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Minnesota Sports

Keepers giving MLS some intriguing early season storylines

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer There's some urgency behind Dayne St. Clair's efforts to make the most of every opportunity in goal. The Minnesota United goalkeeper not only wants to prove his worth as a starter in Major League Soccer, he's also got a grander objective: the World ...

Vikes add free agents DT Phillips, TE Mundt, OL Schlottman

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings began to pick away at their offseason to-do list as free agency formally opened on Wednesday, re-signing punter Jordan Berry and agreeing to contract terms with defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, tight end Johnny Mundt and interior offensive lineman ...

Olympic gold medalist Steveson looks to repeat as NCAA champ

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Gable Steveson knew his life had changed after he won Olympic gold. The Minnesota star remains shocked by how wrestling fans have celebrated him this season during what has amounted to a college farewell tour. He drew a standing ovation at the Big Ten ...

Wild send Sturm to Avalanche for Jost in swap of centers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche acquired Nico Sturm from the Minnesota Wild for Tyson Jost in a swap of centers on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Sturm has nine goals, eight assists with a minus-5 rating in 53 games this season for the Wild, mostly on the fourth line. The native of ...

Sweet 60: T-wolves celebrate Towns, team scoring record

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This is Karl-Anthony Towns' seventh season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, his status well established as the franchise player for this long-languishing organization. For the first time in his NBA career, Towns has said often, he's ...

Vikings continue defensive shuffle by adding LB Jordan Hicks

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year, $12 million contract with linebacker Jordan Hicks, continuing a revamp on defense to fit a new scheme and work around the salary cap. Hicks spent the last three seasons ...

Sonny Gray quickly tries to get settled in with Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Sonny Gray needed a few more steps than normal to get through his first workout of spring training with his new team. Once the veteran right-hander got there, Gray discovered he's just where he wants to be. The newly acquired starting pitcher worked out with the ...

Donaldson and Cole meet for first time as Yankees’ teammates

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson called out new teammate Gerrit Cole last season for possible use of unauthorized grip aides but both now say they are united on bringing the New York Yankees their first World Series title since 2009. The Yankees acquired ...

Vikings have little space to spend with big holes on defense

By The Associated Press MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-9) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Patrick Peterson, LB Anthony Barr, DE Everson Griffen, S Xavier Woods, DT Sheldon Richardson, TE Tyler Conklin, CB Mackensie Alexander, LB Nick Vigil, C Mason Cole, P Jordan Berry, T Rashod Hill, WR Dede Westbrook, G ...

Sánchez starts new chapter with Twins, leaving Yanks in past

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Gary Sánchez is ready to move on from the New York Yankees. The power-hitting catcher reported to Minnesota Twins camp on Monday morning with teammate Gio Urshela about 12 hours after they were included in a three-for-two trade that sent third baseman Josh Donaldson ...

Timberwolves beat Heat 113-104 for 7th win in 8 games

MIAMI (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves refused to let one road loss become a streak. Jaylen Nowell scored 16 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each added 15 and the Timberwolves beat the Miami Heat 113-104 on Saturday night. The Timberwolves rebounded from a loss at Orlando on ...

AP source: Rockies agree to deals with Iglesias, Colomé

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contracts with shortstop José Iglesias and right-handed reliever Alex Colomé, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of ...

Tears, swears as Celtics retire Kevin Garnett’s No. 5

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With a couple of curses, a primal scream, and a few tears, too, Kevin Garnett helped hoist his No. 5 to the TD Garden rafters on Sunday alongside the 2008 NBA championship banner he helped win after arriving in Boston. On a day that featured ...

Vikings, Cousins agree to 1-year, $35M contract extension

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The Minnesota Vikings have committed to quarterback Kirk Cousins for the next two seasons, banking on further improvement under new head coach Kevin O'Connell. The Vikings announced their agreement in principle with Cousins on a one-year contract ...

Amarilla leads Minnesota United past Red Bulls 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Luis Amarilla scored an all-important goal while Dayne St. Clair stopped six shots as Minnesota United earned a 1-0 victory Sunday over the New York Red Bulls. Amarilla's game-winner came in the 51st minute to seal the win for United (1-0-2). Hassani Dotson had an ...

Twins get pitching vet Gray from Reds for 1st-rounder Petty

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Twins emerged from the lockout with a pressing need for starting pitching. Prices are as steep as ever: Getting Sonny Gray from the Cincinnati Reds cost the Twins most recent first-round draft pick. The Twins took their first significant step ...

Roman Josi gets 2 goals for Predators in 6-2 win over Wild

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored twice to establish a career high with 17 goals for the season, leading the Nashville Predators past Minnesota 6-2 on Sunday night to spoil the start of a franchise-record nine-game homestand for the Wild. "The best ...

Yanks get Donaldson from Twins in trade for Sánchez, Urshela

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees remade the left side of their infield, acquiring former AL MVP Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and backup catcher Ben Rortvedt from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday night for catcher Gary Sánchez and third ...

Garnett humbled as Celtics prepare to retire his jersey

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The post-retirement accolades have been raining down on Kevin Garnett over the past handful of years. The 15-time NBA All-Star, one of the catalysts of Boston's 2007-2008 team that raised the franchise's 17th championship banner, was inducted ...

Magic rally, end Timberwolves’ winning streak at 6 games

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves did a lot of living off 3-point shooting doing their six-game winning streak. On Friday night the shots stopped falling and the streak died with it. "What, our last 10 shots were threes?" center Karl-Anthony ...