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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Twins stop losing streak

ARLINGTON, Tex. - Minnesota designated hitter Kendrys Morales delivered the eventual game-winning double and helped the Twins knock off the Rangers 3-2 in Arlington yesterday. 

Jorge Polanco and Joe Mauer plated a run each for the Twins, who snap a five-game skid.  Kyle Gibson tossed eight innings of two-run ball for his seventh win of the season and Glen Perkins struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 20th save.  Joakim Soria took the loss after surrendering a run in the ninth to fall to 1-and-3.  Robinson Chirinos collected three hits and went deep for Texas, which snaps a two-game win streak.  The Twins host Kansas City tonight to open a three-game series at Target Field.

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Minnesota center Janel McCarville dropped in a game-high 22 points as the WNBA Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 74-69 yesterday at Target Center to earn a split in their home-and-home series.  Maya Moore racked up 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four blocks for Minnesota, which improved to 12-and-5 on the season.  The Lynx host the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and other NBA teams are looking ahead to free agency.  The NBA's free agency negotiating period begins tomorrow, while players cannot officially sign until July 8th.  Players cannot officially sign until July 8th. The Minnesota Timberwolves are still interested in making a deal that could involve star forward Kevin Love.  Minnesota and Golden State were in talks to send guard Klay Thompson to the T'wolves in a potential deal for Love.  Yahoo! Sports reports if that falls apart, the Timberwolves could be interested in Rockets forward Chandler Parsons.

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With the draft in the rear-view mirror, the NHL is shifting focus towards free agency.  The free agency period begins tomorrow while the NHL has set a salary cap of $69-million.  The Minnesota Wild will be looking on a handful of players, including former University of Minnesota star Thomas Vanek.

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Wednesday is a potential big day for college football recruiting.  Defensive end Jashon Cornell of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, along with linebacker Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati, are announcing where they will verbally commit to play college football.  Cornell says he is choosing among Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.  Minnesota is not on his list of finalists.  The pair of players have indicated in the past that they plan to attend the same school.

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The Netherlands and Costa Rica are advancing to the quarterfinals at the World Cup in Brazil.  Holland picked up a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in Fortaleza on Sunday.  The Netherlands now has a quarterfinal date with Costa Rica, which needed penalties to get past Greece.  Today, France clashes with Nigeria and Germany meets Algeria.  The U.S. battles Belgium in the Round of 16 tomorrow.

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Simon Pagenaud took Race 2 of the Grand Prix of Houston yesterday.  Schmidt Peterson teammate Mikhail Aleshin finished second in the 90-lap battle.  Carlos Huertas won on Saturday in Race 1 from Houston.  The IndyCar Series heads to Pocono Raceway next Sunday.

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Brad Keselowski got a victory in the Quicken Loans 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.  It's his second win of the season and the 12th of his career  Kyle Busch was second while Ryan Newman posted a third-place run.  The Sprint Cup Series is at Daytona next week.

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