Upper Midwest Sports Headlines for Tuesday, February 27th:
Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 118-100. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points, four rebounds and seven assists and Taj Gibson had 15 points and five boards to help the Timberwolves sweep the three-game season series between the two teams.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – The Minnesota Twins signed Fernando Rodney to be their closer, bringing his 300 career saves to a bullpen that’s needed a boost for several seasons. In an age when ninth-inning use isn’t necessarily for a team’s best reliever anymore, Addison Reed might have been the more valuable addition. Reed compiled 101 saves over a three-year span as a closer with the Chicago White Sox, but he has settled into more of an eighth-inning role in recent seasons.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Wild only subtracted at the NHL trade deadline, dealing defenseman Mike Reilly to Montreal for a future fifth-round draft pick and letting right wing Chris Stewart get claimed on waivers by Calgary. The Wild are confident enough in their depth and their recent performance that they didn’t feel pressure to add to the lineup. Defenseman Jonas Brodin is expected back this week from a broken hand. The Wild have won four straight games to reach fourth place in the Western Conference.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Duluth is holding a community celebration to honor Twin Ports Olympians. The city says members of the U.S. women’s and men’s curling teams, cross-country skiing coach Chad Salmela and other Olympic team representatives will attend Tuesday’s event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The athletes will enter under a canopy of curling brooms. The Olympians will arrive home Monday at 5 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport.