WATFORD CITY, N.D. (MSU) - The Minot State baseball team bounced back to win game two 13-9 after falling 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Minnesota Duluth in Watford City on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers are now 17-11 overall and 15-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Today's doubleheader in Watford City has been moved to a single game at Noon due to low temperatures expected.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.
The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.
Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL goal just 20 seconds after Eric Staal sent a wrist shot past a struggling Connor Hellebuyck, who was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission.
Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a postseason home game for only the second time in their last nine contests. Mikko Koivu and Nick Seeler each had two assists and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, keeping the crowd loud all night.
Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets.
After overtaking the Wild with two third-period goals to win 3-2 in Game 1 and dominating the action in Game 2 on the way to a 4-1 victory, the Jets hit some minor turbulence for the first time in the series. The blizzard that blanketed the Twin Cities forced their charter flight to land in Duluth on Saturday afternoon and return to Winnipeg for the night. The Jets skipped the customary morning skate and arrived Sunday about eight hours before faceoff.
Whether or not the Jets were actually affected by the weather hardly mattered, given the way the Wild greeted them after the lackluster performance in Game 2.
The only shot the Jets sent on target over the first 11-plus minutes was the one by Wheeler that went in, a wide-angle attempt on the power play that hit Jonas Brodin's stick and fluttered toward Dubnyk. The puck hit his glove and fell in the corner of the net, a soft goal if there ever was one.
The Wild snapped right back, though. Koivu took the initial shot that set up both goals in the first period, with Granlund waiting for the rebound on the first one . Parise freed himself from a tie-up in traffic with Jacob Trouba to move in position for the redirect of the second one.
The second period went from bad to worse for the Jets, trailing 5-2, when Myers was checked by Foligno and caught his skate at the bottom of the boards. He needed help off the ice and into the locker room and did not return.
Elsewhere in the Stanley Cup playoffs:
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have regained home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by rebounding from Friday's 5-1 loss in the Steel City. Sidney Crosby scored once and had three assists as the Pens thumped the Flyers, 5-1 in Philadelphia. Crosby scored his fourth goal of the series midway through the first period. Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin tallied five seconds apart to put Pittsburgh ahead 4-0 seven minutes into the second period. Derick Brassard and Justin Schultz also scored, and Matt Murray turned back 26 shots to help the Penguins take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Wednesday in Philadelphia.
- The Golden Knights are up 3-0 in their first-round series after Cody Eakin, James Neal and William Karlsson scored in an 8:34 span of the third period to lead a 3-2 comeback over the Kings. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 37 shots and held off Los Angeles after Anze Kopitar scored to make it a one-goal game with 2:04 remaining. Kopitar also had an assist for the Kings, who will try to stave off elimination at home on Tuesday.
- Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime and the Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the first round by downing the Capitals, 5-4 in Washington. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 54 shots and Cam Atkinson scored twice in the Jackets' second straight overtime win against the Caps. Josh Anderson also tallied and set up Calvert's game-winner on a play that was reviewed by the NHL situation room for a possible offside. Alex Ovechkin notched a pair of power-play goals for the Capitals, who blew a 3-1 lead and risk falling behind three-games-to-none on Tuesday.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Houston Rockets to outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.
Minnesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler's shot was short.
The Timberwolves had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout.
Jeff Teague ended Minnesota's scoring drought with two free throws after the timeout and added a 3-point play after a basket by Harden. Harden made another shot to give him 11 straight points for Houston before another basket by Teague.
Harden got Capela in on the scoring after that, finding him for an alley-oop that pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three minutes left.
The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries.
Houston kept All-Star big man Towns in check, limiting him to just eight points after he'd averaged 21.3 in leading the Wolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota.
The Wolves scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 56-54 lead. Tucker made a 3 for the Rockets after that, but Minnesota used a 6-1 spurt, with 3s from Wiggins and Teague, to go back on top 62-58.
The Rockets had managed just six points in the quarter when Gerald Green made a basket with to cut the lead to 1 with about five minutes left in the third. Derrick Rose added a bucket seconds later, but Houston scored six straight points after that to put Houston up 68-65. Harden got things going when he made a 3-pointer while being fouled by Rose and also made the free throw.
Minnesota led by a basket after a jump shot by Towns with about two minutes left in the quarter. Harden took over after that, scoring the last six points of the quarter to leave Houston up 76-72 entering the fourth.
Harden hit a 3-pointer before making a driving layup he was fouled on by Gorgui Dieng. Harden flexed each bicep twice while peering down at the muscles after the shot before making the free throw.
The Rockets swept the regular-season series 4-0, winning by an average of 15.8 points a game and it looked like this one might be another blowout early as the Rockets raced out to a 17-6 lead behind 10 early points from Clint Capela. But the Timberwolves got going after that and had tied it up by late in the first quarter. The Rockets led 54-47 at halftime.
Checking out Sunday's other playoff openers:
- Victor Oladipo poured in 32 points and the Pacers overcame LeBron James' triple-double in a 98-80 victory at Cleveland. Myles Turner had 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Indiana, which led 33-12 in the first quarter and handed the Cavs their postseason-opening loss in eight years. James finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career playoff triple-double, but the rest of Cleveland's starters accounted for just 25 points. Game 2 is Wednesday in Cleveland.
- Al Horford delivered 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Celtics outlasted the Bucks, 113-107 in overtime. Terry Rozier had 23 points for Boston, which led 99-96 until Khris Middleton nailed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to force OT. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which stays in Boston for Game 2 on Tuesday.
- Paul George shot 8-for-11 from 3-point range and lit up the Jazz for 36 points in the Thunder's 116-108 win over Utah. George had 20 points by halftime and set an Oklahoma City playoff record for 3-pointers in a game. Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, who host Game 2 on Wednesday. Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds but was limping in the fourth quarter because of a sore left foot.
UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have extended the best start in their 118-year history by completing what has become a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.
Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each had three hits and the Red Sox received four shutout innings from their bullpen in a 3-1 victory over the Birds. Benintendi tied the game with an RBI triple in the fifth, one inning before J.D. Martinez scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Boston improved to a major league-best 13-2 under new manager Alex Cora.
The Red Sox were supposed to complete a four-game series with their annual Patriots' Day game. But the game has been postponed with heavy rain in Monday's forecast, leading to a May 17 makeup date.
In other MLB games:
- The Mets improved to a National League-best 12-2 by beating the Brewers, 3-2 on a walk-off, solo homer by Wilmer Flores with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Nimmo tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth and finished a double shy of the cycle as New York won for the 10th time in 11 games. Noah Syndergaard struck out eight straight batters and left after fanning 11 while allowing no earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.
- The Dodgers had dropped 11 straight regular-season games to the Diamondbacks before Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 while tossing two-hit ball over seven innings to lead Los Angeles to a 7-2 win against Arizona. Kershaw blanked the DBacks until Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh with a round-tripper. Chris Taylor homered, doubled and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers stop a three-game skid.
- Starling Marte was 5-for-5 with a solo homer and four runs scored as the Pirates topped the Marlins, 7-3 to move to 11-4. Josh Bell had three hits and three RBIs to back Ivan Nova, who struck out nine while yielding three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Corey Dickerson ran his hitting streak to 10 games by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
- The Phillies ran their winning streak to six games as Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer and rookie Scott Kingery laced a three-run double in a 10-4 drubbing of the Rays. Kingery has 12 RBIs in his last eight games, helping Philadelphia improve to a surprising 9-5. Reliever Yacksel Rios went 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Phils swept a series of at least three games from an AL East team for the first time since June 2003 at Baltimore.
- Ian Desmond haunted his ex-team by drilling a two-out, solo homer in the ninth inning of Colorado's fourth win in five games, 6-5 at Washington. Charlie Blackmon also went deep and poked a two-run single that tied the game 3-3 against Stephen Strasburg in the sixth. Bryce Harper slammed his major league-leading seventh homer for the Nationals, who dropped three of four in the series to fall to 7-9.
- The Padres beat the Giants for the third straight day as Joey Lucchesi struck out nine over six innings of San Diego's 10-1 laugher. Fellow rookie Christian Velazquez homered, doubled and had three RBIs, while teammate Jose Pirela drove in three runs in the Padres' fifth win in seven games. Losing pitcher Tyler Beade was chased during a three-run fourth as the Giants lost for the fourth time in five games.
- Carlos Martinez waited through a rain delay before fanning a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings of the Cardinals' 3-2 triumph at Cincinnati. Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Redbirds complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949. The Reds are 2-13 and off to their worst start since the 1931 squad opened 2-17.
- Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in the Rangers' runs in a 3-1, 10-inning victory at Houston. The 44-year-old Colon retired 21 straight hitters until Carlos Correa led off the eighth with a walk and Josh Reddick doubled one batter later. Chirinos delivered a two-run double in the 10th after homering for the only hit against Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 over eight innings.
- Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to send the Athletics past the Mariners, 2-1. Sean Manaea fired two-hit ball over seven innings and blanked Seattle until Taylor Motter's fifth-inning blast. The M's were unable to complete a three-game sweep despite Hernandez, who allowed just two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings.
- Six other games were postponed by rain or snow, including the Yankees' doubleheader with the Tigers in Detroit. The Indians and Blue Jays were rained out in Cleveland, as were the Royals and Angels at Kansas City and the Cubs-Braves clash at Wrigley Field. The Twins and White Sox were snowed out in Minnesota, wiping out the last three games of their four-game set.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - NASCAR says the completion of the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed until Monday. The postponement comes just 46 laps shy of the race becoming official. NASCAR hopes to complete the final 296 laps of the 500-lap race today, but there is also a chance for more rain with a possibility of some snow. Kyle Larson is the leader.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Satoshi Kodaira picked up his first PGA victory by storming back from a six-shot deficit in the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Kodaira shot a 5-under 66 for a 12-under total before sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat Si Woo Kim. Bryson DeChambeau and Luke List finished one shot back and one ahead of Billy Horschel and Webb Simpson. Ian Poulter was in line for his second Tour victory in three starts before closing with a 75 that left him three shots off the pace.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested. NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he became combative. The report also said a gun was found in Worley's vehicle. The team first issued a statement that it was investigating Worley's arrest and later announced he was cut.
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