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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.
MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Chapman bashed a three-run home run in the eighth inning to break open a close game and secure a victory for Sean Manaea as the Oakland Athletics halted a two-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday, Aug. 24, in Minneapolis, evening the four-game series at a game apiece. The win allowed Oakland to keep pace with the first-place Houston Astros in the American League West. The Athletics started the day 1 1/2 games behind the Astros.
MINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler homered, and Joe Mauer moved into a tie for second place with Rod Carew on Minnesota's all-time hits list with an RBI single to help lead the Twins to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics on Thursday night at Target Field. Mitch Garver added a two-run double, and Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco also had RBI singles for Minnesota. Alan Busenitz (4-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Kohl Stewart, who was yanked after 98 pitches with two outs in the fifth.
Ohio State University suspended head football coach Urban Meyer without pay through Sept. 2, and he will be forced to miss the Buckeyes' first three games of the season, school president Michael V. Drake announced Wednesday night. The decision came after an 11-hour meeting by the university's board of trustees to discuss the fate of Meyer after an investigation into the head coach's actions in the wake of the Zach Smith scandal.
The NCAA is doing away with the rating percentage index (RPI) as a tool to rank basketball teams and seed the NCAA Tournament bracket, replacing it with the NCAA Evaluation Tool. The change, announce on Wednesday, goes into effect for the upcoming season. The new system was developed with help from the Division I Men's Basketball Committee and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, along with analytics experts and Google Cloud Professional Services.
As Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers work toward an extension, the quarterback insists he's "not trying to screw" the team when it comes to staying competitive. In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN Radio's "Wilde and Tausch" airing in multiple segments this week, Rodgers termed his situation with the Packers as a "partnership."
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.
MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Davidson homered and drove in three runs, and Jose Abreu had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White to an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis. Lucas Giolito (9-9) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings for Chicago, which won for the fifth time in six games. Giolito struck out six. Max Kepler homered and tripled, and Jake Cave hit a two-run homer and scored three times for Minnesota, which lost for just the sixth time in its past 25 games at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria was taken to a local hospital before Monday night's road game against the Minnesota Twins after complaining of lightheadedness. Renteria, in his second season as White Sox manager, was at Target Field when he told team trainer Herm Schneiderbegan that he was nfeeling lightheaded. Soon after, he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.