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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Chase Elliott's days as a non-winner in NASCAR's premier series came to an end Sunday, Aug. 5, when he drove to victory in Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International circuit in Upstate New York. Elliott, son former Cup champion and Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, mimicked his father's first career victory as that win, too, came on a road course - "Dollar Bill's" first Cup victory came at Riverside in the final race of the 1983 season.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jake Cave hit his first career grand slam and Fernando Rodney picked up his 24th save as the Minnesota Twins held on for a 6-5 victory and a three-game series sweep over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, at Target Field.
CANTON, Ohio—The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was inducted in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday night, Aug. 4, including former players Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher, along with front-office executive Bobby Beathard. Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was the first of four men enshrined to approach tears. The eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro showed deep emotion while reflecting on his late mother, calling her the hardest-working person he's ever known.
MINNEAPOLIS—Max Kepler hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning, Jose Berrios pitched seven effective innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Saturday night, Aug. 4, at Target Field. After the Twins inducted left-hander Johan Santana in their Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony, Kepler produced his fourth three-hit game of the season and 12th of his career. He sandwiched two singles around his 14th homer, a drive to right field off Burch Smith (1-3) that put Minnesota ahead 3-2.
MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Sano had two hits and two RBIs, and reliever Gabriel Moya picked up his first major league victory as the Minnesota Twins snapped a two-game losing streak with a soggy 6-4 victory over Kansas City Royals on Friday night, Aug. 3, at Target Field in Minneapolis.
LOS ANGELES—Candace Parker posted 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the host Los Angeles Sparks to a 79-57 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night, Aug. 2, at Staples Center. Chelsea Gray recorded 18 points and nine assists for the Sparks (16-11). Nneka Ogwumike added 15 points and six rebounds in her return from a three-game illness absence.
Major League Baseball on Thursday announced the postseason schedule, which starts Oct. 2 with the National League wild-card game, followed by the American League edition on Oct. 3. Should a tiebreaker game be needed to determine the wild card, that game will be played Oct. 1. Following the wild card round, the NL Division Series will start Oct. 4, with the league championship series scheduled for Oct. 12. The AL Division series is set to begin Oct. 5, with the championship series on Oct. 13.
Veteran receiver Eric Decker and the New England Patriots are closing in on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. The expected addition comes one day after the Patriots released wideout Jordan Matthews with an injury settlement. Decker reportedly worked out for New England on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Decker, a Cold Spring, Minn., native who played for the Gophers, caught 54 passes for 563 yards and one touchdown last season for the Tennessee Titans. He has topped 1,000 receiving yards three times during a career that began in 2010.
MINNEAPOLIS—Greg Allen had three hits and scored three runs and Jose Ramirez had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs and Francisco Lindor had two hits and scored twice for Cleveland, which won for just the fourth time in 11 meetings with the Twins while improving to 31-15 against American League Central opponents. The Indians lead the second place Twins by nine games in the division.
MINNEAPOLIS—Mitch Garver hit a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the visiting Cleveland Indians 5-4 Monday night in Minneapolis. Miguel Sano opened the inning by drawing a hard-fought walk against Neil Ramirez (0-1), and pinch runner Ehire Adrianza was sacrificed to second by Jake Cave. Two pitches later, Garver lifted a 1-0 fastball over left fielder Michael Brantley's head and was met at second base by his teammates.