K-Heart Sports – 08/10/21

K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 081021 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs are a win away from a trip to the Expedition League Championship Series. The Dogs pounded out 18 hits in 15-1 rout of Badlands last night in Dickinson. Justin Cooper and Jordan Williams hit homeruns as the Dogs take game one of the Lewis Division Series. Starting pitcher Dominick Parkhurst picked up the win allowing one earned run on two hits, walking three and striking out seven in seven innings of work. Souris Valley will host game two in the best of three series tonight at Corbett Field.
 
Game one of the Clark Division series went to the Spearfish Sasquatch 2-0. The series moves to Western Nebraska tonight.
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FCS PRE-SEASON POLL
 
CHICAGO – The Stats Perform FCS Preseason Top 25 poll selected by a national media panel was announced Monday. Both North Dakota schools are ranked in the top 10.
 
Defending national champion Sam Houston is ranked No. 1 with 39 first-place votes, James Madison is No. 2 with eight first-place votes, and national runner-up South Dakota State is ranked third with three first-place votes. North Dakota State comes in a No. 4, while North Dakota is ranked No. 8. The
 
Missouri Valley Football Conference has six teams in the preseason poll. In addition to SDSU, NDSU and UND there is No. 7 Southern Illinois, No. 21 Northern Iowa and No. 24 Missouri State.
 
NDSU is scheduled to open the season at home Saturday, Sept. 4, against Albany. UND opens the season the same day on the road at Idaho State.
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MSU-FOOTBALL
 
MINOT, ND (MSU) – Two Minot State sophomores have been named by the North Sun Conference as Players To Watch for 2021. Running back Ali Mohamed tallied 817 yards rushing, 168 yards receiving and 7 total touchdowns last season. Defensive back Isaiah Bigby led the Beavers with 66 tackles, three pass break-ups, and two interceptions.
 
After having the 2020 season cancelled due to COVID, Minot State returns to action beginning September 4th at Augustana University. The Beavers home opener is September 11th against Sioux Falls.
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FARGO POST 400
 
FARGO, ND – After needing a play-in game win to advance to the North Dakota AA State Legion Baseball Tournament, the 7th-seeded Fargo Post 400 Stars advanced to the championship, losing to West Fargo.
 
As state runner-up the Stars advanced the Central Plains Region Tournament in Sioux Falls, SD last week where their Cinderella run continued. Post 400 notched a spot in the championship game Sunday and made the most of it with an 11-1 win over Hopkins, MN in six innings. Kobe Senn of Post 400 was the tournament MVP going 9-14 for a .643 batting average and was 1-0 on the mound with 0.00 ERA for the Stars.
 
Fargo Post 400 is one of eight teams that will play at the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC this week. Pool play runs Thursday through Sunday. The Stars will first battle Honolulu, HI on Thursday at 9 AM Central. They are scheduled to play Tupelo, MS on Friday at 3 PM Central and then finish pool play against Ridge, MD on Sunday at 3 PM Central. All pool play games can be viewed through ESPN3. The top two teams in each of the pools advance to the tournament semifinals on Monday, August 16th and the championship is set for Tuesday, August 17th.
 
The last time the American Legion World Series was held in 2019, the other Legion Baseball team in Fargo, Post 2, made it to the championship game losing to Idaho Falls, ID 5-3.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eloy Jiménez hit two homers with five RBIs for the second straight game, Tim Anderson led off with a home run for the second day in a row, and the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Minnesota Twins 11-1, taking game one of a three game series. Lucas Giolito pitched two-hit ball for eight innings as the White Sox won their fourth in a row. Luis Robert came off the 60-day injured list and delivered an RBI double and single. Jiménez became the first White Sox player with consecutive games of at least two homers and five RBIs, and the first in the majors since Bryce Harper for Washington in 2015. Jiménez has five homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games since his return from the injured list after rupturing a pectoral muscle in spring training.
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VIKINGS-DARRISAW
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – Progress has been slow for Minnesota Vikings rookie Christian Darrisaw in his first training camp. The first-round draft pick had core muscle surgery seven months ago. Coach Mike Zimmer has been frustrated by Darrisaw’s recovery that has been “one step forward and two steps back.” Rashod Hill has taken the majority of the turns at left tackle with the first team. The Vikings had been planning to slide Darrisaw in to that spot after releasing Riley Reiff for salary cap savings.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and an RBI triple, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Cleveland used five pitchers in a planned bullpen game. Matt Garza pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth for the win. Wilson Ramos also hit a two-run homer and Amed Rosario was 4 for 5 with an RBI. Luis Castillo allowed eight runs – including two homers – in 3 1/3 innings, ending Cincinnati’s five-game winning streak.

 
In other MLB action:
 
– DJ LeMahieu led off the 11th inning with an RBI double and the New York Yankees, after blowing four late leads, finally held off the feisty Kansas City Royals 8-6. Brett Gardner drove in three runs for the Yankees, two on a sharp infield single in the 11th that made it 8-5. But the Royals, who tied the score in each of the previous four innings, refused to go down easily once again. They got a two-out RBI single from pinch-hitter Edward Olivares and brought the potential winning run to the plate before Carlos Santana grounded out to end a game that took 4 hours, 52 minutes. Wandy Peralta earned his third major league save.
 
– Joe Musgrove effectively displayed his heavy dose of breaking pitches, tossing six strong innings and striking out eight to lead the San Diego Padres over the Miami Marlins 8-3. Coming into the game, Musgrove was the only major league pitcher with 20-plus starts this year to throw breaking balls on more than half of his deliveries. He kept the Marlins off-balance, surrendering only one run and five hits while lowering his ERA to 2.81. Eric Hosmer hit an early homer, then added an RBI single in a four-run eighth that broke open the game.
 
– Eloy Jimenez hit two homers with five RBIs for the second straight game, Tim Anderson led off with a home run for the second day in a row, and the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Minnesota Twins 11-1. Lucas Giolito pitched two-hit ball for eight innings as the White Sox won their fourth in a row. Jimenez became the first White Sox player with consecutive games of at least two homers and five RBIs, and the first in the majors since Bryce Harper for Washington in 2015.
 
– The game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday night was postponed because of rain. The game was called one hour, 38 minutes after the scheduled start. The contest has been rescheduled for today as part of a split doubleheader.
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MLB-NEWS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Cleveland Indians first baseman Bobby Bradley has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left knee. Bradley has 11 homers and 25 RBIs in 46 games. He was injured sliding into the plate on Friday. Cleveland recalled left-handed reliever Francisco Perez from Triple-A Columbus.
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NBA-NEWS

DALLAS (AP) – Luka Doncic is set to sign a $207 million supermax extension with the Dallas Mavericks. The team sent an entourage to the Slovenian star’s home country to finish off the biggest contract in franchise history. News of Doncic’s five-year deal came as the Mavericks re-signed his most reliable scoring partner in the backcourt. Shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is getting a $75 million, four-year contract. The 22-year-old Doncic has been first-team All-NBA twice. That distinction makes him the first player eligible for a supermax extension off his rookie deal.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Mike Conley returned to Utah to help the Jazz finish what they started last season. Conley represents Utah’s biggest signing in free agency, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $68.04 million on the first day free agents could negotiate with NBA teams. Multiple teams showed interest in luring him away from the Jazz.
 
– The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed veteran big man Blake Griffin, who revived his career as part of the supporting cast for Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Brooklyn announced the signing on Monday without disclosing contract terms. Griffin signed as a free agent with Brooklyn on March 8. He averaged 10 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26 games. Griffin also started all 12 of Brooklyn’s 2021 playoff games, averaging 9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He made 14 of 36 from 3-point range in the postseason.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have signed running back D’Onta Foreman. The move provides added depth behind new starter Mike Davis. Foreman is reunited with Falcons coach Arthur Smith. Foreman rushed for 95 yards on 22 carries and had a 5-yard touchdown catch while playing in five games for Tennessee last season when Smith was the Titans’ offensive coordinator. Foreman was a third-round draft pick by Houston in 2017. The Falcons also activated right tackle Kaleb McGary, a starter the last two years, from the physically unable to perform list. McGary missed the start of training camp for undisclosed reasons.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The New York Giants have activated Saquon Barkley from the physically unable to perform list. It’s likely the star running back will not do much immediately. Coach Joe Judge said Barkley is not going to be pushed and there is no timetable to get him into a preseason game or even playing when the season opens on Sept. 12. The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018 tore the ACL in his right knee in the second game of last season. He started training camp two weeks ago on the PUP list.
 
– Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since returning from the COVID-19 list. Jackson said he dealt with fatigue and slept a lot, but he’s glad to be back. When asked if the Ravens have talked to him about getting vaccinated, he sounded noncommittal, saying he would keep learning as much as he can about it.
 
– Deshaun Watson returned to practice with the Houston Texans after not taking part in workouts for almost a week. Watson’s future is uncertain after he asked for a trade in January before 22 women filed lawsuits alleging that he sexually assaulted or harassed them in March. Houston police and the NFL are investigating the allegations, but no charges have been filed.
 
– New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz has scheduled surgery to a repair a core muscle injury and it’s not clear if he’ll return in time for the regular season. The Saints have signed former Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher to fill in. Lutz announced his procedure with a post on social media and Saints coach Sean Payton says New Orleans would have to replace Lutz “at least for preseason.” Lutz has played in every game for New Orleans since making the team as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia State in 2016.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goalie Carter Hart to a three-year, $11.9 million contract. The 22-year-old Hart was a restricted free agent and coming off a season in which he struggled to keep the starter’s job in his third season with the team. Hart’s numbers plummeted in finishing with a 9-11-5 record. He allowed four or more goals 13 times and missed the final 12 games with a sprained left knee. That was a significant drop-off from his previous season in which Hart went 24-13-3 in helping the Flyers finish fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– Finnish forward Janne Kuokkanen has signed a two-year contract to return to the New Jersey Devils. General manager Tom Fitzgerald said the 23-year-old restricted free agent will earn $1.6 million this season and more than $2 million in the following one. Kuokkanen had eight goals and 17 assists in 50 games this past season.
 
– The New York Rangers have an agreement with restricted free agent goaltender Igor Shesterkin on a four-year contract. Rangers general manager Chris Drury announced the deal Monday without disclosing terms. Shesterkin appeared in 35 games with the Rangers last season and posted a 16-14-3 record with a 2.62 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. The Moscow native had two shutouts.
 
 
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