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    Share this: New York Liberty coach Sandy Brondello insisted that her team just had to do the “little things” better if it hoped to snap its season-high four-game losing streak. They did so for the better part of three and a half quarters Tuesday night in Minnesota. But it wasn’t enough.
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Royce Lewis hit a grand slam for his first big league homer, capping a nine-run fifth inning that sent the Minnesota Twins past the coronavirus-struck Cleveland Guardians 12-8 Friday night. Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco and Gary Sánchez also homered for Minnesota. The barrage came after Minnesota was shut out in two of its three games against Houston. The Guardians played for the first time since Wednesday’s game at Chicago against the White Sox was called off — that was the first COVID-19-related postponement in the majors this season. Cleveland pitching coach Carl Willis ran the team in place of manager Terry Francona, who entered MLB’s health and safety protocols this week. First base coach Sandy Alomar, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres and hitting analyst Justin Toole also are out. Earlier Friday, Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor was put on the COVID-19-related injured list. Lewis, the Twins’ top prospect who debuted earlier this season, batted twice in the fifth. After doubling in his first trip to the plate in the...
    Courtesy of Vikings The Vikings declined to exercise center Garrett Bradbury's fifth-year option with the May 2 deadline expired. After an exciting draft weekend, the Minnesota Vikings have gone quiet with an important deadline on Monday. The Vikings are expected to let center Garrett Bradbury‘s fifth-year option deadline pass without action on May 2, leaving the 2019 first-round pick on the final year of his rookie contract with plenty left to prove. “As expected, the Vikings on Monday declined the fifth-year contract option of center Garrett Bradbury, putting him in line become a free agent next March,” Pioneer Press beat reporter Chris Tomasson wrote. Bradbury on the 2022 cap sheet at $4.1 million in 2022. Pro Football Focus (PFF) projected his fifth-year option would have cost $13.2 million in 2023. While the Vikings declining Bradbury’s fifth-year option is a lack of optimism, the front office hasn’t brought in competition for the starting center spot through the draft or free agency. Bradbury is the prospective starter for the 2022 season, Tomasson said. The latest Vikings news straight to your...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points,, Minnesota made 22 3-pointers and the Timberwolves won their fifth straight, beating the Sacramento Kings 134-114 on Tuesday night. Malik Beasley matched his career-high with seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points, helping the Timberwolves to their ninth win in 12 games. D’Angelo Russell added 14 points and seven assists. De’Aaron Fox had 29 points, six assists and seven rebounds after missing eight games for Sacramento. Earlier in the day the Kings, who have lost nine of 11, acquired Domantas Sabonis from the Indiana Pacers as part of a six-player trade. The Timberwolves led 102-90 and pushed their lead to 22 after a 9-0 run capped by Russell’s short jumper. Towns scored to make it 124-22 and Jaylen Nowell’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 25. The two teams play each other again on Wednesday. KINGS ACQUIRE SABONIS Minutes before the game began the Kings announced that they traded for Sabonis, a two-time All-Star, while sending guard Tyrese Haliburton to Indiana. Sabonis, the 11th overall pick in 2016, averaged 18.9 points, 12.1 rebounds...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – The Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 7-5  on Sunday. Jorge Polanco homered twice and drove in four runs and Miguel Sanó also hit a home run. Polanco hit a solo home run in the fifth and a three-run shot to right in the sixth to help the Twins build a 7-3 lead. Sanó hit a monstrous two-run homer to left in the fourth. Polanco finished 13 for 40 with five home runs and 10 RBI on Minnesota’s nine-game road trip. Kenta Maeda (5-4) allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts in five innings. He won for the first time since July 4 and Alex Colomé pitched the ninth for his fifth save. Houston has lost four of its last five games. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
    FOX 9 reports: “For a fifth consecutive night, demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center to protest the deadly police shooting of Daunte Wright. Law enforcement appeared to change their response strategy Thursday evening. Officials set up a second line of fencing between the protesters and the police department. Officers also stood farther back from the barricades, creating more distance from the protesters. While the group numbering in the hundreds set up outside the city’s police department on North Humboldt Avenue, police mostly stayed back from fencing, a more laid-back approach compared to confrontations earlier in the week. While the city ordered a 10 p.m. curfew, law enforcement at the police department never issued a dispersal order or threatened arrest for protesters.” The Star Tribune’s David Chanen and Matt McKinney write: “Ongoing clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement at Brooklyn Center police headquarters are sparking sharp criticism of the military-style presence and tactics used to control demonstrations in the wake of Sunday’s police killing of Daunte Wright. A small but growing coalition of activists and Democratic elected leaders have called on...
    ST. PAUL, MINN. (WCCO) — The Minnesota House DFL’s budget includes new income tax bracket for top earners in the state, and some tax relief for small businesses that got Paycheck Protection loans and Minnesotans who received jobless benefits. The tax plan, released Monday, is part of their $52.5 billion spending proposal for the next two-year budget the legislature will need to pass before session adjourns. READ MORE: Health Officials COVID Concerns Grow Over Youth Cases, U.K. Variant Proliferation “Many who are rich and well connected, and who are just plain fortunate, are doing better than ever after this pandemic, and they can afford to be part of the long-term investment that Minnesota needs,” said House DFL Majority Leader Ryan Winkler during a Monday news conference. The proposal creates a fifth tier income tax bracket at 11.15%, which would impact the following: $500,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns and surviving spouses. $250,000 for single taxpayers and married taxpayers filing separate. $400,000 for head of household taxpayers. If approved, the changes would apply to tax year 2021 and onward....
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild blitzed the Los Angeles Kings with three goals in a span of just over three minutes in the first period and held on to win 3-1 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild, who ended the Kings’ six-game winning streak. Minnesota’s last loss was to the Kings in Los Angeles on Feb. 16. That was Minnesota’s first game back after a two-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols. READ MORE: Friday Is Declared Tyler Johnson Day Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots for the Wild, holding the Kings scoreless until Jeff Carter’s goal late in the third period in his first action since Feb. 2. “It’s a long time to be out,” said Bjugstad, who along with Talbot was one of 15 Wild players who were sidelined with the coronavirus. “Coming back from COVID those first few games are tough. And he came out with lots of energy and lots of confidence.” Of course, it never hurts when your teammates give...
    Jacksonville Jaguars fans have taken an interesting approach to help the team acquire a higher pick in the 2021 NFL Draft next spring. Former Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, and then to the Baltimore Ravens over a three-month span, but the reason the Jaguars fans are so persistent to get Ngakoue to the 2020 Pro Bowl is because the team will receive an upgrade in draft-pick compensation. VIKINGS' KIRK COUSINS REFLECTS ON FIRST MONDAY WIN: 'IT’S ALL ABOUT PLAYING WELL AND DOING MY PART' The Jaguars would go from a 2021 fifth-rounder to a fourth-rounder as a conditional stipulation of their initial trade with the Vikings in August if the fifth-year defensive end were voted in. SEAHAWKS' JAMAL ADAMS OPENS UP ABOUT DEPRESSION BATTLE IN NY: 'THEY DO NOT WANT TO WIN' “Vote Yannick Ngakoue to the Pro Bowl so that we get a 4th round pick from Minnesota instead of a 5th! VOTE and make your voice heard,” the Twitter account for the Jaguars-centric blog Big Cat Country tweeted Wednesday, along with a...
    The Minnesota Vikings didn’t get a ton of value for Yannick Ngakoue. After a long standoff with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue finally got his wish to leave Duval County granted, as the Minnesota Vikings were able to acquire him in exchange for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick. While he has continued to perform in Minnesota, their own poor record means that he is on the move again. Adam Schefter confirmed that the 1-5 Vikings decided to end Ngakoue’s tenure as a Vikings after just under two months of time, trading him to his hometown Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and 2022 fifth-round pick. Essentially, the Vikings decided to move down 50 spots in the draft order while getting one win from Ngakoue. That’s not optimal. Vikings and Ravens finalizing a trade to send DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick, sources tell ESPN. Vikings initially sent 2021 second-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Jags. Now get most back. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings have traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for undisclosed draft choices. The team announced the move Thursday morning. That… didn’t last long. https://t.co/svSFKGpVag — Norman Seawright III, M.S. ???? (@SeawrightSays) October 22, 2020 The fifth-year pass-rushing specialist joined the Vikings from the Jacksonville Jaguars right before the season started. Minnesota sent a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth round pick to the Jaguars to acquire Ngakoue. At the time, the deal was a long time coming for Ngakoue, who was pushing for a trade out of the Jaguars. This is a developing sports story, so check back for more.
    KSTP-TV reports: “State lawmakers will be back at the capitol Monday as Minnesota’s fifth special session begins. Gov. Tim Walz is looking to extend the state’s peacetime emergency another 30 days. Walz said the coronavirus is unpredictable and the emergency declaration allows the state to respond quickly. Critics say he is abusing his power. Lawmakers may also take up a bonding bill this special session after two failed attempts to pass one in May and July.” Says Joe Carlson for the Star Tribune, “As a part-time nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Megan Murphy has twice been forced to take a leave from work this summer while waiting to get tested for COVID-19. On both occasions, Murphy had good reason to believe she’d been exposed to the virus and stayed home, as required by hospital policies, to limit spread of the disease. Each time, it took four to five days to line up an appointment and get the results. Both tests came back negative. But a snafu delayed the results of Murphy’s first test and left her without...
    Green Bay Packers fifth-round pick Kamal Martin underwent knee surgery this week and could miss up to two months of action.  Injuries are always going to happen during training camps leading up to the season. This is something the Green Bay Packers, unfortunately, have to deal with this fall with one of their most recent NFL Draft picks. On Wednesday morning, news broke that Packers 2020 fifth-round selection Kamal Martin has underdone knee surgery to repair his injured meniscus. It’s rough news for the rookie inside linebacker, who is now expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Martin had been pushing to see some serious playing time at the start of 2020, but he’ll now have to wait to showcase his stuff to fans. Promising #Packers LB Kamal Martin had surgery on his meniscus yesterday, source confirmed. He’s likely out 6-8 weeks, making him an IR/designated to return candidate. https://t.co/N9kTIz1wPX — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2020 Kamal Martin was the 175th overall pick in the 2020 NFL DraftIt goes without saying, but this is definitely some tough news for Martin. He had...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar’s victory over primary challenger Antone Melton-Meaux might have felt familiar to anyone paying close attention to the history of elections in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. Melton-Meaux, who ran more as a personality than policy foil to Omar, banked a considerable amount of campaign cash and won high-profile DFLers support. He waged   a serious lawn sign and mailer campaign, and some speculated there could be an upset in the district. In the end, the race wasn’t that close. Omar won 58 percent of the district’s vote, compared to Melton-Meaux’s 39 percent. Looking closely at the returns, it’s clear how that happened: while Melton-Meaux won considerable support in parts of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs, it wasn’t enough to overcome Omar’s edge in the bulk of Minneapolis, the increasingly progressive voting bloc that dominates the district. Article continues after advertisement Her win, thanks to Minneapolis, echoes the primary win of her predecessor and now Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in 2006. Over time, activists have built a turnout machine that’s energized immigrant communities and the working class....
    Voters in Minnesota may sink one member of “the Squad” who’s facing fierce competition from a newcomer with surprising fundraising abilities. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American refugee, won the DFL Party’s endorsement and is a member of “the Squad” – the collective name given newly elected Democratic women of color in Congress after the 2018 election, including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib; and Massachusetts’ Ayanna Pressley. Omar is well known as a firebrand freshman who frequently clashes with President Donald Trump. But the Star Tribune backed newcomer progressive Antone Melton-Meaux, a Black mediator and attorney who is neck-and-neck with Omar in cash raised in one of the most expensive Congressional races in Minnesota. “Melton-Meaux brings a different sensibility to this race, one grounded in helping resolve disputes to move forward – a skill this country is much in need of. His thoughtful approach holds out the promise of building common ground,” the Tribune wrote. “Whether it’s health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux appears progressive, but pragmatic.” For example, Melton-Meaux wants to...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Welcome to this week’s edition of the D.C. Memo. This week from Washington, the Fifth District primary, Jason Lewis responds to MinnPost’s coverage and Andy Slavitt says something hopeful on COVID-19. The CD-5 primary Rep. Ilhan Omar’s most prominent challenger in the DFL primary is Antone Melton-Meaux, a newcomer to DFL politics. Who’s funding Melton-Meaux? Where did he come from? You can read more at MinnPost. HuffPost also has a breakdown of the race, primarily looking at how right-leaning Israeli policy groups are targeting Omar and assisting Melton-Meaux. Here’s a bit of it: Antone Melton-Meaux, 47, the Minneapolis attorney seeking to unseat Omar, 37, in the state’s Aug. 11 Democratic primaries, raised more than $1.5 million in May alone. Much of that cash comes from political action committees opposed to more U.S. pressure on the Israeli government. Two such groups, Pro-Israel America and NORPAC, have bundled...
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