WASHINGTON (AP) – Montrezl Harrell scored 27 points and Bradley Beal added 19 to take the Washington Wizards to a 115-107 victory over Minnesota. Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns left the game with 2:14 left after suffering a dunk injury. Towns has only scored two of his 34 points in the last period – and that’s when he broke free along the baseline for a dunk. After he slammed the ball, his momentum knocked his body down horizontally and he appeared to land on his tailbone. Minnesota lost only the second time in nine games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Byron Buxton’s first long-term contract offer came from the Minnesota Twins nearly five years ago. They have secured the quick center fielder this week for the next seven seasons with a $ 100 million contract. To achieve this, it took a lot of patience, creativity and respect on both sides. The tipping point was simply Buxton and his family’s deep desire to stay with the only franchise he had ever been with. The Twins are 118-69 in the 187 games Buxton has played in the past three seasons. They are 92-105 without him. Buxton will be 28 later this month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Dylan Bundy to a one-year, $ 5 million contract. It was a step towards rebuilding a depleted rotation. Bundy will earn $ 4 million in 2022. His deal includes an $ 11 million club option for 2023 or a $ 1 million buyout. Bundy went 2-9 with a 6.06 ERA in 90 2/3 innings last season for the Los Angeles Angels. He made 19 starts in 23 appearances. The 29-year-old was 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 65 2/3 innings in 2020.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Harrison Smith made a noticeable impact when he returned to high school in Minnesota after a sudden absence with COVID-19. The Vikings could use several other similar Pro Bowl five-time safety performances. Their defense has been exhausted by both injury and disease. Smith missed two games after testing positive, then returned on November 21 with a sack against Green Bay. Last week, the 32-year-old hit season highs with one interception, two assists and 11 tackles in San Francisco.
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