(Minneapolis, MN)  —  James Harden scored 22 of his 36 points during a 50-point third quarter as the Rockets routed the Timberwolves 119-100 in Game Four at Target Center.  The 50 points are the second most in NBA playoff history.  Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 22 points and 15 boards to pace the Wolves, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven set.  Game Five is tomorrow in Houston.

(Bronx, NY)  —  The Twins were knocked around in a 14-1 loss to the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series in New York.  Jake Odorizzi was tagged for five runs in less than five frames as he fell to 1-and-2 with the loss.  Brian Dozier plated the lone run for the Twins, who have lost four in-a-row to dip to 8-and-9 on the year.  Dozier has a 24-game hitting streak dating back to last season.

(Bronx, NY)  —  The Twins and Yankees continue their four-game series tonight in New York.  Jose Berrios will get the ball for Minnesota.  The Yanks will counter with veteran left-hander CC Sabathia.  The Twins are second in the AL Central at 8-and-9, two-and-a-half games behind the first-place Indians.

(Arlington, TX)  —  The 2018 NFL Draft is set for Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  The Vikings hold the 30th overall pick in round one.  They have a total of eight picks in the seven-round draft.  The Vikings’ Saturday picks will be announced by members of the U.S. men’s gold medal-winning curling team at the St. Paul Curling Club.

NEW YORK (AP) As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927.   A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he’s selling it at auction. PSA/DNA, one of the leading sports memorabilia authenticators, supports his assertion.

The dispute dates back more than 90 years to the original owner of each bat and how he professed to acquire it.


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