K-Heart Sports – 06/14/23

K-HEART SPORTS – 06/14/23 – 0700

MINOT, ND – If you like lots of offense in your baseball game, Corbett Field was the place to be last night. The Minot Hot Tots and Eau Claire Express combined to score 22 runs. In the end the Express win 14-8 as the teams split the four-game series. Eau Claire was already up 9-0 when the Hot Tots got their first run of the game in the second innning. Minot drops to 3-11 on the year. They are off today and then begin a two-game series in Mankato on Thursday.
MINOT, ND – For the second day in a row the Minot Metros were on the road.
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
Jamestown Eagles def. Dickinson Roughrider, 5-4
Dickinson Roughrider def. Jamestown Eagles, 6-4
Class A
Bismarck Senators def. Minot Metros, 12-0
Bismarck Senators def. Minot Metros, 5-1
Bismarck Reps def. Beulah, 4-1
Bismarck Reps def. Beulah, 17-2
Class B
Burlington def. Surrey, 13-7
Surrey def. Burlington, 7-2
Washburn def. Garrison, 11-0
Washburn def. Garrison, 6-0
MINOT, ND – The Optimist All-Star Volleyball series finished up last night at Bismarck Legacy High School and the Blue team sweeps the two-match series. They also won the fourth set that they played. Local players on the Blue team included Taryn Seig of Drake-Anamoose, Karli Klein of Garrison and Brenna Stroklund of Kenmare-Bowbells.
High School Girls Volleyball
Optimist All-Star Series – Bismarck Legacy
Blue Team def. Red Team, (4-0) 25-22, 26-24, 25-16, 25-15
MINOT, ND – The North Dakota High School Coaches Association has named their All-State teams for boy’s golf and players from Minot and Bottineau were honored.
2023 Class A Boy’s Golf All-State Team
Kasen Rostad and Brock Jones – Minot High
2023 Class B Boy’s Golf All-State Team
Max Palmer and Colton Getzlaf – Bottineau
Class B Coach of the Year – Nate Simpson of Bottineau
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After the sidewinding offseason that led Carlos Correa back to Minnesota, the star shortstop has endured an concerningly slow start at the plate. His swing is finally rounding into form. Milwaukee closer Devin Williams can attest. Correa hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run ninth inning off the usually dominant Williams, giving the Twins a 7-5 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night. Correa crushed a 1-1 changeup from Williams (3-1) off the second-deck façade beyond left field, dropping his bat as he turned to his dugout and tapped his wrist to signal it’s his time, like he did for World Series champion Houston during the 2021 postseason. Williams, who took his first blown save in 11 attempts, didn’t record an out and had his sparkling 0.42 ERA spike to 2.08. Michael A. Taylor greeted him with a home run, before Eduoard Julien walked. Then pinch-runner Willi Castro stole second and raced home — ignoring the stop sign from third base coach Tommy Watkins — on Donovan Solano’s tying single to set up Correa’s 13th career walk-off hit. That includes three in the postseason.
Brewers RHP Colin Rea (3-3, 4.47 ERA) takes the mound to finish the two-game series this afternoon, opposite Twins RHP Bailey Ober (3-3, 2.61 ERA).
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Justin Jefferson jogged onto the sun-soaked practice field, proceeding to jump in the air with a karate kick of his left leg as he approached his teammates. Absent all spring on his own offseason training and business agenda, Jefferson’s salient presence was a natural highlight for the Minnesota Vikings as they convened for minicamp. “You can just tell when he’s walking the halls in our building, just the energy and the juice that he brings,” coach Kevin O’Connell said Tuesday. “He was in great shape, moving around today like I expected him to be, mentally still really sharp.” Jefferson, an unanimous All-Pro pick for 2022 who has two years remaining on his rookie contract, has entered the window for what will likely be an extraordinarily expensive extension with his 4,825 yards and 324 receptions that are the most in NFL history over a player’s first three seasons.
The Louisiana native has been working out in the Miami area during the voluntary portion of Minnesota’s offseason program, which had about 97% attendance on the roster. The two-day minicamp this week is mandatory, subjecting no-shows to fines. “I had a lot of stuff going on. They didn’t really force me to come back too much, so it didn’t seem like I was missing too much, but they definitely wanted me back here,” Jefferson said. He said he’s been busy with endorsement and marketing opportunities and casually dismissed a question from a reporter about whether his absence was related to the lack of a new contract. He also said he would return for training camp, regardless of the status of negotiations. I don’t really see it as a cloud hanging over my head. At the end of the day, I’m just going to be myself, still going to be playing the same way,” Jefferson said. “The contract comes with the game, but my agent handles that. I don’t.”
Davante Adams (Las Vegas), Tyreek Hill (Miami), A.J. Brown (Philadelphia), Amari Cooper (Cleveland) and Stefon Diggs (Buffalo) are the top five earners in the league in terms of maximum contract value for wide receivers. The $140 million the Raiders committed to Adams is the largest overall figure at that position, though about $72 million of that comes from non-guaranteed base salaries for 2025 and 2026. Hill’s annual average of $30 million on a four-year contract with the Dolphins is currently the highest. “As long as I’m going to keep on performing at my best ability on the field, being the same person that I am on and off the field, I’ll be good,” Jefferson said.
O’Connell has maintained regular contact with Jefferson since last season ended, even asking him for input about certain formation or route suggestions in the endless strategy session that is the offseason for an NFL coach. Clearly, O’Connell wanted Jefferson with the team the entire time, particularly considering the departure of Adam Thielen and the leadership void that created in the wide receiver group. The Vikings drafted Jordan Addison in the first round, but the USC product has been held out of the full-team practices open to reporters because of an unspecified injury. But there’s no apparent tension here, either. “We’re quite a few installs in on formations and certain plays, and he was able to jump right back in there and really try to absorb some of the new things we’re doing as well for his role, which is a pretty special one in our offense,” O’Connell said.
Still missing, however, was defensive end Danielle Hunter, who has been seeking a new deal. Hunter has 71 sacks for the Vikings since he was drafted in the third round out of LSU in 2015, the sixth most in the league during that span despite missing the entire 2020 season (herniated neck disc) and more than half of 2021 (torn pectoral muscle) with injuries. He has had the five-year, $72 million extension he signed in 2018 adjusted twice. He’s on the book for a $4.9 million base salary this year and a salary cap hit of more than $13 million on a deal that’s scheduled to expire after the season. According to data compiled by Over The Cap, Hunter ranks 15th among edge rushers in the NFL in annual average contract value. Skipping the offseason program means Hunter has forfeited a $100,000 workout bonus. He’s also subject to a fine of almost $50,000 from the Vikings for missing the mandatory two-day minicamp, per collective bargaining agreement guidelines. “I’ve got all the respect in the world for Danielle as a player, a leader, a person on our team,” O’Connell said. “We feel very strongly about being solution-oriented with everything that comes about, and this example, just like a lot of the other ones that have come up, we’ll do the same, and we hope to have continued dialogue and have a really positive outcome.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Golden Knights games have always been as flashy as any show on the Las Vegas Strip, the sword-fighting mascot taking the ice before what seems like a legion of players marching out through the mirrored entrance into the roar of the crowd. If this team was ever going to win the Stanley Cup, it was going to do it with Vegas flash. The Knights delivered just that from dazzling passes to Mark Stone’s hat trick to all-out goal celebrations, capturing the young organization’s first title with a 9-3 romp over the beaten up and exhausted Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Coach Bruce Cassidy, in a nod to the Knights’ brief history, started five of the original Vegas players known as the Misfits and put the sixth on the second shift. Cassidy sounded confident the day before the game that his team would play well, and it certainly did, blowing open a one-goal game in the second period to lead 6-1. The nine goals tied the record for the most in a Cup Final. Vegas closed out the series in five games to win the cup before a delirious franchise-record crowd of 19,058 at T-Mobile Arena that drowned out the pregame introductions of forward Jonathan Marchessault and goalie Adin Hill and cheered all the way through the final buzzer. Marchessault, who ended the postseason with a 10-game points streak, received the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP.

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