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Minnesota Sports

After scathing report, NCAA makes changes for March Madness

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Nearly a year ago, Oregon forward Sedona Prince took to Twitter to expose some of the more glaring inequities between the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments — an unwelcome viral moment for the organization and one that it is still responding to. The ...

Towns hits late 3-pointer as T-Wolves hold off Cavs 127-122

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns wasn't shooting for a trophy or title. This time, his clutch 3-pointer saved the Timberwolves. On the same floor where he recently won the NBA's 3-point Contest during All-Star Weekend, Towns drained a 27-footer with 11.8 ...

Tkachuk, Toffoli lead Flames to 7-3 win over Wild

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk and Tyler Toffoli each had two goals and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 7-3 Saturday night. Blake Coleman had a goal and an assist, and Erik Gudbranson and Andrew Mangiapane also scored to help Calgary bounce back from a 7-1 ...

Johnson, Jackson-Davis lead Indiana past Minnesota 84-79

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xavier Johnson scored 24 points, Trayce Jackson-Davis added 14 points and Indiana held off a late Minnesota rally, defeating the Golden Gophers 84-79 on Sunday night. The Golden Gophers fought back after a poor start to the second half. A 16-2 run in which they made all ...

Matthews has 2 goals to take NHL lead, Maple Leafs beat Wild

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his 35th and 36th goals to take the NHL lead and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Matthews broke a tie midway through the third period. He stripped Wild fourth-line right wing ...

Russell scores 37, leads T-wolves past Grizzlies 119-114

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 23 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:23 left, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Memphis Grizzlies 119-114 on Thursday night. Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points ...

O’Connell, Vikings tap Wes Phillips as offensive coordinator

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Wes Phillips will follow Kevin O'Connell to Minnesota from the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and serve as offensive coordinator for the Vikings. Phillips was one of five more assistants for O'Connell's staff finalized by the team on Monday, along with special teams ...

Fiala has 2 goals, assist as Wild beat Oilers 7-3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Kevin Fiala had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-3 Sunday. Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Duhaime, Joel Eriksson Ek, and Connor Dewar also scored to help the Wild snap a two-game ...

Loewe, Battle help Minnesota cruise past Northwestern 77-60

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luke Loewe scored 24 points, Jamison Battle had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Minnesota cruised to a 77-60 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. Loewe made 9 of 13 from the floor, including six 3-pointers, and had seven assists. Battle collected a fourth double-double on ...

Center of attention: Towns wins All-Star 3-Point Contest

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns gave big men everywhere something to shoot for. Minnesota's 7-footer became the first center to win the 3-Point Shooting Contest, defeating seven guards during the NBA's All-Star Saturday and providing a memorable moment on ...

Women’s hockey league commissioner resigning after 2 years

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer Premier Hockey Federation commissioner Ty Tumminia is resigning following the end of this season, and after overseeing a major overhaul of the U.S.-based women's hockey league. League spokesman Paul Krotz told The Associated Press on Saturday Tumminia cited ...

Marchment’s first hat trick powers Panthers past Wild 6-2

By MIKE COOK Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mason Marchment scored three goals for his first career hat trick, leading the Florida Panthers to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Anthony Duclair and Aaron Ekblad each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky ...

Penn State beats Minnesota 67-46 in 2nd meeting in 5 days

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Jalen Pickett scored 20 points, John Harrar had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Penn State beat Minnesota 67-46 on Thursday in the second meeting in five days. It was Penn State's largest win over Minnesota in program history. Pickett sank a long 3-pointer with ...

Success for Vikings’ O’Connell starts with player connection

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kevin O'Connell has finally arrived in Minnesota with his young family, a new parka and plenty of energy and ideas about leading the Vikings. O'Connell's strategy for success as a first-time head coach, honed with and borrowed from ...

Scheifele’s hat trick leads Winnipeg to 6-3 win over Wild

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele had the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The three goals extended Scheifele's goal streak to five games. He has seven goals and four assists in the ...

Raptors’ Trent hits 30 points again in 103-91 win vs. Wolves

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gary Trent Jr. scored 30 points in his home state, Pascal Siakam added 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists and the Toronto Raptors — who were without All-Star Fred VanVleet — beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-91 on Wednesday ...

T-wolves sign Beverley to 1-year, $13M contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves signed guard Patrick Beverley to a one-year, $13 million contract extension on Wednesday. Beverley is in his first season with the Timberwolves, who acquired him in a trade last summer with Memphis just nine days after he was dealt to the ...

Vikings finalize hire of champion Rams OC Kevin O’Connell

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings finalized their hiring of head coach Kevin O'Connell on Wednesday, completing a sharp offseason shift in direction by turning over the team to the 36-year-old offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Los ...

Towns scores 39, Wolves beat Hornets 126-120 in overtime

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 39 points and 15 rebounds, D'Angelo Russell added 18 points and 11 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves came back to beat the Charlotte Hornets 126-120 in overtime on Tuesday night. Minnesota came back from a ...

Willis, Curry help Minnesota beat Penn St. 76-70, snap skid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sixth-year senior Eric Curry scored a career-high 22 points, Payton Willis scored 13 of his 18 in the second half and Minnesota beat Penn State 76-70 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Willis made 3 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 10 assists and ...