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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daquein McNeil is following Richard Pitino to Minnesota. The Baltimore combo guard played at Vermont Academy and originally committed to play for Pitino at Florida International. Then Pitino left to take the Golden Gophers job, and McNeil was granted his release to join the coach in Minnesota. McNeil averaged 19 points per game as a senior and will be eligible to play next season. He is the first player to commit to the Gophers since Pitino took over.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — The Vikings are planning to sign former defensive tackle Pat Williams for one day so he can formally retire as a member of the team. General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement on Tuesday. Spielman said the contract would be done on Thursday, and Williams would be released on Friday. He praised Williams as one of the franchise’s “great all-time leaders and great all-time players.” Williams is expected to appear at the team’s draft party at the Mall of America on Thursday, when their revised uniforms will be unveiled.
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, LeBron James finished with 19 and the Miami Heat took off in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-86 in Game 2 of the teams’ Eastern Conference first-round series on Tuesday night. Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen all scored 10 points for the Heat, who now lead the best-of-seven 2-0. Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee. The Heat scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter, needing just over 2 minutes to blow open what had been a three-point game.
ST. PAUL — Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping the Minnesota Wild break their five-game home losing streak and hang on for a critical 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Jeff Carter’s slap shot whizzed past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with an improbable 0.8 seconds left before the second intermission, pulling the Kings within one. Carter has 26 goals, tied for third in the NHL.
MINNEAPOLIS — A slow start to his first big league season did little to reduce prized prospect Oswaldo Arcia’s confidence. And when the powerful Venezuelan finally got a hold of one, sending a pitch soaring well past the seats in right field, he couldn’t help but stand and admire it before making his first trot around the bases. Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Miami Marlins 4-3 Tuesday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
PASADENA, Calif. — The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014 on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings at a resort hotel in the Rose Bowl’s backyard. They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation in the new system and the site of the first championship game to be held Jan. 12, 2015, this week.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Democratic state senator seen as a swing vote on gay marriage says he'll vote to make it legal in Minnesota. Sen. Kent Eken (EEK'-en) represents a northwestern Minnesota district that backed last fall's gay marriage ban by 53 percent. But Eken says Monday he heard from many constituents who passionately support gay marriage. And he says even many opponents told him they think it's inevitable.
MINNEAPOLIS – Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Miami Marlins 4-3 Tuesday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Arcia’s three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five. The Twins shrugged off yet another chilly day at Target Field to win their fifth straight. Brian Dozier had three hits, and Glen Perkins earned his sixth save.
COZAD, Neb. — Two suspects sought by Minnesota and South Dakota authorities have been captured after a short highway chase in south-central Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol says the two were in a car being sought in a string of armed robberies. A trooper stopped the car Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 30 near Cozad. As the trooper approached, the car sped off. But it soon stopped after developing engine trouble. The two occupants were arrested, and troopers say three handguns found in the car.
MINNEAPOLIS — A recently reopened southern Minnesota ethanol plant has shut down again and its top executives have been fired amid a bitter bankruptcy fight. Only 10 of Purified Renewable Energy's 23 employees remain on the job. And the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports ( http://bit.ly/12FilE6 ) the Buffalo Lake plant has just enough borrowed money for a few weeks.