MN State Sports

Beltre, young sluggers homer as Rangers beat Twins 7-4

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit his 470th career homer after 23-year-old sluggers Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman went deep, helping the Texas Rangers stop a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday ...

Vikings release DE Robison, add retiring CB Newman as coach

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The competiveness of the NFL leaves little room for sentiment, not even for the most accomplished, respected or trusted players. Brian Robison and Terence Newman were the latest reminders of that, left off the regular-season ...

Minnesota beats New Mexico St. 48-10 in QB Annexstad’s debut

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — True freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Johnson in his debut, and Minnesota opened the season by overwhelming New Mexico State in a 48-10 victory on Thursday night. Antoine Winfield Jr. pitched in the ...

Daniel Carlson kicks 2 field goals, Vikings beat Titans 13-3

By Teresa M. Walker AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans did their best to protect their starters for the regular season, letting Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota lead the cheers from the sidelines. Rookie Daniel Carlson kicked field ...

Kipnis hits 3-run homer, sends Indians past Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Thursday. The AL Central-leading Indians opened a 14-game lead over second-place Minnesota. Cleveland is 31-11 against division opponents, and ...

Chapman, Lowrie power A’s past Twins, 6-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Chapman continued his torrid second-half hitting with a pair of solo homers to help Oakland to another series victory, sending the Athletics to Houston for three crucial games with the first-place Astros. Jed Lowrie drove in three runs with a homer and double, and the ...

Vikings acquire center Brett Jones in trade with Giants

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, who are running out of time before the regular season begins for rehabilitating center Pat Elflein to return, took a step toward protecting themselves by acquiring center Brett Jones in a trade with the New York Giants for a draft pick. The deal, ...

Vikings sign ex-Bengals safety Iloka

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — George Iloka had just sat down to eat with his wife when the call came from his agent. The Cincinnati Bengals were letting him go. So much for that quiet day off. So much for all that time in training camp perfecting the scheme. ...

Rodon, White Sox stay hot, roll past Twins 7-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Engel broke a tie with a two-run homer in a five-run fifth, Carlos Rodon continued his torrid stretch with six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Wednesday. Nicky Delmonico and Tim Anderson also homered off Twins starter Kyle Gibson ...

Rosario’s HR in 8th leads Twins past Tigers 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While Minnesota's pitchers were struggling with the strike zone, the Twins' hitters were teeing off. Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning for Minnesota's third homer of the day, helping the Twins top the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Sunday. Max Kepler and ...

Lynx beat Mystics 88-83 on “Lindsay Whalen Day”

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen scored 10 points in the final regular-season home game of her career, Sylvia Fowles set the WNBA season record for rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx closed the season with a 88-83 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday night. The Target Center had ...

Carpenter earns first MLB win, Tigers top Twins 7-5

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mikie Mahtook hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, rookie Ryan Carpenter earned his first big league win and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 on Saturday night. Joe Mauer, Tyler Austin, Miguel Sano ...

Jaguars sack Vikings, win 14-10

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yannick Ngakoue had an 11-yard sack that helped Jacksonville’s defense hold Kirk Cousins and Minnesota’s starting offense to three completions and three points, and the Jaguars reserves rallied for a 14-10 victory over the ...

Mauer helps Twins power past Tigers

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Friday night. Eddie Rosario and Tyler Austin added solo home runs for Minnesota, which finally broke ...

Sun too hot for Lynx, Connecticut coasts to 96-79 win

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones made five 3-pointers and scored 26 points, Alyssa Thomas had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and the Connecticut Sun beat the Minnesota Lynx 96-79 on Friday night. Connecticut (20-13), winners of eight of nine, secured a first-round bye with ...

Polanco, Sano fuel Twins in 5-2 win over Pirates

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco got two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Jake Odorizzi (5-7) won for the first time ...

Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record, Sky beat Lynx 91-88

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA's single-season assists record, helping the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 91-88 on Tuesday night. Vandersloot set the record on a no-look, one-handed pass in the third quarter that gave ...

Jags-Vikes practices another mark of Rashod Hill’s progress

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Rashod Hill might not take part in the joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings this week because of a minor injury. Perhaps, then, he’ll have a brief moment to reflect on his progressing career, considering the presence on the same field ...

Boyd leads Tigers over Twins on Jack Morris Day

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd pitched well on Jack Morris Day, but he was still worried about disappointing one of his idols. "I think he might be mad at me for only pitching six innings," Boyd joked after the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday to win the weekend series. The ...

Storm’s magic number down to 1 with 81-72 win over Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 21 points, Breanna Stewart had 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-72 on Sunday night. Seattle maintained its two-game lead over second-place Atlanta and reduced its magic number for the top seed in ...