Twins rally twice against Detroit, pull within half-game of Central leading White Sox

Max Kepler tied the game with a solo home run in the eighth inning and drove in Eddie Rosario with the winning run in the 10th as the Twins rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, Tuesday at Target Field.

The win pulled the Twins within a half game of American League Central-leading Chicago and kept Minnesota a 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Byron Buxton and Mitch Garver also homered for Minnesota, which holds the fourth seed in the expanded AL playoffs with four games remaining.

Taylor Rogers (2-4) gave up the go-ahead run in the 10th but earned the victory. It was the Twins’ fourth walk-off victory of the season.

In the 10th, Rosario scored pinch-runner Jake Cave with a soft single to center off Br...

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Gerrit Cole has sharp playoff prep as Yankees beat Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Gerrit Cole limited the Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs, and Aaron Hicks drove in three runs in a 12-1 rout over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Cole (7-3) struck out seven and walked none, inducing 11 ground-ball outs and 14 swings and misses. His one mistake was Cavan Biggio’s sole homer in the fourth.

Cole finished his first season with the Yankees with a 2.84 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 73 innings after signing a $324-million (U.S.), nine-year contract as a free agent with the team he rooted for growing up.

He allowed three earned runs in his last 27 innings, dropping his ERA from 3.91 at the end of August after the second of three straight losses that followed 20 consecutive winning decisions.

Cole’s surge coincided wi...

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Texas State basketball coach resigns after accusations from ex-Washington State guard Jaylen Shead – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 PST

Three months after former Washington State guard Jaylen Shead accused Danny Kaspar of making racially insensitive comments to Shead and other members of Texas State’s basketball team, the Bobcats coach resigned from his post, the school announced Tuesday.

The university is promoting assistant Terrence Johnson to the interim coaching position for the 2020-21 season. Texas State won’t provide any additional comments about Kaspar’s resignation, according to a school release.

Shead, who spent one season at Washington State after transferring from Texas State, shared his experience playing under Kaspar in a Twitter post earlier this summer, implying his decision to leave the Bobcats before the 2019-20 season was largely tied to the racist remarks allegedly made by the program’s seventh-...

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Restaurant updates: Jameson’s Irish Bar debuts, Tria and others reopen for dining

After almost two months of revamping the place, Jameson’s Irish Bar in the former Cherokee Sirloin Room in West St. Paul is now up and running. The Rubenzer family purchased the restaurant, in operation since 1933, in July 2017. The pandemic gave the family some time to reimagine the place, and they’ve spent the last few weeks revamping the concept and giving the space a remodel.

The space includes Jameson’s Irish Bar and the Bella Room, available for private events. “A passion that I’ve always had was collecting salt and pepper shakers and you will see those throughout the restaurant. We also discovered many relics in the basement including original paintings for the old Cherokee Tavern,” said owner/executive chef  Brian Rubenzer in a news release...

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Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach after blowing up front office

CHICAGO—Billy Donovan wasn’t on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he’s won everywhere he’s coached.

That he’s headed to Chicago might be a surprise, only because big and bold moves have been few and far between for the team. Then again, these aren’t the same old Bulls.

Chicago struck it big Tuesday, hiring Donovan and landing one of the top candidates on the market to lead a rebuilding team with an overhauled front office.

The 55-year-old Donovan spent the past five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World.

In a statement, Donovan thanked ownership and said he’s looking forward to working with new e...

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Seattle City Council votes to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of police and public-safety budget changes – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 PST

The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of council bills meant to shrink the police force and scale up community solutions this year. Council members chose to stick with the 2020 budget bills instead of a substitute proposal that the mayor had said she could accept.

The veto-override votes on the three bills were preceded by more than an hour of public comments, with most speakers urging council members to “hold the line” against the mayor and show they were listening to the Black Lives Matter movement. Several council members then sharply defended the bills as reasonable first steps toward revamping public safety in Seattle.

Councilmembers Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez dissented on one of three veto overrides; the other two overrides were u...

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Brave New Workshop: Highlights and notable careers launched

Dudley Riggs, an acrobat who became a comedy impresario by founding the Brave New Workshop comedy theater, died Tuesday morning at age 88. Here’s a Workshop timeline, along with a list of notable careers Riggs helped launch.

1932: Dudley Riggs is born into a show-business family in Little Rock, Ark.

1958: Riggs opens the Cafe Espresso on University Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, where performers of various stripes are presented.

1961: In collaboration with a pair of St. Paul Pioneer Press staffers, Riggs forms the improvisation and sketch comedy troupe, Brave New Workshop.

1965: Brave New Workshop moves to 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., its home (most of the time) until 2011.

1971: A second stage, Dudley Riggs’ ETC, opens in the Seven Corners neighborhood and houses performances until 1991...

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Dave Feschuk: If the Maple Leafs are smart, they’ll copy the Lightning blueprint instead of trying to reinvent the wheel

The Stanley Cup final is taking place in a mostly empty arena in Edmonton featuring two teams based in the southern United States. But if you’re a fan of Toronto’s NHL franchise, you can only hope the lessons of the championship series are hitting home in Leafland.

There’s plenty to be learned from the journey of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who, after deadlocking the series at one game apiece with Monday’s win, find themselves three wins away from hoisting the big trophy in their series against the Dallas Stars. And the teaching moments that apply to Toronto go well beyond the obvious — specifically, how the Lightning put the pieces back together after an historically disappointing opening-round exit at the hands of an inferior but undeniably dogged Columbus franchise.

An April ag...

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100 years ago in Spokane: Jiu jitsu artist flings policemen all over the mat – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 PST

Taro Miyaku, a local “ju jitsu artist,” staged a demonstration for Spokane police officers in how to “make much bigger men beg for mercy.”

The result?

He threw the big officers “all over the gym.”

Miyaku cajoled some of the wary officers into stepping onto the mat with him by saying, “Come, I do it easy – not hurt you.”

But then, “some big officer would step up, get ready,” and before he knew what had happened, bystanders would have to pick the officer up from “a corner of the gym where Taro had ‘gently’ placed him.”

The Spokane police chief summed it up by saying, “Taro handled those men as if they were schoolboys.”

After all of the officers had tried their luck, Taro and a local wrestler, Tom Grant, demonstrated some of the moves that the officers coul...

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Loons’ Adrian Heath, Kei Kamara believe they can strike simpatico partnership

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath likes his side to deliver plentiful crosses into the opposing box, and striker Kei Kamara has made a living on getting on the end of those kinds of passes to score goals.

These compatibilities have converged with Kamara’s trade from Colorado Rapids last week, and it could be deployed for the first time when the Loons face Columbus Crew at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“I remember a game in the last year that we played Kei’s team,” Loons manager Adrian Heath said Tuesday. “… He said to me after the game, ‘I would have scored five if I were to play for you.’ ”

Kamara, who is fifth all time in MLS history with 129 career goals, said Heath’s system is “really attractive.”

“Hopefully I’m able to adapt to the system really fast, so I can b...

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