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Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over Lions

DETROIT (AP) — Kirk Cousins danced in the end zone after running for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Vikings went on to celebrate the end of a disappointing season with a 37-35 win over the lowly Detroit Lions on Sunday. "We were really close to being in ...

Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets past Timberwolves, 124-109

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jamal Murray scored a season-high 36 points, Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-109 on Sunday night. Murray kept Denver afloat while Jokic dealt with ...

Lions, Vikings both stumbling to the finish

By Noah Trister AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — This season will end like so many others for Matthew Stafford: His Detroit Lions have a losing record and won't be in the postseason. What's different now is that there are real questions about Stafford's future with the Lions. "I'm not ...

No. 6 Wisconsin routs No. 21 Minnesota on Thursday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For Wisconsin, the difference between losing to Maryland and routing Minnesota all came down to energy. "That was lacking in the Maryland game," the Badgers' Micah Potter said. "I'm sure it was visible from where you guys are, where you watch the game. That was the ...

AP sources: Star Vikings RB Cook absent after father’s death

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Running back Dalvin Cook is not practicing with the Minnesota Vikings this week, due to the death of his father. Two people with knowledge of the situation, speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team did not ...

Twins sign reliever Robles to $2 million, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed right-handed reliever Hansel Robles to a $2 million, one-year deal. The Twins announced the signing Tuesday, bringing in a former closer who struggled through the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The 30-year-old Robles had 23 saves and a ...

Robles signs with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins announced on Tuesday that they have signed right-handed pitcher Hansel Robles to a one-year contract through the 2021 season. Robles, 30, spent the 2020 season with the Los Angeles Angels, appearing in 18 games, striking out 20 batters and walking 10 in 16 ...

Minnesota green-lights youth sports games starting Jan. 14

By Mohamed Ibrahim Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials released new guidance on Monday allowing high school athletics and other youth sports to resume games and scrimmages on Jan. 14, with masks required in some sports. The guidance from the ...

Timberwolves hold off late rally, defeat Jazz 116-111

By JOHN COON Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tough defense is becoming a crucial part of Minnesota's basketball identity. That was evidenced by what the Timberwolves did in the closing seconds of their 116-111 victory over Utah on Saturday night. The Jazz had a chance to set up a ...

Kamara’s 6 TDs tie NFL record; Saints beat Vikings 52-33

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alvin Kamara expects a fine for wearing a pair of Christmas-themed shoes that, as it turned out, would also be worthy of a Hall of Fame display. With a red shoe on his right foot and a green one on his left, Kamara tied an NFL record set ...

Vikings banged-up defense sinks to new depths against Saints

By GUERRY SMITH Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings' depleted defense concluded its first series on the field by haplessly trying to chase down Alvin Kamara as the Saints running back raced away for a 40-yard touchdown. That was just the beginning of a historically bad ...

Minnesota takes down No. 4 Iowa 102-95 with 3-point spree

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Johnson made all four his 3-point attempts in overtime and finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, leading Minnesota's late surge to upset No. 4 Iowa 102-95 on Friday night. Marcus Carr had 30 points on 6-for-13 shooting from ...

Beasley, Towns lead T-wolves rally past Pistons on Wednesday

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's season-opening victory over Detroit was winding down, and Karl-Anthony Towns was urged by teammate D'Angelo Russell to grab the game ball as a keepsake. For mom, in memory. Towns had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven ...

Penn, Holmes help No. 19 Indiana women beat Minnesota 75-54

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mackenzie Holmes and Jaelynn Penn scored 19 points apiece and No. 19 Indiana beat Minnesota 75-54 on Wednesday. Holmes shot 9 of 13 from the field and had three blocks. Penn, a 5-foot-10 guard who ranks 18th all-time at Indiana with 1,258 career points, made 7 of 13 from ...

No dissension, no diva: Vikings, Jefferson share mutual love

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pass from Kirk Cousins sailed through the end zone and over Justin Jefferson's outstretched arm, one of a handful of missed chances for Minnesota in a six-point loss last week to Chicago that all but forced the Vikings out of the ...

AP All-Big Ten: Ohio State’s Fields, Indiana’s Allen honored

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Quarterback Justin Fields repeated as offensive player of the year and is joined by three of his teammates on The Associated Press All-Big Ten football team announced Tuesday. Lineman Daviyon Nixon of Iowa is the defensive player of the year and is ...

Carr scores 32, Minnesota hands Saint Louis 1st loss, 90-82

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Carr scored 32 points, making 14 free throws after halftime, and Minnesota held off Saint Louis 90-82 on Sunday night, handing the Billikens their first loss of the season. The game was Carr's fourth straight with 28 points or better. He made a layup with 13 seconds ...

Vikings’ offense can’t make up for depleted defense

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Running back Dalvin Cook and coach Mike Zimmer each bristled at questions regarding key offensive plays that went awry for the Vikings in Sunday's 33-27 loss to Chicago. Cook was stopped on a third-and-1 run late in the fourth quarter. The ...

Wolves’ Beasley pleads guilty to threats of violence charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley pleaded guilty Monday to using a rifle to threaten a family in his suburban Minneapolis neighborhood. Beasley pleaded guilty to a felony count of threats of violence and faces 120 days in a workhouse, Hennepin County Attorney Mike ...

Vikings’ offense can’t make up for depleted defense

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Running back Dalvin Cook and coach Mike Zimmer each bristled at questions regarding key offensive plays that went awry for the Vikings in Sunday's 33-27 loss to Chicago. Cook was stopped on a third-and-1 run late in the fourth quarter. ...