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Minnesota Sports

Vikes switch punters again, add QB Mannion to practice squad

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings switched specialists again right before the regular season, signing former Pittsburgh punter Jordan Berry and releasing Britton Colquitt on Thursday. The Vikings also signed quarterback Sean Mannion to the practice squad for another backup option to ...

Kayla McBride, Sylvia Fowles lead Lynx past Sparks, 66-57

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 17 points, Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 17 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 66-57 on Thursday night. Minnesota closed on a 17-4 run, highlighted by a long 3-poiner by Aerial Powers with 3:11 left for a five-point ...

Buxton back with Twins; Maeda bound for elbow surgery

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While they're buried in the standings, the Minnesota Twins have found a spark for the final month of the season with the return of center fielder Byron Buxton. The oft-sidelined star was reinstated Friday from the injured list after ...

Wild sign veteran defenseman Jordie Benn to 1-year deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a one-year, $900,000 contract on Friday, adding another veteran option after an offseason of change on the blue line. The 34-year-old Benn had one goal, nine assists and a plus-7 rating over 39 games with the ...

Bob Tasca III tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Bob Tasca III topped Funny Car qualifying Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Tasca had a 3.941-second run at 326.63 mph in a Ford Mustang. "We came in here trying to run low 3.90s and the speed is good, and we knew we had to ...

Voit’s 4 hits spark streaking Yanks to 10-2 rout of Twins

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit backed his recent demand for playing time with a homer, four hits and four RBIs, and the surging New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 10-2 Friday night for their season-high eighth straight win. Voit's burst came three days ...

Jets’ Cashman believes bad luck behind him, big plays ahead

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Blake Cashman's right forearm tells his story in black ink. Tattooed images and words are sources of inspiration, with the most recent addition providing a constant reminder: "Always Bet On Yourself." The New York Jets ...

Minnesota celebrates Olympic champion Sunisa Lee with parade

ST. PAUL,, Minn. (AP) — The city of St. Paul will host a parade to celebrate Olympic champion Sunisa Lee, who took home the gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around, as well as a silver in the team event and a bronze in the uneven bars. The parade will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on ...

Pick a number: NFL players relish new single-digit identity

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When Patrick Peterson found out about the NFL rule change expanding the ranges of jersey numbers that players are allowed to wear, he quickly contacted one of his new teammates on the Minnesota Vikings. The eight-time Pro Bowl ...

Big Ten embraces College Football Playoff expansion

Big Ten embraces College Football Playoff expansion By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Big Ten is mostly embracing the notion of College Football Playoff expansion. Commissioner Kevin Warren has not definitively backed the proposal to grow the CFP from four ...

Big Ten says schools will decide on COVID-19 protocols

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said the conference will take take a "decentralized" approach to COVID-19 protocols by allowing each school to put in place its own plan. "Our schools are finalizing their proposed policies and procedures for the ...

Adam Hadwin, Ryan Armour shoot 65s to share 3M Open lead

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Adam Hadwin missed the weekend cuts in his last three tournaments, continuing a disappointing stretch as he dropped to 120th in the FedEx Cup standings. The 33-year-old Canadian has put himself in position to get back in contention for the ...

Moore non-committal on WNBA return with documentary upcoming

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore's husband Jonathan Irons had a quick answer when asked if he wanted to see his wife play basketball again. "I see her all the time. we have a basketball hoop in the back of the house," he said laughing during an interview with ...

Condie overcomes back surgery to reach Olympic rings

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kyra Condie lay on the operating table as doctors broke her back and put it back together. They worked through an incision running from her neck nearly the length of her back, removing, rotating, realigning and resetting each of 10 ...

Spain’s Hernangómez injures shoulder, will miss Tokyo Games

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Spain power forward Juancho Hernangómez will miss the Tokyo Olympics after dislocating his left shoulder during an exhibition victory Thursday over France, a significant blow for the reigning World Cup champions. Hernangómez — who ...

All-Star Lynn wins 6-1 as White Sox improve to 10-2 vs Twins

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings in his first start since earning a spot on the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Wednesday after cutting outfielder Adam Eaton. Tim Anderson had four hits and ...

Galvan, Shinyashiki score, Rapids beat Minnesota United 2-0

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Braian Galvan and Andre Shinyashiki scored and the Colorada Rapids beat Minnesota United 2-0 on Wednesday night. Galvan, a 20-year-old in his second MLS season, blasted a left-footer off the far post to open the scoring in the just prior to halftime. It was his ...

Minnesota forward Eric Curry coming back for 6th season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota forward Eric Curry has decided to return for a sixth season in the program, the team announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-9 Curry was planning to serve as a graduate assistant under new coach Ben Johnson, but he changed his mind and exercised his option under the NCAA's ...

WNBA teams jockey for position before Olympic break

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With less than a week remaining before the WNBA begins its Olympic break, teams are jockeying for position in the standings knowing that it will be a sprint to the finish once play resumes in August following the Tokyo Games and a ...

Maeda, Polanco lead Twins past Royals 6-2 to stop skid

By AVERY OSEN Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kenta Maeda struck out a season-best 10 in six scoreless innings, Jorge Polanco homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Sunday to halt a five-game losing streak. "I think all my pitches were working today," ...