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The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve Seattle's bid to become the league's 32nd franchise on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The team would begin play as early as the 2020-21 season, depending on the availability of its renovated downtown arena. "Seattle's one of the fastest-growing cities in the country," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently. "It gives us a geographic balance. It creates a nice geographic rivalry with Vancouver. I know Vancouver's particularly excited about the possibility.
ST. PAUL -- Dmitry Orlov scored two goals and added one assist as the visiting Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Tuesday night, Nov. 13. Andre Burakovsky added a goal and an assist, while Lars Eller had two assists. Rookie goalie Pheonix Copley finished with 26 saves and earned his third career victory.
DALLAS — Ryan Suter scored the deciding goal with 7:06 to play as the visiting Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 19. Suter got the game-winner as he skated to the right of Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop and centered a shot that caromed off Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and into the goal before Bishop had time to react. The win was the second straight for the Wild.
LOS ANGELES -- Minnesota long snapper Kevin McDermott lost the tip of his pinky finger, but returned to the field in Thursday's 38-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. On the FOX broadcast, a bloodied McDermott was seen wrapping his hand. Initially the TV report was McDermott had only a fingernail ripped off.
OAKLAND, Calif.—The Oakland Athletics recorded their second consecutive walk-off win Saturday night, Sept. 22, scoring the game-ending run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger in a 3-2 win. The result lowered Oakland's magic number for clinching an American League playoff spot to one. A win by the A's (91-64) on Sunday or a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) at Toronto would assure Oakland's first trip to the playoffs since 2014.
DETROIT, Mich. — Tyler Austin drove in three runs and Jake Odorizzi had another sharp pitching performance, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Odorizzi (7-10) carried a no-hitter into the eighth against the New York Yankees in his previous start. This time, he held the Tigers to one hit through the first six innings. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six. Trevor Hildenberger recorded his seventh save.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Odorizzi came within five outs of producing the first no-hitter in Target Field history as the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 3-1 Wednesday night, Sept. 12. In the 722nd regular-season game since the Twins moved to their current stadium in 2010, Odorizzi (6-10) lost his no-hit bid when Greg Bird roped the 120th pitch into the left-center field gap for an RBI double. Odorizzi issued three walks, struck out five and tied a career-high with 120 pitches
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will work out with rehabbing players on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as head coach Mike McCarthy decides whether his star will be able to play in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer capped a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam and the host Minnesota Twins roughed up the New York Yankees en route to a 10-5 victory Tuesday night, Sept. 11, at Target Field. Mauer gave the Twins a 10-1 lead when he drove a full-count fastball from right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle into the grassy area beyond the center field fence for his sixth homer of the season. It was the first baseman's fifth career grand slam and first since last Sept. 17 off Toronto reliever Chris Rowley.
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Shortly after Atlanta police on Wednesday, June 27, identified the body found a day earlier inside a SunTrust Park baseball stadium beer freezer, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the man was at the stadium to install new beer technology that is catching on around Major League Baseball parks.