Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers (90-72) clinched the A.L. Central for the fourth consecutive season after they beat the Twins, 3-0 on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler led the offense, with a solo homerun in the third and further cemented the lead with an RBI single in the eighth.

David Price tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Joe Nathan closed out the game to earn his 35th save of the season.

The Tigers will travel to Baltimore to face Orioles Thursday in the A.L. Divisional Series.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Golden Gophers senior running back David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries as Minnesota (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan (2-3; 0-1 Big Ten) 30-14, in front of 102,926 fans at the Big House.

Michigan got on the board first when sophomore running back De’Veon Smith scored on a 10-yard run to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota proceeded to score 30 unanswered points, with the big blow coming late in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner connected with sophomore tight-end Maxx Williams on a 1-yard TD pass to give the Golden Gophers a 27-7 lead.

During the game, Michigan fans chanted for the dismissal of head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon. It’s the first time in the program’s 135-year history that they have ended September with three losses.

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Milwaukee Brewers/ML​B(MILWAUKEE) — With an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy set the Major League record for doubles by a catcher in a single season with 46. It also gave the Brewers (82-79) a 2-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs (72-89), a score they would later go on to win by.

The record was previously held by Texas’ Ivan Rodriguez who recorded 45 doubles in 1996. Lucroy has hit a total of 53 doubles this season with seven of them coming as a first baseman. The All-Star’s RBI hit also guaranteed Milwaukee of a winning season.

Wily Peralta (17-11) struck out 13 batters, a career high, in seven innings to pick up the win. Closer Francisco Rodriguez moved into the top-10 all-time in saves, picking up the 348th in his career.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — There are more delays and cancellations Saturday for flights into and out of Chicago and other Midwest cities, one day after a man allegedly set fire to an Illinois control center.

At O’Hare Airport in Chicago, many of the thousands of passengers who were stranded on Friday stayed the night, hoping they could still travel to their destination on Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, O’Hare had a total of 608 cancellations and 114 delays.

The contract employee accused of starting the fire at an FAA facility is 36-year-old Brian Howard of Naperville, Ill. On Friday he was charged with one count of Destruction of Aircraft or Aircraft Facilities. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Miami Heat forward Luol Deng doesn’t believe the Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is a racist.

Deng was asked about the racially insensitive remarks that Ferry read back in June in a scouting report and said on Friday he hopes that something positive can come out of it.

“I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being, and it’s something we should do more often, is forgive,” Deng said. “I really do forgive Danny. It’s not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or the rest of my life.”

Deng said that the Hawks were one of the teams that he was considering signing with, but chose to accept Miami’s two-year deal worth $20 million.

“I really believe that he’s really sorry for what he said,” Deng continued. “And whether it came from him or wherever it came from, the main focus really should be on how we move on going forward. What are we going to do about it?”

Deng believes that something positive will come out of this tough situation.

“We could really turn this into a positive thing where people can benefit from,” Deng said. “It’s something we’d like to start, working together with Danny and helping people back home in Africa or working with an organization. Just so that one day we could look back and say this happened and it was something negative, but look at how it turned around and how it became something positive.

“I’m not the type of person to hold on and be angry at somebody or be angry at Danny. I don’t think Danny is racist. I really don’t. I really don’t know Danny to describe him as a person. I just know who he is. That’s just what I believe in. I would like to put it behind me and just move forward. But I would really love if I could do something positive out of it.”

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — The Spurs are not thinking about repeating as NBA champions this year.

After beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, head coach Gregg Popovich is stressing to his team that this is the start of a new season and nothing else matters.

“Just to be clear, we’ve never had any goals whatsoever in the sense of winning ‘X’ number of games or this year is our year to win a championship,” Popovich said Friday at the team’s media day.

“All we’ve said is that we want to be the best team we can be at playoff time and that starts with the very first practice and it’s a building block sort of thing.”

Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan, who is entering his 18th season, understands his head coaches philosophy.

“I’m sure Pop can put together film of what went wrong, that’s the way he works,” Duncan said. “We still start with watching film even in the wins. We celebrate our wins, too. I have no idea if [Popovich] will start us off down that road or we’ll just go from square one and try to put that behind us like we put last year behind us.”

Popovich is looking forward to seeing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard develop even more this year.

“He’s made huge strides every year, but I’m probably going to talk to him more about consistency,” Popovich said. “He’s reached a certain level. If you look at those last three games he played, they were pretty special, but to be in that top echelon of players in our league, it’s a huge responsibility to come and do that every night. … In his case, he’s very special because he can bring it on both ends of the court.”

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota will be sending out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for his first career start after veteran Matt Cassel was injured last weekend and ruled out for the remainder of the season.

“It’s a lifelong dream to play and start in this league,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said of Bridgewater making his first start. “It’s a really special day; it’s one that you’ll never forget. I think Teddy will do a great job.”

Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that facing a rookie quarterback will be tough for his defense.

“We’ve got a challenge in my mind with an athletic quarterback to be able to keep him in the pocket,” Smith said after Monday’s practice.

“He is very athletic. … He was able to make some plays with his feet. That’s another dynamic. … I think you’ll see they want to put the ball in his hands and give him some run-pass options. That’s one of his strengths, the ability to extend plays, and he did a great job as a college quarterback extending plays. We’ll have to do some different things in preparing for him, in regards to pass rush and pass-rush lanes.”

Atlanta is averaging 34.3 points per game this season and Ryan went 21 of 24 and threw three touchdowns in their 56-14 rout of the Rams last Thursday.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. “We’re going to have to do a great job of being in the right place. We have to make sure we’re in the right position of coverage all day.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Several members of a college softball team were killed when their bus collided with a semi truck Friday night near the Oklahoma/Texas boarder.

A school bus carrying the North Central Texas College softball team back from a game was struck by a tractor-trailer rig that crossed the freeway median.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton says four members of the team were killed and 15 others were injured.

Federal officials will be investigating the cause of the crash.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Several members of a college softball team were killed when their bus collided with a semi truck Friday night near the Oklahoma/Texas boarder.

A school bus carrying the North Central Texas College softball team back from a game was struck by a tractor-trailer rig that crossed the freeway median.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton says four members of the team were killed and 15 others were injured.

Federal officials will be investigating the cause of the crash.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) — LeBron James learned a lot about himself and the way to win during his time with Miami.

James, who made four NBA Finals and took home two titles during his time in Miami, admitted on Friday that things will take time to develop chemistry between himself, Kyrie Irving, and All-Star Kevin Love.

“Patience,” James said. “You need to be very patient with the process and understand. I think everyone always wants to see the end result and what’s at the end of the tunnel, and don’t quite understand what goes on from the start to the finish and what’s in between that. And I understand that and I know that, so patience is the biggest thing that I’ve learned.”

Cavaliers first-year head coach David Blatt is confident in his roster, but still knows that in the end it comes down to hard work.

“There are a lot of great names that have come into the organization … but I know from my multiple years of experience in the business that names don’t play, teams do, and teams do need some time to develop, to find their identity, to establish themselves, and to establish what they’re made of,” Blatt said. “Our goals are high. We’re not shying away from that. Does that mean championship today? I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s fair.”

Love understands that the rest of the league will gunning for them.

“Nothing is going to be given to us,” Love said. “A lot of people want to say, ‘Championship or bust,’ and sure, that’s going to be a good mentality to have because we want the pressure on us. We want people to look at us as one of the best teams because we’re going to have to hold ourselves accountable for everything that we do with our actions on and off the floor. But I’m looking forward to building with this team.”

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