The Sports Xchange
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar said he is willing to take on Jon Jones "anytime, anywhere" in a potential superfight that likely would be one of the biggest draws in mixed martial arts history. Jones is preparing for his rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday night for Cormier's light heavyweight title. Lesnar, a Webster, S.D., native and former University of Minnesota wrestler, is back in professional wrestling after his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 a year ago. Lesnar's contract with the WWE ends next year.
ST. PAUL — The one-two punch of Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles proved too much for New York, but the Minnesota Lynx had to hang on after a frantic comeback by the Liberty to earn a 76-75 win on Tuesday night, July 25, at Xcel Center in St. Paul. The Lynx led most of the way in the teams' first game after the All-Star break, but the Liberty scrambled back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 74 with 1:38 left.
SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Kasey Kahne claimed his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win since 2014 and snapped a 102-race losing streak with a victory Sunday in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was his first career Brickyard 400 win. Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman finished second and third, respectively, as the race finished under caution after two overtime restarts. A Denny Hamlin flat tire resulted in the race-ending wreck. Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.
SYLVANIA, Ohio — In-Kyung Kim used a sizzling start on Sunday to emerge from the pack and win the Marathon Classic going away at Sylvania, Ohio. Kim carded an 8-under-par 63 in the final round at Highland Meadows to turn the tournament into a runaway, winning by four strokes over American Lexi Thompson. Kim finished at 21-under 263.
MINNEAPOLIS — The longer the at-bat continued for Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar against Detroit Twins pitcher Shane Greene in the seventh inning on Sunday, the more the tension built in an already long game.
MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Red Bulls continued their winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota UnitedFC—including Bradley Wright-Phillips' 10th goal—in a Major League Soccer match on Saturday at TFC Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Red Bulls (10-8-2) have won five consecutive matches—including two Open Cup contests—and eight of their last 10 overall. Their three-game MLS winning streak gives the Red Bulls 32 points, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
SOUTHPORT, England — Near-perfect weather on moving day Saturday at the 146th Open Championship allowed the best players in the world to get a little payback on what the combination of Mother Nature's whims and Royal Birkdale's challenges had taken away the day before. Among those that were ready to enact a little revenge was Jordan Spieth, who was unflappable in firing a 5-under-par 65 to extend his lead to three strokes over fellow American Matt Kuchar after the third round in Southport, England.
MINNEAPOLIS — Victor Martinez homered twice to support Anibal Sanchez's sixth start of the season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Friday night. Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias each had two hits as the bottom five of the Detroit batting order went 9-for-18. The Tigers beat Minnesota for the fifth time in seven games this season.
Chris Froome inched closer to winning his fourth Tour de France championship on Thursday, July 20, after French rider Warren Barguil overcame the barren slopes of the fearsome Col d'Izoard climb to win Stage 18 in the Alps. Froome (78 hours, eight minutes, 19 seconds) conceded four seconds to Romain Bardet in the overall standings, but still enjoys a 23-second advantage over the second place Frenchman. He also holds a 29-second edge over third-place Rigoberto Uran of Colombia.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Lynx are firing on all cylinders as the WNBA's All-Star break approaches. Minnesota's two All-Star Game starters, Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, were a combined 19-for-26 from the field as the Lynx routed the Dallas Wings 100-74 on Wednesday afternoon, July 19, at Xcel Energy Arena in St. Paul. Minnesota (16-2), which hit the century mark for the second time this year, shot 56.7 percent from the field and held the Wings (10-12) to just 34.7 percent. The Lynx had a 41-28 advantage in rebounding.