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This time, Twins enter offseason with energy and optimism

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins began the season carrying the indignity of those team-record 103 losses last year, an ugly splotch that hung around like a mosquito that had miraculously survived the winter. The hangover didn’t last long. With ...

Wild sign Winnik to 1-year deal after training camp tryout

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed left wing Daniel Winnik to a one-year, $660,000 contract. Winnik was in training camp on a tryout basis. He was a free agent after a career-high 12 goals in 72 games last season for Washington. The 32-year-old Winnik became more valuable ...

Lynx and Sparks set for another Game 5

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike has a bandage under her right eye to mask the stitches she took from an elbow in the paint. Sylvia Fowles’ right eye is red and bloodshot from the battles being waged on the glass. The WNBA Finals rematch between ...

Twins, Yankees get wild during 45-minute 1st inning

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a wild start. The Twins and Yankees took 45 minutes to play the first inning of Tuesday night's AL wild-card game, heading to the second tied at 3 in a frantic, seesaw start to this year's postseason. Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario homered for Minnesota to help ...

Yankees eliminate Twins

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York from a rugged start and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason win in five years. Gregorius' three-run homer tied the score after Minnesota knocked out Luis ...

Yankees, Twins renew one-sided rivalry in AL wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) — Twins star Joe Mauer remembers well all those October losses to the Yankees. So too, surely, do Minnesota's fans. Around the rest of the Twins clubhouse, though, it may as well be ancient history. Back in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Mauer and upstart ...

Vikings RB Cook has torn ACL as feared, ending rookie year

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Dalvin Cook became the latest integral offensive player lost by the bad-luck-trodden Minnesota Vikings. The team's fear of a torn ACL in the rookie running back's left knee was realized Monday, sealing the end of a promising rookie season. Coach Mike Zimmer ...

Turnover-causing Lions carve out 14-7 victory over Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The identity of these Detroit Lions has been undeniably forged through the air, on the strength of Matthew Stafford's right arm and all his fourth-quarter rallies. The Lions sure enacted a different formula to finish the first quarter of their schedule tied for first place ...

Lynx force decisive Game 5 with 80-69 win over Sparks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 80-69 on Sunday night to force a decisive Game 5 in the WNBA Finals. Maya Moore and the Lynx will try for their fourth championship in seven years on Wednesday night at home. The Sparks won ...

Twins fall 3-2 to Tigers on Romine’s historic day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Romine became the fifth player in baseball history to play all nine positions in one game, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night. Romine, a 31-year-old utilityman, played catcher for the first time in his career and got one out on ...

Boudreau, Wild using ‘good is not good enough’ as motto

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau brought his mastery of the regular season to Minnesota last season, and the Wild aced that test behind their new head coach. Playing deep into the postseason and, of course, hoisting that Stanley Cup is still the ...

Vikings aim to get even for last year’s losses to Lions

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions finally had a comeback fall short, by just a few seconds and even fewer inches last weekend against Atlanta. The Lions have had no time to lament, of course, with a difficult game looming at ...

Johnson’s big run lifts Maryland over Minnesota, 31-24

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Bortenschlager is a third-stringer no longer. With Maryland’s top two quarterbacks out for the season, Bortenschlager is now the man for the Terrapins. He will get no arguments from Minnesota. Bortenschlager threw for 154 ...

Sparks defeat Lynx, take 2-1 series lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims each scored 16 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. The Sparks have taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five game series and with one more win can become the first team ...

Dozier leads Twins to 6-3 win over Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier marked Minnesota's return home after clinching a wild card on the road with a handful of highlights, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning to spur the Twins to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Eduardo Escobar also homered and ...

Century mark: Indians beat Twins for 100th win

CLEVELAND (AP) — The number is big, round and historic. The Indians aren't satisfied with 100 wins. They aren't stopping there, either. Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and Cleveland joined an elite group with its 100th victory, 5-2 over the ...

Twins slugger Sano takes swings, playoffs possible

CLEVELAND (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano took 60 swings on Wednesday, a positive step as he tries to recover in time for the postseason. Sano has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with a stress reaction in his left shin. He's not traveling with the team and worked out ...

Boudreau, Wild using ‘good is not good enough’ as motto

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau brought his mastery of the regular season to Minnesota last season, and the Wild aced that test behind their new head coach. Playing deep into the postseason and, of course, hoisting that Stanley Cup is still the elusive goal for all involved. "Our ...

As Bradford rests, Keenum ready to start again for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Case Keenum kept, of course, the game ball he was given by coach Mike Zimmer for his brilliant performance in leading the Minnesota Vikings to victory. He didn't have a special place for it at home, yet. There's another opponent coming up, leaving little time for ...

Twins don’t lock up AL wild-card spot, lose 4-2 to Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Minnesota Twins missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot on their own Wednesday night as Danny Salazar gave Cleveland's brain trust more to consider with a strong start and Yan Gomes homered, lifting the Indians to a 4-2 win. Minnesota could still earn an AL wild-card ...