MINNEAPOLIS — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets. The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5 for 18 shooting and a 2-0 deficit in the series against the Rockets. Towns has found himself the subject of pointed criticism from analysts, fans and even his own team. The switch-heavy Rockets have double-teamed Towns to a stifling effect,
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays stood near their dugout for an agonizing couple of minutes before their victory became official. Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from first baseman Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, leading the Rays to an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video
Kayonna Lee is a coach’s dream defensively. Especially if she’s the anchor in the middle of a zone. At 6-feet tall, Lee is quick enough to step out on the perimeter and irritate a guard at the top of the key. She’s also strong enough on the block to square up a taller post player and move her away from the basket. “We just got into a habit of switching everything,” Central Missouri coach Dave Slifer said. “She’d put enough ball pressure on
Kaira Smiskey scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead Chippewa Falls to a 3-1 win over Superior in Big Rivers Conference girls soccer action Thursday in Superior. Hazel Behling had the Cardinals other tally with an assist from Andrea Cihasky. Izzy Spooner assisted on both of Smiskey’s goals. Bayleigh Crawford had eight saves for Chippewa Falls, which held a 16-14 edge in shots. BOYS TENNIS: Memorial topped Menomonie 7-0, with Grant Wolfe and Max Loen earning a sweep at No.
NEW YORK — Super Bowl champion Philadelphia will host Atlanta to kick off the 2018 NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 6. Green Bay hosts Chicago in the first Sunday night matchup on Sept. 9, while the Monday nighters on opening weekend feature the Jets at Detroit, followed by the Rams at Oakland. The NFL schedule was revealed Thursday night. The Packers will follow their opener with a Sunday afternoon home game with the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 16. Green Bay’s other
MILWAUKEE — Two games into their first-round playoff series, Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe and his Boston counterpart, Terry Rozier, still seem to be having trouble remembering each other’s names. Maybe it’s the sign of a festering feud with the Celtics up 2-0 as the series shifts to Milwaukee. Perhaps it’s a case of Bluegrass State bragging rights between Bledsoe, who played at Kentucky, and Rozier, who played at Louisville, though they never faced each other in
MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain homered, doubled twice and scored four times, and pinch-hitter Ryan Braun launched a three-run homer that gave him 1,000 RBIs and powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a 12-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. Lewis Brinson, acquired from Milwaukee in the offseason trade for Christian Yelich, celebrated his return to Miller Park with his first two homers of the season for Miami. The Brewers erased a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning and
MADISON — Spring is in the air at run-first Wisconsin. They are throwing the ball around at spring practice a little more than usual, at least for a team that likes to hand the ball off to star running back Jonathan Taylor. But with so much firepower coming back in the passing game, the Badgers could be just as dangerous throwing the ball around this fall. “We know what kind of offense Wisconsin is — we’re a running offense,” receiver A.J. Taylor said.
MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich quickly made an impact in his return from the disabled list. The Milwaukee center fielder made a snazzy sliding catch on a fly ball that deflected off the glove of left fielder Hernan Perez, and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Wednesday. “I thought they really went at it the right way with one guy sliding,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “They weren’t going to run into each other.” Yelich, Perez and shortstop
Champion runner Dan Conway is a man of many talents with a quick wit who enjoyed poking fun at himself. Asked what he was looking for in the race he was about to run, he would reply: “I’m hoping for a same-day finish.” Of course that was when he could outrun 95 percent of the others 40 and 50 years younger. Although he set national age class records as a Master, he would tell you the fastest he ran was the day he encountered a bear in the woods. When inducted into the