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Sports Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Minnesota Timberwolves never trailed in their 126-108 win over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Anthony Edwards poured in 35 points to lead all scorers as the Wolves led by as many as 27 points. Karl-Anthony Towns added 30 points in the victory, which was Minnesota's second in a row. The Wolves improved to 7-and-8, and they visit the 76ers this Saturday.

The Minnesota Wild will try to avoid their third-straight loss when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Xcel Energy Center tonight. The Wild lost to the Predators 2-1 on Tuesday to fall to 7-7-and-2. Minnesota is in fourth-place in the Central Division with 16 points. The team will be without starting goal-tender Marc-Andre Fleury, who will miss an indefinite amount of time after suffering an upper-body injury during Tuesday's loss. Tonight's contest gets underway at 7:00 PM.

Justin Jefferson is being recognized for his otherworldly performance last Sunday. The Vikings superstar wide receiver was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week yesterday. Jefferson caught ten passes for 193 yards and a touchdown during Minnesota's 33-30 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills. Nine of his ten catches had a completion probability of less than 50-percent, according to Next Gen Stats. Jefferson was limited in practice with a toe injury yesterday. Meanwhile, left tackle Christian Darrisaw, cornerback Akayleb Evans, and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson all missed practice with their injuries. Minnesota hosts the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

The Minnesota Gophers will try to bounce back from this week's earlier loss when they host Central Michigan at Williams Arena tonight. The Gophers lost to DePaul 69-53 in the Gavitt Games on Monday. Minnesota is 2-and-1 to begin the season. Tonight's game tips off at 8:00 PM.

The Packers are ruling out several players for their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Titans. De'Vondre Campbell and Romeo Doubs will miss the game while cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles is listed as doubtful. Green Bay's offense could look to the air as Titans' cornerback Elijah Molden is questionable while Caleb Farley was placed on IR. The 4-and-6 Packers kick off against the 6-and-3 Titans in Green Bay tonight.

The Bucks put a stop to their two-game losing streak after beating the Cavaliers 113-98 in Milwaukee. Brook Lopez dominated the game, scoring 29 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis each tallied double-doubles. Jordan Nwora added 21 points as the Bucks improved to 11-and-3 with the victory. The team will try and keep the momentum going tomorrow against the 76ers in Philadelphia.

The Tennessee Titans are hoping to widen their division lead while the Green Bay Packers are fighting for their playoff chances on Thursday Night Football. The AFC South-leading Titans are coming off a 17-10 win over the Broncos last Sunday. The Pack are looking to build positive momentum following their 31-28 overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys. The star quarterback threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the win which snapped a five-game losing streak.

Carson Wentz will not be returning to the lineup this week. Despite being cleared to start throwing, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said that Wentz has not yet been designated to return to practice. Washington will start backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke under center for a fifth straight game. The Commanders have gone 3-and-1 in games started by Heinicke this season. Wentz broke his right finger on October 13th.

The Saints aren't making a change under center just yet. New Orleans head coach Dennis Allen announced Wednesday that Andy Dalton will start at quarterback against the Rams on Sunday. Allen had mulled a change at QB after the team lost two straight games with Dalton leading the offense. Jameis Winston had started the Saints first three games of the season, before dealing with several injuries and losing his starting job.

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has won his third career AL Cy Young Award. The 39-year-old earns the honor after leading the American League with 18 wins and a 1.75 ERA in 28 starts this past season. Verlander returned after missing all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery, helping Houston win its second World Series title. He beat out fellow finalists Dylan Cease of the White Sox and Toronto's Alek Manoah. Verlander also won the award in 2019 and 2011.

Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara has won the National League Cy Young Award. The 27-year-old right-hander ranked second in the NL with a 2.28 ERA while winning 14 games. He posted six complete games and went at least eight innings in 14 of his 32 starts while logging an MLB-high 228-and-two-thirds innings. Alcantara beat out fellow finalists Max Fried of the Braves and Julio Urias of the Dodgers. This is the first time in the history of the Marlins that a pitcher has won the NL Cy Young Award.

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