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Twins are closing in on a postseason clinch

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins could only watch and wince when their All-Star closer and newly acquired veteran starting pitcher were both traded in the last two days before the non-waiver deadline. Three weeks later, their best player was ...

Reeve blasts her Lynx after Game 1 loss to Sparks

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last thing Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve wanted to talk about was a moral victory. She had no time for pats on the back after her team came back from 26 points down in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. In the end, the Lynx are ...

Offense steals the show again with blowout

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Case Keenum took the shotgun snap for Minnesota on the third play of the game and dropped back in a clean pocket, with no pressure from Tampa Bay in sight. After Adam Thielen used a double move to gain a step on Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, Keenum ...

Gray’s jumper helps Sparks avoid collapse in Game 1

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chelsea Gray got a sliver of daylight and let a 14-foot jumper fly — Game 1 of the WNBA Finals and what would have been a dubious piece of history for the Los Angeles Sparks hanging in the balance. When it splashed through there ...

Twins top Tigers 10-4 for 4-game sweep, close on wild card

By BOB DUFF, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Eduardo Escobar may be having the most unpredicted success on the surprising Minnesota Twins. Escobar hit his 20th home run, Jorge Polanco also went deep and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that ...

Keenum has 3 TDs, 369 yards as Vikings top Buccaneers 34-17

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Case Keenum found a rhythm on the first drive, and the Minnesota Vikings were off and running. The backup quarterback was much more than a fill-in this time. Keenum passed for three touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards without a ...

Sparks-Lynx, Box

LOS ANGELES (85) Beard 4-6 2-3 10, Gray 10-16 3-5 27, Ogwumike 4-9 3-5 11, Parker 5-14 4-4 15, Sims 7-15 0-0 16, Carson 2-5 0-2 4, Lavender 1-4 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-69 12-19 85. MINNESOTA (84) Augustus 8-14 0-0 19, Brunson 1-6 0-0 2, ...

Twins 10, Tigers 4

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Vikings players, owners lock arms in response to Trump

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With NFL owners and players around the league condemning President Donald Trump's recent remarks about national anthem protests, the Minnesota Vikings have put forth their own show of unity. The Vikings stood along their sideline with arms locked together during the "Star ...

With Rhodes in coverage, Vikings ready for Bucs, Winston

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Xavier Rhodes was in his final season at Florida State in 2012, the scout team quarterback that fall was a redshirt with a big arm and bigger aspirations. Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy the following year while ...

St. Thomas beats St. John’s with D3 record crowd of 37,355

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The St. John's-St. Thomas rivalry game always draws a big crowd. This was an all-timer, with attendance of 37,355 to obliterate the NCAA Division III record. The Tommies used a stingy defense to hang on for a 20-17 victory over the Johnnies on Saturday at Target Field, the ...

Granite’s 1st HR caps 8-run 8th as Twins top Tigers 10-4

DETROIT (AP) — Zack Granite hit his first major league home run, a three-run drive that capped an eight-run eighth inning for the Minnesota Twins in a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. Minnesota overcame a 3-1 seventh-inning deficit and won its third straight following a ...

Sparks, Lynx set for WNBA Finals rematch

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No one on the Los Angeles Sparks or Minnesota Lynx really likes to talk about it, but deep down inside most of them knew this is how it was going to end. The two best teams in the WNBA meeting in the finals again. Ready to go at ...

Vikings’ Bradford out against Bucs; Keenum to start again

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings face another quarterback quandary, with Sam Bradford sidelined against Tampa Bay because of an ailing left knee and Case Keenum set for his second straight start. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer eliminated the mystery before the weekend this time. ...

Twins stay on track in postseason race, beat Tigers 7-3

DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota's postseason hopes may depend on how often the Twins can beat a rebuilding Detroit team. So far, they've had a pretty easy time of it this week. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Byron Buxton had three hits and the playoff-chasing Twins beat the Tigers 7-3 on ...

Sabathia, Gardner help Yankees top Twins 5-2

By SCOTT ORGERA Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night to ensure their sixth straight series win. With their ninth victory ...

Minus injured Bradford, Vikings sputter in loss to Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Case Keenum learned he was going to start on the road against a Super Bowl contender a few hours before kickoff. It hardly rattled the Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback. It's what he signed up for when he joined the Vikings as a backup following two uneven seasons with ...

Rosario’s 2 homers, Mauer’s slam drive Twins over Jays 13-7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson appeared headed for a short outing, and the Minnesota Twins' playoff outlook looked as shaky as their starting pitcher. Minnesota's offense boosted both with a big rally. Eddie Rosario homered twice, Joe Mauer hit a grand slam and the Twins overcame a ...

Moore, Fowles help Lynx sweep Mystics, return to WNBA Finals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx are back in the WNBA Finals after completing a semifinal sweep of the Washington Mystics on Sunday. That doesn't mean it was easy. Maya Moore scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lynx sealed their place in a third ...

Whalen returns home to Williams Arena for playoffs

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx were uprooted from their home arena this season while it undergoes some much-needed renovations. While they played in unfamiliar territory during the regular season, Lindsay Whalen will feel right at home in ...