The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Red Bulls continued their winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota UnitedFC—including Bradley Wright-Phillips' 10th goal—in a Major League Soccer match on Saturday at TFC Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Red Bulls (10-8-2) have won five consecutive matches—including two Open Cup contests—and eight of their last 10 overall. Their three-game MLS winning streak gives the Red Bulls 32 points, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
SOUTHPORT, England — Near-perfect weather on moving day Saturday at the 146th Open Championship allowed the best players in the world to get a little payback on what the combination of Mother Nature's whims and Royal Birkdale's challenges had taken away the day before. Among those that were ready to enact a little revenge was Jordan Spieth, who was unflappable in firing a 5-under-par 65 to extend his lead to three strokes over fellow American Matt Kuchar after the third round in Southport, England.
MINNEAPOLIS — Victor Martinez homered twice to support Anibal Sanchez's sixth start of the season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Friday night. Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias each had two hits as the bottom five of the Detroit batting order went 9-for-18. The Tigers beat Minnesota for the fifth time in seven games this season.
Chris Froome inched closer to winning his fourth Tour de France championship on Thursday, July 20, after French rider Warren Barguil overcame the barren slopes of the fearsome Col d'Izoard climb to win Stage 18 in the Alps. Froome (78 hours, eight minutes, 19 seconds) conceded four seconds to Romain Bardet in the overall standings, but still enjoys a 23-second advantage over the second place Frenchman. He also holds a 29-second edge over third-place Rigoberto Uran of Colombia.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Lynx are firing on all cylinders as the WNBA's All-Star break approaches. Minnesota's two All-Star Game starters, Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, were a combined 19-for-26 from the field as the Lynx routed the Dallas Wings 100-74 on Wednesday afternoon, July 19, at Xcel Energy Arena in St. Paul. Minnesota (16-2), which hit the century mark for the second time this year, shot 56.7 percent from the field and held the Wings (10-12) to just 34.7 percent. The Lynx had a 41-28 advantage in rebounding.
NEW YORK — All NBA teams will have four uniform options to choose from starting next season, when the league is going away from traditional home and road appearance. As part of a fresh partnership with Nike as its uniform provider, the NBA completely overhauled the look and feel of its jersey combinations. Every team will choose a home uniform — it will not necessarily follow traditional lines of design or be white in color — and the visiting team can opt to wear one of its four designs provided that uniform selection doesn't blend with the home team.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Lynx struggled for the first 26 minutes. But then they got rolling. The Lynx (15-2), facing a depleted Phoenix team, used a big third-quarter run to take control as they beat the Mercury 81-66 on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Mercury (11-8) were without center Brittney Griner, the league's leading scorer who is out three to four weeks with knee and ankle injuries, and guard Diana Taurasi, who stayed home in Phoenix to rest. It was the sixth game in 12 days for the Mercury.
LOUDON, N.H. — Denny Hamlin claimed his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and the first win of the year for Joe Gibbs Racing Sunday with his victory in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was Hamlin's third win at NHMS. Kyle Larson closed on Hamlin in the closing laps but was unable to catch him. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
HOUSTON—It has become commonplace to assess Mike Fiers' performances based on the number of home runs he allows in an outing, even in those instances where he pitches exceptionally well through the dingers. Appearances like Sunday.
HOUSTON — Eddie Rosario turned a fortuitous bounce into a two-run double and the Minnesota Twins squeezed out a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, Rosario bounced a chopper off the extended glove of Astros left-hander Tony Sipp. The deflected ball squirted past second baseman Jose Altuve, who was sliding in position to field the grounder. Miguel Sano and Max Kepler scored as the ball trickled past Altuve and into shallow right field.