Sports Briefs

Montana beats MSU, clinches share of Big Sky title

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett and Timmy Falls scored 14 points apiece and Montana rolled to a 90-63 victory over Montana State on Saturday night to clinch at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title. Montana (21-7, 14-2) rebounded from consecutive road losses to Eastern Washington and Idaho, which beat Weber State on Saturday. The Grizzlies now have a two-game lead over Idaho and Weber State atop the conference standings, and they conclude the regular season next week hosting Weber State and Idaho State. Pridgett was 7-of-11 shooting and Falls made three of Montana’s five 3-pointers. Ahmaad Rorie and Karl Nicholas added 13 points apiece. Michael Oguine had 11 points and Bobby Moorehead 10. Harald Frey scored 14 points to lead Montana State (13-16, 6-10), which has lost six of its last seven games. Montana built a 16-point advantage at the break. Karl Nicholas and Moorehead made back-to-back dunks and the Grizzlies led 64-35 with 10 minutes to play.

Vikings hire Todd Downing as offensive assistant coach

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Downing will begin his 18th season in the NFL, the first five of which were with the Vikings as an intern, systems analyst and quality control coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in Oakland in 2017 after two years as quarterbacks coach. Downing has also been with the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.

Twins sign veteran SS Erick Aybar to minor league contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed 12-year veteran shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. The Twins announced the deal on Saturday, when Aybar was expected to report to camp. Aybar made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2006 and was their everyday shortstop for seven seasons. He won a Gold Glove award in 2011 and made the All-Star team in 2014. He played last year for the San Diego Padres, batting .234 with 11 stolen bases in 333 at-bats.

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