Upper Midwest Sports Headlines for Friday, March 2nd:
Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Damian Lillard scored 35 points after a slow start and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-99 for their season-high fifth straight win. CJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 for Portland, which improved to 36-26.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Richard Panik broke a tie midway through the third period and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun, Kevin Connauton and Jordan Martinook also scored, Max Domi had three assists, and Antti Raanta made 32 saves to help the NHL-worst Coyotes end Minnesota’s winning streak at five games.
UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings are working through a quarterback quandary this offseason with three pending free agents. They have ample space under the salary cap and an unfulfilled desire to produce a long-term answer at the position after years of questions. Coach Mike Zimmer cautions against the strategy of spending their way out of the uncertainty. He says the Vikings are evaluating Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. They’re set to hit the market on March 14.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Conner Avants scored a career-high 26 points shooting 12 of 16 from the field and Geno Crandall scored 19 and North Dakota topped Sacramento State 90-73. Justin Strings made two free throws to put the Hornets ahead 24-23 with 6:16 before halftime before North Dakota responded with an 18-7 run to close the half.