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Minnesota Sports

Giants go for 3 in row as Jones face Vikings’ tough defense

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — On the surface, the Minnesota Vikings’ game against the New York Giants is a meeting of old friends. It’s the first time Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is going to face his former offensive coordinator since Pat Shurmur left to ...

Bears lose Trubisky, shut down Cook in 16-6 win over Vikings

CHICAGO (AP) — Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for the Chicago Bears. It all added up to a victory that ranked among coach Matt Nagy's favorites, even if it came with a ...

Boxall’s header gives Minnesota United 1-1 draw with LAFC

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Michael Boxall scored the tying goal with a no-look header in the 75th minute for Minnesota United, which took a 1-1 draw with MLS-leading Los Angeles FC on Sunday night but fell short of securing a home game for the first round of the playoffs. Jan Gregus sent a free ...

Arraez gets hurt in Twins’ 4-3 victory over Royals on Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was a tough moment for rookie third baseman Luis Arraez. It could have been a lot worse. Arraez sprained his right ankle during the seventh inning of Minnesota’s 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, leaving his status for the Twins’ AL Division ...

Gophers follow near-perfect script in 38-31 win at Purdue on Saturday

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan played as close to perfect as he could Saturday. His receivers were spot on, too. Morgan completed his first 14 throws, finished with 396 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, and ...

Twins make history as 4th 100-win team, beat Royals 6-2

By Dick Kaegel Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins became the record fourth team in the major leagues to win 100 games this season, beating the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Friday night behind two-run homers from Miguel Sanó and Ryan LaMarre in a game shortened to 6½ ...

Bears host Vikings, look to avoid 0-2 start at Soldier Field

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears took a big step toward the NFC North championship when they beat Minnesota at Soldier Field last season. If the Vikings return the favor on Sunday, the climb toward a second straight division title would be a ...

Boilers hope bye week fixes lead to rebound against Gophers

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer Purdue coach Jeff Brohm got back to basics during last week's bye. He worked on technique. He rested players who needed to get healthy, and he reiterated the need to play more physical. The messages were short, sweet and simple, and on Saturday Brohm will ...

Cook, Vikings thriving with throwback running game

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As the Minnesota Vikings marked the 50th anniversary of their first team to reach the Super Bowl, even their game plan was a tribute to time gone by. The Vikings have built a sound defense over six years under head coach Mike ...

Boudreau, Wild aim to disprove belief they are on decline

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After their six-year streak of making the playoffs came to an end, the Minnesota Wild went through an eventful summer in which the major change was made in the front office, not to the roster. The Wild were the fifth-lowest scoring ...

Cruz hits 400th HR, Sanó homers twice; Twins top Royals 12-8

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Nelson Cruz signed with the Minnesota Twins this past offseason, he made a few predictions. He was confident he would get to 400 career home runs this year, and he also believed the Twins would make the playoffs. One down, one to go. Cruz hit his 400th career home ...

White Sox, 8 pitchers hold off Twins 3-1

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Held without a hit until the sixth inning, the Minnesota Twins managed only three in 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox that shrunk their AL Central lead Wednesday night. Minnesota is four games ahead of Cleveland after the Indians beat ...

Lynx boss Cheryl Reeve chosen WNBA Executive of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by ...

Indians trim Twins 7-5 to salvage AL Central series finale

CLEVELAND (AP) — After getting rained out, beaten twice and nearly counted out, the Indians saved something from their biggest weekend this season. They're not finished yet. "We're going to keep fighting," said starter Shane Bieber. The Indians kept their faint hopes of winning the AL ...

Packers ride Rodgers’ hot start to 21-16 win over Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All that mattered to Aaron Rodgers on Sunday was that the Packers won. That's it. Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and Green Bay held on for a 21-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. "The biggest thing is that we're 2-0," he said. "I know we owe a lot of that to ...

Johnson lifts Minnesota late to beat Georgia Southern 35-32

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This Minnesota team has made falling behind in the fourth quarter a troubling habit. The Gophers have also managed to turn those deficits into quite the stockpile of resiliency. Tyler Johnson caught three touchdown passes from Tanner Morgan, including the go-ahead score ...

Sanó’s grand slam leads Twins to sweep of Indians

By Steve Herrick Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Sanó’s grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins grabbed firm control of the AL Central by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5, completing a sweep of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. The sweep pushed ...

Vikings trample Falcons 28-12 behind fierce defense, Cook

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After dropping back to pass a mere 11 times for Minnesota, Kirk Cousins joked that this defense-and-running-dominated performance felt like youth football. He was more than happy to hand the ball off and get out of the way. Anthony Harris had two interceptions and a ...

Clevinger gets 10th straight win, Indians beat Twins 5-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Clevinger and the Cleveland Indians gave the Minnesota Twins another reminder that winning their first division title in nine years won't be easy. Clevinger won his 10th straight decision, and Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor homered as the Indians beat the Twins ...

Sims scores 22 points, Lynx beat Mercury 83-69

PHOENIX (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 11 of her 22 points in a game-changing and contentious third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx rolled to an 83-69 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night. The Mercury led 44-40 at the half but were outscored 9-0 to start the third quarter. DeWanna ...