K-Heart Sports – 08/20/21

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MINOT, ND – The high school football season begins today for Class 11B and Class 9B. We’ll broadcast an 11B game as Des Lacs-Burlington hosts Nedrose. Pregame is set for 6:45 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at www.khrt.com.
MINOT, ND – The Minot High boys soccer team improved to 3-0 on the season.
High School Boys Soccer
Minot 3, Bismarck Century 1
Mandan 1, Dickinson 0
Bismarck Legacy 2, Jamestown 1
Bismarck High 3, Williston 3

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – University of North Dakota head men’s basketball coach Paul Sather announced the non-conference portion of the schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The slate, which features 12 contests, is highlighted by six home games against four Division I foes.

The 2021-22 campaign will begin on Nov. 9 against Milwaukee from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND remains home for a showdown against former conference rival, Montana, on Nov. 15. The two teams last met in Grand Forks on Feb. 1, 2018 when both were members of the Big Sky Conference and moved the Hawks to 5-5 all-time against the Griz at home.

The Sunshine State awaits over the next week, as the Hawks travel to Florida Atlantic for the Boca Raton Beach Classic on Nov. 19-21. UND battles host-Florida Atlantic for the first meeting in program history in the opener before taking on Troy on Nov. 20. The Hawks close out the tournament on Nov. 21 against UT-Martin in the first meeting between the schools since 1980.

North Dakota closes out its week in Florida with a visit to Miami to take on Florida International on Nov. 24 in the inaugural contest between the teams before heading to Manhattan, Kan. for a matchup with Kansas State on Nov. 28. A quick trip back to Grand Forks awaits to close out the month of November against Presentation College on Nov. 30.

With the weather turning cooler, UND will head out to another coastal state, California, for a pair of contests. First, the Hawks will take on San Jose State on Dec. 3 in the first meeting since an 82-70 win by the Fighting Sioux in 1978 before heading to one of the newest members of Division I basketball, Cal Baptist, on Dec. 7 in the final road contest of the non-conference season.

Three straight at home close out the pre-Summit League slate in December, starting with a Dec. 11 battle with Eastern Washington in another tilt between former conference foes. North Central University comes to town on Dec. 14, a team UND defeated by 65 in their last meeting in 2019. Dixie State makes its first trip to Grand Forks on Dec. 18 to conclude non-conference play.

NEW YORK (AP) – Luke Voit hit a two-run double out of the leadoff spot in New York’s four-run third inning and the surging Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 Thursday night for their season-high seventh straight victory. Kyle Higashioka homered and started the four-run inning with an RBI double. Both hits scored Bronx native Andrew Velazquez, who had two hits and also stole a base – New York’s 30th since the All-Star break. Giancarlo Stanton added a homer in the eighth. Jake Cave homered and Jorge Polanco drove in three runs for Minnesota. Polanco also added a two-out RBI single off Zack Britton in the eighth and Miguel Sano homered off Chad Green in the ninth.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – DeWanna Bonner scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun beat the Minnesota Lynx 82-71. Bonner made 10 of 11 free throws – and Connecticut went 23 for 25 from the line – to help reach 30 points for the first time this season. It was her fifth double-double. Jonquel Jones added 20 points and seven rebounds for Connecticut despite being in foul trouble. Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Layshia Clarendon added 15 points and Napheesa Collier scored 11.


UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays have retained their five-game lead over the New York Yankees atop the AL East. The Rays wrapped up a four-game sweep by dealing the Orioles their 15th consecutive loss, 7-2. Brandon Lowe smacked his career-high 29th home run, a two-run blast in the second inning of Tampa Bay’s 11th win in 14 games. Shane McClanahan won his fourth straight start by limiting Baltimore to a run and five hits over five innings. Ji-Man Choi delivered a two-run single that put the Rays ahead 7-0 in the fourth. Austin Meadows walked with the bases loaded for his 83rd RBI. Jorge Lopez became the majors’ first 14-game loser, allowing four runs over two innings. The Rays lead their division by 5 1/2 games over the Yankees, who are hosting the Twins right now.

The Yankees kept pace as they scored four runs in the third inning of a 7-5 win over the Twins. Leadoff hitter Luke Voit had a two-run double in the third inning of New York’s season-high, seventh-straight win. Kyle Higashioka and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Yanks, who lead the AL wild card by one game over Oakland.
Checking out Thursday’s other Major League action:
– The Athletics’ four-game losing streak is over after Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Sean Murphy homered in Oakland’s 5-4 downing of the White Sox. Olson supplied a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the A’s avoided a four-game sweep. Winning pitcher Cole Irvin allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings to help Oakland move a half-game ahead of Boston for the second AL wild card.
– Like the A’s, the Astros avoided a four-game sweep as Aledmys Diaz singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lead a 6-3 win over the Royals. Diaz finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as the AL West leaders maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over Oakland. Houston added two more runs in the 10th on a bases-loaded walk by Chas McCormick and a sacrifice fly by Taylor Jones.
– Ty France slammed a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 9-8 victory and a three-game sweep of the Rangers. France went deep off Joe Barlow after Texas tied it with a five-run ninth. Mitch Haniger hit his 27th homer for the Mariners who won for the seventh time in eight games and are 10 games over .500 for the first time since their 13-3 start in 2019.
– The Angels overcame an eight-run deficit to beat the Tigers, 13-10. Max Stassi had three RBIs, including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning. Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs but remains stuck on 500 career home runs.
– Trea Turner furnished two of the Dodgers’ six hits and singled home the final run in a 4-1 verdict over the Mets. Ex-Met Billy McKinney laced an RBI double as Los Angeles pulled within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Giants. Seven pitchers combined to limit New York to six hits as the Mets dropped five games behind the NL East-leading Braves.
– The National League-worst Diamondbacks completed a 6-1 homestand and a three-game sweep of the Phillies, 6-2. Madison Bumgarner carried a one-hitter into the eighth inning and allowed one run and three hits over eight frames. Bumgarner also had a broken-bat RBI single in the Diamondbacks’ five-run seventh against Zack Wheeler, helping Arizona deal Philadelphia it’s seventh loss in nine games.
– Tyler O’Neill and Lars Nootbaar hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run fifth inning that launched the Cardinals past the Brewers, 8-4. Nolan Arenado also drove in a pair as St. Louis erased a three-run deficit to avoid a three-game sweep. Brandon Woodruff allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings as the Brewers lost for just the second time on a season-high, 10-game road trip.
– The Reds knocked off the Marlins, 6-1 as Joey Votto slammed a three-run homer and Luis Castillo pitched seven innings of one-run ball. Kyle Farmer and Jonathan India each had run-scoring doubles for the Reds, who rebounded after dropping two in a row to the Cubs. The outcome puts Cincinnati one game behind San Diego for the second NL wild card.


UNDATED (AP) – Mookie Betts says he’s feeling “really, really good” and is eager to return soon to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup from a stint on the injured list with right hip inflammation. The All-Star outfielder has been on the IL since Aug. 8. He was diagnosed with a bone spur in his hip and recently received a second cortisone injection.

In other baseball news:
– Longtime Tigers catcher and 11-time All-Star Bill Freehan has died at 79. Freehan spent his entire 15-year career with Detroit and helped the 1968 Tigers win the World Series. The cause of death was not disclosed, but in recent years family members have publicly stated that Freehan had Alzheimer’s disease.


UNDATED (AP) – New York Jets defensive end Carl Lawson will miss the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in practice Thursday, a devastating loss for a team seeking to turn the corner under new coach Robert Saleh. Backup safety Zane Lewis also sustained a season-ending knee injury. Both players were carted off the field during Thursday’s joint practice session with the Green Bay Packers. The loss of Lawson will force the Jets to retool their defensive line under Saleh, who spent the past four seasons as the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator.

In other NFL news:
– The Dolphins’ injury-depleted receiving corps has added a reinforcement but also lost another player. Preston Williams was removed from the physically unable to perform list to take part in practice Thursday with the Atlanta Falcons. But midway through practice, Lynn Bowden Jr. walked gingerly off the field holding the back of his right leg after diving to catch a pass.
– The Saints have adopted a new refund policy allowing fans to relinquish their season tickets and get their money back. The Saints are following local and state protocols that restrict admittance to fans who wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before a game. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry opposes mask mandates and had called for the withholding of funding for Superdome improvements unless the Saints agreed to provide refunds.


UNDATED (AP) – The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $97 million contract extension with guard Terry Rozier, according to a person familiar with the situation. The six-year NBA veteran averaged a career-high 20.4 points and 4.2 assists last season in his second season with the Hornets. Rozier went to Charlotte in a sign-and-trade deal in 2020 that included Kemba Walker going to the Boston Celtics. Rozier averaged 18 points and 4.1 assists and shot a career-high 40.7% from 3-point range in his first season with the Hornets.

Also in the NBA:
– The Pelicans have signed restricted free agent Josh Hart to a three-year extension worth up to $38 million with $12 million guaranteed. The club announced the signing without providing terms, but a person familiar with the situation provided the length and value of the contract to The Associated Press. Hart averaged 9.2 points, eight rebounds and 2.3 assists in 47 games for the Pelicans last season before a hand injury sidelined him for the final 25 games.
– The Pistons have re-signed guard Hamidou Diallo, the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk champion as a rookie. Diallo had career-high averages of 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 52 games for the Thunder and Detroit.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Coyotes could be playing just one more season at Gila River Arena. The city of Glendale has announced that it will not renew its agreement with the franchise beyond the 2021-22 season, tweeting that it wants to focus on “larger, more impactful events and uses” for the arena. The Coyotes have played at Gila River Arena since moving from America West Arena in 2003.



MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open on Friday and said he will not play tennis again this year because of a nagging foot injury. The Spaniard sat out both Wimbledon and the Olympics because of fatigue after losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals. The 35-year-old Nadal said the pain from a chronic foot problem he has been battling most of his career is too much.

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