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K-Heart Sports - Thursday - 09/12/19 - Morning Edition

No change in the Class A Football Poll this week with only a slight change in the 9-Man Poll......

    MINOT, ND - No change in the Class A Football Poll this week with only a slight change in the 9-Man Poll. 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 (17)     3-0         89        1
    2. Oakes                                              2-0         66        2
    3. Bishop Ryan (1)                               3-0         49         3
    4. Velva                                               2-0         39        4
    5. Thompson                                        2-0         23        5

    Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian 3-0, Bowman County 1-1, Lisbon 2-0

 

9 Man Poll

        Team (First Place Votes)            Record     Points    Last Week

    1. New Rockford-Sheyenne (16)         3-0         88         1
    2. Cavalier (2)                                   3-0         74        2
    3. MayPort-CG                                 3-0         50        3
    4. Lamoure-Litchville-Marion               3-0         21        4
    5. Beach                                         3-0         16        NR

    Other receiving votes: Linton-HMB 3-0, Central McLean 3-0 , St John 2-1, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 3-0

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    MINNESOTA TWINS

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in three runs in support of Stephen Strasburg, who gave the Washington Nationals six strong innings to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Wednesday night for just their third win in the last nine games.
 
     Juan Soto and Zimmerman hit RBI singles in the first inning against Martin Perez, who fell further behind in the third when Howie Kendrick doubled in Soto with two outs and Zimmerman followed with his two-run smash into the left field seats for a 5-0 lead.
 
     Zimmerman, the all-time Nationals leader in almost every offensive category, added a few more to the pile with his second three-hit game of the season. The 34-year-old Zimmerman missed 90 games due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot, but he has three homers and 10 RBIs in seven games this month since returning.
 
     Strasburg (17-6) gave up a two-run homer to Jorge Polanco in the third, but he allowed only four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. The Nationals are 113-17 in his career when scoring three or more runs while he's in the game. In his last five turns, Strasburg has a 1.91 ERA with 19 hits and 44 strikeouts in 33 innings.
 
     Trea Turner added a late home run to pad the lead for the worst bullpen in the majors. Four relievers kept the Twins from scoring, despite two runners reaching base in both the eighth and ninth.
 
     The Nationals, who trailed Atlanta by 9 1/2 games entering the evening in the National League East, took a 2 1/2-game cushion between them and the Chicago Cubs for the two wild card spots. They were 3 1/2 games above the cut, ahead of Milwaukee.   
 
     The Twins took a five-game lead on Cleveland in the American League Central, and six fewer losses than the Indians, into the night. The Indians were playing at the Los Angeles Angels. After the Twins finish with the Nationals on Thursday, when the Indians are idle, the division rivals will start their last head-to-head series of the season in Cleveland on Friday.
 
     Perez (10-7) didn't help their cause. Coming off one of his best starts of the season, a 2-1 win at Boston, he finished five innings with six hits, five runs and three walks allowed and four strikeouts.
 
     TRAINER'S ROOM
 
     Twins: 1B C.J. Cron (thumb), 3B Miguel Sano (back), RF Max Kepler (shoulder) and corner IF/OF Marwin Gonzalez (abdominal area) were on the bench again, with the team continuing the cautious approach toward injuries. With Byron Buxton (shoulder) out for the season and Jake Cave (groin) still working his way back, too, Eddie Rosario was in RF instead of LF. He took awkward route toward Kendrick's double, a hard-hit but reachable ball that could've been caught to end the inning.
 
     UP NEXT
 
     Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (11-7, 3.16 ERA) will pitch today. The two-time All-Star is 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA over his last 15 starts, with a .208 batting average against and 116 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings. He has never faced the Twins before.
 
     Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (13-6, 4.58 ERA) will take the mound for the series finale, his first turn in almost two weeks because of weakness from ulcerative colitis, a digestive track disease that has caused him to lose 10 pounds during this trying season. Taking a more aggressive anti-inflammatory medication has helped Gibson feel better lately and regain some strength he needs for his delivery to properly push with his legs. "It just takes a lot of the tax off of my upper body," Gibson said.
 
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    MINNESOTA LYNX

     EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Jordin Canada scored a career-high 26 points and the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm beat the seventh-seeded Minnesota Lynx 84-74 Wednesday night in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game.
 
     With Jewell Loyd adding 22 points, the No. 6 Storm, who play at third-seeded Los Angeles on Sunday in the single-elimination second round, got 48 out of their backcourt. Minnesota had one point from starting guards Odyssey Sims and Danielle Robinson. Mercedes Russell contributed 13 points for Seattle.
 
     Sylvia Fowles scored inside with 5:52 to play in the fourth quarter to pull Minnesota within 71-67. The Lynx then went nine straight possessions without scoring. By the time Napheesa Collier made a free throw with 1:11 to play, Seattle was up 76-68.
 
     Damiris Dantas led the Lynx with 20 points, Collier had 19 and Fowles 11. Fowles also had 11 rebounds and Collier 10. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Collier is the third rookie in WNBA history to produce a double-double in their playoff debut, joining Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings.
 
     Seattle led 29-21 after one quarter as Canada and Loyd scored 11 points each. Minnesota stayed close because of its frontcourt production but never led after the opening minutes.
 
     Trailing 64-59 entering the fourth quarter, Minnesota got an early basket but Seattle reserves Shavonte Zellous and Sami Whitcomb combined for seven points to push the lead to 10. The Lynx answered with six points but then went cold with six turnovers and four missed shots before Dantas hit a 3 in the final minute.

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    MINNESOTA WILD-FIALA

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Kevin Fiala to a two-year, $6 million contract. The deal with the restricted free agent was done on Wednesday, two days before the team's first practice of training camp. Fiala will make $2.5 million this season and $3.5 million in 2020-21, for with an annual salary cap hit of $3 million.
 
     The 23-year-old Swiss forward was drafted by Nashville with the 11th overall pick in the first round in 2014, was acquired by the Wild in a trade for center Mikael Granlund at the deadline last season. Fiala totaled 13 goals and 26 assists in 2018-19, in 64 games with the Predators and 19 games with the Wild.
 
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     MLB-SCHEDULE
 
     UNDATED (AP) - The AL Central race is a little tighter following Minnesota's loss to Washington and Cleveland's victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

     The Nationals won for just the third time in their last nine games as Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer and drove in three to lead a 6-2 win at Minnesota. Zimmerman's blast off losing pitcher Martin Perez gave the Nats a 5-0 lead in the third inning.

     Stephen Strasburg gave up a two-run homer to Jorge Polanco in the third, but he allowed only four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings to improve to 17-6 for the NL wild-card leaders.

     The Indians are within four games of Minnesota following Cleveland's fourth straight win, 4-3 over the Angels. Carlos Carrasco got his first victory in five appearances since returning from his battle with leukemia, tossing 1 2/3 shutout innings. Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') homered while the Indians were building a 4-0 lead.

     Elsewhere on major league diamonds:

     - Jesus Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut as the Athletics won for the fourth time in five games, 5-3 at Houston. Luzardo allowed one hit over three innings and retired his final seven hitters after winning pitcher Brett Anderson gave up two runs over five innings. Marcus Semien hit his career-high 28th home run and Sean Murphy went deep in a four-run sixth that allowed the A's to stay a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild card.

     - Oakland is within a half-game of Tampa Bay for the first AL wild card after Rougned Odor crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to send the Rangers past the Rays, 10-9. Danny Santana supplied a two-run single while the Rangers scored seven times in the first. Ji-Man Choi drove in four runs with a pair of homers, but the Rays lost for just the second time in 13 games.

     - Tyler Flowers slammed a three-run homer and Dallas Keuchel struck out eight in six innings as the Braves topped the Phillies, 3-1. Keuchel gave up one run and three hits to win his fifth straight start and help the NL East leaders slash their magic number to eight. Jean Segura's throwing error at shortstop led to three unearned runs in the fourth inning.

     - Ian Desmond's sixth-inning home run broke a 1-1 deadlock in the Rockies' second straight, 2-1 win over the Cardinals. Tony Wolters tied it with an RBI double and Antonio Senzatela held St. Louis to a run and four hits over six innings, including Paul Goldschmidt's RBI double in the third. The Redbirds lead the NL Central by four games over the Cubs and Milwaukee.

     - Mike Moustakas launched a two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Brewers past the Marlins, 7-5. Moustakas also hit a three-run shot in the third and finished with five RBIs as Milwaukee won its sixth in a row. Trent Grisham also went deep for the Brewers, who moved into a tie with Chicago for the second NL wild card.

     - The Cubs dropped a 4-0 decision at San Diego as Chris Paddock scattered three hits while fanning seven over six innings. Manuel Margot broke a scoreless tie with a solo blast in the fifth inning. Wil Myers added insurance with a two-run single in the seventh to secure the Padres' second straight win over Chicago.

     - Jeff McNeil was 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Mets downed the Diamondbacks for the third straight night, 9-0. Todd Frazier also homered twice and Brandon Nimmo delivered a solo shot that capped New York's five-run first inning. Steve Matz tossed six innings of four-hit ball for the Mets, who are two games off an NL wild-card slot and a half-game ahead of Arizona.

     - The big league single-season record for total homers was broken when Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar clubbed a three-run shot in a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. It was the 6,106th home run hit in the majors this year, topping the old mark set in 2017. John Means limited the NL West champions to two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, one day after Los Angeles wrapped up their seventh consecutive division title.

     - Toronto handed Boston its fifth straight loss as Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez homered in the Blue Jays' 8-0 rout. Trent Thornton got the victory with five innings work and combined with three others on a two-hitter. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three RBIs and Cavan Biggio was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the Jays' second straight win since a seven-game skid.

     - Rookie Kyle Lewis broke up a no-hitter bid with a home run for the second consecutive game to jumpstart the Mariners' comeback in a 5-3 win against the Reds. Lewis sent Sonny Gray's 105th pitch of the game into right field for a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh, his second major league hit.

     - Felipe Vazquez earned his 27th save in the Pirates' 6-3 win at San Diego, two days after fighting teammate Kyle Crick in the clubhouse. Colin Moran and Adam Frazier each had two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh. Jose Osuna was 2-for-4 with three runs scored in the victory.

     - Jorge Soler smacked a pair of two-run homers while tying a career high with four hits in the Royals' 8-6 verdict over the White Sox. Soler has 43 homers this season, two behind AL Mike Trout of the Angels. Adalberto Mondesi, Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn also connected as Kansas City beat Chicago for the fifth time in six games.

     - The Tigers and Yankees were rained out in Detroit. The game has been rescheduled as part of a Thursday afternoon doubleheader, when CC Sabathia will make his return to the mound for the Yankees. The 39-year-old Sabathia hasn't pitched since Aug. 30 due to a troublesome right knee.

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     NFL-NEWS

     UNDATED (AP) - Wide receiver Antonio Brown went through his first practice with the New England Patriots yesterday. Brown wore a No. 1 jersey and a visor with his helmet while going through warmup drills with teammates during the small portion of practice that was open to the media. He has worn No. 84 throughout his previous nine NFL seasons, but that number is currently being worn by Patriots tight end Ben Watson.

     Wednesday's workout was held one day after Brown's former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Britney Taylor filed the suit and says she will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies.

     Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on additional questions about Brown other than to say the team takes the allegations very seriously. Belichick also sidestepped questions about Brown's status for Sunday's game in Miami. Brown has denied all allegations through his attorney.

     Elsewhere in the NFL:

     - Broncos inside linebacker Todd Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since tearing his left calf muscle on the first day of training camp. The team's leading tackler last season says he hopes to play against the Bears on Sunday.

     - Bengals receiver A.J. Green has started running for the first time since injuring his ankle during the opening practice of training camp, an indication he's healing quickly from surgery. Green was out of his protective boot for the first time since the injury.

     - Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will be sidelined the rest of the season after suffering a neck injury for the second time in three seasons. Enunwa was injured during the first half of New York's loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Coach Adam Gase says Enunwa is still undergoing tests.

     - Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa was not practicing as the 49ers began three days of workouts at Youngstown State. The No. 2 overall pick from Ohio State missed the entire preseason with a high ankle sprain but played 39 total snaps and had a sack Sunday. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will update Bosa's status following the conclusion of the outdoor practice.

     - Chargers tight end Hunter Henry will be placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury. Henry fractured the upper part of his left tibia during the second half of Sunday's overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. He managed to return to the game and finished with four receptions for 60 yards, including a 17-yard catch in overtime.

     - Former Steelers guard Sam Davis has died at age 75. Davis played 168 games with the Steelers from 1967-79 and started each of their four Super Bowl victories in the 1970. Davis was found dead Tuesday at New Life Personal Care in McKeesport southeast of Pittsburgh, where he was suffering from dementia and was legally blind.

     - Raiders rookie safety Johnathan Abram will be placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in the season opener. Abram injured himself in the first half against the Denver Broncos. He finished the game but will need to undergo surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

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     NHL-NEWS

     UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Bruins have signed coach Bruce Cassidy to a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for the team's trip to the Stanley Cup Final in just his second full season on the bench. Cassidy is 117-74 as the Bruins' coach, leading Boston to back-to-back 100-point seasons. The Bruins reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in June, losing to the St. Louis Blues 4-1.

     In other NHL news:

     - The Wild have re-signed left wing Kevin Fiala (fee-AH'-lah) to a two-year, $6 million contract, two days before the team holds its first preseason practice. Fiala split last season with the Wild and Nashville Predators, scoring 13 goals and 39 points in 83 games.

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     NCAA-CALIFORNIA-NEWSOM

     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA Board of Governors wants California Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject a new attempt to pay college athletes. State lawmakers have sent the governor a bill to allow athletes at California colleges to hire agents and sign endorsement deals. The legislation is known as the Fair Pay to Play Act and would allow college athletes to be paid for the use of their names, likenesses and images. It would stop universities and the NCAA from banning athletes that take the money.

     However, the NCAA board warned that California schools may be declared ineligible for NCAA competition if the bill becomes law because they would have an unfair recruiting advantage. Newsom has not said whether he will sign the bill.

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     SEMENYA-GOLD MEDAL

     JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Caster Semenya is finally getting her gold medal from the 2011 world championships after Russian runner Maria Savinova was stripped of the title for doping.

     South Africa's track federation says it will receive the medal from the IAAF on Semenya's behalf at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, this month. Semenya won't be present for any ceremony in Doha after she was barred from defending her latest 800-meter world title because she has refused to follow new IAAF rules that require her to medically reduce her natural testosterone level to be allowed to compete.

     Her second legal appeal against the rules is still being considered by the Swiss supreme court. Athletics South Africa says it will decide on an appropriate event to hand the medal to Semenya in South Africa.

 

 

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