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The coach who guided the University of North Dakota to its first NCAA hockey championship has died......

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The coach who guided the University of North Dakota to its first NCAA hockey championship has died.  Dr. Robert May was 87.
     May coached the program in the 1957-58 and 1958-59 seasons and led UND into the NCAA title game both years. UND defeated Michigan State 4-3 in the 1959 championship.  May's record with UND was 45-17-2.
     A former defenseman for UND, May played in 47 games and served as team captain in 1950-51. He received his bachelor's degree from UND in 1951.
     May later became a dentist in Minnesota and served a stint as team dentist for the Minnesota North Stars. His hockey coaching career included stops with the Minneapolis Roosevelt boys and the Wayzata, Minnesota, girls.
     May is a member of the UND Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Former North Dakota State University men's basketball standouts Taylor Braun and TrayVonn Wright have signed contracts to play professionally in Europe.  Braun has signed with a team in Belgium's top league, and Wright with a team in Austria's top league.
     Braun, of Newberg, Oregon, was the Summit League player of the year this past season and an honorable mention selection for The Associated Press All-America basketball team. Wright, from Waterloo, Iowa, was an All-Summit League second-team selection last season.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Josh Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.  

      Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.
     Suzuki, a first-time All-Star selection who was the catcher for the ninth inning of the American League's victory here at Target Field last week, posted his ninth three-hit game this season. He raised his batting average to .311 and is 25 for 63 in his last 17 games.
     In another All-Star game reprise, Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Robbie Hummel.  Hummel's agency, Priority Sports, announced the agreement on Monday night. He averaged 3.4 points in just over 12 minutes per game as a rookie last season.
     Bringing Hummel back gives president and coach Flip Saunders a shooter off the bench with the ability to play multiple positions.  It's also the next chapter in a nice comeback story for Hummel, who has overcome major knee injuries in college at Purdue to make the NBA.
     When completed, the deal will give the Timberwolves 14 players under contract for next season. That leaves them with one open roster spot as they continue to address areas of need.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore has been named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.  Moore scored a game-high 32 points in a 93-82 Lynx win over the Tulsa Shock on Wednesday. It was Minnesota's only game that week heading into the All-Star break.
     Moore posted her ninth 30-point-plus performance of the season, tying Lauren Jackson for the second-highest single-season total in WNBA history. Moore also added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.  It was the third time this season Moore has been named Western Conference Player of the Week, and the eighth time she's won the honor in her career.

     UNDATED (AP)-Washington shortstop Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 to lead the Nationals past Colorado 7-2. Desmond had four singles and his 17th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Danny Espinosa had a double and triple and also drove in two runs. That helped Doug Fister win his ninth game.  The victory moved the Nationals into first place in the NL East.
     In other baseball finals:
     - The Atlanta Braves fell a game back of Washington in the NL East by losing 3-1 to Miami in 10 innings. Garrett Jones drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning.    

    - Milwaukee moved a half-game ahead of idle St. Louis in the NL Central by beating Cincinnati 5-2. The Brewers scored three runs on two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey.
     - Boston won its fifth straight by routing Toronto 14-1 as David Ortiz swatted his 452nd and 453rd career home runs and moved past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list.
     - Detroit opened an interleague series in Arizona by edging the D-Backs 4-3. Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered. Justin Verlander moved past Hal Newhouser into third place on Detroit's career strikeout list with 1,772.
     - Seattle downed the New York Mets 5-2 in other interleague play. Catcher Mike Zunino hit his 14th homer. Willie Bloomquist added three hits for the Mariners.
     - Baltimore stretched its AL East lead to four games by doubling up the L.A. Angels 4-2. Adam Jones connected on a pair of two-run home runs for the Orioles.
     - The L.A. Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 5-2. Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 11-5 by holding the Pirates to two runs and five hits over seven innings. Ryu joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners. Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times as the Dodgers ended the Pirates' six-game home winning streak.
     - San Francisco remained tied with the Dodgers for the NL West lead by beating Philadelphia 7-4. Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer to spoil Cliff Lee's return from the disabled list. Hunter Pence had three hits and two RBIs.
     - The Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 3-1 as Chris Sale improved to 9-1. Sale allowed seven hits and a walk in seven innings. Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run.
     - Texas doubled up the New York Yankees 4-2 as Miles Mikolas earned his first victory as a starter. That's only the Rangers' third win this month.

     UNDATED (AP) - New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the team's leading run producer. Teixeira has been hampered by a left lower lat injury that was causing spasms in his back for about a month, and the pain escalated over the weekend.
     In other baseball news:
     - The San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract. Uggla was released last Friday by the Braves after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job.
     - The Colorado Rockies have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. The move is retroactive to July 14. Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs.

     CLEVELAND (AP) - Despite being No. 2 on the depth chart, Johnny Manziel is No. 1 with the fans.  The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp with Cleveland this week as a backup, had the league's top-selling jersey since April 1. The league says that Manziel's No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on  Following Manziel are three established starters, Seattle's Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Denver's Peyton Manning.
     In other NFL news:
     - Standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins and starting cornerback Leon Hall are among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
     - The New Orleans Saints have placed nose tackle John Jenkins on the physically unable to perform list just days before the start of training camp. Jenkins has not practiced this offseason because of a pectoral injury.
     - Veteran guard Chris Snee is retiring from the New York Giants because of a series of injuries. After meeting with the team Snee decided to end his NFL career after 10 seasons. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. He sat out minicamp last month but had indicated he expected to play this season. The 32-year-old son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin was a second-round pick in 2004 and has made four Pro Bowls.

     UNDATED (AP) - The NBA champion Spurs have worked out a deal to bring back Matt Bonner. He played sparingly last season for San Antonio but contributed with outside shooting. He has been with the Spurs for eight seasons and ranks third in franchise history in 3-pointers made and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage.
     In other NBA signings:
     - Free-agent guard Nick Young has signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers playing mostly off the bench.
     - The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details. Hinrich, who has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls, averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games last season.
     - The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent forward Richard Jefferson as a possible replacement for Vince Carter off the bench. Reports are it's a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Jefferson started 78 games for Utah last year but figures to be used as a 3-point threat coming off the bench. The Mavs lost Carter when he signed with Memphis as a free agent.
     - The Phoenix Suns have announced the signing of forward Anthony Tolliver. The Suns are the seventh NBA team for the 6-foot-8 journeyman, who is an accurate 3-point shooter. The two-year contract is worth $6 million, but only $400,000 is guaranteed in the second season. Tolliver shot a career-high 41 percent from 3-point range for Charlotte last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games.
     - LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy.  The Cleveland Cavaliers' star was greeted by pianist Lang Lang in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans.  The two exchanged gifts. Lang Lang received a pair of basketball shoes. James got an album of Lang Lang's music and a CD with the FIFA Brazil World Cup music. James' five-day trip is sponsored by Nike.

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


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