MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eddie Rosario homered twice, Joe Mauer hit a grand slam and the Minnesota Twins overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 13-7 Sunday and maintain control for the second AL wild card.
Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning after Josh Donaldson’s second homer. Rosario and Byron Buxton hit consecutive homers to start the Twins’ rally as Minnesota burst ahead with a seven-run bottom half that included Jorge Polanco’s tiebreaking RBI grounder. Minnesota pulled away with six runs in the fifth against reliever Chris Rowley.
Minnesota began the day one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild card and closed within four games of the Yankees heading into a three-game series at New York that starts Monday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes, Le’Veon Bell ran for 87 yards and the Pittsburgh Steelers kept the Minnesota Vikings in check during a 26-9 victory on Sunday.
Minnesota (1-1) played without quarterback Sam Bradford, who sat out with a left-knee injury. Case Keenum struggled to get anything going in Bradford’s absence, throwing for just 167 yards on 20 of 35 passing.
Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook ran for 64 yards, but Minnesota failed to generate any real momentum against Pittsburgh’s rejuvenated defense.
Minnesota’s only touchdown came on a 1-yard plunge by fullback C.J. Ham that drew the Vikings within 17-9 early in the third quarter. Kai Forbath missed the extra point and Pittsburgh responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that ended with the second of Chris Boswell’s four field goals with 4:59 left in the third. The Vikings never threatened again.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Nate Stanley threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Iowa overwhelmed North Texas 31-14 on Saturday to finish the non-conference season unbeaten.
Freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin added 74 yards rushing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who played most of the second half without running backs Akrum Wadley and James Butler.
Iowa pulled ahead 17-14 on a 23-yard TD pass from Stanley to Noah Fant – on fourth down and 5 – late in the third quarter. Kelly-Martin added a 2-yard touchdown, the first of his career, with 8:16 left to cap a drive that covered 87 yards and burned nearly nine minutes.
Kelly-Martin also scored a 6-yard TD run with 1:47 to go.
But the Hawkeyes will be left to hope that Wadley (right leg) and Butler (right elbow) won’t miss extended time. Wadley and Butler, a Nevada transfer, entered 2017 as the only duo in the country to each rush for over 1,000 yards last season.
Mason Fine threw for 167 yards for North Texas (1-2), which dropped its second straight.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – With his long hair, full beard and lanky build, Jacob Park looks more like a rock star than a quarterback. He was both on Saturday afternoon.
Park passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns, including a 43-yarder to Marchie Murdock, as Iowa State pulled away in the second half for a 41-14 victory over Akron.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior completed 24 of 33 throws without an interception and also scored on a 14-yard run for the Cyclones (2-1), who equaled a school record by topping 40 points for the third straight game to start the season.
Sophomore David Montgomery rushed for 127 yards and a score as the Cyclones set a school mark by gaining 400 yards for the sixth game in a row.
Park has thrown for more than 200 in all six – and over 300 in three of the last four – but insists that his team can be better.
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) – Patrick Tyler threw for 200 yards and a touchdown and Manny Berz’s 26-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining helped Southern Utah hold off Northern Iowa 24-21 on Saturday night.
James Felia’s 20-yard touchdown run with 4:35 left in the third quarter put Southern Utah (2-1) up 21-10. But halfway through the fourth, Eli Dunne threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Trevor Allen then found Briley Moore for the 2-point conversion.
Austin Errthum’s 30-yard field goal tied it at 21 with 5:37 left to play. On the next drive, the Panthers stuffed Patrick Tyler for no gain on fourth-and-1 at Southern Utah’s 42.
Northern Iowa lined up for a 53-yard field goal attempt with 3:00 to go, but Errthum’s attempt was blocked and Jarmaine Doubs returned it 29 yards to the Northern Iowa 17 to set up Berz’s game winner.
Felia ran for 92 yards and scored twice.
Dunne led Northern Iowa (1-2) with 284 yards passing. Northern Iowa rushed 29 times for minus-14 yards.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Maya Moore scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx completed a sweep of the Washington Mystics with an 81-70 win in Game 3 on Sunday.
Seimone Augustus added 18 points as Minnesota secured its third consecutive finals appearance and sixth in seven seasons. The Lynx will attempt to win their fourth WNBA title in seven years.
Elena Delle Donne scored 15 points to lead the Mystics, who exit the playoffs after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2002.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 14 points and Kristi Tolliver had 13 for Washington, which forced the Lynx into a series-high 13 turnovers.
But the Mystics scored only 31 second-half points in their sixth loss in as many games against Minnesota in 2017, including regular season and playoffs.
— junior college volleyball on Sunday
NIACC 3-1 Ellsworth (25-27, 25-16, 25-23, 25-14)
NIACC 3-2 Dakota County (23-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 15-11)
NIACC now 4-9 overall, hosts DMACC Wednesday night at 7:00 PM
MASON CITY — The NIACC soccer teams both fell to Indian Hills on Saturday at home. The 16th-ranked Indian Hills women shut out NIACC 4-0. Indian Hills scored two goals in each half. The Lady Trojans fall to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The Indian Hills men scored five unanswered goals in the second half to beat NIACC 6-1. NIACC’s lone goal came from Kalle Kantelinen with 15:28 left in the first half. The NIACC men fall to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Both NIACC teams host Hawkeye Community College in a conference contest on Wednesday afternoon.