(Oakland, CA) — The Raiders opened their final season in Oakland with a 24-16 win over the division-rival Broncos at the Coliseum. Derek Carr was 22-of-26 for 259 yards and a touchdown and was not sacked. Josh Jacobs rushed for 85 yards and two scores on the ground. Joe Flacco passed for 268 yards and a touchdown for Denver in defeat.
(New Orleans, LA) — A 58-yard field goal by Wil Lutz as time expired lifted the Saints to a 30-28 win over the Texans in New Orleans. Deshaun Watson’s 37-yard TD pass to Kenny Stills with 37 seconds left put Houston ahead 28-27. The extra point was wide, but a roughing the kicker call gave the Texans a second chance and a brief lead.
(Minneapolis, MN) — In MLB action, the Twins will host the Nationals tonight. Minnesota is first in the AL Central at 88-and-55. Jose Berrios will take the mound for the Twins. He will be opposed by Anibal Sanchez for Washington.
(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings are preparing for a Sunday road game against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings opened the season with a 28-12 win at home over the Falcons on Sunday.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers will be back in action on Saturday. Minnesota will host Georgia Southern. The Gophers are 2-and-0 after escaping with a 38-35 win in overtime over Fresno State last Saturday.
(New York, NY) — The NBA is doing away with “ninja-style headware” this season. The style, which was popularized by the Sixers’ Mike Scott and former-76er Jimmy Butler, took off throughout the league, with the Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and the Nets’ Jarrett Allen sporting the look. The league doesn’t have a formal process to approve headgear, and said they didn’t want to interrupt the season last year by intervening. The NBA said teams have raised concerns regarding safety and consistency of size, length and how they are tied.
(St. Paul, MN) — Hockey season is just around the corner. The Wild open the preseason a week from today. Minnesota will host the Dallas Stars. The next night the Wild will play in Winnipeg.
(Seattle, WA) — The Minnesota Lynx will be at the Seattle Storm tomorrow for a first-round single-elimination WNBA playoff game. The Lynx finished the regular season with an 18-and-16 record, the same as the Storm.
(Houston, TX) — Minnesota United will visit the Houston Dynamo tomorrow. United is third in the Western Conference. Minnesota has 45 points and is one point back of Seattle for second.