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SPORTS Monday, September 25, 2023

The Vikings remain winless following a 28-24 loss to the Chargers at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings trailed by 11 in the second half before Kirk Cousins threw long touchdowns to KJ Osborn and Justin Jefferson to put Minnesota on top. However, Akayleb Evans dropped an interception and batted the ball into the hands of a Chargers receiver who took it into the end zone to put Los Angeles back on top. Cousins passed for 367 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Justin Jefferson hauled in seven passes for 149 yards and a score. The Purple are now 0-and-3, and they visit the Panthers on Sunday.

The Twins are headed to the playoffs. Minnesota beat the Angels on Friday to clinch the AL Central title. After losing on Saturday, the Twins scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull away from the Angels in a 9-3 victory at Target Field yesterday. Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers each hit two-run home runs in the inning, and Jorge Polanco also went deep in the victory. Joe Ryan earned his 11th win after striking out ten and allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. Bailey Ober starts for the 83-and-73 Twins against Oakland tomorrow.

The Minnesota Gophers had a meltdown for the ages during a 37-34 loss to Northwestern at Ryan Field on Saturday. Minnesota had a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but Northwestern scored three touchdowns in the final 12 minutes, including an 11-yard strike from Ben Bryant to AJ Henning with two seconds left in regulation. Minnesota kicked a field goal in overtime, but Northwestern scored a game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard snipe from Bryant the Charlie Mangieri a play later. Darius Taylor rushed for 198 yards and two scores in the losing effort. Minnesota dropped to 2-and-2 overall and 1-and-1 in the Big Ten. The Gophers host Louisiana this Saturday.

The Packers overcame a three-score deficit to beat the Saints 18-17 from Lambeau. The team trailed 17-0 heading into the fourth quarter until Anders Carlson nailed a field goal for Green Bay's first points. After a one-yard rushing touchdown by Jordan Love, the quarterback connected with Romeo Doubs for an eight-yard score with less than three minutes left to complete the comeback. Green Bay improved to 2-and-1 and is tied for first place in the AFC North. The Pack host the Lions on Thursday Night Football this week.

The Brewers dropped their series to the Marlins following a 6-1 defeat in the finale from Miami. Freddy Peralta got the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits over three innings of work. Tyrone Taylor drove in the team's only run of the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Milwaukee slipped to 88-and-68, but still managed to clinch a playoff spot. The Brew Crew head back home to open up a three-game series against the Cardinals tomorrow.

Wisconsin came away with a big college football victory in Week Four. The Badgers crushed Purdue 38-17 heading into the weekend. Braelon Allen exploded for 116 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. Tanner Mordecai also found paydirt on the ground twice and threw for 174 yards. Ricardo Hallman picked off Hudson Card two times as Wisconsin improved to 3-and-1. The Badgers are heading into their bye week and will host Rutgers on Saturday, October 7th.

The Steelers took down the Raiders on Sunday Night Football in Sin City to cap off another eventful NFL Sunday. Kenny Pickett passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns as Pittsburgh defeated Las Vegas 23-18 in primetime at Allegiant Stadium. In other action, the Dolphins fell just short of NFL history in a 70-20 thrashing of the Broncos in South Beach. The Cardinals picked up their first win of the season with a 28-16 upset win over the Cowboys at home. The Patriots recorded their 15th straight victory over the New York Jets with a 15-10 win at MetLife Stadium. Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs crushed the Bears 41-10 at Arrowhead to improve to 2-and-1.

NFL Week Three concludes tonight with a Monday Night doubleheader. The defending NFC Champion Eagles pay a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Both teams have jumped out to 2-and-oh starts to the season. Baker Mayfield has thrown for 490 yards and three touchdowns in his first couple games with Tampa. Elsewhere, the Rams and Bengals square off in a rematch of Super Bowl 56 in Cincinnati. The oh-and-2 Bengals are hoping to have quarterback Joe Burrow, who's officially listed questionable with a calf injury. Matthew Stafford and the Rams sit at 1-and-1 on the season.

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