MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-98, Wednesday night at FedExForum in the season-opener for both teams. Minnesota guard Zach LaVine (19 points) hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to close the gap to 98-96, but the Timberwolves would not get closer as Conley and Jay Michal Green sealed the win for Memphis at the foul line. Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with a 25 points and seven rebounds. Center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points.
NEWARK, N.J.—Left winger Taylor Hall scored 29 seconds into overtime and the New Jersey Devils rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Saturday night at Prudential Center. Center Adam Henrique drew two defenders to him and slid the puck to Hall, who beat goaltender Devan Dubnyk five-hole for the winner. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 28 saves and made many crucial saves in the final two periods to keep the Devils within a goal. Right winger PA Parenteau scored midway through the third period to pull the Devils into a 1-1 tie and help force overtime.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eric Staal signed with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason looking to prove he still had some gas in the tank. So far he looks like he's nowhere near empty. Staal scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period as the Wild stayed unbeaten at home, coming from behind for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Goalie Devan Dubnyk's 31 saves, combined with earlier goals by Zac Dalpe and Staal helped improve the Wild to 3-1-0, as they swept a three-game homestand.
MINNEAPOLIS — Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks finally have their elusive WNBA championship. Parker scored 28 points, including a go-ahead basket with 19.7 seconds remaining, as the Sparks won their first WNBA title since 2002. Their 77-76 win over Minnesota in the decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals dethroned the defending champion Lynx, who fell just short of their fourth championship in six years.
SAINT PAUL, Minn.—The Los Angeles Kings, who lost star goaltender Jonathan Quick to an injury in the season opener, are off to a nightmare start. The Minnesota Wild blasted past the still-winless Kings 6-3 Tuesday, scoring five times on their first 15 shots as Los Angeles looked overmatched defensively. Erik Haula, Jason Pominville, Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Teemu Pulkkinen scored for Minnesota (2-1-0). Defenseman Jared Spurgeon added a 190-foot empty-net goal with 2:18 to play to cap the scoring.
LANDOVER, Md.—Riding an energized defense and a more balanced offense, the Washington Redskins find themselves in the thick of the NFC East race. Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes, the Redskins' defense kept the Philadelphia offense out of the end zone, and the Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their fourth straight win. The Redskins rushed for 230 yards, led by Matt Jones, who had 16 carries for 135 yards, including a 57-yarder with 1:27 left that iced the win for Washington.
LANDOVER, Md. — Riding an energized defense and a more balanced offense, the Washington Redskins find themselves in the thick of the NFC East race. Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes, the Redskins' defense kept the Philadelphia offense out of the end zone, and the Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their fourth straight win. The Redskins rushed for 230 yards, led by Matt Jones, who had 16 carries for 135 yards, including a 57-yarder with 1:27 left that iced the win for Washington.
LOS ANGELES—Candace Parker had 24 points and nine rebounds and Nneka Ogwumike added 21 points and nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 92-75 on Friday night in the WNBA Finals to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Sparks can close out the championship series on Sunday night at Staples Center. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. cDT. The defending champion Lynx will try to force a deciding Game 5 in Minnesota on Oct. 20.
ST. LOUIS - Right winger Nail Yakupov scored one goal and assisted on another to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win Thursday night over the Minnesota Wild in their home opener. The Blues outshot the Wild 31 to 20 in opening the season with consecutive wins for the first time since they went 4-0 to begin the 2013-14 season.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Game 1 loss left Minnesota forward Maya Moore with a few restless nights, another chance to take a lead in the first game of a WNBA Finals series gone because of what the Lynx felt was sloppy play on its side. Moore will sleep easier, for a few nights at least. Moore scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Lynx pulled even in the WNBA Finals with a 79-60 win against the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday in Game 2.