K-Heart Sports – 06/06/21

K-HEART SPORTS – SUNDAY – 060721 – 0700

MINOT, ND – Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich won their first ever state baseball title on Saturday. Renville County tallied their best finish in coop history.

 
High School Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown
 
7th Place
Beulah def. North Star, 4-0
 
5th Place
#2 Central Cass def. #5 Bishop Ryan, 6-3
 
3rd Place
#4 Thompson def. Renville County, 6-1
 
Championship
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. #3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, 9-1
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Central Cass won their third consecutive title at the State Class B Softball Tournament.
 
High School Girls Softball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown
 
7th Place
(E4) May-Port-CG def. (W4) Wilton-Wing, 15-5
 
5th Place
(W3) Beulah def. (E3) Kindred-Richland, 4-2
 
3rd Place
(W1) Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark def. (W2) Mohall-Lansford-Serwood/Kenmare-Bowbells, 15-5
 
Championship
(E1) Central Cass def. (E2) Thompson, 4-1
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West Fargo Sheyenne wins the Class A State Baseball Tournament for the first time in school history.
 
High School Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mandan
 
5th Place
(E3) West Fargo def. (E4) Grand Forks Red River, 10-0
 
3rd Place
(W2) Dickison def. (W1) Bismarck Legacy, 7-5
 
Championship
(E2) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (E1) Fargo Shanley, 11-1
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For the fourth time in the last six tournaments, Dickinson played in the championship at the State Class A Softball Tournament. This year they finally got a win.

High School Girls Softball
Class A

 
State Tournament – Lincoln Field in Mandan
 
5th Place
(E2) West Fargo def. (W4) Jamestown, 10-9
 
3rd Place
(W1) Bismarck Century def. (E1) Valley City, 2-1
 
Championship
(W2) Dickinson def. (W3) Bismarck High, 10-0
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Minot High completed a perfect season at the Girl’s State Soccer Tournament. The Majettes win their first ever championship and end the season 16-0-0.
 
High School Girls Soccer
Class A
 
State Tournament – Cushman Field in Grand Forks
 
5th Place
(W2) Mandan def. (E4) West Fargo, 2-0
 
3rd Place
(E1) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (E2) Fargo Shanley, 1-0
 
Championship
(W1) Minot def. (E3) Fargo Davies, 6-0
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The Minot High duo of Eden Olson and Sofia Egge won the doubles title at the Girls State Tennis Tournament.
 
High School Girls Tennis
State Tournament – Grand Forks
 
Doubles Championship
Olson/Egge (Minot) def. Felderma/Helbling (Manda), 6-4, 6-3
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs suffered only their third loss of the season falling to Spearfish 8-7 last night. The Dogs fall to 7-3 on the season and finish their three game series with the Sasquatch today at 5:35 pm at Corbett Field.
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TWINS-ROYALS

 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Ryan Jeffers, Kyle Garlick and Miguel Sanó homered, and the Minnesota Twins turned a game-ending double play with the potential tying run at third base to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 and stop a four-game losing streak. José Berríos gave up four runs and six hits in six innings. Tyler Duffy and Taylor Rogers each got three straight outs, and Hansel Robles gave up Kelvin Gutiérrez’s leadoff double in the ninth before getting his fifth save in seven chances. Michael A. Taylor lined into a game-ending double play.
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NBA PLAYOFFS

NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets’ Big 3 quickly became the Big 2 before they took the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving had 25 as the Nets downed the Bucks, 115-107. Joe Harris provided 19 points for the Nets, who played all but the first 43 seconds without James Harden because of a hamstring injury. Blake Griffin had 18 points and 14 rebounds while helping Brooklyn hold Milwaukee to 13 points below their NBA-leading average. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 11 rebounds, but the Bucks were just 6 for 30 from 3-point range and lost for the first time in the playoffs after storming past Miami in a first-round sweep. Game 2 is Monday in Brooklyn.

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NHL-PLAYOFFS

UNDATED (AP) – The defending Stanley Cup champs are one win away from reaching the semifinals. The Tampa Bay Lighting own a three-games-to-one lead in their second-round series after Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 win over the Hurricanes. The Lightning trailed 4-2 before scoring three straight goals in the second period. Stamkos and Kucherov tallied on the power play and Tyler Johnson also beat Petr Mrazek with 5:22 left in the period. Tampa Bay finished 3 of 6 on the power play, and it has scored five times with the man advantage in the last two games. Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 21 saves and blanked Carolina after Jaccob Slavin’s goal at 12:41 of the second. The Bolts can wrap up the series on Tuesday in Raleigh.

 
The Islanders have evened their second-round series at two games apiece, guaranteeing at least one more game at Nassau Coliseum. Mat Barzal scored the game-winning goal and had an assist as the Isles knocked off the Bruins, 4-1. Barzal broke a 1-1 tie with 6:57 remaining before Casey Cizikas and J.G Pageau added empty-netters. Kyle Palmieri also scored and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for New York. Varlamov was perfect after David Krejci scored on a power play 3:57 into the second period. Game 5 is Monday in Boston.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Blue Jays were able to bounce back from Friday’s 13-1 blowout loss to the Houston Astros, Toronto’s only home loss since returning to Buffalo. Homers by Vladimir Guerrero and Joe Panik powered the Blue Jays past the Astros, 6-2 in Buffalo. Panik’s tiebreaking three-run shot off Jose Urquidy gave Toronto a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning. Guerrero connected in the fifth, sending a two-run drive deep to left for his 18th homer. Ross Stripling pitched five innings of one-run ball for the Blue Jays, who improved to 3-1 at their temporary home in Buffalo.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– Kike Hernandez snapped an 0-for-27 skid with a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s major league-leading 20th comeback win, 5-3 versus the Yankees. Hernandez got his first RBI since May 20 by roping a two-out fastball from Chad Green to the wall in left, scoring Rafael Devers from first.
 
– Rich Hill pitched another five scoreless innings on just 59 pitches as the Rays blanked the Rangers, 3-0. Austin Meadows delivered a two-run single off in the first inning before Manuel Margot hit a solo homer in the eighth as Tampa Bay improved to an AL-best 37-23.
 
– Cole Irvin pitched six strong innings and the Athletics improved to 4-1 on their 10-game road trip with a 6-3 victory against the Rockies. Matt Olson and Chad Pinder and Mark Canha had three hits, including including an RBI single.
 
– Shohei Ohtani belted his 16th homer of the season and Taylor Ward smashed a go-ahead, two-run blast as the Angels rallied past the Mariners, 12-5. Los Angeles came back after Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi was hit in the right knee by David Fletcher’s comerbacker in the fifth inning, forcing the pitcher out of the game.
 
– Tarik Skubal struck out a career-high 11 and Eric Haase homered twice in the Tigers’ 4-3 downing of the White Sox. Skubal allowed one run and four hits in five innings to help Detroit beat Chicago for just the second time in their last 15 meetings.
 
– Homers by Ryan Jeffers, Kyle Garlick and Miguel Sano helped the Twins beat the Royals, 5-4 and end a four-game skid. Hansel Robles gave up Kelvin Gutierrez’s leadoff double in the ninth before the Twins eventually turned a game-ending double play with the potential tying run on third.
 
– Cesar Hernandez and Harold Ramirez homered off John Means before the Orioles ace who exited with shoulder fatigue in the first inning of the Indians’ 10-4 thumping of the Orioles. Yu Chang also homered to help Aaron Civale improve to 8-2, tying him for the major league lead in victories.
 
– Kevin Gausman struck out 10 and Alex Dickerson homered for the second straight day in the Giants’ third consecutive win over the Cubs, 4-3. Gausman limited the Cubs to a pair of unearned runs on two hits over seven innings, leaving him 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA.
 
– Ozzie Albies supplied a go-ahead, two-run double while the Braves scored five times in the third off Clayton Kershaw to beat the Dodgers, 6-4. Abraham Almonte got a pinch-hit homer off Blake Treinen in the seventh and Charlie Morton gave up a pair of earned runs over five innings to get the win.
 
– Jacob deGrom lowered his major league-best ERA to 0.62 by tossing three-hit ball while fanning 11 over seven innings of the Mets’ 4-0 shutout of the Padres. Losing pitcher Joe Musgrove was sailing until Jose Peraza and Francisco Lindor homered in the fifth inning.
 
– Bryce Harper poked a run-scoring single that stopped an 0-for-18 skid in his return from the injured list, helping the Phillies top the Nationals, 5-2. Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer in Philadelphia’s second win in six games.
 
– Jonathan India and Eugenio Suarez homered for the Reds in a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals. St. Louis finished the game without catcher Yadier Molina, who came out in the fourth inning with a bruised knee.
 
– The Pirates pulled out an 8-7 win over the Marlins on Jacob Stallings’ game-ending single in the 12th inning. Pittsburgh trailed 5-2 before sending Miami to its eighth straight loss, the Marlins’ longest skid since 2015.
 
– Arizona’s road losing streak has reached a team-record 16 games after Christian Yelich and Omar Narvaez hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to send the Brewers past the Diamondbacks, 7-5. Willy Adames smacked a two-run homer in the sixth before Milwaukee squandered a 5-2 lead.
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FRENCH OPEN-DAY 7

PARIS (AP) – A trio of familiar names have advanced to the Round of 16 at the French Open.

 
Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the 50th time by beating Cameron Norrie in the French Open, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The defending champion is trying to add to his record 13 French Open championships and seeks his 21st major title, which would break the men’s record he shares with Roger Federer. Federer survived a draining 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 win over 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer in a match that ended around 1am local time.
 
Men’s top-seed Novak Djokovic reached the fourth round for a record 12th consecutive year with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win over 93rd-ranked Ricardas Berankis. Djokovic’s streak of appearances in the Round of 16 in Paris is one more than the previous mark shared by Nadal and Federer.
 
Other winners on the men’s side include ninth seed Matteo Berrettini and No. 10 Diego Schwartzman.
 
In the women’s bracket, defending champion Iga Swiatek rallied from a slow start to beat Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 6-0. The eighth-seeded Swiatek has won 20 consecutive sets at Roland Garros and dropped just 12 points in the second set.
 
Fourth-seeded Sofia Kenin remains the highest seed in the women’s draw after rallying to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 against American countrywoman Jessica Pegula. American teenager Coco Gauff is into the fourth round for the first time after her opponent Jennifer Brady stopped playing because of an injured left foot.
 
Former French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens also advanced to the fourth round, but fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina was upset by Barbora Krejcikova.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Steve Clifford is out after three years as Orlando’s head coach, with the team saying it was a mutual decision. Magic President Jeff Weltman indicated that Clifford might not have wanted to be part of a long rebuild around young players and draft picks. Clifford was 96-131 in his three years, reaching the playoffs each of his first two seasons.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Joel Embiid’s status for Game 1 of Philadelphia’s playoff series against Atlanta is still unknown. The Sixers are set to open their playoff series with the Hawks at home Sunday. The All-Star has a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and coach Doc Rivers says no decision has been made on his availability.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees have promoted slugging prospect Chris Gittens from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hoping the hulking 27-year-old can provide a jolt at first base in his first turn in the majors. Luke Voit led the majors with 22 homers as the Yankees’ first baseman in 2020 but has played in just 12 games this season.

 
In other baseball news:
 
– Right-hander Jon Gray has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Rockies with a right flexor strain. Right-hander Jordan Sheffield also went on the 10-day injured list and the team recalled left-handed pitchers Ben Bowden and Lucas Gilbreath from Triple-A Albuquerque.
 
– The Tigers have placed right-hander Spencer Turnbull on the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm.
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NFL-NEWS-ROGERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy says he believes the uncertainty surrounding MVP Aaron Rodgers’ future has divided the team’s fan base. Murphy said in a monthly column on the Packers’ website that emails and letters he’s received regarding Rodgers reflect this division. Murphy added that “we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond.” ESPN reported in late April that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay. Rodgers hasn’t participated in the Packers’ voluntary organized training activities. That’s a change from his usual offseason routine.

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GOLF-MEMORIAL

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – One minute, Jon Rahm was headed for a blowout victory in the Memorial. The next minute, he was out of the tournament with a positive test for the coronavirus. Rahm was subject to daily testing this week after being in close contact with a person who was COVID-19 positive. He passed every test until Saturday morning when the second round of the rain-delayed tournament ended. The final result was returned as he was on the 18th green capping off a 64 to tie the 54-hole record and lead by six.

The positive test now puts Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay back in contention for the title. Morikawa fired a 6-under 66 to pull into a first-place tie with Cantlay at minus-12. Branden Grace and Scottie Scheffler are three shots back.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 06/05/21

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 060521 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The City of Minot has issued a mandatory water restriction of all outdoor water use, including any lawn watering, car washing, or other uses. Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said the overall water usage is still exceeding the production capacity at the Minot Water Treatment Plant due to reduced raw water capacity. All commercial and residential users are urged to shut off their sprinklers and only water new lawns or sod that has been planted or landscaping on an as needed basis. City water reservoirs are at critical low levels and due to high water usage, reservoirs are not able to be refilled. Besides the city of Minot, other users of Minot water include rural water systems, Minot Air Force Base, and those who receive water through the Northwest Area Water Supply system.
 
Jonasson said the water restrictions are due to several wells in the raw water system that have failed, limiting the amount of water that can be produced at the Minot Water Treatment Plant. Crews are expected to be on site Monday to complete well repairs and restore the raw water ca-pacity for treatment. Water usage in the city has risen to about 11 million gallons per day, which is approximately one million gallons a day more than the treatment plant can currently produce with the limited amount of incoming raw water.
 
“We need all of our water customers to limit their water usage until repairs to the well are done. With reservoirs at a critical low level, we have concerns with adequate fire flow for fire sprinkler systems and overall firefighting capability,” Jonasson said.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday named a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribal leader as director of the state Indian Affairs Commission. Nathan A. Davis, who also is a descendant of the Spirit Lake Nation, begins the job July 1. He succeeds Scott Davis, who had been executive director of the commission since 2009, when he was appointed by then-Gov. John Hoeven. Scott Davis plans to join Sanford Health as head of Native American outreach. Burgum says Nathan Davis’ leadership experience and “bridge-building skills” will be valuable in the position.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police in Fargo have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a teenage girl. According to a police news release, officers found the 14-year-old girl unconscious outside a strip mall just west of Interstate 29 early Friday morning. She was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition. A witness said they say a man wearing a bloody T-shirt and black sweat pants leaving the area. Police tried to use a dog to track the man but were unsuccessful. Police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said in a follow-up email to reporters Friday afternoon that a man had been taken into custody in connection with the attack. She said she didn’t have any additional details.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Barnes County. KFGO reports the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 just west of Sanborn. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said an SUV and a semitrailer were eastbound when the semi slowed for a grass fire. The SUV tried to pass the semi, drifted over the center line, sideswiped the semi’s rear tires and overturned, ending up in the westbound lanes. The SUV’s 24-year-old driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries. A 62-year-old passenter in the SUV was treated for his injuries and released. The semi driver wasn’t hurt.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 06/05/21

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 060521 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Bishop Ryan got a walk off hit by Seth Roedocker in an extra inning to send them to the consolation championship. Renville County was down three runs entering the seventh inning but fell a run shy as they’ll play for 3rd Place today Both can be heard on 1320 KHRT and online at khrt.com.
 
High School Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown
 
Consolation
#2 Central Cass def. North Star, 2-1
#5 Bishop Ryan def. Beulah, 2-1 (8)
 
Semifinal
#3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Renville County, 5-4
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. #4 Thompson, 6-2
 
Today’s schedule
 
7th Place
North Star vs Beulah, 11:30 am
 
5th Place
#2 Central Cass vs #5 Bishop Ryan, 1:30 pm  (on 1320 KHRT)
 
3rd Place
#4 Thompson vs Renville County, 4:30 pm  (on 1320 KHRT)
 
Championship
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich vs #3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, 6:30 pm
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Both local teams lost in the semifinals of the State Class B Softball Tournament in Jamestown.
 
High School Girls Softball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown
 
Consolation
(W3) Beulah def. (E4) May-Port-CG, 4-2
(E3) Kindred-Richland def. (W4) Wilton-Wing, 2-0
 
Semifinal
(E2) Thompson def. (W1) Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 5-1
(E1) Central Cass def. (W2) Mohall-Lansford-Serwood/Kenmare-Bowbells, 2-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
7th Place
(W4) Wilton-Wing vs (E4) May-Port-CG, 10 am
 
5th Place
(W3) Beulah vs (E3) Kindred-Richland, 12 pm
 
3rd Place
(W1) Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark vs (W2) Mohall-Lansford-Serwood/Kenmare-Bowbells, 2 pm
 
Championship
(E1) Central Cass vs (E2) Thompson, 4 pm
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Minot High was eliminated from the Class A State Baseball Tournament in Mandan.
 
High School Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mandan
 
Loser Out
(E3) West Fargo def. (W4) Bismarck Century, 7-0
(E4) Grand Forks Red River def. (W3) Minot, 8-7
 
Semifinal
(E1) Fargo Shanley def. (W2) Dickison, 7-3
(E2) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (W1) Bismarck Legacy, 4-2
 
Today’s schedule
 
5th Place
(E3) West Fargo vs (E4) Grand Forks Red River, 11 am
 
3rd Place
(W1) Bismarck Legacy vs (W2) Dickison, 1 pm
 
Championship
(E1) Fargo Shanley vs (E2) West Fargo Sheyenne, 4 pm
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High School Girls Softball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Lincoln Field in Mandan
 
Loser Out
(W4) Jamestown def. (E3) West Fargo Sheyenne, 12-6
(E2) West Fargo def. (E3) Grand Forks Central, 16-1
 
Semifinal
(W2) Dickinson def. (E1) Valley City, 6-0
(W3) Bismarck High def. (W1) Bismarck Century, 5-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
5th Place
(E2) West Fargo vs (W4) Jamestown, 10 am
 
3rd Place
(E1) Valley City vs (W1) Bismarck Century, 12 pm
 
Championship
(W2) Dickinson vs (W3) Bismarck High, 3 pm
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Minot High will try to complete a perfect season today at the Girl’s State Soccer Tournament. With their win they improved to 15-0-0 on the season.
 
High School Girls Soccer
Class A
 
State Tournament – Cushman Field in Grand Forks
 
Loser Out
(E4) West Fargo def. (W3) Bismarck High, 4-3
(W2) Mandan def. (W4) Jamestown, 2-0
 
Semifinal
(W1) Minot def. (E2) Fargo Shanley, 1-0
(E3) Fargo Davies def. (E1) West Fargo Sheyenne, 1-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
5th Place
(W2) Mandan vs (E4) West Fargo, 8 am
 
3rd Place
(E1) West Fargo Sheyenne vs (E2) Fargo Shanley, 10:15 am
 
Championship
(W1) Minot vs (E3) Fargo Davies, 12:30 pm
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs opened a three game home series against Spearfish last night and scored an 11-2 win over the Sasquatch. Allen Park had an inside the park grand slam for the Dogs. Game two is at 7:05 pm tonight at Corbett Field.
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TWINS-ROYALS

 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Whit Merrifield capped a nine-run first inning with a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 14-5 for their fifth straight win. Merrifield started the big burst with a leadoff single and his home run ended the evening for Twins starter Matt Shoemaker. Kansas City made it 13-0 in the second. All nine Royals in batting order had already scored with no outs in the inning. Brad Keller got his third straight win. Minnesota lost its fourth in a row. Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano and Nick Gordon homered for the Twins.
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LYNX-DREAM
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Napheesa Collier scored 26 points and made two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining in the Minnesota Lynx’s 86-84 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. Courtney Williams’ 57-foot heave slammed off the backboard to end it. Kayla McBride added 17 for the Lynx. They have won two in a row after an 0-4 start. Tiffany Hayes led the Dream with 23 points.
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VIKINGS-BREELAND
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings agreed to contract terms with former Kansas City cornerback Bashaud Breeland, bringing in another veteran to boost a major weakness last season. Breeland played in two Super Bowls with the Chiefs. He had seven tackles, including two for loss, one pass defensed and one interception in Super Bowl 54 for the champion Chiefs.
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NBA PLAYOFFS

DALLAS (AP) – The Los Angeles Clippers have stretched their NBA first-round series to the limit. Kawhi Leonard tied his playoff career high with 45 points and the Clippers forced a Game 7 with a 104-97 win at Dallas. Leonard scored eight straight LA points, including back-to-back 3-pointers for a 98-90 lead with 1:41 remaining. The Clippers trailed for long stretches before going in front for good with six minutes left on a jumper by Paul George, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 14 of his 25 points in the first quarter to help LA stay close. Luka Doncic scored 29 points but was just 2 of 9 from 3-point range. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points but missed a 3-pointer and a layup in the closing minutes. It’s the first postseason series in NBA history with the road team winning the first six games. Game 7 is Sunday in Los Angeles.
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NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights staged a late rally to avoid falling behind three-games-to-none in their Stanley Cup second-round series. Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty scored 45 seconds apart to lift the Knights past the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2. The Avs led 2-1 until Marchessault tallied with 5:18 remaining. William Karlsson also scored for the Golden Knights, who outshot the Avs by a 43-20 margin. Mikko Rantanen’s power-play goal snapped a 1-1 tie 5:04 into the third period. Game 4 is Sunday in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, one goal was enough for the Canadiens as they defeated the Jets to take a two-games-to-one lead in their second-round series. Tyler Toffoli provided the lone goal, beating Connor Hellebuyck for a short-handed tally 1:41 into the second period. Carey Price made the lead hold up, making 14 of his 30 saves in the third period to secure his first shutout of the postseason and eight of his career. The Canadiens have won five in a row since falling behind three-games-to-one against the Maple Leafs in the opening round. Game 3 is Sunday in Montreal.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox were winners in the first of their 19 meetings with the New York Yankees this season. Rafael Devers banged out a three-run homer in the first inning and Nathan Eovaldi won his third straight start as the Red Sox earned a 5-2 victory in the Bronx. Marwin Gonzalez added a two-run double to help the Sox end an 11-game losing streak in the Bronx since June 2019. Eovaldi blanked his former team until the sixth. He allowed one earned run and eight hits over six frames, including Aaron Judge’s solo homer. Yankees hitters struck out 15 times, four by Gary Sanchez.

 
Elsewhere around the Majors:
 
– The Rangers’ nine-game losing streak is over after Kyle Gibson returned from the injured list to pitch 5 1/3 scoreless innings to lead a 5-4 decision over the Rays. Joey Gallo hit in his 10th homer and Charlie Culberson drove in a run with a squeeze bunt to help Texas recover from an 0-9 road trip.
 
– The Astros blew out the Blue Jays, 13-1 as Zack Greinke scattered six hits in his first complete game since 2017. Carlos Correa homered twice, Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam and Aledmys Diaz also homered as Toronto lost for the first time in four games at Buffalo.
 
– The Orioles managed just one hit until Ryan Mountcastle slammed a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning to push Baltimore past Cleveland, 3-1. The Birds have won their first three games this month after dropping 14 in a row to end May.
 
– Rookie Yermin Mercedes hit a game-ending single after Yasmani Grandal homered twice in the White Sox’s 9-8 verdict over the Tigers. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa tied John McGraw for secod place on baseball’s career wins list with No. 2,763.
 
– Whit Merrifield capped a nine-run first inning with a three-run homer in the Royals’ fifth consecutive win, 14-5 over the Twins. Michael A. Taylor drove in three runs for Kansas City.
 
– The Angels were 3-2 winners over the Mariners behind Shohei Ohtani, who pitched six innings of four-hit ball with a season high-tying 10 strikeouts. Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and closer Raisel Iglesias escaped a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the eighth before closing out Ohtani’s second win.
 
– Sean Murphy and Matt Canha homered off Jon Gray before the Rockies right-hander left with elbow soreness in the Athletics’ 9-5 win at Colorado. Murphy had three hits and three RBIs for Oakland, which has won seven of 10 road games and improved to 17-8 away from home.
 
– Chris Taylor lined a three-run double to cap the Dodgers’ eight-run fifth in a 9-5 win against the Braves. Julio Urias drove in a run with a bunt single and scattered four hits over five innings, including Freddie Freeman’s first-inning homer.
 
– Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Manny Machado hit a solo shot in the first inning of the Padres’ second straight win over the Mets, 2-0. Snell struck out 10 and pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season.
 
– Steven Duggar and Alex Dickerson homered off Jake Arrieta as part of a six-run second that fueled the Giants’ 8-5 win against the Cubs. Jason Vosler and LaMonte Wade Jr. added back-to-back shots in the fourth, helping San Francisco win for the eighth time in 10 games.
 
– Freddy Peralta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning on his 25th birthday before the Brewers completed a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Opponents are hitting .133 this season versus Peralta, who has allowed more than three hits in just three of his 11 starts.
 
– Max Scherzer outpitched Zack Wheeler and Juan Soto hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the Nationals’ 2-1 downing of the Phillies. Scherzer struck out nine in 7 2/3 dominant innings, allowing one run on five hits.
 
– Rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes homered for the second game in a row since being activated from the injured list and drove in three runs to lead the Pirates to a 9-2 thrashing of the Marlins. NL hits leader Adam Frazier had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored for Pittsburgh.
 
– Rookies Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India homered to power the Reds to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Luis Castillo picked up his first win since early April by allowing one run and three hits with five strikeouts over six innings.
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FRENCH OPEN-DAY 6

PARIS (AP) – Serena Williams recovered from a 4-1 deficit in the second set of a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow American Danielle Collins in the third round of the French Open. Williams next faces Elena Rybakina, who defeated Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-4 to reach the fourth round for the first time at a major. The seventh-seeded Williams is again chasing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. No. 15 Victoria Azarenka also reached the Round of 16 by downing American Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-2.

 
The women’s bracket is now without its top three seeds. Third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka was upset by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. Top-seeded Ash Barty retired from her second-round match with an injury on Thursday. Second-seeded Naomi Osaka withdrew after the first round.
 
Men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 6 Alexander Zverev won their third-round matches. Medvedev advanced to the fourth round after never having previously reached the second round at Roland Garros.
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FRENCH OPEN-ARREST

PARIS (AP) – A Russian tennis player suspected of match-fixing last year arrested Thursday during the French Open. The prosecutor’s office says Yana Sizikova was arrested on charges of “sports bribery and organized fraud for acts likely to have been committed in September 2020.” The prosecutor’s office said the probe centered on suspicions about one match at Roland Garros last year. It did not specify the match.

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NHL-JETS-SCHEIFELE SUSPENDED

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Jets forward Mark Scheifele won’t be appealing his four-game suspension for a crushing blow to the head and shoulder of Montreal’s Jake Evans. Scheifele calls the NHL’s punishment “excessive” but says he doesn’t want to be a distraction for his team. He says he did not intend to injure Evans and was only trying to stop him from scoring. The hit came in the final minute of Montreal’s 5-3 win in Game 1 of their second-round series Wednesday night. Evans’ head struck the ice and he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He wasn’t hospitalized but the Canadiens say he has a concussion and is out indefinitely.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has had surgery on his right knee and will not be available when the team reports for training camp in September. Malkin injured the knee in a collision against Boston on March 16. He missed seven weeks before returning to appear for the final four games of the regular season.
 
– Blue Jackets center Max Domi is expected to miss the beginning of the 2021-22 season after surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says Domi is expected to make a full recovery in five to six months.
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NBA-76ERS-EMBIID

UNDATED (AP) – Joel Embiid’s status for Game 1 of Philadelphia’s playoff series against Atlanta is still unknown because of a knee injury that leaves him day to day. The NBA MVP finalist suffered a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during Game 4 of the opening round against Washington. He was held out of yesterday’s practice.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Bucks guard Jrue Holiday has won the 2020-21 Joe Dumars Trophy that goes annually to the NBA player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. Boston’s Kemba Walker finished second in the balloting this year after winning the award in 2017 and 2018.
 
– Katherine Evans is joining the Wizards as the first woman to head the research or analytics department of an NBA franchise. Her new title is vice president of research and information systems.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Two-thirds of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams have been able to relax coronavirus protocols after four additional clubs reached 85% vaccinations for players and other on-field personnel. Two additional teams have reached the level of having received final doses and will be able to relax protocols within the next two weeks once they are fully vaccinated.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin is back with the team after battling the coronavirus, a bacterial infection in his kidneys and a staph
infection. The former big league All-Star said he lost 22 pounds and was forced to miss the major league debut of his son, Tyler Nevin, with the Orioles.
 
– The Red Sox have received three minor leaguers to complete a trade that sent Andrew Benintendi to the Royals. Boston also gave Kansas City $2.8 to defray the cost of Benintendi’s contract.
 
– Wrigley Field is going to start packing the place beginning next Friday against the Cardinals. The team has received approval from state and city officials to host games at 100% of Wrigley Field’s capacity.
 
– Major League Baseball will offer incentives to unvaccinated fans through a program called “MLB Vaccinate At The Plate,” taking place throughout June. Each of the 30 teams will host at least one event in June where unvaccinated fans will be able to receive a free ticket to a game if they get a COVID-19 vaccination shot at the event.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Giants have completed signing their draft picks, getting first-rounder Kadarius Toney under contract. The Giants selected Toney at No. 20 overall after swapping first-round picks with Chicago. He played 38 games with 13 starts at Florida, catching 120 passes for 1,490 yards and 12 touchdowns.

 
In other NFL moves:
 
– The Vikings have addressed a need in their secondary by reaching contract terms with Bashaud Breeland.
 
– A person with knowledge of the deal says punter Michael Dickson has reached agreement on a four-year, $14.5 million extension with the Seahawks.
 
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 06/04/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 060421 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department is investigating a suspicious death and vehicle fire. At around 1 am Thursday the Minot Fire Department was alerted to a fully engulfed vehicle fire in SE Minot. Police and fire units responded to the scene. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and found a single occupant in the vehicle. Police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this fire and death as well as working to identify the victim. No further information is available at this time.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – On Thursday, Gov. Doug Burgum urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to support federal investment in research and innovation – including carbon capture, storage and utilization in the coal, oil and gas, and ethanol industries – as the path forward for meeting America’s carbon management goals.
 
Regan made his first visit to North Dakota on Thursday since being sworn in as EPA administrator on March 11 after having served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. His visit, hosted by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, follows a more than one-hour conversation Burgum had with the administrator on March 26.
 
“As a former state regulator, Administrator Regan understands that a one-size-fits-all federal policy doesn’t work for our country,” Burgum said. “North Dakota is an energy and agriculture powerhouse that feeds and fuels the nation and the world, and no one cares more about the quality of our air and water than the people who live here. With states leading the way, our nation should be trying to maximize agriculture and energy production, not minimize it, and the federal government can help us do that by investing in research dollars to innovate carbon management technologies.”
 
During a listening session at Bismarck State College with Regan, Cramer, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, other state and federal officials, and energy and agriculture stakeholders, Burgum emphasized that North Dakota hit the “geologic jackpot” not only with its abundant natural resources but also underground rock formations with the estimated capacity to store more than 250 billion tons of carbon dioxide. He noted the state can play a key role in carbon management through private sector innovation, public-private partnerships and federal support, as opposed to regulatory overreach that stymies innovation.
 
Burgum also stressed the importance of maintaining U.S. energy independence and energy security and ensuring that environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing policies don’t discourage innovation and investment into solutions that will allow for a continued all-of-the-above energy approach that includes coal, oil and gas.
 
“We appreciate Administrator Regan taking the time to hear from representatives of North Dakota’s critically important agriculture and energy industries, and we look forward to working with him to preserve states’ rights and flexibility, ensure regulatory certainty and remain on the cutting edge of technology with a focus on innovation over regulation.”
 
Burgum and Sanford have promoted an all-of-the-above energy approach based on innovation over regulation to advance energy development with environmental stewardship. Under the Burgum-Sanford administration, in 2018 North Dakota became the first state in the nation to receive approval from the EPA to regulate geologic storage of carbon dioxide.
 
In April, Burgum signed legislation creating a Clean Sustainable Energy Fund to support low-emission technology projects and help provide a long-term, viable path forward for the state’s energy industry. The legislation will accelerate efforts to develop promising low-emission technologies, helping ensure that North Dakota’s energy industry can provide reliable, affordable baseload electricity for the state and region.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal regulators have approved a natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota, a move state officials believe will help curb the wasteful flaring of excess gas and increase state tax revenues by millions of dollars annually by allowing more oil drilling in the area. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials this week approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for WBI Energy Inc.’s North Bakken Expansion project. The company says the $260 million project includes construction of about 62 miles beginning in Tioga of 24-inch natural gas pipeline and 20 miles of 12-inch pipe and áassociated infrastructure.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group Inc. has rejoined the Fortune 500 after a decade-long hiatus. The energy and construction company headquartered in Bismarck ranks No. 486 on the annual list of the country’s 500 largest publicly traded companies. MDU is the only North Dakota company on the list. The company had been on list previously for two years, ending after 2010 when it ranked 498. Fortune’s list, released this week, ranked companies by their revenue in 2020. MDU said its revenue last year increased 16.3% percent to a record $5.53 billion.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum will welcome teachers, students, school administrators and community leaders to the fifth annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on Monday, June 7, at the Bismarck Event Center and virtually. The Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education provides a platform to bring together stakeholders in North Dakota education communities to share existing ideas and practices, inspire new ones and empower networks that support progress.
 
Burgum will deliver opening remarks at this year’s summit at 8:35 a.m. Monday. Featured speakers include State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, educational leader Ron Berger and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Ablon. Recipients of the #InnovativeND Awards also will be announced throughout the day. The free summit is the kickoff to Innovative Education Week, which includes IgniteND. More than 750 individuals have registered to attend the summit in-person or virtually.
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MINOT, ND – Public Works Director Dan Jonasson is asking all users of City of Minot water to limit outdoor usage. The move is temporary. It is to help balance demands at the water treatment plant and is effective immediately. Jonasson said the restrictions are due to four wells in the raw water system that have failed. It limits the amount of water that can be produced at the Minot Water Treatment Plant. Four of the 14 wells that provide water to the City are temporarily unusable after pumps and motors failed. Jonasson says this is the result of the recent warm temperatures and little rainfall. Water usage in the city has risen to about 11 million gallons per day. This volume is over two million gallons a day more than the treatment plant can produce. Water Plant employees and contractors are working to repair the equipment at the wells, but are waiting on parts. It should take up to two weeks before all the wells are fixed. Jonassson said facilities that recycle water, like car washes and splash pads, can continue to op-erate unless daily usage levels aren’t reduced throughout the system. If usage cannot be reduced to meet the plant capacity, stricter measures will need to be implemented.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and energy industry officials have announced a plan to establish a hub for clean hydrogen. It could someday be used in everything from powering vehicles to energy generation. Burgum hailed the project Wednesday as big part of the state’s plan of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. No timeline or cost for the project was disclosed. Houston-based Bakken Energy and Mitsubishi Power Americas also announced non-specific details of negotiations with Basin Electric Power Cooperative. This is to acquire and redevelop the Bismarck-based company’s natural gas plant in financial trouble in western North Dakota.

 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 06/04/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 060421 – 0700

MINOT, ND – Renville County pulled off the only upset of day one at the State Class B Baseball Tournament. The unseeded Muskrats defeated #2 Central Cass to punch their ticket to the semifinals. Meanwhile Bishop Ryan lost their opening round game and plays in the consolation bracket. We’ll broadcast the Lion game around 1:30 pm and then the Renville County game around 4:30 pm. Both can be heard on 1320 KHRT and online at khrt.com.

 
High School Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown
 
First Round
Renville County def. #2 Central Cass, 7-3
#3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. North Star, 11-4
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. Beulah, 6-1
#4 Thompson def. #5 Bishop Ryan, 4-2
 
Today’s schedule
 
Consolation
#2 Central Cass vs. North Star, 11:30 am
#5 Bishop Ryan vs Beulah, 1:30 pm (on 1320)
 
Semifinal
#3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion vs Renville County, 4:30 pm (on 1320)
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich vs #4 Thompson, 6:30 pm
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Both local teams won on day one of the State Class B Softball Tournament in Jamestown.
 
High School Girls Softball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown
 
First Round
(W1) Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark def. (E4) May-Port-CG, 5-0
(E2) Thompson def. (W3) Beulah, 10-0 (5)
(E1) Central Cass def. (W4) Wilton-Wing, 3-2
(W2) Mohall-Lansford-Serwood/Kenmare-Bowbells def. (E3) Kindred-Richland, 2-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Consolation
(W3) Beulah vs (E4) May-Port-CG, 11 am
(E3) Kindred-Richland vs (W4) Wilton-Wing, 1 pm
 
Semifinal
(W1) Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark vs (E2) Thompson, 4 pm
(E1) Central Cass vs (W2) Mohall-Lansford-Serwood/Kenmare-Bowbells, 6 pm
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Minot High lost their opening round game at the Class A State Baseball Tournament in Mandan.
 
High School Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mandan
 
First Round
(E1) Fargo Shanley def. (W4) Bismarck Century, 2-0
(W2) Dickinson def. (E3) West Fargo, 3-2
(E2) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (W3) Minot, 9-0
(W1) Bismarck Legacy def. (E4) Grand Forks Red River, 15-8
 
Today’s schedule
 
Consolation
(E3) West Fargo vs (W4) Bismarck Century, 11:30 am
(W3) Minot vs (E4) Grand Forks Red River, 1:30 pm
 
Semifinal
(E1) Fargo Shanley vs (W2) Dickison, 4:30 pm
(W1) Bismarck Legacy vs (E2) West Fargo Sheyenne, 6:30 pm
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High School Girls Softball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Lincoln Field in Mandan
 
First Round
(E1) Valley City def. (W4) Jamestown, 10-3
(W2) Dickinson def. (E3) West Fargo Sheyenne, 5-2
(W3) Bismarck High def. (E2) West Fargo, 7-5
(W1) Bismarck Century def. (E3) Grand Forks Central, 14-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
Consolation
(E3) West Fargo Sheyenne vs (W4) Jamestown, 11 am
(E2) West Fargo vs (E3) Grand Forks Central, 1 pm
 
Semifinal
(E1) Valley City vs (W2) Dickinson, 4 pm
(W1) Bismarck Century vs (W3) Bismarck High, 6 pm
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Minot High won their opening round match at the Girl’s State Soccer Tournament and improved to 14-0-0 on the season.
 
High School Girls Soccer
Class A
 
State Tournament – Cushman Field in Grand Forks
 
First Round
(W1) Minot def. (E4) West Fargo, 4-0
(E2) Fargo Shanley def. (W3) Bismarck High, 3-1
(E1) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (W4) Jamestwon, 3-0
(E3) Fargo Davies dwef. (W2) Mandan, 2-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
(W3) Bismarck High vs (E4) West Fargo, 9 am
(W2) Mandan vs (W4) Jamestown, 11:15 am
 
Semifinal
(W1) Minot vs (E2) Fargo Shanley, 6:30 pm
(E1) West Fargo Sheyenne vs (E3) Fargo Davies, 8:45 pm
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Just like they did at the West Region Tournament, Mandan defeated Minot for the team dual title at the Girl’s State Tennis Tournament in Grand Forks. The Individual Tournament is today and Saturday. Morgan Wheeler of Minot competes in the individual tournament. In the doubles tournament two Minot pairs play including Eden Olson & Sofia Egge along with Martine Hammer & Sidney Ressler.
 
High School Girls Tennis
Class A
 
State Team Dual Tournament – Grand Forks
 
First Round
(W1) Mandan def. (E4) Valley City, 5-0
(W3) Bismarck Legacy def. (E2) West Fargo Sheyenne, 3-2
(E1) Fargo Davies def. (W4) Bismarck Century, 5-0
(W2) Minot def. (E3) Grand Forks Central, 4-1
 
Loser Out
(E2) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (E4) Valley City, 3-2
(W4) Bismarck Century def. (E3) Grand Forks Central, 4-1
 
Semifinal
(W1) Mandan def. (W3) Bismarck Legacy, 5-0
(W2) Minot def. (E1) Fargo Davies, 3-2
 
5th Place
(E2) West Fargo Sheyenne def. (W4) Bismarck Century, 3-2
 
3rd Place
(E1) Fargo Davies def. (W3) Bismarck Legacy, 5-0
 
Championship
(W1) Manan def. (W2) Minot, 4-1
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs completed a successful first roadtrip of the season with a three game sweep in Casper against the Horseheads 23-1 last night. The Dogs improves to 6-2. The Sabre Dogs return home to host a three-game series against Spearfish starting tonight.
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TWINS-ROYALS

 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Salvador Pérez became only the fourth Kansas City player with consecutive multi-homer games and Jarrod Dyson scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning when centerfielder Gilberto Celestino made a pair of errors on a simple fly ball, helping the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5. Pérez hit a 456-foot solo homer in the first and another solo and drive that just cleared the wall in the fifth off JA Happ. With the score 5-5 in the seventh, Jarrod Dyson scored from first áwhen Celestino dropped the ball and followed with an errant throw.
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VIKINGS-SMITH
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith. The move adds a little depth and experience to a group that was lacking both last season. Smith spent the last four years with the Titans. He started seven games and recorded his lone career interception in 2017. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round out of Towson in 2015. The Vikings signed eight-time Pro Bowl pick Patrick Peterson and their former nickel back Mackensie Alexander earlier this spring to help prop up the cornerback position.
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NBA PLAYOFFS

UNDATED (AP) – It will be the Phoenix Suns taking on the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA playoffs after both teams won last night. The Suns closed out a six-game series by dominating the first 12 minutes of a 113-100 win over the Lakers. Devin Booker poured in 22 of his 47 points while Phoenix outscored the defending champs, 36-14 in the first quarter. Booker was 6-for-6 from 3-point range and 8-for-9 overall in the period. Jae Crowder scored 18 points for the second-seeded Suns, who won three consecutive games to send LeBron James to a first-round series loss for the first time in his 18-year NBA career. Lakers forward Anthony Davis gave it a go despite a groin injury, but he left after going scoreless over five minutes. James had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a losing effort.

 
Nikola Jokic poured in 36 points and the Nuggets stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Blazers, 126-115 in Game 6. Jokic hit a 3-pointer to put Denver ahead 108-106 and Denver stretched it to 117-108 on Austin Rivers’ 3 with 3:52 left. Michael Porter Jr. had six 3-pointers in the first quarter alone, tying an NBA playoff record for most 3s a period. Porter scored 22 of his 26 points in the opening quarter to help the Nuggets reach the second round for the third straight season. Damian Lillard finished with 28 points and 13 assists for the sixth-seeded Blazers.
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NHL PLAYOFFS

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins have taken a two-games-to-one lead in the Stanley Cup second-round series, while the Carolina Hurricanes have climbed within 2-1 in their series. Brad Marchand scored 3:36 into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Bruins went ahead, 1-0 on Craig Smith’s goal 5:52 into the contest. Boston maintained the lead until Mat Barzal notched his first goal of the postseason, beating Tuukka Rask with 5:26 left in regulation. Rask stopped Barzal on a point-blank shot early in OT and finished with 28 saves. Semyon Varlamov handled 39 shots for the Islanders, who will host Game 4 on Saturday.

In Tampa, Carolina blew a 2-0 lead before Jordan Staal netted a power-play goal 5:57 into the extra session to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 victory. It was Staal’s fifth goal of the playoffs and left the home team 0-3 in the series. Brett Pesce and Sebastian Aho scored 2:25 apart early in the second period, but Brayden Point tallied 77 seconds later before setting up Alex Killorn’s goal late in the second. Petr Mrazek stopped 35 shots in his first appearance of the postseason. Game 4 is Saturday.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays have left the Bronx with a four-game split of the New York Yankees. Ryan Yarbrough tossed the Rays’ first complete game in more than five years, leading a 9-2 rout of the Yankees. Yarbrough hadn’t won a start since August 29, serving as an opener much of that time. He scattered six hits while fanning six with no walks, helping the AL East leaders move 4 1/2 games ahead of New York. Austin Meadows homered and drove in five as Tampa Bay improved to 10-3 in the Bronx since the start of last season. Meadows homered three times in the series. Gerrit Cole was tagged for five runs over five innings, matching his worst start of the season. The Yankees have lost seven of their last 10.

 
In other baseball finals:
 
– Martin Perez pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Astros. Christian Arroyo slammed a three-run homer to support Perez, who scattered six hits while fanning four.
 
– Jake Fraley hit his first major league homer and the Mariners opened a 10-game road trip by winning for the eighth time in 11 games, 6-2
against the Angels. Winning pitcher Justus Sheffield struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings, yielding two runs and six hits in his third victory in his last four starts.
 
– Yoan Moncada and Jake Lamb hit two of the White Sox’s four home runs to back Lance Lynn in a 4-1 downing of the Tigers. Lynn went six innings, allowing one run and four hits to improve to 6-0 in his last seven starts.
 
– Jarrod Dyson scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning when centerfielder Gilberto Celestino made a pair of errors on a simple fly ball, helping the Royals beat the Twins, 6-5. Salvador Perez became only the fourth Kansas City player with consecutive multi-homer games.
 
– Dansby Swanson belted a two-run homer in a four-run sixth that secured the Braves’ win over the Nationals, 5-1. Tucker Davidson was a winner following his recall from Triple-A, allowing just five hits with five walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3.
 
– Fernando Tatis Jr. smashed a two-run home run off Taijuan Walker to power the Padres to their first win in five games, 4-3 over the Mets. Yu Darvish is 6-1 after giving up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
 
– Brandon Crawford belted a tiebreaking, three-run homer and the Giants opened a four-game homestand between two of the NL’s hottest teams by whipping the Cubs, 7-2. Anthony DeSclafani pitched six solid innings and hit an RBI double to help the NL West leaders win for the seventh time in nine games.
 
– The Reds doubled up the Cardinals, 4-2 as Jesse Winker cracked a two-run homer and Vladimir Gutierrez earned his first career win. Gutierrez pitched five innings of two-run ball, giving up three hits and settling down nicely after a shaky start.
 
– Christian Yelich smacked his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the third inning of the Brewers’ 7-4 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Jackie Bradley Jr., Luis Urias and Avisail Garcia also homered for Milwaukee.
 
– Jacob Stallings laced a three-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Pirates past the Marlins, 5-3. Bryan Reynolds also homered as he and rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes had two hits each to help Pittsburgh end a three-game losing streak.
 
– The Rangers have ended a franchise-worst 0-9 road trip with an 11-6 loss to the Rockies. Austin Gomber pitched six shutout innings and Charlie Blackmon homered as Colorado dealt Texas its 15th consecutive road loss.
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FRENCH OPEN-DAY 5

PARIS (AP) – Rafael Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday at the French Open with another victory against Richard Gasquet. Nadal won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 to improve to 17-0 for his career against the Frenchman since they first met in 2004. Gasquet hasn’t even won a set in the past 12 losses to Nadal and not since 2008. The defending champion improved to 102-2 at Roland Garros as he bids to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.

 
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic reached the third round for the 16th straight year with a straight-set win over Pablo Cuevas.
 
Defending women’s champion Iga Swiatek advanced by beating Rebecca Peterson 6-1, 6-1.
 
Former champion Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
 
Top-ranked Ash Barty retired from her second-round match because of an injury. The 2019 champion trailed 6-1, 2-2 when she returned to her chair and signaled she was not able to continue against Polish rival Magda Linette.
 
Winners on the women’s side include 2020 runner-up Sofia Kenin, Coco Gauff, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who beat a top-10 players for the first time in 2 1/2 years. Stephens downed 10th-ranked Karolina Pliskova.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago White Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Vaughn on the COVID-19 injured list, with general manager Rick Hahn saying the prized rookie was asymptomatic. Manager Tony La Russa said Vaughn was held out of Monday’s doubleheader at Cleveland because of allergies. The 23-year-old Vaughn is batting .226 with four homers and 12 RBIs.

 
Also around the Majors:
 
– Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly is stepping away from the booth over the next week following backlash for an on-air comment about Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman’s headwear. Commenting on Stroman’s head covering underneath his cap, Brenly said “Pretty sure that’s the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets.” He says he voluntarily decided to take some time off to listen, reflect and devote his attention to awareness training related to diversity and inclusion to enhance his understanding and appreciation of others.
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NHL-JETS-SCHEIFELE

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL has handed down a four-game suspension to Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup second round series on Wednesday. The incident occurred as Evans scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of the Canadiens’ 5-3 victory. Scheifele was assessed a major penalty for charging and game misconduct. If the term of the suspension is not fully served during the playoffs, the remaining game will be served at the beginning of next season.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-DUKE-KRZYZEWSKI

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski feels the time is right to step away from a Hall of Fame career. The winningest coach in the history of Division I men’s college basketball announced Wednesday that next season will be his last with the Blue Devils program he has built into one of college basketball’s bluebloods. The 74-year-old Krzyzewski said during a Thursday news conference that he has no health concerns and wasn’t leaving in reaction to the difficulties of playing last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic or the changing landscape of college basketball. Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA championships and has won 1,170 games for Army and Duke.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The federal judge presiding over the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims has invited lawyers for Black players who call the settlement racially biased to join mediation over the issue. The lawyers have challenged the settlement’s use of “race-norming” in dementia testing since 2018. The practice assumes Black players start with lower cognitive skills and makes it harder for them to show injury and get an award. The judge’s order comes a day after the NFL pledged to end the practice and review the scores of retired players who believe the race-based scoring adjustments deprived them of settlements that average $500,000 or more.

 
In other NFL news:
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– The Vikings have signed former Titans cornerback Tye Smith. The move adds a little depth and experience to a group that was lacking both last season. Smith spent the last four years with the Titans.
 
– Lions defensive tackle Jashon Cornell has been suspended by the NFL for the first three games of the season for violating the league’s policy and program on substances of abuse. The NFL said Thursday that Cornell can play in preseason games and participate in practices before the season begins.
 
– The Bills have agreed to sign their top draft pick, edge-rusher Greg Rousseau, to a four-year contract. Buffalo selected Rousseau with the 30th pick in the draft in April as part of a bid to upgrade its pass rush.
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USFL RELAUNCH

UNDATED (AP) – The USFL is relaunching in 2022, four decades after the spring football league’s short-lived run that featured such stars as Reggie White, Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and future president Donald Trump. The new USFL announced Thursday it will play next spring with a minimum of eight teams, Teams and schedules have not been announced, but the league said it retains the rights to “key original team names.”

 
 
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