Minnesota Sports

Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk lead Wild past Blackhawks

By Matt Carlson Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night to end a two-game slide. Jonas Brodin scored in the second period for ...

Butler scores 26 to lead Timberwolves past Thunder 104-88

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had eight assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 104-88 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 ...

Vikings put faith in Forbath’s leg, as Lutz satisfies Saints

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Kai Forbath was planning to move into an apartment in New Orleans the week of the 2016 season opener, when a phone call from the Saints quickly turned his day upside down. The players were off from practice, so Forbath ...

Towns and Butler score 21 as Wolves roll over Pelicans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler each scored 21 points, Andrew Wiggins added 20 and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past New Orleans 116-98 on Saturday night. Towns went 7 for 11 and grabbed 16 rebounds for another strong effort after Friday’s 25-point, 23-rebound ...

Johnson’s career day lifts Indiana past Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, while Justin Smith and Juwan Morgan each added 20 as Indiana defeated Minnesota 75-71 on Saturday. Nate Mason led Minnesota with 22 points and nine assists, while Dupree McBrayer and Jordan Murphy each scored 18. Murphy ...

Marcus Smart scores 18, Boston tops Minnesota 91-84

BOSTON (AP) — Defense dominated as Boston went back-and-forth with Minnesota for three quarters. The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night. “We just stuck with it and the defense came and gave us a ...

Dominant, unselfish Vikings defense is Super Bowl ready

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — No team in the NFL this season allowed fewer points or yards than the Minnesota Vikings, putting them in better position than any of their competitors to prove that old “defense wins championships” adage to be true. For the first time since the famed Purple ...

Gophers’ Lynch suspended from playing amid assault probe

By Dave Campbell and Amy Forliti Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota’s athletic director suspended basketball standout Reggie Lynch from team competition on Friday due to an alleged violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after a second woman ...

Niederreiter’s hat trick fuels Wild in 6-2 win vs Sabres

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter had a hat trick in his return from injury, Mikko Koivu contributed a goal and two assists, and the finally fully healthy Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 on Thursday night. Niederreiter, who missed the previous five games because of a lower ...

Nets cool off Timberwolves 98-97 on Dinwiddie’s jumper

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead jumper with 9.7 seconds left and tied his career high with 26 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Jimmy Butler missed at the buzzer as the Timberwolves lost for just the ...

Sam Bradford on latest comeback: ‘Really hard to let it go.’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The worst-case scenario fear surfaced in Sam Bradford's mind at midseason, in the aftermath of the 30-year-old quarterback's latest surgery on his left knee. This procedure was an arthroscopic cleanup, not another ...

Gophers top Illini

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy had 17 points and 17 rebounds while Nate Mason added 17 points and 6 assists as Minnesota defeated Illinois 77-67 on Wednesday. All five starters scored in double figures for Minnesota (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten). Amir Coffey had 16 points, Dupree McBrayer scored 12, ...

Butler scores 28 points; Timberwolves beat Lakers

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 114-96 on Monday night. Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and ...

Hopes high as Vikings take bye, franchise scars to playoffs

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have begun another postseason adventure, backed by an often-burned fan base carrying several scars from flameouts of playoffs past. There’s already a dose of modesty embedded in state culture that ...

Wild clear Zach Parise to make regular-season debut

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to make his season debut, after missing the first 39 games because of back trouble. Parise told reporters after practice on Monday afternoon that he's "got the green light" to play for the Wild on Tuesday night ...

Saros’ 29 saves lead Predators over Wild

By Jim Diamond Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his second shutout this season, P.K. Subban scored his ninth goal and the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday night. Subban also had an assist, and Scott Hartnell and Viktor ...

Murphy, McBrayer lead Minnesota past Harvard 65-55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, posting his national-best 15th double-double to pace Minnesota during a grind-it-out 65-55 victory over Harvard on Saturday. Dupree McBrayer returned from a two-game absence to a lower left leg injury with a ...

Vikings place long snapper Kevin McDermott on IR

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed long snapper Kevin McDermott on injured reserve, forcing them to break in a new specialist right before the playoffs. The move was made Saturday, making room on the active roster to promote practice squad center Cornelius Edison. ...

Vikings have plenty more to play for in rematch vs. Bears

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have won a whole bunch of games since their previous matchup with Chicago, a steady march to become NFC North champions that has put plenty of distance between the playoffs they’re about to enter and that ...

Granlund’s hat trick powers Wild to win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund had the second three-goal game of his career and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in his first start since Dec. 12 to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Friday night. Matt Dumba had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which has won two ...