MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - James Harden had 34 points and 12 assists, and Houston held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat Minnesota 129-120 for the Rockets' 26th win in 28 games. The West's top team led by as many as 25 before the Wolves, holding on for dear life in a tightening playoff race, pulled within five in the fourth. The loss dropped the Wolves into the eighth playoff spot after they started the day in a three-way tie for fifth.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner's office says Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol. He's the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program, one more than last year. Polanco hit .256 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs while starting 127 games at shortstop last season, his first as a regular in the lineup. He says he didn't realize he'd taken a banned substance.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the second-seeded Oregon Ducks advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 101-73 victory over No. 10 Minnesota in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament. It was the 11th straight victory for the Ducks, who are headed to the round of 16 for the second straight season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season. That's if he stays on track with his rehabilitation from knee surgery. He was injured Feb. 23 at Houston. Butler says the initial recovery estimate was four to six weeks, meaning he'd likely have a couple of games with the Wolves before the playoffs. He says he's confident in the team's ability to hang on to a spot in the postseason while he's out.
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