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Danladi scores in 92nd minute, Minnesota ties Orlando 1-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Abu Danladi smashed home a close-range putback in second-half stoppage time and Minnesota United salvaged a 1-1 draw with Orlando City on Saturday night. Ike Opara header-flicked Romain Métanire’s long throw-in and it bounced off a pair of Orlando defenders before ...

Schoop powers Twins past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Kepler and Jonathan Schoop hit two-run home runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Twins increased their AL Central lead to 1½ games over the Cleveland Indians, who lost Friday night. Schoop homered in the ...

Mystics use late run to beat Lynx 86-79, clinch playoff spot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored 18 points, Emma Meesseman added 17 points and the Washington Mystics clinched a playoff berth with an 86-79 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night. The Mystics (19-7), who have the best record in the WNBA by a game over Connecticut, surged into the ...

Sims helps lead Lynx to 89-73 win over Liberty

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Odyssey Sims had 17 points, Stephanie Talbot added 16 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 89-73 on Tuesday night. Minnesota led 40-29 before New York closed the half on an 11-2 run with seven straight points from Rebecca Allen. She scored a ...

Vikings acquire kicker Kaare Vedvik from Ravens

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Looking for solutions for their longtime kicking issues, the Minnesota Vikings traded for Kaare Vedvik from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Vedvik has kicked and punted for Baltimore, which was set at the position with standouts Justin Tucker and Sam Koch. The Ravens ...

Delle Donne, Mystics cruise to 101-78 win over Lynx

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emma Meesseman scored a season-high 25 points, Elena Delle Donne had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx 101-78 on Sunday. Aerial Powers added 20 points and Myisha Hines-Allen had 13 for the Mystics. Washington (17-7) has won three ...

Santana’s slam in 10th gives Indians 7-3 win, tie with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After watching their All-Star closer lose a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cleveland Indians bounced right back to win their four-game series in Minnesota and forge another tie for the AL Central lead. The three-time defending division champions have ...

Twins rally but fall short to Indians in 7-5 loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez drove in three runs, Mike Clevinger kept Minnesota quiet with nine strikeouts in seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians struck first in this four-game series between the AL Central front-runners with a 7-5 victory on Thursday that cut the Twins' division lead ...

Twins’ comeback falls short as Braves hold on 11-7

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ozzie Albies homered twice in his second straight four-hit game, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman both went deep, and the Atlanta Braves again powered their way past the Minnesota Twins 11-7 on Wednesday. Max Fried (13-4) used a ...

Braves batter Berrios, top Twins 12-7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman hit first-pitch homers off Minnesota ace Jose Berríos and the Atlanta Braves routed the Twins 12-7 Tuesday night. The first three batters in Atlanta's lineup — Acuña, Ozzie Albies and Freeman — combined to go 10 for 16 with nine ...

Immersing Irv: Vikings have big plans for rookie tight end

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings take the field against New Orleans in their preseason opener, Irv Smith Jr. will be the latest but nowhere close to the last person in the country to commemorate his 21st birthday with a visit to the ...

Collier’s 22 points, 11 boards, 5 assists lead Lynx by Dream

ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Napheesa Collier had 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 85-69 on Tuesday night. Collier, the WNBA rookie of the month for July, scored 10 straight points during Minnesota’s 15-0 run for a 75-64 lead. She had just ...

Finlay, Mannone lead Minnesota United to win over Timbers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ethan Finlay scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time, Vito Mannone had five saves for his second consecutive shutout and Minnesota United beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Sunday. Mannone has shutouts in three of his last four games. Minnesota (11-7-5) is unbeaten, ...

Smeltzer, Twins sweep Royals with 3-0 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Smeltzer's meditation routine kept him calm on the way to his first major league win. Smeltzer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep by blanking the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday. Jason Castro homered ...

Minnesota QB Annexstad out indefinitely with foot injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota quarterback Zack Annexstad has a foot injury that will sideline him indefinitely, ending for now the competition with fellow sophomore Tanner Morgan for the starting spot. The Gophers announced Saturday that Annexstad was hurt in practice the day ...

Vikings sign 6th-year CB Bené Benwikere

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed cornerback Bené Benwikere, adding experience at position where their depth has taken a hit. Benwikere has spent time with six teams over his first five NFL seasons, since being drafted by Carolina in the fifth round out of San Jose State ...

Twins put Buxton, Pineda on injured list

By Joe Ziemer Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will be minus often-injured center fielder Byron Buxton and pitcher Michael Pineda for a while. The AL Central leaders put both of them on the 10-day injured list before Saturday’s game against Kansas City. Buxton ...

Fever pull away to beat Lynx 86-75

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 20 points, Tiffany Mitchell added 17 points and the Indiana Fever pulled away late to beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-75 on Saturday night. Indiana (8-15) took the lead for good during a 25-5 run to open the third quarter. Kelsey Mitchell capped the ...

Cruz homers and has 5 RBIs, Twins hold off Royals 11-9

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered and drove in five runs to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 11-9 on Friday night. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario each had two hits for the Twins, who used a five-run seventh inning to ...

Zimmer upset with camp D: ‘They think they’re pretty good’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With six players who have been to the Pro Bowl and only one new starter in a well-regarded scheme that has remained largely unchanged entering a sixth season under coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings’ defense ought to have ...