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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wednesday night’s game at struggling Nebraska is the nearest thing to a must-win Big Ten road game for the scuffling Gophers. Minnesota (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) has lost three straight games to ranked opponents and will face a Cornhuskers team mired in a seven-game losing skid for an 8 p.m. tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Feb. 13.
ST. PAUL -- The Wild have taken their lumps since returning from an eight-day break, earning just four of a possible 12 points while their hold on a Western Conference playoff spot has dwindled to two points. It’s not because of effort, coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Look, I think our team tries to compete every night,” he said Monday, Feb. 11. “… The effort is never something with our team that I’m worried about.”
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca received a one-year contact extension through the 2020 season, with unanimous approval from University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday, Feb. 8. Ciarrocca, who passed on an opportunity to move to West Virginia’s coaching staff this offseason, will maintain his current salary of $720,000 through the 2020 season on a deal that now will expire on Jan. 31, 2021. He received a base salary of $700,000 in his first year in 2017, then $710,000 in 2018 and up to $720,000 for the upcoming 2019 season.
PHOENIX -- Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and handed out seven assists on Tuesday, Jan. 22, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 118-91 road win over the Phoenix Suns. The Suns were seeking payback after Derrick Rose's buzzer-beating shot on Sunday lifted the Timberwolves to a 116-114 win, but Towns and Minnesota had other ideas. Towns scored 20 points, hauled down 11 boards and dished out five assists in the first half as the Timberwolves built a 15-point halftime lead.
MINNEAPOLIS — East Coast rap legends Wu-Tang Clan and nebulous Los Angeles rock band Incubus will headline the music offerings at the 2019 Summer X Games in Minneapolis, event sponsors ESPN announced Thursday, Dec. 20. Tickets for all four days of the action sports and culture event at U.S. Bank Stadium went on sale Thursday, with the musical events taking place at the nearby venue The Armory.
ST. PAUL -- Don’t tell goaltender Devan Dubnyk he’s struggling. Don’t show him the stats. Don’t show him the video. Don’t show him the results. He doesn’t care. “It’s easy to make a story out of something when the stats aren’t there,” Dubnyk said on Friday. “That’s what (the media likes) to do. I don’t concern myself with what other people think I should’ve stopped.” Whether Dubnyk, 32, wants to acknowledge it or not, he has struggled over the past couple of weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS — After Aaron Rodgers marched down the field to give the Green Bay Packers consecutive touchdowns and a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, it looked like it might be a long night for the Minnesota Vikings. Instead, the defense clamped down and the offense scored 17 consecutive points to give Minnesota a 24-17 win Sunday, Nov. 25, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 25 passes for a pair of touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings took a 14-14 tie into halftime of their game Sunday, Nov. 25, against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. A slow start by both teams — the opening three possessions all ended with punts — was overcome with a flurry of touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Davante Adams from 15 yards out to open the scoring for the Packers. Minnesota responded with swing pass to running back Dalvin Cook for a 26 yard score.
MINNEAPOLIS — The college football recruiting class of 2001 had several promising quarterbacks, but the consensus No. 1 recruit never set foot on a NCAA field. He was a little busy becoming arguably the greatest catcher of the 2000s.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's official. Joe Mauer, the only player to win three straight batting titles as a catcher, will announce his retirement Sunday, Nov. 11, after 15 years in the major leagues, all of them with his hometown Minnesota Twins. There was wide speculation that Mauer, 35, would retire at the end of the 2018 season. In the final game of the season, the Twins gave Mauer the MVP treatment, complete with the first baseman making his first appearance at catcher -- for one pitch -- since 2013.