• Former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is hitting with the confidence he displayed in his 2006 MVP year. He hit his fourth home run in eight days for Colorado on Sunday while driving in five runs, giving him 15 RBI on the season. Morneau has 12 RBI in his past five games. He is hitting .344 with a .609 slugging percentage, after slugging .411 last year between the Twins and Pittsburgh. … Meanwhile Michael Cuddyer, Morneau’s Rockies teammate, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.
• Defensemen Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen are off to good starts in the playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are tied 1-1 through two games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Martin, the former Gophers player from Elk River, and Niskanen, a Minnesota Duluth product from Virginia, Minn., each have a team-leading four points and are among team leaders in time on ice. Martin has four assists and leads the Penguins with 28:59 minutes per game and Niskanen has two goals and two assists and is averaging 23:29.
• Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones was the only player to record a double-double — 10 points, 12 assists — at the Jordan Brand All-Star Basketball Classic in New York on Friday night. Jones and future Duke teammates Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow led the East to a 158-147 victory over the West. Okafor was selected the game’s MVP with 29 points and nine rebounds. Winslow had 13 points and three rebounds.
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