MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In a Final Four overrun by fresh faces, North Carolina is the one old hand that maneuvered through all the minefields to make it to Glendale, Ariz. Luke Maye's 18-footer from the left wing with 0.3 seconds left lifted the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 75-73 win over second-seeded Kentucky for the South Region championship Sunday at FedEx Forum.
ST PAUL, Minn. -- The stats say that the Philadelphia Flyers are among the worst road teams in the Eastern Conference. Apparently, they forgot to read that stat sheet. Goals by Sean Couturier and Matt Read spurred the Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Wild in Minnesota on Thursday, thwarting the home team's chance to clinch a playoff spot.
The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on Thursday with forward Luke Kunin on a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2017-18 season. Kunin will report to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of this season. The 19-year-old Kunin totaled 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 35 games during his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot, 197-pound Kunin served as the Badgers' first sophomore captain in 41 years.
Running back Latavius Murray, signed by the Minnesota Vikings last week, underwent successful ankle surgery Wednesday. The Vikings said in a statement that they were aware that Murray would require surgery prior to the team signing him on March 16. Dr. Bob Anderson performed the procedure in Charlotte, N.C. "Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp," the team said in a statement.
Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow on Wednesday. Left-hander Craig Breslow was added to the roster in place of May, who was put on the 60-day disabled list. The rehab process traditionally takes approximately 12 months, which means May could be ready for Opening Day 2018.
MINNEAPOLIS—LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to top the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-93 Tuesday. The Spurs (54-16) swept their season series with the Wolves, winning all four games this year against Minnesota. Kawhi Leonard added 22 points to supplement Aldridge's big night, and Pau Gasol scored 11 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have now won two in a row.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—A pair of Minnesota goals just a few ticks of the clock apart snapped a second-period tie and helped the Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 to end a season-worst five-game losing skid. With the game tied 1-1, the Wild got goals from Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle just 15 seconds apart as their home dominance of the Sharks continued. The Wild improved to 9-1-1 vs. the Sharks in their past 11 meetings in Minnesota. Matt Dumba also scored, and Devan Dubnyk had 21 saves for the Wild (44-22-6).
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed free agent forward Omri Casspi to a contract on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team for Casspi, who was part of the trade that brought forward/center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Casspi broke his thumb in the first game with the Pelicans on Feb. 23, prompting the Pelicans to release him two days later so they could sign another player. The Timberwolves coveted Casspi to replace Nemanja Bjelica, who was lost last week with a season-ending foot injury.
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with cornerback Terence Newman on Wednesday. Newman, who turns 39 in September, returns for his 15th NFL season and third year with the Vikings on a reported one-year deal. Newman has the second-most career interceptions (41) among active NFL players. He has appeared in 31 games (26 starts) with the Vikings and is just two starts shy of reaching 200 for his career.
WASHINGTON - Alexander Ovechkin ended a 10-game scoreless drought with a second-period goal and the Washington Capitals halted their four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in a battle of conference leaders. Ovechkin had not scored since Feb. 19, but the Capitals followed a classic blueprint to get their captain back on the board in the waning seconds of a second-period power play. Washington center Nicklas Backstrom passed to John Carlson at the blue line, who then connected with Ovechkin in his traditional spot in the faceoff circle.