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WASHINGTON — Welcome to the new off-white America. A historic decline in the number of U.S. whites and the fast growth of Latinos are blurring traditional black-white color lines, testing the limits of civil rights laws and reshaping political alliances as “whiteness” begins to lose its numerical dominance. Long in coming, the demographic shift was most vividly illustrated in last November’s re-election of President Barack Obama, the first black president, despite a historically low percentage of white supporters.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Lew Ford drove in three runs and Steve Johnson pitched four scoreless innings to help a Baltimore Orioles split squad beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday. Ford, a non-roster outfielder, is batting .483 this spring. Wieters is hitting .500. J.J. Hardy, who was 1 for 21 entering the game, also had a home run. Johnson, one of several pitchers competing for the No. 5 spot in Baltimore’s rotation, allowed three hits and walked one. He struck out two.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taylor Reiss scored 30 points to lead Minneota to a 61-51 win over Ada-Borup and its first Class 1A girls’ basketball state championship Saturday. Reiss, who scored 22 in the Vikings’ semifinal win over Bethlehem Academy, all but put the game away during a key exchange late in the game. She grabbed a rebound and scored on the put-back, then hit a pair of free throws to give Minneota a 54-47 lead with 1:22 left. The Vikings (30-2), who stretched their winning streak to 17, had played in the last two state tournaments but never reached the final.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-95 on Sunday night. The Wolves got a lift in the final seconds from two players who hadn’t seen appeared in a game in more than two weeks when Nikola Pekovic hit two free throws to pull Minnesota ahead for good, and Andrei Kirilenko blocked Eric Gordon’s driving layup with 4.6 seconds to play. Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets with 24 points and Robin Lopez had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Louisville is the top seed in the NCAA tournament after a topsy-turvy season in college basketball, capped by another round of upsets over the weekend. That other team from the Bluegrass State won’t even get a chance to defend its national title.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota nurses union and the state’s hospitals neared a deal Friday to study and publish more data about medical center staffing plans rather than put minimum requirements for inpatient care into law. The yet-to-be-finalized agreement allowed a bill pursued by the Minnesota Nurses Association to advance Friday through a House committee where the initial proposal was on shaky ground. The nurses union began the legislative session by asking lawmakers to adopt staffing thresholds that would have been overseen by Minnesota’s health department.
MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Cassel is signed, sealed and delivered in Minnesota, and there is no question what his role will be with the Vikings. “The fact of the matter is,” Cassel said in a conference call on Friday, “Christian is the starting quarterback.” When Cassel agreed to terms on Thursday, there was speculation that he was coming in to compete with third-year starter Christian Ponder for the No. 1 job. But Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and GM Rick Spielman stand firmly behind Ponder, who has been up and down in his first two seasons.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Rau’s goal in overtime lifted Minnesota to a 2-1 win over Bemidji State on Friday night in the first game of a best-of-three playoff series in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Rau netted the game-winner for the Golden Gophers (25-7-5) at 13:18 of the extra period. Rau also assisted on Ben Marshall’s goal that gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at 6:56 of the second period. Bemidji State (6-21-8) tied the game on a goal by Brance Orban with 38 seconds left in the third period.
HOUSTON — James Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and the Houston Rockets rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-100 on Friday night. Harden also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out eight assists for the Rockets, who stayed two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. Derrick Williams and Jose Barea scored 19 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who led 59-39 early in the third quarter. The Rockets held Minnesota to only 16 field goals the rest of the way.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a deal to land free agent receiver Greg Jennings from their rivals in Green Bay. By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer