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MINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler homered, and Joe Mauer moved into a tie for second place with Rod Carew on Minnesota's all-time hits list with an RBI single to help lead the Twins to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics on Thursday night at Target Field. Mitch Garver added a two-run double, and Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco also had RBI singles for Minnesota. Alan Busenitz (4-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Kohl Stewart, who was yanked after 98 pitches with two outs in the fifth.
CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Wearing a traditional Native American shirt, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving was welcomed into the Standing Rock Sioux tribe on Thursday and given the Lakota name Little Mountain. Joined by his sister, Asia, Irving stood on a buffalo skin as a tribe elder, Vernon Iron Horse, prayed. He followed a variety of traditions before a beaded medallion was placed over his head as he learned his Lakota name. His sister was given the name Buffalo Woman. "We're welcoming home two of our own," Standing Rock chairman Mike Faith said. "This definitely is history."
Ohio State University suspended head football coach Urban Meyer without pay through Sept. 2, and he will be forced to miss the Buckeyes' first three games of the season, school president Michael V. Drake announced Wednesday night. The decision came after an 11-hour meeting by the university's board of trustees to discuss the fate of Meyer after an investigation into the head coach's actions in the wake of the Zach Smith scandal.
The NCAA is doing away with the rating percentage index (RPI) as a tool to rank basketball teams and seed the NCAA Tournament bracket, replacing it with the NCAA Evaluation Tool. The change, announce on Wednesday, goes into effect for the upcoming season. The new system was developed with help from the Division I Men's Basketball Committee and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, along with analytics experts and Google Cloud Professional Services.
As Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers work toward an extension, the quarterback insists he's "not trying to screw" the team when it comes to staying competitive. In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN Radio's "Wilde and Tausch" airing in multiple segments this week, Rodgers termed his situation with the Packers as a "partnership."
LOS ANGELES—Chelsea Gray recorded 26 points and six assists to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 75-68 victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx in the first round of the WNBA playoffs on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and Riquna Williams scored 17 points for sixth-seeded Los Angeles, which lost four of its final five regular-season contests before notching the playoff victory. The Sparks face the third-seeded Washington Mystics in Thursday's second round. The next round also is a one-and-done scenario.
CHICAGO—Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead single with two outs in top of the ninth inning, and the visiting Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, Aug. 21, at Guaranteed Rate Field. Jorge Polanco drove in two runs after Rosario's decisive hit as part of the Twins' late charge. Robbie Grossman notched a fourth-inning RBI for Minnesota, which has won six of its past eight games. Nicky Delmonico and Yoan Moncada hit solo home runs for the White Sox.
MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Davidson homered and drove in three runs, and Jose Abreu had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White to an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis. Lucas Giolito (9-9) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings for Chicago, which won for the fifth time in six games. Giolito struck out six. Max Kepler homered and tripled, and Jake Cave hit a two-run homer and scored three times for Minnesota, which lost for just the sixth time in its past 25 games at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria was taken to a local hospital before Monday night's road game against the Minnesota Twins after complaining of lightheadedness. Renteria, in his second season as White Sox manager, was at Target Field when he told team trainer Herm Schneiderbegan that he was nfeeling lightheaded. Soon after, he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
After losing one of the youngest running backs in the NFL for the season, the Washington Redskins are turning to one of the oldest ones. Washington has signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson, the team announced Monday. The team hosted Peterson for a workout earlier in the day. Financial terms were not disclosed, but multiple outlets reported it is a one-year contract.