(Edmonton, Alberta) — Mikael Granlund broke a 3-all tie with a power play goal late in the third period as the Wild edged the Oilers 4-3 in Edmonton. Jared Spurgeon and Eric Staal scored in the second period, while Zach Parise lit the lamp in the first for Minnesota, which has won six of its last seven games. The Wild will resume their seven-game road trip on Saturday in St. Louis.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves wrap up their three-game homestand tonight against the Utah Jazz at the Target Center. Minnesota has split the first two games after Monday’s 124-120 win over the Lakers. The Wolves are 3-and-4 on the season. The Jazz sit at 4-and-2.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins are declining the 2019 contract options with pitcher Ervin Santana and slugger Logan Morrison. Both will receive $1-million buyouts and become free agents. Santana was set to make $14-million next year, while Morrison would have been paid $8-million.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins are shaking up their coaching staff. After hiring Rocco Baldelli as manager last week, the team decided to let Garvin Alston, Jeff Smith, Gene Glynn, Eddie Guardado, and major league coach Jeff Pickler go. The moves were confirmed yesterday by major league sources, but the team hasn’t made any announcements. Bench coach Derek Shelton is interviewing for the Rangers managerial job. Hitting coach James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez have kept their jobs.
(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings are back on the practice field today preparing for Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions. The Vikes had their three-game winning streak snapped with last Sunday’s 30-20 setback to the Saints. Minnesota sits at 4-3-and-1 on the season. Detroit is 3-and-4. Chicago leads the NFC North at 4-and-3.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers continue to gear up for Saturday’s trip to Illinois. Minnesota is coming off its first Big Ten win of the season, a 38-31 triumph over Indiana last Friday. The Gophers improved to 4-and-4 on the season including 1-and-4 in conference play. The Fighting Illini are 3-and-5 and 1-and-4.
(Undated) — North Dakota State and North Dakota are back in action Saturday. The Bison will host Youngstown State, while the Fighting Hawks visit Idaho. NDSU smashed South Dakota 59-14 last weekend to improve to 8-and-0. UND is 5-and-3 and 3-and-2 in conference play.
(Undated) — Alabama is #1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the year. Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame round out the top-four. The top four at the end off the season advance to the national semifinals.