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Bears host Vikings, look to avoid 0-2 start at Soldier Field

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears took a big step toward the NFC North championship when they beat Minnesota at Soldier Field last season. If the Vikings return the favor on Sunday, the climb toward a second straight division title would be a ...

Boilers hope bye week fixes lead to rebound against Gophers

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer Purdue coach Jeff Brohm got back to basics during last week's bye. He worked on technique. He rested players who needed to get healthy, and he reiterated the need to play more physical. The messages were short, sweet and simple, and on Saturday Brohm will ...

Cook, Vikings thriving with throwback running game

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As the Minnesota Vikings marked the 50th anniversary of their first team to reach the Super Bowl, even their game plan was a tribute to time gone by. The Vikings have built a sound defense over six years under head coach Mike ...

Boudreau, Wild aim to disprove belief they are on decline

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After their six-year streak of making the playoffs came to an end, the Minnesota Wild went through an eventful summer in which the major change was made in the front office, not to the roster. The Wild were the fifth-lowest scoring ...

Cruz hits 400th HR, Sanó homers twice; Twins top Royals 12-8

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Nelson Cruz signed with the Minnesota Twins this past offseason, he made a few predictions. He was confident he would get to 400 career home runs this year, and he also believed the Twins would make the playoffs. One down, one to go. Cruz hit his 400th career home ...

White Sox, 8 pitchers hold off Twins 3-1

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Held without a hit until the sixth inning, the Minnesota Twins managed only three in 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox that shrunk their AL Central lead Wednesday night. Minnesota is four games ahead of Cleveland after the Indians beat ...

Lynx boss Cheryl Reeve chosen WNBA Executive of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by ...

Indians trim Twins 7-5 to salvage AL Central series finale

CLEVELAND (AP) — After getting rained out, beaten twice and nearly counted out, the Indians saved something from their biggest weekend this season. They're not finished yet. "We're going to keep fighting," said starter Shane Bieber. The Indians kept their faint hopes of winning the AL ...

Packers ride Rodgers’ hot start to 21-16 win over Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All that mattered to Aaron Rodgers on Sunday was that the Packers won. That's it. Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and Green Bay held on for a 21-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. "The biggest thing is that we're 2-0," he said. "I know we owe a lot of that to ...

Johnson lifts Minnesota late to beat Georgia Southern 35-32

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This Minnesota team has made falling behind in the fourth quarter a troubling habit. The Gophers have also managed to turn those deficits into quite the stockpile of resiliency. Tyler Johnson caught three touchdown passes from Tanner Morgan, including the go-ahead score ...

Sanó’s grand slam leads Twins to sweep of Indians

By Steve Herrick Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Sanó’s grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins grabbed firm control of the AL Central by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5, completing a sweep of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. The sweep pushed ...

Vikings trample Falcons 28-12 behind fierce defense, Cook

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After dropping back to pass a mere 11 times for Minnesota, Kirk Cousins joked that this defense-and-running-dominated performance felt like youth football. He was more than happy to hand the ball off and get out of the way. Anthony Harris had two interceptions and a ...

Clevinger gets 10th straight win, Indians beat Twins 5-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Clevinger and the Cleveland Indians gave the Minnesota Twins another reminder that winning their first division title in nine years won't be easy. Clevinger won his 10th straight decision, and Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor homered as the Indians beat the Twins ...

Sims scores 22 points, Lynx beat Mercury 83-69

PHOENIX (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 11 of her 22 points in a game-changing and contentious third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx rolled to an 83-69 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night. The Mercury led 44-40 at the half but were outscored 9-0 to start the third quarter. DeWanna ...

Indians use 4-run 11th to top Twins 6-2, cut lead to 5½

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roberto Pérez hit a two-out RBI single for Cleveland against Minnesota rookie Brusdar Graterol to ignite a four-run 11th inning, as the Indians broke open a critical game against the American League Central leader and beat the Twins 6-2 ...

Fresno St. looks to bounce back in home opener vs. Minnesota

By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer For Fresno State, the season opener was a missed opportunity against a more heralded opponent. For Minnesota, it was a narrow escape against what should have been an overmatched one. When the Bulldogs (0-1) host the Golden Gophers (1-0) on Saturday night it ...

Falcons, Vikings in similar spots, needing defense to lead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings have entered this season in a similar place, almost eerily so as they prepare to play each other in the opener. With Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, they're driven by a polished quarterback who has made 4,000-yard seasons a habit. In ...

Red Sox rough up Berrios, top Twins 6-2

BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts homered on the first two pitches he saw, collecting four hits and five RBIs in all, and Eduardo Rodriguez allowed only five singles in seven shutout innings Wednesday night to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2. The Red Sox won for the 12th time ...

Cousins, Vikings enter crossroad year, with more help for QB

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After signing Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed contract last year, the Minnesota Vikings might have given their quarterback even more to work with this time. This season will surely be a crossroad of sorts for both Cousins and ...

Cave, Cruz drive in two runs as Twins beat Tigers 8-3

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are baseball's new home-run kings, but that hasn't been the reason they've won two of three games against the Detroit Tigers this weekend. The Twins homered once in a 13-5 win on Friday, hit six in a 10-7 loss on Saturday to ...