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Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and the Cleveland Indians notched their 100th win, 5-2 over the understandably sluggish Twins.....

     CLEVELAND (AP) - Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and the Cleveland Indians notched their 100th win, 5-2 over the understandably sluggish Twins. Minnesota clinched a wild-card berth hours hours earlier.
     Carrasco (18-6) dominated a Minnesota lineup loaded with reserves and September call-ups. He allowed six hits - all singles - in 8 1-3 innings and improved to 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA against the Twins. The right-hander also moved into a tie for the league lead in wins with teammate Corey Kluber and Kansas City's Jason Vargas.
     Kipnis, who has moved from second base to center field,  connected for a two-run homer - his first since Aug. 18 - in the sixth inning off Trevor Hildenberger (3-3) as the Indians jumped to 31-4 since Aug. 24.
     This is just the third time Cleveland has won 100 games in a season. The last team to do it was Cleveland's powerful 1995 squad, which lost to Atlanta in the World Series.

     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has been ruled out of the game again this week because of lingering soreness in his left knee, meaning Case Keenum will make his third straight start.
     Coach Mike Zimmer said today that Bradford's status remains day to day. Surgery isn't needed, Zimmer said, only rest.
     Bradford hasn't practiced in a week. He was declared out shortly before kickoff on Sept. 17 at Pittsburgh, then two days before the most recent game against Tampa Bay when he traveled to seek a second medical opinion on the knee.
     The Vikings (2-1) host the Detroit (2-1) on Sunday.

    GREEN BAY - An NFC North battle takes center stage tonight on Thursday Night Football as the Chicago Bears play the Packers in Green Bay. It's the oldest rivalry in the NFL - meeting tonight for 195th time.  The Bears notched their first win of the year on Sunday in Chicago against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Packers improved to 2-1 on Sunday with an overtime win over Cincinnati.   


     UNDATED (AP) - Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Watson surprised three women who work in the team cafeteria at the stadium on Wednesday. Watson donated about $27,000 of his base salary of $465,000. The women became emotional when he handed them an envelope with a red ribbon and one asked for a hug. He quickly obliged with a big grin.

     CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James turned his left ankle during practice Wednesday night, his first workout with newly signed teammate Dwyane Wade. A Cavaliers spokesman said James had X-rays, which were negative. The three-time NBA champion didn't practice today so he could undergo treatment. He's expected to be day to day. The severity of James' injury is not known.
     James has been reunited with Wade, his former teammate in Miami. They won two NBA championships together with the Heat and are excited about chasing a third with the Cavs. Wade turned down offers from other teams and signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract - the veteran's minimum - for a chance to play with his close friend.
     Wade also didn't practice today so he could attend to a personal matter. The 12-time All-Star will be introduced by the Cavs on Friday following practice.

     WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun is coming out of retirement to help build a new Division III program at the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. The school of 2,500 students, which will begin admitting men next fall, made the appointment official at a news conference today.
     The 75-year-old Calhoun won 873 games during a 40-year coaching career, leading UConn to three national championships during his 26 seasons with the Huskies. He retired in 2012 and has been working in an advisory role at UConn and as an analyst with ESPN.
     Saint Joseph plans to begin playing basketball in 2018-19. Calhoun is still under contract at UConn and cannot take the title of coach at Saint Joseph for now, but says his role as program architect will be further defined at a later date.

     CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - The Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be played in South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The eight-team college basketball tournament will be played at the arena of Coastal Carolina in November. Organizers announced today the event would be played on the campus of Coastal Carolina from Nov. 16-19.
     ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and events Pete Derzis says Maria's aftermath has caused "immense hardship" to the island. He is hopeful the tournament could return to Puerto Rico next year.
     South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference and Iowa State of the Big 12 Conference highlight the field. Others playing in the event are Appalachian State, Boise State, Illinois State, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Michigan. There will be four games on Thursday and Friday. The tournament will take Saturday off before concluding Sunday.

     JERSEY CITY, N.C. (AP) - The start of the Presidents Cup gave golf a new "Big Three" - former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other. It was the first time three U.S. presidents have attended the matches at the same time since this event began in 1994, named after the highest office in the land.


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