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The Minnesota Vikings have released running back Stevan Ridley after only five days with the team, making room on the active roster for wide receiver Michael Floyd....

     CHICAGO (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have released running back Stevan Ridley after only five days with the team, making room on the active roster for wide receiver Michael Floyd.
     The move was made today before the game in Chicago, with Floyd finished with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This gives the Vikings seven wide receivers and only three running backs, including fullback C.J. Ham. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon are left to carry the ball, after a season-ending knee injury for rookie Dalvin Cook.
     Ridley, a six-year veteran, rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns for New England in 2012 before a season-ending knee injury in 2014. He has bounced around the league since then.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins are bringing back Paul Molitor as manager after he led a historic turnaround. The Twins announced today that Molitor is getting a new three-year deal that keeps him under contract through 2020. They went 85-77 this season, becoming the first team to make the playoffs after losing at least 100 games the previous year. They lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game last week.
     New executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine never addressed Molitor's future during the season. That led to some uncertainty about whether they would retain a manager they inherited when they took over. But the two sides reached agreement on a new deal less than a week after the season ended.

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has returned to practice after missing the first two games of the season because of an undisclosed injury.
     Parise said today he felt fine after skating through an intense session. The Wild lost last week in regulation at Detroit and in a shootout at Carolina. They don't play again until Thursday at Chicago, with the home opener looming Saturday against Columbus. Neither Parise nor coach Bruce Boudreau would commit to returning for a particular game.
     Parise's problem "came out of nowhere" a couple of weeks before training camp. According to multiple reports last month, Parise was hampered by back trouble. He said Monday he didn't have a back injury, but declined to give details.

     NEW YORK (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion remains out of the Cleveland Indians' lineup for Game 4 of their AL Division Series against the New York Yankees. The slugger has been sidelined since leaving Game 2 with a sprained right ankle last Friday. The team says he is day to day. Michael Brantley is penciled in to replace Encarnacion at designated hitter again tonight as the Indians, leading 2-1 in the best-of-five playoff, try to reach the AL Championship Series for the second consecutive season.


     PHOENIX (AP) - Zack Greinke will attempt to save Arizona's season when he faces his former teammates with the Dodgers, who counter with late-season acquisition Yu Darvish for Game 3 of their NLDS. The Diamondbacks have been battered by Los Angeles' deep lineup while falling in an 0-2 hole, with 6-7-8 hitters Logan Forsythe, Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig doing the bulk of the damage in an 8-5 Game 2 victory. Greinke was 17-7 with a 3.20 ERA this season, his second since signing a $206.5 million, six-year contract after leaving L.A. in free agency.
     In other baseball action:
     - Two MLB playoff games are in progress. The Boston Red Sox and visiting Houston Astros are tied at 3-3 in the top of the 8th. Starters Charlie Morton of Houston and Rick Porcelli of the Red Sox are gone from the game and it's now up to the teams' bullpens. In Chicago, the visiting Washington Nationals and home-standing are scoreless in the bottom of the second inning. The Astros lead the Red Sox two games to one and the Nationals and Cubs have won a game apiece in the best of 5 divisional series.

     EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will have surgery for his broken left ankle later this week. The winless Giants gave the update Monday, less than 24 hours after the three-time Pro Bowl receiver and the catalyst of their offense was hurt in the fourth quarter of a 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Beckham was the last of four Giants' receivers knocked out of the game.
     Dwayne Harris, who also returns punts and kickoffs, will have surgery Tuesday for a broken foot. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard were hurt on the same series in the second quarter. Marshall was undergoing further testing and examination today. Shepard is listed day to day.


     HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will miss the rest of the season with injuries. Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that both were season-ending injuries today, a day after Watt broke his left leg and Mercilus, a linebacker, tore a pectoral muscle in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
     Watt sustained a tibial plateau fracture to end his season early for the second straight year. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned in 2017 after missing the last 13 games of last season following his second back surgery. The defensive end played every game in his first five seasons in the NFL before his injury last year.

     Mercilus, who is in his sixth season, started each game this year and had 10 tackles and a sack.

     UNDATED (AP) - Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player, has died. He was 90. His family confirmed to LSU, where Tittle starred in college, that he passed away. No details were immediately provided.
     Known as "The Bald Eagle" as much for his sturdy leadership as his prematurely receding hairline, Tittle played 17 seasons of pro football. He began with the All-America Football Conference's Baltimore Colts in 1948 and finished with the NFL's New York Giants. He played 10 years in between with the San Francisco 49ers, but had his greatest success in New York, leading the Giants to three division titles in four years in a remarkable late-career surge.


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