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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Vikings' Love suspended for four games

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Sports Network) - Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

The NFL didn't disclose which substance Love was suspended for, but he won't be eligible to return to team's active roster until the day after the September 29 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Love is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. The 25-year-old Love, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, didn't play a regular season contest during his rookie year. He sat out last season due to a damaged pectoral muscle.


Brian Dozier drove in the winning run in the 13th inning as the Minnesota Twins took a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros to open a three-game set at Target Field. Clete Thomas worked a one-out walk off Dallas Keuchel (5-6) and moved to second on Kevin Correia's sacrifice bunt. Dozier then punched a single to right and Thomas scored easily. Dozier had three hits and two RBI while Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each drove in a run for the Twins, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Ryan Pressly (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win while Samuel Deduno was charged with two runs on four hits over six innings in the start. Jason Castro drove in two runs and Matt Dominguez had an RBI for the Astros, who have lost seven of nine. Jarred Cosart gave up a run on five hits over seven innings in the start. 


Seimone Augustus scored 18 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 85-63 win against the San Antonio Silver Stars at Target Center. Augustus knocked down 9-of-14 shots from the field and grabbed six rebounds to lead Minnesota to its eighth straight win. Maya Moore chipped in with 16 points and six rebounds for Minnesota, while Monica Wright added 14 points Shameka Christon led San Antonio with 15 points, but the Silver Stars lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Minnesota controlled the paint, outscoring Minnesota, 50-22, and won the rebound battle, 43-29.