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Max Kepler smacked two solo home runs, Jake Cave, Jorge Polanco and Luis Arraez had two-run singles, and the visiting Minnesota Twins opened the season with a 10-5 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Chicago and Minnesota combined for 10 runs, 10 hits and three home runs in the first two innings, as starting pitchers Lucas Giolito of the White Sox and Jose Berrios of the Twins struggled. The Minnesota bullpen produced five innings of two-hit, shutout relief.
July had not been a very good month for Denny Hamlin. But it got much better on Thursday night when took the lead for the final time with 12 laps to and then went on to win the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway. The victory gave the Joe Gibbs Racing driver a Cup Series-best fifth win of the season, and his second straight at the Kansas 1.5-mile oval. To secure the victory, Hamlin, winner of this year's Daytona 500, had to hold off Brad Keselowski of Team Penske. But hold him off he did, winning by just over a half second.
The Seattle NHL team unveiled its name Thursday morning, christening the Seattle Kraken as the 32nd franchise and revealing their new colors, logo and uniforms. CEO Tod Leiweke helped make the announcement inside Climate Pledge Arena — which is in the process of being refurbished for the team's debut in the 2021-22 season — in front of a host of construction workers. The team was set to raise a flag at the nearby Space Needle shortly after the announcement.
Ethan Finlay scored twice late in the first half as Minnesota United rallied from an early deficit to finish in a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday near Orlando to clinch second place in Group D and advance in the MLS is Back Tournament. Goalkeeper Tyler Miller made three saves for the Loons (1-0-2, 5 points in the tournament; 3-0-2, 11 points overall). Minnesota United finished a point behind Sporting Kansas City in the group standings, and Real Salt Lake came in third place with four points.
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jon Rahm shot a 3-over 75 on Sunday, July 19, to win the Memorial Tournament at Dublin by three strokes over Ryan Palmer to join legendary Seve Ballesteros as the lone Spanish golfers to earn the World's No. 1 ranking. Rahm, who finished at 9-under 279, surpassed Rory McIlroy for the top spot with his victory, the fourth of his career on the PGA Tour. He had three birdies, two bogey and one double bogey in the final round at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The salad days of challenging for NASCAR Cup Series championships and logging multiple victories per season are long gone at Richard Childress Racing. But on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, the good times made a return as RCR drivers Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick finished first and second respectively in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. The victory was the first for Dillon since 2018 and just the third of his 247-race career. It ended an 88-race winless streak.
Minnesota United and Real Salt Lake remained tied atop Group D in the MLS is Back Tournament after playing to a 0-0 draw Friday night, July 17, outside Orlando, Fla. The Loons and Real Salt Lake are both 1-0-1 for four points entering the final game of group play on Wednesday. Minnesota will meet the Colorado Rapids, and RSL will take on Sporting Kansas City. Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller made two saves, and RSL's Zac MacMath was credited with three.
WASHINGTON — Owner Daniel Snyder said on Monday, July 13, that the Washington NFL team would have a new name before the start of the 2020 regular season. The franchise launched a review of the team name on July 3 after multiple sponsors sent Snyder letters threatening to remove signage and end financial agreements, including the stadium naming rights deal with FedEx.
SPARTA, Ky. -- With some of the top drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series battling it out for the lead on a restart with two laps to go in Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, it was a rookie -- Cole Custer -- who emerged with the lead and ultimately the victory. Custer, driving in just his 20th Cup race and his first on the circuit at the Kentucky 1.5-mile oval, beat out previous series champions Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick on the final restart to get his first Cup victory.
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Collin Morikawa capped a sizzling performance by besting Justin Thomas in the third hole of a playoff on Sunday, July 12, to win the Workday Charity Open in Dublin. Morikawa secured his second career PGA Tour victory after sinking a short putt for par on the third playoff hole (No. 10) at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The 23-year-old's previous PGA Tour victory came at the Barracuda Championship in July of 2019.