Minnesota Sports Headlines For Wednesday



 WILD-BLACKHAWKS
     Backstrom and Wild turn back Blackhawks, 4-2
    
     CHICAGO (AP) - Antti Miettinen scored the go-ahead goal, Niklas
Backstrom made 31 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago
Blackhawks 4-2 Tuesday night in the teams' final game before the
All-Star break.
     The Wild go into the break on a roll, with four wins in five
games after the comeback victory. Chicago lost its second straight
after a 5-0-1 stretch.
     Miettinen's goal on a splendid tip-in of Andrew Brunette's pass
from the left circle broke a 2-all tie with 3:47 left in the
second. Pierre-Marc Bouchard made it a two-goal lead in the third
by scoring on a backhanded rebound over sprawling goalie Corey
Crawford.
     Chuck Kobasew and Martin Havlat also scored for the Wild, while
Patrick Sharp and Troy Brouwer had goals for the Chicago.
    
     WILD-HAVLAT-ALL-STAR
     Wild's Havlat added to All-Star roster
    
     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild forward Martin Havlat has
been chosen for this weekend's All-Star game.
     Havlat's addition was announced Tuesday by the league for
Sunday's game in Raleigh, N.C.
     He's one of three forwards picked as injury replacements for
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Ales Hemsky.
     This will be the 29-year-old Havlat's second All-Star
appearance. He went in 2007 while with the Chicago Blackhawks.
     After a slow first season, Havlat has had a much stronger second
season with Minnesota. He has 13 goals in 48 games and leads the
team with 30 assists. He'll join defenseman Brent Burns as Wild
representatives this weekend.
     This is the second time in the Wild's 10-year history they'll
send two players to an All-Star game. Filip Kuba and Dwayne Roloson
each went in 2004.
    
     VIKINGS-ARCENEAUX
     Vikings sign CFL WR to 3-year deal
    
     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed
former CFL receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux to a three-year contract.
     The 6-foot-2 Arceneaux caught 130 passes for 1,972 yards and 12
touchdowns in the previous two seasons with the B.C. Lions. He was
undrafted out of Alcorn State in 2009, but worked out for eight NFL
teams in December after playing well for the Lions.
     Arceneaux joins a Vikings receiving group in flux. Percy Harvin
will be back, but Sidney Rice could become a free agent and Bernard
Berrian struggled through an ineffective season. Veterans Greg
Lewis and Hank Baskett produced little as well and may not return.
    
     TWINS-SLOWEY
     Twins agree with Slowey on 1-year, $2.7M deal
    
     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins and right-hander Kevin
Slowey have come to agreement on a one-year, $2.7 million contract
to avoid arbitration.
     The 26-year-old went 13-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 starts for the
Twins last season.
     Slowey missed some time last year because of injuries and was
inconsistent on the mound in his third full season with the Twins.
He will enter spring training competing with Brian Duensing and
Nick Blackburn for the final two spots in the starting rotation
behind Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano and Scott Baker.
     The agreement leaves the Twins with two arbitration-eligible
players on their roster to negotiate with - Liriano and left
fielder Delmon Young. Both are in line for big raises after
impressive performances in 2010.
    
     TWINS HOF-PERRY
     Jim Perry elected to Twins' Hall of Fame
    
     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former pitcher Jim Perry has been elected to
the Minnesota Twins' Hall of Fame.
     The ballclub said Tuesday the 1970 Cy Young Award winner will be
inducted as the 23rd member of the Hall of Fame during a special
ceremony Saturday, June 11, when the Twins host the Texas Rangers.
     Perry played 17 seasons in the major leagues, including 10 with
the Twins from 1963 to 1972. He made back-to-back All-Star
appearances in 1970 and 1971.
     Perry was elected by a 55-member committee, which includes local
and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members,
using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.


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