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Minnesota Sports

Twins’ staff holds the key to team loaded with offense

By Ken Powtak Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Expecting another big season from their high-octane offense, the Minnesota Twins hope to pitch well enough to win a second straight AL Central title. Minnesota set a major-league record with 307 homers and was eighth with a 4.18 ERA ...

Garza scores 24 points; No. 21 Iowa beats Minnesota 58-55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winning on the road in the Big Ten has proven to be a monumental task for most every team this season. Even trailing by eight points late at Minnesota, No. 21 Iowa believed it was going to shake that trend. Luka Garza had 24 points and the Hawkeyes closed the game by ...

Martin Jones shuts out Wild, Sharks win 2-0

By Brian Hall Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Martin Jones stopped 39 shots for his first shutout of the season, and Dylan Gambrell scored his third goal for the San Jose Sharks in a 2-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Melker Karlsson added an empty-net goal for San ...

Minnesota, Lindsay Whalen agree on contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota and women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen have agreed on a contract extension that will keep her with the Golden Gophers into 2024. The university's Board of Regents approved the extension Friday. Whalen is one of the Golden Gophers' most ...

Minnesota Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot. First-year general manager Bill Guerin said he felt the timing was right to move on from Boudreau and ...

Twins’ right-hander Berríos expected to lead staff again

By Ken Powtak Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota’s José Berríos hardly has the frame and look of an overpowering pitcher. He didn’t even want to be a pitcher until his agent convinced him it was the best option for a major league career, a decision just five months ...

Fiala has goal, 2 assists, as Wild beat Golden Knights 4-0

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala kept up his recent surge for Minnesota with a goal and two assists, and the Wild matched their season high with three power-play scores on the way to a 4-0 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Joel ...

MacKinnon scores 32nd goal; Avalanche beat Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored his 32nd goal of the season, Pavel Francouz made 34 saves and the Colorado Avalanche ended their road trip with four wins in five games, beating the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Gabriel Landeskog also scored ...

Eriksson Ek scores 2, Wild rally to beat Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek scored his second goal of the game with 26 seconds to play and the Minnesota Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night. Eriksson Ek skated from behind the net to the right goalpost and put a wraparound behind Dallas ...

Russell, T-wolves ‘feel the love’ in star pairing with Towns

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Not yet finished with his fifth NBA season, D’Angelo Russell has landed with his fourth team. Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves sure don’t want him to leave. “It’s surreal to really think that instead of us ...

Donaldson arrival gives Twins extra swagger entering spring

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were squarely focused a year ago on the development of young players and the integration of a new coaching staff, confident in their foundation but not ready to declare themselves contenders. This time, as the start of spring training approaches, they ...

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Payton Willis scored a career-high 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range to lead Minnesota’s romp past rival Wisconsin 70-52 on Wednesday night. Daniel Oturu had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Carr scored 12 points, and ...

Timberwolves fall to Hawks, drop 13th consecutive game

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trae Young had 38 points and 11 rebounds and John Collins added 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Atlanta past Minnesota 127-120 Wednesday night, as the teams braced for major roster shifts. Collins had his fifth straight double-double ...

AP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team trade

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as the headline moves in a complicated trade that was struck early Wednesday involving four teams, 12 players and at least three draft picks, two people ...

Dumba scores OT winner as Wild beat Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored with 2:39 remaining in overtime to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Kevin Fiala scored twice for Minnesota and Alex Stalock made 27 saves. Dumba snapped a 33-game goal-scoring drought with his ...

Davison’s return to Badgers sure to be jeered by Gopher fans

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Davison is one of the many Minnesota natives who have crossed the border to play for Wisconsin, a sure path to enemy status in college sports. The junior guard has also been widely branded, fair or not, as the biggest villain in ...

Pastrnak’s NHL-best 38th goal caps 6-1 Bruins romp past Wild

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — NHL scoring leader David Pastrnak matched his career high with his 38th goal, Torey Krug scored twice and the Boston Bruins had three power-play goals in the second period to surge past the Minnesota Wild 6-1 Saturday night. Brad ...

Leonard scores 31, Clippers beat Timberwolves 118-106 on Saturday

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have their entire roster healthy for the first time this season and it showed against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Led by Kawhi Leonard’s 31 points, the Clippers had five other players in double figures in a ...

Wild return from break ready to make final push for playoffs

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild were playing at the beginning of the season like they were destined for the draft lottery, with the possibility of a high first-round pick hovering as a tantalizing prize for a franchise long mired in the middle ...