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K-Heart Sports - Monday - 08/19/19 - PM Edition

North Dakota State was picked No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association preseason FCS Top 25 poll...

    WACO, Texas (NDSU) - North Dakota State was picked No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association preseason FCS Top 25 poll announced today with 23 of the 26 first-place votes.

    NDSU, under first-year head coach Matt Entz, returns seven full-time starters from last year's 15-0 team that won its second straight and unprecedented seventh FCS national championship.

    James Madison had one first-place vote and was second in the poll followed by No. 3 Eastern Washington with two first-place votes. Bison opponents South Dakota State and UC Davis were fourth and fifth, respectively.

    Five NDSU opponents are in the AFCA preseason poll including No. 13 Illinois State, No. 20 Northern Iowa and No. 23 Delaware.

    North Dakota State is scheduled to open the 2019 season against Butler University at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 31st, at Target Field in Minneapolis.

    NDSU head football coach Matt Entz announced the team's starting quarterback as Trey Lance. Lance is a 6'3" 221 pound red shirt freshman from Marshall, Minnesota.



    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins return home to begin a three-games series against the Chicago White Sox. Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.28 ERA) starts for Minnesota. Gibson is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season, with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings. Ivan Nova (8-9, 4.51 ERA) starts for the White Sox. The Twins own a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.



     UNDATED (AP) - Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football's newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank.

     Clemson won its second national title in three seasons behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence to claim equal standing with Alabama at the top of the sport.

     The Crimson Tide, coming off a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship, is No. 2. Clemson received 52 first-place votes and Alabama received the other 10. Clemson snaps a record-tying string of three straight years in which Alabama was the preseason No. 1.

     Georgia, Alabama's Southeastern Conference rival, is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Ohio State.



     GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers is participating in practice and is expected to play in the Packers' third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Canada. Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said today the plan is for the two-time MVP to make his preseason debut Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
     Rodgers sat out the Packers' second preseason game in Baltimore and was sidelined during practice Sunday with back tightness. Rodgers, along with 25 other teammates, did not dress for the first preseason game against Houston.
     Thursday will mark the third time the Packers have played a preseason game outside the United States.
    Elsewhere in the NFL:

    - Star receiver Antonio Brown has returned to training camp with the Oakland Raiders a day after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be "all in or all out." Brown didn't attend practice Sunday as he works to find a helmet that he's comfortable using and that meets safety standards set by the NFL and NFLPA.

    - The New England Patriots have placed receiver Josh Gordon on the non-football injury list while he gets back into shape following his suspension. The move comes after the NFL conditionally lifted the suspension, saying Gordon could participate in team meetings, conditioning and individual workouts. Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. The Cleveland Browns cut ties with him last September.



     WASHINGTON (AP) - Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry is helping Howard University launch a Division I golf program. The Golden State Warriors star guard and the school announced the six-year partnership today. The specifics of his contribution were not disclosed. Howard officials say they plan to have women's and men's golf teams for the 2020-21 academic year.

     The school had a Division II golf program in the past, along with intercollegiate and intramural club teams.

     The 31-year-old Curry, who has won three NBA championships with the Warriors, says he decided to get involved after meeting a Howard student who had been trying to get the university to have a golf team. Curry says "it's tough" to hear about students "who have the talent but don't have a fair shot at the game."


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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