Minnesota Sports

Moore, Fowles help Lynx sweep Mystics, return to WNBA Finals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx are back in the WNBA Finals after completing a semifinal sweep of the Washington Mystics on Sunday. That doesn't mean it was easy. Maya Moore scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lynx sealed their place in a third ...

Whalen returns home to Williams Arena for playoffs

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx were uprooted from their home arena this season while it undergoes some much-needed renovations. While they played in unfamiliar territory during the regular season, Lindsay Whalen will feel right at home in ...

Vikings cruise past Saints

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sam Bradford started his second season with Minnesota in style, passing for 346 yards and three touchdowns to help the Vikings beat New Orleans 29-19 on Monday night and spoil Adrian Peterson's first game with the Saints. Stefon ...

Peterson’s return marked with boos

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A whole lot of boos, and not many yards for Adrian Peterson in his return to Minnesota. Peterson rushed for 18 yards on just six carries in his first game with the New Orleans Saints, turning an emotional homecoming for the ...

Hosmer fuels late Royals rally

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer drove in the go-ahead run with his third hit in a three-run eighth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Saturday night. Lorenzo Cain led off the eighth with a single against Ryan Pressly (2-3), and Melky Cabrera walked. ...

Dalvin Cook’s Vikings debut not to be outdone by Adrian Peterson

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The dual subplot of Adrian Peterson making his first appearance for New Orleans and returning to take on his old team in Minnesota has encouraged an extra dose of buildup for this prime-time season opener. If the Vikings ...

Rosario drives in 4, Twins beat Royals 8-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Friday night. Rosario had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, hit his 21st home run in the third inning off Ian Kennedy (4-11) and knocked a two-out, ...

Andersen sees a familiar foe in Minnesota

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer Oregon State coach Gary Andersen pretty much knows what to expect from Minnesota, even though the Golden Gophers have a new coach. As coach at Wisconsin from 2013-14, Andersen faced Minnesota in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe twice, winning both ...

Twins score 3 off Herrera in ninth to stun Royals, 4-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Twins' Jorge Polanco drove in the go-ahead runs off ailing Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera with two outs in the ninth inning, and Minnesota rallied to beat the Royals 4-2 on Thursday night. Herrera, who has been dealing with a mild forearm strain, inherited a ...

Lindsay Whalen returns to Lynx practice, ready for playoffs

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Lindsay Whalen broke her left hand, the Minnesota Lynx were 20-2 and steamrolling the rest of the WNBA. They went 4-5 in the first nine games without their Olympian point guard, and though Whalen’s absence may not have been ...

Escobar has 3 hits, 3 RBIs to lead Twins past Rays 10-6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins didn’t want to call it a must-win. Still, they know how important it was. Eduardo Escobar had three hits and three RBIs, Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza both homered, and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-6 on Wednesday. “It’s too ...

Dickerson homers, doubles twice as Rays rout Twins 11-4

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit his 26th home run and also doubled twice, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins 11-4 Monday night to tighten the AL wild-card race. The Twins' lead for the second wild-card spot was trimmed ...

Super Bowl host Vikings seeking turnaround

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As if the Minnesota Vikings needed any more motivation for a turnaround, they're hosting the Super Bowl this season. What better way for this star-crossed franchise to win its first championship than to bask in the confetti that ...

Rays crush Twins

RAYS 11, TWINS 4 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit his 26th home run and also doubled twice, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins 11-4 Monday night to tighten the AL wild-card race. The Twins' lead for the second wild-card spot was trimmed to a half-game by ...

After getting call check swing, Cain lifts Royals over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Given a second chance after a check swing call went his way on a two-strike pitch, Lorenzo Cain gave the Kansas City Royals' playoff hopes a lift. Cain hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning Sunday in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Kansas City trailed ...

Lynx secure top seed as WNBA playoffs set

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA playoffs are set — finally. Minnesota secured the top spot in the postseason while Los Angeles will be the No. 2 seed. Those two teams, who met for the WNBA Finals last season, have byes again until the semifinals. The Lynx had to beat Washington on the final day ...

Twins erupt for 17-0 win vs. Royals

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs while driving in six runs, as the Minnesota Twins erupted for a 17-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Brian Dozier added a three-run ...

Vikings put veteran LG Alex Boone on cut list

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings left no spot unturned on their makeover of an offensive line that struggled badly last year. Left guard Alex Boone was unexpectedly among the 34 players cut Saturday by the Vikings to comply with the 53-man ...

Royals hold off Twins til end 7-6

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered for the first time since mid-August, Brandon Moss also went deep and Kansas City held off Minnesota 7-6 on Friday night. Melky Cabrera tied a season-high with four hits for the Royals, who won for just the second ...

Dolphins bury Vikings in preseason finale

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jakeem Grant caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Miami Dolphins wrapped up the preseason with a 30-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. David Fales completed 9 of 15 passes for 139 yards and ...