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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Warriors down T-Wolves in shootout 130-120

OAKLAND, Cal.  --  Golden State sharpshooter Stephen Curry led the Warriors attack with 32 points and 15 assists en route to a 130-120 win over the Timberwolves at Oracle Arena in Oakland last night. 

Draymond Green put up a double-double off the bench tallying 20 points and 12 boards while David Lee added 25 points.  The win clinches the first 50-win season for the Warriors since 1994.  Kevin Love led all scorers with 40 points and added 14 rebounds and nine assists.  Corey Brewer chipped in 22 points for Minnesota, which has dropped three of its last four.  The Wolves led the game by 19-points at one point, but could not maintain the edge.  The Timberwolves will end their season with a home game tomorrow against the Utah Jazz.

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The 2014 WNBA Draft took place last night.  The Minnesota Lynx made senior guard Tricia Liston out of Duke the 12th overall pick in the draft.  Minnesota then picked senior center Asya Bussie out of West Virginia with the 15th overall selection.  The Lynx went on to select guard Christina Foggie and forward Asia Taylor in the second and third rounds.  Minnesota is the defending league champion. 

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The Minnesota Twins open up a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Target Field.  Minnesota swept Kansas City over the weekend to even its record at 6-6.  Phil Hughes will get the ball tonight.  He has a 7.20 ERA in two no decisions so far this year.  The Jays will counter with Brandon Morrow, who is 1-and-1 with a 5.73 ERA.  Tonight's first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

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The Minnesota Wild had the day off yesterday and will get back on the practice ice later today in St Paul.  The Wild are getting ready for the NHL postseason.  Minnesota draws Colorado for the opening round, which is set to get under way with Game One on Thursday in Denver.  The best-of-seven series will shift back and forth between the Twin Cities and the Rocky Mountains.  Denver hosts the first two games, with St. Paul hosting Games Three and Four.  Should the series advance additional steps, Denver would host Game Five and Game Seven, with St. Paul getting a Game Six.  

Here is the schedule of games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Each series is a best of seven:

Thursday, April 17 (Game One):  Wild at Colorado, 8:30pm Saturday, April 19 (Game Two):  Wild at Colorado, 8:30pm Monday, April 21 (Game Three):  Colorado at Wild, 6pm Thursday, April 24 (Game Four):  Colorado at Wild, 8:30pm Saturday, April 26 (Game Five):  Wild at Colorado, if necessary, TBD Monday, April 28 (Game Six):  Colorado at Wild, if necessary, TBD Wednesday, April 30 (Game Seven):  Wild at Colorado, if necessary, TBD

Thursday, April 17 (Game One): Chicago at St. Louis, 7pmSaturday, April 19 (Game Two): Chicago at St. Louis, 2pmMonday, April 21 (Game Three): St. Louis at Chicago, 7:30pmWednesday, April 23 (Game Four):  St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30pmFriday, April 25 (Game Five):  Chicago at St. Louis, if necessary, 7pmSunday, April 27 (Game Six):  St. Louis at Chicago, if necessary, 2pmTuesday, April 29 (Game Seven):  Chicago at St. Louis, if necessary, TBD

Thursday, April 17 (Game One):  LA Kings at San Jose, 9:30pmSunday, April 20 (Game Two):  LA Kings at San Jose, 9pmTuesday, April 22 (Game Three):  San Jose at LA Kings, 9pmThursday, April 24 (Game Four):  San Jose at LA Kings, 9:30pmSaturday, April 26 (Game Five):  LA Kings at San Jose, if necessary, TBDMonday, April 28 (Game Six):  San Jose at LA Kings, if necessary, TBDWednesday, April 30 (Game Seven):  LA Kings at San Jose, if necessary, TBD

Wednesday, April 16 (Game One):  Dallas at Anaheim, 9pm Friday, April 18 (Game Two):  Dallas at Anaheim, 9pm Monday, April 21 (Game Three):  Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30pm Wednesday, April 23 (Game Four):  Anaheim at Dallas, 7pm Friday, April 25 (Game Five):  Dallas at Anaheim, if necessary, 9:30pm Sunday, April 27 (Game Six):  Anaheim at Dallas, if necessary, TBD Tuesday, April 29 (Game Seven):  Dallas at Anaheim, if necessary, TBD

Wednesday, April 16 (Game One):  Montreal at Tampa Bay, 6pm Friday, April 18 (Game Two):  Montreal at Tampa Bay, 6pm Sunday, April 20 (Game Three):  Tampa Bay at Montreal, 6pm Tuesday, April 22 (Game Four):  Tampa Bay at Montreal, 6pm Thursday, April 24 (Game Five):  Montreal at Tampa Bay, if necessary, 6pm Sunday, April 27 (Game Six):  Tampa Bay at Montreal, if necessary, TBD Tuesday, April 29 (Game Seven):  Montreal at Tampa Bay, if necessary, TBD

Wednesday, April 16 (Game One):  Columbus at Pittsburgh, 6:30pm Saturday, April 19 (Game Two):  Columbus at Pittsburgh, 6pm Monday, April 21 (Game Three):  Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6pm Wednesday, April 23 (Game Four): Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6pm Saturday, April 26 (Game Five):  Columbus at Pittsburgh, if necessary, TBD Monday, April 28 (Game Six):  Pittsburgh at Columbus, if necessary, TBD Wednesday, April 30 (Game Seven):  Columbus at Pittsburgh, if necessary, TBD

Thursday, April 17 (Game One):  Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 6pm Sunday, April 20 (Game Two):  Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 11am Tuesday, April 22 (Game Three):  NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 7pm Friday, April 25 (Game Four):  NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 6pm Sunday, April 27 (Game Five):  Philadelphia at NY Rangers, if necessary, 11am Tuesday, April 29 (Game Six):  NY Rangers at Philadelphia, if necessary, TBD Wednesday, April 30 (Game Seven):  Philadelphia at NY Rangers, if necessary, TBD

Friday, April 18 (Game One):  Detroit at Boston, 6:30pm Sunday, April 20 (Game Two):  Detroit at Boston, 2pm Tuesday, April 22 (Game Three):  Boston at Detroit, 6:30pm Thursday, April 24 (Game Four):  Boston at Detroit, 7pm Saturday, April 26 (Game Five):  Detroit at Boston, if necessary, 2pm Monday, April 28 (Game Six):  Boston at Detroit, if necessary, TBD Wednesday, April 30 (Game Seven):  Detroit at Boston, if necessary, TBD

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Crews are removing the artificial turf at TCF Stadium this week to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings.  The NFL team will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons on the U of M campus while their new stadium is under construction.  The Vikings are installing a heating system under the field as part of a $6.6 million renovation project to the Gophers' stadium.  The old turf will be taken out by Friday and the Vikes plan to have the hydronic heated field installed by June.  

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Maren Walseth has been named the 10th head women's basketball coach in North Dakota State history.  Walseth replaces Carolyn DeHoff, who resigned after six seasons at NDSU.  Walseth is a Bloomington native, who played college basketball at Penn State.  She joins the Bison after spending the past seven years as an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions, where she helped the Lady Lions to three Big Ten championships, four NCAA tournament appearances and two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.  Walseth is a member of the Bloomington Jefferson High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Bubba Watson celebrated his second Masters victory with a late-night post-championship meal at Waffle House.  Watson tweeted out a picture of himself and friends and family at the restaurant to his more than one-million Twitter followers.  The tweet has received over 14-thousand retweets in 10 hours.  Watson earned $1.62-million-dollars with the win.

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Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will make a return to competitive swimming this month.  Phelps will take part in the Arena Grand Prix from Arizona on April 24th through the 26th.  It's his first competition since the London 2012 Games.  The 28-year-old is a 22-time Olympic medalist.

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