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Augustus retires from playing will be an assistant for LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seimone Augustus has retired from playing and will be an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks, the team announced Thursday. Augustus is a 15-year veteran who played most of her career with the Minnesota Lynx, winning four titles there. She re-signed with the Sparks ...

WNBA returns, celebrating 25th anniversary season

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is back and celebrating its silver anniversary. It was a busy offseason for the longest running women's professional sports league that will tip off its 25th season Friday night. There was a lot of player movement in the ...

Kirill the thrill: Russian rookie Kaprizov big boost to Wild

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wary of all kinds of pressure on Kirill Kaprizov and resolute in their team-first culture, the Minnesota Wild tried to keep a lid on the fanfare enveloping his arrival in the NHL. "I was nervous about the incredible expectations, ...

It’s time: Duncan, Bryant, Garnett to enter Hall of Fame

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Vanessa Bryant got a private tour to see some of the newly remodeled Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, viewing the exhibit that will honor the life and legacy of her late husband before the rest of the world ...

A’s hit four homers to back Montas, beat Twins 6-1

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ramón Laureano hit the first of Oakland's four homers and Frankie Montas pitched six effective innings, helping the Athletics beat the sliding Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Friday night. Sean Murphy and Stephen Piscotty each hit a two-run shot, ...

Pick and click: Minnesota fishing tournaments go virtual

By KIRSTI MAROHN Minnesota Public Radio News BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — With the opening of Minnesota's fishing season marked by the 73rd annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on Otter Tail Lake, some aspects will look a lot like past years: Lots of media, visits by dignitaries and a chance ...

Vikings sign TE Shane Zylstra from Minnesota State

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end Shane Zylstra out of the NCAA Division II program at Minnesota State that produced two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen. The Vikings announced Friday the addition of Zylstra, who went undrafted in 2020 after finishing as ...

Twins put Buxton on 10-day IL with hip strain

DETROIT (AP) — Outfielder Byron Buxton was put on the 10-day injured list by the Minnesota Twins with a strained right hip. The Twins also announced before Friday's game at Detroit that they have selected the contract of outfielder Trevor Larnach from Triple-A St. Paul. The injury ...

Heat move back into 6th in East, top Timberwolves 121-112

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The plan that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had entering Friday was to play Tyler Herro in limited shifts, mindful that he was just coming back after a six-game absence. Herro had other ideas. Herro came off the bench to score 27 points in 29 ...

Kaprizov scores in OT as Wild beat Ducks 4-3

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored 17 seconds into overtime to send the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Kaprizov, the rookie sensation with 27 goals this season, snapped a quick shot that was stopped by Anaheim ...

Ravens pick WR Rashod Bateman, LB Jayson Oweh in first round

By TODD KARPOVICH Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said he could not have hoped for a better scenario in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. Baltimore filled two areas of need by selecting wide receiver Rashod Bateman with the 27th ...

Twins reinstate Kepler, Garlick from COVID injured list

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins reinstated outfielders Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick from the COVID-19 injured list and recalled catcher Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A St. Paul before beginning a three-game series against Kansas City on Friday. The return of Kepler and Garlick cleared the ...

Future QB: Vikings pick Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond in 3rd round

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings drafted Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond with the 66th overall pick on Friday night, targeting a potential successor to Kirk Cousins with their first of four third-rounders. North Carolina linebacker Chazz ...

Kirilloff’s 1st 2 big league homers lead Twins over KC 9-1

By TYLER MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Alex Kirilloff hit the first two home runs of his major league career, including a three-run drive that broke open the game in the third inning and led the Minnesota Twins over the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 9-1 on Friday ...

Wild sign Ryan Hartman to 3-year, $5.1M contract extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed forward Ryan Hartman to a three-year, $5.1 million contract extension Thursday night. Hartman was eligible to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer. The deal with an average annual value of $1.7 million will give ...

With needs on both lines, Vikes have draft-pick limitations

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deterioration of Minnesota's defense last year weighed heavily on Mike Zimmer, the injuries and inexperience too widespread to be overcome by strategic acumen or sheer will. "Honestly, at the end of the season, I was kind of ...

Twins add Sanó to injured list, call up prospect Kirilloff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sputtering Minnesota Twins shelved another regular on Friday, placing first baseman Miguel Sanó on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. Sanó is batting .111 with two home runs and 20 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right ...

Happ loses no-hitter in 8th for Twins in 2-0 win vs Pirates

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota left-hander J.A. Happ lost his bid for a no-hitter when Jacob Stallings doubled with one out in the eighth inning, and the Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Friday night. Happ, in his first season with the Twins, was ...

Collier, Kuier taken 1-2 by Dallas Wings in WNBA draft

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Charli Collier said she wrote down goals with her late father when he was hospitalized with cancer five years ago, and being selected No. 1 in the WNBA draft was one of them. She checked off that goal on Thursday night when the Dallas ...

Towns scores 24, helps Timberwolves beat Heat 119-111

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, including eight in the fourth quarter before fouling out, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-111 win against the Miami Heat on Friday night. Ricky Rubio added 17 points and Naz Reid scored 16 off ...