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SPORTS Wednesday, March 27, 2024




The Minnesota Timberwolves go for their third win in a row when they host the Detroit Pistons at the Target Center tonight. The Wolves are coming off a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Minnesota is in third place in the Western Conference with a 49-and-22 record, and they're just a game-and-a-half behind Denver for the top seed. Tonight's game tips off at 7:00PM.


The Minnesota Wild are adding some depth to their blue line for next season. The team signed defenseman Jack Peart to a three-year entry-level contract yesterday. The deal starts in the 2024-25 season. The Grand Rapids-native was Minnesota's Mr. Hockey Award winner in 2021, and he's spent the last three years with St. Cloud State. The Wild return to action when they host the Sharks tomorrow night.


The Minnesota Twins wrapped up Spring Training on a high note. The club beat the Atlanta Braves 9-6 in their final exhibition contest at Lee Health Sports Complex yesterday. Matt Wallner hit a home run in the win, but Louie Varland gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings. Jeff Brigham picked up the win in relief, while Scott Blewett earned the save. The Twins begin the regular season against the Royals on Opening Day tomorrow.


The Packers are bringing in some kicking help. ESPN reports the team signed Greg Joseph to a one-year deal yesterday. The 29-year-old made nearly 83-percent of his field goals and more than 90-percent of his extra points over his five-year NFL career. Joseph spent the last three seasons with the Vikings and is expected to challenge Anders Carlson, who had an inconsistent rookie year with Green Bay.


The Bucks fell to the Lakers 128-124 in double overtime from Fiserv Forum. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team in scoring with 29 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to go with 11 assists for a triple-double. Damian Lillard sunk 27 points and dished out eight helpers. Milwaukee fell to 46-and-26, but is still second in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks visit the Pelicans tomorrow night.


The Brewers finished spring training on a low note following 6-1 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale. Ernesto Martinez drove in the team's only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly. Aaron Ashby got the start and gave up four earned runs and 10 hits over five-plus innings. Milwaukee ended exhibition play with a 16-and-15 record and will head to Queens for Opening Day against the Mets tomorrow afternoon.


Kickoffs in the NFL will look different this upcoming season. The league's owners approved changes that will make kickoffs look more like the XFL's version of the play. Kickers will continue to kick from the 35-yard line, but players on the kickoff team will line up on the receiving team's 40-yard line while the receiving team will setup between the 35-and-30 yard lines. No player besides the kicker and returners can move until the ball touches either the ground or a player inside the landing zone.



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