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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 124-120 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in Minneapolis. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and rookie guard Josh Okogie scored a season-high 17 points for Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Quarterback Tanner Morgan, the co-Big Ten freshman of the week, will make his second start when the Gophers face Illinois in Champaign at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. “I look at it as a healthy quarterback competition,” coach P.J. Fleck said Monday. “We still have two freshmen and one’s not healthy and has to be able to play, and the other comes in and plays extremely well.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- At the midpoint of the season, the Vikings already know they can’t match last season’s 13-3 record. So is coach Mike Zimmer displeased? Nope. The Vikings’ 30-20 loss Sunday night to New Orleans left them 4-3-1. So the best they can finish is 12-3-1. “I’m not disappointed,” Zimmer said Monday of his team’s midseason record. “It is what it is. We’ve got eight more games to go, and that will always determine what we end up doing.”
WORTHINGTON, Minn.— In a little more than a month, the city of Worthington will be turning on the tap to accept over 1.9 million gallons of water per day from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. The Lewis & Clark water, which comes from an aquifer adjacent to the Missouri River in South Dakota and now feeds into 20 cities and rural water systems in that state, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota, will be blended 50-50 with the water from Worthington’s nine wells.
DULUTH -- If anyone has any sympathy for what Notre Dame has gone through in the past six months since losing the national championship game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, it’s the team that beat them 2-1 back in April — Minnesota Duluth. After all, the Bulldogs were in the Fighting Irish’s skates a year ago as the national runners-up after losing to Denver in the 2017 NCAA title game. They played the Pioneers five times and lost every one. So, do the Bulldogs have a speck of sympathy for the Irish?
ST. PAUL -- Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, Oct. 25, in St. Paul.. Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist and Jonas Brodin, Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu also scored to help the Wild to their fourth straight win. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had an assist in his 1,000th NHL game. Dubnyk also assisted on Brodin's goal, the seventh assist of his 10-year NHL career.
ST. PAUL -- After a couple of weeks limited to skating by himself, 21-year-old Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek made a triumphant return to practice Wednesday. Wearing a baby-blue jersey to remind everyone on the ice he has not been cleared for contact, and participating in about half the drills, the young Swede made his presence felt at the end of the 45-minute session.
DULUTH -- As Minnesota Duluth closes out October with one more nonconference series — a national championship rematch at Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday — before the start of NCHC play next week, it appears coach Scott Sandelin has for the moment settled on a lineup. The one spot still up for grabs, however, is the fourth-line center role. There, junior Jade Miller and freshman Jesse Jacques have alternated over the past two weekends at Michigan Tech and at home against Maine.
BOSTON -- Clayton Kershaw took steps to prepare for his first career start at Fenway Park but didn't have it when he took the mound for Game 1 of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox roughed up the Los Angeles Dodgers ace for five runs in four-plus innings, pulling away late for an 8-4 win Tuesday night and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves rookie guard Josh Okogie missed a couple of outside shots early in Monday’s win over Indiana. In college, that kind of start might have caused Okogie to shy away from jumpers for the rest of the night and attack the rim instead. The Wolves weren’t about to let that happen.