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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Rangers send Twins to fourth straight loss

MINNEAPOLIS --  Texas infielder Elvis Andrus broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the fifth inning as the Texas Rangers cruised to a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins from Target Field yesterday. 

Andrus went 3-for-5, while Chris Gimenez and Alex Rios each had two hits apiece.  Nick Tepesch (TEPP-ish) won his second straight start to improve to 2-and-0.  Texas has now won five of its last six games.  Kevin Correia fell to 2-and-6 after giving up four runs in seven innings for Minnesota.  Kurt Suzuki, Aaron Hicks and Eduardo Escobar all collected two hits each in the loss.  Trevor Plouffe (PLOOF) homered in the first for Minnesota.  The Twins have lost four straight.  The same two teams play tonight in Minneapolis.


Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points and Seimone Augustus added 17 as the Lynx edged the Sky 75-72 yesterday in Chicago.  Maya Moore donated 14 points for Minnesota, which remains perfect on the season at 5-0.  The Lynx host the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday.  


The Sacramento Kings are willing to take a risk.  Yahoo Sports is reporting Sacramento is willing to trade for Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love without an assurance he would re-sign with the team.  The package would start with the number-eight overall pick in the 2014 Draft and involve other players.  The Kings want to create a front court of Love and DeMarcus Cousins.  The former UCLA product can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2015 summer. 


The Miami Heat moved one game away from a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance Monday night.  LeBron James went off for 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the Heat's 102-90 whooping of the Pacers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena.  Miami has a 3-1 lead and can close out the series on Wednesday in Game Five at Indianapolis.  The Thunder and Spurs square off in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.  OKC trails 2-1 after winning Game Three 106-97. 


The Los Angeles Kings are just one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final.  Former Wild star Marian Gaborik scored in the first period as the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in Game Four of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center.  Drew Doughty lit the lamp in the second and Tanner Pearson added an empty netter in the final minute for LA, which takes a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven set.  The Kings can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win in Game Five on Wednesday in Chicago.  Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell both scored for Chicago in defeat.  On Tuesday, the New York Rangers can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win over the Canadiens in Game Five in Montreal.  New York leads the East finals 3-1.


The Minnesota Vikings begin the first set of Organized Team Activities tomorrow.  The team will practice for three days this week.  They will also hold OTA's June 3rd-to-5th, and June 9th-to-12th.  Mandatory minicamp is June 17th-to-19th.


"Tell All You Know" won the 20th running of the Honor the Hero Stakes at Canterbury Park in Shakopee yesterday.  The five-year-old thoroughbred set a track record by covering the five furlong turf course in 55.85-seconds.  Dylan Davis rode the horse to the winner's circle.  "Castletown" was second and "El SeventySeven" was third in the $75,000 race.


The college baseball season came to an end for St. Thomas yesterday in the NCAA Division III Final Four.  The Tommies were eliminated by Emory of Georgia 10-7 in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Emory will face UW-Whitwater for the national championship today.  Minnesota State-Mankato lost its opening round game in the NCAA Division II World Series on Monday in Cary, North Carolina.  The Mavericks fell to Seton Hill, 4-2.  MSU-Mankato will face St. Thomas Aquinas of New York today in an elimination game at 2 p.m.


American Ryan Hunter-Reay is drinking the milk and celebrating his first win at the Indianapolis 500.  The 33-year-old edged out three-time champion Helio Castroneves down the stretch for the victory on Sunday.  Hunter-Reay is the 2012 IndyCar Series champion and the first American to win the Indy 500 since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.  Marco Andretti finished third while Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top-five.  NASCAR's Kurt Busch finished sixth before racing in the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.  He failed to finish the NASCAR race, placing 40th after engine failure.  Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR race.