(Minneapolis, MN)  —  Karl-Anthony Towns set a franchise record with 56 points as the Timberwolves hammered the Hawks 126-114 at the Target Center.  Andrew Wiggins netted 17 points and Nemanja Bjelica had 14 for the Wolves, who snapped a two-game skid.  Minnesota is seventh in the West at 43-and-33, a half-game ahead of Utah.  The Wolves visit Dallas Friday.

(Baltimore, MD)  —  The Twins open the regular-season today in Baltimore against the Orioles.  Jake Odorizzi will get the start opposite O’s right-hander Dylan Bundy.  The teams will then have tomorrow off before resuming the three-game series on Saturday.  The Twins’ home opener is next Thursday against the Seattle Mariners.

(St. Paul, MN)  —  The Wild begin a home-and-home series with the Dallas Stars tonight at The X.  The teams will then a Saturday rematch  in Dallas.  The Wild have earned at least a point in six straight games and remain third in the Central Division with 94 points.  The Stars have 86 points, five behind St. Louis and Anaheim for the two wild card spots in the West.

(Eagan, MN)  —  The Vikings are bringing back cornerback Marcus Sherels for a ninth season.  The team has re-signed Sherels to a one-year deal.  The former un-drafted free agent returned a league-high 39 punts for an average of 9.5 yards last season.

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