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Minnesota Sports

Dumba scores in last second of OT, Wild beat Kings 4-3

By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored in the final second of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. With time running out, Minnesota's Mats Zuccarello dug the puck out of a scrum on the side ...

US men’s gymnastics eyes momentum after promising Winter Cup

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer Brett McClure wanted to lower the temperature. So the high-performance director for USA Gymnastics' men's program told everyone who showed up for this weekend's Winter Cup in Indianapolis that they would be assured a spot in more important meets this spring ...

Booker scores 43 points, surging Suns beat T-wolves 118-99

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Booker scored 21 of his season-high 43 points in the third quarter to carry Phoenix in a 118-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, the 14th win for the Suns in their last 17 games. Booker hit 15 of 26 shots ...

Rosario finds fit, family while joining Indians

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Once adversaries, Eddie Rosario and Indians manager Terry Francona are now allies. So when Rosario, who spent the past six seasons hammering Cleveland pitchers while in Minnesota, sat down with Francona at spring training camp in Arizona for ...

No. 5 Illinois dominates Minnesota 94-63 for 7th win in row

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From pregame warmup drills though the pickup-game vibe of the second half, the Illinois players kept filling Minnesota's mostly empty arena with chants and cheers. There's a fun and relentless energy around the Fighting Illini, making an already talented team even tougher ...

Kevin Fiala posts 3-point game, leads Wild past Ducks 5-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Fiala had two goals and an assist, Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Saturday night. "Especially tonight, I felt my game was where it's supposed to be so I have to try to keep going," Fiala said. Joel Eriksson ...

Twins pitchers again in prove-it mode, starting with Berrios

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pitching staff carried the load for the Minnesota Twins last year to win a second straight division title, despite a sharp decline in production by the offense during the pandemic-shortened schedule. Most of these pitchers will once ...

Twins finalize $2M deal with starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and right-hander Matt Shoemaker finalized a one-year, $2 million contract on Friday, another experienced addition to the rotation on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers at spring training. Shoemaker can earn an additional $250,000 in ...

After solid Twins debut, Maeda aims to finish even stronger

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Though Kenta Maeda's first season with Minnesota was abbreviated by the pandemic, the Japanese right-hander's debut was a runaway success. His ability to be one of the best starting pitchers in the majors has been proven, with the ...

Former Twins 2B Brian Dozier retires after 9 years in majors

  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier has retired after nine years in the major leagues and 167 career home runs, the Twins announced on Thursday. Dozier played his first seven seasons for the Twins, who traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers right before the ...

Wiggins scores 17 to lead Maryland past Minnesota 72-59

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — In a welcome change for Maryland, the Terrapins' shots found their mark. The defense did its job on the other end of the court, and an early lead stood up for the entire game. Then again, those kinds of things usually seem to ...

Timberwolves end 4-game losing streak with win over Raptors

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had just enough scoring help from his teammates for the Minnesota Timberwolves to end a four-game losing streak. Towns scored seven of his 20 points late in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 38 seconds left, and ...

Twins finalize $6.25M contract for new closer Alex Colomé

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins finalized their $6.25 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Alex Colomé on Friday, bolstering the back of their bullpen with an experienced closer. The deal, which was agreed to last week, will pay Colomé a $5 million base salary for ...

Clippers beat Timberwolves 119-112, spoil Towns’ return

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 36 points and Lou Williams added 27 points off the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-112 on Wednesday night. Leonard and Williams hit shots down the stretch, ...

Thunder score 83 in half, then rally to edge Wolves 120-118

By JOE BUETTNER Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Darius Bazley made the tiebreaking layup with 1:16 to play after Oklahoma City had blown a 23-point lead, and the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-118 on Saturday night. The Thunder scored a team-record 83 points in the first ...

Juhasz, Patty lead No. 11 Buckeye women past Gophers 83-59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dorka Juhasz and Aaliyah Patty both had double-doubles and No. 11 Ohio State dominated the first and third quarters to roll to to a 83-59 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Juhasz had her fourth straight double-double and 30th of her career with 18 points and 10 rebounds. ...

Russell’s late 3-pointer lifts Timberwolves past Thunder

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY — D’Angelo Russell made a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-103 on Friday night.Russell dribbled near midcourt to let the clock run, took a couple of steps toward the ...

Spurs rally in final minutes to upend Timberwolves, 111-108

RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has spent 25 years preaching that the Spurs need a solid 48-minute effort if they want a chance of winning. Well, 12 good minutes was all it took to pull out a win over the Minnesota ...

AP sources: Twins bring back DH Cruz, add Colome to bullpen

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are bringing back designated hitter Nelson Cruz and bolstering their bullpen with right-hander Alex Colomé, making two more major moves as spring training fast approaches. Cruz's one-year deal is worth $13 ...

Super Bowl week helps ‘shine a light’ on human trafficking

One night when Kirk Cousins was 16, as he listened to a presentation at his family's church in Michigan, he learned for the first time about the worldwide atrocity of human trafficking. Millions of those victims are younger than Cousins was then. "I just remember being kind of struck to the ...