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CANTON, Ohio—The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was inducted in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday night, Aug. 4, including former players Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher, along with front-office executive Bobby Beathard. Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was the first of four men enshrined to approach tears. The eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro showed deep emotion while reflecting on his late mother, calling her the hardest-working person he's ever known.
MINNEAPOLIS—Max Kepler hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning, Jose Berrios pitched seven effective innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Saturday night, Aug. 4, at Target Field. After the Twins inducted left-hander Johan Santana in their Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony, Kepler produced his fourth three-hit game of the season and 12th of his career. He sandwiched two singles around his 14th homer, a drive to right field off Burch Smith (1-3) that put Minnesota ahead 3-2.
MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Sano had two hits and two RBIs, and reliever Gabriel Moya picked up his first major league victory as the Minnesota Twins snapped a two-game losing streak with a soggy 6-4 victory over Kansas City Royals on Friday night, Aug. 3, at Target Field in Minneapolis.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Alphonso Davies scored two goals and added a pair of assists as the host Vancouver Whitecaps doubled up Minnesota United 4-2 Saturday night, July 28, at BC Place. The Whitecaps (8-9-5, 29 points) earned their first points in three games. Vancouver also leapfrogged Minnesota in the Western Conference standings and now sits one point out of the final playoff slot. The Loons (9-12-1, 28 points) went without a win for the first time in four games as their road record fell to 1-9-0.
MINNEAPOLIS—Don't look now MLS Western Conference, but Minnesota United is making a run. Wednesday's 2-1 win over the visiting New England Revolution was the Loons' third in their last four games and second in a row. Minnesota (8-11-1, 25 points) came into the week with three home games in eight days and now stand 7-3-1 at TCF Bank Stadium this year. Minnesota led 2-0 at the break, but New England (7-6-7, 28 points) cut the deficit in half in the 52nd minute when Alexi Gomez was whistled for a poor foul, giving New England a penalty kick.
MINNEAPOLIS — Morgan Tuck scored a game-high 15 points off the bench, and the Connecticut Sun cruised to an 83-64 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday evening, July 15, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Jonquel Jones added 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting for Connecticut (12-10), which has won back-to-back games. Four others scored in double digits for the Sun, including Jasmine Thomas (11), Rachel Banham (11), Shekinna Stricklen (10) and Courtney Williams (10).
MINNEAPOLIS -- Darwin Quintero scored one goal and assisted on two others to help host Minnesota United FC edge Real Salt Lake 3-2 on Saturday night, July 14. The win was just the second in six games for the Loons. Minnesota (7-11-1, 22 points) overcame a sluggish first-half effort on offense with big play after big play from Quintero.
MOSCOW—France and Croatia meet Sunday, July 15, in Moscow for the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that has carried echoes of the 1998 competition right up to its final game. France is seeking its second World Cup and first since hoisting it on home soil in 1998. Current France manager Didier Deschamps was a central force in the '98 squad as a defensive midfielder, and his mentality has driven this current version of Les Bleus to the final again, says midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson notched her place in history as the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder, surpassing Tamika Catchings during Minnesota's 83-72 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night, July 5, in Minneapolis. Brunson broke the record early in the fourth quarter when she pulled down her 11th rebound of the game and the 3,317th rebound of her career. She passed both Catchings (3,316) and Lisa Leslie (3,307) during the victory.
MILWAUKEE—Brad Miller had three hits and walked on four pitches with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to drive in Manny Pina with the winning run as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to hand the Minnesota Twins their fourth straight loss, 6-5, on Monday night, July 2, at Miller Park. It was the ninth defeat in 11 games for the Twins, who lost a 5-1 lead and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth as closer Fernando Rodney blew his fifth save of the season.