Sports Shorts 12.15.2017 15 Dec 17

(Fargo, ND)  –  North Dakota State hosts Sam Houston State tonight in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs.  NDSU advanced with a 42-10 rout of Wofford last Saturday.  Meanwhile, South Dakota State faces James Madison in the other semifinal tomorrow.  The winners will meet in the FCS championship game January 6th in Frisco, Texas.

 (Minneapolis, MN)  –  Karl-Anthony Towns’ monster night paced the Timberwolves to a 119-96 win over the Kings at the Target Center.  Towns racked up 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks.  Jimmy Butler added 21, nine dimes and seven boards for Minnesota, which has won three-of-four.  The Wolves resume their five-game homestand tomorrow against Phoenix.

(St. Paul, MN)  –  Alex Stalock made 28 saves for the shutout as the Wild blanked the Maple Leafs 2-0 at The X.  Tyler Ennis scored in the first period and Mikael Granlund tallied in the third for Minnesota, which won its fourth straight.  The Wild wrap up their three-game homestand tomorrow against Edmonton.

(Lake Buena Vista, FL)  –  The Twins are bringing in veteran closer Fernando Rodney.  Multiple outlets report the two sides have agreed to a one-year, 4.5-million-dollar contract that could go up to six-million with incentives.  It also includes a club option for 2019.  Rodney was 5-and-4 with 39 saves and a 4.23 ERA in 61 games with Arizona last season.  The 40-year-old right-hander has 300 career saves.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Vikings look to clinch the NFC North Division title when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at US Bank Stadium.  The Vikes saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end with a 31-24 loss in Carolina last Sunday.  The Vikings sit at 10-and-3 on the year, one game behind Philadelphia for the best record in the NFC.  The Bengals are 5-and-8.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Golden Gophers are off the hardwood until next week.  Minnesota snapped its two-game skid with a 68-67 win over Drake on Monday.  The Gophers sit at 9-and-3 on the season.  They will host Oral Roberts next Thursday.