Minnesota Sports

Vikings’ offensive line has early setback with Reiff injury

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Offensive line repair was the top offseason priority for the Minnesota Vikings. That was a given, after a grueling experience with injuries and ineffectiveness in 2016. The Vikings used 12 players among the five spots and ...

Bye bye Brandon, Twins ship Kintlzer to Nationals

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — After adding three relievers in two weeks, the Washington Nationals still aren’t sure who’s going to be their closer. They suddenly have plenty of candidates. The NL East leaders added another Monday by barely beating the trade deadline ...

Signed for 5 years with Wild, now Niederreiter can relax

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer Nino Niederreiter has been bold enough with his hobbies to ride on the outside of an airplane . On the ice, he plays a fearless game with a thick frame that’s tough to knock off the puck around the net. The last few months, though, he found himself ...

Fowles has 29 points, 12 rebounds; Lynx beat Storm 93-82

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting and added 12 rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 93-82 on Sunday night for their sixth straight victory. Maya Moore had 24 points, and Rebekkah Brunson added 20 for WNBA-leading Minnesota (19-2). ...

Rhodes closed: Vikings sign star CB to contract extension

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Xavier Rhodes arrived at Florida State as a skilled offensive player, a running back and wide receiver from the football-rich Miami area. He was quickly switched to cornerback, and he didn't like it. "At that moment, I thought I wasn't going to be here," Rhodes said. ...

Wild, Niederreiter agree to 5-year, $26.25 million contract

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with right wing Nino Niederreiter on a five-year, $26.25 million contract. The Wild announced Sunday their deal with the restricted free agent, who established career highs last season with 25 goals, 32 assists and a plus-17 ...

Alonso’s HR in 12th powers A’s past Twins, 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso blames a bad month on him trying to do too much. The Athletics' All-Star first baseman is trying a new approach, and it seems to be working. Alonso homered in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota ...

Minnesota golf course to become Olympic ski jump

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A former ski resort and current golf course in southeastern Minnesota will be transformed into an Olympic ski jump suitable for world-class competition. Bryan Sanders is a former Olympic ski jumper and executive director of the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and ...

Vikings sign LB Darnell Sankey, cousin of RB Bishop Sankey

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Darnell Sankey for depth, responding to injuries to two players at the position early in training camp. Sankey found a recognizable name waiting for him on the roster, if not a ...

Wally Hilgenberg’s widow hopes to keep kids from playing football

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer Nearly a decade after Wally Hilgenberg’s death, his widow can still hear his voice telling her he loves her, at the push of a button. It’s programmed into a stuffed bear he gave her shortly before succumbing to ALS in 2008. That’s how Mary ...

Former Minnesota coach Kill returns to coaching

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Jerry Kill has been seizure-free for almost a year and a half. He has lost 25 pounds by cutting way down on carbs and taking long walks. After years of sleeping two or three hours a night, he now regularly gets six or ...

Fowles has 29 points, 8 rebounds to lead Lynx by Dream 90-80

ATLANTA (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 29 points and eight rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 90-80 on Friday night. Fowles was 11 of 15 from the floor and 7 of 10 at the line. Minnesota was ahead 42-28 with 4:03 left in the second quarter, but Atlanta closed the half on a ...

Healthy again, harsh critic Treadwell eyes rebound for Vikes

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — One catch, 15 yards. That was the jarringly limited extent of Laquon Treadwell’s production on the field last season for the Minnesota Vikings. Even with the rookie learning curve factored in, and his struggle to stay ...

Report: Minnesota should review sports facility rent prices

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s Office shows the Minnesota State High School League is calling for lower rental prices for the venues they use to host tournaments. The auditor’s office is encouraging lawmakers to take a closer look at the use of ...

Teddy Bridgewater’s return: ‘I know it’s going to happen’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minutes after Teddy Bridgewater’s left knee dislocated beneath him, the result of one bad step on a routine drop-back during practice nearly a year ago, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback was hustled into an ambulance. Head ...

Allianz sponsors Minnesota United stadium

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota United’s new soccer stadium in St. Paul will be called Allianz Field. The Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has committed as the official sponsor of the stadium slated to open in 2019. The soccer stadium will initially have a total seating ...

Twins acquire LHP Jaime Garcia, Recker from Braves for Ynoa

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hoping to bolster their rotation for a playoff run, the Minnesota Twins got veteran left-handed pitcher Jaime García, catcher Anthony Recker and cash from the Atlanta Braves for minor league righty Huascar Ynoa on Monday. The 31-year-old García is 66-52 with a 3.65 ERA ...

Vikings surround RB Cook with mentors to smooth transition

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — When the NFL draft resumed for the second round on April 28, all eyes were on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. A first-round talent with top-10 production, Cook dropped down the board amid character concerns from several ...

Iglesias, Boyd lead Tigers over Twins 9-6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shane Greene got the key out that sparked the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Jose Iglesias had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh, and Greene struck out Eduardo Escobar to preserve the lead in a 9-6 win over Minnesota 9-6 that took 4 hours, 19 ...

Zimmer brings Vikings rookies in early for more production

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The lack of production from the Minnesota Vikings' rookie class as one of many factors that contributed to the team's disappointing 8-8 finish last season. In hopes of helping this year's class of first-year players make more of an impact in the upcoming season, Vikings ...