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  Nationals sweep Cardinals; DC in World Series for 1st time since ’33

The team went from 19-31 during a mediocre May to the Fall Classic in an outstanding October — and the city's first World Series appearance since 1933.

Boxer Errol Spence seriously injured in Dallas Ferrari crash

Simone Biles sets record as US wins world gymnastics team gold

  Are you angry? ‘Rage room’ at Philadelphia Flyers arena allows fans to smash stuff

  NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai amid furor over GM’s tweet

US gymnast Sunisa Lee caps emotional 2 months with gold

  Penn State player tweets ‘racist’ letter sent to teammate about ‘disgusting’ dreadlocks

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  NBA’s reaction to Morey tweet differs in English, Chinese

  Australian National Softball team qualifies for 2020 Olympics

PETA asks Mississippi State to retire live mascot after collision with Auburn player

  Timberwolves begin training camp at MSU

  1st transgender pro boxer becomes new face of Everlast

California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals

Student with special needs runs for 80-yard touchdown

PJ Allred was put in on the final play and ran 80 yards to score.

J. Lo, Shakira to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are going to bring the heat to the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.

In cryptic tweet, Antonio Brown appears to retire from NFL

In a Twitter rant on the morning his most recent team was getting ready to play without him, the former New England Patriots receiver says, "Will not be playing in the NFL anymore."

Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual misconduct claims

Brown has been accused of rape in a lawsuit by a former trainer. He is also accused of exposing himself to a painter he had hired. He has denied the allegations.

  Mapleton teen becomes National Walleye Tour co-angler champion

$8.5M-plus wagered in Iowa’s first month of sports betting

High schooler returns to football 2 years after losing part of his leg

AP source: NFL to meet with Antonio Brown accuser Monday

  Adam Thielen’s Minnesota State jersey now available for purchase on campus

Bullied Tennessee fan with homemade ‘UT’ shirt offered 4-year scholarship

Patriots’ Brown practices, status for Sunday’s game unclear

Patriots receiver Antonio Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.

Antonio Brown faces rape accusations by former trainer

Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.

Cat survives being shot in face twice with rifle

Employees of an Albuquerque body shop told police the shop owner shot the cat with a rifle.

19 Slams: Nadal stops Medvedev comeback bid to win US Open

Rafael Nadal held off a strong comeback bid to win his 19th Grand Slam title by edging Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in a thrilling U.S. Open final that lasted nearly five hours Sunday.

Cut by Raiders, Brown becoming a Patriot on eve of opener

Antonio Brown agreed to terms with the New England Patriots hours after the Oakland Raiders cut him.

Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open final

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu built a big lead and then held on to upset Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the U.S. Open final for her first Grand Slam title.

  USWNT Victory Tour stops in St. Paul, inspiring many

Fans in Minnesota got a chance to see the history with their own eyes.

  Mountain Lake native pursues professional football career

Carter Kirk drew some interest from NFL teams after wrapping up his collegiate career at SMSU this past season.

Serena turns ankle in US Open win; Djokovic quits his match

Serena Williams was in pain — "acceptable" pain, her coach called it — after rolling her right ankle during the second set of a U.S. Open victory.

15-year-old American Gauff’s US Open run ends against Osaka

Coco Gauff has generated all sorts of attention already by making it to the second week at Wimbledon in July and becoming the youngest woman to win two matches at Flushing Meadows since 1996.

Skaggs family ‘shocked’ over possible Angels link to death

The family of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs says it was startled to learn that a club employee "may" be part of the investigation into the 27-year-old's death from an accidental drug overdose.

Hall of Famer Jim Langer, of the Dolphins perfect season, dead at 71

The native Minnesotan was a first-year starter and played every offensive down for the NFL's only unbeaten, untied team that went 17-0.

  Mankato United reflects on inaugural season

United received a number of postseason awards after losing just once in 2019.

  Peppers receive NPF Executives of the Year award

The front office members of the squad were named this year’s NPF Executives of the Year.

Report: Patriots unlikely to visit the White House

Both sides told The New York Times they were unable to find a date that works for both of them. But the two sides say it has nothing to do with politics.

Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes 6 injuries

Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said.

Luck announces retirement following Colts loss to Bears

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback heard boos as he walked away from the field, then walked to the podium and made the surprise decision official. The oft-injured star is retiring at age 29.

Son charged in death of ex-NFL lineman Bennett, wife

The son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett is accused of shooting Bennett and his wife multiple times, killing them, then driving out of state and boarding a flight to Mexico, according to criminal charges filed Friday.

Former Longhorns, NFL RB Benson dies in motorcycle accident

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. Bassett said he did not have details of the accident.

Earnhardt Jr. takes weekend off after plane crash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway.

Police release video of Yankees GM being stopped at gunpoint

Cashman later praised police for their professionalism during the encounter, which happened on Aug. 9 as police responded to a report of a man with a gun inside a Jeep.

  Biles wins 6th U.S. title, Minnesota competitors take 2nd, 3rd

The 22-year-old Biles claimed her sixth U.S. national championship.

  2019 North American Fastpitch Association World Series tournament underway at Caswell Park

The tournament hosts 73 teams from 19 states and Canada and players from all around the world.

  US fencing medalist Imboden kneels during anthem at Pan Am Games

The American knelt during the national anthem at the medal ceremony Friday to protest racial and social injustice.

Fire extinguisher damaged after player’s tantrum creates clubhouse mess for Atlanta Braves

The damage occurred when Braves reliever Sean Newcomb kicked a garbage can in anger after giving up the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday night's ugly 7-6 loss to the Marlins.

  Newly-released body cam video shows ‘white substance’ on hood of GSU quarterback’s car

One week after one of the strangest arrests many have ever seen, Georgia Southern University quarterback Shai Werts is back in the huddle for the Eagles.

  Aussie Peppers wrap up NPF season

“We’ve grown as a team and as individuals both on and off the field."

White Sox, Yankees to play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020

The Chicago White Sox will play the New York Yankees next summer at the site in eastern Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed.

In video, Kaepernick says he’s ‘still ready’ to return

In a video posted Wednesday on social media, Colin Kaepernick is shown working out in a gym. He says in the video: “5 a.m. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.”

  Peppers drop both games in doubleheader Tuesday

Peppers are one for three in the series with USSSA Pride.

  Minnesota Twins host “Minnesota State University, Mankato Night"

Ramon Pinero, director of alumni relations at Minnesota State Mankato, said more than 1,200 “Maverick families and friends” purchased game tickets.

  Vikings only 7 days away from first pre-season game

The Minnesota Vikings are just one week away from their first NFL Preseason contest of 2019.

Former NASCAR Driver punches heckler in Jackson

NASCAR legend Tony Stewart is caught on camera punching a heckler in the face during an event in Jackson.

Dolphins’ Hall of Fame linebacker Buoniconti dies at age 78

Buoniconti was bypassed in the NFL draft but went on to a 15-year career. He helped the Dolphins win back-to-back Super Bowls, including the 1972 team that finished 17-0.

  Iowa commission approves final set of sports betting rules

Iowa officials approved a final set of rules for the state’s new law allowing sports betting, which is set to go live at noon on Aug. 15.

  Mankato man to compete in X Games

"I’ve always wanted to be part of the X Games and now I’m actually going to do it."

Jill Ellis stepping down as women’s national team coach

Ellis will remain with the team for a World Cup victory tour, which kicks off Saturday with a match against Ireland at the Rose Bowl.

Egan Bernal wins Tour de France

Egan Bernal has become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as the three-week race ended with the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Elysees.

Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz out of hospital after shooting

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is out of the hospital following three surgeries after being shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic.

  Northern National Softball Tournament set to begin Thursday

Many 10U and 12U teams have traveled from across the Midwest to compete in Thursday's tournament and the players are excited to get out on the diamonds.

As rookies begin camp, Vikings face high expectations

The Vikings in 2019 will be a decidedly veteran team, molded with a Super Bowl-or-bust mentality.

Vikings CB Holton Hill gets another 4-game suspension

Hill can participate in preseason games and practices, but he won’t be allowed to return to the active roster until Oct. 25.

NFL won’t suspend Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill in case involving son

The league said Friday it has not been given access to information in the court proceedings, and a district attorney in June said an investigation was dropped because officials couldn't prove who injured the boy.

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85.

Wild re-sign Ryan Donato among 3 restricted free agents

The Minnesota Wild have re-signed three restricted free agents.

Thomas suspended first 3 games of Vikings season

Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been suspended by the NFL without pay for three games.

Former Maverick re-signs with Pittsburgh Penguins

Former Minnesota State Maverick Men's Hockey player Teddy Blueger signed a two-year extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Secret brand deodorant donates $529,000 to US women’s soccer to help close pay gap

The company, which supports U.S. soccer through its Secret deodorant brand, says it will donate $529,000 — $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the U.S. team that won the World Cup earlier this month — to help close the pay gap.

  Parnaby named NPF Pitcher of the Week

Parnaby struck out 22 in 17.1 innings pitched.

Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy

By barely emerging to win 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) after nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Djokovic claimed his fifth championship at the All England Club and second in a row.

Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams’ bid for 24th Slam

Pretty much perfect from start to finish, Halep beat Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion in the final at the All England Club on Saturday.

  Texas sheriff apologizes to Patriots player, defends deputy

Deputy Adam Watkins, who is white, ultimately was issued a verbal reprimand for how he conducted the stop, according to sheriff's Capt. Steve Holtz.

Iowa woman sets world record for heaviest female to complete marathon

At 346 pounds, the Quad Cities woman set the world record for heaviest female to complete a marathon.

  All types of fans support the Aussie Peppers

"Skippy goes all over the world with us," Wall said.

  Ries competes against former teammates

"It always feels good to go up against a past team and know that you can throw your stuff," said Ries.

Jim Bouton, former pitcher, “Ball Four” author, dies at 80

Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who shocked and angered the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book "Ball Four," has died.

  Peppers split doubleheader with Bandits

Peppers take game one 5-3

Timberwolves don’t match Grizzlies’ offer sheet to Jones

The 23-year-old Jones averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists and 22.9 minutes for the Timberwolves this past season.