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CHICAGO — Trayce Thompson belted a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox to a come-from-behind, 6-5 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday, May 3, in the opener of a four-game series. Thompson's homer off Addison Reed (0-2), the fourth Minnesota pitcher, came on a 3-1 pitch and was a no-doubter over the left field fence at Guaranteed Rate Field. The long ball, Thompson's third of the season, allowed the White Sox to snap a four-game losing streak as they opened a six-game, seven-day homestand.
Justify drew the No. 7 post on Tuesday and was installed as the early 3-1 favorite in the 20-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Trained by four-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, Justify is undefeated, including a victory at the Santa Anita Derby. However, Apollo (1882) is the last horse to win the 1 1/4-mile "Run for the Roses" after not racing as a 2-year-old. Justify and Magnum Moon (6-1, post No. 16) are the only horses in this year's field who did not race as 2-year-olds. UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn is the 5-1 second choice after drawing the No. 14 post.
Matt Ryan is set to become the highest-paid player in the NFL. Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract, establishing a new standard for top-paid NFL quarterbacks at $30 million per season. "Matt is getting what he has earned and we all know the marketplace for a great quarterback," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "League revenues are up, club revenues are up, new stadiums and the players are the heart of the game."
Eddie Rosario hit a home run, Fernando Romero pitched into the sixth inning to win his major league debut and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Twins avoided a sweep in the three-game series to finish their homestand at 2-4 and stop Toronto's three-game winning streak. The 23-year-old Romero (1-0) allowed no runs, four hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings.
The Minnesota Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, selecting the contract of infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Sano's DL placement, announced Tuesday, is retroactive to Saturday. To make room for Petit on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated left-hander Dietrich Enns for release or assignment.
Kickoffs will not be eliminated by the NFL in 2018, but the committee for player safety is planning to recommend modifications for adoption ahead of the regular season. NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent said Tuesday at the league's player-safety summit that major adjustments are being weighed, but eliminating kickoffs is not on the table. Among the options would be adjustments to alignment and formation requirements aimed at making kickoffs and returns a less dangerous play.
MINNEAPOLIS—Justin Smoak and Russell Martin hit home runs, and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays held on to defeat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 Monday night, April 30, at Target Field in Minneapolis. Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez (2-2) allowed four runs, six hits, three walks and had two strikeouts in six innings to earn the win in the opener of a three-game series. Roberto Osuna pitched around a single and a double in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Terence Newman is pushing 40 but he's back for at least one more season with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings announced Monday that they re-signed the veteran cornerback, who began his NFL career in 2003. The 2018 campaign will be the 16th for Newman, who turns 40 on Sept. 4. Newman has played in 221 regular-season games and his 42 career interceptions are the most of any player currently on an NFL roster. Unsigned DeAngelo Hall has 43.
NEW ORLEANS — It was going to take a near-perfect, bogey-free round to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday, especially with the demanding foursome format in play for the final 18 holes of competition. The duo of Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy achieved that goal and more, combining to forge a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to finish at 22-under 266 and claim a one-stroke victory at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on a warm and partly cloudy afternoon just south of the Crescent City.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Joey Logano led a Ford feast on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, beating Kurt Busch to the checkered flag by 0.127 seconds to win the GEICO 500, the 10th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. Logano led the final 42-of-188 laps, a race-high 70 overall, and controlled the action after a 14-car wreck on Lap 166 thinned the field. Logano led the field to the green flag for the final restart on Lap 172 and stayed out front the rest of the way.