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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Lynx to play at LA tonight

LOS ANGELES -- The Minnesota Lynx are in Los Angeles where they will battle the Sparks tonight at Staples Center.

The Lynx crushed LA 88-64 on Friday at the Target Center. Minnesota leads the Western Conference at 7-2. LA sits at 5-4. Tip time is 9:30 p.m.


NBA teams are set to start looking for new players today. Free agency is officially open throughout the league. Teams are free to negotiate with players, but cannot officially sign anyone until July 10th. The Timberwolves do have some cash to spend and it is likely if and when they do, they will try to ink a shooting guard. Among the shooting guards on the open market are O.J. Mayo, J.J Redick, and Kevin Martin, among others.


Mike Dunleavy Jr. has verbally agreed to sign a two-year offer worth six-million dollars with the Bulls. The deal can't be signed until after July 10th, when the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted. Dunleavy averaged 14.9 points per game, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season for Milwaukee. The Wolves were reportedly interested in talking with the free agent sharpshooter.


Registration for the 2014 Grandma's Marathon in Duluth opened yesterday. The annual race which takes runners from Two Harbors to Duluth is the 14th largest marathon in the country and is set for June 21, 2014. The pricing structure for next year's race is the same as this past year's event. The registration process can be completed at the Grandma's marathon website.


The Minnesota DNR began accepting applications yesterday for the 2013 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Applications will be accepted through August 16th. This year's hunts are being held a week later than normal. Hunters may choose only one of the two separate seasons. Season one is October 26-27, while the second season is November 2-3. A total of 5,000 permits will be issued. Hunters can apply on-line, by telephone, through the statewide electronic licensing system, or at the DNR license center in St. Paul.


The use of anchored strokes will be illegal on the PGA Tour starting in 2016. The Tour will adopt the rule change set forth by the U.S. Golf Association and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The PGA Tour wanted the proposed ban rescinded back in February, but commissioner Tim Finchem says the board has decided uniform rules are in the best interest of the sport. Four of the last seven major champions used anchored strokes, including Adam Scott at this year's Masters.