As a minority owner, team president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Flip Saunders holds as much power in one organization as any person in the NBA. What sounds like the ideal situation for a person who is confident in his abilities to evaluate talent, build a roster and develop young players into difference-making professionals can have its downside, and Saunders hit that in the early morning hours on Thursday after his team allowed the Philadelphia 76ers snap a 17-game losing streak on Minnesota’s home court.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Portland Trail Blazers in a 107-93 victory Sunday night over the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.
GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.
Calling himself “extremely disappointed,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer voiced his displeasure with his team and its performance following a 17-3 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins had plenty of chances to put away the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Whether those opportunities came at the plate or in the field, the struggling Twins wasted them all.
More than 150 members of the Mille Lacs of Ojibwe lost a total of over 1,000 pounds as part of a weight loss challenge issued by the tribe’s chief executive.
Jonathan Toews had a rebound goal early in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 27 saves as Chicago bounced back from consecutive losses in Minnesota that handed the momentum to the Wild heading into Game 5.
Bryan Bickell had an open look on a break in the third period, and shot the puck off the crossbar. He then tried the other side of the ice, and that worked out quite well for him and the Chicago Blackhawks. Bickell had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Gopher men’s hockey team didn’t take home the national championship but that didn’t stop hockey fans from causing another rowdy night in Dinkytown.
Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins homered for the second straight day and the Phillies cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Hours before Phoenix completed its biggest comeback of the season, coach Jeff Hornacek said the Suns needed to approach each remaining game as their last if they wanted to make the playoffs.
Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal in a shootout, and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Thursday night for their fourth straight victory. Braden Holtby had 33 saves for the Capitals before blanking the Wild during the shootout.
Dozens of lives will have changed by Tuesday tonight after being asked four simple words “can you hear that?” And “hear” is the imperative word. Hearing loss is often untreated because screenings and hearing aids are too expensive or not easily available.
Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night. Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead when he skated in from the right wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Josh Harding during a 4 on 4. Sami Salo added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Jordan Cameron caught three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead grab in the back of the end zone with 51 seconds left, and the Cleveland Browns kept the Minnesota Vikings winless with a 31-27 victory Sunday.
Sam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist, and a Columbus Blue Jackets split squad beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets, who got 20 saves from Jeremy Smith. Nino Niederreiter scored for Minnesota, which played its preseason opener.
The Minnesota Vikings defense has two pieces of good news this week coming off a humbling loss at Detroit in the season opener. First, they expect defensive captain Kevin Williams to be back at defensive tackle after missing the 34-24 loss to the Lions with a knee injury. Second, they don’t have to face Reggie Bush, the Lions running back who torched them for 191 total yards and a touchdown.
After a slow start, Colin Kaepernick completed six straight passes in his third series of the game and connected on a 5-yard-touchdown toss to Quinton Patton, and Lavelle Hawkins returned a kickoff 105 yards for a score late in the second quarter in San Francisco’s 34-14 preseason victory over Minnesota on Sunday night.
Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians overcame four errors to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 Sunday. Stubbs homered to dead center on a 0-1 pitch from Jared Burton (2-7) to snap a 1-all tie and lift the Indians to a crucial win in their quest a spot in the American League playoffs. Joe Smith (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and Chris Perez worked the ninth for his 21st save.
Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the New York Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14.
Jered Weaver outpitched Mike Pelfrey with eight innings of two-hit ball and Albert Pujols drove in the only run, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, while Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays extend their winning streak to a season-best six games with a 4-1 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Vernon Wells drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees pounded rookie Kyle Gibson and the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Thursday to finish a four-game sweep.
Robinson Cano homered twice and Andy Pettitte broke Whitey Ford’s club record for career strikeouts to help the New York Yankees snap a five-game skid with a 10-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.