Scandella gives Wild 4-3 win over Blackhawks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Marco Scandella's slap shot with 1:48 left, the defenseman's first goal this season, lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
Jonas Brodin scored on a power play with 5:39 remaining to tie the game for the Wild, who raised their home record to 12-3-2 and handed the Blackhawks their first loss in their past seven road games.
With Charlie Coyle partially screening Corey Crawford at the edge of the crease, Brodin wound up and sent the puck ricocheting off Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and past the goalie's outstretched glove.
Crawford made 19 saves.
Twins announce $24M deal with Phil Hughes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have signed former Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes to a $24 million, three-year contract.
The Twins reached agreement with Hughes last week and finished it on Thursday after the 27-year-old passed his physical. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA for the Yankees last season.
The Twins are hoping that a move out of hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to spacious Target Field will help Hughes rediscover the promise he showed earlier in his career. Hughes was a first-round draft pick and an All-Star in 2010.
Twins starters had the worst ERA in baseball last season, so GM Terry Ryan has been aggressive in trying to upgrade the staff.
The Twins signed right-hander Ricky Nolasco to a $49 million, four-year contract Tuesday.
Roseville QB Jacques Perra named AP player of year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Roseville senior quarterback Jacques Perra has been picked as the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school football.
The award was announced Thursday with the AP's all-state teams.
Perra helped lead Roseville to the Class 6A semifinals, where the Raiders lost to Rosemount and finished 10-2 for the season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Perra completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,071 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 347 yards and four scores.
Minnesota has offered Perra a spot as a preferred walk-on. He is also considering FCS schools Northern Iowa and South Dakota State.
Love leaves team to mourn grandmother's passing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has left the team to mourn the passing of his maternal grandmother.
The team says Carol Lee Craig died on Wednesday night, when Love and the Wolves were in Mexico City to play the San Antonio Spurs. That game was postponed because of a problem in the arena and the Wolves flew home late Wednesday night.
The team says Love will not practice on Friday. The Wolves next play against the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
Love's status for the game is unknown. His grandmother's death also forced Love to cancel two community appearances scheduled for Friday that related to his annual winter coat drive.
CB Cook fined $26,250 for contact with official
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been fined $26,250 for contact with an official, per NFL guidelines.
Cook told reporters Wednesday his agent has filed an appeal with the league. He said he realizes he has to keep his composure in those situations and added a "guarantee it will not happen again."
Cook was upset in the third quarter Sunday, accusing Chicago wide receiver Alshon Jeffery of offensive pass interference and complaining there was no call during the incompletion. Two plays later, Jeffery beat Cook for a 46-yard touchdown, and Cook confronted side judge Laird Hayes, inadvertently touching his arm. That drew him a 15-yard penalty and an ejection from the game.
The Vikings rallied to beat the Bears 23-20 in overtime.
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