MN State Sports

Winfield plays up to his name

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota had a 7-point lead with about 80 seconds left last week, when Fresno State called the running back pass play from first-and-goal at the 4-yard line and tight end Jared Rice burst open in the back of the end zone. Antoine ...

Hughes stands out in Vikings debut: ‘Why we drafted him’

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For all the heads Mike Hughes has turned in practice with Minnesota since the Vikings picked him in the first round of the draft , they certainly harbored no plan to play him on 79 percent of the snaps on defense in his first ...

Rosario, Adrianza lead Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered, Ehire Adrianza had three hits and three RBIs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-6 on Friday night to snap a five-game skid. Trevor May (4-1), one of six Minnesota relievers, picked up the win with two shutout innings. Salvador ...

Ex-QB Green gives Minnesota options for attacking Fresno State

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck prepared himself for a difficult conversation when he sat down during the offseason with Seth Green about switching positions. Green was going to be the third-string quarterback, behind Zack Annexstad and ...

Bregman, Astros fly past Twins 9-1

By Jordan Godwin Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman homered and had five RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Evan Gattis also hit his 25th home run of the year in the win. The defending champs have won five straight, ...

Rangers pound 6 homers, 12 extra-base hits, rout Twins 18-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yohander Mendez and Nomar Mazara have gone through down periods this season. Everything came together for them on Sunday. Mendez earned his first major league win and Mazara hit two of the Texas Rangers' six homers in an 18-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins. Mendez (1-1) ...

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 ...