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CHARLOTTED, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 31 points, and the host Charlotte Hornets rolled to a much-needed 113-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, March 21. The Hornets scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter to gain a working margin, and then they went on to lead by as many as 11 down the stretch, the latest at 111-100.
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million, minus attorneys' fees, in the settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal. The settlement between the league and the players was announced last month, but financial terms were not announced due to a confidentiality agreement. The Journal said Thursday it was unknown how Kaepernick and Reid would split the settlement.
TOKYO -- Ichiro Suzuki took a final bow in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners worked overtime to send him out a winner, claiming a 5-4 victory in 12 innings to sweep the two-game set from the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome on Thursday. Ichiro's storied 27-year career ended with a dramatic exit in the eighth inning.
The Los Angeles Angels and two-time Most Valuable Player Mike Trout announced the 12-year contract that will likely keep the outfielder an Angel for the rest of his career. "This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said in a statement released by the team Wednesday night. "I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come."
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.
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.