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PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles came up with another goal-line stand against the Atlanta Falcons and eked out an 18-12 victory in an ugly, flag-filled affair to open the NFL regular season Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota might be getting a lot of attention for starting a freshman walk-on at quarterback, but Thursday's season opener against New Mexico State showed that its senior running back should receive plenty of attention as well. Rodney Smith showed why he could be one of the Big Ten's most underrated backs this year, as he ran for 153 yards on 24 carries to help lead the Golden Gophers to a 48-10 home win over New Mexico State.
PARAMUS, N.J.—Bryson DeChambeau carded a stress-free, final-round 69 on Sunday, Aug. 26, to post a four-stroke win at The Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., in the first of the PGA Tour's four FedEx Cup Playoff events. DeChambeau finished at 18-under 268 after 72 holes to move from ninth place to first in the playoff standings after a four-birdie, two-bogey round on Sunday. Tony Finau, vying with DeChambeau for one of the four captain's picks for the United States Ryder Cup team, fired a 68 in the final round and ended up in second at 14 under.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jonathan Lucroy hit the 13,000th home run in Oakland Athletics franchise history Saturday night, Aug. 25, a three-run shot that paved the way for a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Right-hander Mike Fiers (10-6) remained unbeaten in four starts since joining the A's earlier in the month, limiting the Twins to one run in 5 2/3 innings en route to Oakland's second straight win after a loss in the series opener Thursday. Left-hander Stephen Gonsalves (0-2), making just his second major-league start, took the loss.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Yohan Croizet came off the bench to score early in the second half to spark Sporting Kansas City to 2-0 victory over visiting Minnesota United at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday, Aug. 25. Tim Melia made eight saves as SKC (13-6-6 , 45 points) won their fourth straight, all by shutout. He made diving stops on Abu Danladi in the 76th minute and second-half stoppage time and Angelo Rodriguez in the 79th minute for his Major League Soccer-best 11th shutout.
LOS ANGELES—Chelsea Gray recorded 26 points and six assists to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 75-68 victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx in the first round of the WNBA playoffs on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and Riquna Williams scored 17 points for sixth-seeded Los Angeles, which lost four of its final five regular-season contests before notching the playoff victory. The Sparks face the third-seeded Washington Mystics in Thursday's second round. The next round also is a one-and-done scenario.
CHICAGO—Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead single with two outs in top of the ninth inning, and the visiting Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, Aug. 21, at Guaranteed Rate Field. Jorge Polanco drove in two runs after Rosario's decisive hit as part of the Twins' late charge. Robbie Grossman notched a fourth-inning RBI for Minnesota, which has won six of its past eight games. Nicky Delmonico and Yoan Moncada hit solo home runs for the White Sox.
DALLAS—Coming into Saturday's MLS game, host FC Dallas had only one loss at home while Minnesota United sported the worst mark in the league for road games at 1-10-1. The statistics played out, as Dallas (13-5-6, 45 points) came away with an uneventful 2-0 win, ending a two-game losing streak. The win leaves Dallas on top of the table in the West. Minnesota (9-14-2, 29 points) saw its playoff hopes grow more distant with the loss.
MINNEAPOLIS — Mikie Mahtook homered and drove in four runs and Ryan Carpenter collected his first career victory as the Detroit Tigers held off the host Minnesota Twins 7-5 at Target Field on Saturday, Aug. 18. Mahtook's second homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth, gave Detroit a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Ronny Rodriguez contributed a two-run double and Jim Adduci added two hits and a run scored. Carpenter (1-1), a rookie left-hander, gave up three solo homers but lasted 5 1/3 innings. Shane Greene got the last four outs for his 26th save.
MINNEAPOLIS—Diamond DeShields scored a season-best 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting to lead the Chicago Sky to a 91-88 victory over the host Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night at Target Center in Minneapolis. Courtney Vandersloot contributed 16 points and 10 assists for the Sky (12-20). Allie Quigley scored 13 points while Cheyenne Parker and Gabby Williams added 10 points apiece.