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MINNEAPOLIS—James Harden scored a franchise playoff-record 22 points in the third quarter to ignite a sudden offensive eruption as the Houston Rockets seized control of their Western Conference first-round playoff series with a 119-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 on Monday, April 23, in Minneapolis. Harden poured in a game-high 36 points, authoring a remarkable in-game turnaround after his 0-for-7 start. He shot 7-for-10 in the third as the Rockets matched their first-half scoring output with 50 points.
SEATTLE—Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin scored midway through the first half as the Seattle Sounders earned their first victory of the season by defeating visiting Minnesota United 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, April 22, at CenturyLink Field. Jordy Delem added an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time for the Sounders (1-3-1), who failed to score in their first three matches before earning a 2-2 tie last weekend in Kansas City.
RICHMOND, Va.—Kyle Busch made it three in a row Saturday night, April 21, winning his third race in as many weeks at the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway When Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car slammed the wall with four laps to go, the race set up for an overtime finish—also knows a green-white-checkered.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague combined for 51 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves finally produced a terrific offensive performance to blow past the Houston Rockets 121-105 in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday, April 21, at Target Center.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — C.J. Cron homered twice and drove in four runs and Blake Snell tossed seven solid innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays record a 10-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Saturday at Tropicana Field. Denard Span went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Rays, who have won four of their past five games. Daniel Robertson also homered and Joey Wendle went 3-for-4 as Tampa Bay racked up 12 hits and was an impressive 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Cron doubled his homer total for this season while notching his ninth career multihomer game.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pinch runner Johnny Field scored the decisive run from second base on an infield grounder with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays posted an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, April 20, at Tropicana Field. The Rays had runners on first and second when Denard Span sent a bouncer to the right of Joe Mauer. The Minnesota first baseman gloved the ball and made the throw to left-hander Zach Duke (1-1) at first but Duke missed the bag and Span was ruled safe.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba—Connor Hellebuyck's second consecutive shutout and a four-goal first period powered the Winnipeg Jets as they completed a series victory by defeating the visiting Minnesota Wild 5-0 in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Friday night, April 20, at Bell MTS Place. It's the first postseason series triumph for the Jets in franchise history. Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the game's opening 12 minutes. Mark Scheifele added his fourth goal of the series in the third period.
Former NFL offensive lineman Evan Mathis has apparently found a very unique -- and lucrative -- way to supplement his income in retirement. Record-setting baseball card dealer. A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle -- one of the two most famous cards in all of collecting -- sold at auction Thursday night for $2.88 million. It is the most ever paid for a '52 Topps Mantle, and the second-most paid for any card in history. Arguably the most famous card in the collecting world, a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, sold for more than $3 million in October 2016.
Ryan LaMarre lined a single to center field to score Eddie Rosario with no outs in the bottom of the 16th inning Wednesday night, giving the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians and a split in their two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first Major League Baseball series in Puerto Rico was dominated by pitching, with the Indians' Corey Kluber silencing the Twins in a 6-1 win Tuesday before Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco and Minnesota's Jose Berrios each threw seven shutout innings Wednesday.
Chris Paul rebounded from a ragged Game 1 while Gerald Green provided a boost of energy off the bench as the Houston Rockets rolled to a 102-82 win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday in Game 2 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series. Paul finished with a game-high 27 points and eight assists to push Houston to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Green added 21 points and 12 rebounds in 26 high-impact minutes, including nine on three 3-pointers during a 16-0 second-quarter run that shifted momentum to the Rockets for good.