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NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) guards Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) during the first half of Game 5 of their 2022 NBA first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at FedExForum in Memphis.
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Karl-Anthony Towns buried a triple with 9 minutes, 30 seconds left to play Tuesday to put Minnesota up 13 points. He turned, put his finger to his mouth and shushed the Memphis crowd as the Timberwolves went back to their bench for a timeout.

In that moment, Minnesota seemed destined to score another road upset and claim a 3-2 series lead, with a chance to clinch advancement on its home court. But this team never makes life that easy on itself.

For the second time in three games, the Timberwolves entirely shut down in the closing minutes, blowing the large advantage to fall 111-109 to the second-seeded Grizzlies. >>> Full story here.

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For the second time in three games, Minnesota held a double-digit fourth quarter advantage, and it couldn’t close the deal
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Dragons coach Laqua says football program has had minimal players in the portal since last fall

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Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua directs their spring game Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Alex Nemzek Stadium.Michael Vosburg/The Forum

Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua used a fast-food reference to describe why the Dragons have had only one player enter the transfer portal since the end last season.

Laqua said the goal is to deliver to players what they expected once they enter the program.

“If you go to McDonald’s and you order the No. 1, you’re expecting a Big Mac,” Laqua said. “But when you get to the stop sign and reach into the bag and you’ve got a fish sandwich, you’re not very happy.” >>> Full story here.

Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua says the Dragons have had only 1 player enter the transfer portal since the end of last season.

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