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LOS ANGELES—Candace Parker posted 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the host Los Angeles Sparks to a 79-57 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night, Aug. 2, at Staples Center. Chelsea Gray recorded 18 points and nine assists for the Sparks (16-11). Nneka Ogwumike added 15 points and six rebounds in her return from a three-game illness absence.
Major League Baseball on Thursday announced the postseason schedule, which starts Oct. 2 with the National League wild-card game, followed by the American League edition on Oct. 3. Should a tiebreaker game be needed to determine the wild card, that game will be played Oct. 1. Following the wild card round, the NL Division Series will start Oct. 4, with the league championship series scheduled for Oct. 12. The AL Division series is set to begin Oct. 5, with the championship series on Oct. 13.
Veteran receiver Eric Decker and the New England Patriots are closing in on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. The expected addition comes one day after the Patriots released wideout Jordan Matthews with an injury settlement. Decker reportedly worked out for New England on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Decker, a Cold Spring, Minn., native who played for the Gophers, caught 54 passes for 563 yards and one touchdown last season for the Tennessee Titans. He has topped 1,000 receiving yards three times during a career that began in 2010.
MINNEAPOLIS—Greg Allen had three hits and scored three runs and Jose Ramirez had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs and Francisco Lindor had two hits and scored twice for Cleveland, which won for just the fourth time in 11 meetings with the Twins while improving to 31-15 against American League Central opponents. The Indians lead the second place Twins by nine games in the division.
MINNEAPOLIS—Mitch Garver hit a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the visiting Cleveland Indians 5-4 Monday night in Minneapolis. Miguel Sano opened the inning by drawing a hard-fought walk against Neil Ramirez (0-1), and pinch runner Ehire Adrianza was sacrificed to second by Jake Cave. Two pitches later, Garver lifted a 1-0 fastball over left fielder Michael Brantley's head and was met at second base by his teammates.
OAKVILLE, Ontario — Given his status as the world's No. 1 player, Dustin Johnson might be forgiven if he occasionally would rest on his laurels and his sublime talent while showing some complacency. That certainly was not the case on Sunday as Johnson fashioned a final-round, 6-under-par 66 to finish at 23-under 265 and garner a three-shot victory in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.
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.
BOSTON — J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 32nd home run of the season and Eduardo Nunez tripled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead a 14-hit attack as the host Boston Red Sox cruised to a 10-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a two-run triple and five Red Sox batters each had two hits for Boston, which improved to 12-2 in its last 14 games at Fenway Park and 36-14 at home overall this season.
BOSTON — Mookie Betts led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run as the Boston Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, July 27, at Fenway Park. It was Betts' 25th homer of the season and his first career walk-off homer. The blast over the Green Monster in left field came on the second pitch of the inning from Matt Belisle (1-1).
BOSTON — Kyle Gibson pitched eight strong innings, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory Thursday night against the host Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park. Gibson (5-7) allowed one run on four hits to win for the third time in his past four starts. The right-hander walked two and struck out seven. Twins closer Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 22nd save of the season, though not without some drama.