MINNEAPOLIS — With just nine players available for Friday night's game against Minnesota, the New Orleans Pelicans were going to need someone to step up. Anthony Davis was the obvious choice, but the big man had some help. Davis scored 42 points — his sixth 40-point game of the season — as the Pelicans pulled away from the Timberwolves for a 122-106 NBA victory at Target Center. As good as Davis was, his supporting cast gave him a lift. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and 12 assists, and rookie Buddy Hield scored 17 points.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Wild are all but a lock for the playoffs, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are a long shot currently. So the point the Lightning earned in a shootout loss Friday may have been more important in the long run than the two points Minnesota earned for winning. Wild captain Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout, as Minnesota overcame a stiff challenge by the Lighting to win 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Pittsburgh Pirates obtained right-handed pitcher Pat Light from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Light was designated for assignment by the Twins on Feb. 6 after splitting the 2016 season between the Boston Red Sox and Twins organizations. He appeared in 17 major league games last season, including 15 for the Twins. Overall he was 0-1 with an 11.34 ERA in 2016.
The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, the club announced Thursday. Walsh spent five seasons with the Vikings before being released after nine games last season. The season before, Walsh missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of an NFC wild-card game against Seattle that could have given Minnesota the victory. Steven Hauschka, who did the place-kicking for Seattle this past season, is a free agent and struggled a bit in 2016. He was 33 of 37 on field-goal attempts, but missed six of 35 extra-point kicks.
Jordan Murphy posted a career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Iowa 101-89 in double overtime in a Big Ten Conference game Wednesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists for Minnesota (17-7 overall, 5-6 Big Ten). Akeem Springs had 17 points, Amir Coffey added 13 and Reggie Lynch recorded six of his team's 14 blocked shots. Peter Jok had 28 points and nine rebounds for Iowa (14-11, 6-6). Isaiah Moss scored 19 points, and Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and eight assists.
ST. PAUL — Jonathan Toews scored 3:09 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight-game regular-season losing streak against the Minnesota Wild with a 4-3 NHL victory Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center. Toews, who added two assists, tapped home a rebound between Minnesota goaltender Darcy Kuemper's legs to send Chicago to its third straight win. Ryan Hartman, Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik also scored for the Blackhawks, whose goaltender Corey Crawford made 35 saves.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tyus Jones hit a 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds remaining and Andrew Wiggins hit a pair of late free throws to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-109 NBA victory over the Toronto Raptors. Jones, Minnesota's backup point guard, played valuable minutes down the stretch and connected on the game's biggest shot. Wiggins' free throws extended Minnesota's lead to three with 10.6 seconds to play, and a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer by Toronto's Kyle Lowry hit the side of the backboard.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Minnesota Wild solidified their hold on top of the Central Division with a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Minnesota (35-12-5) led 3-0 before the game was 23 minutes old and repelled Winnipeg's spirited comeback. The Jets had several point-blank chances to pull even in the third period but were stopped by goaltender Devan Dubnyk or missed the net.
HOUSTON — Matt Ryan was named NFL Most Valuable Player during the league's prime-time awards show on the eve of Super Bowl LI on Saturday. Ryan is the first MVP in Atlanta Falcons history. At the helm of the No. 1 offense in the NFL, Ryan had 38 touchdown passes and seven interceptions, throwing for 4,944 yards with a 69.1 completion percentage for the Falcons (11-5). Ryan was not present Saturday as the Falcons prepare for play the New England Patriots today at NRG Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In a battle of Big Ten teams desperate for a victory, Minnesota's early second-half burst set the stage for a 68-59 victory over Illinois on Saturday afternoon. Junior center Reggie Lynch paced a balanced attack with 15 points and six rebounds for the Gophers (16-7 overall, 4-6 Big Ten), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Senior guard Akeem Springs contributed 14 points while junior point guard Nate Mason and freshman guard Amir Coffey added 13 apiece.