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Perfect no more: Lynx lose first of season

Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard (0) knocked the ball loose while defending Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (13) in the second quarter Friday at Target Center.

The Sparks avenged Tuesday's game before a disappointed crowd at Target Center.

Twins in a giving mood in 5-3 loss to Yankees

Twins relief pitcher Buddy Boshers adjusted his cap as the Yankees' Aaron Hicks ran the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning Friday night in New York.

Three errors costly as leads are promptly surrendered.

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Vanek's contract is bought out, creating $5M in cap space

Thomas Vanek

"I'm grateful I got the chance to play for the Wild. It was a dream of mine," the former Gopher said.

Reusse: Big-time local teams have sputtered; the rest have sparkled

Patrick Reusse

Don't look to the big four in this market if you want high achievement.

Kris Dunn ready to display his toughness for Timberwolves

Dunn called being selected fifth overall by the Wolves Thursday night "one of the best feelings ever" and said it was even more special to share it with his family

Soccer to take over Target Field for a day

As Loons get ready for their match on the Twins' pitch, their new stadium still needs tax breaks.

Gap between U.S. and best teams exposed in Copa America loss to Argentina

American soccer remains far behind the best teams.

Twins trade Arcia to Rays for player to be named later

Oswaldo Arcia, who hit 20 home runs in 2014, wasn't able to stay in the lineup on a regular basis this year.

Former Vikings, Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson accused of pointing gun at woman

He faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

World Series possibility drives Nathan in comeback attempt

The former Twins closer pitched a perfect inning Thursday in his Tennessee Smokies debut, following a long recovery from his second Tommy John surgery.

NHL draft sets record with 12 Americans selected

Top pick Auston Matthews is the first of a record 12 Americans taken.

Welcome, summer: A guide to outdoors activities all over Minnesota

From family friendly action at state parks to mountain bike racing, a guide to summer activities and possibilities in the Minnesota outdoors.

Postgame: Hicks hits home run against his former team

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Milone knows he should have been covering first base; Mauer commits his first error of the season.

Kieffer Bellows goes to Islanders, Riley Tufte to Dallas

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Bellows played last season for the U.S. under-18 team, while Tufte was Minnesota's Mr. Hockey.

Souhan: Thibodeau's first Wolves draft pick eschews obvious for intriguing

Jim Souhan

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was the safe, even obvious, pick. Kentucky's Jamal Murray was the safe upside pick. Kris Dunn was a less obvious fit but that doesn't mean he wasn't the right guy.

Minnesota steps up drunken-boating patrols ahead of July 4th

Extra enforcement is planned as July 4th weekend approaches.

All Dunn: Watch these Kris Dunn college highlights

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Take a look at these video highlights of the newest member of the Timberwolves, including some impressive moves from the NCAA tournament.

Patrick Reusse
Reusse: Big-time local teams have sputtered; the rest have sparkled

Don't look to the big four in this market if you want high achievement.

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North Stars alumi, Wild players: Change is good

Wild fans, alumni and current players gathered at Xcel Energy Center Friday night for the NHL draft "Summer Bash" party and anxiously awaited the team's first-round choice.

Pau Gasol says he wants to play in Rio Olympics despite Zika

Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol says he wants to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite concerns over the Zika virus.

New Zealand beats Wales 46-6 in 3rd test

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored two tries and 26 points as New Zealand crushed Wales 46-6 in the 3rd rugby test on Saturday to sweep the three-match series 3-0.

Iceland takes on England, the team it's cheered from afar

Brought up on a regular supply of the Premier League, Iceland's players are used to cheering on England at major soccer tournaments.

Tomas hits 2 HRs, D-backs rally to beat Rockies 10-9

Arizona's defense nearly cost it a win until Rickie Weeks Jr. came through with a game-saving play.

Davis' 3-run HR in 8th lifts A's to 7-4 win over Angels

Khris Davis gave his family something to cheer.