K-Heart Sports – 09/01/22

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MINOT, ND – Kindred and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion remain atop the Class 11B and Class 9B football polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Class 11B Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)                   Record    Points    Last Week
1. Kindred (11)                                     2-0          73         1
2. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (5)  1-0          69         2
3. Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose    2-0          37         5
4. Dickinson Trinity                               2-0          30        RV
5. Shiloh Christian                                2-0          14        RV
Others receiving votes: Thompson (2-0), Hillsboro-Central Valley (1-1), Oakes (2-0), Central Cass (1-1)
Class 9B Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)            Record    Points    Last Week
1. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (16)  2-0          80        1
2. New Salem-Almont                   2-0          51        3
3. Cavalier                                     2-0          47        2
4. MayPort-C-G                             2-0          42        4
5. North Star                                  2-0            6        RV
Others receiving votes: North Prairie (2-0), South Border (2-0), Divide County (2-0), Nelson County (2-0)
MINOT, ND – An All-State football player from Drake-Anamoose High School will be starting in the NFL as a rookie. Cordell Volson was named starting left guard on Wednesday for the Cincinnati Bengals when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener on September 11 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Volson was drafted by the Bengals, who are defending American Football Conference (AFC) Champions, during the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft held in Las Vegas on April 30. Volson was a standout lineman playing 9-Man football for Drake-Anamoose High School, earning All-State First Team honors in 2015 (senior season) as a defensive lineman. He then went to NDSU and played in a school record 65 career games including 41 consecutive starts over his last three seasons with the team. Volson was part of four FCS National Championship teams with the Bison and a member of five NDSU squads that won Missouri Football Conference championships. Twice, Volson was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America First Team. Volson joins a successful Bengals squad who made it all the way to the Super Bowl last season before losing to the Los Angeles Rams. He will now be tasked with protecting Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Wide receiver Jalen Reagor was acquired by Minnesota in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday, sending two draft picks to the Eagles for the player who was selected immediately in front of Vikings star Justin Jefferson two years ago. The Vikings dealt a seventh-round 2023 pick and a conditional fourth-round 2024 pick to the Eagles, whose choice of Reagor out of TCU at No. 21 overall in 2020 delighted Vikings officials and allowed them to take Jefferson next out of LSU. Jefferson has the most receiving yards (3,016) in NFL history over a player’s first two seasons. Reagor has 64 receptions for 695 yards and three touchdowns over two years. With Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn entrenched as the top three wide receivers, Reagor will bring more value as a punt returner. He returned one punt for a 73-yard touchdown as a rookie and averaged 7.3 yards per punt return in 2021 on 31 attempts. That’s the role the Vikings were targeting for wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who was waived to make room on the 53-man roster for Reagor. Smith-Marsette, a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa last year, had an uneven training camp. As a rookie, he had four kickoff returns for an average of 20.8 yards and took two of his five receptions for touchdowns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, J.D. Martinez also homered to back Michael Wacha’s strong start for Boston and the Red Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday night. Bogaerts and Martinez went deep during a five-run third inning against Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Bogaerts added an RBI double in the sixth as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak. Wacha (10-1) won his seventh straight decision, yielding two runs on four hits in six innings and striking out seven. Garrett Whitlock surrendered three runs in two relief innings. Matt Barnes allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach but finished out his fourth save. Ryan (10-7) gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He had allowed just four runs over his previous three starts, spanning 17 2/3 innings. The Twins lost for the first time in six games but didn’t lose any ground in the AL Central. Cleveland, which lost 4-0 to Baltimore, leads the division by 1 1/2 games. Minnesota starts a road swing on Friday with the first of three against the White Sox. RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.04) will start Friday’s game and Chicago counters with RHP Davis Martin (2-4, 4.62).
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Sergio Cordova, Jefferson Savarino and Anderson Julio each scored as Real Salt Lake earned a 3-0 win over Minnesota United on Wednesday night. Cordova opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Savarino made it 2-0 in the 23rd. Julio scored in the 79th. Zac MacMath saved the one shot he faced for RSL (11-8-9). Dayne St. Clair saved two shots for United (13-10-5). RSL next plays on Sunday against Los Angeles FC on the road, and United will host Dallas on Saturday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in a trade for future considerations. The 31-year-old Kulikov had seven goals and 17 assists with a plus-23 rating over 80 games last season for the Wild, who signed the Russian to a two-year contract as a free agent last summer. The Florida Panthers’ first-round pick in 2009 will begin his 14th NHL season with his seventh team next month. He has 42 goals and 156 assists in 805 career games. Kulikov is the latest low-risk veteran addition to the rebuilding Ducks, who have bolstered their gifted young core with complementary talent during their first offseason under new general manager Pat Verbeek. Anaheim signed productive defenseman John Klingberg to a one-year deal after signing center Ryan Strome and forward Frank Vatrano to multiyear deals. Kulikov has one year and $2.25 million remaining on his contract. Minnesota has spent much of the summer attempting to squeeze its payroll under the NHL salary cap. Anaheim is still currently near the league’s minimum payroll as Verbeek carefully manages his long-term commitments with a rebuilding roster.

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