(Minneapolis, MN) — Karl-Anthony Towns nailed a jumper to beat the buzzer and lift the Timberwolves to a 99-97 win over the Grizzlies at the Target Center. Towns ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game skid and improved to 25-and-26 on the season. Jerryd Bayless had 19 points, 12 assists and seven boards in the victory. The Wolves host Denver on Saturday.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins are bolstering their starting rotation. The team has reached a one-year deal with left-hander Martin Perez. The deal is worth $3.5-million and includes a $7.5-million option for 2020. Perez went just 2-and-7 with a 6.22 ERA in 22 appearances including 15 starts with Texas last season. He spent his first seven seasons with the Rangers, going 43-and-49.
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild are back in action tomorrow night when they visit the Dallas Stars. Minnesota comes out of the All-Star break riding a three-game winning streak. The Wild sit third in the Central Division with 55 points.
(Minneapolis, MN) — Amir Coffey scored 18 points to lead Minnesota to an 86-75 win over Illinois at Williams Arena. Jordan Murphy donated 16 points for the Golden Gophers, who have won two in-a-row to improve to 16-and-5 on the season and 6-and-4 in Big Ten play. The Gophers travel to 18th-ranked Purdue on Sunday.
(Macomb, IL) — North Dakota is on the road to square off with Western Illinois tonight. North Dakota State will then get its shot at the Leathernecks on Saturday in Macomb. The Fighting Hawks have lost three straight to fall to 8-and-13 on the season and 2-and-6 in Summit League play. The Bison are 10-and-12 and 4-and-4.
(Atlanta, GA) — Super Bowl 53 is days away from kicking off in Atlanta. The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams each took the practice field yesterday as they prep for Sunday’s showdown. The Patriots look to become the second team in NFL history to win six Super Bowls. The Rams have one Super Bowl title in team history and look to add to that total.