Monday July 31st Local Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Freddy Fermin hit a homer, Maikel Garcia had an RBI double, Ryan Yarbrough gave up one run over seven innings and the Royals completed a sweep of the Twins 2-1. It’s the first sweep by the Royals since last September, which was also against Minnesota. Yarbrough had his best start of the season going seven innings, allowing one earned run and giving up seven hits while fanning five. It’s his third quality start of July and he lowered his ERA to 2.19 in the month of July with 15 strikeouts and just two walks.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have given outside linebacker Danielle Hunter a hefty pay raise. The agreement on a new deal paves the way for the team’s best pass rusher to participate in practice after a months-long contract stalemate. Hunter is a three-time Pro Bowl pick with 71 sacks. He will turn 29 in three months. Hunter reported to training camp last week on schedule after skipping the offseason program and mandatory minicamp. He has yet to join the team on the field.



MINNEAPOLIS — NFL training camps are getting underway and former Iowa star T.J. Hockenson is getting ready for his first full season with the Minnesota Vikings. Hockenson spent part of the summer at Travis Kelce’s “tight ends retreat” in Nashville.

The Vikings are looking to build off last year’s 13-4 record that saw them win the NFC Central.

The Vikings first pre-season game takes place on Thursday August 10th when they travel to Seattle before hosting Tennessee and Arizona in their other two exhibition contests.




UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Kayla McBride hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Lindsay Allen added 16 points and six assists, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun 87-83. Aerial Powers scored 14 points, Jessica Shepard had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Dorka Juhász added 11 points for the Lynx. Minnesota (13-13) has won three games in a row — including an 88-83 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Liberty on Friday. Connecticut (18-7), which had its three-game win streak snapped, is a half-game behind New York in the standings. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists — her fourth triple-double of the season — for the Sun.



BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Lee Hodges shot a 67 in the final round for a wire-to-wire title at the 3M Open in the Twin Cities and his first tour victory. He set tournament records with a 260 and a seven-stroke win in his 65th career start. Hodges started the day with a five-stroke lead on J.T. Poston. The 28-year-old Alabama native was up by three entering the par-5 last hole before tapping in a short putt for his third birdie of the round. Poston had a triple bogey and dropped into a three-way tie for second place with Martin Laird and Kevin Streelman.