KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jorge Soler locked up the AL home run crown with his 48th homer, Brett Phillips drove a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in manager Ned Yost’s final game. Phillips’ first career walk-off RBI gave Yost a celebratory send-off on the final day of the regular season. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli turned over coaching duties to infielder Ehire Adrianza, and AL Central-winning Minnesota hit three homers to push its major league record to 307 this season — one ahead of the New York Yankees. Minnesota finished the season 101-61, one victory shy of the franchise record set in 1965. The Twins are off until Friday when they travel to New York to face the Yankees in the best-of-five American League Divisional Series. A first pitch time has not yet been announced
CHICAGO (AP) — Chase Daniel threw for 195 yards and a touchdown after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game with a left shoulder injury on the opening possession, and the Chicago Bears swarmed NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook in a 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The defending NFC North champions avoided an 0-2 start at Soldier Field and another home loss to a division rival to go with the one they suffered against Green Bay in the NFL’s 100th season opener.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, Toren Young added a career-high 131 yards rushing and 14th-ranked Iowa throttled Middle Tennessee 48-3 on Saturday, moving to 4-0 for just the second time in 10 years.
Brandon Smith caught both of Stanley’s TD throws for the Hawkeyes. Iowa gained 644 yards, its most in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 21 seasons in charge.
Iowa racked up 358 of those yards in the first half and scored on its first four drives, a stretch headlined by an 18-yard TD throw from Stanley to Smith, to jump ahead 24-0 midway through the second quarter.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette’s 14-yard touchdown run off a jet sweep pushed Iowa’s lead to 34-3 with 2:19 left in the third quarter.
Asher O’Hara was 15 of 22 passing for 110 yards for Middle Tennessee (1-3). The Blue Raiders’ defense was gashed for over eight yards a play.
WACO, TEXAS — A late field goal by Baylor spoiled a huge fourth quarter rally by Iowa State in a 23-21 loss in Waco. Trailing 20-0 entering the fourth quarter the Cyclones scored three touchdowns to take a 21-20 lead but the defense could not get the final stop. Despite the loss Cyclone coach Matt Campbell was proud of his team.
Iowa State is 2-2 overall but Campbell is confident his team will bounce back.
Next up for Iowa State is TCU, with an 11 o’clock kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Kaden Jenks hit Rashid Shaheed for a 73-yard touchdown on Weber State’s first play from scrimmage and the Wildcats led the rest of the way in their 29-17 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday night.
Jenks finished 19-of-29 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns in a battle between two of the top teams in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Weber State (2-2), which came in ranked No. 6 in the FCS Coaches poll, scored on its first five drives to open a 27-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
Following Shaheed’s touchdown, the seventh-ranked Panthers fumbled the kickoff and Trey Tuttle’s 25-yard field goal extended the lead. Then, just three plays later, Brody Burke picked off a pass from Will McElvain to set up Kris Jackson’s 2-yard touchdown run that made it 17-0 less than 10 minutes into the game.
Matthew Cook made a 35-yard field goal to get Northern Iowa (2-2) on the board with 3:27 left in the first quarter, but Tuttle made a 41-yarder about 2 ½ minutes later and Jenks hit Justin Malone for a 13-yard touchdown with 8:30 left in the second quarter.
McElvain threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns and added 105 yards rushing on 16 carries for UNI.
ALBERT LEA – NIACC sophomore Austin Eckenrod tied for individual meet medalist honors at the Waldorf University Invitational Sunday with a 74 at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club.
Eckenrod’s 74 helped lead the Trojans to a third-place finish in the eight-team invitational with a team total of 319. Grand View was the team champion with a 305 and host Waldorf was second with a 306.
It was the second time in his collegiate career that Eckenrod earned individual medalist honors as he shared medalist honors at last fall’s Iowa Wesleyan Invitational.
Also for the Trojans on Sunday, Matthew Heinemann shot 79, Zach Martin shot 80, Jackson Hamlin shot 86 and Beau Thompson shot 86.
NIACC returns to action Tuesday at the Iowa Wesleyan Invitational.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. – NIACC freshman Thea Lunning placed third at the Waldorf University Invitational on Sunday with an 81.
Grand View’s Karli Kerigan was the individual medalist with a 71 at the Wedgewood Cove Golf Club.
NIACC was fourth with a 379. Grand View was the team champion with a 338.
Also for the Lady Trojans, Jordyn Barragy shot 95, Abby Murray shot 101 and Ashley Voves shot 102.
NIACC concludes its fall season at the Iowa Wesleyan Invitational on Sunday.