Minnesota Sports

Butler hurt as Rockets beat Wolves for 11th straight

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets won their 11th straight game with a 120-102 victory Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to an apparent right knee injury. Butler left the game late in the third quarter. After ...

Wild score 3 in 2nd period to overcome 2-0 deficit vs Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek and Chris Stewart scored in a 39-second span during Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild rallied from two down to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Thursday night. Wild defenseman Mike Reilly also scored in the second period and Eric Staal ...

Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal Sanchez

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation. For the Twins, he’s another option in a situation with few of them proven. ...

Minnesota snaps nine-game skid with 86-82 win over Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nate Mason scored 33 points as Minnesota snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 86-82 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night. Dupree McBrayer scored 16 for Minnesota (15-15, 4-13 Big Ten), Jordan Murphy had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Davonte Fitzgerald also scored ...

Healthy, productive Mauer aims to play ‘as long as I can’

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The final season of the franchise-record contract the Minnesota Twins gave Joe Mauer has begun, bringing with it the inevitable questions about his future. For now, before any such decisions must be made by the front office or the ...

Cullen, Ennis lead Wild to 5-3 win over Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis scored in Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild beat the New York Islanders 5-3 Monday. Jason Zucker added two goals and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild, who have earned at least a point in six of their past seven games ...

Minnesota women go deep, beat No. 10 Maryland 93-74

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maryland had worked its way into the nation's No. 10 ranking by beating teams by an average of 20.3 points heading into Sunday. Minnesota is showing with its wins over ranked teams that it might be another Big Ten powerhouse. Freshman Destiny Pitts scored 20 points, ...

Sano reports to Twins with several unanswered questions

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With his hulking 6-foot-4 body that's built for football and a slugger's mentality at the plate that can swiftly produce majestic drives soaring high over the wall, the presence of Miguel Sano looms larger than anyone else around the Minnesota Twins. This spring, so ...

Minnesota’s Coffey to have season-ending shoulder surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sophomore small forward Amir Coffey will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. The university announced the news Saturday night about the 6-foot-8 Coffey, who has missed 10 of the last 12 games with the injury. He finished his second year with the ...

Ritchie scores in 11th round of SO, Ducks defeat Wild

By Mike Cook Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Ritchie isn’t one of the first players called upon for the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout. He wasn’t among the first 10 shooters Saturday. Yet, Ritchie scored in the 11th round of the shootout and John Gibson stopped the final ...

Timberwolves rally past Lakers, 119-111

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Jimmy Butler added 24, providing the Minnesota Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and Jamal Crawford added ...

Ovechkin, Wilson lead Capitals to 5-2 win against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 34th goal and had three assists, and Tom Wilson scored twice for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Ovechkin assisted on Wilson’s opening goal in the second period before adding ...

Remembering Flip: T-wolves plan pregame ceremony vs. Lakers

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Summer was coming into bloom, and Flip Saunders had an extra bounce in his step as he departed Minnesota's arena with his wife that night of the 2015 draft. The Timberwolves were finally on the verge of flourishing again after so many ...

No. 2 MSU tops Minnesota 87-57 with 27 points from Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting for second-ranked Michigan State, and the Spartans cruised to their ninth consecutive victory by beating Minnesota 87-57 on Tuesday night. The Spartans (25-3, 13-2) notched their best 28-game record ...

Dubnyk saves 32 as Wild hold on 3-2 against Rangers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota’s early three-goal lead held up in 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for Minnesota, which ran its home point streak to a ...

After ‘17 turnaround and big bullpen spend, Twins aim higher

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The turnaround for Minnesota last year was sharp, with 26 more wins than the miserable 2016 season on a march to the AL wild card game. This year, the Twins are in position to actually measure progress by postseason advancement. The entire starting lineup stayed intact, ...

Indiana blows out Minnesota 80-56 for 2nd straight win

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Devonte Green and Juwan Morgan each scored 19 points Friday night, leading Indiana to an 80-56 blowout over Minnesota. The Hoosiers (14-12, 7-7 Big Ten Conference) have now won twice in five days. Nate Mason had 18 points and eight rebounds while Jordan Murphy ...

Vikings hire Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo to run offense

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator. DeFilippo replaces Pat Shurmur, who became head coach of the New York Giants. The 39-year-old DeFilippo spent two seasons with the Eagles after one year ...

Lebron sinks game-winner in OT to beat Wolves

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Moments after James blocked Butler’s potential game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, he caught a long ...

Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin out 3-4 weeks with broken hand

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss the next three to four weeks recovering from a broken left hand. The Wild announced Brodin had surgery Wednesday. He's one of the top four blue-liners and by far the team's leader with a plus-19 rating. Brodin was hurt ...