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Minnesota finalizes Pitino deal, with $1.7M in new bonuses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino's one-year extension through 2021-22 includes $1.7 million in new bonuses for staying with the program, on top of his $1.6 million base salary. Pitino's contract, announced without terms last week by the university, was approved Friday by the ...

Santana shuts down Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ervin Santana allowed two hits in seven innings, Miguel Sano homered and the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 1-0 on Friday night in the first shutout against the Indians this season. Santana (6-1) walked a season-high five and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 1.50. After ...

Dayton to share pontoon with GOP leaders for fishing opener

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will share a pontoon boat with Republican legislative leaders when he hits the Mississippi River in St. Cloud on Saturday for the 70th annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. While Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority ...

Report: Minnesota athletics official broke harassment policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents has launched an investigation into a leak of confidential information regarding the latest in a long line of sexual harassment allegations to be leveled against the school's athletic department. Regent Chairman Dean Johnson ...

Gophers get another high APR mark from NCAA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota football team has another high mark for keeping up with the classwork. Among the Academic Progress Rates released Wednesday by the NCAA, the Gophers were tied with Duke and Vanderbilt for fourth-best among the 128 FBS programs with a 992 four-year average ...

Twins-White Sox game postponed due to rain

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox catcher Geovany Soto was throwing Tuesday when he felt some sharp pain in the back of his right elbow. Again. Soto went back on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, and he said he doesn’t know what’s next after he was sidelined ...

Michael Floyd signs with hometown Minnesota Vikings

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fresh start for wide receiver Michael Floyd’s sidetracked career will come at home in Minnesota. Floyd agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Vikings on Wednesday. Floyd finished last season with Super Bowl ...

MLB upholds 1-game suspension for Twins Miguel Sano

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball has upheld a one-game suspension of Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano for his role in a scrap with Detroit last month. MLB announced Sano had to sit out Tuesday's game at the Chicago White Sox. The punishment was levied two weeks ago but delayed pending ...

Santiago beats former team, Twins top White Sox 7-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Hector Santiago beat his former team once again, Byron Buxton tied his career high with three hits and the Minnesota Twins rolled over the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Tuesday night. Santiago (4-1) allowed two runs, three hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six ...

Mound Westonka language arts instructor named top teacher

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A language arts instructor at Mound Westonka High School in Mound has been named the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Corey Bulman was presented with the award Sunday. He is the 53rd recipient of the award, and the first from the Westonka district in the western ...

Leon hits 2 homers, Sale fans 10 and Red Sox rout Twins 17-6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston. Ervin Santana took his turn in Minnesota. This was supposed to be a stellar matchup of starting pitchers. The Red Sox hitters sure aced their test. Sandy Leon hit a pair of two-run homers, Sale struck out 10 and the Red Sox romped ...

Porcello breaks rut as Red Sox rout Twins 11-1

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello found himself in an unfamiliar situation Saturday: pitching with a lead. At last, the Red Sox scored a run — 10 of them, in fact — with Porcello on the mound, and the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner got to cruise ...

Vikings rookie Hodges brings bold game, jersey pick

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Bucky Hodges has brought a tantalizing set of skills to the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie tight end whose athleticism is easily matched by his ambition. His choice of jersey number sure gave that away. Hodges picked 84, ...

Cotton, A’s stop slide with 8-5 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Oakland Athletics' slumping offense strung some hits together in a much-needed victory. Seeing the A's offense have that much success was enough for the Minnesota Twins to send Kyle Gibson to the minors. Jharel Cotton struck out nine in six innings and Ryon Healy hit ...

Vargas ties career high with 5 RBIs, Twins beat A’s 7-4

TWINS 7, A’S 4 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kennys Vargas tied his career high for Minnesota with five RBIs, including a three-run homer Wednesday night off erratic Oakland starter Kendall Graveman that propelled the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Athletics. Hector Santiago (3-1) finished six ...

Richard Pitino signs extension at Minnesota through 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Guiding Minnesota to the best single-season turnaround in the country last year has earned coach Richard Pitino a contract extension. Pitino's contract was extended by one season and now runs through the 2021-22 season, the university announced on Wednesday. Terms were not ...

Rehabbing Twins lefty Perkins ‘tired of being on a plateau’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shoulder rehabilitation progress for Minnesota Twins left-hander Glen Perkins has been frustratingly slow. The three-time All-Star closer has not pitched in 388 days and counting, carving a large chunk out of the late stage of his career. "I feel like I've plateaued a lot ...

Santana cruises, Twins crush 6 HRs to beat A’s 9-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana struck out seven in six shutout innings and Brian Dozier hit two of Minnesota's six home runs to lead the Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Santana (5-0) lowered his ERA to 0.66 for the season and has allowed one run or fewer ...

Vikings exercise 5th-year option on Barr, not Bridgewater

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Anthony Barr, but declined to do the same with injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings announced Barr's option on Monday. Barr was drafted ninth overall in 2014 and has started 42 games in ...

Sano powers Twins past slumping Royals 7-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano wrapped up April with another nice day. The young slugger is off to a great start with the Minnesota Twins. Sano homered and drove in five runs, helping the Twins beat slumping Kansas City 7-5 on Sunday for the Royals' ninth straight loss. It was Sano's ...