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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Returning starters help T-Wolves top Kings 108-97

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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Returning starters help T-Wolves top Kings 108-97
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SACRAMENTO, Cal. (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Timberwolves got a much- needed lift from two starters that have been absent over the past few weeks.

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Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic each returned to the lineup on Saturday to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-97 win over the Sacramento Kings. Martin led the Timberwolves with 26 points and Pekovic contributed 20 points and nine rebounds in the win, Minnesota's fifth in its last six games. Pekovic missed the most time of the two, sitting out the last 13 games with an injured ankle. Martin was held out of the last seven games with a broken left thumb. Kevin Love registered a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double despite shooting 4- of-12 from the field in the victory. 

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Nik Stauskas hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points and the 16th-ranked Michigan Wolverines took down Minnesota, 66-56, to claim at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III added 13 and 12 points, respectively, with Spike Albrecht adding a crucial seven off the bench and Jordan Morgan grabbing 10 rebounds in the triumph. Michigan (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten), which shared the title with Michigan State last season, moved two full games ahead of the Spartans on top of the standings. The Wolverines will travel to Illinois on Tuesday before hosting Indiana next Saturday to wrap up the regular season.Austin Hollins paced Minnesota (18-12, 7-10) with 16 points and Andre Hollins chipped in 10. The Golden Gophers have lost seven of their last 10 tilts.

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Tom Serratorre's game-winning goal at the 13:15 mark of the third period helped the No. 2 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team survive a strong challenge from Penn State to win 2-1 Saturday and sweep the weekend series at Mariucci Arena.  Travis Boyd scored first for the Golden Gophers but the NIttany Lions tied the game in the second on Curtis Loik's goal. Boyd also had an assist on the game-winner. Gopher goalie Michael Shibrowski made 26 saves. The U stays in first place in the Big Ten with a 12-2-2 record, seven points ahead of Wisconsin. The Gophers are 23-4-5 overall. Minnesota is at Ohio State next weekend.

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The No.1 ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team advanced in the WCHA playoffs with a 7-1 win at home Saturday over St. Cloud State. The U scored five of its goals in the second period. Hannah Brandt scored twice for the Gophers and had two assists, Rachel Ramsey had two assists, Maryanne Menefee had a goal and an assist as did Sarah Davis. Minnesota goalies Amanda Leveille and Shyler Sletta combined for 15 saves. Minnesota, 34-1-1 overall, advances to the WCHA playoff semifinals in Bemidji next weekend.

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