Upper Midwest Sports Headlines for Thursday, March 1st:
Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Corey Sanders scored 23 points and last-place Rutgers won a Big Ten Tournament game for the second straight season, beating Minnesota 65-54 at Madison Square Garden. The 14th seed Scarlet Knights plays sixth-seeded Indiana on Thursday night.
UNDATED (AP) – The time for the Minnesota Vikings to commit anew to a starting quarterback has almost arrived. They’re still in evaluation mode, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are each on track to become an unrestricted free agent in two weeks. Spielman says the Vikings have yet to make a final decision about any of them.
UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins and designated hitter Logan Morrison finalized a $6.5 million, one-year contract that includes a 2019 club option that can become guaranteed. Morrison, who has spent the majority of his major league career as a first baseman and also played the corner outfield positions, hit 38 home runs in 2017 for Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old drove in 85 runs for the Rays last season and posted a career-best .868 on-base-plus-slugging percentage that was higher than any Twins player.
UNDATED (AP) – Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked as newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year.