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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Gophers win over NMSU 44-21

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LAS CRUCES, NM. (Sports Network) -  Roderick Williams, Jr. rushed 16 times for 148 yards and a touchdown as the University of Minnesota football team coasted to a 44-21 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies in a non-conference bout at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

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Philip Nelson went 8-of-15 for 127 yards passing and also rushed for 122 and a score for Minnesota (2-0), which scored 51 points in its 28-point win over UNLV in its opener last week. Nelson was intercepted for the second consecutive game. David Cobb also made an impact as he tallied 56 yards and a touchdown on nine rushes. Aaron Hill anchored the Golden Gophers' defensive unit with 10 total stops and a fumble return touchdown. New Mexico State (0-2) had trouble gaining yardage on the ground as it was held to 2.5 yards per carry. The loss was the second in a row to kickoff 2013 for the Aggies, who were dismantled by Texas last week. The Gophers are 2-0 and host Western Illinois next week.

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Rebekkah Brunson poured in a team-high 19 points as the Minnesota Lynx cruised to a 75-60 win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday. Seimone Augustus added 14 points and Maya Moore finished with 11 points for the Lynx, who have already clinched a playoff birth. Minnesota holds a 2 1/2 game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks for the top spot in the Western Conference. Tanisha Wright scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds and Shekinna Stricklen scored 12 points for the Storm, who have locked up at least the final spot in the West. Minnesota raced out to a 21-14 lead after the first quarter and took a 40-33 advantage into the break. The Lynx shot 50 percent in the third to push its lead to 58-43 and led by as many as 18 in the final frame.

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Adam Lind launched a pair of three-run homers as the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Minnesota Twins, 11-2, on Saturday in the middle test of a three-game set at Target Field. Lind's first homer sparked Toronto's five-run first inning, while his second came in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the Blue Jays' fourth win in their last five games. Munenori Kawasaki knocked in two runs and Brett Lawrie collected three hits, including a solo homer, to provide more than enough run support for J.A. Happ (4-5), who scattered five hits and three walks while allowing just an unearned run over 5 2/3 frames. Oswaldo Arcia and Josmil Pinto each knocked in a run for the Twins, who have lost three straight games. Kevin Correia (9-11) pitched well after his shaky first inning, but was charged for five runs on seven hits over six innings to absorb the loss. 

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