The Sports Xchange
Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player Y.A. Tittle died Sunday, Oct. 8. He was 90. LSU, his alma mater, confirmed on Monday that Tittle passed while surrounded by his family and friends.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings signed Stevan Ridley and placed fellow running back Dalvin Cook on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 5. Cook sustained a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions. The rookie recorded 74 carries for 354 yards and two touchdowns in four games for the Vikings (2-2), who visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Ridley had brief stints with the Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons in 2016 after playing in eight games with the New York Jets the previous season.
NEW YORK -- Luis Severino was knocked out just one out into the first inning, but Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, and the New York Yankees stormed back for an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Legendary pro wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Sunday, Sept. 17. He had battled throat and lung cancer since 2002. Heenan most notably managed Nick Bockwinkel in the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association before before joining the WWE. He later managed such stars as Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy and "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
MINNEAPOLIS -- No team ever homered in each of the first six innings of a game before Tuesday. The Minnesota Twins accomplished that feat, then homered in the seventh inning, too, as they routed the San Diego Padres 16-0. The seven homers were a Target Field record and a season high for the Twins.
MINNEAPOLIS—Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco loves facing Chicago White Sox pitchers. Polanco has hit nine home runs this season. Seven of those have come against Chicago, including two in Minnesota's 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday. Polanco's bat was one of several highlights for Minnesota in the series-opening victory. Byron Buxton continued his hot August with an early RBI, and Eduardo Escobar drove in a pair of runs to back a strong start from right-hander Ervin Santana.
MILWAUKEE — Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton had three hits each as the Minnesota Twins extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Miller Park. Minnesota completed a four-game sweep of the teams' home-and-home interleague series. Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each finished with two of the Twins' 12 hits. Minnesota starter Dietrich Enns went 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut, allowing two runs, only one earned, on five hits.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Backup quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke led third-quarter touchdown drives to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 17-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night in Orchard Park. The Vikings improved to 13-1 in preseason games under coach Mike Zimmer, while the Bills didn't do much to impress in new coach Sean McDermott's preseason debut.
Former major league slugger and manager Don Baylor died Monday of cancer. He was 68. "Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life," his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement. Baylor, who played 19 seasons in his major league career and was the 1979 American League MVP, died at a hospital in his native Austin, Texas, after a 14-year struggle with multiple myeloma. Baylor played for the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.
LONG POND, Pa.—Kyle Busch claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and broke a winless streak that lasted just over a year with his win of the Overton's 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. The win was the 100th in the Cup Series for Toyota. Kevin Harvick finished second, Martin Truex Jr. was third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth.