Upper Midwest Sports Headlines for Wednesday, March 7th:
Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Eric Staal’s second goal of the night for Minnesota capped a franchise-record flurry to start the second period, and the Wild cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts, and the Wild raised their home record to an NHL-leading 24-5-6. Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scored in a span of 3:28, the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – With Byron Buxton in the middle, flanked by Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler, the Minnesota Twins boast one of the most dynamic young outfields in baseball. Their average age is 25. They combined to hit 62 home runs last season. Their defense is superb. These are Jeff Pickler’s protegees. Hired a year ago as a coach on manager Paul Molitor’s staff, Pickler has brought an eye for details, a progressive mind for data and an ability to connect with his players in supervising the talented trio.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – David Jenkins Jr. scored 29 points, Mike Daum had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and South Dakota State beat South Dakota 97-87 to win the Summit League Tournament championship, clinching the Jackrabbits a third straight NCAA Tournament berth. Reed Tellinghuisen added 18 points and 11 rebounds for SDSU, which has won 11 straight.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Phoenix Mercury traded Danielle Robinson to the Minnesota Lynx for the No. 12 pick in the WNBA draft and acquired Briann January from the Indiana Fever for the eighth pick. The 28-year-old Robinson will likely back up starting point guard Lindsay Whalen.