K-Heart Sports – 07/14/21

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 0700
WEST FARGO, ND – The Lion’s All-Star Basketball series finished last night in West Fargo. Just like the night before, Class A swept both games.
The Class A girls won 66-50. Mo Hakim of Fargo Shanley and Jailynn Martinson of Devils Lake each tallied 11 points. Mackenzie Hughes of Thompson led Class B with a game high 12, while Carlee Sieben of Grafton added 11.
The Class A boys won 98-89, led by Gunner Swanson of Bismarck High and Jackson Moni of West Fargo Sheyenne with 19 points each. Carter Birrenkott of West Fargo added 16. Class B was led by Jase Crockett of Northern Cass with a game high 21. Aiden Rebel of New England tallied 16 and Alex Huber of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier added 13.
MINOT, ND – In Legion Baseball, the Minot Metros split with the Senators.
American Legion Baseball
Class A
Minot Metros 5, Bismarck Senators 1
Bismarck Senators 8, Minot Metros 1
Class B
Surrey 2, Velva 0
Velva 6, Surrey 4
Renville County 12, Stanley 2 (5)
Garrison 11, Beulah 1
Garrison 12, Beulah 2
Expedition League Baseball
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 4, Pierre Trappers 0 (Dogs sweep two-games. Host Badlands tonight.)


DENVER (AP) – The American League has earned its eighth consecutive All-Star Game victory. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mike Zunino hit solo homers and Xander Bogaerts had two of the AL’s nine hits in a 5-2 victory over the National League. Marcus Semien put the junior circuit ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second, one inning before Guerrero went deep. Guerrero also poked an RBI grounder and Bogaerts added a run-scoring single. Guerrero is the first Toronto Blue Jay to be named the MVP of the All-Star Game.

J.T. Realmuto put the NL on the board with a solo shot in the fifth. Jared Walsh made a sliding catch in left field on Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, keeping the AL ahead. Angels star Shohei Ohtani made history as the first All-Star to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He was the AL starting pitcher and worked a perfect first inning to get the win but finished 0-for-2 at the plate. Corbin Burnes took the loss, yielding two runs and four hits over two frames. The AL owns a 46-43-2 lead in the all-time series.


DENVER (AP) – Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says banning or limiting defensive shifts would be an effort to restore Major League Baseball to how it was played before offense was suffocated by analytics. Speaking before the All-Star Game in Denver to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Manfred said seven-inning doubleheaders and starting extra innings with runners on second base likely will be dropped after this season. He said extending the DH to the NL could be possible. Manfred said MLB was considering having umpires explain video review decisions to fans at ballparks over the public-address system, similar to the procedure in the NFL. Manfred says the fate of the Athletics in Oakland will be determined in the next few months. A’s owners have proposed a new ballpark in the Howard Terminal area of Oakland. Manfred said if the stadium project is not approved, the team would move forward with either a move to Las Vegas or a wider relocation search.



LOS ANGELES (AP) – It turns out that Kawhi Leonard’s knee injury was a lot more serious than the Los Angeles Clippers originally announced. The All-Star forward has undergone surgery to repair a partial tear of his right ACL. Leonard first got hurt in Game 4 of the team’s second-round series against the Utah Jazz. He was held out of the last eight postseason games, including the Clippers’ 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the West finals. The Clippers continued to announce that Leonard had a knee sprain as the team completed its playoff run. They never offered further details and he was ruled out on a game-by-game basis the rest of the playoffs. The Clippers said there is no timetable for his return.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has announced his retirement after 15 NHL seasons. The Finland native says he’s been on an incredible journey, with the Predators taking him to more places than he could imagine. Rinne says this decision wasn’t easy but the right one at the right time. The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner earned a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes in his last start on May 10. It was his 60th career shutout and tied him with Tom Barrasso for 19th on the NHL wins list with 369.

Elsewhere in the NHL:
– Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois has confirmed that star forward Nikita Kucherov played in the Stanley Cup Final with a non-displaced rib fracture. Kucherov was hurt on a cross-check during Game 6 of the conference final against the Islanders. Defenseman Victor Hedman played the entire postseason with a torn meniscus, which occurred March 30.
– Dominique Ducharme has been promoted to head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after leading the club to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 28 years. The Habs have announced that Ducharme has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. The 48-year-old was promoted to the role of interim head coach on Feb. 24 after the struggling Canadiens fired former head coach Claude Julien.
– The Wild are buying out the contracts of veteran stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter with four years remaining on each. They signed identical $98 million, 13-year deals in 2012. The buyouts will combine to cost the Wild almost $15 million against the salary cap.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos say innovative offensive line coach Alex Gibbs has died at 80 following complications from a stroke. Gibbs was known for his zone-blocking scheme that powered the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in the late 1990s. The no-nonsense Gibbs had three stints with the Broncos and coached six other teams while building a reputation as one of the best assistant coaches in the NFL.

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