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K-HEART SPORTS - WEDNESDAY - 07/16/14 - MORNING EDITION

Class A won both games on the opening night of the Lions All-Star Basketball Series.....

    BISMARCK, ND (Bismarck Tribune) - Recent West Fargo graduate Cassidy Thorson was merely a spear carrier for most of Tuesday's Lions All-Star girls basketball game at the Civic Center.  When duty called, however, Thorson, a 5-foot-11 guard-forward, answered in a 79-68 overtime victory for team Class A over Class B.

    With Class A down 61-56 and a minute and one-half on the clock, Thorson took charge.  She fired in a 3-pointer with 1:19 remaining in regulation time and she was on her way.

    Thorson knotted the game at 61 with a pair of free throws with 46 seconds on the clock. And that's the way it stood at the final buzzer. Class B missed a 3-pointer and turned the ball over once and Class A missed its only shot down the stretch.

    In the five-minute overtime, Thorson became even more of a force.  A pair of free throws by Dierra Diegel of Valley City gave Class A a 63-61 overtime advantage and then Thorson personally outscored Class B 9-3.

    Thorson took game scoring honors with 19 points.  Keisha Engelhardt of Bismarck added 13 and Diegel tallied 11. Paige Peterson of Jamestown chipped in with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    Karleigh Weber of Thompson led Class B scorers with 18 points. Kennedy Henningsgard of Hillsboro-Central Valley followed with 14 and Hailee Farstveet of Beach added 11.

    The two teams play a rematch tonight in Fargo.

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    BISMARCK, ND (Bismarck Tribune) - Taylor Schafer and the Class A all-stars love playing in the Bismarck Civic Center. Is there any wonder why?  Schafer, a first-team all-stater for Bismarck High, ignited a record-breaking offensive night for the Class A all-stars in the opening game of the Lions All-Star series on Tuesday night.

    Schafer hit a pair of big early 3-pointers as Class A exploded out of the blocks en route to a record scoring night - a 119-94 victory over the Class B all-stars.

    Schafer finished with a team-high 19 points.  Six different players scored in double figures as they set a Lions all-star series scoring record, obliterating the 115 points Class A tallied in 2002, and the 105 points Class A scored in 2012. All three of those games were played in the Civic Center.

    It was the 12th time in the series a team has reached the century mark, the ninth for Class A. And it's Class A's fourth straight Class A win in Bismarck.

    Tanner Holte of Des Lacs-Burlington had a big game for Class B. He finished with 22 points, 18 of them in the first half.  Britton Bussman of Milnor added 12, all in the second half.

    The teams meet again tonight in Fargo.

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    MINOT, ND - The Minot Metros played their final home games of the regular season yesterday.  They'll finish up regular season play today on the road at Devils Lake.

American Legion Baseball
 Class Junior
    Minot Metros 5, Dickinson 4
    Minot Metros 8, Dickinson 6

    Mandan A's 4, Williston Oilers 2

    Bismarck Senators 13, Fargo 1 (5)
    Bismarck Senators 15, Fargo 0 (5)

 Class AA
    Mandan Chiefs 10, Williston Keybirds 1
    Williston Keybirds 5, Mandan Chiefs 4

    Dickinson Roughriders 5, Jamestown 4

 Class B
    Hazen 10, Garrison 0
    Hazen 15, Garrison 1

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    PARK CITY, UTAH - Eastern Washington is the favorite to win the Big Sky football title, according to both coaches and media polls released on Tuesday.  The Eagles received 12 of 13 first-place votes and totaled 144 points to top the coaches poll. Eastern Washington got 34 of 36 first-place votes in the media poll and finished with 464 points. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.

    Montana was second in both polls, followed by Mointana State, Cal Poly and Northern Arizona.

    The University of North Dakota, which finished 3-8 a year ago and parted ways with former head coach Chris Mussman in the offseason, was picked to finish 10th in the coaches poll and 11th in the media poll.

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    GRAND FORKS, ND (GF Herald) - The NCAA has granted a waiver to allow North Dakota's Jaron Nash one more season of eligibility.

    The 6-foot-8 Nash transferred to UND following the 2011-12 season after spending the season at Texas Tech. The Waterloo, Iowa, native, wanted to be closer to his home to help his father deal with an illness.

    Nash, however, sat out his first season at UND as the NCAA denied his waiver request to play immediately. He did play last season and played a key role in helping UND to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament.

    Had the NCAA denied the waiver, Nash's collegiate career would have ended following last season, one of UND's best in the Division I era.

    Last season, he started 22 of UND's 33 games and averaged 10.8 points. He'll be the program's top returning scorer.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Helping send Derek Jeter out a winner in his last All-Star game appearance, Mike Trout drove in two runs with a triple and a double to lead the American League past the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night.
 
     Jeter started his 14th and final midsummer gathering of the game's best with a vintage opposite-field double, following an ovation from the Target Field crowd of more than one minute. The Yankees captain went 2 for 2 and was removed to another roar from the fans in the top of the fourth inning.
 
     Max Scherzer picked up the victory with a scoreless inning, and Twins closer Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for the save in front of his home crowd to again give the AL home-field advantage for the World Series.
 
     Another hometown favorite, Pat Neshek, took the loss for the NL.
 
     Miguel Cabrera homered for the AL.
 
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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Derek Jeter was a big hit from the start in his final All-Star game.  Batting leadoff for the American League, the 40-year-old shortstop for the New York Yankees seized the moment Tuesday night by hitting a double down the right-field line on the second pitch from Adam Wainwright.  Jeter crossed the plate moments later for the game's first run a few minutes later.
 
     The double, which was a classic, opposite-field liner by Jeter, raised his All-Star batting average to a robust .462 - 12 hits in 26 at-bats.
 
     In the top of the first inning, Jeter made a slick diving stop on Andrew McCutchen's sharp groundball up the middle. Jeter got to his feet and fired an on-target throw to first base, but the fleet-footed McCutchen was too fast, beating it out for a single.
 
     This was the 14th time Jeter was picked as an All-Star. He's set to retire after this season.
 
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     LAS VEGAS (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have restarted trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love.  The person requested anonymity because both teams are not publicly commenting on trade discussions.
 
     Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors GM Bob Myers during summer league play in Las Vegas on Sunday.  The two teams had been going back and forth with proposals involving Love since before the draft. But the Warriors' reluctance to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package to Minnesota was considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.
 
     The Timberwolves also have been talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who so far have been unwilling to include Andrew Wiggins in any offer.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - The Miami Heat have managed to keep two-thirds of their "Big 3."  All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is staying with the team, saying he has confidence in the organization and the roster being built. The comments come days after LeBron James left the Heat after four seasons to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
     A person familiar with the situation says Wade signed a two-year package that includes a player option for the second season. Financial terms were not announced, though it's expected Wade's salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract.
 
     Chris Bosh also decided to stay in Miami. Joining the Heat is Luol Deng, who signed a $20 million, two-year contract. Deng is expected to compete for the starting spot vacated by James.
 
     Also in the NBA:
 
     - The Atlanta Hawks have acquired swingman Thabo Sefolosha in a sign-and-trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Atlanta also received the rights to Giorgos Printezis and cash considerations for the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis and a trade exception.
 
     - Avery Bradley remains a Boston Celtic after signing a four-year contract, reportedly worth $32 million. Bradley averaged a career-high 14.9 points in 60 games last season.
 
     - Trevor Ariza has officially become a Houston Rocket after being acquired in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Washington. The Rockets get Ariza from the Wizards and forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a 2015 first-round draft pick from the Pelicans. The Rockets will send center Omer Asik, forward Omri Casspi and cash considerations to New Orleans, while the Wizards will receive center Melvin Ely and a trade exception.
 
     - A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Mike Miller has agreed to a 2-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cavaliers, re-uniting him with superstar LeBron James. He'll make $2.7 million next season, and a second-year player option is worth $2.8 million. Miller played in 82 games for Memphis last season, hitting 46 percent of his 233 3-point attempts.
 
     - The San Antonio Spurs have finalized the signing of veteran forward Boris Diaw to a three-year, $22 million deal.  Diaw was invaluable for the Spurs last season, averaging 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 25 minutes while shooting more than 52 percent from the field.
 
     - The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons. The 36-year-old Nowitzki's contract is for three years and $30 million, with a player option for the final season.  The Mavericks signed Parsons to an offer sheet five days ago worth about $46 million over three years.
 
     - The Mavs also reached contract terms with 16-year veteran forward Rashard Lewis, who spent the last two years with the Heat. The 34-year-old Lewis is a two-time All-Star who averaged 4.5 points and 16 minutes played in 60 games last season.
 
     - The Chicago Bulls have used the amnesty clause to cut forward Carlos Boozer after four seasons with the team. Boozer came to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal with Utah in July 2010. He had one season left on a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million.
 
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     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year contract.  The deal was announced on Tuesday.  Zucker will have a two-way contract for this season and a one-way contract for next season. Players on one-way deals are paid the same, whether they are in the NHL or the AHL.
 
     Zucker was one of the Wild's top prospects, but the 22-year-old fell behind last season due to inconsistency, injury and increased competition. Zucker had four goals and one assist in 21 games for the Wild and eight goals and five assists in 22 games for their AHL affiliate Iowa. Zucker had surgery in March to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps.
 
     Zucker was the Wild's second-round draft pick in 2010.
 
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     NEW YORK (AP) - Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike became the first pair of sisters to be chosen to participate in the WNBA All-Star game on Tuesday night when the league announced the reserves.
 
     The two squared off Sunday for the first time in their careers, with Nneka's Los Angeles Sparks coming away with an easy victory over Chiney's Connecticut Sun. Now they will play against each other again on Saturday in Phoenix.
 
     The other Eastern Conference reserves are New York's Tina Charles, Chicago's Jessica Breland, Atlanta's Erika de Souza, Connecticut's Katie Douglas and Indiana's Briann January.
 
     The Western Conference reserves are Minnesota's Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, Phoenix's Candice Dupree, Tulsa's Glory Johnson and San Antonio's Danielle Robinson.
 
     While the starters for the game were chosen by the fans, the reserves were picked by the league's coaches.
 

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

 

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