(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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