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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA-leading Phoenix Suns, still playing with few players, passed another tough test. Even before Chris Paul returns, they seem more than ready for another deep postseason run. READ MORE: Lawmakers consider bill to allow fines of up to $1,000 for unruly fan behavior Deandre Ayton scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Devin Booker scored 22 of his 28 points in the second half and the Suns outscored the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-116 on Wednesday night. .Landry Shamet scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help fuel the rally from a 15-point deficit. Phoenix needs a win, or a Memphis loss, to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Suns have a nine-game lead with nine games remaining. They have won six straight, 18 of 22 and are 59-14 overall. “That’s a playoff vibe,” said Ayton, who grabbed the career game ball from him at a podium after his interview session. Phoenix completed its first sweep of three or more games against Minnesota in 11 seasons. Anthony Edwards had 19 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves. They fell 1 1/2 games behind Denver for the No. 6 seed avoiding the play-in tournament. Minnesota has its first two-game losing streak since February 9-11. Towns had only three points in the second half. He seemed to provoke the exchanges of swear words and harsh things that led to three technical fouls and one flagrant foul on each team. The Suns sure weren’t fazed by that. Karl-Anthony Towns and Deandre Ayton (credit: David Berding/Getty Images) “I don’t think we talked about it much until they started it, to be completely honest,” said Booker, who is a close friend of the Towns and Timberwolves point guard. , D’Angelo Russell. “It’s a long game. We have seen that situation many times before: a team goes out, warms up and feels comfortable. We just stick with what we do.” Towns was called for a Flagrant 1 foul with 8:35 remaining on Shamet, who gave the Suns their first lead at 95-94 with a pair of free throws. They stayed ahead the rest of the way. “I think that was a game changer, unfortunately,” Towns said. Star Paul for the past month has also been playing without sixth man Cam Johnson. They are 11-4 since Paul broke his right thumb. The Suns never flinched against an up-and-coming team trying to break through with young energy, a deep offense and a dose of bravado. The Timberwolves were outscored 42-28 in the fourth quarter by the Suns, who are 29-6 on the road, better than any other NBA team’s record at home. “We know where we want to go. You have to win games like this on the way. So this is not just a practice for us. We value these experiences, and you have to have a level of mental toughness and resilience,” coach Monty Williams said. He marks 11,000 points for his career. He is the fourth youngest player in NBA history to get there, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. ON AND ON Towns drove to the basket late in the second quarter and delivered a one-handed dunk over Jae Crowder complete with a stare. down, igniting the crowd and irritating the Suns. Just seconds later, Towns and Crowder hit a double technical foul. Then Timberwolves coach Chris Finch got one too, for his protest. Crowder later hit Patrick Beverley in the head to draw a Flagrant 1 foul after video review, putting Beverley on the line after time expired in the first half. Ayton and Booker received technicals in the second half. “Both teams cried a lot. The referees understood that for sure,” Ayton said, laughing. “They didn’t hear a word after that. I shut up after that.” IN POLITICS The Timberwolves will have the tiebreaker over the Nuggets, but have two more losses. His game in Denver on April 1 could very well make a difference. The Nuggets have nine games left, and five of them are against teams that were 10 or more games under the .500 mark before Wednesday. The Timberwolves have eight games left, five against opponents eight games or more over .500. TIP-INSSuns: Mikal Bridges had 16 points. … Cam Payne, Paul’s backup, returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with illness. … Ayton has 119 points in his six career games against Minnesota. Timberwolves: Towns also surpassed the 11,000-point mark in his 475th career game. Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett is the only other player in franchise history to reach that milestone, having done so in 575 games. … The bench had a 55-28 lead over the Suns. The Timberwolves fell to 21-10 this season when their reserves scored 40-plus points.UP NEXTSuns: at Denver on Thursday night.Timberwolves: host Dallas on Friday night.MORE NEWS: Interview: Vikings coach , Kevin O’Connell, Talks Culture & Expectations & Living In Minnesota(© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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