Minnesota Sports

Liberty use fourth quarter burst to beat Lynx 70-61

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said all season that come August he'll know a lot more about his team. Right now, New York is one of the best teams in the WNBA, winning five straight, including victories over the top three teams in the league. "We said all along that we'd have a ...

Rosario hits slam in 9-run 1st as Twins rout D-backs 12-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins knew Arizona spot starter T.J. McFarland would be on a pitch count, so they hoped to get into the Diamondbacks' bullpen early. After a 52-pitch first inning Sunday, the Twins had a 9-0 lead and McFarland was out of the game. That was plenty for Bartolo ...

Berrios shuts out D-backs through 7 as Twins win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios threw seven innings for his 11th win to lead Minnesota over Arizona 5-0 on Saturday night, helping the Twins keep pace in the AL wild card race. The Twins, who entered the night in a tie with the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild card spot, scored five ...

Lynx shatter WNBA margin record, blasting Fever 111-52

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx shattered the WNBA record for margin of victory at 59 points, beating the Indiana Fever 111-52 on Friday night. The Lynx set another league record with a 37-0 run that began at 4:54 of the first quarter when ...

Sano homers twice as Twins pound D-backs 10-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano hit two of the Twins' season high-tying six home runs, including an inside-the-park dash by Byron Buxton, and Minnesota powered past the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 Friday night. Eduardo Escobar, Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also went deep for Minnesota. Buxton ...

Vikings seek punting solution as Quigley, Symmank audition

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Quigley favored basketball growing up in South Carolina and rarely watched NFL games. Taylor Symmank once envisioned himself as a wide receiver and was solely a place kicker until arriving at college. Punting eventually became their primary athletic focus, their skill ...

Twins reinstate Perkins from DL, after 16-month stay

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Glen Perkins has finally returned to the Minnesota Twins, with the bonus of a playoff race and a bullpen in need of some help. He's not the hard-throwing three-time All-Star closer he once was. He's just grateful for another chance to ...

Kepler’s homer sparks DH split with Indians

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler made up for a fielding mistake in the top of the inning with the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game on Thursday night to salvage a ...

Indians-Twins postponed by rain, split doubleheader Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins still haven’t beaten the Cleveland Indians at home this season. They have two tries left, and now both will take place on the same day. The Twins postponed their game on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians just 35 minutes into a rain delay, ...

Coming home: Cullen picks Wild for 21st NHL season

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer Matt Cullen could have easily called it a career at age 40 after winning consecutive Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s what he and everyone around him expected him to do, but his body bounced back strongly enough this summer from the ...

Review: Minnesota handled football suspensions properly

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 football players last fall following an accusation of sexual assault, an outside review found. The review released Wednesday blamed “weak leadership” by the coaching staff for a threat by ...

Storm hope coaching change can lift team; Lynx lead AP poll

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling Seattle hopes the coaching change last week to replace Jenny Boucek with Gary Kloppenburg helps the team turn things around. Kloppenburg got off to a good start with the Storm winning at Phoenix in his first game in charge. ...

Vikings WR Treadwell back at practice after hamstring injury

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has returned to practice following a two-week absence caused by a hamstring injury. Treadwell took his first turns in full-team drills on Tuesday since July 31, when he was ...

Indians clobber Colon, Twins 8-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Santana hit two of Cleveland's five home runs and Danny Salazar continued his strong second-half stretch in the Indians' 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Santana, Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion all hit solo homers off Bartolo Colon (4-10) ...

Vikings QB coach has weathered the storm in Minnesota

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings' great survivor was 23 years old when he came to the Twin Cities unaware of where his new job would take him. Kevin Stefanski packed up his car and headed to the Midwest with new coach Brad Childress, not to ...

Dozier, Sano homer as Twins beat Tigers 6-4

DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins know they can't keep blowing big leads if they want to stay in the playoff race. Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano homered as the Twins won in another topsy-turvy matchup, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday for their seventh victory in eight games. Minnesota ...

Upton’s HR caps comeback for Tigers in 12-11 win over Twins

By DAVE HOGG, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — On Saturday night, the Detroit Tigers didn't look like a team that was ready to break a season-long streak of futility. The Tigers were 0-54 this year when trailing after eight innings and had lost six of seven games overall. But the Tigers ...

Sparks beat Lynx 70-64

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 23 points, Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-64 on Friday night. Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson caught Maya Moore's airball and put it in to get the Lynx within 66-63 with 49.3 seconds ...

In 4th season with Vikings, Zimmer’s bluntness has not faded

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As Mike Zimmer returned to the field with the Minnesota Vikings for the second half of their exhibition opener, the hard-nosed head coach was asked by a sideline radio reporter for some personal highlights from the first two quarters. "There wasn't much that I liked," ...

Kepler and Rosario lead Twins over Tigers, 9-4

By Dave Hogg Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered and drove in three runs each as the Minnesota Twins extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Mikie Mahtook homered for Detroit, which has lost ...