MN State Sports

Shakopee teacher named Minnesota Teacher of Year

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An English teacher at a Shakopee alternative high school is Minnesota's Teacher of the Year. Kelly Holstine was chosen Sunday from among 12 finalists. Holstine is the 54th recipient of the award and the first from the Shakopee district. Holstine teaches at the ...

Twins rally late for a 5-3 victory over Shields, White Sox

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — With the White Sox struggling, James Shields doesn't want to hear about moral victories or solid efforts. His goal is to help his team win, so anything short of that can't be considered a success. Shields pitched a no-hitter into the seventh ...

Rosario homer lifts Twins past White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered and drove five runs, Lance Lynn earned his first AL win and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 on Saturday. The Twins posted back-to-back victory from the first time since April 12. Chicago has lost six of seven. Rosario had four hits, ...

Twins mash 4 homers in 6-4 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs, Brian Dozier broke out of a slump and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Friday night. Logan Morrison homered in his second straight game, and the Twins picked up the win after dropping four of five. Escobar connected ...

Vikings sign 2nd-round draft pick OT O’Neill

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed offensive tackle Brian O’Neill, their second-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh. The four-year deal was done Friday, before Vikings rookie minicamp began. They have three of their eight draft picks left unsigned: first-round cornerback ...

Romero gets win in MLB debut, Twins top Blue Jays 4-0

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Romero's major league debut for Minnesota carried the extra weight of a Twins team that won only once in its previous 12 games. No pressure, kid. Well, he sure didn't appear to feel any. Romero kept Toronto scoreless while ...

Minnesota United beat Dynamo to end 4-game skid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ibson Barreto da Silva and Darwin Quintero each scored to help Minnesota United beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday night and end a four-game skid. Ibson redirected a cross by Miguel Ibarra to give Minnesota (3-5-0) a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute. Ibarra tapped it to ...

Vikings fill needs, focus on athletes on draft’s third day

By Brian Hall Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As he maneuvered through the NFL draft on Saturday, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman certainly had his eye on filling team needs. Trusting his coaches to develop players, Spielman also had a specific focus on ...

Twins snap 8-game skid with 3-1 win over Reds

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched into the seventh inning, Mitch Garver homered and the Minnesota Twins snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Odorizzi (2-2) gave up one run and five hits. ...

Twins’ Buxton out indefinitely with hairline fracture in toe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins say outfielder Byron Buxton is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture of his left big toe. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday that an MRI confirmed the injury, which occurred when Buxton fouled a ball off his toe in a rehab game in Florida last ...

Sanchez, Gregorius lead Yankees past Twins

NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius had another big game at Yankee Stadium with a two-run homer and three RBIs, and Gary Sanchez homered twice to help CC Sabathia and New York romp past the Minnesota Twins yet again, 8-3 on Tuesday night. Aaron Judge hit his seventh home run as the Yankees went ...

Vikings’ Cook making strong offseason comeback

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the ...

Slumping Gomez homers in 9th, Rays beat Twins 8-6 for sweep

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It seemed unlikely that slumping Carlos Gomez would follow through on hitting a home run for his son. He had struck out three times in his first four hitless at-bats. His last trip to the plate, however, produced something ...

Rays beat Twins 8-7 on Duke’s error in 10th inning

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the game-winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from first baseman Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, lead the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-7 victory over ...

Jets torch Wild 5-0, advance to second round

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 on Friday night to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Connor Hellebuyck made ...

Towns, T-wolves return home in big hole against Rockets

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets. The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5 ...

Vikings LB Brothers gets 4-game suspension for PED violation

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. The league announced the punishment Friday for Brothers, who will remain eligible for ...

Rockets blister Wolves 102-82 in Game 2, lead series 2-0

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 21 as the Houston Rockets used a huge second quarter to cruise to a 102-82 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that gave them a 2-0 lead in the ...

Foligno brothers savoring first simultaneous NHL postseason

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members, promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs. “This is going to be a big night for the Folignos,” he tapped out on his ...

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