K-Heart Sports – 04/25/23

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MINOT, ND – The Minot High girl’s soccer team continues to dominate. The Majettes improved to 5-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the WDA. The two goals by St. Mary’s yesterday where the first allowed all year as Minot has outscored their opponents 37-2.
High School Girls Soccer
Minot High def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 6-2

High School Baseball
Class B
Surrey def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 8-5
Surrey def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 16-12

Rugby def. Bottineau, 3-2
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Beavers got within 90 feet of tying the game before their comeback came up short Monday in NSIC baseball. Down a run, a leadoff, pinch-hit triple by Cameron Carr in the bottom of the ninth gave Minot State hope, but the Beavers couldn’t push home the tying run and fell 3-2 to visiting Minnesota Duluth at Corbett Field in the teams’ series final. Minot State looks to bounce back quickly as they head to Minnesota Crookston for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Junior Cameron Bagshaw and junior Gage Yost each totaled five strikeouts with Bagshaw throwing two shutout innings without giving up a hit and walking one for Minot State. Yost’s (3-2) five strikeouts came in addition to his six innings of three-run ball where he allowed four hits while walking six. At the plate, the Beavers were paced by junior Mark Ossanna, who went 1-for-3 on the day with a home run, a walk and an RBI. The Beavers were trailing 1-0 in the second inning when they first put runs on the board. Ossanna put Minot State on the board with a leadoff home run off senior Hayden Brown. The Bulldogs broke the tie and re-took the lead heading into the sixth inning, when the Beavers got back on the scoreboard. Junior Javier Gutierrez came across to score the lone run of the inning for Minot State, which brought the score to 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs. The Beavers were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sonny Gray pitched seven scoreless innings and Joey Gallo homered as the two former Yankees helped the Minnesota Twins to a 6-1 win against New York. Jorge Polanco added two hits and three RBIs for Minnesota. Polanco has hit safely in all four games this season after his start was delayed due to left knee inflammation in the spring. Gallo has three homers in six games since being activated from the injured list.The Twins have won three of the first five meetings with their longtime nemesis this year. The Yankees are 100-41 against Minnesota in the regular season since 2002, the best record for any team versus one opponent during that span. New York is also 16-2 against the Twins in the postseason during that stretch. Gray (3-0) gave up three hits and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to a big league-best 0.62. It’s the third-lowest ERA through a starting pitcher’s first five games of a season in Twins/Washington Senators history since 1913, trailing only Walter Johnson (0.24 in 1913) and Eddie Matteson (0.55 in 1918). The veteran right-hander went 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA in parts of two seasons for the Yankees. New York rookie Jhony Brito (2-2) had another tough outing against the Twins, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. He threw 80 pitches in just 2 2/3 innings after he had his worst start against Minnesota in New York on April 13, giving up seven runs while getting just two outs.
LHP Nestor Cortes (3-0, 3.09 ERA) starts today for New York. Minnesota will go with RHP Joe Ryan (4-0, 3.24). Cortes permitted three earned runs last time out, breaking a streak of nine straight starts with two earned runs allowed or fewer. He’s given up three or less in his past 16 starts. Ryan had 10 strikeouts and allowed one run in seven innings in a win at Yankee Stadium on April 13.
NEW YORK (AP) – After six weeks of waiting, Aaron Rodgers is leaving behind his brilliant legacy in Green Bay and heading to the bright lights — and massive expectations — of the Big Apple. The New York Jets agreed on a deal Monday to acquire the four-time NFL MVP from the Packers, according to a person with knowledge of the trade. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the teams had not officially announced the deal. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said at a pre-draft news conference that the deal hasn’t been finalized, but should be completed before the draft begins Thursday. “We were expecting it to be done very quickly, hopefully soon,” Gutekunst said. “A lot of things have been agreed upon. Some things to go through.”

The Jets will receive Rodgers, the No. 15 overall pick and a fifth-rounder this year from the Packers, according to another person with knowledge of the trade. In exchange, Green Bay will get the 13th overall selection, a second-rounder (No. 42) and a sixth-rounder this year and a conditional 2024 second-round pick that can become a first-rounder if Rodgers plays 65% of plays for New York this season. ESPN first reported the agreement on terms between the teams on a deal.
The 39-year-old Rodgers spent a few days in February contemplating his life and playing future during an isolation retreat in Oregon — while fans and reporters speculated about what he would decide. He emerged and deliberated some more before deciding on March 10 he intended to play again — and for the Jets. Rodgers made his intentions official during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and Sirius XM on March 15. That came after New York had sent a contingent that included owner Woody Johnson, coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas to Rodgers’ home in Southern California in early March. And then he and the sports world waited — and waited — for the Packers and Jets to finally complete a deal. “We’ve been working on this for a while,” Gutekunst said. “To get beyond the draft I think would have been tough for both teams.”
Several weeks of negotiations appeared to be stalled at times, with fans — and the teams — wondering when or if the trade would be completed. “We’re anxious,” Johnson told reporters at the league’s annual meetings on March 28. “I guess, as we look forward, we’re optimistic. But we have a plan, so we’re willing to stick with our plan. And I don’t think anybody is hyperventilating at this point.” It took a while, but the sides were finally able to agree on compensation. And the deal puts the one-time Super Bowl champion in New York after Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2021, struggled mightily in his first two seasons.
New York was 7-10 last season, finishing on a six-game losing streak that extended the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to a franchise-record 12 straight years. With the Jets, Rodgers reunites with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to try to jumpstart an offense that was among the NFL’s worst under coordinator Mike LaFleur, the younger brother of Matt, Rodgers’ coach in Green Bay the past four years. Rodgers joins some promising young playmakers on offense, such as wide receiver Garrett Wilson, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and running back Breece Hall. “There’s a lot of reasons why the Jets are attractive,” Rodgers said during his appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “But there’s one coach that has meant as much to me as any coach I’ve ever had. And he happens to be the coordinator there.” Saleh acknowledged a few times this offseason that the Jets were looking for a veteran quarterback to add to a team that features a top-five defense. And Johnson said he was “absolutely” on board with paying an established signal caller — “the missing piece,” he called it — if Douglas could get him. They ended up getting one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks.
Rodgers said shortly after the season ended that he was making up his mind on whether he wanted to return to the Packers for a 19th season, retire or request a trade. Meanwhile, the Jets explored a few quarterback options, including meeting with free agent Derek Carr at their facility and then again at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. But after Carr agreed to terms to sign with New Orleans, it became even more apparent that New York would be all-in on Rodgers — as long as he wanted to play there. It’s reminiscent of the stunning trade the Jets made in 2008, when they acquired Brett Favre — who also turned 39 a few months later — from the Packers. And, coincidentally, clearing the way for Rodgers to start in Green Bay.
Rodgers was the league MVP in 2020 and 2021, but didn’t perform as well last season while playing with a broken right thumb and dealing with the absence of star wideout Davante Adams, who was traded to Las Vegas. He had his lowest passer rating as a starter (91.1) and threw 12 interceptions, his highest total since 2008. The Packers went 8-9 and missed the playoffs to end a string of three straight NFC North titles. Rodgers led the Packers to their most recent Super Bowl title in the 2010 season. Rodgers never got the Packers back to the Super Bowl, but he helped make them annual contenders. The Packers have lost in the NFC championship game four of the past nine seasons. “I’ve got nothing but love and appreciation for what Aaron has done for so many in our organization,” Matt LaFleur said last month during the NFL meetings in Phoenix. Rodgers’ departure marks a sea change for the Packers after they’ve had about three decades of Hall of Fame-level quarterback production in Favre and Rodgers. Next in line is Jordan Love, a 2020 first-round pick who has made only one career start.
Rodgers acknowledged the move caught him by surprise. He skipped the Packers’ 2021 mandatory minicamp in a standoff with team management before reporting to camp and producing a second straight MVP season. (He also won the award for 2011 and 2014.) But the sides had patched things up afterward. When he was asked last June at the Packers’ mandatory minicamp whether he expected to finish his career in Green Bay, Rodgers replied: “Yes. Definitely.” Then came a 2022 season that didn’t go according to plan. Rodgers now will be tasked with leading a franchise that hasn’t been in the Super Bowl since Joe Namath led the franchise to a victory in its only appearance in January 1969. And quarterback issues have often been among the key culprits in the struggles since. That has especially been the case during the Jets’ current playoff drought. Saleh said the Jets remain committed to developing Wilson, the second overall pick in 2021. But the 23-year-old will do so as a backup to Rodgers, who was Wilson’s idol while growing up in Utah. Wilson joked the day after the season ended that he’d welcome a veteran starter coming in to claim his job and said he plans to “make that dude’s life hell in practice every day.” Little did he know then “that dude” would be the quarterback he tried to emulate as a youngster — who’ll now be in New York trying bring the Jets to another long-awaited Super Bowl.

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