Concordia holds on for one-point win over St. Mary’s

WINONA, Minn. – Ebo Nana-Kweson’s free throw with 28 seconds remaining put Concordia up three points and St. Mary’s was unable to close the gap in time.

Nana-Kweson tallied a team-high 15 points as the Cobbers (15-7, 12-5 MIAC) edged the Cardinals 61-60 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball Sunday.

Evan Pederson hit two free throws with seven seconds left to pull St. Mary’s within one, but time ran out on the Cardinals.

Michael Burfeind scored a game-high 2...

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Dragons move two home series to AberdeenComments Off

MOORHEAD – Wet field conditions have forced Minnesota State Moorhead to move two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheaders to Aberdeen, S.D.

The Dragons will now face Minnesota-Crookston in a doubleheader today.

A twinbill between MSUM and Bemidji State will take place on Saturday.

The doubleheaders are each scheduled for 3 p.m. starts.

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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks add RHP Bowlin to the rosterComments Off

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have signed right-handed pitcher Drew Bowlin, the American Association baseball club has announced.

Bowlin, 27, played at three different stops in the San Francisco Giants organization last season. He spent most of the season with the Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League (AA). Bowlin went 4-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 32 games with Richmond.

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Gibson allows just 4 hits as Twins blank Blue Jays in doubleheader openerComments Off

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson entered spring training just hoping to make the big-league roster. He headed north as the team’s No. 5 starter, but since the start of the season he has pitched like the team’s ace.

Gibson was masterful again Thursday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader against Toronto, pitching eight shutout innings as the Twins defeated the Blue Jays 7-0 Thursday at Target Field.

Gibson kept the game scoreless through five innings, long enough for the Minnesota bats to come alive against Blue Jays right-hander RA Dickey.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Twins strung together three consecutive one-out singles, the last from third baseman Trevor Plouffe, that drove in the first run of the game. A walk loaded the bases for left fielder Jason Kubel, who ripped a sharp single to right to make it 2-0 before designated hitter Josmil Pinto’s RBI double high off the wall in left-center drove in two more. A sacrifice fly by catcher Kurt Suzuki made it 5-0.

The five-run inning supplied all the offense the Twins needed.

Gibson allowed only one hit – an eighth-inning single that was erased by a double play – in his final three innings. In eight innings, he gave up four hits and a walk while striking out four for to improve his record to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 0.93.

Plouffe added a sacrifice fly and Colabello had an RBI double in the sixth to provide extra cushion for the Twins, who attempted to climb above .500 mark for the first time this season with a win in the nightcap

Dickey took the loss for the Blue Jays, dropping to 1-3. He threw 112 pitches – only 67 of them for strikes – in 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, all earned, with four strikeouts.

NOTES: The game-time temperature of 31 degrees was coldest in Twins history, breaking the previous low of 32 degrees set May 2, 1967, at Metropolitan Stadium. The previous low at Target Field was 34 degrees last April 12. … The paid attendance of 20,507 was the lowest in Target Field history (opened April 12, 2010). … Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4, snapping a 14-game hitting streak. He had hit safely in every game this season. … The shutout was Minnesota’s first of the season. It was also the first time that Toronto was shut out by an opponent this season.

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MSU-Mankato players expected to practice FridayComments Off

MANKATO, Minn. – After refusing to practice for recently reinstated coach Todd Hoffner, players on the Minnesota State University-Mankato football team are expected to return to the practice Friday, a member of the school’s athletic department said Thursday.

“All indications are that they will return to practice tomorrow,” said Paul Allan, associate director of athletics at MSU-Mankato.

A news conference is set for 3 this afternoon on the MSU-Mankato campus to discuss the coaching situation.

Hoffner, who was fired by the university over pornography allegations, announced Tuesday that he would return to his former coaching job. An arbitrator’s ruling that he was fired improperly made his return to Mankato possible.

But the bulk of the team on Wednesday said it wanted acting head coach Aaron Keen to remain the coach and did not practice.

Keen had been leading spring practice since March 31. MSU-Mankato, a Division II school, was 11-1 under Keen last fall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

No practice was scheduled Thursday.

MSU-Mankato fired Hoffner last May. He had been accused, and later cleared, of having pornographic images of his own children on a work cellphone.

Hoffner was fired for allegedly viewing pornography or allowing someone else to view pornography on his university-issued computers. The arbitrator ruled those were not firing offenses.

He had been hired by Minot (N.D.) State University in January, but announced Tuesday his intention to return to Mankato, where he had coached for four seasons.

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Timberwolves, Adelman to part; went 97-133 with teamComments Off

MINNEAPOLIS – Rick Adelman will not return as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, citing a decision-making source who said there is “zero” chance he comes back.

Adelman was 97-133 in his three seasons in Minnesota and the Timberwolves were 40-42 in 2013-14. They last made the playoffs at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Adelman has an opt-out clause in his contract, and was set to make $6 million next season. Speaking about the job last month, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said the health of Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay, would be a major consideration.

“I think that a lot of it has to do with (Adelman’s) family and what he thinks is best for his family,” Taylor said. “I know he loves coaching, so that’s not the issue. I just think he has to determine what’s in the best interest for his family right now.”

Adelman has a 1,042-749 record in 23 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and Houston.

Team president Flip Saunders could move from the front office to the bench, but there is reportedly interest from the franchise in former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, who led Iowa State to the Sweet 16.

The job could be attractive in that it offers stability with 12 players on the current roster under contract for next season. All-Star forward Kevin Love is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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