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Minnesota Sports

Grizzlies win 11th straight, beating Timberwolves 116-108

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the final minutes for their 11th straight victory, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Thursday night. Ja Morant had 16 points, ...

Twins to retire number for Hall of Fame-elected Kaat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will retire the uniform number of former pitcher Jim Kaat, who was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. The Twins announced Wednesday that they'll add Kaat's 36 to their wall of retired numbers during a pregame ceremony at Target Field on July ...

AP source: Panthers talk to Kubiak, Groh about OC vacancy

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have interviewed Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak and Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach Mike Groh for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a person familiar with the ...

No. 10 Michigan State beats Minnesota 71-69 on Hauser’s shot

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joey Hauser made a low-post shot with a tenth of a second left, lifting No. 10 Michigan State to a 71-69 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night for a ninth straight win. The Spartans (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) had the ball with 18.1 ...

Wild agree to 3-year, $3.6M extension with D-man Jon Merrill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on Tuesday with defenseman Jon Merrill on a three-year, $3.6 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season. The 29-year-old Merrill has tied his career high with three goals to go with eight assists, a plus-8 rating and 51 ...

Vikings players look forward to new atmosphere, culture

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Over the past 16 years, Rick Spielman had the biggest hand in crafting Minnesota's roster. Mike Zimmer ran the team for the past eight seasons. The Vikings have been shaped by those two leaders' philosophies and voices longer than ...

Ingram’s 3 late 3s lift Pelicans past Timberwolves, 128-125

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram capped a 33-point, nine-assist performance by hitting three 3-pointers in the final 1:13 — the last with less than a second left — and the New Orleans Pelicans edged the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125 on Tuesday ...

Vikings seek new leadership, fire GM Spielman, coach Zimmer

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have started fresh with a search for replacements for general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer after a second straight absence from the playoffs for a 61-year-old franchise still seeking its first ...

Capitals score on own net; Wild come back to win in shootout

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala and Frederick Gaudreau scored in the shootout as the short-handed Minnesota Wild took advantage of a Washington Capitals own-goal in a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves and stopped two attempts in the ...

Five Hoosiers in double figures in win over Gophers 73-60

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Indiana beat Minnesota 73-60 on Sunday. With a Minnesota defense concentrating on Jackson-Davis, who averages just under 20 points a game, the Hoosiers responded with five players scoring in double figures ...

Bibby scores 23 to lead No. 10 Maryland past Minnesota 87-73

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chloe Bibby scored 23 points to lead a balanced offense and help No. 10 Maryland beat Minnesota 87-73 on Sunday. Angel Reese added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland (12-4, 4-1 in the Big Ten), while Ashley Owusu chipped in 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists ...

Jefferson lands 17 yards short of Vikings receiving record

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mostly quiet crowd in Minnesota for a game without meaning or purpose for the playoffs came to life in the fourth quarter as the Vikings rallied past the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday. Sure, the comeback was fun, but the real ...

Towns’ season-high 40 points leads Minnesota over Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored a season-high 40 points, D'Angelo Russell added 22 points and 10 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves won their fourth straight game, beating the Houston Rockets 141-123 on Sunday night. Towns scored 22 points in the first half as Minnesota built a ...

Vikings beat Bears 31-17; futures uncertain for Nagy, Zimmer

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had no interest in reflection, still stung by several narrow losses in his eighth year that kept his team out of the playoffs and rendered irrelevant this season-ending win over Chicago. Down the ...

Maui Musings: The long and successful road from South Africa

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The road from South Africa to anywhere is long, one reason Gary Player takes such pride in being the ultimate global player, providing a blueprint for the likes of Ernie Els and now a new crop in his wake. Getting to Maui proved ...

Rutgers hires Joe Harasymiak as defensive coordinator

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers hired Joe Harasymiak as defensive coordinator Friday. The 35-year-old New Jersey native spent the last two seasons at at fellow Big Ten member Minnesota as its co-defensive coordinator. "Joe is one of the rising stars in our profession," coach Greg Schiano ...

Vikings DB coach Scott has worked his way up with confidence

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Confidence might be the most critical of the ingredients necessary for coaching in the NFL, working in a high-stakes league and such a high-intensity sport. That's the gist of how Karl Scott got the job with the Minnesota Vikings ...

Russell, Edwards help Timberwolves rout Thunder 135-105

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 27 points and 12 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 135-105 on Friday night for their third straight victory. Russell made 11 of 12 field goals and 4 of 5 3-pointers. "He's always ...

For Bears, Vikings, ‘a game in the NFL is never meaningless’

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dalvin Cook practically leaped out of his seat when asked during his interview session about the motivation for a game without playoff stakes, lifting up the side of his shirt to reveal a large tattoo of his late father's ...