K-Heart Sports – 08/05/22

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FARGO, ND – The West Fargo Patriots suffered a lose in round two of the American Legion Central Plains Region Tournament in Rapid City, SD. The Patriots lost to Millard South of Nebraska 11-3 on Thursday in the winners bracket. West Fargo will fight to keep their season alive as they play Mankato National of Minnesota in a loser out game today.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege, linebacker James Kaczor and safety Michael Tutsie were named to the 2022 Buck Buchanan Award preseason watch list announced Thursday, Aug. 4, by Stats Perform. The Buck Buchanan Award is presented annually to the national defensive player of the year in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. NDSU has had nine finalists for the award including the 2014 winner, defensive end Kyle Emanuel.
Waege, a senior from South Shore, S.D., returns to the Bison for his sixth year after a season-ending injury during the third game of the 2021 season. Waege has played in 42 career games with 24.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He was a second team FCS All-American in the spring of 2021 with 8.0 TFLs and 4.5 sacks in nine games.
Kaczor, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., is also in his fifth year of eligibility after an injury limited him to nine games last season. A second team All-American in the spring of 2021 with 70 tackles in eight contests, he has played 43 career games with 192 total tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass breakups.
Tutsie, a sixth-year senior from Indianapolis, Ind., was a first team All-American last season and has started 41 consecutive games at strong safety. Second on the team in 2021 with 81 total tackles, Tutsie has played 53 games with 253 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions. He ranks 10th in school history with 136 solo tackles.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer, Teoscar Hernández homered for the second straight day and the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 9-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Whit Merrifield, who revealed earlier in the day that he’s now vaccinated against COVID-19 and cleared to play in Canada, had two hits in his Blue Jays debut after being acquired from Kansas City for two minor leaguers at the trade deadline. Toronto won for the 12th time in 15 games and got six effective innings from Alek Manoah. Manoah (12-5) allowed two runs on two hits but tied a season high with four walks. Twins starter Sonny Gray also had a no-hitter working into the middle innings before Cavan Biggio had a two-out single in the fifth. Gray was done after five innings, giving up just one hit, but he walked a season-high five batters. Emilio Pagán (3-5) relieved Gray and allowed three runs — two earned — on four hits in an inning. Hernández sent Pagán’s offering to the back of the second deck in left field to start a three-run sixth. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Merrifield added RBI singles. Guerrero’s 22nd homer capped a six-run eighth. Jose Miranda had two RBIs for Minnesota on a hit-by-pitch and groundout. Jake Cave hit his first home run in his third game this season.
RHP Tyler Mahle will make his Twins debut Friday after being acquired at the trade deadline from Cincinnati for three prospects. Mahle was 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 games for the Reds. Toronto counters with former Minnesota RHP José Berríos (8-4, 4.96). Berríos has faced the Twins three times since the 2021 trade deadline deal, including a seven-inning, two-run start this season.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders gave coach Josh McDaniels a successful homecoming in his debut on their sideline. Josh Jacobs, rookie Zamir White and Austin Walter ran well on a rain-soaked field and the Raiders routed Jacksonville 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game Thursday night, spoiling coach Doug Pederson’s first game with the Jaguars. McDaniels grew up in this historic football town and played for his father, Thom McDaniels, at Canton McKinley High School on this field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, known as Fawcett Stadium during his time as varsity quarterback and kicker.
“It was a unique opportunity, very grateful that I had it,” McDaniels said. “It’s the first time I’ve been to this Hall of Fame game it in 22 years. To have an opportunity to do that with him here, my family and people who helped me along the way, it was a special night for them. I really savored it.”
Derek Carr and Davante Adams warmed up but they didn’t get a chance to play their first game together since Fresno State. Carr, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Adams, the All-Pro receiver acquired in blockbuster trade with Green Bay, were among many starters who sat out for both teams. Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence wore a backward cap on the sideline while third-string quarterback Jake Luton started.
The NFL’s first preseason game began 40 minutes late due to severe weather that forced fans to seek shelter. As expected, things got sloppy after the opening kickoff. Top pick Travon Walker committed a roughing-the-passer penalty on Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham on the first play from scrimmage. Walker later registered a sack. The highlight of the game didn’t count. Jacksonville’s Willie Johnson returned a punt 88 yards for a score on the final play of the third quarter but it was nullified by a holding penalty.
The 46-year-old McDaniels begins his second stint as an NFL head coach after winning six Super Bowls as an assistant under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. McDaniels was 11-17 with Denver in 2009-10. Pederson also begins his second turn as an NFL head coach after sitting out 2021. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory and three playoff appearances in five seasons from 2016-20. Pederson has already changed the culture in Jacksonville following a disastrous 2021 season under Urban Meyer, who lasted only 11 months. He’s tasked with trying to turn one of the league’s worst organizations into a winner. The Jaguars have had one winning season in the last 14 years.
“You want a place where everybody enjoys coming to work and they enjoy the environment, the people, understanding we’re going to put in the hard work,” Pederson said. “You can’t substitute for hard work and preparation as you strive for a championship and these guys have bought in.”
Daniel Carlson connected on field goals of 32 and 55 yards to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Ameer Abdullah scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter and Stidham scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0 late in the first half. Down 27-3, the Jaguars found the end zone when Kyle Sloter tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Nathan Cottrell late in the fourth quarter. Cottrell ran up the middle for the 2-point conversion.

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