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MINNEAPOLIS -- Amir Coffey scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights 88-70 in Big Ten action Saturday, Jan. 12, in Minneapolis. Jordan Murphy recorded a double-double for the Golden Gophers with 15 points and 16 rebounds. He was 9 of 11 from the line. Dupree McBrayer scored 12 first-half points and finished with 15 points and nine assists. Minnesota (13-3, 3-2) has won seven of its last eight. Rutgers (8-7, 1-4) lost its fourth straight road game.
MONTREAL -- Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season as the visiting Minnesota Wild earned a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Jan. 7. Mikael Granlund scored the game's only goal, breaking the deadlock after almost 47 minutes of scoreless hockey. The goal was Granlund's 12th of the season, and it snapped a 15-game scoreless drought for the center. Dubnyk improved to 9-1-1 with a 1.90 goals against average in 11 career games against Montreal, with two shutouts.
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Xander Schauffele tied the course record with an 11-under-par round of 62 on Sunday to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii, on Sunday, Jan. 6. Schauffele's final-round 62 was the low round of the tournament by three shots on The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort. The 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year opened with a bogey, but reeled off four birdies and an eagle to make the turn in 6-under 31.
MIAMI -- Karl-Anthony Towns produced 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and a career-high-tying six blocks to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the host Miami Heat 113-104 on Sunday night, Dec. 31. Towns, who made 12-of-24 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 on three-pointers, fouled out with 34 seconds left. It was his fourth foul-out of the season, but he had already done enough to lead Minnesota to victory. Minnesota also scored 24 points off of 20 Miami turnovers.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota never trailed Sunday, Dec. 30, in its final tuneup before entering the meat of its Big 10 Conference schedule, bumping off Mount St. Mary's 71-53 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Dupree McBrayer led the Golden Gophers' balanced attack with 15 points, while Amir Coffey added 13. Daniel Oturu chipped in a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and senior forward Jordan Murphy finished with 10 points and nine boards.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Minnesota Wild snapped a five-game winless streak with a 3-1 road win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, Dec. 29. While three goals aren't exactly an offensive breakout, it was a welcome improvement for the Wild, who had scored five total goals over that 0-4-1 stretch. The Wild received their opening goal from an unlikely source, as defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored 9:28 into the first period. After playing 28 games with the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate this season, Bartkowski was making his debut in a Minnesota jersey.
CHICAGO -- Karl Anthony-Towns and Taj Gibson combined for all the scoring in an 8-0 burst to open the game that gave the Minnesota Timberwolves the lead for good in their 119-94 romp over the host Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, Dec. 26. Derrick Rose had a team-high 24 points to go with eight assists, while Towns recorded a 20-point, 20-rebound double-double for the Timberwolves, who completed a two-game, season-series sweep of the Bulls.
DETROIT — The Vikings survived a slow start Sunday, Dec. 23, in Kevin Stefanski’s second game since replacing the fired John DeFillippo as offensive coordinator. The Vikings didn’t get a first down until there was 3:59 left in the first half but scored two quick touchdowns to take a 14-9 halftime lead and swing momentum in a 27-9 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
SEATTLE — Russell Wilson passed for three touchdowns and Chris Carson rushed for two as the Seattle Seahawks clinched an NFC wild-card berth with a 38-31 victory against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, Dec. 23.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points, including a key jumper with 14.3 seconds left, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 114-112 road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, Dec. 23. The win was just the second in eight games for the Timberwolves and snapped a four-game winning streak for the Thunder.