K-Heart Sports – 03/26/22

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 032622 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot Minotauros are on the road this weekend playing in Mason City, Iowa. They lose to the North Iowa Bulls 5-3 last night. The Tauros were already down 2-0 before Colby Joseph netted their first goal early in the second period. Brayden Beahm tallied a power play goal for Minot about 10 minutes later to make it 3-2. David Nesburg scored the Tauros third goal a few second later. Lassi Lehti made 21 saves as Minot drops to 27-24-3 on the season. They are in fourth place in the NAHL Central Division with 57 points. North Iowa is currently right behind the Tauros in fifth place with 52 points. Minot will try to earn a split tonight.
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MSU BASEBALL-SCHEDULE CHANGE
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Coming off a thrilling comeback victory at Sioux Falls on Thursday, the Minot State baseball team is back in action on the road this weekend but announced its three-game, NSIC series at Winona State has been pushed back one day. Beavers head coach Scott Eul confirmed the Minot State (8-12 overall, 2-3 NSIC) now will play at Winona State in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 27, with first pitch scheduled at 1:30 p.m., then play the Warriors in a single game on Monday, March 28, starting at noon. The games were moved because of the threat of adverse weather.
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NDSU FOOTBALL-PRO DAY
 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State had four former football players work out at NDSU’s annual pro day on Thursday. Tight end Josh Babicz, defensive end Brayden Thomas, offensive lineman Cordell Volson and wide receiver Christian Watson went through measurements, timed runs and position drills during the morning workout. Current NDSU quarterback Cam Miller was the passer for Watson and Babicz for their receiving drills. Volson and Minot State’s Sebastian Gutierrez went through offensive line drills, and Thomas was the final player to work out at defensive end.
 
The 29 NFL clubs in attendance was the second largest turnout in recent NDSU pro day history behind the 2021 workout that drew 30 teams to see quarterback Trey Lance, the eventual No. 3 overall pick. The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28-30 in Las Vegas.
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UND FOOTBALL-HOME SCHEDULE
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The University of North Dakota released the 2022 home football game times for its five-game home slate at the Alerus Center on Friday. The home schedule features three home contests against opponents who reached the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs last season, including South Dakota State who reached the 2021 FCS Semifinals.
 
The Fighting Hawks will begin its 2022 home schedule with the Potato Bowl on Sept. 10 against Northern Iowa. The only previous time the two squads met in the Potato Bowl was Sept. 21, 1968. Kickoff of the Potato Bowl is set for 3 p.m. and it will be the first time the two programs have met in Grand Forks since Oct. 2, 1976.
 
Three weeks later, North Dakota will return to the Alerus Center to host Missouri State on Oct. 1 at Noon. The Bears are one of three programs on UND’s home schedule that qualified for the FCS Playoffs in 2021. Activities will be plentiful with it being both Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend.
 
On Oct. 22, the Fighting Hawks will #SetTheExpectation as North Dakota takes on South Dakota State at 3 p.m. The Jackrabbits finished 2021 in the FCS Playoff Semifinal and will likely be one of the favorites for the Missouri Valley Football Championship heading into the season.
 
The following weekend, UND will play its lone home non-conference game against Abilene Christian with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. It will mark the first time the Fighting Hawks and Wildcats have ever met on the gridiron, with UND holding a 10-6 record all-time against opponents from the WAC. The weekend festivities will include Youth Day.
 
North Dakota will close its 2022 home slate on Senior Day against South Dakota on Nov. 12. The Coyotes will be the third 2021 FCS Playoff qualifier to visit the Alerus Center in 2022. Kickoff for the annual Military Appreciation game is set for Noon.
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TIMBERWOLVES-MAVERICKS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves made up for a narrow loss at Dallas four days earlier by tightening up their defense and blowing out the Mavericks 116-95 on Friday night. Jordan McLaughlin had a season-high 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting for the Timberwolves. They moved a half-game behind idle Denver for the sixth spot that they badly want in the Western Conference to avoid the play-in tournament. The Timberwolves, who stopped a two-game losing streak, play the Nuggets next week. Luka Doncic had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Dallas. The Mavericks missed an opportunity to pass Utah for sole possession of fourth place.
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VIKINGS-SULLIVAN SIGNING
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Chandon Sullivan is joining the Minnesota Vikings. The 25-year-old Sullivan played more than 76% of the snaps last season for Green Bay. He didn’t miss a game for the Packers over the previous three years. He had five interceptions and 16 passes defensed from 2019-21. Sullivan will likely fill the slot position held previously for the Vikings by Mackensie Alexander.
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SOUTH DAKOTA-WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
 
UNDATED (AP) – The South Dakota women’s basketball team’s run to the NCAA Sweet 16 has elicited pride border to border in the sparsely populated state. Many fans are expected in Wichita, Kansas, for the game between the 10th-seeded Coyotes and No. 3 seed Michigan today. South Dakota has an enrollment of just under 11,000, and its campus is in the small town of Vermillion in the state’s southeast corner. University president Sheila Gestring said the success has created buzz in the tight-knit Coyote Nation. Four players are from the state and eight others are from Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.
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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
UNDATED (AP) – Saint Peter’s has made history in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Peacocks are the first No. 15 team ever to advance to the regional finals following their 67-64 win over Purdue. Daryl Banks III scored the tying and go-ahead baskets over the final three minutes, helping Saint Peter’s to continue what is now an unprecedented run. Banks led the Peacocks with 14 points, Clarence Rupert scored 11 and Doug Edert had 10. Jaden Ivey buried an NBA-distance 3 with 8 seconds left that pulled Purdue within 65-64 and momentarily stifled the crowd. But Edert then swished two free throws to seal the win. Trevion Williams had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers.
 
Kansas remains the lone No. 1 seed remaining in a tournament of wild upsets. Remy Martin came off the bench to score a season-high 23 points for the Jayhawks in a 66-61 victory over Providence. The Jayhawks allowed the Friars to shoot just 20% in the first half while holding them to 17 points. Jalen Wilson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who are back in a regional final for the first time since reaching their 15th Final Four in 2018.
 
North Carolina and Miami also reached the Elite Eight.
 
North Carolina moved within a victory of its 21st Final Four as Caleb Love hit game-tying and go-ahead 3-pointers 37 seconds apart to send the Tar Heels past the Bruins, 73-66. The sophomore finished with a career-high 30 points, including six 3s and two game-clinching free throws with 7.8 seconds left. Love scored 27 of Carolina’s 45 points in the second half, including one stretch of 10 straight. The Bruins fell two wins short of their 20th Final Four appearance, getting 16 points from Jules Bernard and 15 from Tyger Campbell.
 
Kameron McGusty scored 27 points and Miami advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time by stifling Iowa State, 70-56. Jordan Miller added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting as No. 10 seed Miami more than held its own in a matchup of two of the tourney’s most suffocating defenses. The 11th-seeded Cyclones shot 32% from the field in the second half and finished with 18 turnovers. Coach Jim Larranaga is one victory away from taking a second team to the Final Four, 16 years after doing it with George Mason.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – A few more coaching vacancies have been filled in men’s basketball. Steve Prohm is back at Murray State for a second stint as its men’s basketball coach. Prohm replaces Matt McMahon, his former assistant who left for LSU earlier this week after guiding Murray State to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

 
UCLA assistant coach Michael Lewis will be taking over Ball State’s program once the Bruins have completed their NCAA Tournament run. Lewis will replace the fired James Whitford, who was 131-148 at the school.
 
UMass has hired Frank Martin as its new coach. The 56-year-old Martin takes over the Minutemen program from Matt McCall, who was fired this month after going 58-81 over five seasons in Amherst. Martin arrives following his own dismissal from South Carolina last week after 10 seasons.
 
In other college basketball news:
 
– Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell has announced he has declared for the NBA draft after three seasons with the Buckeyes. Liddell just completed his finest collegiate season, averaging 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have lost more ground on Memphis for the No 2 seed in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs. Trae Young scored 33 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 as the Hawks handed the Warriors their fourth loss in five games, 121-110. Atlanta took charge of the game at the end of the second and throughout the third as they outscored Golden State 43-16. The Warriors got within five points before falling three games behind the Grizzlies with eight games to play. Golden State’s Klay Thompson finished with 37 points, hitting a season-high nine 3-pointers. Jordan Poole scored 24 for the Warriors.

 
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
 
– The Knicks closed on a 38-13 run to stun the East-leading Heat, 111-103. Immanual Quickley led the late charge, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. RJ Barrett had 18 points for New York, which trailed by 17 with 11 minutes remaining before their game-ending spurt.
 
– James Harden and Joel Embiid each had double-doubles for the first time as 76ers teammates, leading a 122-97 thrashing of the Clippers. Harden had 29 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, while Embiid added 27 points and 10 boards. The Clippers scored the first five points of the game before the Sixers took control with a 21-2 run.
 
– Miles Bridges, Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball each had 20-point performances as the Hornets won for the sixth time in seven games, 108-101 versus the Jazz. Bridges had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Rozier added 25 and Ball chipped in 21 for Charlotte, which wrapped up a 4-1 homestand. Donovan Mitchell had 26 points to lead Utah but missed two key shots in the final minute.
 
– The Timberwolves made up for a narrow loss at Dallas four days earlier by tightening up their defense and blowing out the Mavericks, 116-95. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Wolves, who moved a half-game behind idle Denver for the sixth seed in the West. Jordan McLaughlin’s season-high 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting helped Minnesota end a two-game skid.
 
– Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards in a 100-97 win against the Pistons. Deni Avdija added 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Washington sweep the four-game season series.
 
– Jalen Green had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Rockets hammered the Trail Blazers, 125-106. Jae’Sean Tate added 17 points as Houston snapped its 11-game road losing streak.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Rangers are within four points of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead after preventing Pittsburgh from moving closer to the first-place Carolina Hurricanes. Chris Kreider scored his 43rd and 44th goals of the season as the Rangers ripped the Penguins, 5-1. Kreider is tied for second with Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl among NHL goal-scorers, two behind Toronto’s Auston Matthews. Mika Zibanejad had three assists and Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves for the Blueshirts, who led 3-0 just 4 1/2 minutes into the game. Alexis Lafreniere, Frank Vatrano and newcomer Andrew Copp also scored for the Rangers, who kept the Pens three points behind the Hurricanes.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Cale Makar scored twice as the Avalanche whipped the Flyers, 6-3. Makar’s goal on a wrist shot in the third period was his 24th of the season, surpassing the team mark Sandis Ozolinsh set 25 years ago. Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists as part of Colorado’s four-goal first period.
 
– Alex Ovechkin had the big goals in the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Sabres, tying the game late in the second period and providing the deciding shootout goal. Anthony Mantha and Nick Jensen also scored for Washington, and Ilya Samsonov stopped 20 shots for the Caps in their first win in three games. Jeff Skinner scored twice and Victor Olofsson added a goal for Buffalo, which had won three in a row.
 
– The Flames doubled up the Coyotes, 4-2 as Johnny Gaudreau netted his 30th goal and added two assists. Matthew Tkachuk also scored his 30th for Calgary, which improved to 16-2-2 in its last 20 home games. Jacob Markstrom made 16 stops and became the Flames’ first 30-game winner in goal since Miikka Kiprusoff 10 years ago.
 
– Nikolaj Ehlers scored on a breakaway just 21 seconds into overtime to push the Jets past the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Oliver Bjorkstrand forced the extra period with a tying power-play goal for Columbus with 14 seconds left in regulation. Kyle Connor scored a goal and ran his point streak to 10 games for Winnipeg.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – New Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has maintained his innocence and strongly denied committing any sexual misconduct despite allegations made by 22 women against him. At his introductory news conference Friday, Watson showed little emotion while saying he’s done nothing illegal. Watson said he’s never assaulted, disrespected or harassed a woman in his life. Watson has been accused by the massage therapists of various sexual activity during private sessions. While Watson hasn’t been indicted by two grand juries on criminal charges, he’s still facing civil lawsuits.

 
Elsewhere in the NFL:
 
– The Bills moved closer to landing $200 million in league funding to help finance their bid to build a new stadium. The NFL’s stadium and finance committee backed the Bills’ request for what’s called a G4 loan, by recommending the team’s application be presented at the league’s owner meetings for final approval,. It will require 24 of the NFL’s 32 owners to formally OK the loan on Monday.
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GOLF-MATCH PLAY

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – For the second year in a row, Scottie Scheffler had to go extra holes to win his group in the Dell Technologies Match Play. Six holes, to be exactly. Scheffler had to beat Matt Fitzpatrick to have a chance, and that was no problem. He won, 5 and 4, and they tied group play with a 2-1-0 record. After waiting a few hours for all the matches to go off, they returned to the first tee for the playoff. On they went until the par-5 sixth. Fitzpatrick missed a 15-foot birdie putt, and Scheffler won with a 6-foot birdie.

 
Others advancing to the Round of 16 include Takumi Kanaya, Richard Bland, Dustin Johnson and Billy Horschel, along with Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Abraham Ancer (AN’-sur) and Seamus Power. Brooks Koepka, Corey Conners, Adam Scott and Kevin Kisner also moved into Saturday’s play, as did Will Zalatoris, Kevin Na and Tyrell Hatton.
 
 
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