MN State Sports

Vikings QB coach has weathered the storm in Minnesota

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings' great survivor was 23 years old when he came to the Twin Cities unaware of where his new job would take him. Kevin Stefanski packed up his car and headed to the Midwest with new coach Brad Childress, not to ...

Dozier, Sano homer as Twins beat Tigers 6-4

DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins know they can't keep blowing big leads if they want to stay in the playoff race. Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano homered as the Twins won in another topsy-turvy matchup, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday for their seventh victory in eight games. Minnesota ...

Upton’s HR caps comeback for Tigers in 12-11 win over Twins

By DAVE HOGG, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — On Saturday night, the Detroit Tigers didn't look like a team that was ready to break a season-long streak of futility. The Tigers were 0-54 this year when trailing after eight innings and had lost six of seven games overall. But the Tigers ...

Sparks beat Lynx 70-64

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 23 points, Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-64 on Friday night. Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson caught Maya Moore's airball and put it in to get the Lynx within 66-63 with 49.3 seconds ...

In 4th season with Vikings, Zimmer’s bluntness has not faded

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As Mike Zimmer returned to the field with the Minnesota Vikings for the second half of their exhibition opener, the hard-nosed head coach was asked by a sideline radio reporter for some personal highlights from the first two quarters. "There wasn't much that I liked," ...

Kepler and Rosario lead Twins over Tigers, 9-4

By Dave Hogg Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered and drove in three runs each as the Minnesota Twins extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Mikie Mahtook homered for Detroit, which has lost ...

Vikings open with a win

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater need not rush back from injury after Case Keenum showed glimpses of being a capable backup in the Minnesota Vikings' 17-10 preseason-opening win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Taking over for starter Sam Bradford, Keenum went ...

Dozier’s slam among 5 Twins homers in 11-4 win over Brewers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his first career grand slam and Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each homered twice, powering the Minnesota Twins past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 on Tuesday night for a two-game sweep. Matt Garza (5-6) turned in his shortest and worst start of the season with ...

Dozier’s slam among 5 Twins homers in 11-4 win over Brewers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his first career grand slam and Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each homered twice, powering the Minnesota Twins past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 on Tuesday night for a two-game sweep. Matt Garza (5-6) turned in his shortest and worst start of the season with ...

Wilfs join group trying to bring MLS to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owners of the Minnesota Vikings have joined a group trying to bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to Nashville, after a failed bid to bring a club to their enclosed NFL stadium. Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf and Leonard Wilf are minority partners in the ...

Vikings bid farewell to Mankato

Team held training camp in college town for 52 years By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings equipment manager Dennis Ryan loaded the team's pads and bags into a truck headed for the Twin Cities, just as he has so many times on the team's last ...

Vikings RB Latavius Murray activated from PUP list

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Latavius Murray was finally on the practice field in purple. Riley Reiff was back to work, too. And with that, two of the Minnesota Vikings' most important offseason additions started to come back from concerning injuries. Murray ...

Vikings finally settled at strong safety spot with Sendejo

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Andrew Sendejo opened the mailbox one day this spring and found it overflowing with envelopes from Rice University, his alma mater. "I was thinking they were all my parking tickets," the Minnesota Vikings strong safety said. ...

Wolves owner wants meeting with Wiggins before max contract

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Monday that he is ready to commit nearly $150 million to Andrew Wiggins with a max-level extension of his rookie contract. Before he does so, Taylor wants to sit down face-to-face ...

Rosario scores on late balk to lift Twins over Brewers, 5-4

By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario doubled home the tying run in the seventh inning and scored the winning run on a balk as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Monday. After Eduardo Escobar drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, Rosario ...

Twins rally from 5-0 deficit to beat Rangers, 6-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most starting pitchers loathe rain delays, concerned that the long break can cool them down to the point where their managers pull the plug on the outing altogether. The timing of the shower on Sunday could not have been better for Jose Berrios and the Minnesota ...

Dupree, Larkins lift Fever to 84-82 win over Lynx

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Candice Dupree scored a season-high 31 points, Erlana Larkins made a putback with 8.2 seconds left and the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 84-82 on Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Dupree made a career-high 15 field goals on 21 attempts and Briann ...

Goydos wins 3M Championship on first playoff hole

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Paul Goydos had just enough club to win the 3M Championship. On the first hole of Sunday's playoff with Gene Sauers, Goydos was 177 yards away on the par-5 18th hole. Knowing Sauers put his second shot into the lake fronting the green, Goydos just had to get the ball on ...

Dozier, Colon lead Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon threw his first complete game in two years to earn his first win with Minnesota, Brian Dozier homered twice and the Twins beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Friday night. Robbie Grossman homered and had three RBIs for the Twins, who won for just the third time in ...

Vikings looking hard at 3rd linebacker

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The demise of the third linebacker in Minnesota's defense, and that of every other NFL team in a 4-3 scheme, has not been exaggerated. With the nickel package now in majority control of the playbook, thanks to the prevalence of passing attacks dominating the league ...