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Jesus said, "It is finished" from the cross, and it is. Satan can't undo that.

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K-HEART SPORTS - FRIDAY - 01/12/18 - PM EDITION

District 12 boys basketball is on the air tonight as L&C-Berthold will host Des Lacs-Burlington....

    MINOT, ND - District 12 boys basketball is on the air tonight as L&C-Berthold will host Des Lacs-Burlington. This is the first district game of the season for both. The Bombers have a 3-5 record and have lost three of their last four games. The Lakers are 6-3 and on a five game winning streak. Pre-game is set for 7:05 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at www.khrt.com

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    FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) - College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) today announced major honors for six-time FCS national champion North Dakota State. Bison quarterback Easton Stick has been named the winner of the 2017 FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy. The team, in addition, was honored for the top FCS performance in 2017.
 
    Stick, a junior from Omaha, Neb., went 164-for-264 passing for 2,466 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for 663 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 5.9 yards per rush. Stick is the fifth Bison to earn CFPA annual honors.
 
    North Dakota State, honored as the CFPA's top team, recently concluded its 2017 season as the unanimous No. 1 pick in the STATS FCS Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Poll. NDSU defeated JMU 17-13 in the FCS championship game, finishing with an overall record of 14-1.
 
    The CFPA is in its tenth year of player and team performance recognition.

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     UNDATED (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator. He replaces Mike Shula, who was fired earlier this week after seven seasons with Carolina, including five as offensive coordinator.
 
     Turner inherits an offense that includes 2015 league MVP Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. The Panthers finished 12th in the league scoring in 2017, but ranked 28th in passing.
 
     Turner's brother, Ron Turner, works as the team's offensive consultant and nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach. Turner is expected to bring son Scott Turner on as quarterbacks coach.
 
     Turner was head coach in San Diego from 2007-12, during which time current Panthers coach Ron Rivera was the Chargers defensive coordinator.
 
     In other NFL news:
 
     - The Buffalo Bills have fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. The team announced the move on Friday after the Bills finished 29th in offense. Their running attack fell to sixth after leading the league the past two seasons. Buffalo scored just three points in last weekend's wild-card round loss to Jacksonville, the franchise's first playoff game in 18 years.
 
     - Browns coach Hue Jackson has overhauled his staff following a 0-16 season. Cleveland announced Friday that Jackson has hired former New York Giants wide receivers coach Adam Henry for the same role and former Cincinnati offensive coordinator Ken Zampese to coach the Browns quarterbacks. The team is expected to use either the No. 1 or No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft to select a quarterback. The Browns have parted with quarterbacks coach David Lee, running backs coach Kirby Wilson and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, who left to join Chicago's staff.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.
 
     The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training.
 
     Donaldson was coming off a $28.65 million, two-year deal. He is eligible for free agency after this season.
 
     Toronto also agreed Friday to one-year deals with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for $1.9 million and left-hander Aaron Loup for $1,812,500.
 
     In other baseball moves:
 
     - NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract. The 31-year-old centerfielder hit .331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million. He can become a free agent after this season.
 
     - Relievers Jake Diekman and Keone Kela and infielder Jurickson Profar agreed one-year contracts with the Texas Rangers, who avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players. Diekman gets $2,712,500 under Friday's agreement, a raise from $2.55 million. Kela's salary is $1.2 million, up from $543,210, and Profar will make $1.05 million, an increase from $1,005,000.
 
     -  Second baseman Joe Panik has reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration. Panik, a 2016 Gold Glover, made $600,000 last season, batted .288 with 10 homers, 28 doubles and 53 RBIs over 138 games in 2017.  The 27-year-old has been limited by injuries the past three seasons and spent a stint on the concussion list in 2017.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - Durable forward Andrew Cogliano has agreed to a $9.75 million, three-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season with the Anaheim Ducks.
 
     Cogliano hasn't missed a game in his entire 11-season NHL career. The speedy two-way forward has played in 829 consecutive games for the Edmonton Oilers and the Ducks, who acquired him in 2011. His ironman streak is the fourth-longest in NHL history and the longest active streak in the league. Including playoffs, Cogliano has appeared in 889 straight games, the second-longest streak to start a career in NHL history.
 
     Cogliano is a standout penalty-killer with 17 career short-handed goals. He has 149 goals and 202 assists in his career, including five goals and 13 assists this season.
 
     In other NHL news:
 
     - Tom Dundon was introduced today as the new majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, the team with the NHL's longest active postseason drought at eight years. The 46-year-old Dallas billionaire says he values "winning more than money," but adds that "it doesn't mean I want to burn it." Dundon was introduced a day after the closing of his purchase of the majority of the team from longtime owner Peter Karmanos Jr., who will retain a minority ownership interest.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft. The school announced Hines' decision today. Hines ran for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the nine-win Wolfpack and was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick for The Associated Press. He averaged 143.7 all-purpose yards per game, leading the ACC and ranking fifth among power-conference players. Hines was also a Wolfpack track star.
 
     In other college football news:
 
     - South Carolina record-holder Marcus Lattimore is returning to the Gamecocks as director of player development and life skills. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced the hirings of Lattimore and the NCAA-approved 10th on-field assistant coach in Kyle Krantz. Lattimore will also oversee the Gamecocks' Beyond Football program, which exposes players to off-field careers. Lattimore set the school mark with 38 rushing touchdowns from 2010-2012. Krantz spent the past two seasons as a defensive analyst at South Carolina. He will work with special teams and also help with linebackers and nickel backs.
 
     - UConn football coach Randy Edsall has hired former Chicago Bears assistant coach John Dunn to be his new offensive coordinator. Dunn replaces Rhett Lashlee, who left after just one year on the job to take the same position at SMU. The school says Dunn, who will also coach the quarterbacks, agreed to a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year. Dunn was John Fox's offensive quality control coach with the Bears during the 2016 season and was an offensive assistant in 2017.
 

 


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