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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points, including 12 in the third quarter as Washington took control, and the Wizards pulled away to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 132-114 on Tuesday night. Rui Hachimura tied a season high with 21 points. and Daniel Gafford set season highs with 24 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for Washington. The Wizards were coming off a 144-102 loss in Boston to open their three-game road trip, but won five of seven. READ MORE: Johansen’s first 3-pointer puts Predators over Wild 6-2“I think it was important to us get that feeling back,” Porzingis said. “(Boston) was an ugly game for us, but we knew that we are not like that and that we can play at a much better level. … I think from top to bottom, we just had fun, we shared the ball, we played well.” Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while D’Angelo Russell finished with 17 points and 11 assists. It was a disappointing loss for the Timberwolves after returning from a four-game road trip. Minnesota is seventh in the Western Conference, with almost no time to make the cut and avoid the play-in tournament with two games remaining in the regular season. “We didn’t look like a team that was trying to make the playoffs,” Towns said. “We seemed a bit lethargic. I can’t afford that in games like this against a team like this. It was like a cheat game. I’ve been there when you’re out of the playoffs and just want to spoil everyone’s fun. We knew what they were going to come with.” The Timberwolves are two wins away from fifth place Utah and sixth place Denver. If they don’t get promoted, they will host a play-in game next week against the Los Angeles Clippers. Washington was eliminated from playoff contention last week but has been sidelined for a while with star Bradley Beal sidelined for the second half of the season with a wrist injury. Most recently, third-leading scorer Kyle Kuzma has missed nine straight games with a knee injury. However, the Wizards are playing very well as spoilers. Two of his recent wins have come against likely playoff teams in Golden State and Dallas. They beat the Los Angeles Lakers in mid-March to start their streak of improved play. “I think we’re learning,” Porzingis said. “We are learning from each other. The coaching staff is learning my game, it’s learning everyone how we’re going to click for next season. Like I said before, we miss Brad and we hope he’ll be back with us next season, but with the group that we have, I think we’re building and we’re building in the right direction.” Porzingis is playing a big role since he came to Washington in a trade deadline deal from Dallas. Midway through the third quarter, neither team had won by more than six before the Wizards went on an 18-6 run fueled by Porzingis. He hit two 3-pointers and had a dunk and two layups during the flurry.READ MORE: Former Vikings defensive lineman Doug Sutherland dies at 73Minnesota cut the lead to four with a run late in the third.But then Ish Smith hit a 3-pointer from the middle of the the court that went past the buzzer to end the fourth and Washington dominated the fourth, eventually winning by as many as 23. “They just outplayed us,” Wolves coach Chris Finch said. which is disappointing given how much we have to play for.” TWIN TOWERS The Wizards had the 7-foot-3 Porzingis and the 6-foot-10, 234-pound Gafford together on the court for the first time since Porzingis. was acquired, a move coach Wes Unseld Jr. has been contemplating. “It’s something we’ve talked about, something we’ve worked on a little bit,” Unseld said. “We were able to stay organized and those guys combined defensively. But overall, I thought those minutes were valuable.” TIP-INSWizards: Washington didn’t shoot a free throw in the first quarter and only had five attempts in the first half. … The Wizards set a season high with 38 assists. They have won five straight over Minnesota. Timberwolves: Patrick Beverley missed his second straight game with sore right ankle. … F Jaden McDaniels returned after missing nine games with a sprained left ankle. He was on a minute restriction and went scoreless in 14 minutes. … Towns had 15 points in the first to go with four rebounds and three assists. … Minnesota was 14-for-41 from 3-point range.UP NEXTWizards: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday. The Hawks have clinched a place in the play-in tournament with five straight wins. Timberwolves: They host San Antonio on Thursday. The Spurs began the night with a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers for 10th place and the final play-in spot in the West. MORE NEWS: Mavericks, Gophers to meet in NCAA men’s hockey semifinals (© 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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