MN State Sports

Bieber gets first major league win as Indians beat Twins 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber was relaxing in the clubhouse at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when he received an important message. The rookie right-hander was needed in the big leagues. Bieber capped a whirlwind few hours by pitching one-run ball into the sixth inning for his first major ...

Minnesota athletes making girls soccer more diverse

By LAURA YUEN, Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — They gather in hardscrabble parks, organize their own soccer tournaments and trade high-fives after every goal scored. But as the daughters of immigrants and refugees, they play on a field that is largely invisible to college ...

PGA Tour Champions in Iowa washed out, Tom Lehman wins

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tom Lehman was standing outside of a Des Moines-area makeup shop waiting for his daughter/caddie when he got the call to head back to Wakonda Club. Lehman told Rachael Chapman to pay her bill at Sephora as quickly as possible — ...

Twins hold off Angels for 7-5 win

By MIKE COOK, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's Jake Cave hit a ball deep into left-center in the eighth inning Sunday. But one of baseball's best players was closing fast. Fortunately for the Twins, the ball fell behind Mike Trout and Cave ended up with a double. Cave had a ...

Oregon St. opens super regional with 8-1 win over Minnesota

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning and No. 3 national seed Oregon State beat Minnesota 8-1 in the first game of a best-of-three super regional on Friday. Larnach, selected 20th by the Minnesota Twins in the Major League ...

Kinsler, Upton power Angels past Twins 4-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run for the lead in the seventh inning and Justin Upton went deep in the eighth, powering the Los Angeles Angels past the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Friday night. Blake Parker pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save in seven attempts, ...

Santiago beats former team as White Sox top Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tim Anderson had two hits and drove in two runs and Hector Santiago earned the victory against his former team as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night. Santiago (2-2), who pitched for Minnesota the past two seasons, fared much better than ...

Winter woes behind, Minnesota heads for Super Regional

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The college baseball landscape has long been dominated by the boys in the Sun Belt, with some West Coast success mixed in. Big Ten teams and their snow-shortened seasons haven’t kept up. Well, there’s at least one way those ...

Rosario’s 3rd homer of game lifts Twins over Indians 7-5

By PATRICK DONNELLY, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After suffering through a historic streak of walk-off losses, the Minnesota Twins were only too happy to reverse the trend. Eddie Rosario hit his third homer of the game, launching a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to ...

Parker’s double-double helps Sparks beat Lynx 77-69

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Chelsea Gray added 15 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-69 on Sunday. Odyssey Sims and Nneka Ogwumike added 12 points apiece for the Sparks (4-1). The Lynx (2-5), who beat Los Angeles in the ...

Rosario’s homer helps Lynn, Twins beat Indians 7-1

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Lynn made this start harder on himself with five walks and one hit Cleveland batter. The recently revived Minnesota lineup made it a lot easier. Eddie Rosario hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier drove in two runs to support ...

Minnesota crushes Canisius 10-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reggie Meyer allowed just one run in eight innings and top-seeded Minnesota cruised past Canisius 10-1 on Friday night to open its NCAA Tournament play. Terrin Vavra had three hits and three RBI for the Golden Gophers (42-13), who will host UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins ...

Lindor’s pair of homers leads Indians past Twins 9-8

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Lindor’s second home run of the game for Cleveland snapped an eighth-inning tie after Minnesota erased an eight-run deficit, and the Indians held on to top the Twins 9-8 on Thursday night. Lindor also hit two doubles and drove in four runs for the Indians, who ...

Feeling concussion symptoms, Mauer still not ready to return

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has not been able to shake the concussion-like symptoms he has experienced since hurting his neck three weeks ago. Mauer’s return to the lineup hit another road block while working out Thursday ...

Moore helps Lynx beat Liberty

  By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Maya Moore scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 19.5 seconds left, and the Minnesota Lynx beat New York 78-72 on Friday night to spoil the Liberty's first game in their new home — the ...

‘Miracle’ TD gives Diggs ‘old smile’ as contract year begins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — More than four months have passed for Stefon Diggs since his yes-that-really-happened touchdown reception for Minnesota on the desperate last play from scrimmage gave the Vikings a postseason victory for the ages over New ...

Fowles dominates, Lynx top Wings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 23 points and 20 rebounds for Minnesota’s first 20-20 game and the Lynx beat the Dallas Wings 76-68 on Wednesday night. Minnesota closed the first half with a 13-0 run for a 46-21 lead. Fowles had 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in the ...

Zimmer proud Vikings didn’t kneel last year

ATLANTA (AP) — A new NFL policy requires players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permits them to stay in the locker room if they prefer. The Minnesota Vikings haven't had any players kneel during the national anthem before games, and that's fine by coach Mike ...

Tigers top Twins 4-1, stop 5-game skid

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Fulmer is a bit confused. Fulmer felt good going into his previous outing yet allowed three runs in a no-decision during a loss at Seattle. “I come here today just not feeling well. The ball felt heavy,” he said ...

Timberwolves’ Butler named to NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolf Jimmy Butler has been named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The NBA announced the selections Wednesday. It’s the fourth such honor in Butler’s career. The guard/forward earned second team honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with the Chicago ...