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Rodgers at ease as Packers roll past Vikings 43-34

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Green Bay won last season at Minnesota to clinch the division, Aaron Rodgers paused to take a video of some jubilant Packers fans still lingering in the stadium as he walked to the bus. This victory over the Vikings was just as memorable, albeit barely ...

QB Bridgewater ‘thankful’ for injury, eager for 2nd chance

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For some players, a devastating knee injury can be crushing. For Teddy Bridgewater, it was an awakening. On the four-year anniversary of suffering a torn ACL and shattered kneecap which essentially left his left leg dangling by one ...

Vikings to honor family of George Floyd at season opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of George Floyd will attend the Minnesota Vikings' season opener against Green Bay. The stadium is about 3 miles from where the 46-year-old handcuffed Black man died in police custody as a white officer pressed his knee against his neck for nearly eight ...

Thielen older: Vet WR guides young Vikes group without Diggs

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For most of Adam Thielen's career, he was widely viewed as the overachieving small-school wide receiver who needed a rookie tryout camp just to get an offseason roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings and worked his way up from the ...

Center-seeking Wild acquire Nick Bjugstad from Penguins

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild acquired center Nick Bjugstad on Friday from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional selection in the 2021 draft, a swap that includes the Penguins covering an unspecified portion of Bjugstad's $5.25 million salary next season. The 28-year-old ...

Pineda stays sharp with 7 innings as Twins beat Tigers 6-2

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Jeffers hit his first major league homer to spark Minnesota's four-run third inning, and Michael Pineda stayed sharp in his return from suspension by finishing seven innings for the Twins in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on ...

Vikings choose rookie Chisena for speed on special teams

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dan Chisena was the only undrafted rookie the Minnesota Vikings kept on their initial active roster for the regular season. The former Penn State track star was simply too fast to let slip away. The Vikings have six other wide ...

Greiner, Tigers pounce on Twins bullpen for 10-8 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Grayson Greiner hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning off left fielder Eddie Rosario's glove and the Detroit Tigers rocked Minnesota's bullpen for eight runs to beat the Twins 10-8 Sunday. Detroit erased a four-run deficit by raking Minnesota's relievers in the late ...

Minnesota uses big 3rd quarter to top Dallas 88-75

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Damiris Dantas had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Napheesa Collier added 14 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Dallas Wings 88-75 on Friday night. Minnesota trailed 49-41 at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter by going on a 22-5 run - with ...

AP source: Jaguars trading Ngakoue to Vikings for 2 picks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue is headed north, far away from Jacksonville. A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in ...

Taurasi, Diggins-Smith help Mercury hold off Lynx, 83-79

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 13 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, Diana Taurasi had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Minnesota Lynx 83-79 win on Sunday night for their third victory in a row. Diggins-Smith made all of her 11 ...

Dangerfield scores 20-plus again, Lynx top Dream 88-79

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Crystal Dangerfield scored 23 points, Napheesa Collier had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 88-79 on Friday night. The game was the first of three in the WNBA bubble Friday after play was postponed the previous two days ...

Brown leads Lynx to 4th straight win beating Fever 87-80

BRADENTON, Fla, (AP) — Lexie Brown scored a career-high 26 points with nine assists and four steals and the Minnesota Lynx used a second quarter surge to beat the Indiana Fever 87-80 on Friday night. Down 23-18 after period one, the Lynx (5-1) — winners of four straight — went on a 17-3 ...

Ryan McBroom’s homer lifts Royals to 3-2 win over Twins

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ryan McBroom hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, the Kansas City pitching staff held the powerful Twins to just a pair of solo homers, and the Royals beat Minnesota 3-2 on Friday night. Nick Heath and Nicky Lopez also drove in ...

García homers twice as White Sox pound Twins 10-3

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Leury García crashed a successful pitch-and-catch college reunion for Dallas Keuchel and James McCann. No one on the Chicago White Sox seemed to mind. García homered from both sides of the plate, and Chicago pounded the Minnesota Twins 10-3 on ...

Zimmer says Cook told him he’d report to Vikes camp on time

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are expecting running back Dalvin Cook to report on time for training camp, coach Mike Zimmer said Saturday. Cook has begun the final year of his rookie contract. The 2019 Pro Bowl pick took a break from the virtual offseason program last month, ...

Fowles, Collier help Lynx rally, beat Sun 77-69

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Napheesa Collier scored nine of her 11 points in the final five minutes, and the Minnesota Lynx rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Connecticut Sun 77-69 on Sunday in the season opener for both ...

Cruz homers twice and Twins beat White Sox 14-2

By SARAH TROTTO Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Sunday. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the ...

Michael Thompson wins 3M Open by 2 strokes in Minnesota

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Without a gallery around him on the 18th green, Michael Thompson settled for a subdued victory celebration at the 3M Open with a FaceTime call home to his wife and children in Georgia. The tears came from him and his wife as soon as ...

WNBA set to tip off shortened season after delayed start

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer A WNBA season like no other will get underway on Saturday with all 12 teams at a single site. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, league staff and the player's union worked together on a plan to tip off the league's 24th season at a single site during the ...