The Sports Xchange
DETROIT—Manager Paul Molitor says the Minnesota Twins are not done yet Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run home run and Jorge Polanco a solo shot Sunday to lead the Twins to a 10-4 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers and a sweep of their four-game series. Minnesota, which began day with a 4 1/2-game hold on the American League's second wild card spot, is off Monday before starting a three-game series in Cleveland. Detroit has lost seven straight and is 4-20 in September with six road games left.
Granite's HR highlights 8-run eighth as Twins rout Tigers The Sports Xchange By Rich Shook, The Sports Xchange Granite's HR highlights 8-run eighth as Twins rout Tigers DETROIT—Zach Granite's three-run homer capped an eight-run eighth inning Saturday night that powered the Minnesota Twins to a come-from-behind 10-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers, who dropped their sixth straight game.
Midwestern State football player Robert Grays died following injuries while making a tackle in last weekend's game, the university announced Wednesday. He was 19. Robert Grays, a sophomore cornerback from the Houston area, suffered a neck injury late in the fourth quarter in the Mustangs' 35-13 Division II home win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Legendary pro wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Sunday, Sept. 17. He had battled throat and lung cancer since 2002. Heenan most notably managed Nick Bockwinkel in the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association before before joining the WWE. He later managed such stars as Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy and "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
The NFL filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday, Sept. 15, to seek a stay and allow the league to enforce its six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The league asked for a ruling by Tuesday but no later than Sept. 26 in a filing to stay the preliminary injunction that blocked Elliott's suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The NBA is expected to vote later this September on draft lottery reform being pushed by commissioner Adam Silver. The competition committee recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform to the board of governors for final approval, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Silver has been wanting the league to pass a plan that deters the tactic of tanking games to gain access to better odds at higher picks in the annual player draft.
CLEVELAND -- Jay Bruce and Roberto Perez each homered as the Cleveland Indians set an American League record with their 21st consecutive win in a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Progressive Field. Cleveland had been tied with the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the AL record for longest winning streak at 20.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith were named offensive players of the week in their respective conferences for Week 1 to kick off the NFL season. Bradford was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance against the New Orleans Saints, going 27 of 32 for 346 yards with three touchdowns en route to a 29-19 win.
CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez homered and had three RBIs, Francisco Lindor tripled and drove in four runs, and Carlos Carrasco pitched six scoreless innings as the Cleveland Indians won their 19th game in a row, an 11-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night at Progressive Field. The 19-game winning streak ties the Indians with the 1947 New York Yankees for the third-longest run in the major leagues since 1900, excluding streaks with ties involved, according to STATS. The 1935 Chicago Cubs won 21 in a row, and the 2002 Oakland A's had a 20-game winning streak.
The NFL announced Monday, Sept. 11, that a decision on where Sunday's game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans will be played is pending after Hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville over the weekend. The game is scheduled to be played at EverBank Field but according to reports the city is dealing with "record storm surge and immense flooding." Additionally, many downtown areas, including streets near the stadium, are under feet of water. After Sunday's 29-7 win over the Houston Texans, the Jaguars remained in Houston and worked out at a local YMCA on Monday.