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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seimone Augustus escaped a serious injury, which was the only scare for the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night. The defending champion Lynx raced ahead by 33 points before coasting to a 98-69 victory over the Washington Mystics, getting 20 points in 21 minutes from Augustus. The two-time Olympic gold medalist left the game midway through the third quarter after spraining her right ankle when she came down on a defender's foot.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Christian Ponder isn't a rookie anymore. In his second preseason with Minnesota, he looks a lot more polished than that. Ponder threw a first-quarter touchdown pass in a sharp three-possession appearance and the Vikings breezed to a 36-14 victory Friday night over the Buffalo Bills, who saw a decent performance from backup quarterback candidate Vince Young but not much else.
The Minnesota Zoo will hold a special "open house" so spectators can say "bon voyage" to Allie and Semo, bottlenose dolphins that are being relocated so their tank can be repaired.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate has ordered Minnesota to create a task force to explore less-restrictive custody options for sex offenders in the state's civil commitment program who rarely go free under the current system. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan issued the order Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit filed by sex offenders in the program, which allows the state to hold sex offenders beyond their prison sentences indefinitely if they're considered dangerous.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota employers added 6,800 jobs in July, the second month in a row that the state gained jobs. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says despite the job gains, July unemployment climbed slightly to 5.8 percent, from 5.6 percent a month earlier. Spokesman Kyle Uphoff says the number of people seeking work outstripped the number of new jobs created. Minnesota's unemployment remains well below the national rate of 8.3 percent.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes on a residential neighborhood in a rebel-held town killed over 40 people and wounded at least 100 others including many women and children, international watchdog Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The strikes on the town of Azaz in northern Syria a day earlier leveled the better part of a poor neighborhood and sent panicked civilians fleeing for cover. So many were wounded that the local hospital locked its doors, directing residents to drive their injured to the nearby Turkish border for treatment on the other side.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A national group working to defeat the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Minnesota is launching its first TV ad. The group Freedom to Marry will run its ad on TV and cable networks in the Twin Cities and Duluth. Supporters say the ad buy is in the mid-six figures and will run for several weeks.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Thursday in southern Afghanistan, the NATO military coalition said. The Taliban claimed their fighters shot down the aircraft. NATO said it is investigating the cause of the crash. The coalition had no immediate comment on the insurgents' claim that they shot down the helicopter.
MANKATO (AP) — The NFL season starts for Minnesota on Sept. 9, barely eight months after Adrian Peterson had reconstructive surgery on his ripped-up left knee. Despite the medical advances that have made comebacks from anterior cruciate ligament quicker than ever, Peterson’s return for the opener against the Jaguars was always on an optimistic timetable. But for the star Vikings running back, that hasn’t really been a goal. Belief is more like it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tigers starter Max Scherzer was visibly frustrated on the mound when he walked the first two Twins he faced in the second inning. Scherzer's bout with wildness was brief. He recovered quickly at Minnesota's expense. Miguel Cabrera became the first player in Tigers history to reach 30 home runs in five straight seasons and Scherzer struck out 10 batters over seven scoreless innings for Detroit in a 5-1 victory over Cole De Vries and the Twins on Wednesday.