Sports Shorts 3.6.17 06 Mar 17

(Minneapolis, MN) — Eric Staal lit the lamp twice to help the Wild beat the Sharks, 3-1, at the Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise had the other goal on the power play, while Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves. Minnesota is 42-15-and-6, giving them 90 points. They’re one-point ahead of the Blackhawks for first in the Central, but they have two games in hand. The Wild host the Blues tomorrow night.

(West Palm Beach, FL) — The Twins used a three-run eighth to pull past the Nationals, 4-2, in Grapefruit League action in West Palm Beach. Matt Hague connected for a two-run shot in the deciding frame. Starter Hector Santiago struck out five over two-and-two-thirds innings of shut-out work. Minnesota faces the Cards this afternoon.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves begin a three-game homestand against the Trail Blazers tonight at the Target Center. Minnesota had a two-game winning streak end with a 97-90 OT loss to the Spurs on Saturday. The T’wolves are 25-and-37, three games behind the Nuggets for the eighth seed in the West. Portland is 26-and-35, sitting in ninth.

(Indianapolis, IN) — The final day of the NFL Scouting Combine has arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Vikings will get a look at the defensive backs doing on-field work and testing. Defensive linemen and linebackers went yesterday. Minnesota doesn’t pick until the second round due to the Sam Bradford trade. Next up in the draft process is pro days and individual visits.

(Madison, WI) — Minnesota got hammered at Wisconsin, 66-49, in Madison. The Golden Gophers were up by two at halftime, but were outscored 39-to-20 in the second half. It was the end of an eight-game winning streak. Minnesota still gets a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament as the four-seed. They finished the regular season 23-and-8 and 11-and-7. The Gophers will play a quarterfinals game on Friday.

(Reno, VA) — North Dakota is the top seed in the Big Sky Conference Tournament. The Fighting Hawks have a bye to the quarterfinals that take place in Reno on Thursday. They await the winner of Portland State versus Northern Arizona tomorrow. North Dakota finished the regular season 19-and-9 and 14-and-4.

(Sioux Falls, ND) — North Dakota State was upset in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament on Saturday night in Sioux Falls. The Bison fell to IUPUI, 76-57. They end the regular season 19-and-11 and await to see if there’s any postseason play in their future.