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Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, passes the ball as Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi defends in the second half of a WNBA playoff semi-finals basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. The Lynx won 113-95. Taurasi led the Mercury with 25 points while Moore score 31 to lead the Lynx.

Over the past 10 days, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve kept shooting down speculation that the long break before starting the playoffs could somehow be bad for her team in the WNBA semifinals.

Tying team mark for losses, Twins finally score more than once in an inning

Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield, right, tagged out the Twins' Eduardo Escobar on an attempted steal and rundown in the fifth inning Wednesday night.

Not since the 1942 Philadelphia Phillies went 109 innings without a multiple-run inning had any major league team suffered through such a lengthy offensive drought.

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Second-year tackle Clemmings quietly making strides

The Vikings' T. J. Clemmings (68) played well in his first start at left tackle Sunday, replacing injured Matt Kalil. Clemmings was a surprise starter as a rookie last year at right tackle when Phil Loadholt got hurt.

Overlooked because of the exploits of the defense and special teams, T.J. Clemmings quietly showed his improvement Sunday by making sure his name wasn't mentioned in the broadcast booth.

Stats that stand out: Numbers show Vikings dominance on defense

Trae Waynes (26) intercepted a pass intended for Ted Ginn Jr. (19) in the second quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - September 25, 2016, Charlotte, NC, Bank of America Stadium, NFL, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers

Coach Mike Zimmer stressed before the season that he wanted to see the Vikings take the ball from their opponents more often. That's been happening so far.

Masters champ Willett gets an unexpected earful -- from his brother

Pete Willett went on a rant about American golf fans in a UK golf publication, setting off an unexpected and unwelcome firestorm for Danny Willett and Team Europe.

Stopping Penn State's Barkley is tall order for Richardson, Gophers

Key for the Gophers in keeping the sophomore running back contained will be the play of undersized tackle Steven Richardson.

Ryder Cup question: How much difference do captains make?

Every move of the Americans' Davis Love III and the Europeans' Darren Clarke will be scrutinized this weekend.

Kuemper making a fresh start in an old place: with the Wild

Backup goalie Darcy Kuemper was trade bait in the offseason but is happy to remain with the Wild.

It's the final countdown: Your guide to Thursday at the Ryder Cup

Team USA's Jordan Spieth gestured to teammates at the 11th hole during Ryder Cup practice play Wednesday at Hazeltine.

Just one day left to prepare before the biggest event in golf kicks off at Hazeltine National in Chaska. Here's what you need to know.

Scoggins: Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen and coach Cheryl Reeve conferred in the final moments of Wednesday's 113-95 rout of the Phoenix Mercury at Xcel Energy Center.

The team's core group has lugged a target for five years, knowing every season carries a championship-or-bust purpose.

Veterans Butler, Lucas have history with Wolves' Thibodeau

Rasual Butler and John Lucas III, both 37, have played for Tom Thibodeau before. They'd like another chance to play for him.

Reusse: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'best ever?' Yes, but ...

Members of the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team pose for a group photo before a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

The talent the United States is bringing to this 12-player, 28-match competition is astounding. There's only one way the Yanks are going to lose this time to Europe -- and that's if they choke.

Hartman: Lehman says Ryder Cup is golf's biggest, best event

Minnesota native Tom Lehman has played on three Ryder Cup teams and been a captain or assistant captain on three others.

Despite the U.S. losing streak, the three-time Ryder Cup player is expecting better results.

Postgame: Vargas ended Twins' streak of futility with two-run homer

Minnesota Twins' Kennys Vargas, left, is congratulated by Miguel Sano (22) after his two-run home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kevin McCarthy during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

Kennys Vargas didn't realize he had broken up a streak of historic proportions. He was busy trying not to do too much.

Gophers move into renovated Mariucci Arena locker room

The renovation includes new locker rooms, training rooms, a film room, players lounge, weight room and shooting station. It is privately funded by alumni and boosters.

Gophers basketball alumni group hoping to fill a need for players

Former Gophers guard Jamal Abu-Shamala started an alumni group with others this summer to help support U basketball players past and present

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Leidner is spreading the ball around, which pleases his coach
Gridiron Gold

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner found eight different receivers against Colorado State and nine against Indiana State. Can he keep that up in Big Ten play?

Scoggins: Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener
Chip Scoggins

The team's core group has lugged a target for five years, knowing every season carries a championship-or-bust purpose.


The Vikings' T. J. Clemmings (68) played well in his first start at left tackle Sunday, replacing injured Matt Kalil. Clemmings was a surprise starter as a rookie last year at right tackle when Phil Loadholt got hurt.

Second-year tackle Clemmings quietly making strides

Stats that stand out: Numbers show Vikings dominance on defense
Everson Griffen named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week
Film room: Clemmings' improved pass protection on display

Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield, right, tagged out the Twins' Eduardo Escobar on an attempted steal and rundown in the fifth inning Wednesday night.

Tying team mark for losses, Twins finally score more than once in an inning

Postgame: Vargas ended Twins' streak of futility with two-run homer
Twins president uses expletive to describe team at environmental meeting
Dozier is a pretty good thief, too

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

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
Gophers to play basketball in U.S. Bank Stadium next year

Pack the shotguns and fishing poles for a Minnesota cast and blast weekend

The fishing was so enjoyable that a planned grouse hunt was skipped.


Leidner is spreading the ball around, which pleases his coach

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner found eight different receivers against Colorado State and nine against Indiana State. Can he keep that up in Big Ten play?


Halep overpowers Keys to reach semifinals of Wuhan Open

Fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced to the semifinals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Madison Keys of the United States.


Ray Rice says work against domestic violence his 2nd chance

Unsigned for two years since the release of the horrific video of him punching his then-fiancee, Ray Rice says his second chance has come through a choice to speak out against domestic violence.


Wisconsin-Michigan Preview Capsule

No. 8 Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at No. 4 Michigan (4-0, 1-0), 3:36 p.m. (ABC)Line: Michigan by 10½.Series Record: Michigan leads 49-14-1.WHAT'S AT STAKEFinally,…