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The Minot Vistas were back in action yesterday as they played in Dickinson....

    MINOT, ND - The Minot Vistas were back in action yesterday as they played in Dickinson.  The game was called in the 5th inning due to thunderstorms.  The second game will be made up at a later date.

American Legion Baseball
 Class AA
    Dickinson 3, Minot Vistas 1 (5)

 Class B
    Surrey 6, Stanley 5
    Stanley 12, Surrey 1


    WEST FARGO, ND - East trumped West on Monday night during the Optimist Clubs All-Star volleyball series opener.  The East All-Stars cruised to a 25-15, 25-16, 25-15 victory over the West at West Fargo High School. It is the third straight year the East has swept the West in the opening match of the annual series. A guaranteed fourth set was played, which the West won 25-18.  Chai Pappa from Stanley led the West with six kills, a block and an ace serve.  The two-match series wraps up at 7 pm tonight at Bismarck Century High School.


    FARGO, ND (NDSU) - Long-time intercollegiate athletics administrator Gene Taylor has been selected as the deputy director for the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Iowa.  Taylor will remain the athletic director at North Dakota State through the month of July.
    Taylor has worked in athletics administration for more than 28 years and is currently the director of athletics at North Dakota State University where he guided NDSU through the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.
    During his 13 years as athletics director, NDSU has produced 64 CoSIDA Academic All-America├?┬« awards, three NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, four NCAA Championships Elite 89 student-athletes, and 18 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners.
    Taylor has engineered double-digit growth in NDSU's development efforts and triple-digit growth in its corporate partners program. He is currently overseeing a $41 million capital campaign for renovation of NDSU's basketball arena, administration offices, locker rooms, and indoor track and field facility.  NDSU recently completed a $3.5 million renovation of its football administrative space and locker room complex.
    Competitively, NDSU has won the last three national championships at the Football Championship Subdivision level of play, achieved a 7-3 record over Football Bowl Subdivision teams - a record that includes four wins over Bowl Championship Series opponents. NDSU has won 57 conference championships since 2007-08, a total that includes nine championships in 2013-14.
    The 2013-14 NDSU men's basketball team posted a 26-7 record, won the Summit League regular season and post-season tournament championships, and advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by beating Oklahoma.  NDSU's volleyball and softball teams have also been regular participants in NCAA post-season competition with softball advancing to the 2009 Super Regional.
    "I would like to thank Gary Barta for this exciting opportunity to be a part of Hawkeye Athletics and the University of Iowa. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gary, the athletic program and the University. Other than the difference in size, the two share a number of similarities including the very high priority put on student-athlete success athletically, academically, and doing things the right way. I look forward to working with the athletic staff and coaches."
    "I need to thank (NDSU) President (Dean) Bresciani for his leadership and support the last four years. He has been a great source of strength for me both personally and professionally and our athletic program. I am happy to call him a friend to me and my family and will miss working with him," Taylor added.
    "I have been very fortunate to work with an extremely talented and dedicated coaching staff, administrative staff, directors, and support staff.  There are the best a person could ever ask to work with and have been critical to the success we have enjoyed the last several years. It has been an honor and privilege to work amongst the best in the industry. Whoever will be the next director of athletics will be coming to work every day with people that will make their job easy.
    "I have also had the pleasure to watch an extremely talented and committed group of male and female student-athletes the last 13 years," Taylor continued.
    "I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing them prepare and compete at a high level. They represent NDSU against the best in the nation and make us very proud with their outstanding success athletically and academically."
    Taylor was recruited to North Dakota State from the United States Naval Academy where he began his career in 1986 as an administrative assistant for business.  He held several positions in the ticket office and ticket and business operations before serving as assistant athletics director for internal operations, a position which included responsibility over the department budget, supervision of eight sport programs, coordination of football team travel, and event management.
    "Gene Taylor is highly respected across the country and has been a leader in college athletics for more than quarter of a century. He shares the values of Iowa and will comfortably fit the Hawkeye culture," said Gary Barta, the UI's director of athletics.
    As the deputy director of athletics - a new position at the UI but a fixture at many of the UI's peer institutions nationally - Taylor will be responsible for administrative oversight for the athletic department's day-to-day operations.  He will also supervise of select UI sports programs and will serve as the primary departmental decision-maker in the absence of the director.
    Taylor, 56, earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from Arizona State University in 1980.  He earned a master of science degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, in 1985.
    Gene and his wife, Cathy, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on July 2.  Cathy received a bachelor of science degree in special education from Slippery Rock University.  The couple have two children:  daughter Casey, 19, is a sophomore at North Dakota State majoring in sports management.  She is a manager for the men's basketball team.  Son Jared, 16, will be a sophomore in high school.  


     BOSTON (AP) - Rubby De La Rosa matched his first career Fenway Park start with another seven impressive innings and A.J. Pierzynski had a sacrifice fly, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins Monday night.
     Mike Napoli helped cut down a runner trying to score with a heads up play in a Red Sox victory that came after a pair of one-run losses. Boston is 9-15 in one-run games.
     De La Rosa gave up only a single in the third inning as he combined with three relievers on a three-hitter. He walked three and fanned three.
     Andrew Miller struck out the only batter he faced, Burke Badenhop got two outs and Koji Uehara three outs to remain perfect in 15 save chances. He extended his streak to 31 straight saves over the past two regular seasons.
     Kevin Correia gave up five hits, walking one and striking out two in six innings.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The last time baseball's All-Star Game was in Minnesota, Pete Rose was still playing, the Metrodome was brand new and it cost $2 to watch the home run derby.  A lot has changed in 29 years.
     In 1985, state officials expected 30,000 visitors to spend between $15 million and $18 million. This year, the Minneapolis Area Convention and Visitors Bureau projects the four-day All-Star Game events will give the city a $75 million economic boost and draw 160,000 visitors.
     Minnesota Public Radio News says the game package for Twins season ticket holders starts around $400 and can run as high as $1,400.  All-Star Game events kick off on July 11. The All-Star game will be played July 15.

     UNDATED (AP) - The sputtering Detroit Tigers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the ninth against Kansas City on Monday. Problem was, the Tigers trailed by nine when the rally began.
     The Royals picked up their eighth straight win by outscoring the first-place Tigers 11-8 in Detroit. Kansas City rocked Justin Verlander for seven runs and 12 hits in six innings, including Omar Infante's three-run homer in the sixth.
     Infante had four RBIs, Billy Butler drove in three runs and Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain each had three of the Royals' 17 hits. That was more than enough support for Jason Vargas, who is 7-2 after allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
     J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam while the Tigers were scoring six runs in the ninth.  Detroit is an American League-worst 9-18 since May 18, allowing the Royals to pull within a half-game of the Central Division leaders.
     Elsewhere in the majors:
     - Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer, and Carlos Santana added a tiebreaking, solo blast in Cleveland's 4-3 victory against the Angels. Michael Bourn had two hits and scored twice to help the Indians snag their third straight win.
     - Jerry Sands smacked a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Tampa Bay's 5-4 verdict over Baltimore. Yunel Escobar and Ryan Hanigan homered for the Rays, who've won four of five since a 1-14 skid.
     - Chris Young was sharp in Seattle's 5-1 win over San Diego, holding his former team to four hits in six shutout innings. Kyle Seager belted a three-run homer and Brad Miller added a solo shot while Seattle was building a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.
     - Scooter Gennett hit a solo homer and was among four Brewers with two RBIs in a 9-3 romp over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis drove in two runs apiece to back Wily Peralta, who worked seven innings for his seventh win.
     - Matt Adams and Allen Craig each had two RBIs and Jon Jay scored three times as St. Louis roughed up the New York Mets 6-2.  Adams continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4 with an RBI triple after homering his previous three games since coming off the disabled list.
     - Reid Brignac's two-run triple capped a five-run 13th inning that gave Philadelphia a 6-1 victory in Atlanta. Freddie Freeman's error led to three unearned runs by the Phillies in the last inning.
     - Pitcher Travis Wood came through as a pinch-hitter by lacing a tiebreaking double in the 13th inning of the Cubs' 5-4 win at Miami. Starlin Castro slammed a three-run homer for Chicago.
     - Dee Gordon went 4-for-4 and scored twice in the Dodgers' 6-1 win against Colorado. Hyun-Jim Ryu is 8-3 after limiting the Rockies to a run and three hits in six innings.
     - Donnie Murphy hit two of the Rangers' four home runs in a 14-8 assault on the A's in Oakland. Michael Choice and Robinson Chirinos also homered and had three ribbies for Texas, while Adrian Beltre drove in three.

     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Louisville has been eliminated in the College World Series.  Texas stayed alive with a 4-1 win over the Cardinals. Parker French and Travis Duke combined for a four-hitter to help the Longhorns end a four-game College World Series losing streak dating to 2009.  Texas scored runs on a sacrifice fly, a groundout and a throwing error.
     Also at Omaha, Vanderbilt beat UC Irvine 6-4 as Walker Buehler pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. The Commodores will play in a bracket final Friday against the winner of Wednesday's elimination game between Irvine and Texas.

     UNDATED (AP) - Ghana has eliminated the United States from World Cup play the last two tournaments. The Americans may have landed the knockout punch this time.
     John Brooks came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 86th minute and give the Americans a much-needed 2-1 win over Ghana in the World Cup opener for both teams. Graham Zusi sent a corner kick toward the net and watched as Brooks headed it in, four minutes after Ghana tied the score. Brooks became the first substitute to score a goal for the United States in World Cup competition.  Brooks had appeared in just four U.S. national matches before entering this one at halftime.
     The Americans got off to a quick start as Clint Dempsey put them ahead just 29 seconds into the game. It was the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history, and the fastest by a U.S. player.
     Dempsey also became the first U.S. player to score in three different World Cups, and the lead held up until Andre Ayew beat Tim Howard in the 82nd minute.
     The Yanks closed out the win without forward Jozy Altidore, who was carried off on a stretcher after his left hamstring gave out in the 21st minute. He awaits tests that will determine whether he can return for this World Cup.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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