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SPORTS Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Matt Boldy had a hat trick for the second time in the last five games to lead the Wild past the Seattle Kraken 5-1 in St. Paul. Boldy scored two of his goals in the second period before lighting the lamp for a third time in the first minute of the third. Jake Middleton and Ryan Hartman also scored for Minnesota, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots in the victory. The Wild are in first-place in the Central Division with 95 points and a 43-22-and-nine record. Minnesota visits second-place Colorado tomorrow.

The Timberwolves held off the Sacramento Kings with a 119-115 win at Golden One Center. The two teams went back-and-forth throughout the game, but Minnesota went on a 13-5 run in the middle of the fourth to take a ten-point lead with under four minutes left in regulation. Jaden McDaniels led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points, and seven Minnesota players finished with at least 14 points. The T-Wolves are tied for sixth in the Western Conference at 39-and-37. They visit the Suns tomorrow.

The Twins scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 at Hammond Stadium in Spring Training yesterday. Hernan Perez and Donovan Solano both went deep in the victory, but highly-ranked prospect Edouard Julien left the game with an injury after a two-hit performance. Joe Ryan earned the win after striking out four over three-and-a-third scoreless innings. The Twins are 13-and-15 in exhibition play. They wrap up Spring Training against Pittsburgh this afternoon.

The Lynx are unveiling the next group of five players on their All-25 team. The fourth group consists of forwards Svetlana Abrosimova, Napheesa Collier, and Nicole Ohlde, as well as guards Katie Smith and Candice Wiggins. The All-25 Team is recognizing the top-25 players in Lynx franchise history as the team celebrates its 25th anniversary season in 2023. The final group of five players will be unveiled next Monday.

The Jets head coach says he's "confident" Aaron Rodgers will join Gang Green next season. Robert Saleh spoke to reporters on Monday from the NFL meetings in Phoenix and reiterated that the team isn't rushing to make a trade for Green Bay's star quarterback. Saleh said, "I'm a very positive person and optimistic, so I'm confident that things will go the way we're hoping." Saleh believes the team could wait until training camp in late July to make a deal. Meanwhile, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said a first-round pick isn't necessary to get a deal done.

The shorthanded Bucks made easy work of the Pistons 126-117 in Detroit. Khris Middleton led all scorers with 34 points while Jevon Carter nailed six three-pointers and finished with 22 points. Bobby Portis sunk 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double as Giannis Antetokounmpo was given a rest day while Jrue Holiday missed the game due to personal reasons. The Deer improved to 54-and-21 and still have the best record in the league. The team heads to Indianapolis to play the Pacers tomorrow night.

Wisconsin hits the hardwood tonight in the NIT Semifinals. The Badgers tip off against North Texas in Las Vegas. The winner will face either UAB or Utah Valley in the championship game on Thursday.

The Brewers fell to the Rockies 12-8 in Phoenix. Eric Lauer struggled in his start and gave up five runs on nine hits over four innings. Willy Contreras blasted two, three-run home runs while Brian Anderson slugged a solo shot of his own. Milwaukee heads to Maricopa County to play the Rockies in a rematch this afternoon to wrap up spring training.

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