Timberwolves outlast Bucks for 112-101 victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump to score 19 points to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
After going 5 for 25 in his previous three games, Barea hit 7 of 10 shots to help wake the sluggish Wolves up and Kevin Martin scored 26 points to help them finish a four-game homestand at 2-2.
Brandon Knight scored 21 points for the Bucks, who led at halftime and were looking for their first set of back-to-back victories this season. But after scoring 61 points in the first half and leading by 11 points in the second quarter, the Bucks were outscored 19-4 to start the fourth quarter.
Hall's shootout winner lifts Oilers past Wild, 4-3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Taylor Hall scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Hall beat Darcy Kuemper with a forehand after each team scored in the first two rounds of the shootout. Viktor Fasth stopped two straight shots before Hall slipped the game-winner between Kuemper's pads.
Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon, and Jason Pominville scored in 4-minute, 16-second span of the first period to put the Wild up 3-0.
Jeff Petry got the Oilers on the scoreboard about 90 seconds after the Wild's flurry, and David Perron and Jordan Eberle scored in the third period to tie it. Andrew Ference had two assists.
Price sparkles in 5-inning outing against Twins
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - David Price struck out eight in five innings, and Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus drove in runs off Ricky Nolasco, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Tuesday.
Price allowed one run and three hits in his second spring training start, surrendering a solo homer to Jason Kubel leading off the second inning.
The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, who signed a $14 million, one-year contract after being the subject of trade talks, walked one, hit a batter and also was charged with a balk during a 75-pitch outing.
Nolasco yielded two runs and four hits in four innings. The right-hander signed a $49 million, four-year contract as a free agent and has made both of his starts against Tampa Bay.
Vikings bring back offensive lineman Berger
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings and veteran offensive lineman Joe Berger have agreed to a one-year contract.
Berger's agent, Tom Tafelski, confirmed Tuesday that the deal was done. This is the second straight offseason the Vikings have done a one-year deal with Berger, who is entering his 10th NFL season.
Berger can play all three interior positions on the line, and he started one game last season at each guard spot when Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco were injured. Berger has 29 starts over the last five years, three with the Vikings and two with the Miami Dolphins.
Johnson became a free agent, but the other four starters on the Vikings' line are under contract.
Everson Griffen overly eager to pay back Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Everson Griffen didn't want to entertain offers from other teams. His loyalty was with the Minnesota Vikings.
As NFL free agency formally began Tuesday, the Vikings finalized contracts with Griffen and quarterback Matt Cassel that they agreed to over the weekend.
On a conference call with reporters, Griffen was almost beside himself with excitement in talking about his future as a full-time defensive end under new head coach Mike Zimmer. Griffen said he "just knew this was the right place" for him. Entering his fifth year in the league, Griffen said he hasn't "even touched the surface" of his production.
Playing behind Brian Robison and Jared Allen, Griffen had 5½ sacks last season. Allen became a free agent, so Griffen will take his place in the starting lineup.
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Braun's late layup helps N Dakota St clinch Summit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Taylor Braun made a key layup while being fouled with 12 seconds left and added the free throw to lead North Dakota State to a 60-57 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne for the Summit League title on Tuesday and the Bison's second trip to the NCAA tournament.
North Dakota State last earned a berth to the NCAA tournament in 2009 during its first year of Division I postseason eligibility, but lost in the opening round to Kansas 84-74.
TrayVonn Wright led the Bison with 19 points on a mixture of dunks, layups and jumpers, and Braun added 15 points.
Pierre Bland, Luis Jacobo and Michael Kibiloski each scored nine points for IPFW in its first Summit League title game.
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