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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Beat up Timberwolves lose again before All-Star break

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MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and nine rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-110, on Saturday night at the Target Center.

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C.J. McCollum netted 19 points and Damian Lillard tallied 14 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Blazers, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six tilts. Ricky Rubio had a career-high 25 points to go with nine assists, while Corey Brewer added 26 points and seven boards for Minnesota, which was without starters Kevin Love (quad), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (toe) due to injuries. J.J. Barea's driving layup staked Minnesota to an 87-85 edge with 9:46 remaining, but the Blazers countered with an 11-0 run to seize control of the contest.

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The margin was closer but the final outcome the same as the No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team beat Bemidji State 5-3 before over 2,100 fans at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon. The Golden Gophers scored four goals in the first and second periods and looked on their way to another big win but the BSU scored three straight goals in the second period to cut the lead to 4-3 before Hannah Brandt sealed the win with a goal at the 18:54 mark of the second period. There was no scoring in the third. Brandt had two goals and an assist while teammates Millica McMillen and Maryanne Menefee each had two assists. Dani Cameranesi had a goal and assist for Minnesota also. Amanda Leveille had 18 saves for the U and the Golden Gophers went 2-for-3 on the power play. Minnnesota is now 28-1-1 overall and 22-1-1 in the WCHA. They travel to Madison to take on No. 2 Wisconsin next weekend. 

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