K-Heart Sports – 07/26/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 072621 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Garrison is headed to the state tournament after winning the District 1 Class B Legion Baseball Tournament on Saturday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Championship
#1 Garrison def. #4 Hazen
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament finished on Saturday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
Loser Out
#2 Bismarck Reps def. #9 Watford City Walleye, 14-1
#3 Bismarck A Capitals def. #4 Mandan A’s, 6-4
 
3rd Place
#2 Bismarck Reps def. #3 Bismarck A Capitals, 4-3
 
Championship
#1 Jamestown Eagles def. #6 Minot Metros, 12-1
 
Top four teams adavanced to the State Tournament.
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SABRE DOGS-SUNFISH
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs split their series in Sioux Falls. The Dogs won 8-5 yesterday and also won 5-1 on Saturday after dropping the first two games on Thursday and Friday. The Dogs improe to 35-17 overall and 5 1/2 games ahead of Badlands in the Lewis Division standings. Souris Valley continues an 11-game post All-Star break roadtrip with the first of four against Wheat City tonight.
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TWINS-ANGELS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Shohei Ohtani hit his Major League-leading 35th home run and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2. Ohtani lasered a line drive into the right-field seats in the sixth inning for a solo homer that broke a 2-all tie. The Angels overcame an early two-run deficit to take three of four games in the series. Max Stassi added three hits and drove in three runs for the Angels. Max Kepler and Brent Rooker led off with back-to-back home runs for the Twins, now a season-worst 16 games under .500.
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VIKINGS-WESTBROOK
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Jacksonville wide receiver Dede Westbrook. He brings some needed depth at the position and another option for a punt returner. Westbrook’s agency announced the news on Twitter. The product of Oklahoma was a fourth-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2017. He caught one pass and played in two games last year. The Vikings are set with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at the top two spots, but there’s plenty of room behind them for another wide receiver to emerge as a solid No. 3 option.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – It was another comeback victory for the Boston Red Sox and another punch to the gut for the New York Yankees bullpen. The Red Sox broke up Domingo German’s no-hit bid to spark a five-run eighth in their 32nd comeback win of the season, 5-4 over the Yankees. German’s afternoon ended when Alex Verdugo led off the eighth with a double, igniting a string of five straight hits. Hunter Renfroe and Kike Hernandez delivered RBI doubles, Kevin Plawecki drove in the tying run with a grounder and Xander Bogaerts lifted a sacrifice fly. The fly ball allowed the Bosox to take three of four in the weekend series. The rally occurred after the Yanks carried a 4-0 lead into the eighth. Boston regained sole possession of the AL East lead, one game ahead of Tampa Bay.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– Lance Lynn worked six strong innings and contributed a two-run single as the White Sox defeated the Brewers, 3-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. Lynn struck out six and allowed a run and six hits in his 10th win, blanking Milwaukee until Jackie Bradley Jr.’s RBI double in the fifth.
 
– The Indians had dropped 11 straight to Tampa Bay before Bobby Bradley’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning capped Cleveland’s comeback in a 3-2 win over the Rays. The Indians managed just one run in seven innings against Tampa Bay starter Ryan Yarbrough before rallying in the eighth off reliever Matt Wisler.
 
– Abraham Toro smacked a two-run homer and Zack Greinke allowed five hits over six-plus innings as the Astros handed the Rangers their 12th consecutive loss, 3-1. Greinke left with the bases loaded in the seventh before Cristian Javier got out of the jam without allowing a run.
 
– Kyle Seager hit a two-out, two-run single as part of the Mariners’ four-run third that carried them to a 4-3 victory over the Athletics. Gonzales allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to help Seattle get within 1 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.
 
– The Angels posted a 6-2 win over the Twins behind Shohei Ohtani’s Major League-leading 35th home run, a tiebreaking blast in the sixth inning. Max Stassi had three hits and drove in three runs to help Los Angeles overcome back-to-back homers by Max Kepler and Brent Rooker.
 
– Daniel Lynch pitched eight scoreless innings for his first major league win as the Royals downed the Tigers, 6-1. Jorge Soler homered twice and Salvador Perez added a three-run blast in Kansas City’s fifth consecutive victory.
 
– Ryan McKenna scored on a sharp grounder by Ramon Urias for the winning run to give the Orioles a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Nationals. Trey Mancini, Maikel Franco and McKenna hit solo homers for Baltimore, which improved to 1-51 when trailing after eight innings.
 
– Pete Alonso smacked his fifth home run since the All-Star break and pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil furnished a tiebreaking, two-run double while the Mets scored four in the sixth to beat the Blue Jays, 5-4 and take the three-game set. Rich Hill looked good in his first start as a Met, leaving with a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded in the sixth before Seth Lugo allowed all three runs to score. The win keeps New York atop the NL East by four games over Philadelphia.
 
– The Phillies gained a split of their four-game set with the Braves as Aaron Nola allowed four hits with nine strikeouts over 8 2/3s to lead Philadelphia past Atlanta, 3-2. Jean Segura and Ronald Torreyes both had solo homers to support Nola, who was lifted after Austin Riley went deep for Atlanta with two out in the ninth.
 
– The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep by erupting for seven runs in the fourth inning of a 10-6 win at Cincinnati. The big rally was highlighted by Harrison Bader’s three-run homer and Dylan Carlson’s two-run blast. Tyler O’Neill slammed a first-inning, two-run homer off Sonny Gray, who was torched for a career-high eight runs over 3 1/3 innings.
 
– Kris Bryant and David Bote blasted two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo supplied a solo shot as the Cubs topped the Diamondbacks, 5-1. Trevor Williams struck out six and allowed five hits with no walks over 6 1/3 innings, his first scoreless outing this season.
 
– LaMonte Wade Jr. homered twice and the Giants avoided a three-game sweep by defeating the Pirates, 6-1. Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada also went deep for San Francisco, which owns the majors’ best record at 62-37.
 
– Chris Taylor added a pair of home runs before Will Smith provided a tiebreaking blast in the eighth inning to send the Dodgers past the Rockies, 3-2. The Los Angeles bullpen worked five scoreless innings as the Dodgers stayed two games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
 
– Deven Marrero and Brian Anderson homered off Yu Darvish as the Marlins battered the Padres, 9-3 to gain a four-game split. Darvish was reached for four runs over five innings, leaving him 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA in his last four starts.
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PGA-3M OPEN

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Cameron Champ fended off dehydration and crisply putted his way to a 5-under 66, winning the 3M Open by two strokes for his third career victory. The 26-year-old Champ had five birdies in a bogey-free round to finish at 15-under 269 at TPC Twin Cities. Louis Oosthuizen, Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel tied for second.

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GOLF-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN

SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) – Stephen Dodd birdied the final hole to win the Senior British Open by one stroke. The 55-year-old Welshman held off challenges from Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke to secure his first major title on Sunday. Dodd closed with a 2-under 68 at Sunningdale for a four-day total of 13-under 267.

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LPGA-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) – Australian golfer Minjee Lee has won a sudden death playoff against overnight leader Jeongeun Lee6 to clinch the Evian Championship for her first major title. Lee6 had to take a drop shot when her second shot on the first extra playoff hole flew into a pond, while Lee’s superb second attempt landed near the flag. Lee6 ended with a bogey to give the 25-year-old Lee three putts for victory and a sixth LPGA title. Teenage American Yealimi Noh finished third at 17 under when she missed a birdie chance on the 18th. The day’s best round went to Ireland’s Leona Maguire. Her 10-under 61 tied the lowest round ever by a female or male in a major.

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MLB-PADRES-PIRATES TRADE

UNDATED (AP) – The Padres just bolstered their middle infield while trying to stay in the NL West race. San Diego has acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Pirates for three prospects. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the deal who also says Pittsburgh is sending approximately $1.4 million to the Padres in the deal. The trade is pending a physical. Frazier was the National League starter in the All-Star Game. He leads the majors with 125 hits and is batting .324. Pittsburgh is receiving infielder Tucupita Marcano, outfielder Jack Suwinski and right-hander Michell Miliano in the trade.

 
Also around the Majors:
– The Dodgers have placed All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list with right hip inflammation. Betts last started on July 17 at Colorado and last appeared in a game Monday when he made a pinch-hit appearance against the Giants.
 
– Jake Reed switched teams while his wife, Janie, is with the U.S. softball team at the Olympics. The 28-year-old reliever was claimed off waivers by the Rays from the Dodgers and optioned to Triple-A Durham.
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS-SEC

UNDATED (AP) – Texas and Oklahoma could move closer to membership in the Southeastern Conference within 24 hours. According to multiple reports, the first and very significant formal step of the process could come as soon as Monday. That’s when the two schools are expected to inform the Big 12 they will not renew the contractual agreement that binds conference members until 2025. The schools would likely negotiate an early exit that could cost the schools more than $100 million. But with the rich SEC on the horizon, the schools could leave the Big 12 early and change conferences in time for the 2022 college football season.

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NFL-TEXANS-WATSON

HOUSTON (AP) – Deshaun Watson plans to report to training camp with the Houston Texans, according to a person familiar with his thinking. The person told The Associated Press that the quarterback still wants to be traded and is reporting solely to avoid being fined. Watson would have faced fines of $50,000 a day if he didn’t report. Watson led the NFL in yards passing last season and signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension with the Texans last offseason. But he became unhappy with the direction of the team and requested a trade in January. His future was further clouded in March after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging that he sexually assaulted or harassed them.

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NHL-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) – Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal is staying put in Detroit, while Jake Virtanen is about to leave the Vancouver Canucks. The Red Wings announced reaching an agreement with Staal, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press it’s a one-year deal worth $2 million. The Canucks have placed Virtanen and will buy out a player who has often underperformed during his six seasons with the team. Virtanen was placed on leave on May 1 after being accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a women four years earlier.

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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – The US swimming team was able to grab at least one medal in each event during Sunday’s schedule. Monday didn’t have the same feel until Caleb Dressel hit the pool. Dressel began his quest for six gold medals by leading off an American victory in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He gave the U.S. a lead it never relinquished as the quartet finished in 3:08.97, the third-fastest time in history.

 
Australia’s Ariarne Titmus defeated Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle. Titmus trailed by nearly a full body-length at the halfway mark of the eight-lap race. She turned on the speed to touch in 3 minutes, 56.69 seconds, the second-fastest time in history. The defending-champion Ledecky had to settle for silver after finishing just under 7/10ths of a second behind, the fourth-fastest time ever.
 
The powerhouse US team won six of 12 medals on Sunday but was shut out of the medals in the first two finals Monday.
 
American teenager Torri Huske had to settle for fourth in the women’s 100-meter butterfly after being at or near the lead most of the race. She faded on her final strokes and just missed a spot on the podium, finishing one-hundredth of a second from a bronze medal. Maggie MacNeil won the event to give Canada it’s first gold medal at the pool.
 
Like Huske, American Michael Andrew was a fourth-place finisher in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke. The race was won by Britain’s Adam Peaty, successfully defending his title in the event.
 
In other Olympic events:
 
– Naomi Osaka has the hopes of the entire host nation resting on her. Novak Djokovic is attempting to accomplish something that no man has done before in tennis. Both players are after something special at the Tokyo Olympics and both produced convincing victories to reach the last 16 at Ariake Tennis Park. Osaka crushed winners off both wings seemingly at will in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 49th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland. Then Djokovic dispatched 48th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to win a Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same calendar year.
– The U.S. has rallied to beat Japan 2-1 and win their Olympic softball group stage. That gives them the right to bat last in the gold medal game. Kelsey Stewart hit a game-ending home run leading off the seventh inning. Stewart says it’s like you dream about when you’re a little kid, about hitting a home run at the Olympics. Stewart had been 1 for 12 with no RBIs at the Olympics before she drove the 98th pitch from Yamato Fujita (0-1) just over the glove of leaping right fielder Yuka Ichiguchi.
 
– Tom Pidcock has won the Olympic men’s mountain bike race. That extends Britain’s dominance from the road and track to the dirt. The course is the toughest in Olympic history. Pidcock left reigning champion Nino Schurter and his Swiss teammate Mathias Flueckiger behind on the fourth of seven laps. Flueckiger gave chase and was left with a silver medal. David Valero Serrano of Spain won a surprise bronze.
 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/26/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 072621 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Fargo police say a 40-year-old man has been arrested for murder after a shooting Saturday night. Police responded about 11 p.m. to a report of shots fired on the city’s north side. A man was found with a gunshot wound and the suspect was located shortly thereafter. No further information has been released.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An effort to recall a Republican legislator largely over his vote to expel a fellow GOP lawmaker accused of sexually harassing women at the state Capitol is being viewed as a litmus test for party loyalty, the state GOP ‘s new chairman said. The move to recall Rep. Dwight Kiefert over his vote to oust former Rep. Luke Simons has fanned the flames of an intraparty fight that has a far-right faction seeking to control the party apparatus and replace Republicans they see as too moderate.
 
Perrie Schafer, who was elected chairman of the state GOP last month, has the task of repairing damage to the party’s image. “I don’t like this infighting,” he said. “My goal is to get people rolling in the same direction.”
 
North Dakota Republicans wield supermajority control in the Legislature and hold every statewide office. The party, however, began splintering in the past decade with the emergence of the loosely organized Bastiat Caucus, fervent supporters of limited government and spending and privacy and gun rights. Simons, who was expelled by the House in March, was one. The caucus has said 30 legislators paid dues in 2019, though the membership has not been publicly disclosed. Simons denied wrongdoing and complained that he wasn’t getting due process and was targeted for his political ideology.
 
Of 80 House Republicans, 55 voted to expel Simons. A few GOP lawmakers were formally condemned at the district level for backing the expulsion but Kiefert is the only one so far to face recall. Kiefert said he voted to remove Simons because of his alleged inappropriate behavior toward women. The recall petition accuses Kiefert of “failing to meet the standards of a Republican” representing the district. The party is now defending Kiefert, calling the recall “a misguided attempt by a select group of individuals to thwart the democratic process for their own gain.”
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JORDAN, Montana (AP) – Five federal firefighters remained hospitalized Sunday in stable condition after sustaining burn injuries when swirling winds blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them in eastern Montana on Thursday. The five were building a defensive line at the Devil’s Creek Fire in Garfield County when the weather shifted, said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Mark Jacobsen.
 
Two USDA Forest Service firefighters who are engine crew members based at the Quemado Ranger District at New Mexico’s Gila National Forest were in stable condition and recovering at an undisclosed location, said Forest Service spokeswoman Punky Moore.
 
Three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew members also were in stable condition and recovering at an undisclosed burn center, said Forest Service spokeswoman Kari Cobb. The three USFS employees are based at the Eastern North Dakota Wetland Management District Complex, Cobb said. Neither Cobb nor Moore released any addition details.
 
Fire crews hoped to keep the wildfire, which had grown to 3,500 acres Sunday, from approaching the nearby Fort Peck Reservoir on the Missouri River, Jacobsen said.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The federal government has denied a request by North Dakota leaders to allow ranchers struggling with drought to hay idled grassland while it’s still of good quality. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Agriculture Department is looking into the reasons why the request was denied.
 
The federal government is allowing limited emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program land, which typically is idled under a government program that pays farmers to protect erodible land and create wildlife habitat. North Dakota ranchers all summer have been seeking federal government permission to also hay that land. CRP typically doesn’t open until after nesting season ends, to protect wildlife populations. The season in North Dakota ends Aug. 1. Ranchers say that after that day, grass might not be of good enough quality to make it worthwhile to hay.
 
State officials and members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation this summer have pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture for earlier CRP haying. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring earlier this week made another plea. His department has received hundreds of calls from ranchers in recent weeks about the issue.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/24/21

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 07241 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments continued in the area on Friday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Semifinal
#4 Hazen def. #3 Hettinger, 3-1
 
Championship
#4 Hazen def. #1 Garrison, 3-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
Championship
#1 Garrison vs #4 Hazen, 10 am
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
Chamionship
#1 Renville County def. #2 Surrey, 8-2
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament continued Friday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
Loser Out
#9 Watford City def. #5 Dickinson Volunteers, 10-7
#3 Bismarck A Capitals def. #7 Bismarck Senators, 7-4
 
Semifinal
#1 Jamestown def. #4 Mandan A’s, 10-2
#6 Minot Metros def. #2 Bismarck Reps, 5-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#2 Bismarck Reps vs #9 Watford City Walleye, 11 am
#3 Bismarck A Capitals vs #4 Mandan A’s, 1:30 pm
 
3rd Place
Reps/Walleye winner vs Caps/A’s winner, 4 pm
Championship
 
#1 Jamestown vs #6 Minot Metros, 6:30 pm
Top four teams adavance to the State Tournament.
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MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs lost in Sioux Falls last night to the Sunfish 4-3.
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TWINS-ANGELS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Nick Gordon scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for Minnesota on a throwing error by catcher Kurt Suzuki as the Twins rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 5-4. Ryan Jeffers hit the tying RBI single off Angels closer Raisel Iglesias, who was summoned for what would’ve been a six-out save. The throw home on the single by Jeffers was way off the plate. Then Suzuki misfired to third to try to get Gordon, who hustled in for the lead. Angels starter Alex Cobb had to leave before the sixth inning because of a blister on his right index finger.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers won a battle of baseball’s Central Division leaders last night. Tyrone Taylor hit a grand slam to cap the Brewers’ six-run outburst in the seventh inning of a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Rowdy Tellez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, putting the Brewers ahead for good with his bases-loaded single in the fourth off Lucas Giolito. White Sox manager Tony La Russa and outfielder Tim Anderson were both ejected by plate umpire John Libka in the opening game of this interleague series between division leaders.

 
Checking out yesterday’s other Major League action:
 
– Pittsburgh scored three times without a hit in the seventh inning to knock off the Giants, 6-4. Bryan Reynolds homered and Adam Frazier drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the seventh.
 
– Trevor Story homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Rockies outscored the Dodgers, 9-6. Charlie Blackmon added a two-run homer in the 10th as the Rockies took advantage of the Dodgers’ latest bullpen meltdown, keeping Los Angeles three games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
 
– Tylor Megill picked up his first major league victory and Pete Alonso provided the Mets’ offense with a pair of homers in a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Megill allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five over six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.10.
 
– Bryce Harper stole three bases, including home, to help the Phillies beat the Braves, 5-1 and stay four games behind the NL East-leading Mets. J.T. Realmuto hit his 10th homer and Jean Segura had a tiebreaking, two-run double to support Zack Wheeler, who returned to his All-Star form for seven innings.
 
– Joe Musgrove pitched six solid innings and received support from Tommy Pham’s home run in the Padres’ 5-2 victory at Miami. Trent Grisham had two hits and an RBI for the Padres, who have won the first two of the four-game series.
 
– Tyler Stephenson drove in Kyle Farmer with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to push the Reds past the Cardinals, 6-5. Farmer also homered and led off the eighth with a single to left for his third hit of the game.
 
– Robinson Chirinos homered twice and Javier Baez launched a three-run homer that put the Cubs ahead to stay in the first inning of an 8-3 pounding of the Diamondbacks. Zach Davies earned his first win since a combined no-hitter last month, throwing 107 pitches while limiting Arizona to two runs and seven hits.
 
– Pat Valaika homered twice and the Orioles won for only the second time in their last 11 home games by dumping the Nationals, 6-1. Ramon Urias drove in a pair for Baltimore.
 
– Rafael Devers homered twice, including go-ahead blast in the fifth inning of the Red Sox’s fourth straight win, 6-2 over the Yankees. Devers followed his two-run shot with a three-run blast in the seventh.
 
– Kyle Tucker belted a three-run homer in a five-run third to help the Astros hand the Rangers their 10th straight loss, 7-3. Robel Garcia had three of Houston’s eight hits while batting ninth in the lineup, helping the Astros restore a 3 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the AL West.
 
– Cal Raleigh and Luis Torrens hit back-to-back homers before Dylan Moore scored the go-ahead run on consecutive wild pitches in the Mariners’ 4-3 verdict over the Athletics. Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi struck out a career-high 12 and Oakland’s Frankie Montas fanned 10.
 
– Nelson Cruz homered in his Tampa Bay debut and Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead single in a six-run ninth inning as the Rays earned a 10-5 win over the Indians. Ji-Man Choi added a three-run homer off Nick Wittgren to break it open in the ninth.
 
– Catcher Kurt Suzuki’s throwing error allowed Nick Gordon to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Twins’ 5-4 downing of the Angels. Ryan Jeffers hit the game-tying RBI single to left, which led to Suzuki’s wild toss to third base.
 
– Detroit’s seven-game winning streak is over after Ryan O’Hearn slammed a three-run homer and Carlos Santana also connected as the Royals beat the Tigers, 5-3. Kansas City has won three in a row for the first time since June 4.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team has a new name. The team that’s been known as the Indians since 1915 will be called the Guardians, effective at the end of the 2021 season. The organization spent most of the past year whittling down a list of potential names that numbered 1,200 just over a month ago. But the process quickly accelerated, and the club landed on Guardians. The team’s incoming logo font will be similar to the current style, as will the look in the new uniforms. The road uniforms with Cleveland on the front will appear identical to the new ones, although there will be a new look to the “C” on the caps.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Mets have acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill from the Rays for right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer. Hill could be a valuable addition with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and David Peterson recovering from injuries. The 41-year-old Hill has pitched just 95 1/3 innings this year, going 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts.
 
– The Nationals have shut down Steven Strasburg again after he felt some discomfort in his neck following a recent bullpen session. Manager Dave Martinez says the Nationals are trying to figure out what to do next, which includes the possibility of finding another specialist to look at the right-hander. Strasburg has made just five starts this season due to neck and shoulder issues and has started just seven times since being named the MVP of the 2019 World Series.
 
– Nationals infielder Starlin Castro’s administrative leave was extended by Major League Baseball through July 29 under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. The leave began July 16 under the policy adopted by MLB and the players’ association in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension. Castro was placed on the restricted list June 16 due to what manager Dave Martinez at the time said were “family matters.”
 
– Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer appeared in court Friday to fight the extension of a protective order sought by a woman who says he choked and punched her during two sexual encounters earlier this year. Attorneys for both sides revealed in court that they intend to call witnesses and argue over the order in what amounts to a trial that is expected to last three days. Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman delayed the beginning of that hearing until Aug. 2.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres went with blueline help with the first overall pick in the NHL draft. The Sabres chose 6-foot-6 Michigan defenseman Owen Power, who scored three goals and 16 points in 26 games as a freshman last season. The Ontario native was second among all Wolverines defensemen with 13 assists and second in points. He later helped Canada win the world hockey championship.

The Kraken selected Wolverines center Matthew Beniers with the second pick, marking the fourth time teammates were chosen with the first two picks of the draft.
 
The Ducks used the third pick to take center Mason Mctavish of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.
 
The Devils grabbed a Hughes brother for the second time in three drafts, selecting defenseman Luke Hughes.
 
Michigan became the first college program to have three first-round picks in the same draft when the Blue Jackets came away with center Kent Johnson. Hughes is committed to Michigan next season.
 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Blackhawks have landed star defenseman Seth Jones from the Blue Jackets, according to three people with knowledge of the move. Jones also has agreed to terms on a $76 million, eight-year contract extension that carries an annual salary cap hit of $9.5 million. It was not immediately clear what Chicago gave up to get the 26-year-old who could become cornerstone of the franchise’s blue line for years to come.
 
– The Sabres acquired an extra first-round pick in Friday’s NHL draft by sending defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres also picked up fifth-year defenseman Robert Hagg and the Flyers’ second-round selection in 2023.
 
– Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland have been shipped to the Canucks for the No. 9 selection in Friday’s draft, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 seventh-rounder and three veteran forwards. Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle and Loui Eriksson head to Arizona.
 
– The Blues acquired high-scoring forward Pavel Buchnevich from the Rangers for Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick.
 
– The Rangers have put defenseman Tony DeAngelo on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The number of NFL players who are in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. The league’s medical director said Friday that nearly all team employees who deal directly with players have been vaccinated. Five teams have less than 70% of players who have either received one vaccination shot or both.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – The first gold medal of the Tokyo Games has been handed out. China’s Qian Yang took the honors in women’s 10-meter air rifle. Yang had a 9.8 on her final shot and finished with an Olympic record 251.8.

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– China has sprinted to the lead in men’s gymnastics qualifying as it aims to return to the top of the sport. China’s total of 262.061 was fueled by four brilliant sets on parallel bars, allowing the country to edge Russia in the first of three qualifying subdivisions. China is attempting to bounce back after slipping to bronze in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and coming in second to the Russians at the 2019 world championships.
 
– Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura’s exceptional Olympic career is over. The 32-year-old Japanese gymnast fell during qualifying on high bar and will not advance to the event finals.
 
– Tokyo organizers say the total of Olympics-related COVID-19 cases in Japan is now 127, with one athlete added to the tally. German cyclist Simon Geschke’s positive test was announced Friday, one day ahead before the men’s road race. Athletes account for 14 of the 127 cases in Japan since July 1.
 
– An Algerian judo athlete is being sent home after withdrawing to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent. The athlete and his coach face punishment from Olympic officials following his withdrawal. He could have faced an Israeli athlete in the second round.
 
– The very first match of the beach volleyball tournament has been canceled because a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19. That allowed Japan to win by default.
 
– Two Georgian tennis players have been barred from the Games after officials in their home country told them they were entered but never actually sent the paperwork. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that it had to turn away the doubles players.
 
– About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief. The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated. They base that on what each country’s Olympic committee tells them but have not independently verified the number.
 
– Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown has surprisingly withdrawn from one of her best events because of a busy schedule at the Tokyo Olympics. McKeown dropped the 200-meter individual medley, where she’s ranked No. 1 in the world and would have been a favorite to win a gold medal.
 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/23/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 072321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s general fund should collect far more money than expected in the two-year budget cycle that ended last month. The state’s top budget writer says strong oil prices and a rebounding economy bumped general fund revenues to $5.7 billion for the 2019-21 budget cycle. Lawmakers forecast general fund revenues at $5.4 billion, with a positive balance of about $710 million. The additional revenues mean the general fund will now have an ending balance of more than $1 billion. General fund spending goes to many programs, including education and human services. It’s largely funded by taxes on income, sales, and energy.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill his girlfriend with a modified yo-yo string. According to the charges, the woman told police that the 32-year-old Bismarck man modified the yo-yo string to be used as a garotte because he believed it could sever a human head. A garotte is a wire or cord used to strangle someone. The charges say the woman was driving the man to the Bismarck Police Department on Tuesday so he could turn himself in on outstanding warrants when he threatened to kill her and wrapped the string around her neck. The string broke and she was able to leave.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A dominant health system in the Dakotas that bills itself as one of the largest health organizations in the country is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all its employees, citing the spread of more contagious variants. Sanford Health is requiring all workers to get shots by Nov. 1. More than 90% of clinicians and 70% of nurses in the organization are already fully vaccinated. Sanford has 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. It is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has major medical centers in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minnesota.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Amid a deepening drought, North Dakota’s top agriculture official is asking the federal government to allow ranchers to hay idled grassland earlier than usual – while it’s still of good quality. The federal government is allowing limited emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program land. But North Dakota ranchers say if they aren’t allowed to hay that land until Aug. 1, the grass might not be of good enough nutritional quality to hay. The U.S. Drought Monitor map that came out Thursday shows all of North Dakota is in some form of drought, with more than 40% of the state in extreme drought.
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MINOT, ND – After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the North Dakokta State Fair is back and begins its 9-day run in Minot. Grandstand entertainment includes rock and country concerts, an enduro race, and freestyle motocross. The All Seasons Arena will house the Ranch Rodeo and NPRA Bull & Ranch Bronc riding. Another free stage has been added for a total of eight this year. Listen to our State Fair feature, Inside Look, four times each day of the fair, today through July 31st.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/23/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 072321 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments continued in the area on Thursday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Semifinal
#1 Garrison def. #3 Hettinger, 8-1
 
Loser Out
#4 Hazen def. #5 Belfield/South Heart, 9-5
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#3 Hettinger vs #4 Hazen, 1 pm
 
Championship
#1 Garrison vs Hettinger/Hazen winner, 4 pm
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
Semifinal
#1 Renville County def. #2 Surrey, 8-4
 
Loser Out
#7 Burlington def. #4 Stanley, 11-0 (5)
 
Semifnal
#2 Surrey def. #7 Burlington, 9-8
 
Today’s schedule
 
Chamionship
#1 Renville County vs #2 Surrey, 5 pm
(if Surrey wins a second championship would follow)
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament continued with first round play on Thursday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
First Round
#1 Jamestown def. #9 Watford City Walleye, 7-6
#4 Mandan A’s def. #5 Dickinson Volunteers, 4-1
#2 Bismarck Reps def. #7 Bismarck Senators, 13-0
#6 Minot Metros def. #3 Bismarck A Capitals, 2-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#5 Dickinson Volunteers vs #9 Watford City, 11 am
#3 Bismarck A Capitals vs #7 Bismarck Senators, 1:30 pm
 
Semifinal
#1 Jamestoswn vs #4 Mandan A’s, 4 pm
#2 Bismarck Reps vs #6 Minot Metros, 6:30 pm
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MINOT, ND – Other scores:
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
Dickinson Roughriders 12, Mandan Chiefs 1
Dickinson Roughriders 7, Mandan Chiefs 2 (cancelled after 4 innings due to lightning)
 
Expedition League
Sioux Falls Sunfish 8, Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 3
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TWINS-ANGELS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jack Mayfield hit a three-run homer and Andrew Heaney finished seven innings for his longest start of the season, leading the Los Angeles Angels past Minnesota 3-2. The Twins traded All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay before the game. Heaney gave up just four hits, two walks and two runs with seven strikeouts for his most effective appearance in six weeks. Heaney fell behind 2-0 in the fourth, but Mayfield picked him up with his big hit in the following inning against Twins starter Kenta Maeda.
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TWINS-TRADE
 
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays added a big bat for the stretch drive, acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins. Moments before opening a four-game series at Cleveland, the Rays announced they got Cruz and minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and will bring some pop to Tampa Bay’s lineup. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season. The Rays entered Thursday one game behind first-place Boston in the AL East
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have retained their lead in the American League East by rallying past the New York Yankees. The Red Sox trailed in the ninth and 10th innings before beating the Yankees, 5-4. Xander Bogaerts ended the game – and the Yankees’ four-game winning streak by lifting a sacrifice fly in the 10th. It came after Rafael Devers scored on one of four wild pitches by reliever Brooks Kriske in the inning. Kike Hernandez tied it in the ninth with a two-out, two-run double. The Sox continue to lead the AL East by one game over the Rays.

 
Austin Meadows hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to complete the Rays’ comeback in a 5-4 win over the Indians. It was the second straight game-winning hit for Meadows, who delivered a walk-off single to beat the Orioles on Wednesday. Tampa Bay trailed 4-2 in the ninth before Yandy Diaz led off with a homer and Brandon Lowe followed with an RBI double.
 
In other Major League action:
 
– The San Francisco Giants scored four times in the ninth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Darin Ruf worked out a bases-loaded walk to tie it before LaMonte Wade delivered a two-run single. Kenley Jansen was one out from picking up the save before the Giants stretched their lead in the NL West to three games over the Dodgers.
 
– The Padres were 3-2 winners over the Marlins as Blake Snell allowed one run in six-plus innings. The San Diego left-hander scattered three hits, struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing since June 4. Jurickson Profar had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.
 
– Kwang Hyun-Kim earned his fifth straight win and the Cardinals homered twice in a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Kim allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson provided the longballs as St. Louis moved a game over .500 for the first time since June. 20.
 
– The Braves rolled past the Phillies, 7-2 as Dansby Swanson launched his first career grand slam and Orlando Arcia added a solo shot. Charlie Morton is 9-4 after allowing two earned runs while striking out eight over six innings. The two teams are tied for second in the NL East, four games behind the idle Mets.
 
– The Athletics picked up a 4-1 win over the Mariners behind Sean Manaea, who struck out 13 while limiting Seattle to a run and three hits over seven innings. Manaea blanked the M’s until Tom Murphy’s solo homer in the seventh inning. Ramon Laureano supplied a pair of RBI singles and Sean Murphy doubled home a run as Oakland climbed within three games of the AL West-leading Astros.
 
– Eric Haase hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the Tigers’ seventh consecutive win, 7-5 over the stumbling Rangers. Zack Short and Victor Reyes also homered for the Tigers, who completed a four-game sweep and a perfect post-All-Star break homestand. Texas has lost nine straight, equaling its longest slide this season.
 
– Jack Mayfield smacked a three-run homer and Andrew Heaney went a season-high seven innings to the Angels’, 3-2 decision over the Twins. Heaney gave up just four hits, two walks and two runs with seven strikeouts in his best outing in six weeks. Mayfield was hitting just .170 this season before his fifth-inning blast.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Nelson Cruz will spend the rest of the major league season chasing a playoff berth. The Rays have acquired the slugging designated hitter in a four-player trade with the Twins. Tampa Bay also receives minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and 1,202 RBIs. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season.

 
Also around the Majors:
 
– Yermin Mercedes has changed his mind and is back with the White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, one day after posting that he was retiring from baseball. Mercedes apologized for his decision to leave the sport and was in the lineup Thursday for the Charlotte Knights against the Durham Bulls. The surprising rookie carried the White Sox with his booming bat early in the season and was sent to the minors following a prolonged slump.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The NFL had to reschedule several games last season due to COVID-19 outbreaks within teams. The league won’t be as willing to do that this year. The NFL has informed teams they could potentially forfeit a game due to an outbreak among non-vaccinated players and that players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week. In a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league doesn’t anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within the 18-week regular season. However, forfeits are among the consequences. For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win. The league says more than half its teams have COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80% of their players, and more than 75% of players are in the process of being vaccinated.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– All-Pro middle linebacker Fred Warner has signed a five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers taking him through the 2026 season. The 24-year-old Warner has started all 48 games in his three seasons with San Francisco, making 79 tackles last season with a sack, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
 
– Running back Saquon Barkley is starting training camp for the Giants on the active/physically unable to perform list. The NFL’s 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year suffered a torn ACL during the Giants’ second game last season and underwent surgery in October. Players on the Active/PUP list can be activated at any time during training camp.
 
– Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp has died at age 58 of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident near his home in California last Saturday. The family said in the statement that Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area and never regained consciousness.
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NBA-NEWS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years with Golden State and the Suns. He was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown Milwaukee Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Open-air buses and flatbed trucks carried Bucks stars including Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, as well as the trophy they captured Tuesday night with a Game 6 victory over Phoenix.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Forward Barkley Goodrow has signed a six-year contract with the New York Rangers after helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win consecutive Stanley Cups. The signing comes less than a week after acquiring the rights to the unrestricted free agent from the Lightning for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022. Goodrow skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay this past season, collecting six goals and 20 points. He led the team with 111 hits and a plus-16 rating.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Sharks have re-signed forward Rudolfs Balcers to a two-year contract before he hit the market as a restricted free agent. The 24-year-old Balcers had eight goals and nine assists in 41 games last season after being brought back for a second stint with the Sharks.
 
– The Flyers have sent one-time cornerstone defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Coyotes along with second- and seventh-round picks in next year’s draft. Moving on from Gostisbehere gives the Flyers about $4.5 million in salary cap relief over the next two seasons, setting them up to continue a roster overhaul. The 28-year-old had a strong rookie season in 2015-16 but his play tailed off dramatically after that.
 
– The league has sent teams two versions of the schedule for the 2021-22 season. One includes an Olympic break to pause the season so NHL players can go to Beijing. The other is what the season would look like if the league, players and international officials cannot reach an Olympic agreement.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 tests. Tri Bourne will take his place as the partner of four-time Olympian Jake Gibb when the competition begins this weekend. Crabb confirmed his withdrawal Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press, noting that he was vaccinated and tested negative before he left the United States but tested positive when he arrived in Japan.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated. This, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief. Medical director Jonathan Finnoff says some 600 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated. The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated; they base that on what each country’s Olympic committee tells them but have not independently verified the number.
 
– Naomi Osaka’s opening match in the tennis tournament has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday. Organizers did not immediately provide a reason for the switch, only saying that the move came from the tournament referee. Osaka was originally scheduled to play 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China in the very first contest of the Games on center court Saturday morning.
 
– The West African country of Guinea has reversed an earlier decision to pull out of the Olympics and will send a delegation of five athletes. The country’s Minister of Sports made the announcement Thursday after national and international outcries that followed an earlier declaration that Guinea would not send athletes to Tokyo, blaming the coronavirus and its variants.
 
– The World Anti-Doping Agency says several Russian athletes have been kept away from the Games because of doping suspicions based on evidence from a Moscow testing laboratory that was shut down in 2015. WADA’s director general says it intervened with sports bodies to ensure the handful of athletics were not selected. The team of 335 Russian athletes accredited for Tokyo is competing without a national flag and anthem as punishment for state tampering with the Moscow lab’s database.
 
– U.S. gymnast Kara Eaker is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, while teammate Leanne Wong is in quarantine. Both are alternates for the U.S. team. The U.S. delegation of Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner worked out on each event during podium training on Thursday. They’re staying in a hotel near the venue rather than the Olympic village, a decision made before they arrived.
 
– Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases a day before the Olympics begin. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Japan’s prime minister placed Tokyo under a state of emergency on July 12, but daily cases have sharply increased since then.
 
– Six Polish swimmers have returned home before the Olympics even started, their dreams scuttled by the country mistakenly sending too many athletes to Tokyo. Only 17 swimmers from Poland qualified for the Tokyo Games. The country’s swimming federation put 23 athletes on the plane to Japan, sparking outrage among those who were denied a chance to compete.
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/22/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 072221 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is hosting an open house today to present information about the project to renovate the former Wells Fargo building in downtown Minot into a new City Hall. The open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the current City Hall, located at 512 2nd Ave. SW. Officials from the City of Minot and JLG Architects will be in attendance to present information about the renovation project and to answer questions from the public.
 
“We want to provide an opportunity for the public to gather more information about this project, and to see where we are in the design process,” City Engineer Lance Meyer said. “City Hall is the centerpiece of our organization, and we want to keep the public up to date on what’s happen-ing with this important facility.” Renovation work on the former Wells Fargo building is expected to begin later this year.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed positive news regarding the state’s two-year budget cycle that ended June 30. Preliminarily figures indicate a positive balance of more than $1 billion in the general fund for only the second time in state history. The 2021 Legislature expected general fund revenues to total $5.4 billion for the 2019-21 biennium, but preliminary revenues show the state will likely collect $5.7 billion. As a result, the estimated ending balance of over $1 billion in the state general fund will be nearly $320 million more than projected in the legislative budget.
 
“Despite revenue disruptions caused by historic challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme drought and low oil and farm commodity prices, North Dakota made it through this last budget cycle with responsible fiscal management and is well-positioned for growth,” Burgum said. “These robust state revenues – including what’s expected to be a record-setting June with over $1 billion in general fund revenues – speak to the strength of North Dakota’s economy and our state’s conservative approach to forecasting and budgeting.”
Strong revenues have increased the state’s rainy-day fund, the Budget Stabilization Fund, to its new maximum balance of $749 million. The fund, which is capped at 15% of general fund appropriations, had already been replenished to its prior cap of $726 million in March 2020.
 
The Legacy Fund’s two-year earnings totaled $872 million for the biennium, exceeding the legislative forecast by $136 million and bringing the Legacy Fund’s net position to nearly $9 billion. Other revenues exceeded the 2021 session’s legislative forecast by nearly $160 million, including sales tax, which topped the legislative estimate by $39 million, or 2%; individual income tax, which exceeded the forecast by $60 million, or 8%; and corporate income tax, which exceeded the forecast by $42 million, or 22%.
 
“Federal stimulus payments in 2020 helped maintain strong consumer spending, which was reflected in state sales tax collections,” Office of Management and Budget Director Joe Morrissette said. “Final revenue figures for the 2019-21 biennium are expected in August.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum is not happy with the Biden administration who extended restrictions on nonessential travel at the U.S.-Canada border for at least a month, until Aug. 21. The decision came two days after Canada announced it would reopen its border to vaccinated U.S. citizens for nonessential travel on August 9.
 
“After months of harmful and unnecessary delays, these border restrictions have now crossed the line from precautionary to preposterous,” Burgum said. “Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rate has surpassed our own, yet the Biden administration continues to stand in the way of a long-overdue reopening of the border with our closest ally and trading partner. Even the co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus – a member of the president’s own party – called this decision ‘illogical’ and noted that the administration has failed to deliver on its promise in January to provide a border reopening plan within 14 days.
 
“Our best defense against the Delta variant is safe, effective vaccines, which remain free and available to U.S. and Canadian citizens alike,” Burgum added. “Keeping the border closed to travelers won’t substantially drive vaccination rates up, but it will continue to hold the economy down and hurt communities that depend on cross-border activity, including North Dakota’s retail and tourism industries as well as friends and family members separated by border restrictions for more than 16 months. It’s our hope the current administration pays as much attention to the actual security of the southern border as it does to the unnecessary restrictions at the northern border.”
 
The North Dakota Department of Health this week reminded the public of the importance of prevention measures and vaccinations to reduce the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 has recently emerged as the dominant strain in the United States.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has been notified of a brine release from the Alfred Brown Saltwater Disposal owned by Bullrock, LLC. The spill occurred Tuesday evening resulting from a lightning strike approximately five miles south of Keene. Initial estimates indicate 820 barrels of brine were released. The spill occurred on private agricultural property. At this time, no surface water has been impacted. Personnel from the NDDEQ will be on site monitoring the investigation and remediation.
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FARGO, ND – Traveler confidence is soaring, according to a new AAA Travel survey, fielded in late June. According to the data, two-thirds of North Dakotans (68%) feel more comfortable traveling now than they did three months ago. Over the course of the past three quarterly AAA Travel surveys, residents’ comfort level has significantly increased as their concern about COVID-19 waned.
 
The top reasons North Dakotans feel more confident traveling include – received their COVID-19 vaccination (45%); less afraid of the dangers of the virus (34%); and more confident in safety measures being implemented (25%). Of those who are already or plan to be vaccinated, about half (48%) say travel was a motivating factor in doing so.
 
Two of every three North Dakotans (68%) have already traveled or plan to take a trip in 2021. Two-thirds of those (65%) will take their next trip sometime between July and September. Travel volumes have greatly increased from the 48 percent of North Dakotans who traveled in 2020.
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 072221 – 0700
 
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – The United States government is extending the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico until at least Aug. 21. The move announced Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 both the U.S. and Canadian governments restricted non-essential travel by land between the two countries, although Canadians have been able to fly into the United States. Until the Canadian decision on Monday, the two governments had extended the closure every month.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The former president of a Beulah bank has been barred from working at any financial institution in North Dakota because of bad business practices. The state Bank Board says the alleged transgressions occurred while Brady Torgerson worked at First Security Bank-West in 2020. Torgerson is accused of issuing loans above the lending limits, making loans at a reduced interest rate, and distorting the bank’s financial position on quarterly reports. The board says he made 91 loans totaling $12.7 million without securing liens or gathering financial information. Torgerson tells The Bismarck Tribune that he was caught off guard by the announcement. He says he had not decided if he will contest the order.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Three doctors who specialize in reproductive health appeared in a virtual town hall across North Dakota in an attempt to clear up misinformation about effects of COVID-19 vaccines on fertility and pregnancy. The online forum hosted Wednesday by state Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi came down to a pair of common themes. The doctors vouched √°for the safety of vaccinations for couples who want to have a baby and urged people to seek out their doctors or nurse practitioners with any questions. Dr. Stephanie Broadwell of Sanford Health Fargo, Dr. Stephanie Foughty of Altru Health Devils Lake and Dr. Ana Tobiaz of Sanford Health Bismarck closed the 45-minute session with the same message: Go get the vaccine.
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WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) – The president of the North Dakota State College of Science says he’s retiring in December. John Richman was appointed president of the Wahpeton college 15 years ago. He has been at the two-year school since 1986, when he was named head football coach. He has been a physical education instructor, athletic director and vice president for academic and student affairs. Richman served as interim president for one year and was named the college’s ninth president in February 2007. North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott says Richman showed “unparalleled energy and dedication” in his numerous roles at the college.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/22/21

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 072221 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments continued in the area on Wednesday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Loser Out
#6 Washburn def. #7 Bismarck B Capitals, 19-10
#5 Belfield/South Heart def. #2 Beulah, 12-1
#4 Hazen def. #6 Washburn, 13-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#1 Garrison vs #3 Hettinger, 1 pm
 
Loser Out
#4 Hazen vs #5 Belfield/South Heart, 4 pm
 
Semifinal
Garrison/Hettinger loser vs Hazen/Belfield winner, 7 pm
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
Second Round
#2 Surrey def. #3 Makoti, 10-0 (6)
 
Loser Out
#7 Burlington def. #6 Crosby, 15-4
#4 Stanley def. #3 Makoti, 11-8
#7 Burlington def. #5 Kenmare, 4-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#1 Renville County vs #2 Surrey, 2:30 pm
 
Loser Out
#4 Stanley vs #7 Burlington, 5 pm
 
Semifnal
Renville Co/Surrey loser vs Stanley/Burlington winner, 7:30 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Velva
 
Semifinal
Rolla def. Bottineau, 5-0
 
Championship
Velva def. Rolla, 3-1
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament began Wednesday with two play-in games.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
Play-In
#7 Bismarck Senators def. #10 Williston Oilers, 8-7
#9 Watford City Walleye def. #8 Bismarck Scarlets, 12-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
First Round
#1 Jamestown vs #9 Watford City Walleye, 11 am
#4 Mandan A’s vs #5 Dickinson Volunteers, 1:30 pm
#2 Bismarck Reps vs #7 Bismarck Senators, 4 pm
#3 Bismarck A Capitals vs #6 Minot Metros, 6:30 pm
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Max Kepler homered in his second straight game, Jorge Polanco also went deep, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Wednesday night. The Twins beat the AL Central leaders for just the fourth time in 16 games. They bounced back after Chicago rallied late to win Tuesday’s game and came out on top after losing five of six. Michael Pineda (4-5) went five innings, allowing one run and four hits, in his first win since May 26.
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TIMBERWOLVES-OWNERSHIP
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The first increment of the $1.5 billion sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves to e-commerce mogul Marc Lore and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez has been approved by the NBA. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor issued a statement confirming the transaction and welcoming Lore and Rodriguez to the organization. The deal also includes the WNBA team Minnesota Lynx. It was structured to begin with an initial transfer of a 20% stake in the club this year. Lore and Rodriguez will then have the right to purchase additional 20% shares in 2022 and 2023, when they would become controlling owners.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers enjoy a large lead in the National League Central right now, but they were never able to beat the worst team in the AL Central this season. The Brewers put together a sloppy performance in a 6-3 loss to the Royals, allowing Kansas City to sweep the four-game season series. Milwaukee made a pair of errors that caused the Royals’ first five runs to be unearned. Nicky Lopez had the key hit, a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run sixth. Brad Keller won for the first time since June 4, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Milwaukee still leads its division by 6 1/2 games over the Reds.

 
In other Major League action:
 
– Yadier Molina singled home the game-winning run off Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the 10th to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Chicago tied it 2-2 in the ninth when pinch-hitter Eric Sogard doubled to right off reliever Giovanny Gallegos. Harrison Bader has five multi-hit performances in his last seven games after going 3-for-4 with an RBI double that put St. Louis ahead in the seventh.
 
– The Giants have restored their two-game lead in the NL West by scoring three times in the ninth inning of a 4-2 comeback over the second-place Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Dodgers owned a 2-1 lead and were on the verge of pulling into a first-place tie until Wilmer Flores slammed a two-run homer off Kenley Jansen. The Giants received four perfect innings from their bullpen after starter Logan Webb was reached for three hits, including Chris Taylor’s homer leading off the bottom of the first.
 
– Marcus Stroman was terrific in the Mets’ 7-0 win over the Reds, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven over eight innings. Stroman gave the bullpen a break after New York starters had worked just five innings over the last three games. Dominic Smith highlighted the offense with a grand slam for the Mets, who scored their other runs on homers by Luis Guillorme and Jonathan Villar.
 
– Fernando Tatis Jr. slammed his NL-leading 29th home run, a two-run blast that gave the Padres a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 win over the Braves in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The All-Star shortstop has eight hits, seven runs scored and six RBIs in his last five games. Chris Paddack reversed his recent struggles by limiting Atlanta to three hits over five scoreless innings.
 
– Game 2 of the Padres-Braves twinbill was suspended by rain in the middle of the fifth inning with San Diego leading, 5-4. The rest of the game could be played in San Diego when the Braves visit the Padres for a three-game series Sept. 24-26.
 
– The Marlins picked up a 3-1 win over the Nationals as pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro doubled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning. Miguel Flores padded Miami’s lead with a sacrifice fly before the Marlins ended a four-game losing streak. Andrew Stevenson had an RBI-double for Washington, which had its three-game winning streak halted.
 
– Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho hit consecutive home runs leading off the seventh inning of the Diamondbacks’ 6-4 downing of the Pirates. Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs over five innings for Arizona in his second start since coming off the injured list. The DBacks completed a three-game sweep and ran their winning streak to four games, tying a season high.
 
– Dom Nunez laced a three-run double while the Rockies scored five in the first inning of a 6-3 win against the Mariners. Austin Gomber pitched effectively for six innings in his return from the injured list, surrendering homers by Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Luis Torrens. Gomber didn’t allow any other hits in winning his fourth straight decision.
 
– The Blue Jays dropped their final home game in Buffalo as the Red Sox banged out five home runs in a 7-4 decision over Toronto. Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez, and Hunter Renfroe all homered for Boston, which kept its one-game lead over Tampa Bay atop the AP East. Garrett Richards and three Sox relievers held Toronto to five hits.
 
– The Rays pulled out a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Austin Meadows’ two-out, two-strike, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. Randy Arozarena homered twice and had a key single in the ninth as Tampa Bay won for the 10th time in 13 games. The Birds’ loss came after they announced that pitcher Keegan Akin and outfielder Anthony Santander were placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
 
– The Yankees coughed up a 5-2 lead before beating the Phillies, 6-5 on Ryan LaMarre’s game-ending single in the 10th inning. LaMarre’s clutch hit gave the Yankees their fourth straight win and ninth in 12 games heading into a four-game series with Boston. The Phils tied it with a three-run eighth with help from an error, four walks and a wild pitch that knotted the score.
 
– Max Kepler homered in his second straight game and Jorge Polanco also went deep for the Twins in a 7-2 downing of the White Sox. Polanco made it 6-1 with his sixth-inning blast. The Twins beat the AL Central leaders for just the fourth time in 16 games.
 
– The Tigers earned their sixth straight win as Matt Manning pitched six strong innings to lead a 4-2 victory over the Rangers. Robbie Grossman, Zack Short and Akil Baddoo hit home runs as the Tigers matched their longest winning streak since an eight-game run in 2016. Texas has lost eight in a row and has been outscored 47-5 in six games since the All-Star break.
 
– The Indians were 5-4 winners over the Astros as rookie Ernie Clement had a season-high three RBIs and Cesar Hernandez smacked a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning. Rookie starter Eli Morgan permitted three hits and three runs in five-plus innings. Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker both homered for the second straight game, but Houston lost to Cleveland for the first time in seven meetings this year.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Mets have traded outfielder Billy McKinney to the Dodgers for minor league outfielder Carlos Rincon and cash. The Mets acquired McKinney from Milwaukee on May 25. In 39 games with New York, the 26-year-old batted .220 with five home runs and 14 RBIs. He was designated for assignment on July 16. The NL East-leading Mets also claimed right-hander Roel Ramirez off waivers from the Cardinals.

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NHL-KRAKEN-EXPANSION DRAFT

SEATTLE (AP) – Carey Price remains property of the Montreal Canadiens after the Seattle Kraken passed on the netminder in the NHL expansion draft. Instead, the Kraken selected Panthers netminder Chris Driedger and gave him a three-year, $10.5 million package. Seattle took on some big contracts, selecting Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Islanders forward Jordan Eberle. Other notable players chosen by the Kraken include Lightning center Yanni Gourde and Maple Leafs forward Jared McCann. Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon was the first player taken by Seattle.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Fred Warner that makes him the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in the NFL. A person familiar with the deal said the extension that runs through 2026 is worth about $95 million with $40.5 million in guarantees. The package tops the $18 million a year average for Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, which had been the top at the position. ESPN first reported the deal.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Steelers linebacker Vince Williams has announced his retirement just months after taking a pay cut to return for a ninth season. The 31-year-old Williams appeared in 121 games for the Steelers after making the team as a sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2013. He carved out early in his career as a special teams ace and then became one of the more physical inside linebackers in the NFL.
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SEC EXPANSION

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – The Southeastern Conference could be adding two marquee football programs in the future. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about potentially joining the league. The report cites a source the paper did not identify, only to say it was a high-ranking official with knowledge of the situation. The paper said an announcement could come in the next couple of weeks. Adding two members would give the powerhouse SEC 16 teams, the largest in major college football. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment on the report.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWDEN-DIAGNOSIS

UNDATED (AP) – Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden says he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition. He did not disclose his condition in his statement Wednesday. The 91-year-old Bowden says he is at peace and is prepared for what is to come. The College Football Hall of Famer was hospitalized last October after he tested positive for COVID-19. The test came a few days after he returned home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. Bowden had 357 wins during his coaching career, most of them at Florida State. The Seminoles won 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two national titles in his tenure.

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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s matchup against France. It’s the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related issue. He will fly to Japan and rejoin the team Thursday. Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker are expected to arrive in Tokyo on Saturday after competing in the NBA Finals. Middleton and Holiday just helped the Bucks beat Booker’s Suns.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– U.S. gymnast Kara Eaker is doing well physically but remains in isolation three days after testing positive for COVID-19. A USA gymnastics official says Eaker is in isolation while teammate Leanne Wong is in quarantine. Both athletes served as alternates for the U.S. team. Wong continues to test negative but was put in quarantine due to contact tracing. The six-women U.S. delegation of Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner worked out on each event during podium training on Thursday. They’re staying in a hotel near the venue rather than the Olympic village, a decision made before they arrived.
 
– While it certainly wasn’t the Olympic start the U.S. women’s soccer team had anticipated, a rare loss didn’t skewer the squad’s hopes for gold. The United States fell to Sweden 3-0 in the team’s opener in Tokyo to snap a 44-match unbeaten streak. It was a surprising result for the favorites in the field. There’s still a good chance that the Americans make it to the knockout round. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the United States fell 2-0 to Norway in the first match, then went on to win the gold medal.
 
– The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has fired the director of the opening ceremony because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. His dismissal comes the day before Friday’s opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games. Earlier this week, a composer whose music is expected to be used at the opening ceremony was forced to resign because of past bullying of his classmates.
 
– Four-time women’s basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez have been chosen as USA flag bearers for Friday’s opening ceremony. They are the first duo to share the honor of leading the delegation into the ceremony.
 
– Two athletes were among four residents of the Olympic Village who were added to the tally Thursday of people accredited for the Tokyo Games who have tested positive for COVID-19 this month. That brings the number to 91, including European swimming champion Ilya Borodin and a US volleyball player believed to be Taylor Crabb.
 
– Tokyo’s COVID-19 infections have surged to a six-month high with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last two weeks after the Olympics end.
 
– Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics.
 
– The International Olympic Committee says it will now include images of Olympic athletes taking a knee in its official highlights reels and social media channels. Players from five women’s soccer teams kneeled in support of racial justice before their games Wednesday. That was the first day it was allowed at the Olympic Games after a decades-long total ban on athlete protest gestures on the field. But the images were excluded from highlights package provided by the IOC to media that could not broadcast the games live.
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OLYMPICS-SCHEDULE

TOKYO (AP) – Sweden has once again stunned the United States women’s soccer team at the Olympics, this time with a 3-0 victory. The top-ranked Americans were the favorites to win in Tokyo and owned a 44-match unbeaten streak. The Swedes bounced the Americans from the 2016 Brazil Games in the quarterfinals. Then in April, Sweden played the United States to a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, which snapped a winning streak dating back to January 2019. Sweden now leads Group G heading into Saturday’s game against Australia, while the United States faces New Zealand. The top two teams in the group advance to the knockout round.

 
In other Olympic action:
 
– The U.S. is 2-0 in Olympic women’s softball following a 1-0 victory over Canada. Monica Abbott struck out nine in a complete-game one-hitter. Amanda Chidester singled home the game’s only run. Center fielder Haylie McCleney combined with second baseman Ali Aguilar to throw out the potential tying run at the plate following Canada’s only hit of the game.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 0721/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 072121 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – The success of the CDBG-NDR Resilient Homebuyer program, which provides financial aid to low-to-moderate income Minot households affected by the 2011 flood, has resulted in the continuation of the program with the addition of another $1.5 million after the original $3 million was utilized.
 
The Resilient Homebuyer program works with Minot real estate brokers and financial institutions to provide gap financing in the form of a forgivable second mortgage up to $60,000 to cover costs needed by Minot LMI households that can demonstrate they were impacted by the flood. The funds can be used for any purpose associated with the purchase of a single family home outside the flood zone. The second mortgage is forgiven on the 15-year anniversary of the recipient living in the house. The first $3 million assisted 51 households in buying a single family home, with an average second mortgage of $57,000.
 
Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma noted the program’s success demonstrates that NDR funds can be delivered through innovative uses, which helps Minot residents impacted by the flood while supporting important elements in Minot’s private sector economy.
City Manager Harold Stewart said the program highlights the strategy of the NDR program, which is to make wise investments in the community to promote sustainable growth while addressing lingering effects from the 2011 flood. He also noted that it is an example of the value of collaboration with experienced agencies in the state.
 
The program is supported by the North Dakota Housing Financing Agency, which serves as underwriter for the second mortgages. It is projected that the additional $1.5 million will help another 25 to 30 LMI households buy single family homes outside the flood zone.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Oil production is flat in North Dakota due to a workforce shortage as the industry recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Companies say they are in need of workers to inject water, sand and chemicals down wells to crack open rock and release oil, a process known as hydraulic fracking. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says eight crews are currently working in North Dakota, down from at least 20 which would typically be working in the state at today’s oil prices. Helms says many workers went to Texas where activity was significantly higher than it was in North Dakota.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was recently notified of a brine release due to a pipeline break occurring approximately 6.5 miles south of Watford City. The pipeline is operated by Tallgrass Energy. The company first discovered the spill on Monday, July 19. Most recent estimates indicate 850 barrels of brine were released on private property. Brine or produced water, is a by-product of oil production. It is typically carried from an oil well by pipeline or truck to a disposal site, where it is injected back into the ground for permanent storage. Personnel from the NDDEQ are investigating the extent of the impact and will continue to monitor the remediation.
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MINOT, ND – After taking a break last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minot Police Department has announced that National Night Out will be back on Tuesday August 3rd from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Roosevelt Park.
 
In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch started National Night Out, which is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The first event involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states. In its 38 years, National Night Out has grown to include 16,000 communities across the nation, reaching 38 million participants. National Night Out events have been held in 20 North Dakota communities including The City of Minot beginning in 2010.
 
Admission is free and includes games, food, prizes, educational booths, K9 demonstrations, vehicles and equipment from area law enforcement agencies as well as US Air Force Security Forces. Other area first responders will be on hand with vehicles and equipment including the NorthStar Crtiticare helicopter.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 072121 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – A Minot woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert was found safe. Minot Police issued the alert around 8:45 PM Tuesday as they searched for 73-year old Sharon Mardsen. She had last been seen Monday morning around 8 AM at her home in northwest Minot. Police said Mardsen suffers from onset dimentia and may need help. Officers cancelled the alert around 10:30 PM after receiving a tip that she was in the Grenora area and was being reunited with her family. No further information was released.
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MINOT, ND – A North Central District Court jury ruled in the City of Minot’s favor Tuesday in a dispute with Cypress Development, LLC involving a public-private partnership project that included the development, design, and construction of two downtown parking structures. The jury’s decision came after more than a week of testimony before North Central District Court Judge Gary Lee.
 
“We’re glad to have this issue behind us after investing so much time, money, and emotion into these structures,” said Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma. “Now we can focus on moving forward for the benefit of the City.”
 
The City’s relationship with Cypress began in 2011, when the City selected Cypress for a development contract following a Request for Qualifications process. The City and Cypress entered into a series of agreements pursuant to which Cypress agreed to develop, design, and construct two mixed use developments including parking, retail space, and apartment homes on City land; the City agreed to contribute $4,937,500 per structure from a combination of MAGIC Fund and federal funds towards the construction of the parking structures. The Renaissance and Central parking structures opened in 2016, but Cypress did not complete the retail space and apartment homes.
 
The City terminated its contracts with Cypress and filed suit for breach of contract in March 2018. At trial, the jury awarded the City $2,442,479.94. Those amounts included unpaid rent and excess costs the City incurred constructing the parking structures. They also include costs incurred by the City to install the exterior walls and roofs on the two structures, which were the obligation of Cypress but were completed by the City. The City has managed and operated the structures since March 2018. Cypress’ countersuit, which was denied by the jury in its entirety, sought more than $50 million in damages related to excess construction costs and lost profits.
 
Sipma said efforts will begin to find a partner to construct apartments on top of the two structures and complete the development of the existing commercial space. “We appreciate the hard work done throughout this lengthy process by Jocelyn Knoll and Kate Johnson from the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, who represented the City in Court, as well as the City Attorney’s office and current and former City staff,” Sipma said. “We presented a strong case to the jury, and we’re happy they agreed with us.”
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WYNDMERE, N.D. – A woman wanted in the robbery of the bank in Wyndmere on Monday morning has been arrested. Police say that 43-year old Tessa Jaksa of Moorhead was arrested after a tip from someone who recognized images released to the media. Jaksa is in the Cass County Jail in Fargo. Officers say the money taken in the robbery was recovered. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says Jaksa will face federal charges.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live, virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 1 p.m. CT today with four doctors from across the state to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. Those participating include:
 
Nizar Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, North Dakota Department of Health
Stephanie Foughty, MD, Altru Health System, Devils Lake
Christina Broadwell, MD, Sanford Health, Fargo
Ana Tobiasz, MD, Sanford Health, Bismarck
 
People can view the “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event live Wednesday at http://health.nd.gov/covidtownhall and submit questions to the doctors live during the “Q & A” panel on Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is not required to attend.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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K-Heart Sport – 07/21/21

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 072121 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments began in the area Tuesday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
First Round
#4 Hazen def. #5 Belfield/South Heart, 6-5
#3 Hettinger def. #6 Washburn, 4-3
#2 Beulah def. #7 Bismarck B Capitals, 7-6 (8)
 
Second Round
#1 Garrison def. #4 Hazen, 8-6
#3 Hettinger def. #2 Beulah, 7-4
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#6 Washburn vs #7 Bismarck B Capitals, 1 pm
#5 Belfield/South Heart vs #2 Beulah, 4 pm
#4 Hazen vs Washburn/Bismarck winner, 7 pm
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
First Round
#1 Renville County, bye
#5 Kenmare def. #4 Stanley, 3-2
#3 Makoti def. #6 Crosby, 5-3
#2 Surrey def. #7 Burlington, 11-1 (5)
 
Second Round
#1 Renville Couty def. Kenmare, 19-4
 
Today’s schedule
 
Second Round
#2 Surrey vs #3 Makoti, 12 pm
 
Loser Out
#6 Crosby vs #7 Burlington, 2:30 pm
#4 Stanley vs Surrey/Makoti loser, 5 pm
#5 Kenmare vs Crosby/Burlington winner, 7:30 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Velva
 
First Round
Velva def. Rolla, 9-1
Bottineau def. Cando, 7-2
 
Loser Out
Rolla def. Cando, 11-5
 
Semifinal
Velva def. Bottineau, 11-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
Bottineau vs Rolla, 1 pm
 
Championship
Velva vs Bottineau/Rolla winner, 3:15 pm
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Vistas were on the road in Williston yesterday. They will finish regular season play today in Dickinson.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
Minot Vistas 8, Williston Keybirds 4 (8)
Williston Keybirds 6, Minot Vistas 1
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CASPER, WY – The Clark Division won the Expedition League All-Star Game in Casper, Wyoming by a 5-3 final. Teams have the day off before resuming regular season play on Thursday.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Jose Abreu doubled and tripled early, then homered to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning that vaulted the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 9-5. Abreu hit his 18th homer, a three-run drive that sent the AL Central-leading White Sox to their fourth win in five games. Abreu connected off Hansel Robles shortly after the Twins seized their first lead in the top of the inning on a two-run homer by Jorge Polanco. Minnesota has lost five of six.
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NBA FINALS

MILWAUKEE (AP) – It had been been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks last won an NBA championship. Fittingly, their two-time NBA most valuable player scored 50 in last night’s clincher. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks beat the Suns, 105-98 to win the series 4-2. He shot 16 for 25 from the field and made an unbelievable 17-of-19 free throws after entering the game shooting under 56% from the line in the postseason. The Greek Freak was named the NBA Finals MVP following his remarkable performance. Khris Middleton delivered 17 points and Bobby Portis had 16 off the bench for Milwaukee, which hadn’t won the title since

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson carried the 1971 squad.
 
The Bucks started strong and enjoyed a 29-16 lead heading into the second quarter. But the Suns dominated the reset of the half, outscoring Milwaukee, 31-13 to carry a five-point advantage into the locker room. The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.
 
Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but shot just 8 for 22 and missed all seven 3-pointers after scoring 40 points in each of the last two games.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have maintained their 3 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Jose Altuve celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Major League debut with homers in his first two at-bats to jumpstart the Astros’ 9-3 pounding of the Indians. Altuve smacked his seventh leadoff homer of the season to put Houston ahead to stay. Kyle Tucker added a two-run homer as the Astros broke the game open with a six-run fifth that made it 8-0. Luis Garcia continued his strong season, scattering three hits over six scoreless innings of the Astros’ third win in a row.

 
The Athletics completed a two-game sweep with a snappy 6-0 shutout of the Angels. Matt Olson homered for the second straight day and added an RBI single. The blast left him tied for fourth in the majors with 25. James Kaprielian had another strong performance, scattering five hits and striking out seven over six innings to lower his ERA to 2.65. Ramon Laureano hit a two-run double while the Athletics scored three times in the sixth inning to take control.
 
Also on the Major League schedule:
 
– Marco Gonzales got his first win in three months by allowing two runs over five innings of the Mariners’ 6-4 victory at Colorado. The Mariners started the inning with four straight hits, the last being Cal Raleigh’s two-run double that tied the game. Dylan Moore put them ahead with a two-out, two-run homer off German Marquez, who had his first home loss since May 4.
 
– Francisco Mejia drove in five with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple to highlight the Rays’ attack in a 9-3 romp over the Orioles. Randy Arozarena also homered to help Tampa Bay climb within one game of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Baltimore ace John Means returned from a shoulder injury and allowed five runs and seven hits over five innings of his first start since June 5.
 
– The Yankees earned their third straight win by belting four home runs in a 6-4 downing of the Phillies. Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial each hit solo homers as the Yanks prevented the Phils from cutting their 2 1/2-game deficit in the NL East. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his first save in over a month despite allowing Andre McCutchen’s solo shot.
 
– Jose Abreu doubled and tripled early before his three-run blast capped a five-run eighth that sent the White Sox past the Twins, 9-5. Abreu’s 18th home run of the season occurred shortly after the Twins seized their first lead in the top of the inning on a two-run home run by Jorge Polanco off reliever Ryan Burr. Yoan Moncada clubbed a two-run home run, his third round-tripper in his last four games after going 26 games without one.
 
– The Tigers picked up their fifth straight win as Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase homered in a 4-1 decision over the Rangers. Tarik Skubal got the win, giving up one run on four hits in six innings. The Rangers have lost seven straight games and have been outscored 43-3 in their five games since the All-Star break, including three straight shutouts before Tuesday.
 
– Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler homered for the Royals in a 5-2 win over the Brewers. Mike Minor allowed one earn run and five hits in six innings, snapping a personal four-start losing streak. Manny Pina hit a two-run single for the Brewers, who moved up the start time four hours so fans could watch the Bucks host the Suns in the NBA Finals.
 
– Javier Baez laced a two-run single and Ian Happ added a two-run double during a six-run ninth that pushed the Cubs past the Cardinals, 7-6. Chicago was able to come back against St. Louis closer Alex Reyes, who converted his first 22 saves opportunities this season. Nolan Arenado, Jose Rondon and Tommy Edman homered for St. Louis, which had won three in a row.
 
– The Reds’ four-game skid is over after Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino went deep on consecutive pitches to power them past the Mets, 4-3. Jonathan India slammed his first career leadoff homer, a no-doubt shot to center that glanced off the batter’s eye. Wade Miley shook off Pete Alonso’s first inning home run to pitch into the seventh, giving up two runs and seven hits.
 
– Touki Toussaint allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings of his season debut to pitch the Braves past the Padres, 2-1. Toussaint was back from a right shoulder strain and retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Victor Caratini in the third. Freddie Freeman smacked a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, giving him five round-trippers in his last seven games.
 
– Pinch-hitter Will Smith crushed a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Dodgers’ comeback in an 8-6 stunner against the Giants. Chris Taylor powered the rally with the third multi-homer game of his career belting a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run drive an inning later. Alex Dickerson, Mike Yastrzemski, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada went deep for the Giants, who went ahead 6-1 before their lead in the NL West dropped to one game over Los Angeles.
 
– Josh Bell hit his 100th career home run and the Nationals picked up their third straight win by defeating the Marlins, 6-3. Miami led in the sixth before pinch-hitter Yadiel Hernandez Trea Turner and Juan Soto delivered RBI singles. Adam Duvall’s three-run homer gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth.
 
– Josh VanMeter had a triple and a double while the Diamondbacks erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning of an 11-7 win against the Pirates. Josh Reddick’s two-run single broke a tie with two out in the seventh before Arizona won its third in a row, the Diamondbacks’ longest winning streak since April. John Nogowski hit his first major league home run and Gregory Polanco also went deep for Pittsburgh, which led 5-1 after 4 1/2 innings.
 
– The Red Sox-Blue Jays game in Buffalo was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of an August 7 doubleheader. The makeup game will be played in Toronto.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Oakland City Council has approved preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Athletics. However, it’s unclear if the vote will be enough to keep the baseball team at the negotiating table instead of leaving the San Francisco Bay Area city. A’s President Dave Kaval said the financial terms do not work for the team and isn’t pleased the ballclub has been kept out of the loop on negotiations. The Athletics have played at the antiquated Coliseum since moving from Kansas City after the 1967 season. They have made unsuccessful attempts to build ballparks in Santa Clara and San Jose, and are prepared to negotiate a move to Las Vegas if they can’t work out an agreement in the Bay Area.

 
In other Major League news:
 
– Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo says he doesn’t plan on having infielder Starlin Castro back with the team this season. Castro was placed on administrative leave July 16 by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. Rizzo didn’t say if his statement on Castro was based on the whether the process will play out in time or not.
 
– Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss much of the 2022 season. Turnbull threw a no-hitter against the Mariners on May 18 and was 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in nine starts this season. He last pitched on June 4, then went on the injured list with a strained forearm.
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UNDATED (AP) – New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was in what’s described as a “horrific” bicycle accident over the weekend and is in critical condition. A Denver TV station (9News) reported Monday night that Knapp was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in California. The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known. ESPN says the accident happened Saturday near his home in Danville, California. The 58-year-old Knapp was hired by Jets coach Robert Saleh in January as the pass game specialist. His focus is on the development of quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall draft pick.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Tom Brady had some fun with President Joe Biden as he and his Super Bowl-champion Buccaneers were honored at the White House on Tuesday. Brady compared those backing former President Donald Trump’s false assertion that he won the 2020 election to people who couldn’t believe the underdog Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in February. Brady also played off Trump’s derisive “Sleepy Joe” nickname for Biden when talking about a time last season when he forgot what down it was.
 
– Rams running back Cam Akers is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles tendon in an offseason training session. Akers was expected to be the Rams’ starter after coming on late in his outstanding rookie season. Akers had 272 yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ two playoff games last season.
 
– The Jets have signed rookie guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft in April. He received a four-year, $15.9 million contract with an $8.9 million signing bonus.
 
– Veteran defensive end Alex Okafor has signed a one-year deal to return to the Chiefs. The 30-year-old Okafor has 30 sacks and 183 tackles in eight NFL seasons, including the past two with the Chiefs.
 
– The Steelers have added depth by signing linebackerMelvin Ingram and offensive lineman Chaz Green. The 32-year-old Ingram was a three-time Pro Bowler during his nine seasons with the Chargers. Ingram had 49 sacks with Los Angeles.
 
– Running back Travis Etienne, cornerback Tyson Campbell and left tackle Walker Little have signed four-year rookie deals with the Jaguars. The Jaguars now have their entire 2021 draft class under contract, including quarterback and No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence.
 
– The Pro Football Hall of Fame says the 19 members of those combined classes who will be giving enshrinement speeches this summer have been asked to limit their remarks to six minutes. An Academy Awards-style musical cue will end each speech at eight minutes if necessary.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR team owner Jack Roush has introduced driver Brad Keselowski as a new partner in Roush Fenway Racing. The 2012 Cup champion is leaving Team Penske because he wanted an ownership role in an organization as part of his legacy in NASCAR. With Roush Fenway, Keselowski will not only drive the No. 6 Ford next season but have a considerable role off the track.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – Sweden has once again stunned the United States at the Olympics, this time with a 3-0 victory in the women’s soccer tournament. The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world and the favorites to win in Tokyo, were riding a 44-match unbeaten streak. But Sweden, ranked No. 5, has been the U.S. team’s nemesis of sorts in recent years. The Swedes bounced the Americans from the 2016 Brazil Games in the quarterfinals. Then in April, Sweden played the United States to a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, which snapped a winning streak dating back to January 2019. Britain opened the Olympic women’s soccer tournament with a 2-0 victory over Chile.

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s matchup against France. It’s the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related issue. He will fly to Japan and rejoin the team on Thursday. And the plan is that the three players from the NBA Finals – Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday from the champion Milwaukee Bucks and Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns – will be in place on Saturday.
 
– Mexican Olympic baseball players Hector Velazquez and Sammy Solis have tested positive for COVID-19 and been isolated at their rooms in the team hotel in Mexico City. The Mexican Baseball Federation and the Mexican Baseball League issued a joint statement saying that the two had positive PCR tests when reporting on Sunday but are asymptomatic. The federation canceled Monday night’s training session at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium, and PCR tests were given to all players and team coaching staff. Velazquez, a 32-year-old right-hander, pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 2017-19. Solis, a 32-year-old left-hander, pitched for the Washington Nationals from 2015-18.
 
– USA Volleyball says an American beach volleyball player is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan, three days before the start of play at the Tokyo Olympics. The national federation did not identify the athlete, citing privacy concerns. But another player told The Associated Press that Taylor Crabb was in quarantine.
 
– Top-ranked shooter Amber Hill has tested positive for COVID-19 at home in Britain and will miss the Tokyo Olympics. The world No. 1 in women’s skeet says: “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now.” Hill’s event is scheduled on Sunday and Monday and no shooter will take Britain’s entry as her replacement. She says she has no symptoms and will now isolate per Olympic guidance. Hill reached the semifinals in skeet at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
 
– A Chilean taekwondo athlete and a Dutch skateboarder have tested positive for coronavirus at the Tokyo Games. Chilean athlete Fernanda Aguirre says in an Instagram post she is “devastated” and says she feels “so much sadness, anguish, frustration.” The Chilean Olympic Committee says Aguirre tested negative before her flight but then positive at the airport in Japan. She’s asymptomatic but won’t be able to compete because she will have to spend at least 10 days in quarantine. Dutch Olympic skateboarder Candy Jacobs says she is “heartbroken” after being sent into quarantine.
 
– Tokyo’s COVID-19 infections have surged to a six-month high with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last until Aug. 22, covering the entire duration of the Olympics that start Friday and end Aug. 8. Fans are banned from all venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences at few outlying sites.
 
– Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia knows what it takes to deliver a successful Games. Brisbane follows 2028 host Los Angeles in getting 11 years to prepare for hosting the Games. Paris will host in 2024.
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COLLEGE SPORTS-NORTH CAROLINA

UNDATED (AP) – The University of North Carolina is believed to be the first school in the nation to launch a group licensing program for current athletes. Under the program, athletes will receive a cut of net revenue for merchandising opportunities pursued by The Brandr Group with products that include the school’s official trademarks and logos. Participating in the voluntary program won’t restrict individual endorsement deals.

 
 
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court panel has upheld a ruling that orders North Dakota to pay more than $450,000 in plaintiff’s attorneys fees and costs stemming from tribal lawsuits over state voter identification requirements. Last year, the state agreed to settle longstanding legal disputes with Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes. The tribes sued over North Dakota’s requirement that voters have identification with a street address. The tribes said it creates a disadvantage for Native Americans who live on reservations where street addresses are hard to come by. An 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals panel has upheld a federal judge’s May 2020 order that the state pay nearly $453,000.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum appointed North Dakota Game and Fish Department Deputy Director Scott Peterson to serve as interim director of the department today until a new director is named. Current Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand is retiring July 31 after more than 15 years as director and nearly 40 years with the department.
 
Peterson has served as deputy director of Game and Fish since 2014. He joined the department in 1986 as a Garrison Diversion habitat biologist and has also served as a wildlife resource management supervisor and wildlife resource section leader. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management and zoology from North Dakota State University. Game and Fish has a two-year budget of approximately $92 million and is authorized for 165 full-time team members.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live, virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday with four doctors from across the state to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. Those participating include:
 
Nizar Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, North Dakota Department of Health
Stephanie Foughty, MD, Altru Health System, Devils Lake
Christina Broadwell, MD, Sanford Health, Fargo
Ana Tobiasz, MD, Sanford Health, Bismarck
 
People can view the “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event live Wednesday at http://health.nd.gov/covidtownhall and submit questions to the doctors live during the “Q & A” panel on Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is not required to attend.
 
Vaccination rates in North Dakota have not changed much in the past several weeks. Those adults fully vaccinated stand at 48.9% (291,455), while those who have received at least one dose is at 51.5%
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Public Library will no longer charge fines on items returned late, with the exception of items from the Tool Library. The decision by the Minot Public Library Board is intended to remove obstacles that may prevent people from using the Library.
 
People checking out items still bear responsibility for returning those items and with overdue items they will receive reminders and be unable to use Library services until overdue items are returned. The Library will begin automatically renewing checked out items the day before the due date with the exception of tools. Patrons are still responsible for the cost of lost or damaged items, and fines will be charged for overdue tools.
 
“The Library hasn’t been charging fines for children since July of 2019 and removed all fines in March of 2020 due to restricted hours caused by the pandemic,” Library Director Janet Anderson said. “Our staff used this time to collect and compare some data before making this recommendation to the Library Board.”
 
Anderson said the data showed the number of extremely long overdue items (up to three months past due) has decreased since staff first began tracking this information in 2013. In addition, the average length of time items have been overdue has decreased since 2019. “At our July Library Board meeting, we approved a new Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan,” Anderson said. “Our new mission is to be the center of information and exploration for the community while keeping our core values to connect, enrich, and inspire the people we serve.”
 
A major part of the Minot Public Library’s new Strategic Plan is to prioritize inclusion and the Library Board agreed that penalizing users does not promote inclusion, Anderson said. “The existence of overdue fines, and the fine payment interaction itself, is one of the most negative aspects of a patron’s relationship with the Library,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping to promote more positive experiences at the Library.”
 
 
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TORONTO (AP) – Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as of Aug. 9 for eligible travelers who are currently residing in the United States and have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada.
 
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, who said he spoke with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, said the U.S. has not yet indicated any plan to change current restrictions at the land border. Canadians are able to fly into the United States with a negative COVID-19 test. Asked in Washington if the U.S. would reciprocate, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions. Any decisions about resuming travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. … I wouldn’t look at it through a reciprocal intention.”
 
Canadian officials also announced that children who aren’t vaccinated but are traveling with vaccinated parents won’t have to quarantine, but will have to avoid group activities including schools and daycare centers. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra also said a ban on direct flights from India will be extended to Aug. 21 because of the delta variant. “The situation in India is still very serious,” he said.
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into the country as of mid-August for nonessential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. Canada leads G20 countries in vaccination rates, with approximately 80% of eligible Canadians vaccinated with their first dose and over 50% of those eligible fully vaccinated.
 
“This weekend, we even passed the U,S. in terms of fully vaccinated people,” Trudeau said. “Thanks to the rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, we are able to move forward with adjusted border measures.” Reopening to the U.S first is a “recognition of our unique bond, especially between border communities,” Trudeau said.
 
In the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. and Canadian governments closed the more than 5,500-mile border to nonessential traffic. With increasing vaccination rates and dropping infection rates, some were annoyed the two governments hadn’t laid out plans to fully reopen the border. Canada began easing its restrictions earlier this month, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent legal residents to return Canada without quarantining. But among the requirements are a negative test for the virus before returning, and another once they get back.
 
Pressure has been mounting on Canada to continue to ease the restrictions at the border, which have been in effect since March 2020. Providing exemptions for travel into Canada amid the pandemic is politically sensitive and Trudeau is expected to call a federal election next month. Canadian officials have said they would like 75% of eligible Canadian residents to be fully vaccinated before loosening border restrictions for tourists and business travelers. The Canadian government expects to have enough vaccine delivered for 80% of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July. The U.S. only allowed for exports of vaccines into Canada in early May. Commercial traffic has gone back and forth normally between the two countries since the start of the pandemic.
 
The U.S. Travel Association estimates that each month the border is closed costs $1.5 billion. Canadian officials say Canada had about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019 – about 15 million of them from the United States.
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WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota authorities are searching for a woman accused of robbing a Wyndmere bank Monday morning. Richland County Chief Deputy Gary Ruehl said the woman came into Lincoln State Bank shortly before 11 a.m. Her face was covered and she demanded money, Ruehl said. The woman left in a tan or beige GMC or Chevrolet pickup with a topper, KFGO radio reported. There were two employees in the bank at the time and no customers. No injuries were immediately reported.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A soon-to-be-vacant South Central District judgeship will stay in Mandan. The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision following Judge John Grinsteiner plans to retire Aug. 20. When a district judge leaves, the Supreme Court determines whether to keep the judgeship in the present location, move it elsewhere or abolish it. The decision is based on statewide caseload data and comments from interested parties including attorneys and judges. Justices say the district has experienced a 23% population growth since 2000, and more than 80% of the population lives in Burleigh-Morton counties. Caseload trends project felony filings to increase significantly this year.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed. McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump’s New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel. The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls to serve on the committee.
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must approve the names before they are final, per committee rules. An aide to Pelosi said she has received notification from McCarthy, but it is unclear when or if she will approve the GOP members. The aide was granted anonymity to discuss the Republican picks ahead of an official announcement.
 
 
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