Minnesota Sports

Scuffling Iowa, Minnesota square off for Floyd of Rosedale

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The thought of playing for a 98.3-pound bronze pig usually brings a smile to the faces of Iowa and Minnesota's players. After dropping a heartbreaker in overtime at Northwestern, Hawkeyes star Akrum Wadley just wants to get a ...

Staal, rookies power Wild to 6-4 win against Islanders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal had a goal and assist, Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell each scored their first NHL goals, and the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Thursday night. Marcus Foligno, Jason Zucker and Jonas Brodin also scored for Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 ...

Twins name Garvin Alston pitching coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have named Garvin Alston pitching coach. The 45-year-old Alston, whose hiring was announced Thursday by the Twins, became bullpen coach for the Oakland Athletics last season after starting the year as pitching rehab coordinator for the San Diego Padres. ...

Pistons pound T-Wolves

By Dave Hogg Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 34 points, Avery Bradley added 20 and the Detroit Pistons overcame another slow start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-101 Wednesday night. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved ...

New-look Vikings’ offensive line is cruising along

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — By far the biggest concern about the Minnesota Vikings at the beginning of this season has been alleviated for now, with a stout performance by the once-beleaguered offensive line. The new look for this group has sure ...

Pacers scorch T-Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and Cory Joseph added 21 to lead the hot-shooting Indiana Pacers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-107 on Tuesday night. Darren Collison had 15 points and 16 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and ...

Nilsson, Virtanen lead Canucks over Wild 1-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jake Virtanen broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period, Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for his fourth career shutout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 on Tuesday night. Virtanen scored his second goal of the season and the second in as ...

Forbath having a field (goal) day for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Forced by Blair Walsh's struggles to switch kickers last year, the Minnesota Vikings have their field goal tries back on track with Kai Forbath. Those pesky extra points are, well, another matter. Forbath's career-most six field goals in as many attempts, including ...

Vikings safety Sendejo suspended 1 game for hit on Wallace

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has suspended Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo for one game for violating player safety rules in Sunday's win against the Baltimore Ravens. Sendejo's hit on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace on Baltimore's seconds series of the game was directly to the head. Wallace's helmet ...

Vikings defense dominates in 24-16 win over Ravens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings offense is down its starting quarterback, star rookie running back and best receiver. With a defense like they have, the Vikings have not missed a beat. Everson Griffen had two of Minnesota's five sacks and Latavius Murray rushed for 113 yards and a ...

Wiggins’ heave banks in, leads Timberwolves past Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give ...

Keenum, Flacco with role reversals for Vikings and Ravens

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Listed generously at 6-foot-1, Case Keenum has played for three teams in three NFL seasons and came to Minnesota in the offseason knowing he was the backup from Day 1. At 6-foot-6, Joe Flacco is the statuesque, Super Bowl-winning ...

Gophers run past Illini

Gophers run for 333 yards in win over Illini By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Using just two different plays, Minnesota marched down the field midway through the fourth quarter against Illinois on Saturday. Kobe McCrary carried the ball six times. Rodney Smith ran five ...

Blake Wheeler scores 200th NHL goal, Jets hold off Wild 4-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored the 200th goal of his NHL career with 6:46 left and the Winnipeg Jets held off the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Friday night. Wheeler also helped Jets coach Paul Maurice become the 17th NHL coach to reach 600 victories. The Wild turned the puck over ...

Vikings’ Barr says he was not trying to injure Aaron Rodgers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Friday he did not intend to “take out” Aaron Rodgers with a hit last weekend that left the Packers quarterback with a broken right collarbone. After spending most of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol, ...

Crawford lifts Wolves over Rubio, Jazz 100-97

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jamal Crawford couldn't even see the basket when he let the game-winning shot fly. Eighteen years in the league told him exactly where it was going. Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds to go that helped the ...

Young Gophers, Illini look for first Big Ten win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In his first season at Minnesota, coach P.J. Fleck has stressed the process of building his program and giving his players experience, even over the results of each game. Lovie Smith understands Fleck’s position all too well. His young Illinois squad plays at Minnesota ...

Bridgewater: ‘I definitely believe I’ll play this year’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — After nearly 14 months of arduous rehabilitation for his left knee, Teddy Bridgewater has arrived at the final stage. For all the progress he’s made, appearing in a game for the Minnesota Vikings again will be no small step to take. “I definitely believe ...

Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs were without Leonard and Tony Parker, but ...

Bridgewater cleared to rejoin Vikings for practice this week

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings for practice, roughly 14 months after a dislocation and multiple ligament tears in his left knee put his leg and career at risk. Coach Mike Zimmer said ...