The Sports Xchange
Quarterback Case Keenum led the Minnesota Vikings to three straight wins in November en route to being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, the NFL announced on Thursday. The honor is the first for Keenum, who recorded eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing) in that stretch as the Vikings (9-2) strengthened their hold on first place in the NFC North. Keenum became the fifth Vikings quarterback to receive the honor, joining Brett Favre (2009), Daunte Culpepper (2003, 2004), Randall Cunningham (1998) and Warren Moon (1995).
NEW ORLEANS—Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 120-102 on Wednesday night The Timberwolves (13-9) took control midway through the second quarter after Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis was ejected for the first time in his six-year career. Jimmy Butler and Gorgui Dieng supported Wiggins with 19 points each. Tyus Jones scored 16, Jamal Crawford had 12, Karl-Anthony Towns 11 and Taj Gibson 10. Towns and Gibson grabbed 10 rebounds apiece.
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba were fined $5,000 apiece by the NHL on Tuesday for separate incidents. Kane, 29, was fined for slashing Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie with 4:13 remaining in the third period of the Blackhawks' 7-3 win on Monday in Chicago. The 2016 Hart Trophy recipient was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.
ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz scored a pair of goals, including one in a three-goal first period, to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. After being shut out by the Nashville Predators on Friday night, the Blues got off to a fast start against the Wild, scoring on three of their first eight shots against goalie Devan Dubnyk, the final one from Schwartz.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Jordan Murphy recorded his seventh straight double-double to start the season and No. 14 Minnesota held off No. 25 Alabama 89-84 on Saturday, Nov. 25, in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic. The game was marred by an ugly incident that left the Crimson Tide with only three players to finish the game. Ten Alabama players left the bench during a scuffle in the second half and were ejected with 13 minutes left in the game, leaving the Crimson Tide with only five players.
The UCLA Bruins named former Oregon coach Chip Kelly as their next head coach to replace Jim Mora, the school announced Saturday. Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million with a $9 million reciprocal buyout, according to ESPN.
MINNEAPOLIS—Long-range shooting and a sound defensive game helped lift the Miami Heat to a 109-97 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Target Center. Miami set a new season high shooting 49 percent (19-for-39) from 3-point range, led by former Timberwolves player Wayne Ellington (6 of 9) and Goran Dragic (5-for-8). Ellington's 21 points off the bench led the Heat followed by Dragic's 20.
SAINT PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota and Colorado, in their first meeting of the season, looked like the bitter division rivals they are, battling in both ends of the rink with the Wild prevailing 3-2 in a shootout on Friday. Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart scored the only goals of the shootout for the Wild, who came from behind to win their second game in a row and improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight.
NEW YORK—Jordan Murphy's 16-point, 11-rebound double-double Friday led No. 14 Minnesota to a 69-51 blowout win over Massachusetts in the semifinals of the Barclays Center Classic at Steinberg Wellness Center in New York. Amir Coffey added 10 points for the Golden Gophers (6-0), which never trailed and led by as many as 26 points early in the second half. Nine players scored and eight played double-figure minutes for Minnesota as it was never threatened over the game's final 25 minutes.
LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins fired a 14-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Josh Doctson with 3:31 left in the game, and the Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-10 Thursday night at FedEx Field. After a defensive holding penalty wiped out a third-down sack, Washington was given new life on the decisive drive at the New York 48. Cousins soon hit Jamison Crowder for 17 yards to the 16-yard line, and two plays later he found Doctson in the corner of the end zone.