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TWINS-RAYS

Colabello' 4 RBIs power Twins past Rays 6-4 in 12

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Colabello drove in four runs and two of them came on a 12th-inning single that lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Colabello's game-winning hit came off Josh Lueke after hits by Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe.

Casey Fien got the win and Glen Perkins pitched the 12th inning for his fourth save.

Colabello drove in Minnesota's first two runs with a fourth-inning home run off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, his third homer of the season and his second in two nights.

The four RBIs gave the Twins designated hitter a league-leading 26 for the season and tied the franchise record for RBIs in April that Kirby Puckett set in 1994.

Desmond Jennings had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice for the Rays.

AVALANCHE-WILD

Granlund's OT goal another example of his growth

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Without Mikael (mee-KYE'-uhl) Granlund's overtime goal, the Minnesota Wild would be in major trouble in this first-round series against Colorado.

After a rough rookie year for the young center from Finland, the Wild weren't sure they could count on Granlund this season for such important production. But his slick work with the stick deep in the Avalanche zone and the dramatic diving shot that followed are vivid examples of why he was drafted ninth overall by the Wild in 2010.

Concussion issues limited Granlund to 63 games, including the last six of the regular season, but he slid right back in to the second line for the playoffs and gave the Wild new life with his Game 3 winner.

Game 4 is set for Thursday with the Avalanche up 2-1.

WILD-COOKE SUSPENDED

Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Cooke was at the league office in New York on Wednesday for a hearing about the incident, and his punishment was announced about eight hours later.

The Avalanche lead 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday night, so Cooke will be out for the series and more. He played a key part in Game 3 for the Wild in quieting Avalanche stars Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Cooke was given a minor penalty for clipping Barrie, who will need four to six weeks to recover from a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee.

VIKINGS-SCHEDULE

Vikings get Thursday game at Green Bay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have only one scheduled prime-time game this season, a Thursday matchup at rival Green Bay Oct. 2.

All 16 opponents for 2014 were previously determined by the NFL's formula, but the league unveiled the specific dates and times Wednesday night.

The Vikings will formally kick off their two-year stay at the University of Minnesota by hosting New England Sept. 14. For the fifth time in six seasons, the Vikings will start on the road, at St. Louis Sept. 7. They'll wrap up the schedule against Chicago at TCF Bank Stadium Dec. 28, roughly four years after the two teams were forced to play there following the collapse of the Metrodome.

Four of the last six games are at home, raising the possibility of wintry weather.

HAMLINE-LAYLIN

Brookings Blizzard coach leaving for Hamline job

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Brookings Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin has accepted the head coaching position at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Laylin has been head coach of the North American Hockey League team in South Dakota the past two seasons. At Hamline he takes over for Doc Delcastillo, who left at the end of last season after two years with the NCAA Division III program.

Laylin is a native of St. Cloud, Minn., who played at the University of Minnesota from 1988 to 1992.

NORTH DAKOTA-SIMPSON

UND's Simpson signs with Edmonton Oilers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The NHL's Edmonton Oilers have signed University of North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson to a three-year entry level contract.

The Oilers drafted the 6-foot-2, 197-pound Edmonton native in the fourth round, 92nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft. Simpson's father, Craig, played for the Oilers in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Dillon Simpson says being signed by the team that he cheered for growing up is "a little bit surreal."

Terms of Dillon Simpson's contract were not released. He will finish his schooling at UND rather than immediately join the Oilers' AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons.

Simpson had 16 goals and 59 assists in 156 games at UND. He captained the team to the NCAA Frozen Four last season.

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