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MINOT, ND – Boys basketball is on the air tonight as Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood will host Kenmare-Bowbells. Both teams are coming off a loss on Monday night. The Mavericks at currently 7-8 on the season while the Honkers are 8-7. Pregame is set for about 7 pm on 106.9 K-Heart, khrt.com, and through the Live 365 app.
MINOT, ND – Thompson and Four Winds-Minnewaukan remain atop this week’s Class B basketballs. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
North Dakota Class B Girls Basketball Poll
        (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Thompson (16)                16-1        169           1
2. Kenmare-Bowbells          17-2        138           4
3. Rugby                               16-2        120           2
4. Central Cass                    14-3        104           5
5. Central McLean                17-3          97           3
6. Shiloh Christian                15-2          91           6
7. Garrison                            18-1          84           7
8. Bowman County               18-1          48           9
9. Oakes                                16-2         46            8
10. May-Port-CG                   15-3          32          10
Others receiving votes: Northern Cass (14-4), Carrington (14-4), Kidder County (15-3)
North Dakota Class B Boys Basketball Poll
                    (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (16)  13-0         170           1
2. Central Cass                               15-0        152           2
3. Sargent County                           15-0         133           4
4. Ellendale                                      15-0         115          5
5. Bishop Ryan                                13-2           87          3
6. Thompson                                    11-3           85          6
7. Beulah                                          12-1           82          7
8. Shiloh Christian                            12-3           55          8
9. Bowman County                          13-2            26         10
10. Grafton                                         9-4            14          9
Others receiving votes: North Border (13-2), North Prairie (14-2), Dickinson Trinity (11-5)
MINOT, ND – Scores from Monday:
High School Boys Basketball
Class B
#1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. Rugby, 87-38
#8 Shiloh Christian def. Center-Stanton, 82-36
Garrison def. Berthold, 81-31
Max def Ray, 64-53
Powers Lake-Burke Central def. Velva, 75-70
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Nedrose, 66-33
TGU def. Glenburn 77-34
Stanley def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 53-37
Divide County def. Kenmare-Bowbells, 54-47
North Prairie def. Westhope-Newburg, 61-48
Harvey-Wells County def. St. John 66-51
Dunseith def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 76-59
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
#4 Minot High def. #5 Bismarck Legacy, 62-60    (Minot freshman Maggie Fricke surpasses 1,000 career points)
Class B
Westhope-Newburg def. Surrey, 64-58
Killdeer def. Parshall, 62-49
Beulah def. Hettinger-Scranton, 49-35
Mott-Regent/Grant County def. Hazen, 56-40
Carrington def. Harvey-Wells County, 62-30
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The NSIC announced late last week that Minot State senior women’s basketball player Breianna Smestad has been named an NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award winner. The award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on student-athletes by the NSIC. Smestad joins fellow Beaver student-athletes and teammates Natasha Elliott and Kennedy Harris, along with baseball players Garrett Nicholson and Dominick Parkhurst, soccer player Daniela Nardelli, and softball player Jaycie Rostad in earning the honor this year. Smestad is a senior guard for the Beaver women’s basketball team from Plymouth, Minnesota who is majoring in Biology. The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior or graduate-student NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their athletic eligibility this academic year, and are on track to graduate or have graduated with their bachelor’s degree.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jakob Chychrun had two goals, Jack McBain scored the tie-breaking goal on a breakaway with seven minutes remaining and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Monday night. McBain put a back-hander past Marc-Andre Fleury moments after the Coyotes killed off an abbreviated 55-second power play. Karel Vejmelka had 33 saves for his career-best third straight victory. Jonas Brodin gave the Wild a 2-1 lead 1:40 into the third period on a wrist shot from the left circle through a screen in front before Chychrun tied it at 2 with his second goal of the game at 9:35. Kirill Kaprizov also scored for the Wild and Fleury had 33 saves for the Wild, who had won two straight and five of eight. The Coyotes are 4-3-1 in their last eight games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings hired Brian Flores as their defensive coordinator on Monday, their first step toward trying to revive a once-dominant unit that ranked among the NFL’s worst last season. Flores was a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach this season for Pittsburgh, after three years as head coach in Miami. Prior to being hired by the Dolphins, Flores was an assistant for 11 seasons for New England, the last eight on the defensive side. The Patriots won four Super Bowls during his time there, which included four years as a scout. The last of those was in the 2018 season, which was Flores’ first as the defensive play-caller. The Patriots jumped from 17th to seventh in the league that year in opponent passer rating (85.4) and were tied for fifth with 28 takeaways. After he was fired by the Dolphins, Flores, who is Black, filed a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the team and the NFL. The case is still tied up in the court system. With the Steelers, the 41-year-old Flores drew rave reviews from players who saw him as an extra head coach on Mike Tomlin’s staff. The Steelers were tied with the Patriots this season for the fewest rushing touchdowns (seven) allowed in the league.
Flores replaces Ed Donatell, who was fired last month after one year with head coach Kevin O’Connell. The Vikings were second-worst in the league in yards allowed and fourth-worst in points allowed during the regular season. The NFC North champions were then ousted from the playoffs in the wild-card round by the New York Giants as quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 301 yards and rushed for 78 more.
The Vikings also interviewed Seattle associate head coach Sean Desai, Pittsburgh senior defensive New Orleans co-defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen and their own assistant head coach Mike Pettine, who was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator from 2018-20 and also the head coach for Cleveland from 2014-15. Nielsen was hired as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator. Desai withdrew from consideration. The Vikings also had interest in former Denver defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, but he made a lateral move to take the job with Carolina and never wound up interviewing with Minnesota.
The Vikings under Donatell favored a four-man rush with two high safeties backing their zone pass coverage, but over their last eight regular-season games they forced only seven turnovers and totaled 12 sacks. Jones picked them apart underneath in the playoff game, going 24 for 35. Four cornerbacks will be free agents next month: primary starters Patrick Peterson, Duke Shelley and Chandon Sullivan and backup Kris Boyd. The Vikings also have four core defensive players carrying eight-figure salary-cap hits: safety Harrison Smith, outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter and inside linebacker Eric Kendricks. Only Hunter has not reached his 30s.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and Carlos Correa made a mutual decision that the shortstop will skip the World Baseball Classic for family reasons, with his wife expecting a baby during the tournament. The Twins announced Monday that Correa will not participate with the Puerto Rico national team for the fifth edition of the event, which was last played in 2017. Correa’s wife, Daniella, is due with the couple’s second child on March 11. The WBC begins on March 8. “This was a challenging decision for Carlos. He takes so much pride in representing his country and truly considered ways to make this work,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “We all acknowledged that the back and forth flying combined with multiple days off from baseball activity didn’t set Carlos up for jumping into meaningful games upon his return.” Twins position players are scheduled to report for spring training by Feb. 19. Correa signed a six-year, $200 million contract with the club on Jan. 11. The deal is structured with the potential to pay Correa as much as $270 million over 10 seasons if he stays healthy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Radcliff, who was scouting director for 14 of his 35 years evaluating prospects for the Minnesota Twins, died Friday at age 66 after a nearly four-year bout with pancreatic cancer. The Twins said Radcliff died in suburban Kansas City, where he and his wife, Sherry, kept their home. He was hired by the club in 1987 and became scouting director in 1993. He was the longest-tenured scouting director in Major League Baseball in 2007, when he was promoted to vice president of player personnel. Radcliff received several scouting awards from his peers over his career and was credited within the Twins organization for his confidence in making Joe Mauer the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft over Mark Prior and Mark Teixeira. “He had a good idea of what he was looking for. He had a good idea of how to go about his business, with a total respect for the game and his coaches,” former Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “There wasn’t any player or team or assignment that was too trivial for him.”

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