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Here is the latest sports news: The Twins have officially signed Josh Willingham. The Wolves signed a pair of players Thursday. The Wild will host the Isles tomorrow. The Vikings host the Saints Sunday.

Twins Officially Ink Willingham
(MInneapolis, MN) — The Twins have officially signed outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year, 21-million-dollar deal. The 32-year-old Willingham hit .246 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 136 games with the Athletics last season.

Baseball Owners Ratify New CBA
(New York, NY) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Thursday that the owners of the major league clubs have unanimously ratified the new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement was jointly announced with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association on November 22nd. The new pact will allow play to continue uninterrupted through the 2016 season, and by the end of the agreement, baseball will have gone 21 seasons without incurring a strike or lockout.

Wolves Sign Wells, Lee
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves signed swingman Bonzi Wells and rookie guard Malcolm Lee on Thursday. Wells hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2007-08 season. He played in Puerto Rico during the 2009-10 campaign. Lee was taken out of UCLA with the 43rd overall pick in last year’s draft. The Wolves open preseason play against the Bucks at the Target Center at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Wild Back In Action Tomorrow
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild will host the Islanders at The X tomorrow night. Minnesota suffered a 4-3 shootout loss its last time out on Wednesday. Minnesota has dropped two straight on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Red-Hot Saints Face Floundering Vikings
(Minneapolis, MN) — The red-hot Saints will go for their sixth straight win when they face the Vikings Sunday. Minnesota’s rally came up just short in a 34-28 road loss to the Lions. Christian Ponder was pulled in Minnesota’s fifth straight loss, but is expected to start at quarterback this week. Adrian Peterson is also on track to return after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. The Saints sunk the Vikes, 14-9, in the season-opener for both teams last season.