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Fowles leads Lynx past Fever, secure playoff bye

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half for a 92-73 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday night, clinching a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs. Minnesota (21-10) has won 16 of 19 games en route to ...

Vikes rule LB Barr out vs. Bengals with nagging knee trouble

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been ruled out for the season opener at Cincinnati because of a nagging knee injury that kept him on the sideline for much of the preseason. The Vikings also listed rookie left tackle Christian Darrisaw as out for the game on ...

Lynx beat Fever 89-72 in first of 3 straight meetings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aerial Powers scored 20 points and Kayla McBride added 15 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 89-72 on Friday night. Minnesota (19-10) moved into a tie with Phoenix for fourth in the WNBA standings. The Lynx face Indiana the next two games, and play ...

Steveson signs NIL deal with WWE, will wrestle for Minnesota

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson has achieved his childhood dream of signing with World Wrestling Entertainment — with a twist. The WWE announced Thursday that it has signed Steveson to a deal that will allow him to join the WWE roster and return to the ...

Healthy again, Burrow leads Bengals against Vikings

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — One of Joe Burrow's special skills is extending plays, scrambling to make something out of nothing after the blocking breaks down. He took a beating through 11 games last season, but it made the rookie one of the NFL's most intriguing ...

Diggs finds validation in being selected a Bills captain

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Stefon Diggs no longer needs to worry about whether he'll be accepted in Buffalo. If the record-setting production the receiver put up last year in his first season with the Bills wasn't enough, whatever lingering apprehensions Diggs ...

Vikings sign RT Brian O’Neill to contract extension

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have taken many measures toward improving their lagging offensive line in recent years. The biggest investment yet came Wednesday, with right tackle Brian O'Neill. O'Neill signed a five-year contract ...

Indians’ Rosario breaks up Twins rookie Ryan’s no-hit bid

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians shortstop Amed Rosario singled with one out in the seventh inning Wednesday night to break up a no-hit bid by Twins rookie Joe Ryan, who is making just his second major league start. The 25-year-old Ryan retired the first 19 hitters in order and was flirting with a ...

Rookie Ryan shines as Twins hold Indians to 1 hit in 3-0 win

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Ryan carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his second big league appearance, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Wednesday night. Ryan, who was acquired in a July trade with Tampa Bay for slugger ...

Gant wins, Rooker homers as Twins blank Indians 3-0

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the Twins' expectant fathers delivered. Hours after manager Rocco Baldelli's wife gave birth, Brent Rooker homered as he awaits a call from home for an arriving baby and Minnesota beat Cleveland 3-0 on Tuesday night, spoiling Indians ...

No. 4 Ohio State outlasts Minnesota 45-31 in Stroud’s debut

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Stroud's mind was not right as he sparred with first-game jitters, feeling "kind of all over the place" in his debut as Ohio State's starting quarterback. Playing for the Buckeyes comes with plenty of pressure. It also brings plenty ...

Wacha goes 6 effective innings, Rays beat Twins 5-3

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Michael Wacha struck out seven over six innings, Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI triple during a three-run second and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Friday night. The AL East-leading Rays had lost two straight ...

Vikes switch punters again, add QB Mannion to practice squad

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings switched specialists again right before the regular season, signing former Pittsburgh punter Jordan Berry and releasing Britton Colquitt on Thursday. The Vikings also signed quarterback Sean Mannion to the practice squad for another backup option to ...

Kayla McBride, Sylvia Fowles lead Lynx past Sparks, 66-57

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 17 points, Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 17 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 66-57 on Thursday night. Minnesota closed on a 17-4 run, highlighted by a long 3-poiner by Aerial Powers with 3:11 left for a five-point ...

Buxton back with Twins; Maeda bound for elbow surgery

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While they're buried in the standings, the Minnesota Twins have found a spark for the final month of the season with the return of center fielder Byron Buxton. The oft-sidelined star was reinstated Friday from the injured list after ...

Wild sign veteran defenseman Jordie Benn to 1-year deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a one-year, $900,000 contract on Friday, adding another veteran option after an offseason of change on the blue line. The 34-year-old Benn had one goal, nine assists and a plus-7 rating over 39 games with the ...

Bob Tasca III tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Bob Tasca III topped Funny Car qualifying Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Tasca had a 3.941-second run at 326.63 mph in a Ford Mustang. "We came in here trying to run low 3.90s and the speed is good, and we knew we had to ...

Voit’s 4 hits spark streaking Yanks to 10-2 rout of Twins

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit backed his recent demand for playing time with a homer, four hits and four RBIs, and the surging New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 10-2 Friday night for their season-high eighth straight win. Voit's burst came three days ...

Jets’ Cashman believes bad luck behind him, big plays ahead

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Blake Cashman's right forearm tells his story in black ink. Tattooed images and words are sources of inspiration, with the most recent addition providing a constant reminder: "Always Bet On Yourself." The New York Jets ...

Minnesota celebrates Olympic champion Sunisa Lee with parade

ST. PAUL,, Minn. (AP) — The city of St. Paul will host a parade to celebrate Olympic champion Sunisa Lee, who took home the gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around, as well as a silver in the team event and a bronze in the uneven bars. The parade will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on ...