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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves to a come-from-behind, 116-111 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The Timberwolves trailed by eight points entering the fourth quarter. Nemanja Bjelica had 17 points and made a couple of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Minnesota, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 109-103 win over the Golden State Warriors.
The Minnesota Lynx have signed free-agent guard Tanisha Wright, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of Wright's contract were not disclosed per team policy. Wright, 34, is a 12-year WNBA veteran who last played with the New York Liberty in 2016. She spent last season as an assistant women's hoops coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. "We are very excited to welcome Tanisha back to the WNBA and specifically to the Minnesota Lynx," Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said in a statement.
Aaron Rodgers has a new weapon, but he will also be saying goodbye to one of his favorite targets. Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers when free agency officially opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Additionally, the Packers are releasing longtime wideout Jordy Nelson, according to multiple reports. Nelson, 32, was set to count more than $12.5 million against the cap in 2018, the final year of his contract. His release saves Green Bay more than $10.2 million.
With three quarterbacks on their roster heading to the open market, the Minnesota Vikings reached out to the agent for free-agent quarterback Drew Brees on Monday, NFL Network reported. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said the Vikings reached out to representatives for several quarterbacks as the NFL free-agent negotiating window began Monday afternoon.
Adrian Peterson is expected to be released by the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson joined the Cardinals via trade from the New Orleans Saints last season and led the team in rushing despite an erratic six-game stretch with the team. Peterson, who turns 33 on March 21, plans to continue playing and could come back at a reduced rate to be the primary backup to David Johnson. The former Vikings star had two games with at least 134 rushing yards and three games in which he failed to reach 30 yards with the Cardinals.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—There were 15 lead changes, nine different leaders, but, ultimately, the same result. Kevin Harvick rolled to his third victory in as many weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, March 11, easily holding off Kyle Busch at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., to take the TicketGuardian 500. Final pit stops were critical on the 1-mile dogleg oval.
Syracuse, Arizona State, UCLA and St. Bonaventure received the final four at-large bids for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, while Baylor, Saint Mary's, Southern California and Notre Dame were left out when the 68-team bracket was revealed on Sunday, March 11. Virginia garnered the top overall seed of the bracket, but the Cavaliers' path won't be easy, as Arizona (a No. 4 seed) or Kentucky (a No. 5 seed) could well be waiting in the Sweet 16, not to mention Cincinnati (No. 2) and Tennessee (No. 3) also in the region.
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl Anthony-Towns followed in his own miss with 37.5 seconds to play Sunday afternoon, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Golden State Warriors 109-103 in Minneapolis to snap a three-game losing streak. Seeking to avoid a second consecutive loss on a three-day trip, the Warriors rallied within 104-103 on a Kevin Durant 3-pointer with 2:08 to go. The Warriors then had a chance to go ahead for the first time since the third quarter following a Minnesota turnover, but Klay Thompson misfired on a 3-point attempt.
EDMONTON—The Edmonton Oilers might be the NHL's biggest disappointment in 2017-18, but don't blame Connor McDavid. The center scored twice in less than three minutes of the second period Saturday night, March 10, lifting Edmonton to a 4-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild at Rogers Place. McDavid also had an assist.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ethan Finley scored a pair of goals to give Minnesota United a 2-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night, March 10, in Orlando. Finley, a Duluth native, put Minnesota ahead for good with 11 minutes left, finishing off a nice series of passes. The winning sequence started with 19-year-old Mason Toye flicking a pass to Miguel Ibarra down the left side. Ibarra in turn hit a perfect cross to Finley, who put it home.