Sports Shorts 2.9.18 09 Feb 18

(St. Paul, MN)  –  Clayton Keller scored the winning goal with 1:05 left in overtime as the Coyotes rallied past the Wild 4-3 at The X.  Minnesota allowed four straight goals after leading 3-0.  Eric Staal, Matt Cullen and Mike Reilly scored for the Wild, who have dropped two-of-three but still hold the second wild card spot in the East.  The Wild continue their five-game homestand tomorrow against Chicago.

(Chicago, IL)  –  The Timberwolves are in Chicago to battle the Bulls tonight.  Minnesota had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 140-138 overtime loss in Cleveland on Wednesday.  The Wolves sit at 34-and-23 on the season, good for fourth in the West.  The Bulls are 18-and-35.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Vikings are ready to name a new offensive coordinator.  According to multiple reports, Minnesota has hired Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to be its new OC.  He replaces Pat Shurmur, who left following the Vikings postseason run to become the head coach of the New York Giants.  DeFilippo was the QB’s coach in Philly for the past two seasons.

(Fort Myers, FL)  –  Spring training is just days away.  Twins’ pitchers and catchers report for camp on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.  The first workout is Wednesday.  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 are in Indiana to take on the Hoosiers tonight.  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.

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