MINNEAPOLIS — With a boost from an illegal block penalty by the Buffalo Bills during a punt, the Minnesota Vikings finally crossed midfield with 9:36 left in the third quarter. Their next two plays were an incompletion and an interception. That was a fitting sequence in a game dominated from start to finish by, not the 16½-point favorite Vikings, but the previously winless Bills in the 27-6 decision . “I have not lost faith in this football team, but it just shows you
WASHINGTON — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t be enough. And while support for Trump is near unwavering in the heartland, some growers say that with the November elections nearing, such disappointing aid outcomes could potentially affect their
MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback, hustling to give Buffalo an early lead in his first NFL road start. Then, the Bills turned their defense loose on Kirk Cousins and delivered a stunningly lopsided victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Allen accounted for three touchdowns, making Cousins look like the raw rookie as the Bills beat the Vikings 27-6 on Sunday as 16½-point underdogs. “This is a tough place to play. That’s a good
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Piscotty scored on Trevor Hildenberger’s wild pitch in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics cut their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to one with their second straight walk-off win over the Minnesota Twins, 3-2 on Saturday night. Marcus Semien homered for Oakland, which opened a 7½-game lead over Tampa Bay for the AL’s second wild card. The A’s trail AL West-leading Houston by 3½ games and are 1½ games behind
EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have almost every key player back from the 2017 team that won 14 games and went to the NFC championship game. Their new quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is playing up to his big contract. They’re one kick away from starting this season unbeaten. For all their strengths and stability, let alone dwindling space under the salary cap, the Vikings still sought upgrades at three positions in the three days that passed since their 29-29 tie at Green
GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers channeled a fictional prize fighter to describe how he felt after playing the Minnesota Vikings. “If you’ve seen (the movie) ‘Rocky III,’ you know Clubber Lang has a prediction before the fight: ‘Pain,’” Rodgers said with a smile on Wednesday. “That’s kind of what it felt like.” Rodgers said that he remained a “little sore” following the 29-29 tie against Minnesota last week when he played
EAGAN, Minn. — With a roster built for the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings were in no position to practice patience with a struggling kicker. Rather than hoping Daniel Carlson could refocus after missing all three of his field goal attempts in the tie game at Green Bay, the Vikings waived the rookie on Monday and punted on the fifth-round draft pick they used on him five months ago. Two of Carlson’s misses came in overtime on Sunday, forcing the Vikings to settle for a 29-29
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There was little for Tyler Austin to be upset about as he headed to the bus on Sunday. The Twins’ first baseman had hit one of their four home runs in a 9-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. He had escaped unscathed after making a spectacular catch while flipping into the dugout down the first-base line and, perhaps most importantly, he didn’t have to dress up in one of the ridiculous horse-and-jockey costumes that were awaiting his rookie teammates in their
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez capped Kansas City’s five-run ninth inning with a game-ending grand slam, lifting the Royals to an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Rosell Herrera sparked the winning rally with a one-out double off Trevor Hildenberger (4-4), who took over as Minnesota’s closer after Fernando Rodney was traded to Oakland last month. Whit Merrifield followed with an RBI single and advanced to third on Adalberto Mondesi’s base hit.
EAGAN, Minn. — For all the heads Mike Hughes has turned in practice with Minnesota since the Vikings picked him in the first round of the draft, they certainly harbored no plan to play him on 79 percent of the snaps on defense in his first real NFL game. That’s what happened in his debut, though, thanks to injuries to two fellow cornerbacks. Hughes had an interception return for a touchdown and a team-leading three pass breakups in Minnesota’s 24-16 victory over San Francisco.