(Minneapolis, MN) – Jimmy Butler poured in 26 points as the Timberwolves trounced the Thunder 104-88 at Target Center. Jeff Teague had eight points in 26 minutes in his return from a seven-game absence. Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota won its third straight. The Wolves host the Knicks tomorrow.
(Chicago, IL) – Ryan Suter scored the deciding goal early in the third period as the Wild skated past the Blackhawks 2-1 in Chicago. Jonas Brodin tallied the other goal midway through the second for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game skid. Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves in the win. The Wild begin a four-game homestand Saturday against Winnipeg.
(St. Paul, MN) – The rosters for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game are out. Wild leading scorer Eric Staal will be the team’s lone representative in the All-Star Game, which will be January 28th in Tampa. Staal is one of 11 players on the Central Division team that will take part in a 3-on-3 tournament.
(Minneapolis, MN) – The Vikings continue to prepare for their playoff showdown with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at US Bank Stadium. New Orleans is coming off a 31-26 win over the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round. The Vikes, who had a first-round bye as the two-seed, beat the Saints 29-19 at home in Week One.
(Minneapolis, MN) – Members of the Twins and Indians joined San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a news conference yesterday announcing details of the Puerto Rico Series in April. Twins slugger Kennys Vargas said he hopes they can bring a smile to the people of Puerto Rico. The teams will meet April 17th and 18th at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.
(Rosemont, IL) – Dupree McBrayer was the only player in double figures with 14 points as the Golden Gophers were crushed 83-60 at Northwestern last night. Nate Mason was just 2-of-10 from the field for nine points for Minnesota, which has lost two in-a-row to dip to 13-and-5 on the season including 2-and-3 in Big Ten play. The Gophers host seventh-ranked Purdue on Saturday.
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