K-Heart Sports – 09/13/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 091321 – 1600
UNDATED – The North Dakota State Bison hold on to the No. 5 spot in the STATS Performance FCS Top 25 poll this week following a 64-0 route of Valparaiso at the Fargo Dome on Saturday. Meanwhile, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks drop two sports to No. 11 after they lost to FBS opponent, Utah State 48-24 on Friday. Sam Houston State remains No. 1 this week, followed by South Dakota State, James Madison and Montana.
After winning the first two games of the season on home turf, NDSU hits the road for the first time this season as they travel to Maryland on Saturday to face Towson University at 5 PM Central Time. North Dakota has split their first two games on the road and look forward to their home opener on Saturday at 4 PM hosting Drake University at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs have secured their head coach for the summer of 2022. Michael Keeran is the current head coach of the Bismarck State College Mystics. The Mystics went 29-10 and won the MonDak conference championship and tournament. BCS was the Region 13 runner-up, and finished ranked in the top 25 in one poll. Alex Miklos was the head coach of the Sabre Dogs this past summer leading Souris Valley to their first ever Expedition League Championship.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Twins are in New York today playing a make-up game against the Yankees. The game was postpone on August 22nd due to the landfall of Tropical Storm Henri.
Twins starter John Gant lasted just 12 pitches, leaving after straining his lower abdomen. A 29-year-old right-hander retired DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner on ground-outs starting the bottom of the first and walked Aaron Judge on four pitches. Manager Rocco Baldelli and head athletic trainer Michael Salazar went to the mound, spoke briefly and Gant was removed. Gant is 1-3 with a 3.76 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Minnesota Twins’ charter flight had mechanical problems, forcing the team to change planes. Manager Rocco Baldelli said the Twins arrived at their hotel in New York at about 1:30 AM today. Baldelli said the team originally was scheduled to arrive at 9:45 PM Sunday following a 5-3 home loss to Kansas City. It will be a quick turnaround for the Twins who head back home for a day-night doubleheader tomorrow against Cleveland starting at 2:10 p.m. Central. After a Wednesday night game, the Twins have a day off Thursday before starting a series at Toronto.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has not lost faith in his team after a season opening overtime loss in Cincinnati on Sunday. Zimmer said in his press conference today that he thinks that Minnesota has a chance to have a really good team, even though they didn’t show it on Sunday. Zimmer noted that there are lot of things to correct and they have to play smarter, but he thinks they can be good, now it’s time to go out and show it. Minnesota will get that chance on Sunday against the Cardinals in Arizona.
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CINCINNATI (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings overcame a sloppy start to come back and tie the game. Greg Joseph kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal to force overtime for Minnesota. Then a huge mistake by their star running back doomed their chances in overtime. Dalvin Cook’s fumble was recovered by Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt to set up the game-winning score, a 33-yard field goal by Evan McPherson to push the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win. The game-winning kick was set up by a gutsy call. On fourth-and-inches for the Bengals from their 48, Burrow rolled out and hit tight end C.J. Uzomah in stride on a crossing pattern for a 32-yard gain and get within range for McPherson. It was a tough setback after Minnesota had battled back from a 21-7 second-half deficit despite a raft of penalties. The Vikings committed 12 penalties for 116 yards. There was plenty of blame to go around. The Vikings will try to rebound next week at Arizona.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jamies Winston passed for five touchdowns, New Orleans intercepted reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers twice, and the Saints kicked off the post-Drew Brees era with a strikingly dominant opening 38-3 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The game was originally scheduled for the Superdome but was moved while the New Orleans area continues cleanup from Hurricane Ida. Winston was 14 of 20 for 148 yards without an interception and the Saints rushed for 171 yards. Two of Winstons’s TDs went to tight end Juwan Johnson. Winston also threw deep to Deonte Harris for a 55-yard TD.
Aaron Rodgers has rarely had an NFL performance like this. It was nearly a new Sunshine State low for a quarterback with plenty of Florida woes. The league’s reigning MVP completed 15 of 28 passes for 133 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 38-3 drubbing to hurricane-displaced New Orleans on Sunday. He spent the final 11 minutes on the sideline, having given way to second-year pro Jordan Love. Rodgers mostly sat on the bench and chatted with teammates. The Saints looked like geniuses for choosing to play in Florida, where Rodgers has been less than stellar over his 17-year NFL career. This one, though, made the others look good.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kyle Isbel drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3. Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals and Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles. A quartet of relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Jake Brentz struck out two in the seventh, Josh Staumont worked out of a jam in the eighth and Scott Barlow finished for his 12th save. Byron Buxton had two of Minnesota’s six hits.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Napheesa Collier had 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a career-high tying four steals to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 90-80. The Lynx, who play at Indiana on Friday before their regular-season finale at Washington on Sunday, moved into a third-place tie with the defending champion Seattle Storm – one game ahead of Phoenix. The top four teams earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (6-23) with 25 points and McCowan scored 17. Tiffany Mitchell, Victoria Vivians and Lindsay Allen added 10 points apiece.



UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have begun their NFL schedule the way they ended the previous season, with a loss in Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Chiefs held off the Browns, 33-29 in a rematch of last season’s playoff showdown. Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. Travis Kelce hauled in a pair of TD catches, including the go-ahead score with 7:02 remaining as the Chiefs finished off their rally from a 22-10 halftime deficit. Baker Mayfield threw for 321 yards, but he was picked off by Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes with 1:09 left. The Browns are 1-21 in season openers since the rebirth of the franchise in 1999, including an NFL-record 17 in a row.

Checking out the other games on the first Sunday of the NFL season:
– Jameis Winston passed for five touchdowns and the Saints intercepted reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers twice in a 38-3 pounding of the Packers in Jacksonville. Winston was 14 of 20 for 148 yards without an interception while outplaying Rodgers, who was just 15 of 28 for 133 yards and no touchdowns. He spent the final 11 minutes on the sideline, having given way to second-year pro Jordan Love.
– Matthew Stafford made a nice first impression with the Rams by throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns in their 34-14 thumping of the Bears. Stafford found Van Jefferson for a 67-yard touchdown on his second pass, hit a wide-open Cooper Kupp for a 56-yard TD to open the third quarter and found Robert Woods for a clinching score with 3:17 to play. Andy Dalton passed for 206 yards in his Bears debut, and rookie quarterback Justin Fields rushed for a 3-yard score.
– The Steelers scored on their first four possession of the second half to rally past the Bills, 23-16. Ben Roethlisberger put Pittsburgh ahead for good by lobbing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dionte Johnson in the left corner of the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Ulysees Gilbert returned a blocked punt 9 yards for a touchdown for Pittsburgh, which trailed 10-0 at halftime.
– Dre Greenlaw returned an interception for a touchdown while the 49ers were scoring 17 points in just over two minutes late in the first half of a 41-33 downing of the Lions. Jimmy Garoppolo lost a fumble on his first snap but was 17 of 25 for 314 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel that gave San Francisco a 38-10 lead before the Lions stormed back. Jared Goff was 38 of 57 for 338 yeards, three touchdowns and a costly interception in his Detroit debut.
– Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle in the third quarter to help the Dolphins earn their second straight win over the Patriots, 17-16. Tagovailoa also ran for a touchdown and was 16 of 27 for 202 yards, a touchdown and one interception. Xavien Howard recovered a fumble with New England driving in the fourth.
– Jalen Hurts threw the first of his three touchdown passes to reigning Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith before the Eagles completed a 32-6 dismantling of the Falcons. Hurts ran for 62 yards on five carries and completed 27 of 35 passes for 264 yards while eluding Atlanta defenders. Fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell, scored his first TD as a pro with an 8-yard run late in the third quarter to essentially seal the victory.
– Russell Wilson threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half of the Seahawks’ 28-16 victory at Indianapolis. Seattle scored on its first two drives as Wilson hooked up with Tyler Lockett on a 23-yard TD pass to make it 7-3 and found Gerald Everett for a 9-yard score to give Seattle a 14-3 lead. Carson Wentz was 25 of 38 with 251 yards and two scores in his Colts debut.
– Kyler Murray accounted for five touchdowns and linebacker Chandler Jones had a career-high five sacks for the Cardinals in a 38-13 rout of the Titans. Murray tormented the Titans throwing for 289 yards with two TD passes apiece to All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. Murray also scored untouched on a two-yard keeper to put Arizona ahead, 24-6 in the first half.
– The Bengals wasted a 21-7 lead in the second half before Evan McPherson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to give Cincinnati a 27-24 triumph over the Vikings. Germaine Pratt recovered Dalvin Cook’s fumble to set up the winning drive for Cincinnati. Joe Burrow threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns in his return after major knee surgery nine months ago.
– The Texans opened with a 37-21 win over the Jaguars as Tyrod Taylor threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns. First overall pick Trevor Lawrence showed flashes while starting his first NFL game, passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Lawrence also tossed three interceptions, often overthrew open receivers and was the victim of several drops.
– Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and a touchdown in helping the Chargers lock down a 20-16 win at Washington. Herbert led scoring drives of 75, 76 and 68 yards, putting Los Angeles ahead to stay on a scoring toss to Mike Williams. Washington lost veteran starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a right hip injury midway through the second quarter of his Washington debut.
– The Panthers earned a 19-14 win over the Jets behind Sam Darnold, who threw for 279 yards and a touchdown against his ex team. Darnold connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass with fellow ex-Jet Robby Anderson and took full advantage of a healthy Christian McCaffrey, who piled up 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches. Jets quarterback and second overall pick Zach Wilson was 20 of 37 for 258 yards with two touchdown passes to Corey Davis in his first career start.
– Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns in his first start for Denver and the Broncos dominated possession in a 27-13 defeat of the Giants. Bridgewater completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards, sharing the ball with nine receivers. Melvin Gordon III added a late 70-yard TD run and Brandon McManus kicked two field goals for Denver.


NEW YORK (AP) – Rod Laver remains the last male to capture a calendar Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic was thwarted in his bid for a calendar slam, falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final. It’s the first major championship for Medvedev, who reached the 2019 final before falling. Djokovic dropped the opening set for the fifth straight time. Unlike the other four matches, he never got going in his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam title. Medvedev won 20 of his first 23 service points and finished with 16 aces along with 38 winners. Djokovic made 38 unforced errors and converted just one of his six break points. The last man to complete a true Grand Slam by going 4 for 4 at the majors in a single season remains Rod Laver, who did it in 1962 and 1969.



UNDATED (AP) – The first-place San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers continue to be separated by 2 1/2 games in the National League West. The Giants picked up their seventh consecutive win as Wilmer Flores homered and drove in three runs in their 6-5 decision over the Cubs. Kris Bryant scored two against his former team as San Francisco improved to a Major League-best 93-50. Jake McGee gave up a one-out double to pinch hitter Patrick Wisdom before Frank Schwindel and Ian Happ grounded to first to end the game.

In Los Angeles, Max Scherzer carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and recorded his 3,000th career strikeout as the Dodgers clobbered the Padres, 8-0. Scherzer retired his first 22 batters before Eric Hosmer doubled to deep right. The Dodgers’ ace is the 19th pitcher in major league history to fan 3,000. Corey Seager and Mookie Betts hit solo homers, and Justin Turner added a three-run blast in the seventh. The Padres finished without Blake Snell, who left after 11 pitches with a left adductor injury.
Also around the Majors on Sunday:
– Atlanta and Miami were tied 3-3 until Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman belted solo homers in the seventh inning of the Braves’ 5-3 win over the Marlins. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Will Smith put the tying run on base in the ninth before posting his 32nd save. The NL East-leading Braves took the rubber match of the three-game set to move 4 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies.
– Philadelphia absorbed a 5-4 loss to the Rockies as Garrett Hampson homered twice and knocked in all five Colorado runs. Hampson belted a three-run shot and broke a 3-3 deadlock with a two-run blast in the seventh to help the Rockies beat the Phils for the third time in four days. Bryce Harper hit his 32nd homer of the season for the Phillies, while J.T. Realmuto furnished three hits and two runs.
– Francisco Lindor’s third home run of the night broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning and gave the Mets the rubber match of their three-game set with the Yankees, 7-6. Lindor launched a three-run homer and a pair of solos shots to help the Mets stay five games behind the NL East-leading Braves. Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Yankees, who have dropped eight of nine to fall one game behind Boston and Toronto for the two AL wild-card slots.
– Kolten Wong and Avisail Garcia each homered twice as the Brewers crushed the Indians, 11-1 to complete a three-game sweep. Eric Lauer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, hours after Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined to no-hit Cleveland. Manny Pina also homered for Milwaukee, which can wrap up the NL Central title sometime this week.
– Nolan Arenado homered for the second game in a row and five pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout to help the Cardinals down the Reds, 2-0. Arenado hit a two-run homer in the first off Sonny Gray, who then retired the next 14 hitters. Winning pitcher J.A. Happ allowed two hits over 5 1/3 innings as St. Louis moved one game behind the Padres and Reds for the second NL wild card.
– Robbie Grossman drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to complete the Tigers’ 8-7 win over the Rays. Jeimer Candelario’s second homer of the day was a two-run shot that tied the game in the 10th after the Rays took a 7-5 lead in the top of the inning. Yandy Diaz doubled twice and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay who lost a series for the first time since mid-August.
– The White Sox pulled out a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Leury Garcia’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Chicago took a 1-0 lead and a three-hit shutout into the ninth before Alex Verdugo hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded off Craig Kimbrel. The outcome gives the White Sox a magic number of no more than nine to win the AL Central and keeps the Red Sox nine games behind the AL East-leading Rays.
– Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a grand slam while the Blue Jays were scoring 22 runs over the first six innings of a 22-7 thrashing of the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 44th homer to tie Angels slugger Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead. Jake Lamb also homered during a 10-run third inning for the Blue Jays, who took three of the four in the series.
– Lance McCullers Jr and Kyle Tucker carried the Astros to a 3-1 win over the Angels. McCullers was reached for just one run and three hits with seven strikeouts over six innings. Tucker drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.
– The Rangers put another dent in Oakland’s playoff hopes by defeating the Athletics, 4-3. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and two RBIs to help Taylor Hearn win his fourth straight start.
– The A’s, the Mariners damaged their postseason chances with a 5-4 setback against the Diamondbacks. Ketel Marte homered and Tyler Gilbert allowed two hits – both homers – over 5 1/3 innings.
– Kyle Isbel singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning before the Royals finished off a 5-3 win over the Twins. Adalberto Mondesi homered for Kansas City and teammate Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles.
– Patrick Corbin worked seven innings and Lane Thomas slammed a three-run homer as the Nationals topped the Pirates, 6-2 to avoid a three-game sweep. Corbin gave up two runs on four hits to improve to 3-0 versus Pittsburgh since joining Washington in 2019.


ST. LOUIS (AP) – David Toms beat Dicky Pride with a par on the first playoff hole to capture the PGA Tour Champions’ inaugural Ascension Charity Classic. The 54-year-old Toms scrambled for par on the 18th in regulation after driving left into a fairway bunker. He shot a 5-under 66 to finish at 10-under 203 on Norwood Hills’ West Course.

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