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Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped their last game to finish with a losing record. Guess what? They're going to the playoffs. "Weird. I guess that's the only way to ...

Reds beat Twins 5-3 in 10; Minnesota wins AL Central

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles during a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday in a regular-season finale that determined postseason matchups. Cincinnati (31-29) became the ...

Vic Beasley Jr. healthy, set for Titans debut vs. Vikings

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. appears ready for his long-awaited debut with the Tennessee Titans. The man who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 spent all of this year's preseason on the non-football injury list with ...

Vikings rule starting CBs Hughes, Dantzler out vs. Titans

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The struggling Minnesota Vikings defense will be further depleted this weekend, with two more starters sidelined by injuries. Cornerbacks Mike Hughes (neck) and Cameron Dantzler (rib) were declared out on Friday for the winless Vikings when they host Tennessee on Sunday. ...

Taylor makes hefty workload pay off as Colts beat Vikings

INDIANANPOLIS (AP) — Jonathan Taylor looked right at home in his first NFL start. He made Sunday's hefty workload look pretty easy, too. The 21-year-old running back rushed 26 times for 101 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown, leading the Indianapolis Colts past Minnesota ...

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota's Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run. Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL ...

Wild captain Koivu’s long run comes to an end in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu's extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring. Koivu is the only full-time captain the club has had — he was appointed in 2009 ...

Hendricks sparkles, Cubs edge Twins 1-0 for 5th straight win

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks tossed eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to outduel Rich Hill, and the Chicago Cubs edged the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Hendricks stuck out 10 and walked one before Jeremy Jeffress ...

Loons coach Adrian Heath confronting challenging season

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Adrian Heath says this is easily the most challenging season of his career. The coronavirus shutdown, the MLS is Back tournament in a bubble, and now a spate of injuries are testing Minnesota's coach like never before. "I think it's the most difficult ...

Vikings put RG Pat Elflein on injured reserve

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings placed starting right guard Pat Elflein on injured reserve on Thursday, meaning the fourth-year player will miss at least three games. The Vikings did not disclose the injury for Elflein, who has not appeared on the injury report this season. NFL ...

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota's Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run. Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. With Minnesota trailing 3-2, Bellino called a strike when the ...

Lynx edge Mercury 80-79 to advance to WNBA semifinals

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Rookie of the year Crystal Dangerfield scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and Minnesota beat Phoenix 80-79 on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs. Damiris Dantas led Minnesota with 22 points although she missed a pair of free ...

Twins hit 3 homers and slow down White Sox with 5-1 win

By PATRICK ROSE Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota ...

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 ...