Minnesota Sports

Yankees eliminate Twins

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York from a rugged start and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason win in five years. Gregorius' three-run homer tied the score after Minnesota knocked out Luis ...

Yankees, Twins renew one-sided rivalry in AL wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) — Twins star Joe Mauer remembers well all those October losses to the Yankees. So too, surely, do Minnesota's fans. Around the rest of the Twins clubhouse, though, it may as well be ancient history. Back in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Mauer and upstart ...

Vikings RB Cook has torn ACL as feared, ending rookie year

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Dalvin Cook became the latest integral offensive player lost by the bad-luck-trodden Minnesota Vikings. The team's fear of a torn ACL in the rookie running back's left knee was realized Monday, sealing the end of a promising rookie season. Coach Mike Zimmer ...

Turnover-causing Lions carve out 14-7 victory over Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The identity of these Detroit Lions has been undeniably forged through the air, on the strength of Matthew Stafford's right arm and all his fourth-quarter rallies. The Lions sure enacted a different formula to finish the first quarter of their schedule tied for first place ...

Lynx force decisive Game 5 with 80-69 win over Sparks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 80-69 on Sunday night to force a decisive Game 5 in the WNBA Finals. Maya Moore and the Lynx will try for their fourth championship in seven years on Wednesday night at home. The Sparks won ...

Twins fall 3-2 to Tigers on Romine’s historic day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Romine became the fifth player in baseball history to play all nine positions in one game, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night. Romine, a 31-year-old utilityman, played catcher for the first time in his career and got one out on ...

Boudreau, Wild using ‘good is not good enough’ as motto

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau brought his mastery of the regular season to Minnesota last season, and the Wild aced that test behind their new head coach. Playing deep into the postseason and, of course, hoisting that Stanley Cup is still the ...

Vikings aim to get even for last year’s losses to Lions

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions finally had a comeback fall short, by just a few seconds and even fewer inches last weekend against Atlanta. The Lions have had no time to lament, of course, with a difficult game looming at ...

Johnson’s big run lifts Maryland over Minnesota, 31-24

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Bortenschlager is a third-stringer no longer. With Maryland’s top two quarterbacks out for the season, Bortenschlager is now the man for the Terrapins. He will get no arguments from Minnesota. Bortenschlager threw for 154 ...

Sparks defeat Lynx, take 2-1 series lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims each scored 16 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. The Sparks have taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five game series and with one more win can become the first team ...

Dozier leads Twins to 6-3 win over Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier marked Minnesota's return home after clinching a wild card on the road with a handful of highlights, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning to spur the Twins to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Eduardo Escobar also homered and ...

Century mark: Indians beat Twins for 100th win

CLEVELAND (AP) — The number is big, round and historic. The Indians aren't satisfied with 100 wins. They aren't stopping there, either. Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and Cleveland joined an elite group with its 100th victory, 5-2 over the ...

Twins slugger Sano takes swings, playoffs possible

CLEVELAND (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano took 60 swings on Wednesday, a positive step as he tries to recover in time for the postseason. Sano has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with a stress reaction in his left shin. He's not traveling with the team and worked out ...

Boudreau, Wild using ‘good is not good enough’ as motto

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau brought his mastery of the regular season to Minnesota last season, and the Wild aced that test behind their new head coach. Playing deep into the postseason and, of course, hoisting that Stanley Cup is still the elusive goal for all involved. "Our ...

As Bradford rests, Keenum ready to start again for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Case Keenum kept, of course, the game ball he was given by coach Mike Zimmer for his brilliant performance in leading the Minnesota Vikings to victory. He didn't have a special place for it at home, yet. There's another opponent coming up, leaving little time for ...

Twins don’t lock up AL wild-card spot, lose 4-2 to Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Minnesota Twins missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot on their own Wednesday night as Danny Salazar gave Cleveland's brain trust more to consider with a strong start and Yan Gomes homered, lifting the Indians to a 4-2 win. Minnesota could still earn an AL wild-card ...

Twins rally to down Indians, magic number now 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian Dozier's three-run homer in the eighth inning pushed Minnesota to the brink of a playoff berth as the Twins rallied for an 8-6 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians lost for just the third time in 32 games. Dozier connected for his 33rd homer against ...

Lynx tie the series at 1-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles grabbed a WNBA Finals-record 17 rebounds and scored 13 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 70-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 2 on Tuesday night, evening the series at one game apiece. Fowles broke Taj McWilliams-Franklin's record of 16 for ...

Twins are closing in on a postseason clinch

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins could only watch and wince when their All-Star closer and newly acquired veteran starting pitcher were both traded in the last two days before the non-waiver deadline. Three weeks later, their best player was ...

Reeve blasts her Lynx after Game 1 loss to Sparks

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last thing Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve wanted to talk about was a moral victory. She had no time for pats on the back after her team came back from 26 points down in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. In the end, the Lynx are ...