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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

- Albert Barnes

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K-HEART SPORTS - TUESDAY - 09/26/17 - PM EDITION

After going 59-103 last year, the worst record in the majors, the Twins (82-74) can clinch an AL wild card and their first postseason berth since 2010...

     UNDATED (AP) - After going 59-103 last year, the worst record in the majors, the Twins (82-74) can clinch an AL wild card and their first postseason berth since 2010 with a win at Cleveland and an Angels loss to the White Sox in Chicago. Minnesota will start 44-year-old Bartolo Colon (6-14) against the AL Central champion Indians. The surprising Twins are the 13th team in big league history, and first since the 2009 Seattle Mariners, to go from 100-plus losses to a winning record the following season.
 
    Elsewhere in baseball:

     - With slugger Aaron Judge looking to add to his rookie-record total of 50 home runs, the Yankees are one step from assuring themselves home-field advantage if they wind up in the AL wild-card game. To do it, New York needs just one win or a Minnesota loss. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) starts against visiting Tampa Bay, while the Twins play at AL Central champion Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees would still love to catch Boston for the AL East title. They trail the first-place Red Sox by four games with six to play.
 
    - The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) pitches for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to Chicago on Sept. 15. The Cardinals are 2 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild card.
 
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    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks will battle once again tonight in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

    Chelsea Gray's pull-up jumper with 2 seconds to play helped the Los Angeles Sparks take Game 1 of the Finals, 85-84, on Sunday. The Lynx roared back from that 26-point hole to take an 84-83 lead with 6.5 seconds to play. But Gray got free to knock down a pull-up 14-footer, touching off a wild celebration by the defending champions.

    The best of five series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - U.S. Bank Stadium officials have fired the firm that was providing the facility's security after an investigation showed it didn't comply with state regulations and licensing rules.
 
     The investigation also found that Chicago-based Monterrey Security had unlicensed workers, employees that would normally be disqualified from working and billing irregularities. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that two other firms, Whelan Security and G4S, are taking over stadium and event security.
 
     Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairman Michael Vekich says the transition went smoothly.
 
     Monterrey Security won the contract for building and event security before the stadium opened in 2015. Messages left with offices in Minneapolis and in Chicago weren't immediately returned to The Associated Press.  
 
     The Vikings say in a statement that they support the change. They host the Detroit Lions Sunday.

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     NEW YORK (AP) - The acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan calls it "the dark underbelly of college basketball." Federal prosecutors have announced fraud and corruption charges against 10 people, including four coaches and the director of global sports marketing for Adidas. They are accused of taking part in a bribe-paying scheme that federal authorities say was designed to match agents and advisers to players before they became NBA stars. The coaches are identified as Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.
 
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     BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers are the front-runner to sign 12-time NBA All-Star and three-time champion Dwyane Wade once he becomes a free agent later this week. Wade cannot clear waivers until 5 p.m. Wednesday, when his buyout by the Chicago Bulls will be completed. Sometime after that, the person told The Associated Press that the belief is Wade will announce that he has decided to reunite with former Miami teammate LeBron James and join the Cavaliers.
 

 


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