The Sports Xchange
WASHINGTON—T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday night, Nov. 18. Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov also had goals for Washington (11-9-1). Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild (9-8-2), who had a four-game winning streak stopped. Alex Stalock, making his first start since Halloween and his first career appearance against the Capitals, had 40 saves. Stalock stopped Chandler Stephensen's penalty shot with 4:49 left to keep the Wild within 2-1.
MINNEAPOLIS—In recent seasons, the Minnesota Timberwolves would not have won games like they did on Friday, Nov. 17, against Dallas. The Wolves fell behind big to the Mavericks before mounting a comeback to run away with a 111-87 win. Minnesota scored 68 points in the second half and erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit. The 3-pointer was big for the Timberwolves as they hit a season-high 13 shots from downtown.
DALLAS—Jimmy Butler scored 21 and Andrew Wiggins added 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Minnesota Timberwolves stormed back from a 14-point deficit to rout the Dallas Mavericks 111-87 Friday night, Nov. 17, at American Airlines Center. The Timberwolves (10-5) had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Karl-Anthony Towns (15 points and 11 rebounds), Jeff Teague (15 points and 10 assists) and Taj Gibson (10 points and 11 rebounds) each notched double-doubles. Jamal Crawford scored 12 off the bench.
Verizon Communications Inc, no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, is close to a new deal with the National Football League for digital streaming rights, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. With the new agreement, Verizon will be able to give subscribers access to games on all devices, including big-screen TVs, and not just phones, according to the people, Bloomberg said. ( https://bloom.bg/2zNqtua )
Two weeks after helping the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, second baseman Jose Altuve was named American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday. The 5-foot-6 Altuve claimed 27 of 30 first-place votes for 405 points to beat AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. He matched Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest players to win the award. "I don't know what to say," Altuve said. "I wasn't expecting this. This is great."
Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto in the fourth-closest balloting of all-time to become the first Miami Marlins' player to be named National League MVP, the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced on Thursday. Stanton received 302 votes, two more than Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. Both players received 10 first-place votes. Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt was third (229) and received four first-place votes.
Withstanding a hot start by Niagara and then the Purple Eagles' run that pulled them within a bucket with less than nine minutes left, No. 14 Minnesota used balanced scoring to win its third game in six nights. Amir Coffey scored 18 points to lead all five starters in double figures on Wednesday night as the Golden Gophers notched a 107-81 decision at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Reggie Lynch supplied a 18-point, 13-rebound double-double and also rejected nine shots for Minnesota.
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher on Wednesday while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home American League honors. Scherzer earned 27 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to finish ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 201-126.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has withdrawn his appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, his agents announced in a statement on Wednesday. Elliott sat out the first game of his suspension in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 22-year-old will be eligible to return to the Cowboys (5-4) on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks. Elliott's agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, released the following statement on Wednesday:
SALT LAKE CITY—Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points and collected 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves overwhelm the Utah Jazz for a 109-98 victory on Monday night, Nov. 13. Taj Gibson also finished with a double-double for Minnesota, adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague chipped in 22 points. The Timberwolves (8-5) snapped a two-game losing streak by shooting 52.1 percent (37 of 71) from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.