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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Rangers score late again to defeat Minnesota, take three of four

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MINNEAPOLIS --  Texas youngster Rougned Odor lifted a sac-fly to plate the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and the Rangers held on for a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field yesterday.  Robinson Chirinos singled in the tying run for Texas in the sixth.  Shin-Soo Choo had a three-run double in the second to give the Rangers the early lead.  Alexi Ogando got the win in relief and Joakim Soria notched his 10th save as Texas took three-of-four in the series.  Casey Fien took the loss for Minnesota.  Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer and also singled in a run for the Twins in the setback.  Minnesota is at New York tonight to begin a three-game weekend series.

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The Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series against the Yankees tonight in New York.  Minnesota will then head to Milwaukee for a four-game home-and-home series with the Brewers.  Ricky Nolasco gets the ball tonight for the Twins.  He is 2-and-5 with a 6.12 ERA in 10 starts.  The Yankees will counter with left-hander Vidal Nuno, who is 1-and-1 with a 5.49 ERA.

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The Minnesota State-Mankato baseball team staved off elimination for the third straight day with a 5-1 win over Southern Indiana at the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series in North Carolina.  The Mavericks are now 48-and-10 on the season, while Southern Indiana suffered its first defeat in the tourney and plays MSU-Mankato again this afternoon.  The winner advances to the NCAA title game, while the loser is out of the field.  Southern Indiana is 48-and-12 on the year.  Today's game is set for 4 p.m.  

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The Minnesota Vikings continue Organized Team Activities today.  The team will then have the weekend off before holding their second set of OTA's next Tuesday through Thursday.  The final session of OTA's are June 9th-to-12th and mandatory minicamp is set for June 17th-to-19th.  Vikes linebacker Chad Greenway says they certainly listening closely to what new head coach Mike Zimmer is trying to say.

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The executive director of the NFL's Players' Association is crying foul over a disciplinary double-standard.  DeMaurice Smith tells ESPN that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is guilty of treating owners and players differently when it comes to the timeliness of assessing suspensions and fines for misconduct.  Smith specifically pointed to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who has yet to face any league discipline after being arrested in March on charges of impaired driving and possession of controlled substances.  Irsay was formally charged with two misdemeanors this past Sunday.  The Colts owner has continued to work in the interim, taking part in the NFL Draft and attending the recent owners meetings in Atlanta as part of Indianapolis' failed Super Bowl 52 bid.

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The WNBA Minnesota Lynx look to remain perfect on the season as they host the San Antonio Stars tonight in the first end of a home-and-home at the Target Center.  The teams will also meet on Sunday in San Antonio.  Minnesota is 5-and-0 after Monday's 75-72 victory in Chicago.  The Stars sit at 3-and-2.  Tonight's tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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The NBA continues to take its game global.  The league will play two regular-season games in Mexico City and London next season.  The Timberwolves and Houston Rockets will play at Mexico City Arena on November 12th, while the New York Knicks face the Milwaukee Bucks at London's O2 Arena on January 15th. 

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We are one win away in each conference from the first NBA Finals rematch since the late 90s.  The Spurs rocked the Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals, 117-89, at the AT&T Center.  San Antonio leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can close it out in Oklahoma City on Saturday.  Neither team has won a game on the road.  In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat take shot number-two at locking up a spot in the championship round tonight in Game Six against the Pacers.  Indiana kept its season alive with a 93-90 victory on Wednesday in Game Five.  Miami has a 3-2 lead in the series and hopes to not have to go back to Indiana for Game Seven.    

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The New York Rangers are heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.  Dominic Moore scored the only goal late in the second period as the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden.  Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves for his team-record tying ninth career postseason shutout.  The Blueshirts are seeking their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history but the first since 1994.  Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced for Montreal, which was trying to reach the finals for the first time since winning it all in 1993.  New York will travel to either Chicago or Los Angeles for Game One of the Stanley Cup Final next Wednesday.  The Kings currently lead the Blackhawks 3-2 in the West Final with Game Six on Friday in LA.

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is just up the road as it drives into Dover this weekend for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks.  Sunday's race gets underway at 1:00 from the Monster Mile.  Jeff Gordon currently leads the standings by 11 points over Matt Kenseth.

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