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God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us.

- Michael Youssef

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K-HEART SPORTS - SATURDAY - 10/07/17 - MORNING EDITION

Jon Thomas rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Nick Effertz threw for another pair as the Velva Aggies rolled over Stanley 52-0....

    MINOT, ND - Jon Thomas rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Nick Effertz threw for another pair as the Velva Aggies rolled over Stanley 52-0 last night, in a game we broadcast on 106.9 K-Heart.  Thomas rushed for 59 yards on seven carries and the two scores.  Elijah Hackman carried five times for 47 yards and a touchdown while Aaron Dean added four carries for 45 yards and a TD.  Effertz was 5 of 11 for 55 yards and two touchdowns, one to Quinton Peterson and one to Ethan Schepp. Gage Florence also returned a punt 62-yards for at TD as the Aggies improve 7-0 (6-0 Region 3). The Blue Jays were led by Cody Rudolph who rushed 21 times for 49 yards.  Wyatt Hanson could only muster 12 yards passing and threw three interceptions as Stanley drops to 3-4 (3-3 Region 3).

    Ben Bohl had a hand in five of the six Bishop Ryan touchdowns as the Lions defeated Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's 42-6 in a game we brought you on 1320 KHRT.  Bohl threw for 149 yards with two touchdown passes to T.J. Shieg and one to Jaeger Lundeen. He rushed for 57 yards and a TD and returned an interception 57 yards for a score as the Lions improve to 6-1 (5-1 Region 3).  The Bombers only score came in the fourth quarter on a 39 yard run by Kaiden Bredahl, who tallied 132 yards on 20 carries.  Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's falls to 0-7 (0-6 Region 3).

    Other results from yesterday:

High School Football
    Class AAA
            (1) West Fargo 39, (4) Fargo South 7
            (2) Bismarck Century 38, Fargo Davies 25
            (3) Bismarck High 50, (5) Bismarck Legacy 22
            Minot 35, Mandan 20
            Dickinson 29, Williston 13
            Sheyenne 36, Grand Forks Central 10
            Fargo North 35, Grand Forks Red River 28

    Class AA
            (1) Fargo Shanley 55, Valley City 6
            Watford City 24, (2) Bismarck St Mary's 22
            (3) Jamestown 35, (4) Wahpeton 8
            (5) Devils Lake 21, Grafton 6
            Central Cass 27, Turtle Mountain 26, OT

    Class A
            (2) Hillsboro-Central Valley 48, (1) Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 14
            (3) Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 56, Central Dakota 0
            Dickinson Trinity 21, (4) Beulah 0
            (5) Velva 52, Stanley 0
            Bishop Ryan 42, Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemers 6
            Des Lacs-Burlington 40, Nedrose 8
            Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 66, New Town 14
            Bottineau 8, Rugby 6
            Harvey-Wells County 48, Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn 12
            Hazen 24, Southern McLean 0
            Bowman County 33, Garrison-Max 0

    9-Man
            (1) Cavalier 60, New Rockford-Sheyenne 36
            (2) Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 30, (4) Thompson 21
            (5) New Salem-Glen Ullin 36, (3) Shiloh Christian 34
            Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 68, Divide County 22
            Ray-Powers Lake 6, Surrey 0
            Parshall-White Shield 52, Tioga 46
            Dunseith 50, Trenton-Trinity Christian 16
            North Prairie 48, Larimore 20
            St John 52, Benson County 0
            Towner-Granville-Upham 38, North Star 8
            Beach 48, Central McLean 8
            Mott-Regent 50, Grant County-Flasher 22
            Richardton-Taylor-Hebron 58, Hettinger-Scranton 46


High School Volleyball
    Class A
        Fargo Scheels Invitational
        
        POOL PLAY
 Pool A
     Central Cass def. Mandan, 26-24, 25-23
     Dickinson def. Central Cass, 21-25, 25-22, 15-7
     Dickinson def. Mandan, 23-25, 25-23, 15-9
     Fargo North def. Dickinson, 25-17, 28-26
     Fargo North def. Central Cass, 25-20, 25-21
     Mandan def. Fargo North, 25-23, 25-19

 Pool B
     Devils Lake def. Sheyenne, 25-18, 25-17
     Devils Lake def. Turtle Mountain, 25-15, 25-7
     Sheyenne def. Turtle Mountain, 25-8, 25-5
     Sioux Falls Washington, S.D. def. Sheyenne, 25-16, 25-16
     Sioux Falls Washington, S.D. def. Devils Lake, 25-20, 25-19
     Sioux Falls Washington, S.D. def. Turtle Mountain, 25-8, 25-10

 Pool C
     Bismarck Legacy def. Fargo South, 25-23, 25-13
     Bismarck Legacy def. Grand Forks Red River, 25-12, 25-21
     Fargo South def. Grand Forks Red River, 27-25, 25-17
     Grand Forks Red River def. Jamestown, 25-15, 20-25, 15-13
     Jamestown def. Fargo South, 25-19, 25-10
     Jamestown def. Bismarck Legacy, 25-20, 25-21

 Pool D
     Bismarck Century def. Grand Forks Central, 25-7, 25-13
     Bismarck Century def. Minot, 25-22, 25-18
     Minot def. Grand Forks Central, 25-11, 23-25, 15-2
     West Fargo def. Grand Forks Central, 25-14, 25-14
     West Fargo def. Bismarck Century, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13
     West Fargo def. Minot, 25-14, 26-24

 Pool E
     Bismarck High def. Sioux Falls Lincoln, S.D., 23-25, 25-17, 15-13
     Bismarck High def. Kindred, 25-10, 25-17
     Fargo Davies def. Sioux Falls Lincoln, S.D., 25-23, 25-22
     Fargo Davies def. Bismarck High, 26-24, 25-11
     Fargo Davies def. Kindred, 25-16, 25-17
     Sioux Falls Lincoln, S.D. def. Kindred, 25-21, 25-15

 Pool F
     Bismarck St. Mary's def. Fargo Oak Grove Lutheran, 26-24, 19-25, 15-13
     Fargo Oak Grove Lutheran def. Valley City, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12
     Fargo Shanley def. Bismarck St. Mary's, 25-11, 25-18
     Fargo Shanley def. Valley City, 25-19, 12-25, 19-17
     Fargo Shanley def. Fargo Oak Grove Lutheran, 25-22, 25-15
     Valley City def. Bismarck St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-20


College Womens Volleyball
            Augustana University def. Minot State, 25-21, 25-18, 25-11
            Assiniboine Community College def. Dakota College at Botttineau, 25-22, 25-21, 28-26


College Womens Soccer
            Minot State 1, Minnesota-Duluth 0


College Mens Hockey
            Midland University 8, Williston State 0


NAHL Hockey
            Minot Minotauros 4, Kenai River 2
            Minnesota Wilderness 5, Bismarck Bobcats

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    MINOT, ND - The West Region Boys Soccer Tournament will be played today in Mandan.

High School Boys Soccer
    West Region Tournament - Mandan
        State Qualifiers
            No. 4 Jamestown vs. No. 5 Mandan, Noon
            No. 3 Bismarck High vs. No. 7 Bismarck Legacy, 2 pm
        Championship
            No. 1 Minot vs. No. 2 Bismarck Century, 4 pm

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    FARGO, ND (NDSU) - Second-ranked North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) plays its first of two straight road games today when the Bison face Indiana State (0-4, 0-1 MVFC). Game time is 12 p.m. CT at Memorial Stadium (12,764) in Terre Haute, Ind. North Dakota State won its seventh straight homecoming game and conference opener 38-11 against Missouri State last week.

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    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) - UND's campus is celebrating its 101st Homecoming with week-long festivities and those culminate with the program's 99th Homecoming Game against Northern Colorado today. Kickoff against the Bears is set for 2:30 p.m. CT. Both teams arrive at the Alerus Center coming off Big Sky road losses. UND (1-4, 0-2 BSC) dropped a 48-24 contest at UC Davis, while the Bears (2-2, 1-1 BSC) were dealt a 48-20 loss at Northern Arizona this past Saturday.

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      BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State men's basketball team tops this year's Summit League preseason poll, with the University of South Dakota close behind. SDSU received 13 first-place votes and USD 12 in the annual poll by league head coaches, sports information directors and media. North Dakota State is third in the poll, followed by Fort Wayne, Denver, Omaha, Oral Roberts and Western Illinois.
     
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     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford's left knee has so far responded well to two weeks of rest. He says he's "definitely feeling better" after missing the last three games. Progress in practice this week has raised the possibility of a return for the upcoming game at Chicago on Monday. Bradford says he'll likely have to play with some discomfort but is optimistic and upbeat.
 
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     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have emerged for the Minnesota Vikings as one of the NFL's best wide receiver tandems. Diggs leads the league with 391 yards and Thielen is third with 358 yards, sandwiching three-time All-Pro Antonio Brown. The Vikings haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2009. The last time they had two was 2000. With aggressive play calling, better pass protection and an effective running game, the deep ball to Diggs and Thielen has become a big lift for the Vikings.
 
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     CLEVELAND (AP) - Yan Gomes singled home Austin Jackson from second base with none out in the 13th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from five runs down to stun the New York Yankees 9-8 Friday and snatch a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.
 
     Jackson drew a leadoff walk in the 13th from Dellin Betances and stole second. Gomes went to a full count before pulling his bouncer just inside the third-base bag, easily scoring Jackson. The Indians poured out of their dugout to mob Gomes, who ended the 5-hour, 8-minute thriller.
 
     The Indians overcame an 8-3 deficit, a terrible start by ace Corey Kluber and a potentially serious injury to slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam in the sixth to rally Cleveland, right after a close call on a hit by pitch that the Yankees didn't challenge.
 
     The Yankees had their chances late, but they stranded the go-ahead run at third in the ninth and 10th - and had pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes picked off second in the 11th by Gomes from the behind the plate.
 
     Cleveland will try for a sweep in Game 3 Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
 
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     HOUSTON (AP) - Carlos Correa homered, doubled and drove in four runs, Jose Altuve got two more hits and the Houston Astros hammered the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Friday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.
 
     George Springer also homered to help Dallas Keuchel coast in Houston's second straight romp by the exact same score.
 
     The Astros will go for a sweep in the best-of-five matchup Sunday at Fenway Park.
 
     A day after Altuve hit three home runs in the playoff opener, he got things going with a two-out single in the first inning off Drew Pomeranz. Correa, who went 0 for 4 on Thursday, made it 2-0 when he launched a towering shot onto the train tracks atop left field.
 
     Keuchel pitched into the sixth, allowing one run and three hits while striking out seven.
 
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     WASHINGTON (AP) - Kyle Hendricks outpitched Stephen Strasburg, and the Chicago Cubs opened defense of their first World Series title in 108 years by beating the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Friday in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.
 
     Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo produced RBI singles in the sixth inning for the first two hits off an otherwise-dominant Strasburg. Hendricks was even better, giving up only two singles in seven strong innings.
 
     Rizzo added an RBI double off reliever Ryan Madson in the eighth. Carl Edwards Jr. threw a perfect inning and Wade Davis finished the two-hitter for a save.
 
     Game 2 in the best-of-five series is today, with Jon Lester set to start for Chicago against fellow left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
 
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     LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Turner homered and drove in five runs, Clayton Kershaw won despite giving up four homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers roared to a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in their NL Division Series opener.
 
     Turner hit a three-run homer and Yasiel Puig added an RBI double before the Dodgers made their first out against Arizona starter Taijuan Walker, who lasted just one inning in his playoff debut.
 
     Turner added an RBI single in the fourth and another in the eighth. The red-bearded slugger tied a Dodgers record for most RBIs in a postseason game, sharing it with Pedro Guerrero and Davey Lopes.
 
     A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis homered off Kershaw, but Arizona's euphoria from its wild-card victory over Colorado was erased during a rough first inning in Chavez Ravine.
 
     Game 2 is tonight, with Rich Hill facing Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray.
 
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     CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Denny Hamlin won the pole Friday night for the NASCAR Cup playoff race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hamlin turned a lap at 191.598 mph on the 1 1/2-mile oval for his first pole of the season. He'll share the front row with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. Hamlin has wins at New Hampshire and Darlington this year, but has never won at Charlotte. Kevin Harvick was third in qualifying, followed by Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer.
 
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     DALLAS (AP) - James Neal scored twice in the third period Friday night, rallying the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas.
 
     The expansion team was playing five days after the shooting that killed 58 people in Las Vegas, and the Dallas players honored the desert city by forming a line next to their Vegas counterparts before the national anthem.
 
     With the video board reading "Viva Las Vegas" above the players, the public address announcer said "Dallas stands with Vegas and those affected by the horrifying tragedy."
 
     Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 of 46 shots to help the Golden Knights become the first expansion team to open with a victory since the Ottawa Senators in 1992. They also spoiled coach Ken Hitchcock's return to Dallas 18 years after he directed the franchise's only Stanley Cup title.
 
     Both of Neal's goals came against Kari Lehtonen after Ben Bishop left with an apparent facial injury after taking a puck to the mask.
 
     Also in the NHL, Steven Stamkos set up the go-ahead goal in his return from a right knee injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
 
     Stamkos missed the final 65 games last season with a torn meniscus in the knee, an injury that required surgery. He sent a pass from the left circle through the slot to Vladislav Namestnikov, who put Tampa Bay up 3-2 from near the post 59 seconds into the final period during a power play.
 
     Roberto Luongo turned aside Stamkos' shot from the slot late in the second.
 
     Ondrej Palat had two goals, and Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves.
 
     Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in his NHL debut and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders in the season opener for both teams.
 
     Rookie Sonny Milano scored 1:07 into the game, and the 19-year-old Dubois made it 5-0 midway through the second period. Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray and Zach Werenski also scored, newcomer Artemi Panarin had three assists, and Alexander Wennberg added two assists.
 
     Islanders starter Thomas Greiss made 21 saves before being pulled after giving up Dubois' goal. Jaroslav Halak stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief.
 
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     ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Teenage star Christian Pulisic scored with a brilliant touch to complete a field-length attack just eight minutes in, then split the defense with a pass that set up Jozy Altidore for the first of the forward's two goals and put the United States back on track for next year's World Cup with a 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday night.
 
     Pulisic fed Altidore for a 2-0 lead in the 19th. Altidore converted a penalty kick with a chip in the 43rd after Bobby Wood was fouled, and Wood added a goal in the 63rd.
 
     The U.S. ended a three-match winless streak in qualifying and with 12 points and moved two points ahead of Panama into third place - the last automatic berth - in the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Honduras has nine points going into its match Saturday at Costa Rica, which is second with 15.
 
     Goal difference means the Americans put themselves in great shape to reach an eighth straight World Cup, almost certainly with a win Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago and likely with a draw if Honduras fails to win Saturday. The U.S. is plus-five to minus-two for Panama and minus-seven for Honduras.
 
     Also on the pitch, Spain has wrapped up a World Cup berth with a 3-0 win over Albania. Rodrigo, Isco, and Thiago Alcantara scored first-half goals to give Spain an insurmountable five-point lead over Italy with one round to go in Group G of European qualifying.
 
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    UNDATED (AP) - Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion sustained a potentially serious right ankle injury in the first inning of Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees. Encarnacion was scrambling to get back to second base when he jammed his foot into the bag and rolled his ankle Friday. He dropped to the ground in obvious pain and writhed in the infield dirt while waiting for medical personnel. He had to be helped off the field.
 
    In other MLB news:

     - Two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of Washington's NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, after Gio Gonzalez starts Game 2. Nationals manager Dusty Baker finally announced his rotation plans, just a few hours before Game 1 of the series begins on Friday night. Scherzer's playoff debut this year was delayed because he tweaked his right hamstring in his last regular-season appearance.
 
     - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the NL Division Series between the Nationals and Cubs. The Louisiana Republican made a triumphant return to the House last week - more than three months after he was wounded while practicing for an annual charity baseball game featuring members of Congress.
 
     - The Nationals say that assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation. The team says the suspension is connected to a legal matter.
 
     - Arizona coach Ariel Prieto and the Diamondbacks have been fined by Major League Baseball for his wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout during the NL wild-card win over Colorado. The commissioner's office says it interviewed Prieto and examined his watch and cellphone. It says it "found no evidence that Mr. Prieto used the Apple Watch or cellphone for any purpose in the dugout, nor any baseball-related communication on either device, during Wednesday's game."
 
     - Mets captain David Wright underwent back surgery, his second operation in a month as he tries to return to the major leagues after an absence of 1 1/2 years. The team says that Wright had a procedure in Los Angeles called a laminotomy, in which a bony layer over the spinal canal is removed to treat nerve compression. Wright has not played for the Mets since May 27, 2016.
 
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     NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown is tops in the AP's rankings of the NFL's top wide receivers. Brown earned eight first-place votes and finished with 103 points. The voting was done by Pro Football Hall of Fame member James Lofton and 10 AP football writers. Through four games this season he has 388 yards receiving, which is second in the NFL and only 3 yards away from leading the league.
 
     Atlanta's Julio Jones was in second place with 98 points. Jones received the other three first-place votes and six for second place. Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants was third with 69 points.
 
     In other NFL news:
 
     - Raiders coach Jack Del Rio wouldn't say Friday if quarterback Derek Carr would play at all against the Ravens on Sunday. Carr broke a bone in his back late in the third quarter of Oakland's 16-10 loss in Denver this past Sunday. He was initially diagnosed with back spasms but the injury was later revealed to be a transverse process fracture.
 
     - Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins. Mariota was listed today as questionable for the game in Miami after being limited in practice for the third consecutive day with a left hamstring injury suffered last week in a 57-14 loss at Houston.
 
     - Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines' playing status is uncertain, while coach Sean McDermott is hopeful starting left tackle Cordy Glenn will return after missing two games. Both players are listed as questionable for Buffalo's game at Cincinnati on Sunday. Gaines hurt his groin in a 23-17 win at Atlanta last weekend, while Glenn has been sidelined with a right ankle injury.
 
     - New York Jets running back Matt Forte and defensive lineman Kony Ealy will miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns because of injuries. Forte will be sidelined for the second straight game while recovering from turf toe. Bilal Powell is expected to get the start a week after he rushed for a career-high 163 yards against Jacksonville.
 
     - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford's left knee has so far responded well to two weeks of rest, raising the possibility of a return for the next game at Chicago. Bradford says he's "definitely feeling better" after practicing with the team on a limited basis Thursday.
 
     - Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery is listed as doubtful to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday because of broken ribs. Montgomery got hurt in last week's win over the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, backup running back Jamaal Williams should be available against Dallas.
 
     - The Kansas City Chiefs will be without center Mitch Morse and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif when they face the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Morse remains sidelined after spraining his foot last month against Philadelphia, while Duvernay-Tardif was ruled out Friday after spraining his left knee last Monday night against Washington.
 
     - Baltimore linebacker Za'Darius Smith and Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland have been fined more than $18,000 by the NFL for hits during Week 4. Smith was called for roughing the passer in the Ravens' loss to Pittsburgh. Breeland made a horsecollar tackle of Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt in the third quarter of the Redskins' loss to the Chiefs last Monday night.
 
     - Oakland punter Marquette King, Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny, Philadelphia's Vinny Curry and Indianapolis' Jonathan Hankins were all fined over $9,000 by the league for their infractions last weekend.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker is set to become the first Australian player to dress in an NHL game when he makes his debut Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Walker grew up in Sydney after he and his family emigrated from the United Kingdom when he was 2. After his brother Ryan was exposed to the sport, it became clear Nathan had pro potential and he moved to the Czech Republic at age 13 to play minor and then junior hockey. The Capitals made him the first Australian selected in the NHL draft when they took him in the third round in 2014.
 
     Also in the NHL:
 
     - The Maple Leafs have acquired goalie Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round pick next year. Pickard was selected by the Golden Knights in this year's expansion draft after going 15-31-2 with a 2.98 goals-against average in 50 games for Colorado last season. The Leafs have assigned him to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
 
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     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Kings rookie Harry Giles will not play until at least January while he rehabs his surgically repaired knees. Giles is the 20th overall draft pick out of Duke. He missed summer league to rest his left knee. The team said Friday he will work with the training staff to build strength and endurance. He will participate in some "controlled" parts of practice.
 
     Giles had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee last October after a ligament tear during high school in 2013. He also tore a ligament in his right knee in 2015. The Kings say they are taking a "methodical approach" and Giles will be "reevaluated routinely throughout the program."
 
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     CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James sat out Friday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers as he recovers from a sprained left ankle. James got hurt on Sept. 27 when he stepped on a teammate's foot in practice. He took part in Cleveland's workout on Thursday and the club wanted to see how he responded before deciding if he would try to go against the Pacers. He's going to sit again as a precaution, the team said. The three-time champion also missed Wednesday's preseason opener against Atlanta. Cleveland next plays on Tuesday against Chicago.
 
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     LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville continues to pare down its men's basketball staff as it deals with a national federal investigation of the sport. The Cardinals have placed associate men's basketball coach Kenny Johnson and assistant Jordan Fair on paid administrative leave. Neither Fair nor Johnson have participated in practices conducted this week by interim coach David Padgett, who was named Sept. 29 as Rick Pitino's replacement. Pitino is on unpaid administrative leave and facing dismissal after 16 seasons in the wake of the probe.
 
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     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA plans to double the number of teams it seeds in its Division I baseball tournament to 16, hoping to provide a more equitable competitive balance. The organization announced the move Friday and it will take effect for the 2018 tournament. The change will allow the baseball tournament to follow the same seeding principles used by other sports that have at least 64 postseason participants.
 
     The NCAA says that under the current format, with only eight seeded teams, the ninth-best could be paired against the No. 1 seed in the super regional round. With the change, a top seed will face the No. 16 seed. The change was approved last week at a meeting of the Division I Competition Oversight Committee in Indianapolis.
 

 


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