Sports Shorts 2.8.18 08 Feb 18

(Cleveland, OH)  –  LeBron James blocked Jimmy Butler in the closing seconds and then drained a jumper over Butler at the buzzer to lift the Cavaliers to a 140-138 overtime win over the Timberwolves in Cleveland.  Butler ended with 35 points and Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 30 for Minnesota, which had won its previous two games at home but has lost five straight on the road.  The teams set a NBA record with a combined 40 three-pointers made, including 21 by Cleveland.  The Wolves visit the Bulls tomorrow before returning home.

(St. Paul, MN)  –  The Wild open up a five-game homestand tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at The X.  Minnesota has won three-of-four after Tuesday’s 6-2 victory in St. Louis.  The Wild currently hold the second wild card in the West with 63 points.  The Coyotes are last in the NHL with just 33 points.

(St. Paul, MN)  –  Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin is out three-to-four weeks with a broken left hand.  He underwent surgery yesterday, one day after he suffered the injury in a game against the Blues in St. Louis.  Brodin has five goals and 10 assists in 53 games this season.

(Fort Myers, FL)  –  Twins’ pitchers and catchers report for spring training camp next Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.  The first workout is February 14th.  Position players must report by February 18th, with the first full-squad workout the next day.  The Twins play the University of Minnesota February 22nd before opening Grapefruit League play the next day against the Red Sox.

(Bloomington, IN)  –  The Golden Gophers hit the road to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers tomorrow night.  Minnesota has lost six straight after Tuesday’s 91-85 home setback to Nebraska.  The Gophers are 14-and-12 on the season and 3-and-10 in Big Ten play.  The Hoosiers sit at 13-and-12 and 6-and-7.


(Undated)  –  North Dakota State and North Dakota are both back in action tonight.  The Bison visit Oral Roberts before traveling to Denver on Saturday.  NDSU is 12-and-12 including 4-and-5 in Summit League action.  Meanwhile, the Fighting Hawks are at Weber State tonight and Idaho State on Saturday.  UND is 8-and-15 on the year and 3-and-8 in Big Sky play.

(Undated)  –  North Dakota State added four more football players on the first day of the National Letter of Intent regular signing period.  NDSU now has 27 players in the 2018 class, including 23 from the first-ever early signing period in December.  Meanwhile, North Dakota added eight more players yesterday to give the Fighting Hawks 30 in the 2018 class.

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