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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: T-Wolves improve to 2-0 by beating Thunder

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MINNEAPOLIS - (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves held Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder under 35 percent shooting in a 100-81 win on Friday night.

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The Timberwolves beat the Thunder for only the third time in their last 17 meetings. They led by as many as 34 and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio scored 14 with 10 assists. Durant, after scoring 42 in Wednesday's season-opening win over the Utah Jazz, had just 13 points in this one on 4-of-11 shooting. Jeremy Lamb led Oklahoma City with 16 points, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter with the game well out of hand already. 

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Jason Pominville scored the winner with 5:28 to play as the Minnesota Wild took a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center. Pominville scored twice and added an assist while Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine each had a goal for the Wild, who have won four of their last five. Josh Harding gave up three goals on 31 shots. P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist while Andrei Markov assisted on all three goals for the Canadiens, who had won three of four coming in. Carey Price allowed all four goals on 25 shots. Montreal had rallied from two goals down to tie the game in the third, but the Wild went on top with 5:28 to play. Keith Ballard blasted a shot from the high slot that Zach Parise had knocked down with the stick in the slot. The puck then went to the left side where Pominville swept it in for a 4-3 lead.

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Fifty-eight and counting. The University of Minnesota women's hockey team downed Minnesota State at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis Friday evening 4-1 to continued with their winning streak. The No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three unanswered goals from Rachel Ramsey, Brooke Garzone and Dani Cameranesi. U goalie Amanda Leveille made just 13 saves as Minnesota outshot the Mavericks 52-14. Ramsey had an assist and teammate Sarah Davis had two assists. Katie Schipper had Minnesota's other goal.  Both teams play again this afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena.

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier announced on Friday that Christian Ponder will start Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys.  Ponder started in place of an injured and ineffective Josh Freeman in Week 8, completing 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards and added a rushing touchdown in a 44-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Ponder began the season as the starting QB for Minnesota, but after sustaining a rib injury in Week 3, he was replaced by Matt Cassel, who started two games before the club turned to Freeman. Freeman started Week 7's loss to the New York Giants and was largely ineffective, completing just 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards with an interception. Later that week he was diagnosed with a concussion, re-opening the door for Ponder. For the season, Ponder has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 836 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions.

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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