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ST. PAUL -- Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night, March 19. The Avalanche won their second in a row to tighten the Western Conference wild-card race. Colorado (32-29-12, 76 points) moved within a point of the Wild and within two points of Arizona. The Coyotes currently hold the second wild-card spot.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Stephen Curry scored 36 points, 22 points in the third quarter, and Klay Thompson added 28 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 117-107 win over the MinnesotaTimberwolves on Tuesday night, March 19. A night after scoring just 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field in a loss at San Antonio, Thompson scored 15 points in the first period, going a perfect 5 of 5 from the field and 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. Minnesota trailed 59-47 entering the third quarter before going on a 14-2 run, tying the game at 61-all.
Mike Trout is on the verge of a 12-year, $430 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels, ESPN reported Tuesday. Trout, 27, is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player and was scheduled to become a free agent in 2020. The agreement, per ESPN, tacks on 10 years to the final two seasons remaining on Trout's $144.5 million agreement with the Angels. The deal would smash the massive contract signed by Bryce Harper -- 13 years, $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies -- on March 2.
HOUSTON — Chris Paul, Clint Capela and James Harden recorded double-doubles, and the host Houston Rockets turned a blistering third-quarter shooting display into a 117-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, March 17. Paul paired 25 points with 10 assists and matched his single-game high of six 3-pointers, while Capela recorded 20 points and 13 rebounds in grappling with Timberwolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns (22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists).
Brock Nelson scored at 1:04 of overtime as the New York Islanders defeated the host Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday, March 17. Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored, and goaltender Thomas Greiss made 32 saves as the Islanders won for the fifth time in their past seven games and bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday in Detroit. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota, which lost for the fourth time in its past five games. Goalie Alex Stalock, making just his second start in the past 14 games, stopped 17 of 20 shots.
FONTANA, Calif. — Kyle Busch, whose self-applied nickname is Rowdy, collected his 200th NASCAR victory on Sunday, March 17, when he won the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The only other driver to win 200 times in NASCAR was Richard Petty, aka The King. Unlike Petty, whose wins all came in Cup, Busch's 200 have been accumulated across NASCAR's three top national series -- 53 in Cup, 94 in Xfinity and 53 in Trucks.
CARSON, Calif. -- In need of offense, the Los Angeles Galaxy went on the attack early with Jonathan dos Santos and Chris Pontius scoring first-half goals, and Sebastian Lletget added the late clincher in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Saturday night, March 16. The Galaxy (2-1-0, six points) were missing the heart of their offense as striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic skipped his second consecutive game with a sore Achilles and midfielder Romain Alessandrini was out because of a right hamstring injury he sustained in the March 2 season opener.
ST. PAUL -- Ryan Donato recorded his second career two-goal game as the Minnesota Wild snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, March 16. The Wild showed life after a dismal 4-1 loss to Dallas on Thursday that featured few scoring chances and several long droughts between shots on goal. Donato scored Minnesota's first two goals and had numerous chances to get a hat trick. He led the Wild with six shots and scored his third and fourth goals since being acquired from the Boston Bruins last month for Charlie Coyle.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and dished out six assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, March 14. Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each finished with double-doubles for the Jazz. Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gobert tallied 10 points and 13 boards. Jae Crowder added 18 points off the bench. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points and collected 12 rebounds before fouling out with 4:13 left. Andrew Wiggins added 14 points. Tyus Jones chipped in 12 points and nine assists.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley continued their recent strong form to set the pace with seven-under-par 65s in the first round at the Players Championship in Florida on Thursday, March 14. Six days after sharing the halfway lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Englishman Fleetwood and American Bradley renewed acquaintance atop the leaderboard. Fleetwood set a target when he piled up six birdies on the more difficult front nine for his bogey-free 65 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.