K-Heart Sports – 07/09/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 070921 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs lost their three game series to the Badlands Big Sticks. The Big Sticks were leading 2-0 in the sixth inning last night when the game was suspended due to weather and eventually called. The Dogs are back in action tonight with another home and home series. They will play Wheat City on the road tonight and then host the Whiskey Jacks on Saturday and Sunday.
MINOT, ND – The Minot Metros were shut out twice on Thursday.
American Legion Baseball
Class A
Jamestown 5, Minot Metros 0
Jamestown 11, Minot Metros 0
Class B
Velva 14, Bottineau 4
Velva 10, Bottineau 0
Surrey 12, Kenmare 2 (6)
Surrey 15, Kenmare 3 (5)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sanó homered, leading J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins to a win over the Detroit Tigers 5-3. Jeffers’ homer with one out in the fifth inning marked Minnesota’s first runner against Tigers starter Tarik Skubal. Sanó started the seventh with his 15th homer of the season, tying it at 3. Max Kepler beat out an infield single and Gilberto Celestino followed with another grounder. Detroit tried to turn a double play, but Kepler was called safe at second and Celestino beat the relay throw to first. The Tigers requested a replay review, and it showed second baseman Willi Castro pulled his foot off the bag too quickly, keeping Kepler safe. After a sacrifice bunt, reliever José Cisnero unleashed a wild pitch that scored the go-ahead run.
NEW YORK (AP) – Maya Moore left the WNBA in 2019 to help her now husband Jonathan Irons get his conviction overturned and win his release from prison remains non-committal to returning to the league. Moore, 32, says she is not thinking about that at all right now. Moore said her husband’s story is unfolding and that right now they are living in the present. Irons was released last July and married Moore a few weeks later. A documentary of their story – “Breakaway” – that was produced by Robin Roberts will air next week on ESPN .


PHOENIX (AP) – The Phoenix Suns find themselves two wins away from the first NBA championship in team history, and the first major league title for the city since the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. Devin Booker pumped in 31 points and Mikal Bridges added 27 as the Suns downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-108 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the Finals. Chris Paul chipped in 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix, which took control by outscoring the Bucks, 30-16 in the second quarter to go up by 11. The Suns shot 20-for-40 from 3-point range, led by Booker’s 7-for-12 from beyond the arc. Paul, Bridges and Jae Crowder each added three treys.

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 42 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back after missing two games with a hyperextended left knee. But Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton combined to shoot just 12-for-37. Holiday finished with 17 points on 7 of 21 from the field. Middleton scored just 11 on 5 of 16 shooting while adding eight assists and six rebounds. Game 3 is Sunday in Milwaukee.


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Ash Barty will face Karolina Pliskova on Saturday in the first Wimbledon women’s final for both. Barty beat 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 7-6 to become the first woman from Australia to reach the title match at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong won the trophy 1980. Barty was two points from dropping the second set, 6-2 before holding serve and breaking Kerber twice to force a tiebreak.

Pliskova then advanced by coming back to eliminate second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Pliskova overcame Sabalenka’s 18 aces with 14 of her own. Pliskova finally broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set and again in the opening game of the third to take control.
This is the first time either player has advanced past the fourth round at Wimbledon. Barty owns the lone Grand Slam title between the two, taking the 2019 French Open.


UNDATED (AP) – Julio Urias picked up his Major League-leading 11th win while helping the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid a four-game sweep in Miami. Urias allowed Jazz Chisholm’s leadoff homer, then pitched shutout ball through the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Marlins. He allowed just five hits and struck out nine in improving to 11-3. Urias also sparked the Dodgers’ five-run fifth with a leadoff single. Chris Taylor had two hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles, which owns the second-best record in the National League but is one game behind the West-leading Giants.

There was a great comeback win in another game involving the NL West. Rookie reliever Daniel Camarena hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer in the fourth inning as the Padres turned an 8-0 deficit into a 9-8 win over the Nationals. Trent Grisham hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth, allowing San Diego to match the largest comeback win in franchise history. Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. homered and stole a base to become the youngest player in baseball history to have 20 homers and 20 steals before the break. Tatis has 28 home runs.
Also on the Major League schedule:
– Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson collected RBIs in the first inning of the Athletics’ 2-1 win over the Astros. Frankie Montas fanned 10 while allowing five hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings, helping Oakland end a three-game skid and avoid a three-game sweep. The A’s halted Houston’s six-game winning streak and dealt Lance McCullers his first loss in 10 starts since April 14.
– The Mariners blanked the Yankees, 4-0 as Logan Gilbert pitched one-hit ball over seven innings in the best start of his young career. Gilbert set a career-high with eight strikeouts and retired his final 18 batters. Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore as Seattle salvaged the finale of the three-game set.
– The Indians ended their nine-game losing streak as Franmil Reyes slammed a three-run homer in the ninth inning to complete a 7-4 comeback over the Royals. Kansas City had a 3-1 lead in the eighth until Roberto Hernandez launched a three-run shot. Bobby Bradley also homered for the Indians, whose losing streak was their longest under manager Terry Francona.
– The Twins took advantage of a replay reversal to score three runs in the seventh inning of a 5-3 verdict over the Tigers. Detroit tried to turn a double play in the seventh, but Gilberto Celestino beat the throw to first and replay showed that second baseman Willi Castro pulled his foot off the bag too quickly. Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sano homered off Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.
– The Brewers beat the Reds, 5-3 on Avisail Garcia’s tiebreaking, two-run home run in the eighth inning. Milwaukee wasted an early 2-0 lead and tied the game on the first of Keston Hiura’s two doubles. The Brewers now lead the NL Central by seven games over the Reds.
– Brad Miller homered three times for the first time in his career to lead the Phillies’ 8-0 pounding of the Cubs. Miller hit a solo drive in the third inning and added two-run homers in the fifth to finish with five RBIs. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto scored on a double-steal as the Phillies took three of four games at Wrigley Field.
– The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 40 road games as Dom Nunez doubled twice and singled in a 9-3 thumping of the Diamondbacks. Nunez scored twice, drove in a run and drew a walk after carrying a .159 batting average into the game. Winning pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez provided an RBI single and allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings.
– The Mets and Pirates were rained out in New York. The game has been rescheduled as part of a Saturday doubleheader and would be the Mets’ 10th twinbill already this season.
– The Blue Jays and Orioles were postponed with Tropical Storm Elsa expected to hit the Baltimore area during the game. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 11.


UNDATED (AP) – Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by seven days through July 15 by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. MLB investigators continue to look into allegations of sexual misconduct against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher. Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave on July 2.

In other baseball news:
– Astros middle infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa will not play in next week’s All-Star Game after being named reserves for the game in Denver. Altuve cited a left leg issue for his reason to skip the game, and Correa wants to spend time with his wife as they await the birth of their first child.
– Marlins manager Don Mattingly will return for a seventh season in 2022 after the two sides worked out a mutual option in his contract. Mattingly was the NL Manager of the Year after guiding Miami to its first playoff berth in 17 years, but the team is last in the NL East right now.


WASHINGTON (AP) – Rafael Nadal will return to competition by making his debut at the Citi Open in Washington later this month. Nadal hasn’t played since his loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open last month. The 35-year-old Spaniard decided to sit out Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The Citi Open is among the hard-court tuneup events leading up to the U.S. Open. Other players entered in the Citi Open include Wimbledon semifinalists Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer on Wednesday.

UNDATED (AP) – Viladimir Tarasenko wants a change of scenery. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the St. Louis Blues forward has requested a trade. Tarasenko has been in and out of the lineup with shoulder injuries since helping the Blues win the Stanley Cup in 2019, scoring seven times in just 34 games. The five-time 30-goal scorer has two years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $7.5 million.


TOKYO (AP) – Fans will be banned from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas when the Olympics begin in two weeks. The city’s governor made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with organizers of the pandemic-postponed games. The Japanese government put the capital under a COVID-19 state of emergency because of rising new infections and the highly contagious delta variant. It’s a serious blow for Japanese taxpayers and local organizers of the games, which already had been postponed from 2020 by the coronavirus. Hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket revenue will be lost, and that must be made up by the government. Olympic organizers are holding out some hope that the Paralympic Games, which open Aug. 24, might allow some fans.

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