Alex Galchenyuk comes through twice to lift Wild over Canucks 4-3 in shootout
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Maybe it was the two practices and a rest day in between that helped the Minnesota Wild, a slowdown in the schedule that served as an opportunity to get better acquainted with new interim coach Dean Evason.Or perhaps it was the watchful eyes of their fathers that sparked the players, with the dads and other guests accompanying the team on this road trip cheering from a corner suite in Rogers Arena.Whatever the motivation, the Wild shrugged out of its mini funk to rally in extra time for a 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday that secured Evason...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Robin Lehner gives up five goals in the Blackhawks' disastrous third period in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers
CHICAGO — Dominik Kubalik scored twice, and Drake Caggiula added a goal to give the Blackhawks hope with their season teetering on the brink, but the Rangers made life miserable Wednesday for goaltender Robin Lehner – whose rough night wasn’t helped by defensive breakdowns.The Hawks allowed five goals in a disastrous third period in a 6-3 loss at the United Center.Pavel Buchnevich led off the barrage 2 minutes, 33 seconds into the period, and by the time Mika Zibanejad poked in his 26th goal of the season, the Rangers had scored five goals in the span of 11 minutes. Chris Kreider’s and and ex-...
Sid Hartman: Mitch Garver ready to be Twins' full-time catcher
MINNEAPOLIS — Last season, the Twins used a catcher-by-committee system. Mitch Garver started 73 games at catcher, Jason Castro started 72 and Willians Astudillo 17.There was no question that at the start of last season the Twins viewed Castro as their best defensive catcher, but they let him leave in the offseason for a one-year, $7 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels because they think Garver is ready to play more games behind the plate than he did in 2019 and become a true No. 1 catcher.The Twins signed Alex Avila to a one-year deal after the 33-year old hit .207 in 63 games with the A...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined by wrist injury
MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was taking shots before practice Wednesday — but he wasn’t using his left hand.Towns was unable to practice because of a left wrist injury that kept him out of the Wolves’ final game before the All-Star break, and he is expected to miss multiple games as the Wolves continue their season beginning with Friday’s matchup against Boston.Coach Ryan Saunders did not provide a timetable for Towns’ injury or describe its severity. When asked if Towns would miss more than one game because of the injury, Saunders said, “Yes,” but provided nothing more...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Kyle Seager knows he could be traded at any time: 'They have to do what's best for the Mariners'
PEORIA, Ariz. — In terms of clubhouse real estate, Kyle Seager inhabits an exclusive location.The far end of the feather-shaped room comes to a point where an odd chair shaped like an egg cut in half sits against the back wall and a small couch sits facing the lockers reserved for Mariners players with the most major league tenure. It’s away from the congested couches in the middle of the clubhouse, the path being worn to the showers and the entrance where media and non-baseball staff gather in the mornings.It’s a semiprivate oasis in the clubhouse chaos.Robinson Cano assumed control of the ar...
The Seattle Times
Steve Hummer: Braves' third-base question will be one of the raging ones this spring
OK, so there seems to be some valid reason to spend the next six weeks down here in the subtropics beyond the beach, the seafood and the golf. Let the fact-finding commence.———©2020 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors outline lofty goals for season's final weeks
SAN FRANCISCO — We’ve reached the homestretch of the Warriors’ lost season.Thank goodness.The final 27 games of the regular season will start Thursday, but the Warriors’ long All-Star break didn’t serve time to reflect on everything that has gone wrong for the team so far, though. Frankly, there might not have been enough time for that.No, instead it was an opportunity for the Dubs to take stock for the first time in months (wait, is that guy on our team?) and put together a to-do list for the final eight weeks of the campaign.Draymond Green, for instance, has only one item on his list.“A buyo...
The Mercury News
The big reason why the Miami Heat expects it to be easy to integrate Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala had heard stories — maybe urban legends — about what practices are like for the Miami Heat. The Heat turns off the air conditioning on the practice courts at AmericanAirlines Arena. Players are expected to don mouth guards and knee pads because of how physical it can get.“You hear so many things about wearing knee pads at practice,” the wing said. “You’re telling a professional basketball player that he’s wearing knee pads after 16 years, they’ll look at you crazy.”He learned Wednesday those stories are true. Iguodala, who joined Miami (35-19) in a trade with the Memphis Grizzli...
Bears reportedly sign tight end Demetrius Harris to a 1-year contract
CHICAGO — The Bears added help to their tight ends room with the addition of Demetrius Harris on a one-year contract, NFL Network reported Wednesday.The Browns released Harris, 28, earlier this week after one season, in which he had 15 receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns. The move, with a year remaining on his deal, saved about $2.5 million in salary cap space, Cleveland.com reported.Harris played his first five seasons with the Chiefs, four when Bears coach Matt Nagy was their quarterbacks coach then offensive coordinator. Harris made 57 catches for 605 yards and six touchdowns with...
Dave Hyde: A fun, young Heat team set to become a fun, older Heat team
MIAMI — Andre Iguodala didn’t need much to transition to the Miami Heat. Hey, this isn’t his first NBA move, after all. As he said, he just needed some new sheets and bed supplies.“I’m big on sleep,” he said.Iguodala also put on knee pads for a practice for the first time in 16 NBA seasons. That’s part of the Heat protocol. Practice like you play.“I’m ready now,” he said.The real transition of Iguodala and Jae Crowder being traded just before the All-Star break to the Heat is this: Are you ready for how the Heat will look now? Older? More experienced? And, surely, in some form, a little less o...