MN State Sports

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 ...

Vikings step toward restoring running game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Running plays by the Minnesota Vikings last season were largely unproductive endeavors, with an average of 75.3 yards rushing per game that was the lowest in the NFL in four years. The Vikings have attacked their obvious offseason priority with the kind of ...

Sano drives in 4 as Twins beat Royals 6-4

TWINS 6, ROYALS 4 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer hit consecutive two-run doubles in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Sano also had a two-run homer in the fourth. He has eight hits in his last ...

Vikings draft RB Dalvin Cook in 2nd round

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn't want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was sliding down the board, making available the kind of dynamic running back the Vikings drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. Minnesota traded up ...

Rangers avoid another series sweep with 14-3 win vs. Twins

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo took a couple of hits to score the tiebreaking run, Ryan Rua connected for a grand slam and the Texas Rangers avoided another series sweep with a 14-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Rua’s first ...

Santana, seven-run fifth inning lead Twins over Rangers

TWINS 8, RANGERS 1 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ervin Santana delivered his fourth straight outstanding start, Miguel Sano sparked a seven-run fifth inning with a leadoff homer and the Minnesota Twins pounded the Texas Rangers 8-1 on Tuesday night. Santana (4-0) allowed a run, four hits and one ...

Saints, Adrian Peterson agree on 2-year contract

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Adrian Peterson, the NFL's most productive running back for much of the past decade, has decided to head into the twilight of his career as a potential backup in New Orleans' pass-happy offense. The Saints on Tuesday came to terms on a two-year contract with Peterson, a ...

Dozier’s base-clearing double pushes Twins past Rangers 3-2

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a bases-clearing double and the Minnesota Twins beat Texas 3-2 on Monday night, ending the Rangers’ AL-best four-game winning streak. Dozier’s two-out double in the fifth came after Martin Perez (1-3) walked ...

Wild dealing with postseason disappointment, once again

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five straight appearances in the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild have produced just two series victories and a high volume of frustration. This year, with a five-game loss in the first round to the St. Louis Blues/a, marked the ...

Hicks, Fulmer and Tigers rout slumping Twins 13-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have devised quite a system for getting production out of their emergency call-ups: get them to the ballpark as late as possible before throwing them into the lineup. "Sometimes that's the best way to do it," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Doesn't give you ...

Ibarra’s header lifts Minnesota United over Rapids 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Ibarra scored in the 72nd minute and the Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sunday. United midfielder Ibson fired a shot from distance that hit the far post. Johan Venegas headed the rebound forward to Ibarra, who scored his first MLS goal with a ...

Tigers edge Twins in scrappy game

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Not long after Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones got hit in the face by a pitch , the Tigers and Minnesota Twins were nose-to-nose on the field. Twins slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the chest protector and ...

Paajarvi’s OT goal gives Blues 4-3 win to oust Wild in 5

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota had the upper hand on St. Louis for most of this series, controlling the play for periods at a time. With goalie Jake Allen as their guide and coach Mike Yeo on their side, though, the Blues sure had the right formula for ...

Verlander falters, Cabrera hurt as Twins top Tigers 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander stumbled again, Miguel Cabrera left after straining his right groin and the Detroit Tigers wasted a three-run lead Friday night against the Minnesota Twins, who burst ahead when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth ...

Muslim teen wins right to box competitively in hijab

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Muslim teen boxer from Minnesota who hopes to one day compete in the Olympics has won a fight to wear a hijab during matches in the U.S. Amaiya Zafar will also be allowed to cover her arms and legs in accordance with her religious beliefs while competing in her first ...

Wild aim to keep pressure on Blues with 3-1 deficit

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Charlie Coyle has that enviable blend of size and skills, a 25-year-old forward on the verge of realizing the potential of a former first-round draft pick. Without Coyle’s clutch contributions, the Minnesota Wild would have been ...

Indians-Twins rained out in advance; makeup date is June 17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rain gave the Minnesota Twins a reprieve from their three-game losing streak. They caught a break with Cleveland's rearranged rotation, too. The Twins will take what they can get. After falling back to the .500 mark following an encouraging early start, manager Paul ...

Indians beat Twins 11-4

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a ...

Retired KG still has itch for playing, beef with T-Wolves

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The playoffs have started, and after a season out of the NBA for the first time in more than two decades, Kevin Garnett’s body is starting to talk to him. The mileage on his legs and knees may have limited his playing time over ...

New Twins boss Falvey reunites with Cleveland pals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Cleveland in town to begin a four-game series, Minnesota Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey sure had his hands full. So many friends to greet. So many hugs to exchange. Even some inside information on the Indians to share with his current team, less than six ...