MN State Sports

Dickerson homers, doubles twice as Rays rout Twins 11-4

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit his 26th home run and also doubled twice, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins 11-4 Monday night to tighten the AL wild-card race. The Twins' lead for the second wild-card spot was trimmed ...

Super Bowl host Vikings seeking turnaround

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As if the Minnesota Vikings needed any more motivation for a turnaround, they're hosting the Super Bowl this season. What better way for this star-crossed franchise to win its first championship than to bask in the confetti that ...

Rays crush Twins

RAYS 11, TWINS 4 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit his 26th home run and also doubled twice, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins 11-4 Monday night to tighten the AL wild-card race. The Twins' lead for the second wild-card spot was trimmed to a half-game by ...

After getting call check swing, Cain lifts Royals over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Given a second chance after a check swing call went his way on a two-strike pitch, Lorenzo Cain gave the Kansas City Royals' playoff hopes a lift. Cain hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning Sunday in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Kansas City trailed ...

Lynx secure top seed as WNBA playoffs set

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA playoffs are set — finally. Minnesota secured the top spot in the postseason while Los Angeles will be the No. 2 seed. Those two teams, who met for the WNBA Finals last season, have byes again until the semifinals. The Lynx had to beat Washington on the final day ...

Twins erupt for 17-0 win vs. Royals

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs while driving in six runs, as the Minnesota Twins erupted for a 17-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Brian Dozier added a three-run ...

Vikings put veteran LG Alex Boone on cut list

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings left no spot unturned on their makeover of an offensive line that struggled badly last year. Left guard Alex Boone was unexpectedly among the 34 players cut Saturday by the Vikings to comply with the 53-man ...

Royals hold off Twins til end 7-6

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered for the first time since mid-August, Brandon Moss also went deep and Kansas City held off Minnesota 7-6 on Friday night. Melky Cabrera tied a season-high with four hits for the Royals, who won for just the second ...

Dolphins bury Vikings in preseason finale

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jakeem Grant caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Miami Dolphins wrapped up the preseason with a 30-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. David Fales completed 9 of 15 passes for 139 yards and ...

Gophers grind out 17-7 win vs. Buffalo in Fleck’s debut

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P.J. Fleck’s first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday ...

Hop-off winner: Kepler HBP in 9th, Twins top White Sox 5-4

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler took one for the team — and wound up with a hop-off winner for the Minnesota Twins. Kepler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago ...

Timberwolves hire Roth to coach Iowa G-League team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Scott Roth as the coach of the inaugural Iowa Wolves G-League team. The Timberwolves announced the hiring on Wednesday. Roth will oversee coaching of the team after the Timberwolves purchased the minor league team in Des ...

Lynx top Fever 80-69 for 6th 25-win season in 7 years

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 18 points, Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 80-69 on Wednesday night. Minnesota (25-7) won its 25th game for the sixth time in seven years and moved a game in front of ...

Fleck’s debut arrives as Minnesota hosts Buffalo

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For nearly eight months, P.J Fleck has exuberantly advertised and tirelessly recruited for the program he has taken over in Minnesota. Game time has finally arrived. The Gophers are about to become more than simply the subject of ...

Vikings’ Bridgewater still working way back

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Exactly one year ago, Teddy Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a routine drill and tumbled to the ground with a devastating injury to his left knee. The unflappable Bridgewater has made a remarkable recovery, but he ...

Ageless Bartolo Colon leading Twins’ playoff push

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After losing 103 games last season, the most in the franchise's 57 years in Minnesota, the Twins have reached the final stretch with a spot in the playoffs in plain sight. That's almost as remarkable as, well, a 44-year-old starting ...

Buxton hits 3 homers, Twins beat Blue Jays 7-2

TORONTO (AP) — Byron Buxton knew his teammates were paying extra close attention when he stepped to the plate for the final time Sunday. He delivered with one more big swing. Buxton homered three times and set a career high with five RBIs , powering the Minnesota Twins to a 7-2 victory ...

Parker, Sparks cruise to 78-67 win over Lynx

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Chelsea Gray added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 78-67 on Sunday. Los Angeles (24-8) clinched at least a top-two seed in the WNBA playoffs — ...

Blue Jays hold off Twins 10-9

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — On Players Weekend, Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson is going by the nickname “Bringer of Rain.” To the Minnesota Twins, Donaldson has always been the bringer of pain. Donaldson had three hits including a two-run home run, Kendrys ...

Vikings RB Murray ready for action, 5 months after surgery

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The results of the exhibition itself will be rendered meaningless for the Minnesota Vikings as soon as the weekend is over. For Latavius Murray, his mere participation is what matters most. More than five months after ...