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Firmed-up defense leads Lynx to brink of WNBA finals

Minnesota Lynx guard Jia Perkins (7) and Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) rehashed the previous play in the first quarter. At left was Phoenix guard Marta Xargay (21). ] JEFF WHEELER ï jeff.wheeler@startribune.com The Minnesota Lynx met the Phoenix Mercury in Game 2 of their WNBA semi-final playoff series Friday night, September 30, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota defeated Phoenix 96-86 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center.

Worst Twins ever: Loss No. 103 sets team record

Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman tried, and failed, to catch a short fly ball off the bat of Melky Cabrera on Friday.

They broke their team record with their 103rd loss of the year.

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Mitch Leidner, Gophers hungry for big game

Interim Head Coach Tracy Claeys and Minnesota's quarterback Mitch Leidner walked off the field together after Michigan defeated Minnesota 29-26 at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, October 31, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Penn State offers a chance for the quarterback and his coach to make a much-needed splash as the Big Ten season gets underway.

Vikings defenders are learning from their mistakes

It's a sign of the discipline and accountability often preached by head coach Mike Zimmer.

Reed brings a Minnesota toughness to opening match

USA's Patrick Reed celebrates a match-winning birdie on the 16th hole during Friday morning's Ryder Cup foursomes competition at Hazeltine.

Reed has no connection to Minnesota, but he was the only player who started a morning match wearing short sleeves.

Top-ranked Totino-Grace hangs on to defeat upset-minded Blaine

The Eagles turned three turnovers into touchdowns and withstood a late Bengals charge to escape with a 21-14 victory.

Assistant coach Stevens drills Wild defensemen on positioning

The former New Jersey Devils captain played when players could typically get away with extending elbows and using lumber as a weapon.

Alex Boone returns to Vikings practice

Vikings guard Alex Boone

Boone was able to participate in some capacity, a good sign for his availability for Monday night’s game against the Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It's on! Complete Ryder Cup coverage

With four matches in the morning and four more in the afternoon, the shots are for real starting Friday at Hazeltine. Click here for the most up to date stories and more from the Ryder Cup.

Another full day of top-tier golf: Your guide to Saturday at the Ryder Cup

The Europeans were skunked in Friday morning's matches but made a rousing comeback in the afternoon and trail 5-3 heading into Saturday's action. Gates open at 6:30 a.m.

Richard Pitino, Gophers begin big challenge with season's first practice

As MLS era dawns, let's not forget the teams that came before

The Minnesota Thunder became perhaps the best second-division team in America in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

'American Marshals' fan group honors Flip Saunders' legacy

There were a few different masterminds of the fan group that would become known as the “American Marshals,” but chief among them was Flip Saunders.

Tiger Woods erasing memories of his dismal Ryder Cup past

The legendary golfer by all accounts has been a positive, not a distraction, to the American team.

Underwhelmed Boudreau wants roster hopefuls to grab open spots

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watched drills from the ice during the first day of practice

The Wild trimmed its roster by four more this morning. It now stands at 38, but that includes injured players Gustav Olofsson, Sam Anas, Max Fortunus, Dylan Labbe and Chase Lang.

First-rounder Treadwell still looking for first NFL catch

Laquon Treadwell's name has yet to show up in a boxscore. The rookie still is looking for his first NFL catch. But the guy ahead of him on the depth chart is not producing either.

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Another full day of top-tier golf: Your guide to Saturday at the Ryder Cup
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The Europeans were skunked in Friday morning's matches but made a rousing comeback in the afternoon and trail 5-3 heading into Saturday's action. Gates open at 6:30 a.m.

Fans given time to 'prepare' for Danny Willett
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A member of the Willett entourage told a British radio broadcaster: "It wasn't terrible with the fans for Danny, but it wasn't good.''


Cam Newton (1) was sacked by Harrison Smith (22) in the fourth quarter.

Vikings defenders are learning from their mistakes

Jeff Locke got help in his best game
X Factor: Stefon Diggs could be the difference maker vs. Giants
First-rounder Treadwell still looking for first NFL catch

Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman tried, and failed, to catch a short fly ball off the bat of Melky Cabrera on Friday.

Worst Twins ever: Loss No. 103 sets team record

After three seasons with Twins, Kurt Suzuki expects he's moving on
White Sox's Rodon strikes out first 7 hitters to tie AL mark
Youth comes through for Twins in 7-6 victory over Royals

U.S. Bank Stadium, seen from the sky in all its splendor, stands ready for today’s Vikings season home opener.

Vikings bring fanfare for biggest day in long franchise history

Vikings to try dedicated skyway as a way to tackle postgame congestion
In settlement, Vikings allow Wells Fargo to keep elevated signs on roofs near stadium
What you need to know before Sunday's first Vikings game

Kvitova overpowers Cibulkova to win Wuhan Open

Petra Kvitova overpowered Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 Saturday to win the Wuhan Open for her first title of the year.


Mi Jung Hur birdies 18th to take LPGA Tour lead in China

Mi Jung Hur birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson on Saturday in the Reignwood LPGA Classic.


Clemson-Louisville highlights trio of top 10 matchups

The fifth week of the college football season offers arguably the best lineup of games since the opening weekend. With so many top 10 teams…


LEADING OFF: Colon, Mets aim for playoffs, AL chase tightens

A look at what's happening around the majors today:___GETTING CLOSEBartolo Colon, the steadiest part of an injury-depleted rotation, tries to put the Mets back into…


Sparks and Lynx move within 1 win of WNBA Finals showdown

After double-digit victories in the first two games of their respective semifinal series, the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx are one win away from…