PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles used a ball-hawking defense and a back-breaking kickoff return to upset the Minnesota Vikings 21-10 on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, handing the NFL's final undefeated team its first defeat. Neither team's offense was effective and both team's quarterbacks struggled. Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz completed 16 of 28 passes for 138 yards and had a passer rating of 52.3.
NEWARK, N.J.—Left winger Taylor Hall scored 29 seconds into overtime and the New Jersey Devils rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Saturday night at Prudential Center. Center Adam Henrique drew two defenders to him and slid the puck to Hall, who beat goaltender Devan Dubnyk five-hole for the winner. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 28 saves and made many crucial saves in the final two periods to keep the Devils within a goal. Right winger PA Parenteau scored midway through the third period to pull the Devils into a 1-1 tie and help force overtime.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Eric Staal scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period as the Minnesota Wild stayed unbeaten at home, coming from behind for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Goalie Devan Dubnyk's 31 saves, combined with earlier goals by Zac Dalpe and Staal helped improve the Wild to 3-1-0, as they swept a three-game homestand. Staal, signed as a free agent over the summer, circled from the lower right corner of the offensive zone and snapped off a low shot that beat Toronto goalie Jhonas Enroth.
MINNEAPOLIS—Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks finally have their elusive WNBA championship. Parker scored 28 points, including a go-ahead basket with 19.7 seconds remaining, as the Sparks won their first WNBA title since 2002. Their 77-76 win over Minnesota in the decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals dethroned the defending champion Lynx, who fell just short of their fourth championship in six years.
SAINT PAUL, Minn.—The Los Angeles Kings, who lost star goaltender Jonathan Quick to an injury in the season opener, are off to a nightmare start. The Minnesota Wild blasted past the still-winless Kings 6-3 Tuesday, scoring five times on their first 15 shots as Los Angeles looked overmatched defensively. Erik Haula, Jason Pominville, Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Teemu Pulkkinen scored for Minnesota (2-1-0). Defenseman Jared Spurgeon added a 190-foot empty-net goal with 2:18 to play to cap the scoring.
LOS ANGELES—Maya Moore scored 31 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds left, and the Minnesota Lynx staved off elimination in the WNBA Finals by beating the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday 85-79 in Game 4 at Staples Center. The Lynx victory even the best-of-five series at two wins apiece. The deciding fifth game will be played in Minneapolis on Thursday.
LANDOVER, Md.—Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes, the Redskins' defense kept the Philadelphia offense out of the end zone, and the Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their fourth straight win. Matt Jones rushed 16 times for 135 yards, including a 57-yarder with 1:27 left that iced the win for Washington.
ST. LOUIS - Right winger Nail Yakupov scored one goal and assisted on another to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win Thursday night over the Minnesota Wild in their home opener. The Blues outshot the Wild 31 to 20 in opening the season with consecutive wins for the first time since they went 4-0 to begin the 2013-14 season.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Game 1 loss left Minnesota forward Maya Moore with a few restless nights, another chance to take a lead in the first game of a WNBA Finals series gone because of what the Lynx felt was sloppy play on its side. Moore will sleep easier, for a few nights at least. Moore scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Lynx pulled even in the WNBA Finals with a 79-60 win against the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday in Game 2.
CHICAGO—Byron Buxton went 2-for-4, including an leadoff inside-the-park home run, as the Minnesota Twins cruised to a season-ending 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Buxton reached base three times, scored twice and added two RBI to help shoot down White Sox left-hander Chris Sale's bid for a career-high 18th victory. The Twins (59-103) closed with three wins in their final four games. The White Sox finished 78-84 with losses in three of their last four.