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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are being patient with Rich Harden, who is trying to win a job with the team after shoulder surgery cost him last season. A former power pitcher, Harden is trying to revive his career following the rotator cuff operation on Jan. 31 last year. He’s with the Twins on a minor league contract.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Parmelee spent the past two seasons shuttling back and forth between the big leagues and the minors. Following Minnesota’s offseason trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere, Parmelee hopes to become the Twins’ starting right fielder. “I’m not worried about Chris Parmelee at all right now,” manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday. “Parmelee is fine. He’s been around with us enough. I think he’s totally comfortable. I’m looking forward to watching him play. I think he’s going to have a really good year for us.”
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A nursing student has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Brainerd's Central Lakes College, alleging that he was wrongly expelled over comments he posted on Facebook. Craig Keefe, 37, of Gull Lake, filed the suit in U.S. District Court naming the school's president Larry Lundblad as well a vice president, a dean, the head of the nursing program and the chief executive of the state's college system.
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37. A news release from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office says that McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday afternoon with what appears to be a single, self-inflicted wound. Deputies were sent to a home around 4 p.m. and found her body on the front porch. An autopsy is pending.
CHICAGO (AP) — Wisconsin scored three times in the second period and held on to beat second-ranked Minnesota 3-2 Sunday in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field. Sean Little capped a flurry of goals with the game-winner at 16:22 of the second period for the Badgers (13-10-7, 10-7-7), who spoiled the Gophers’ first outdoor game. Wisconsin is 3-0-0 in games played outdoors. “That’s what cost us the game,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “They got some puck luck and we got away from the things we should be doing.”
HOUSTON — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant turned this West victory into an L.A. story. Paul had 20 points, 15 assists and won MVP honors, Bryant blocked LeBron James’ comeback attempt, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Griffin finished with 19, joining his Clippers teammate, Paul, in creating Lob City deep in the heart of Texas.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has made history before — as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan. The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it been this bright before. Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s premier circuit. It’s by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career. “I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl,” she said.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Dany Heatley, Jason Zucker and Torrey Mitchell all scored in the second period to rally the Minnesota Wild over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday night. It was Minnesota’s first regulation win since Jan. 29 and just the second time it scored at least three goals in regulation over the last nine games. Damien Brunner and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, which has lost three straight for the first time since March 10-21 of last season.
LOS ANGELES — John Merrick never allowed himself to think about winning at Riviera. Not when he was a kid attending his local PGA Tour event. Not when he was at UCLA and could play the fabled course. And certainly not late Sunday afternoon in a playoff when he faced a daunting 3-iron shot under a row of eucalyptus trees, and his opponent was in the middle of the fairway with a wedge in his hand. No wonder Merrick was at a loss for words when he won the Northern Trust Open.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career. Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph. She waited about two hours as 37 fellow drivers tried to take her spot. Only four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon even came close to knocking her off.