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García homers twice as White Sox pound Twins 10-3

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Leury García crashed a successful pitch-and-catch college reunion for Dallas Keuchel and James McCann. No one on the Chicago White Sox seemed to mind. García homered from both sides of the plate, and Chicago pounded the Minnesota Twins 10-3 on ...

Zimmer says Cook told him he’d report to Vikes camp on time

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are expecting running back Dalvin Cook to report on time for training camp, coach Mike Zimmer said Saturday. Cook has begun the final year of his rookie contract. The 2019 Pro Bowl pick took a break from the virtual offseason program last month, ...

Fowles, Collier help Lynx rally, beat Sun 77-69

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Napheesa Collier scored nine of her 11 points in the final five minutes, and the Minnesota Lynx rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Connecticut Sun 77-69 on Sunday in the season opener for both ...

Cruz homers twice and Twins beat White Sox 14-2

By SARAH TROTTO Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Sunday. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the ...

Michael Thompson wins 3M Open by 2 strokes in Minnesota

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Without a gallery around him on the 18th green, Michael Thompson settled for a subdued victory celebration at the 3M Open with a FaceTime call home to his wife and children in Georgia. The tears came from him and his wife as soon as ...

WNBA set to tip off shortened season after delayed start

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer A WNBA season like no other will get underway on Saturday with all 12 teams at a single site. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, league staff and the player's union worked together on a plan to tip off the league's 24th season at a single site during the ...

Georgia, Minnesota players win national prep honors

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Football player Arik Gilbert and basketball player Paige Bueckers have been named national high school athletes of the year. Gilbert of Marietta, Georgia, is the first tight end to win. Bueckers of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is the first female basketball player to ...

AP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy Wolves

By PAT GRAHAM and DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writers MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo is putting together an offer to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, two people with knowledge of the bid said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition ...

Vikings sign Zimmer to 3-year contract extension through ’23

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season, finalizing a key piece of business Friday before the beginning of training camp. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six ...

After rough start, MLS bubble in Florida seems to be working

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Jeff Agoos arrived inside the Major League Soccer bubble in Florida in late June. About a month into his stay, the number of restful, relaxing moments have been rare. "I don't think I've actually exhaled since I first arrived," Agoos joked. Agoos is the senior ...

Thompson, Werenski share lead at 3M Open at 12 under

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski maintained their momentum at the 3M Open. Tony Finau, fresh off a caddie change, put himself in prime position right behind the leaders at the halfway point of the second-year tournament. Thompson ...

Kepler hits 2 HR, Twins power past White Sox 10-5 in opener

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered against White Sox ace Lucas Giolito in his first two at-bats and the Minnesota Twins beat Chicago 10-5 on Friday night in the clubs' first game of a 60-game season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. White Sox slugger ...

PGA Tour goes to Minnesota before bracing for 2 big events

By The Associated Press undefined PGA TOUR 3M OPEN Site: Blaine, Minn. Course: TPC Twin Cities. Yardage: 7,114. Par: 72. Purse: $6.6 million. Winner's share: $1,188,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. ...

NHL’s training camps advantage for coaches hired midseason

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Play a game, head for the airport. Take a day off, play another game. Squeeze in a practice when you can. The pace of a regular NHL season is challenging enough, but coaches who take over in the middle of a season are forced to ...

Wolves owner listening to offers, Garnett hoping to buy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett wants to come back to Minnesota — as a Timberwolves owner. The longtime NBA superstar said Tuesday he is part of a group that is hoping to buy the franchise from Glen Taylor, who has owned it since 1994. Taylor said in a statement he was recently ...

4 minor leaguers suspended for violating drug program

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four minor leaguers suspended Sunday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Gutierrez, a 24-year-old right-hander, received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a ...

Independent American Association baseball to start July 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down, an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association said Friday its six teams will play in three hubs due to the new coronavirus, at least at ...

Another rough season ends with Wolves near bottom of league

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another season of setback and tumult has mercifully ended for the Minnesota Timberwolves, this time in the strangest of ways after the NBA's decision to resume virus-halted play with 22 teams. The revelation of the makeshift plan ...

Minnesota Legion Baseball season canceled over virus fears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's American Legion Baseball season has been canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. "As much as we wanted to play this year, we cannot take chances with the players, coaches and fans we oversee," Randy Schaub, director of Minnesota American Legion ...

Gophers get big men transfers Liam Robbins, Brandon Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has added two accomplished frontcourt players to its roster, bringing in Liam Robbins from Drake and Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan. The Gophers announced the signings of both big men on Wednesday. The 7-foot, 235-pound Robbins has applied to the NCAA for ...