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Teammates give help to Lynx' Augustus

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Seimone Augustus got some help from her friends.

The WNBA's top scorer had 18 points and teammate Amber Jacobs had a career-high 24 to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Chicago Sky 90-82 on Wednesday.

Reserve Svetlana Abrosimova added 18 for the Lynx (8-13), who finished 3-2 on its five-game homestand.

"We need Seimone, she makes our team," Jacobs said. "When us other role players can step up and contribute, that makes less work for Seimone."

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Candice Dupree had 14 points for Chicago (4-17), which tied a season-high for points allowed.

The Sky lost their fourth straight overall and ninth straight on the road, dropping to 0-12 against Western Conference teams.

Augustus, who averages 23.3 points per game, scored eight points during an 20-5 run midway through the third quarter for a 71-56 Minnesota lead. Abrosimova capped the run with a 3-pointer and Jacobs had six points during the stretch.

"I felt like I was going to be more aggressive off the bench," said Abrosimova, who averaged 10.5 points in her last six games.

Chandi Jones, who returned from knee and ankle injuries, made two 3-pointers early in the second quarter for 30-27 Lynx lead. She finished with six points in eight minutes.

Twins White is white-hot

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rondell White hit two home runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to their sixth straight victory, 7-2 over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Wednesday night.

Brad Radke won his fourth straight decision for Minnesota, which has won 18 of 23 overall and 19 of the last 20 at home. Radke (8-7) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, while striking out four and walking none.

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Greg Norton and Jonny Gomes both homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost a season-high six in a row. Tampa Bay has lost 11 straight to the Twins dating to 2004.

White homered in his first two at-bats and doubled in his third. He got a standing ovation before his fourth at-bat and tipped his helmet to the crowd before popping out. Since coming off the disabled list on July 15 with a strained left shoulder, White has gone 8-for-14 with three home runs and six RBIs.

Following Thursday's afternoon game, Minnesota travels to Cleveland and then to Chicago for a big six-game road trip.

VIKINGSWilf meets with leaders

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf met Wednesday afternoon with Minneapolis leaders about real estate development opportunities in the city.

They spoke about the Metrodome site as a possible place for the team's desired new stadium, but that was not the purpose of the discussion, according to Mayor R.T. Rybak and a Vikings official.

Minneapolis is putting several parking ramps it owns up for sale, and there are other spots the city would like developed as well. The Wilf family, from New Jersey, built its wealth in real estate and bought the Vikings last summer.

A renovation of the Metrodome, much cheaper than the proposed stadium that's part of a $1.6 billion multi-use complex being pushed by the team in Blaine, is not an option for the Vikings. The club is focused on gaining state approval for the project in Blaine, which calls for a $280 million contribution from Anoka County via sales tax increase and $115 million from the state through construction bonds.

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But the city and the team each said they'd be open to looking at building a new stadium where the Dome now sits on the east edge of downtown.

"We told them we want the Vikings here," Rybak said.

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