to Eagles

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The stage was set for another dramatic Super Bowl comeback for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. That's when Brandon Graham delivered one of the few defensive highlights in the most prolific offensive game in NFL history, ripping the ball out of Brady's hands for a ...

Butler leads Wolves past Pelicans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 30 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 16 rebounds for his league-leading 47th double-double, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-107 on Saturday night. In front of a capacity crowd dotted with celebrities in town ...

No. 24 Michigan holds on to beat Minnesota 76-73 in OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made a tiebreaking three-point play with 3.8 seconds left and finished with 17 points as No. 24 Michigan held on to beat Minnesota 76-73 in overtime on Saturday. The Wolverines (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) needed the extra time to win because they ...

Stars shoot past Wild

DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 6-1 Saturday night. Mattias Janmark and Benn scored on the power play, Tyler Seguin scored on an assist from Benn, and Stephen Johns added an unassisted goal ...

Staal scores twice as Wild top Golden Knights 5-2

By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Friday night. Charlie Coyle, Tyler Ennis and Jared Spurgeon also scored, Jonas Brodin had three assists and Matt Dumba added two ...

Butler’s 28 leads Wolves to victory over Bucks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-best 46th double-double, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-89 on Thursday night. Jeff Teague added nine points and eight assists for Minnesota, which was ...

Lynx re-sign 14-year pro, 4-time All-Star forward Brunson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx have re-signed forward Rebekkah Brunson. The 14-year pro out of Georgetown and four-time All-Start is coming off one of her best seasons, averaging 10.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She shot 45 percent from the field and 71 percent from ...

Twins reliever Glen Perkins retires

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins has confirmed his expected retirement, ending a 12-year major league career with 120 saves. Perkins announced Wednesday on Twitter that he’s done playing. He says he’ll turn his focus to spending time with his family and will ...

Zucker scores in 4th straight game as Wild beat Senators

By Brian Hall Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker scored for the fourth straight game and Alex Stalock made 37 saves to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Monday night. Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund also scored for Minnesota, which is 4-0-2 in the ...

Hurting Vikings still processing what went wrong in Philly

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The lilt in Case Keenum’s voice was missing as he spoke about the end of the Minnesota Vikings’ season in a softer-than-usual tone. His eyes misted over, Keenum carefully maintained enough composure to keep his voice ...

Wild win 5-2 over Lightning

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the suddenly sputtering Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night. Jared Spurgeon, Nate Prosser, Marcus Foligno and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, playing its first game after a ...

Wiggins leads Timberwolves to victory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had all 22 of his points in the second half as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-109 on Saturday night. Playing without leading scorer Jimmy Butler, ...

No. 22 Ohio State top Minnesota 67-49

NEW YORK (AP) — Keita Bates-Diop had 17 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 22 Ohio State over Minnesota 67-49 Saturday for its seventh straight win. The game was part of a two-sport Big Ten doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. At night, Minnesota and Michigan State were set to meet in ...

Johan Santana chosen for Twins Hall of Fame

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana has been chosen for the team’s Hall of Fame. The Twins announced the honor Friday as part of their winter celebration. The 38-year-old left-hander played eight seasons with Minnesota and won two ...

Defense wins championships, or at least the NFC title

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit. Defense should win at least the NFC championship. Two of the league's elite defenses go at it Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the conference title ...

Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota's still-buzzing ...

Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen. The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday and calls for salaries of ...

Magic end Timberwolves’ five-game win streak, 108-102

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With Bismack Biyombo and rookie Khem Birch providing boards and blocks, the Orlando Magic won for the first time in 2018. The duo combined for 26 rebounds and nine blocked shots in Orlando's 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Statistically ...

McBrayer leads Minnesota over Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — The cheers and hollers coming from the Minnesota locker room were audible at least 20 feet away, deep inside Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. It sounded like joy, a feeling the Golden Gophers hadn't experienced in at least 10 days after losing two of their best ...

Vikings pivot to Eagles after big break

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midnight. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes replayed the video clip of the ...