The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS — Eddie Rosario's grand slam capped a nine-run first inning for Minnesota and Chris Gimenez was a triple away from the cycle in the Twins' 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, Aug. 20. Brian Dozier hit his 25th homer and walked three times to help support Bartolo Colon as the 44-year-old right-hander became the 18th player in major league history to earn a victory against every team in the league.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Team USA tossed aside any chance of a European comeback with two early singles-match victories and a half in the first three pairings on the way to a 16 1/2-11 1/2 victory in the 15th Solheim Cup on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. After building a 10 1/2-5 1/2 lead in the first two days of competition, the Americans needed just 3 1/2 points in the singles matches on Sunday to retain the cup and post back-to-back victories in this event for the first time since 2007 and 2009.
NEW YORK—Defense was the name of the game on Sunday at Madison Square Garden and the New York defense was just a little better than Minnesota's. Tina Charles scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and Epiphanny Prince added 15 points as the New York Liberty won its fifth straight game 70-61 over the Minnesota Lynx. Minnesota, at 22-6, still has the best record in the league, but has now lost three of four games. All that feel-good emotion after beating Indiana by a league-record 59 points on Friday was gone.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jose Berrios posted seven scoreless innings, and the Minnesota Twins exploded for five runs in the fourth inning against Zack Greinke to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Saturday. Joe Mauer had three hits, a walk and an RBI for Minnesota, and Brian Dozier added a pair of hits as the Twins (62-59) maintained a spot as one of the American League wild card teams with their third straight victory.
BRISTOL, Tenn.—No one else had a chance. Other NASCAR Xfinity Series competitors in Saturday night's 36th annual Food City 300 might have brought fast race cars - -runner-up Daniel Suarez certainly did. But polesitter Kyle Busch had a checkered flag-seeking missile, and after a restart with eight of 300 laps left, he crossed the finish line 1.181 seconds ahead of Suarez. Busch notched his record 91st victory in the series, his fifth in nine starts this season and his ninth in 25 events at Bristol.
MINNEAPOLIS — Byron Buxton hit an inside-the-park home run and was a single away from the cycle. Miguel Sano went deep twice and the Minnesota Twins tied a season high with six home runs in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Sano and Eduardo Escobar each hit two-run shots in the seventh inning. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier added solo homers while Ervin Santana recovered from a tough start to pitch six steady innings.
ST. PAUL — The sleepwalking giant has risen. And how. Early in their Friday evening, Aug. 18, game with the Indiana Fever, the Minnesota Lynx, losers of three of four, fell behind 5-2. They then reeled off 13 straight points. About two minutes later — with 4:54 to go in the first quarter — the Lynx led the Indiana Fever 22-9. Then things got crazy. Over the next 10 minutes, Minnesota outscored Indiana, 37-0. Yes, 37-0. It was part of a 57-4 run that spanned more than 15 minutes.
The Minnesota Twins activated left-hander Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list prior to the opener of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. Perkins has yet to pitch this season as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 34-year-old has posted an 0-1 mark with a 6.14 ERA in eight rehab appearances in Minnesota's minor league system. A three-time All-Star, Perkins has notched a 35-25 record with 120 saves and a 3.83 ERA in 401 career appearances with the Twins.
Pro wrestling legend Ric Flair was in a medically induced coma prior to undergoing surgery Monday, according to news reports. TMZ, citing World Wrestling Entertainment, was first to report on Flair's condition and said the WWE Hall of Famer was out of surgery just before 4 p.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 14. Flair, 68, reportedly was dealing with a heart-related issue, but no update was provided on how the surgery went. Flair grew up in Edina, Minn., and attended a boarding school in eastern Wisconsin.
BROOKLYN, Mich.—Kyle Larson claimed his third consecutive win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday when he took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. on an overtime restart in the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. It was his third win of 2017. Furniture Row Racing teammates Truex and Erik Jones finished second and third, respectively. For Jones, it is the top-three tied his career-best finish. Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.