Minnesota Sports

Cruz hit 2 of Twins’ 5 homers in 6-1 win over Orioles

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit two of the Minnesota Twins' five home runs off Baltimore in a 6-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night. Cruz, Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron hit consecutive home runs in the first inning off Alex Cobb (0-2), with Cruz and ...

Vikings take Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in 2nd round

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. with the 50th overall pick in the second round on Friday night, adding another potential field-stretching pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Smith became the fourth Alabama tight end drafted in the ...

Twins hold off Houston

HOUSTON –– The Minnesota Twins held off the Houston Astros 9-5 on Monday night, being led by Jorge Polanco’s four hits and four RBIs. Polanco went 4 for 5 with a home run and a double, while Nelson Cruz had two infield singles and an RBI. Jason Castro also homered for the Twins, while ...

Sparks acquire G Alexis Jones from Lynx for Odyssey Sims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired guard Alexis Jones from the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for guard Odyssey Sims. Jones shot 38% from 3-point range and 86% from the free-throw line in a limited role during her rookie season last year. She was drafted 12th overall by the ...

Solid start by Gibson helps Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep

BALTIMORE (AP) — There will be plenty of games this season in which the Minnesota Twins use the long ball to win. When that doesn't happen, they're happy to go with Plan B. Such was the case Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, when Minnesota produced just enough runs without the benefit of ...

Thielen deal shows Vikings’ commitment to keep core together

By Brian Hall Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Two years away from free agency, Adam Thielen was among the best bargains in the NFL. Facing a tight salary cap situation, the Minnesota Vikings could have waited to reward Thielen, their two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who was tied for ...

Berrios sharp, Hildenberger clutch as Twins beat Tigers 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios calls himself "a normal guy," and his teammates describe him as "humble." "I'm feeling proud, but not like the way, 'Oh, I'm the guy,'" Berrios said. Two standing ovations in two home games suggest he very much is "the guy." Minnesota's ace pitched into the ...

NYCFC ties Minnesota 3-3 in stadium opener

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota United made the first game at Allianz Field a real show, with end-to-end action that entertained the raucous fans as much as the new stadium itself. Being swept up a bit too much by the energy of the moment might have kept the Loons from obtaining the ideal ...

Pineda goes 6 innings, Twins beat Tigers 4-3

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins’ offense managed just enough to back Michael Pineda through his tough outing. Pineda labored through six innings and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs as Minnesota had just five singles in 4-3 win over the Detroit ...

Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension valued at $64 million. The Vikings announced the deal on Friday. Thielen's agency, The Institute for Athletes, posted ...

Confidence overrides nerves for Virginia’s Guy in big moment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia's Kyle Guy felt the nerves tingling in his stomach as he stepped to the foul line for three of the most pressure-charged free throws in recent Final Four history. He felt "terrified" with more than 70,000 people staring at his every movement — understandable for ...

Punchless Wild ponder end of playoff streak at 6 years

As the Minnesota Wild crawled to the end of this fruitless season, there was no more fitting way to finish. Back-to-back blanks. The consecutive shutouts by Boston and Dallas gave the Wild a total of 11 games without a goal in 2018-19, pushing them to 27th in the NHL in scoring out of 31 ...

Westbrook’s triple-double lifts Thunder past Wolves 132-126

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Thunder are tough enough to beat when Russell Westbrook and Paul George are rolling. But when their bench players are locked in, too, Oklahoma City can be impossible to stop. Westbrook and George each scored 27 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 of his 21 in the fourth ...

Stars beat Wild for top wild-card spot in Western Conference

DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin broke open a scoreless game with two third-period goals, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take the Western Conference's top wild-card spot Saturday night. Ben Bishop made 22 saves for his career-high seventh shutout of the season, and Tyler ...

Minnesota United beat Red Bulls 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Abu Danladi and Romario Ibarra scored goals on Saturday night and Minnesota United beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1. Danladi opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a low finish set up by Angelo Rodriguez’s cross. Rodriguez’s hold-up play led to a deflection that ...

Kepler, Astudillo, Rosario go deep; Twins beat Phillies

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Pineda has plenty to celebrate after a long road back to the majors. Max Kepler and Willians Astudillo hit consecutive homers, Eddie Rosario hit a three-run shot and Pineda’s Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 ...

Hoskins drives in 4, Phillies beat Twins

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins had three hits and drove in four runs, including Bryce Harper from first base on a single, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Friday night despite Jorge Polanco hitting for the cycle. Nick Pivetta ...

Vikings sign ex-Jets guard Dakota Dozier

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed guard Dakota Dozier, adding more depth at a position in flux. The deal was done Thursday with Dozier, who played the past five seasons with the New York Jets after being drafted in the fourth round out of Furman. He was a first team ...

Turner has triple-double as Blazers top Wolves

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Turner had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with a 132-122 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Rodney ...

Cruz hits first homer, Pineda strong as Twins beat Indians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two years since his last time on a big league mound, Michael Pineda looked better than ever in his Minnesota Twins debut. Pineda was stellar in his first appearance since 2017, Nelson Cruz hit his first homer with the club and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians ...