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Many high school volleyball teams in the area are finishing regular season and preparing for tournament play....

    MINOT, ND - Many high school volleyball teams in the area are finishing regular season and preparing for tournament play.

High School Volleyball
    Class A
            Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High, 25-19, 25-23, 25-11
            Jamestown def. Bismarck Legacy, 25-17, 25-15, 25-18
            Mandan def. Bismarck St. Mary's, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17

    Class B
            Bishop Ryan def. Beulah, (3-1)
            Nedrose def. South Prairie, (3-1)
            Rugby def. Glenburn, 25-19, 22-25, 25-12, 25-14
            Ray def. Parshall, 25-11, 25-11, 25-14
            Hazen def. New England, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 28-26
            Garrison-Max def. Washburn, 25-15, 25-13, 25-21
            Shiloh Christian def. Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, 25-9, 25-12, 25-12
            Underwood def. New Salem-Almont, 25-9, 25-17, 25-13
            Center-Stanton def. Flasher, 25-17, 25-22, 25-19
            Wilton-Wing def. Standing Rock, 25-14, 25-14, 25-14
            Towner-Granville-Upham def. St. John, 28-26, 18-25, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14
            Harvey-Wells County def. Four Winds/Minnewauken, 25-8, 25-16, 25-23
            Benson County def. Rolla, 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 26-24
            Langdon-Edmore-Munich def. Rolette-Wolford, 25-5, 25-10, 25-17


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and Cory Joseph added 21 to lead the hot-shooting Indiana Pacers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-107 on Tuesday night.
     Darren Collison had 15 points and 16 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 67 percent from the floor.
     Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who came out flat after a thrilling last-second win at Oklahoma City on Sunday.
     Minnesota was missing forward Jimmy Butler, who sat out with an upper respiratory infection. Shabazz Muhammad took Butler's spot in the starting lineup, and he contributed to Minnesota's slow start, going 1-for-5 from the floor and missing two free throws in the first quarter.
     Oladipo scored eight points and Indiana made 15 of 22 shots (68 percent) in the first quarter to take a 33-20 lead.
     Muhammad and the Wolves bounced back in the second quarter. After Nemanja Bjelica hit a pair of 3-pointers, Muhammad slammed home alley-oop dunks on consecutive fast breaks to tie the game at 42.
     That momentum didn't last long. Coming out of a timeout, Joseph hit a 3-pointer and Oladipo knocked down back-to-back jumpers, the second one from behind the arc, as Indiana surged ahead 50-42.
     Towns then scored nine points in an 11-2 Minnesota run and the teams entered halftime tied at 61.
     The Pacers ended the third quarter on a 24-5 run to pull ahead 98-84. Then they buried Minnesota with a 14-2 run early in the fourth.

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Anders Nilsson's follow-up to a shutout in his Vancouver Canucks' debut was a four-goal loss to Boston in which he was pulled less than 11 minutes into the game.
     Vancouver coach Travis Green wasn't sure how Nilsson would respond when he received another start on Tuesday in Minnesota. The goaltender's next effort matched his stellar debut and made the loss a distant memory.
     Jake Virtanen broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period and Nilsson made 29 saves for his fourth career shutout as the Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 on Tuesday night.
     Virtanen scored his second goal of the season and the second in as many games for Vancouver, which won three of four games on its four-game road trip.
     Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in goal for Minnesota, but suffered his third losses in five starts this season.
     Neither team could generate much offensively Tuesday as passes routinely deflected off sticks and little flow kept the forwards from generating strong scoring chances.
     Vancouver blocked four shots in the game, including six by defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
     The Canucks only had six shots on goal in the first period and five in the third. Virtanen took advantage of his chance, collecting a loose puck in the neutral zone and skating in on Dubnyk. Virtanen's initial shot was blocked by kneeling defenseman Jared Spurgeon, but Virtanen quickly snapped the loose puck past Dubnyk from in the slot.
     Minnesota hasn't been the same without three of its top-nine forwards, including Zach Parise, who underwent back surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. Charlie Coyle (right fibula fracture) and Nino Niederreiter (high left ankle sprain) are also out of the lineup, leaving coach Bruce Boudreau a mix of young players and depth players playing bigger roles.
     The Wild outshot Vancouver 11-6 in the first and couldn't score on four power plays.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brian Dozier has been named MVP of the Minnesota Twins for the second straight season.
     The Twins announced their 2017 awards Tuesday, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America's Twin Cities chapter. The winners will be honored Jan. 18 at the Diamond Awards, the fundraiser for brain, muscle and nerve disease care and research at the University of Minnesota.
     Dozier also won the leadership award for the second straight time. Right-hander Ervin Santana repeated as pitcher of the year. Reliever Trevor Hildenberger was named outstanding rookie. Center fielder Byron Buxton was voted defensive player of the year and most improved player. First baseman Joe Mauer is the Upper Midwest player of the year. Catcher Chris Gimenez (media cooperation) and right-hander Kyle Gibson (community service) were also honored.


     GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers have signed receiver Max McCaffrey to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Don Barclay from injured reserve.
     It is McCaffrey's second stint with the organization after being released after training camp. He joined Green Bay's practice squad last December and spent a week on the active roster in January, but was inactive for the NFC championship game. McCaffrey also had stints with the Saints and Jaguars this season.
     Barclay suffered an ankle injury during the preseason. He played in 70 games with 27 starts since joining Green Bay as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012.

     LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have opened the World Series with a victory over the Houston Astros.
     Kershaw tossed seven stellar innings and Justin Turner launched a tiebreaking homer in a 3-1 win against the visiting Astros. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 11 and allowed only three hits, including Alex Bregman's game-tying homer in the fourth inning.
     L.A. took a very early lead as Chris Taylor homered on the first pitch thrown by losing pitcher Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul). Taylor became the first player to homer in his first career World Series at-bat since teammate Chase Utley did it for the 2008 Phillies.
     Bregman knotted the score three innings later but the Dodgers regained the lead on a two-run blast by the red-hot Turner in the sixth. Turner entered the series batting .387 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 31 at-bats during the postseason.
     Keuchel was reached for three runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
     Kenley Jansen worked the ninth to pick up the save.
     The Astros are now 0-5 in World Series games, having been swept by the Chicago White Sox in their only other appearance 12 years ago.
     Game 2 is today at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill will start for the home team against Justin Verlander, who has won all nine of his appearances since being acquired by Houston on Aug. 31.
     The 103-degree temperature at first pitch is believed to be the warmest in World Series history dating to 1975. That shattered the previous high of 94 degrees for the opener of the 2001 Diamondbacks-Yankees series in Arizona.
     Corey Seager and pitcher Brandon McCarthy are on the Dodgers' World Series roster after being held out of the championship series. Manager Dave Roberts made room by dropping outfielder Curtis Granderson and backup catcher Kyle Farmer.
     The Astros stayed with the roster they used to knock out the Yankees in the AL Championship Series.

     UNDATED (AP) - LeBron James is a pretty good point guard, too.
     James made a rare start in the backcourt and finished with 34 points and 13 assists as the Cavaliers earned a 119-112 win over the Bulls. His best pass of the night was a no-look, behind-the-back dish to Jae Crowder for a 3-pointer during Cleveland's 15-3 spurt in the third quarter.
     Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who trailed by one entering the final period. Dwyane Wade had 11 points off the bench after asking coach Tyronn Lue to take him out of the starting lineup.
     Chicago lost despite hitting 17 3-pointers and getting 25 points from Justin Holiday.
     In other NBA action:
     - Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Patrick Beverley chipped in 19 as the Clippers dumped the Jazz 102-84 to improve to 3-0. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 18 rebounds for Los Angeles.
     - CJ McCollum scored 23 points and the Trail Blazers extended their NBA-record winning streak in home openers to 17 with a 103-93 victory over the Pelicans. Damian Lillard and Evan Turner each added 13 points for Portland, which is off to a 3-1 start for the first time in six years.
     - The Celtics were 110-89 winners over the Knicks as Jaylen Brown dropped in 23 points and Jayson Tatum chipped in 22. Kyrie Irving added 20 points and seven assists in Boston's second straight win since an 0-2 start.
     - Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and the Pacers shot a sizzling 67 percent from the floor in a 130-107 dismantling of the Timberwolves at Minneapolis. Cory Joseph added 21 points to the rout, while Darren Collison contributed 15 and 16 assists.
     - Aaron Gordon poured in a career-high 41 points and Evan Fournier added 28 as the Magic held off the Nets, 125-121. Gordon hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left and finished with 12 rebounds for Orlando, which trailed by 12 in the second half.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have continued their red-hot start. So have linemates Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rahv) as they ran their season-opening point streak to 10 games while helping the Lightning beat the Hurricanes 5-1.
     Stamkos leads the NHL with 17 assists and 20 points after setting up a pair of goals. Kucherov kept his point streak alive by scoring with four seconds to play.
     Tyler Johnson added a power-play goal and an assist as the Lightning improved to a league-best 8-1-1.
     Meanwhile, the top team in the Western Conference is the league's newest franchise.
     The expansion Golden Knights are 7-1-0 after Oscar Dansk stopped 29 shots in a 4-2 verdict over the Blackhawks. Tomas Nosek's goal put Vegas ahead to stay before he set up Pierre-Edourard Bellemare's game-winner.
     The Knights are the first expansion team to win seven of its first eight NHL games.
     Elsewhere on NHL ice:
     - The Penguins skated off with a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Phil Kessel's goal 42 seconds into overtime. Ian Cole opened the scoring in the third period, but Edmonton earned a point on Connor McDavid's tying goal with 2:53 left in regulation.
     - Ondrej Kase had two goals and the Ducks scored three times in the second period of a 6-2 pounding of the Flyers. Brandon Montour, Nick Ritchie and Rickard Rakell scored three straight goals to put Anaheim ahead 4-1.
     - Shootout goals by Michael Cammalleri and Adrian Kempe pushed the Kings past the Senators, 3-2 in Ottawa. Kempe also furnished the tying goal with 1:46 left in regulation after setting up Alec Martinez just 24 seconds into the game.
     - The Flames also went the shootout route in a 3-2 comeback win at Nashville. Matthew Tkachuk provided the game-winning goal in shootout after scoring midway through the third period to get Calgary within 2-1.
     - John Tavares completed his seventh career hat trick by scoring the tiebreaking goal in the third period of the Islanders' 5-3 victory against the Coyotes. Adam Pelech had three assists as the Islanders completed a 3-0 homestand and kept Arizona winless on the season at 0-8-1.
     - The Canadiens' seven-game losing streak is over after Shea Weber scored twice and Carey Price stopped 26 shots in a 5-1 verdict over the Panthers. Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty also scored in Montreal's first win since its season opener.
     - The Canucks posted a 1-0 shutout at Minnesota as Anders Nilsson turned back 29 shots in his second shutout in three games this season. Jake Virtanen broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period.
     - Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto finished off his first career hat trick on an empty-netter in the closing seconds to secure a 5-3 win over Dallas. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist to support Semyon Varlamov, who made 34 saves to help Colorado end a three-game skid.
     - Robin Lehner handled 32 shots as the Sabres dealt the Red Wings their fifth consecutive loss, 1-0. Benoit Pouliot scored midway through the second period to support Lehner's sixth career shutout.

     UNDATED (AP) - The NBA has fined Suns rookie Josh Jackson $35,000 for "making a menacing gesture" on the playing court and "directing inappropriate language at a fan." Video appeared to show Jackson forming his fingers as a pretend gun and pointing it at the fan during the Suns' 42-point loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles last Saturday. Jackson said the fan had been heckling him loudly and aggressively throughout the game and that he wrongly decided to respond.
     Elsewhere in the NBA:
     - The Lakers have exercised their contract options on forwards Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. for next season. Ingram is averaging 14.7 points through three games this season, while Nance is giving the Lakers 11.3 points per game.
     - Hawks swingman DeAndre' Bembry is expected to miss four to six weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured right wrist. Bembry suffered the injury in the season-opening win at Dallas last Wednesday.
     - Jazz swingman Joe Ingles has been fined $15,000 for hitting Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin on Saturday. Ingles appeared to strike the center from the side with his left hand while Adams was guarding Rudy Gobert in the third quarter.
     - Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time because of mononucleosis. Hernangomez didn't travel with the Nuggets as they kick off a four-game trip in Charlotte on Wednesday.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Minnesota Wild are going to spend at least two more months without one of their top players. Left wing Zach Parise has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc that has bothered him since the offseason. He hasn't appeared in a game this season, practicing with the team in spurts before experiencing another setback last week. The 33-year-old Parise is in the sixth season of a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Wild.
     In other NHL news:
     - Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick suffered an undisclosed injury during Tuesday's game against the Ducks. The second player taken in this year's draft was checked head-first into the glass by Anaheim forward Chris Wagner, dropped to his knees and needed help leaving the ice.
     - Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to miss six to eight weeks following surgery to repair a fractured left thumb. Burakovsky had scored just one goal and four points in nine games this season when was injured in the third period of Saturday's loss to Florida.
     - The Panthers have added a veteran goaltender after losing Roberto Luongo to a right hand injury. Antti Niemi was claimed off waivers from the Penguins after allowing 16 goals and going 0-3 in three games this season.

    UNDATED (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles will spend the rest of the season without nine-time Pro Bowl Jason Peters and linebacker Jordan Hicks. Peters tore his right ACL and MCL and Hicks ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Monday's 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins, a game that left the Eagles with the best record in the NFL at 6-1. Peters has anchored Philadelphia's offensive line for a decade, and Hicks is a top playmaker on defense.
     In other NFL news:
     - Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has lost an appeal of his one-game suspension for coming off the sideline during a scuffle and shoving an official in last Thursday's win over Kansas City. Lynch will miss Sunday's game at Buffalo.
     -The Lions have released punter Jeff Locke, who averaged 45.3 yards on 27 attempts this season. The move came a day after regular punter Sam Martin returned to practice following a stint on the reserve/non-football injury list.
     - Former Colts defensive star and current assistant coach Robert Mathis has been jailed on a preliminary charge of driving while intoxicated. Police say the 36-year-old Mathis was arrested on the misdemeanor charge early Tuesday after driving the wrong way on a one-way street and not signaling a turn.

     PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Prestigious Pebble Beach will host its first U.S. Women's Open in 2023 and the U.S. Open in 2027. The premier events will be USGA championships Nos. 14 and 15 at the picturesque course along the Monterey Peninsula. Pebble last hosted the U.S. Open in 2010 and will host it again in 2019.


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