MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, Miguel Sanó connected twice and the Minnesota Twins powered past the Kansas City Royals 12-8. Minnesota piled up six runs in the first inning and rolled from there after starting the day with a four-game lead over Cleveland for first place in the AL Central. Cruz became the 57th player with 400 homers. His fourth-inning solo shot was also his 40th homer of the season. The Twins retained their four-game lead over the Indians after Cleveland’s 10-1 win over Philadelphia. Minnesota has today off and finishes the regular season on the road with three games in Detroit and three games in Kansas City. 5:40 is the first pitch in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with the pre-game starting at 5 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO, with Thursday’s game being a 12:10 first pitch with an 11:30 pre-game show. GALENA, Ill. – NIACC sophomore Zach Martin shot a 76-70 – 146 to win the Clarke University Fall Invitational on Saturday at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Galena, Illinois.Martin was in fifth place after Friday’s opening round 76 and then responded with a career-low 70 to earn individual medalist honors. Martin’s previous career low was a 74, twice.NIACC, which shot a 325 on Friday, shot a 310 on Saturday, which was the lowest team round of day for its 635 total, to place third in the tournament.St. Ambrose won the tournament with a 299-316 – 615 and the University of Dubuque placed second with a 315-316 – 631. Iowa Central was fourth with a 315-326 – 641.Also for NIACC on Saturday, Austin Eckenrod shot 77, Matthew Heinemann shot 81, Beau Thompson shot 82 and Jackson Hamlin shot 84.Eckenrod finished with a 80-77 – 157, Hamlin shot 82-84 – 166, Heinemann shot 87-81 – 168 and Thompson shot 88-82 – 170.NIACC continues its fall season Thursday at the Hawkeye Community College Redtail Shootout. AMES — Iowa State prepares for the start of Big 12 play after rolling to a 72-20 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Quarterback Brock Purdy set a school record with 510 yards of offense and accounted for six touchdowns.Cyclone coach Matt Campbell. Purdy passed for three touchdowns and rushed for three as ISU improved to 2-1 on the season.Purdy and the Cyclones overcame turnovers on their first two possessions and would blow it open by scoring 45 points in the second half.Iowa State opens the league race with a visit to Baylor. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook cruised past the 100-yard mark for the third straight game, Kirk Cousins rebounded from a rattled performance the week before with a turnover-free afternoon, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Oakland Raiders 34-14. The defense had plenty to do with the victory, too, with an interception by Harrison Smith to set up one of two touchdowns by Adam Thielen and two of the team’s four sacks by sub Eric Wilson. The Vikings improved to 2-1, and the Raiders fell to 1-2. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Will McElvain passed 17 yards to Isaiah Weston for the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and lifted Northern Iowa to a 13-6 victory over Idaho State on Saturday.McElvain scrambled to his right then back across the field before finding Weston in the left end of the end zone with 14:14 remaining.Austin Evans and Bryce Flater picked off passes later in the quarter to thwart the Bengals (1-2). Omar Brown also had an interception for the FCS No. 8 Panthers (2-1) and Elerson Smith collected three sacks including one on Idaho State’s final possession.Kevin Ryan kicked two field goals for the Bengals before Matthew Cook hit one for the Panthers to cut Idaho State’s lead to 6-3 at halftime. Cook added a 20-yarder with 2:11 remaining in the game. He is perfect on eight attempts this season. NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The No. 10 (NJCAA Division I) NIACC men’s cross country team placed fourth at the St. Olaf College Invitational on Saturday with 72 points.Host St. Olaf was the team champion with 25 points and Wisconsin-Eau Claire was second with 44 points.NIACC was led by freshman Jorge Ruiz, who was 20th in a time of 27 minutes, 54 seconds on the 8-kilometer course. Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Connor Dolan was the individual champion in 26:24.NIACC’s Janvier Irakoze was 23rd in 28:11. Other counting scores for the Trojans were Evan Wilson (26th in 28:22), Aidan Bauermeister (30th in 28:25) and Dawson Schmidt (32nd in 28:33).Also for the Trojans, Ben Ellis (40th in 29:06), Jalen Peterson was 56th (29:48), Ellis Regan (58th in 29:51), Stephen Ringo (64th in 30:02), Matthew Dibbern (68th in 30:13), Sam Pedelty (80th in 30:43) and Alexander Levad (118th in 35:23).NIACC returns to action Oct. 5 at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.
Sheikh AwalClaims Visiting Sheik who says Christians should be tolerant of Muslims; Boko Haram and ISIS are not representation of IslamA US-based Islamic preacher, motivational speaker and prolific writer, Sheik Ahmed Mohammed Awal, has said that in spite of Islam being the fastest growing religion in the world, misconceptions and misunderstandings have caused the religion to be secondary, violence oriented, and always at the back seat.The Islamic preacher said the prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ are both prophets of God, and that Mohammed is the comforter Jesus Christ mentioned in John 14:15–18, a claim that Christians worldwide would refute.“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you,” he quoted John 14: 15-18, a verse Christians worldwide know to be in reference to the Holy Spirit of God.The Sheik spoke to thousands of Muslims at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Sunday, July 9, which marked the Liberian Muslim community’s first international Islamic Outreach Program, called Dawah, under the theme: “Peace, Reconciliation, and Religious Tolerance.”Partial view of the crowd at the ATS who came to listen to Sheik Ahmed Mohammed AwalThe Sheik is in the country as a guest of several Islamic organizations, including the Al Noor Committee, the Liberia Muslim Women Network, the Muslim United to Invite Scholars and the Sisters in Islam, among others.Sheik Awal claimed that the original text of the Holy Bible, which was written in Hebrew, mentioned the name of the prophet Mohammed, but the English versions called him the “unlettered prophet,” citing Isaiah 29:12: “And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”He stressed that Islam is a religion of peace, “and the way Muslims pray, prostrate and stand, were copied from the prophets, including Jesus Christ.” He said Abraham, Moses, and Joshua of the “Old Testament in the Holy Bible” prostrated to pray to God.He quoted Genesis 17:3; Deuteronomy 4:30 and Joshua 4:15 as some of the many scriptures where prophets prostrated in prayer to God. The Sheik further argued that even Jesus Christ prostrated to pray, as indicated in Matthew 26:39 and Mark 14:35.The Sheik frowned on the statement that Muslims worship the black stone in Mecca, which used to house over 360 gods.Sheik Awal said the pilgrimage to Mecca to worship is scripturally sound, quoting Isaiah 21:13, which said: “The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia, you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.”The black stone is a rock set into the eastern corner of the Kaaba, the ancient building located in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he said.Meanwhile, the Sheik said Boko Haram and ISIS are not a representation of Islam because the Quran strictly prohibits the killing of another man.He challenged Muslim and Christian leaders in the country to lead the process of national peace, reconciliation and religious tolerance among Liberians. He explained that religious leaders who command hundreds of worshipers at their places of worship have critical roles in ensuring the maintenance of lasting peace in Liberia.Sheik Awal also wants the introduction of a regular interfaith dialogue in Liberia to enable people from various faiths understand the religions of others as a means of erasing the misconceptions and misinformation that are responsible for the problems in the country.“We in America normally open our mosques under a theme called the ‘Open House’ where people of the Christian, Jewish and even atheists come in to read and understand the Islamic religion. Do not shut the door of your mosques to them, it also belongs to them,” he noted.Sheik Awal also admonished Liberians to see the 14-year civil conflict in the country as a wake-up call for them to cultivate the doctrine of peace and reconciliation in their hearts.In order to ensure lasting peace and reconciliation in the country, he urged Liberians to ensure the provision of quality education to the youth to shift their minds from hatred to love for their fellow Liberians.Meanwhile, five persons publicly converted to Islam on Sunday after the Sheik’s presentation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)