Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Logan Forsythe had a career-high five hits and Jorge Polanco drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Detroit Tigers 15-8. The teams combined for seven homers, with Polanco’s three-run shot accounting for one of three by the Twins.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – Jacksonville and Minnesota each fell one game short of the Super Bowl last season. These teams had another important trait in common: dominant defense. The Vikings finished first in the NFL last season with both the fewest yards and points allowed, and that didn’t go unnoticed by the Jaguars. They were second and, naturally, not pleased about it. These joint practices the teams conducted in Minnesota this week gave Jacksonville’s proud group an opportunity to show off those skills.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Following P.J. Fleck’s whirlwind takeover of the program at Minnesota and a forgettable first year on the field, the newness is finally out of the way for the Gophers. Except for the quarterbacks. Regardless of whether redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan or true freshman Zack Annexstad is chosen as the starter for 2018, the first snap of the season will also be the first of his career. The Gophers open the season Aug. 30 against New Mexico State.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota State football coach Chris Klieman says his players know the program has created a monster. The Bison have won six of the last seven Football Championship Subdivision titles, including last season’s victory over 2016 champ James Madison. Klieman’s team is picked at the top of all preseason FCS polls. The Bison return 24 seniors and 13 starters. They open the season with four straight home games, beginning with Cal Poly on Sept. 1.