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K-Heart Sports - Thursday - 08/29/19 - Morning Edition

The same two teams remain atop the second Class A and 9-Man Football Polls of the season....

    MINOT, ND - The same two teams remain atop the second Class A and 9-Man Football Polls of the season. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Class A Poll  

        Team (First Place Votes)                  Record  Points    Last Week
    1. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (14)     1-0         70        1
    2. Oakes                                              1-0         45        2
    3. Bishop Ryan                                    1-0         32        T5
    4. Velva                                               0-0         31        4
    5. Thompson                                        0-0         29        3

    Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian 1-0, New Salem-Glen Ullin 1-0, Bowman County 0-1

9 Man Poll

        Team (First Place Votes)          Record     Points    Last Week
    1. New Rockford-Sheyenne (13)     1-0         69        1
    2. Cavalier (1)                               1-0         48         5
    3. Richland                                   0-0         40         4
    4. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood        1-0         16        RV
    5. St. John                                  1-0         10         RV

    Others receiving votes: Grant County-Flasher 1-0, Kidder County 1-0, Mayport-CG 1-0, Ray-Powers Lake 0-1



     CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Schoop hit two homers and drove in four runs, Mitch Garver also connected and the slugging Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.
     It was the 13th multihomer game of Schoop's career and fifth this year. He has 21 home runs on the season to become the seventh Minnesota player with at least 20, tying a major league record.
     The feat had been done by seven previous teams, most recently the 2018 Dodgers. The Twins can claim the record outright if Jorge Polanco - who has 19 - hits another homer.
     The AL Central leaders are 30 games over .500 (81-51) for the first time since Sept. 25, 2010, when they were 92-62. Minnesota has won a season-high six straight games on the road.
     Max Kepler, who leads the Twins with 35 homers, was scratched from the lineup because of right knee soreness and third baseman Miguel Sano left after the sixth inning with right forearm tightness.
     Jose Abreu and Matt Skole each drove a run for Chicago.
     Jake Odorizzi (14-6) allowed two runs and five hits in six effective innings. He walked two and struck out eight. The right-hander had dropped his last start to the White Sox on Aug. 21 in Minnesota, allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits in five innings.
     Ross Detwiler (2-4) gave up five runs and six hits in four innings.
     Abreu gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first.
     Minnesota then took advantage of a Chicago miscue to score three runs in the second. Eddie Rosario led off with a popup to shallow center. Shortstop Tim Anderson called off center fielder Leury Garcia, but let the ball glance off his glove for a gift single.
     One out later, C.J. Cron appeared to hit a two-run shot, but Garcia raced back to the wall, jumped and reached over the fence to bring back a potential homer. That would have been the third out if not for Anderson's mistake. The Twins took advantage of the extra out. Ehire Adrianza singled and Schoop followed with a long three-run shot to left.
     Minnesota stretched the lead to 5-1 in the third. Rosario drove in the first run with a fielder's choice groundout and Sano followed with a sharp grounder that Anderson booted for an error as another run scored.
     Skole drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth to make it 5-2.
     Schoop's solo shot in the eighth made it 6-2. Garver added a two-run drive later in the inning to make it 8-2.
     Twins: CF Byron Buxton (left shoulder) rejoined the team. His rehab stint with Class A Cedar Rapids was halted after two at-bats Sunday because of discomfort in his shoulder. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no structural damage, and Buxton will be evaluated by the Minnesota medical staff over the next couple of days. "You know when you don't feel right swinging," he said. "The best decision was to take a step back and take a couple of days and come up here."
     UP NEXT
     Twins RHP Jose Berrios (10-7, 3.53 ERA) starts the finale of the three-game series this afternoon looking to avoid a winless August. He is 0-2 with an ERA of 8.44 in four starts this month. Chicago rookie RHP Dylan Cease (3-6, 5.76) looks to win a second straight start after striking out a career-high nine against Texas last week.


     UNDATED (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers have ended the St. Louis Cardinals' six-game winning streak and allowed the Chicago Cubs to climb within two games of the first-place Redbirds' lead in the NL Central.

     Keston Hiura homered and drove in three runs as the Brewers knocked off the Cards, 4-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. The Milwaukee second baseman hit a solo homer in the fourth and an RBI double in the eighth to help his team get within 5 1/2 games of the division lead.

     Jordan Lyles outdueled Jack Flaherty by holding the Cardinals to a run and six hits while striking out nine over 5 1/3 innings. Lyles blanked the Cards until Kolten Wong homered in the sixth.

     Flaherty was reached for two runs and five hits over six innings after allowing only one run over his previous five starts.

     The Cubs homered three times while building a 10-1 lead off Noah Syndergaard by the third inning of a 10-7 win over the Mets. Ian Happ, Kyle Schwaber and Nicholas Castellanos each hit two-run blasts off Syndergaard, who endured the worst outing of his career.

     Schwarber finished with three RBIs and Addison Russell drove in a pair as the Cubs dealt the Mets their fifth straight loss since a five-game winning streak.

     Elsewhere on major league diamonds:

     - Freddie Freeman and Matt Joyce each homered and drove in two runs as the Braves whipped the Blue Jays, 9-4 to end a two-game skid. Freeman has 36 home runs and leads the majors with 107 RBIs. The Braves have won nine of 11 and continue to pace the NL East by 5  1/2 games over Washington.

     - Max Scherzer has gone over the 200-strikeout mark for the eighth consecutive season by fanning eight more in the Nationals' 8-4 romp against the Orioles. Scherzer allowed two runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings, his second start since missing a month with a strained back. Kurt Suzuki homered and drove in four runs in Washington's sixth win in seven days, one night after the Nats were shut out by the Orioles.

     - Kike Hernandez scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by shortstop Luis Urias in the 10th inning as the Dodgers downed the Padres, 6-4. Pitcher Kenta Maeda hit a two-run single and allowed two runs and two hits over five innings. Francisco Mejia scored the tying run on a wild pitch before the NL West-leading Dodgers moved 20 games ahead of the second-place Diamondbacks.

     - J.T. Realmuto was 3-for-5 with a triple and a solo homer as the Phillies blew out the Pirates, 12-3. Cesar Hernandez also had three hits and drove in three for Philadelphia, and teammate Corey Dickerson added a solo blast. Vince Velasquez bounced back from a forgettable outing by going five innings and allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

     - Rookie Aristides Aquino belted his 13th homer and Anthony DeSclafani worked a season-high seven innings to carry the Reds past the Marlins, 5-0. Aquino opened the scoring in the first inning with a three-run shot that allowed him to tie Cody Bellinger's National League record for the most home runs by a rookie in a single month. DeSclafani limited Miami to two hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.

     - Jonathan Schoop drove in four runs with a pair of homers in the Twins' fourth consecutive victory, 8-2 against the White Sox. Schoop became the seventh Minnesota player with at least 20 home runs this season, tying a major league record. Mitch Garver also homered and Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs over six innings as Minnesota maintained its 3 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

     - The Indians beat the Tigers for the 13th straight time as Jason Kipnis homered twice and Francisco Lindor also went deep in a 4-2 decision. Lindor finished a triple shy of the cycle to back Aaron Civale, who gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings. Lindor's eighth-inning blast broke a 2-2 tie and left Cleveland 14-1 versus Detroit this year.

     - Hunter Dozier smacked a two-run homer and added a tiebreaking, RBI single in the seventh to send the Royals to just the seventh win in their last 22 meetings with the Athletics, 6-4. Ryan O'Hearn also went deep to help Kansas City overcome home runs by Marcus Semien and Mark Canha. Oakland still has a one-game edge over Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card.

     - The Astros won their sixth in a row as George Springer broke a tie with a bloop RBI single in a three-run seventh that carried them to an 8-6 win over the Rays. Springer drove in a pair, Yuli Gurriel belted a two-run homer and Alex Bregman was 3-for-4 with an RBI as Houston prevented Tampa Bay from pulling into a tie for the second AL wild card. Gerrit Cole kept his 11-game winning streak intact, although he left the game trailing 4-3 after allowing four runs while striking out 14 over 6 2/3 innings.

     - James Paxton beat his former team and the Yankees banged out four more homers in a 7-3 win at Seattle. Paxton walked five over five innings but allowed only one hit: Kyle Seager's two-run homer in the fourth. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, DJ LeMahieu and Mike Ford went deep for the Yankees, who have hit 70 home runs this month and 250 already this season.

     - The Red Sox have an 18-game home run streak after Xander Bogaerts (BOH'-gahrts) went deep twice in a 7-4 win at Colorado. J.D. Martinez got things rolling with a two-run blast in the third and Rafael Devers homered in the ninth. Eduardo Rodriguez lasted five innings and allowed three runs in moving to 16-5.

     - The Rangers posted a 3-0 shutout of the Angels as Ariel Jurado pitched six innings of two-hit ball to earn his second victory since June. Delino DeShields reached over the center field fence to make a spectacular homer-stealing catch. Nick Solak singled home the first run in the top of the sixth, two innings before Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a two-run double.



     UNDATED (AP) - Indians manager Terry Francona says the team plans to activate right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day injured list Sunday. The 32-year-old Carrasco has been out of major league action since late May, when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He has made three rehab appearances so far with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, permitting one run while striking out six hitters across 3 2/3 innings. Francona told the MLB Network Radio about the planned move Wednesday.



     NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams and Roger Federer each experienced a frustrating first set before advancing to the third round of the U.S. Open.

     Williams made key adjustments to her serve and straightened out her other strokes before completing a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win against 17-year-old American Caty McNally. The eighth-seeded Williams avoided what would have been her earliest loss in 19 appearances at the U.S. Open

     The 121st-ranked McNally had never won a match at any major tournament until Monday.

     Federer fell behind for the second time in three days before rallying for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Damir Dzumhur. Federer also lost his opening set against a qualifier on Monday before advancing.

     Top seed Novak Djokovic battled through shoulder pain while disposing of Juan Ignacio Londero, 6-4, 7-6, 6-1. Djokovic received treatment throughout the match before joining Federer in the third round.

     Men's No. 7 Kei Nishikori needed four sets to get past American Bradley Klahn.

     No. 12 Borna Coric pulled out with a lower back strain, giving a second-round walkover to Grigor Dimitrov. That leaves just six of the top-12 men's seeds still alive at Flushing Meadows.

     Venus Williams was dispatched in the second round as fifth seed Elina Svitolina earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The 39-year-old Williams fought off five match points in a 22-point game to hold serve before Svitolina improved to 13-3 in Grand Slam matches this year.

     Women's second seed Ash Barty and No. 3 Karolina Pliskova each cruised to a straight-sets victory to reach Round 3. American and tenth seed Madison Keys was a 6-4, 6-1 winner against Lin Zhu.

     Rain altered Wednesday's schedule, forcing the postponement of all matches except those in the two main show courts with retractable roofs.

     Meanwhile, the ATP says it will look into a comment by Nick Kyrgios that the men's tour is "corrupt" to determine whether it fits under its rules governing a "major player offense."

     Asked after his first-round win at the U.S. Open whether his recent fine of $113,000 for various rule violations at a tournament earlier this month affected him mentally as play at Flushing Meadows approached, Kyrgios replied: "Not at all. ATP's pretty corrupt, anyway, so I'm not fussed about it at all."



     UNDATED (AP) - Suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt won't be permitted inside the team's facility while serving his eight-game ban for physical altercations. A league spokesman said Hunt can't be at the facility starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, the deadline for teams to submit their 53-man rosters.

     Hunt was suspended for two off-field incidents, one in which he shoved and kicked a woman. The team had asked the NFL to allow Hunt to be around teammates, arguing he could use the extra support. Hunt signed with Cleveland in March after being released by Kansas City in December.

     In other NFL news:

     - San Francisco running back Jerick McKinnon has had another setback in his return from a knee injury. General manager John Lynch told flagship radio station KNBR on Wednesday that McKinnon's return to practice the previous day was "not encouraging." McKinnon tore his right ACL a week before the start of last season.

     - The Bills have signed kicker Stephen Hauschka to a two-year contract extension through 2021. Hauschka was entering the final season of the three-year contract he signed in free agency in 2017. The 34-year-old has 11 seasons of NFL experience and has converted 86.4 percent of his field goal attempts, which currently places him seventh on the NFL list.

     - The Colts have agreed to send cornerback Nate Hairston to the Jets for a sixth-round pick, a deal that is pending a physical.



     JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Boise State and Florida State expect to make a decision today about their season opener, which could be affected by Hurricane Dorian. The neutral-site game is scheduled to be played Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida. Dorian gained hurricane strength earlier Wednesday and is forecast to become a powerful storm in the next few days. Officials could consider starting the game earlier Saturday or canceling it altogether.



     UNDATED (AP) - Goalie Goalie Cam Ward has signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Hurricanes so he can retire as a member of the team he helped lead to a Stanley Cup. General manager Don Waddell called Ward "a cornerstone for this organization for more than a decade." The 35-year-old Ward won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the 2006 playoffs and holds numerous club records for goalies, including 318 victories, 668 regular-season games played, a .557 winning percentage and 27 shutouts.

     In other NHL news:

     - Buffalo Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick is expected to miss this season due to a neck condition that bothered the 12-year veteran for much of last season. General manager Jason Botterill based Hunwick's prognosis on offseason medical evaluations in making the announcement about two weeks before the Sabres report to training camp.



     SHANGHAI (AP) - After a month of practice and years of planning, the U.S. men's basketball team has arrived at the World Cup. An all-night flight from Sydney to Shanghai that landed early today brought the two-time defending World Cup champion Americans to China's most-populous city, where they'll play three first round games starting Sunday. It took more than 10 hours of flying time, then another two-plus hours for the team to clear customs and finally reach its hotel. From there, a few hours of relaxing awaited before an afternoon practice.



     ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) - Nicolas Leoz, a long-time South American soccer executive and FIFA official who had been under house arrest in Paraguay fighting extradition to the United States, has died. He was 90. Leoz's lawyer, Ricardo Preda, told The Associated Press his client died Wednesday after a cardiac arrest linked to age-related ailments.

     Leoz had been under house arrest for the last four years. He was indicted in 2015 in the U.S. Justice Department's sweeping investigation of bribery and financial corruption linked to broadcasting and sponsorship rights for soccer competitions.


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


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