Monday August 28th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Brian Hoyer had the San Francisco offense humming after sputtering through the first two preseason games, passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before the Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 32-31 victory over the 49ers Sunday night.

Jerick McKinnon scored on a 108-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, boosting his bid to take over that role.

Backup quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke led a late charge, with Heinicke’s hurdle over the pylon for the 2-point conversion on the final play giving the Vikings the win after Terrell Newby’s touchdown run.

In 13 possessions for the first team over their first three games this month, the Vikings produced 11 punts and one field goal. They reached the 6-yard line in the second quarter but ran out of time before they could try another play.



TORONTO (AP) – Byron Buxton homered three times and set a career high with five RBIs, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Sunday.

Buxton had four hits, scored four runs and stole a base in his first career multihomer game. Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning as Minnesota earned a rare series victory north of the border.

The Twins have won a major league-best 15 games since Aug. 6.



TAIPEI, Taiwan — USA Team erupted for five runs in the seventh inning to rally for an 8-4 victory over the Czech Republic in the super round semifinals to advance to Tuesday’s gold medal game of the World University Games.

The University of Iowa is the first American representative to advance to the gold medal baseball game and the Hawkeyes will be the first United States team to win a medal in Universiade history.

USA will play the winner of Japan and Korea for a gold medal Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. (CT). The game will be available online at

Trailing 4-3 through 6 1/2 innings, USA put together a one-out rally to take control. Base hits from sophomores Grant Judkins and Kyle Crowl and a hit by pitch by pinch-hitter Tanner Wetrich loaded the bases.

Junior Chris Whelan gave USA a 5-4 lead with a two-run single to left field before pinch-hitter Justin Jenkins drew a walk to load the bases a second time. Junior Robert Neustrom provided the knockout blow with a bases-clearing double into the right center field gap to extend the USA lead to 8-4. It was Neustrom’s fourth hit of the game.

Junior Zach Daniels earned his second victory of the Games in relief, tossing three shutout innings. He scattered three hits and fanned one.



CLARION — The Clear Lake volleyball team opened up their season on Saturday splitting their six matches at the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows tournament. Clear Lake beat Harris-Lake Park in three sets and posted wins over Eagle Grove and CAL in two sets. They fell to North Butler in three sets, and South Hamilton and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in two sets. Clear Lake will open the North Central Conference schedule at home on Thursday night hosting Algona.



WISCONSIN DELLS — The NIACC volleyball team opened their regular season going 1-3 at the Battle in The Dells Showcase at Wisconsin Dells over the weekend. NIACC dropped three straight sets to Parkland College in their opening match on Friday before rebounding with a five-set win over Highland Community College of Illinois. The Lady Trojans were then swept in their matches on Saturday against Glen Oaks Community College and Owens Community College. NIACC returns to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Southwestern.



COUNCIL BLUFFS — The NIACC men’s cross country team finished second at the Region XI time trial in Council Bluffs on Saturday. Iowa Central was the event’s winner with 26 points, NIACC finished second with 51 points, while Iowa Western was third with 73 points. Freshman Brian Jacques led NIACC with a third-place finish in the five-kilometer race in a time of 15:50.73, which is the third-fastest 5K time in the school’s history. The NIACC women placed fourth with 91 points, with Iowa Central winning the event with 16 points. Amy Fullerton led NIACC with a 16th place finish in a time of 22:09.51.



CEDAR RAPIDS — The Mason City High girls cross country team finished sixth on Saturday at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational. Cedar Falls won the team title with 60 points, while the Mohawks had 195. Freshman Kylie Hanson had the best Mason City performance, finishing 20th with a time of 21:07. Mason City finished 17th in the boys competition with 404 points. Linn-Mar won the boys title with 53 points. Michael Rowe had the best Mohawk finish, placing 47th in a time of 18:03.



LOS ANGELES (AP) – Candace Parker had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Chelsea Gray added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 78-67 on Sunday.

Los Angeles (24-8) clinched at least a top-two seed in the WNBA playoffs – which begin Sept. 6 – and pulled within a half-game of the league-leading Lynx. The Sparks beat Minnesota in the WNBA Finals last year on Nneka Ogwumike’s last-second putback.

Minnesota (24-7) led 6-0, but the Sparks scored 22 of the next 29 points, including 10 by Parker, and led the rest of the way.

Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lynx within three points midway through the second quarter, but Gray scored six points during a 13-2 run to close the half and take a 46-32 lead into the break. Minnesota trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

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