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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Twins swept in weekend series with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO  ( - Michael Morse knocked in four runs and Madison Bumgarner turned in a gem on the mound as the San Francisco Giants finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with an 8-1 rout at AT&T Park.

Morse recorded a career-high three doubles to lead San Francisco's offensive barrage, while Bumgarner (6-3) racked up 10 strikeouts and yielded a mere three hits over seven innings of one-run ball to post his fourth consecutive winning decision. Hunter Pence also had three hits, including a solo homer, and Gregor Blanco went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Giants' seventh straight interleague win dating back to last season. San Francisco battered Ricky Nolasco (2-5) for seven runs and nine hits before the Twins starter was lifted after just 4 2/3 innings. Danny Santana finished with two of Minnesota's four hits.


The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Anthony Barr, their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Barr was chosen with the ninth overall selection earlier this month after a standout collegiate career at UCLA. In his final two seasons, he totaled 151 tackles, 23 1/2 sacks, 40 1/2 tackles for loss and nine forced fumbles. An All-Pac-12 selection in 2012 as a junior, he was a finalist for numerous honors in his senior season of 2013 when he notched 10 sacks and 18 1/2 tackles for loss. The Vikings inked their other first-round pick, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater last week also signed safety Antone Exum, a sixth-round choice out of Virginia Tech.


Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 after beating Helio Castroneves to the finish line by the slimmest of margins on Sunday. Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar Series champion, crossed the line just 0.060 seconds ahead of Castroneves, making it the second-smallest margin of victory in the history of this prestigious automobile race. The record for closest finish ever in the Indy 500 occurred in 1992, when Al Unser Jr. won by only 0.043 seconds over Scott Goodyear. Hunter-Reay, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, became the first American to win the Indy 500 since Sam Hornish Jr. did it in 2006. "It's a dream come true. I can't even believe it," said Hunter-Reay, who started 19th in his No. 28 Andretti Autosport car. "It hasn't even sunk in yet. A dream has come true today. I'm a proud American boy, that's for sure." In last year's Indy 500, Hunter-Reay held the lead for the final restart with three laps left, but Tony Kanaan pulled ahead of Hunter-Reay for the top spot just before Dario Franchitti crashed into the wall, forcing the race to end under caution. Kanaan won the Indy 500 for the first time in his 12th attempt, while Hunter-Reay ended up finishing third. Hunter-Reay's first victory in this race came in his seventh try. The Indy 500 featured 34 lead changes among 11 drivers and moved at a pace of 186.563 mph, which was second quickest to last year's record pace of 187.433 mph. Hunter-Reay led the most laps with 56, followed by Castroneves with 38. The fourth and final caution occurred with 10 laps remaining when Townsend Bell spun out and backed it hard into the turn 2 wall. Debris from Bell's heavily-damaged car littered the track, prompting IndyCar officials to display the red flag and stop the race briefly for cleanup efforts. Hunter-Reay led the way for the last restart with six laps to go, but Castroneves pulled ahead of him with five laps left. Hunter-Reay then made a bold move to the inside of Castroneves and reclaimed the lead for good on the following lap. The margin between Hunter-Reay and Castroneves when they crossed the line to complete the penultimate lap was a scant 0.0235 seconds.


The University of Minnesota softball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division I Tournament Sunday with a 6-2 loss to No. 1 ranked Oregon at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks led 3-2 and scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning for some breathing room. Oregon outhit Minnesota 9-3. The Golden Gophers were beaten twice in the best two-out-of-three Super Regional. The Gophers finished with a 44-12 overall record.  


The University of St. Thomas softball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division III College World Series in Tyler, Texas yesterday in a 3-2 loss to Sailsbury in extra innings. The Tommies finish 44-7 overall. Meanwhile in Appleton, Wisconsin, the Tommy baseball team is still active in their College World Series but took their first loss by a 10-4 to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater last night. The Tommies will take on the winner of the Emory/Southern Maine match-up today at 4:30 p.m. If they win this game they will face UW-Whitewater again tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. and will have to beat them twice to win the national championship.