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Minnesota Sports

St. Thomas fends off Valparaiso for homecoming victory

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Thomas built an early lead and held on to defeat Valparaiso 20-13 in the Tommies' homecoming game on Saturday. St. Thomas, in its first season at Division I, extended its on-campus regular-season winning streak to 29 games. Cade Sexauer completed 11 of 21 passes ...

10-man Colorado scores 3 late goals to beat Minnesota 3-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cole Bassett, Michael Barrios and Lucas Esteves scored late goals to give the 10-man Colorado Rapids a 3-1 comeback victory over Minnesota United on Sunday. After falling behind on Adrien Hunou's first-half and losing Danny Wilson to a red card in the 57th minute, ...

Vikings survive Lions rally 19-17 on Joseph FG at final gun

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Zimmer has seen enough game-deciding kicks in eight years as coach of the Minnesota Vikings, with outcomes more often than not favoring the other team, that he usually turns away. "I'm usually saying, if they're kicking, 'Miss this, ...

Jansen, Springer homer, Blue Jays beat Twins, keep pressure

By TYLER MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Jansen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, George Springer also went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Sunday to maintain pressure in the AL wild-card race before heading to Toronto for their final homestand. Toronto ...

Vandersloot leads balanced Sky past Lynx 89-76

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot led a balanced offense with 19 points and the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky raced past the third-seeded Minnesota Lynx 89-76 in the second-round, single elimination WNBA playoff game on Sunday night. Chicago opens the best-of-five semifinals series at ...

Cousins, Vikings cruise 30-17, end skid vs. Seahawks

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After two narrow losses to start the season, Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings found a foolproof way to avoid the type of harrowing finish that has haunted them more often than not. They put this game away ahead of time — ...

Ailing defense puts Seahawks in unfamiliar ‘race’ to keep up

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As more and more time passes from those back-to-back Super Bowls the Seattle Seahawks reached, their defense less and less resembles those dominant groups. They let another game slip away on Sunday — and this time, a long winning ...

Buxton’s homer spoils Berríos’ return; Twins beat Jays 3-1

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton's two-run homer spoiled José Berríos' return to Minnesota and dealt a blow to Toronto's postseason hopes as the Twins beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Friday night. Buxton hit his 15th home run of the season in a three-run third ...

Fowles leads Lynx past Fever, secure playoff bye

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half for a 92-73 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday night, clinching a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs. Minnesota (21-10) has won 16 of 19 games en route to ...

Vikes rule LB Barr out vs. Bengals with nagging knee trouble

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been ruled out for the season opener at Cincinnati because of a nagging knee injury that kept him on the sideline for much of the preseason. The Vikings also listed rookie left tackle Christian Darrisaw as out for the game on ...

Lynx beat Fever 89-72 in first of 3 straight meetings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aerial Powers scored 20 points and Kayla McBride added 15 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 89-72 on Friday night. Minnesota (19-10) moved into a tie with Phoenix for fourth in the WNBA standings. The Lynx face Indiana the next two games, and play ...

Steveson signs NIL deal with WWE, will wrestle for Minnesota

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson has achieved his childhood dream of signing with World Wrestling Entertainment — with a twist. The WWE announced Thursday that it has signed Steveson to a deal that will allow him to join the WWE roster and return to the ...

Healthy again, Burrow leads Bengals against Vikings

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — One of Joe Burrow's special skills is extending plays, scrambling to make something out of nothing after the blocking breaks down. He took a beating through 11 games last season, but it made the rookie one of the NFL's most intriguing ...

Diggs finds validation in being selected a Bills captain

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Stefon Diggs no longer needs to worry about whether he'll be accepted in Buffalo. If the record-setting production the receiver put up last year in his first season with the Bills wasn't enough, whatever lingering apprehensions Diggs ...

Vikings sign RT Brian O’Neill to contract extension

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have taken many measures toward improving their lagging offensive line in recent years. The biggest investment yet came Wednesday, with right tackle Brian O'Neill. O'Neill signed a five-year contract ...

Indians’ Rosario breaks up Twins rookie Ryan’s no-hit bid

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians shortstop Amed Rosario singled with one out in the seventh inning Wednesday night to break up a no-hit bid by Twins rookie Joe Ryan, who is making just his second major league start. The 25-year-old Ryan retired the first 19 hitters in order and was flirting with a ...

Rookie Ryan shines as Twins hold Indians to 1 hit in 3-0 win

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Ryan carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his second big league appearance, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Wednesday night. Ryan, who was acquired in a July trade with Tampa Bay for slugger ...

Gant wins, Rooker homers as Twins blank Indians 3-0

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the Twins' expectant fathers delivered. Hours after manager Rocco Baldelli's wife gave birth, Brent Rooker homered as he awaits a call from home for an arriving baby and Minnesota beat Cleveland 3-0 on Tuesday night, spoiling Indians ...

No. 4 Ohio State outlasts Minnesota 45-31 in Stroud’s debut

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Stroud's mind was not right as he sparred with first-game jitters, feeling "kind of all over the place" in his debut as Ohio State's starting quarterback. Playing for the Buckeyes comes with plenty of pressure. It also brings plenty ...

Wacha goes 6 effective innings, Rays beat Twins 5-3

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Michael Wacha struck out seven over six innings, Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI triple during a three-run second and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Friday night. The AL East-leading Rays had lost two straight ...