Monday August 21st Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eddie Rosario hit a grand slam in a nine-run first inning and the Minnesota Twins routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-5 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Bartolo Colon (5-10) allowed four runs over six innings for his third win in five decisions since being signed by the Twins. The 44-year-old righty became the 18th pitcher in major league history to defeat all 30 teams.

Arizona lefty T.J. McFarland, making his first start since July 1, 2014, was chased after getting only one out and allowing run-scoring hits to Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler and Chris Gimenez. McFarland (4-5) also walked two batters and was charged with seven earned runs, raising his ERA in August to 14.34.

 

=== The Twins hit the road for a weeklong road trip that includes five games in the next four days against the White Sox in Chicago. Today is a doubleheader, with back-to-back games starting at 4:10 this afternoon, with the pre-game at 3:30 on AM-1300 KGLO.

 

 

DES MOINES — The United States thrilled a large crowd at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club by successfully defending the Solheim Cup. The win was secured when Lizette Salas sank a par put at the 18th to win her match against Europe’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff .

“This is the best golf I have played all year”, said Salas. “I just put in the work and believed in myself andf both my parents are here. I am just so thankful.”

Paula Creamer gave the Americans their first win on Sunday by edging Georgia Hall. The veteran Creamer was placed on the team as an alternate but was one of the keys to the win.

The day started with a huge rally by Lexi Thompson from the United States. Trailing Anna Nordqvist by four at the turn Thompson was eight under par on the first seven holes of the back nine to halve her match.

Thompson says the crowds were a big advantage for the Americans.

“The amount of people out here is truly unbelievable”, said Thompson. “To have them behind me and cheering me on even when I was four down just kept me going.”

Both teams won five of the singles matches and the United States won by a final margin of 16 1/2 to 11 1/2. The Americans are 10-5 in the biennial tournament, also winning in Germany in 2015.

 

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed former University of Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Leidner was not selected in the 2017 NFL draft. He attended the Baltimore Ravens rookie minicamp but did not sign with the club.

The Vikings now have five quarterbacks on their roster.

Leidner finished his career with the Gophers ranking second in passing attempts with 1,029 and completions with 580. He ranked third in career passing yards at 7,287 and fifth in passing touchdowns with 36.

The Vikings also announced they have waived linebacker Darnell Sankey.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Tina Charles scored 19 points and Epiphanny Prince added 15 to help New York beat the short-handed Minnesota Lynx 70-61 on Sunday, clinching a playoff berth for the Liberty.

The Liberty have won five straight games, including beating the top three teams in the league the past three contests.

New York (17-12) trailed by 11 in the first half before cutting its deficit to five at the half. The Liberty took the lead for good in the third quarter on two free throws by Sugar Rodgers with 40 seconds left in the period.

Minnesota was down 47-46 early in the fourth before New York scored 15 of the next 17 points to take control.

Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead the Lynx (22-6), who were missing starters Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson to injuries.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson is retiring after the season.

The two-time WNBA champion entered the league in 2003 and won titles with Detroit in 2006 and 2008. She’s played for six different teams and earned the league’s sixth woman of the year honor in 2007.

Pierson has averaged 9.6 points a game in her career, including a high of 12.9 in 2011 for the New York Liberty.

She made the All-Star Game in 2015 for the first time.

Pierson, who turns 36 later this month, is averaging 4.6 points a game this season while playing 13 minutes a contest for the Lynx.

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