(AP) - After one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory, the NBA is getting ready to ramp up again. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors open training camp on Saturday as they prepare to take a trip to China for two exhibition games early next month. The rest of the league opens on Tuesday, and everyone will be chasing the Warriors again.
DETROIT (AP) - Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Minnesota Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1. The Twins are 2 ½ games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With cornerback Xavier Rhodes in coverage, the Minnesota Vikings will be ready for Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston. Rhodes was in his final season at Florida State when Winston was the scout team quarterback. Winston won the Heisman Trophy the following year while leading the Seminoles to the national championship. The Buccaneers visit the Vikings on Sunday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay can't be sure who's playing quarterback for Minnesota this week, so the Buccaneers are preparing for Sam Bradford and Case Keenum. They're also expecting a heavy dose of rookie running back Dalvin Cook, regardless of who's under center for the Vikings on Sunday. Cook leads the NFC in rushing through two games.
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