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Cousins, Diggs fly past Eagles in Vikings’ 38-20 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, Stefon Diggs was a dissatisfied star with a decreasing role for a Minnesota team in a mini-crisis on the passing attack. Patience was all Diggs needed, as it turned out, to re-establish himself as a prominent receiver for Kirk Cousins and the ...

Rodney Smith, unbeaten Gophers run over Huskers 34-7

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Smith ran for 139 yards and a touchdown, helping Minnesota overpower Nebraska on a wintry Saturday night and stay undefeated with a 34-7 victory on the strength of 322 yards rushing. Shannon Brooks ran for 99 yards, Mo Ibrahim ...

As Eagles return to Super Bowl site, Vikes await in key game

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Philadelphia Eagles arrive in Minnesota, their first visit since winning Super Bowl 52, there might be some subtle reminders at U.S. Bank Stadium of the scene that night when the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy was ...

Brrrr: Unbeaten Gophers embrace cold night game vs. Huskers

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The weather in Minnesota this weekend is forecast to turn wintry. These Gophers are more than ready for that. With the game on Saturday against Nebraska on track for the coldest night-time kickoff temperature since TCF Bank Stadium ...

Laine’s 2 goals, 2 assists help Jets beat Wild

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrik Laine scored twice and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday night. Laine set up Kyle Connor’s third-period goal that broke a 2-2 tie, giving the Finnish shooter the lead in team points with 10 (three goals and ...

Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant win over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So much for the Minnesota Vikings being one dimensional. The passing game is back in synch with the run. Add in the defense, and the reality is the Vikings have it all. Kirk Cousins threw two touchdowns to Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and the ...

Yankees blast past Twins

By Mike Fitzpatrick AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the New York Yankees extended their October mastery of the Minnesota Twins with a 10-4 victory Friday night in the AL Division Series ...

After career game, Minnesota QB Morgan turns toward Illinois

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pressure came quickly at Tanner Morgan from two Purdue rushers, with time in the second quarter ticking down toward a minute remaining and Minnesota moving into scoring range. The sophomore quarterback, realizing the significant ...

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 ...