K-Heart Sports – 09/30/21

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 093021 – 0700
MINOT, ND – No change atop the Class 11B and Class 9B football polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated
Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association.
Class 11B Football Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)                   Record    Points    Last Week

1. Beulah (12)                                     6-0          65         1
2. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich(2)  6-0          58         2
3. Hillsboro-Central Valley                   5-1          41         3
4. Kindred                                           5-1          21          4
5. Velva-Garrison                                5-0          18          5

Others receiving votes: Central Cass (5-1), Harvey-Wells County (4-2), Bowman County (5-1), Shiloh Christian (5-1)

Class 9B Football Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)               Record    Points    Last Week

1. Lamoure-Litchville-Marion(14)   6-0           70         1
2. New Salem-Almont                    6-0           54         2
3. Cavalier                                      6-0           42         3
4. MayPort-CG                               6-0           24         5
5. Divide County                            6-0            12        RV

Others receiving votes: Nelson County (6-0), Bottineau (6-0), Surrey (4-1), Ray-Powers Lake (5-1)

MINOT, ND – The West Region Boys Tennis Tournament gets underway today at Hammond Park here in Minot with the team dual tournament. Minot is the top seed and receives a first round bye. The top four place winners qualify for the state tournament. The individual region tournament will be held Friday and Saturday with the top eight singles place winners and doubles teams qualifying.
High School Boys Tennis
West Region Tournament – Hammond Park in Minot
Team Dual Tournament – Thu 9/30
First Round
#1 Minot, bye
#4 Bismarck Century vs #5 Williston, 10 am
#2 Bismarck Legacy vs #7 Bismarck High, 10 am
#3 Mandan vs #6 Jamestown, 10 am
Loser Out
Century/Williston loser, bye
Legacy/Bismarck loser vs Mandan/Jamestown loser, 1 pm
Minot vs Century/Williston winner, 1 pm
Legacy/Bismarck winner vs Mandan/Jamestown winner, 1 pm
The two State Qualifiers and Championship are scheduled for 4 pm.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jorge Polanco launched a three-run homer and Michael Pineda was solid in his last start of the year as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2. Minnesota began the game with three hits against right-hander Casey Mize. After singles by Luis Arraez and Byron Buxton, Polanco took Mize deep to center field on the first pitch. Polanco’s 32nd homer of the season gave him 94 RBIs, both team highs. Pineda allowed one run and scattered eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in what could be his final game with the Twins. The veteran right-hander can become a free agent this offseason. He finished with a 3.62 ERA in 22 games after making just five starts in 2020.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Junior Moreno scored his first goal for D.C. United with five minutes left to seal a 3-1 victory over Minnesota United on Wednesday night. Moreno blasted a shot toward the goal that deflected off the back of a defender. Ola Kamara opened the scoring for D.C. United in the 23rd minute and Julian Gressel made it 2-1 in the 45th. Kamara had a penalty kick stopped in the second half. Bakaye Dibassy scored for Minnesota in the 40th minute.


UNDATED (AP) – The AL wild-card races just got a bit tighter. The Boston Red Sox are back within a game of the New York Yankees for the first wild card, with the Mariners a half-game behind the Sox and a half-game ahead of Toronto.

The Red Sox’s four-game skid is over after J.D. Martinez smacked a solo homer and a two-run double in a 6-0 shutout of the Orioles. Hunter Renfroe also homered to back Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed four hits over six innings. Alex Verdugo added a two-run single in the eighth for Boston.
Bo Bichette homered twice for the Blue Jays, including the tiebreaking blast in the eighth inning of their 6-5 victory over the Yankees. Marcus Semien slammed his 44th home run, breaking the single-season record for second basemen. The Jays lead the majors with 251 home runs, six off the team record. Jose Berrios retired the first 14 Yankees in order, striking out seven, before giving up three straight hits in the fifth. The Yankees had won seven in a row.
Checking out Wednesday’s other Major League action:
– The Rays clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL postseason with a 7-0 rout of the Astros. Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi both homered to back Drew Rasmussen, who combined with three relievers on a three-hitter. Wander Franco had three hits in stretching his on-base streak to 43 consecutive games, tying Frank Robinson’s rookie record set with the 1956 Reds. The outcome keeps the Astros’ magic number at one for winning the AL West.
– The Mariners rallied for a 4-2 win over the Athletics, keeping Seattle just a half-game behind the Red Sox for the second AL wild card. Ty France broke a 2-2 tie with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, one inning before Abraham Toro homered for the first time this month. Jarred Kelenic provided a two-run double in the Mariners’ 10th win in 11 games overall, and their 12th straight over the A’s.
– Carlos Rodon for his 13th victory as the White Sox dumped the Reds, 6-1. Tim Anderson and Gavin Sheets homered to help Chicago win its fourth in a row and move a season-high 23 games above .500. Sheets drove in three runs for the AL Central champions.
– The Dodgers wasted an early 5-1 lead and trailed 9-6 before homering four times in the eighth inning to beat the Padres, 11-9. Max Muncy and AJ Pollock ignited the rally with back-to-back homers, Cody Bellinger tied it with a blast and Corey Seager delivered a two-run shot that allowed Los Angeles to stay two games behind the NL West-leading Giants. Pollock homered twice and Mookie Betts hit a solo shot for the Dodgers.
– The Giants have reached 104 wins for the first time since 1905 by completing a 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Alex Wood and three relievers combined for a four-hitter, allowing San Francisco to win on a sacrifice fly by Kris Bryant. This year’s Giants are just the second team to win 104 games following a losing season, joining the 1946 Red Sox.
– The Cardinals’ team-record, 17-game winning streak is over following a 4-0 loss to the Brewers. Daniel Vogelbach belted a two-run homer and Adrian Houser scattered three hits over five innings. Manny Pina added a solo homer for the Brewers, who have won four of five.
– The Braves have reduced their magic number to one for clinching their fourth straight NL East title by whipping the second-place Phillies, 7-2. Austin Riley provided a two-run double and three RBIs for Atlanta, which can wrap up the division by winning on Thursday. Max Fried is 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his last 11 starts after allowing one earned run over seven innings of his 14th victory.
– Shohei Ohtani sparked a four-run sixth-inning rally as the Angels handed the Rangers their 100th loss, 7-2. Ohtani beat out an infield grounder, stole second and proceeded to third on an error by catcher Jose Trevino before scoring on Jack Mayfield’s single.
– Salvador Perez tied a Royals record with his 48th homer of the season before leaving with a sprained right ankle in the third inning of a 10-5 thrashing of the Indians. Hunter Dozier hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch by Nick Wittgren.
– Miguel Rojas’ two-run single capped a three-run eighth that pushed the Marlins past the Mets, 3-2. Taijuan Walker carried a one-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the eighth before Miami ended its seven-game losing streak.
– Willson Contreras drove in all the Cubs’ runs in a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh, ending Chicago’s seven-game losing streak. The Pirates led 2-1 in the seventh until Contreras delivered a two-run double.
– The Twins knocked off the Tigers, 5-2 as Jorge Polanco launched a three-run homer and Michael Pineda allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings. Polanco’s 32nd homer of the season gave him 94 RBIs, both team highs.
– Trevor Story had four hits in possibly his final appearance at Coors Field with Colorado, helping the Rockies earn a 10-5 win over the Nationals. Ryan McMahon added a three-run homer in Colorado’s home finale, which was interrupted for two hours by rain.


UNDATED (AP) – Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has appealed the three-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Anderson was punished for making contact with Umpire Tim Timmons during the on-field incident in Monday’s game against the Tigers. The All-Star also was fined for the incident and will be allowed to play until the appeals process is completed.

Also in the Majors:
– Toronto’s Marcus Semien has broken the single-season record for home runs by a second baseman. Semien belted his 44th tonight against the Yankees, topping the previous mark of 43 set by Davey Johnson with the 1973 Braves. Four of Semien’s home runs this season have come while he was playing shortstop.
– Brewers reliever Devin Williams fractured his throwing hand when he punched a wall after his team celebrated its NL Central title. The injury will require surgery and likely knocks him out of the entire postseason. It leaves the NL Central champs without their main setup man for All-Star closer Josh Hader.
– Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch the rest of the season, scrapping Sunday’s scheduled start for the Angels against the Mariners. Manager Joe Maddon says it was a mutual decision to keep him off the mound, although Ohtani will continue to serve as the designated hitter. Ohtani was 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA for Los Angeles this season.
– Royals outfielder Michael A. Taylor has accepted a two-year, $9 million contract through 2023. The 30-year-old is batting .244 in his first season with the Royals, providing 12 homers, 52 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 20 attempts. The defensive standout spent his first seven seasons with Washington before coming to Kansas City.


UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope they’ve addressed a need in the secondary by signing veteran cornerback Richard Sherman for the rest of the season. The three-time All-Pro cornerback and Super Bowl champion has been dealing with legal issues in the offseason, including his arrest at the home of his wife’s parents. Sherman said Tom Brady helped recruit him to the defending Super Bowl champions, who have been hit hard by injuries to their secondary. The five-time Pro Bowler spent the last three seasons with the 49ers after a seven-year run with Seattle, where he won the 2013 Super Bowl and reached the title game the following season.

In other NFL news:
– Raiders defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been suspended for six games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. McCoy is out for the season after hurting his knee in the season opener. He can serve the suspension handed down Wednesday while recovering from the injury.
– Colts coach Frank Reich isn’t sure who he’ll have for Sunday’s game at Miami. Quarterback Carson Wentz played last weekend with two sprained ankles that are still healing. All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson’s streak of 51 consecutive starts is in jeopardy because of his own sprained ankle.
– Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he is “feeling great,” three days after he was taken to the hospital with an illness and dehydration following a loss to the Chargers. Reid declined to discuss details of his health with reporters.
– The Jaguars have ruled out struggling kicker Josh Lambo for Thursday night’s game at Cincinnati. That leaves Matthew Wright to handle field goals and extra points.
– Jets wide receiver Jeff Smith has a concussion after being involved in a car accident. The head injury leaves his availability for the Jets’ game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in doubt.
– A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Jets safety Marcus Maye will be sidelined three to four weeks with an ankle injury. The exact nature of the injury is uncertain, but it is believed Maye was hurt in the 26-0 loss at Denver on Sunday although he played every snap on defense.
– The Bengals will be without receiver Tee Higgins and safety Jessie Bates for their Thursday night matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as kicker Josh Lambo and defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris. But cornerback Trae Waynes is expected to make his Bengals debut.
– The Titans may not have either of their two Pro Bowl wide receivers as they start a two-game road swing Sunday at the Jets. A.J. Brown played only eight snaps before hurting a hamstring in last week’s win over Indianapolis. Julio Jones played half of the offensive snaps.
– Browns rookie cornerback Greg Newsome II will miss Sunday’s game at Minnesota with a calf injury.
– The Ravens have activated receivers Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin from injured reserve. They also activated defensive lineman Justin Madubuike and linebacker Justin Houston from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
– The Bears have taken a major step toward building a new stadium by signing a purchase agreement for Arlington Park about 30 miles northwest of the city. The Bears have been playing at Soldier Field since 1971, but the stadium’s seating capacity is the smallest in the NFL at 61,500. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a tweet Tuesday night that the city “remains committed to continuing to work to keep the team in Chicago.”


NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA Board of Governors has approved changes to the league’s instant replay rules on a one-year trial basis for the upcoming season. The NBA has eliminated referee-initiated replay review of out-of-bounds violations during the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and the final two minutes of any overtime period. The league has also extended the coach’s challenge so that teams can trigger replay review of out-of-bounds violations throughout the entire game.



UNDATED (AP) – The NBA has released tentative health and safety protocols to its teams, detailing a host of restrictions and rules for players who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccination. Most restrictions are designed to prevent unvaccinated players from frequenting local establishments and keeping them cloistered from their teammates away from the court. League spokesman Mike Bass says any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games missed. Bass also acknowledged that any vaccine mandate needs to be approved by the NBA Players Association.



INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is the latest big name to drop out of the BNP Paribas Open set for next month in the Southern California desert. He joins women’s No. 1 Ash Barty in skipping the tournament set to run Oct. 4 to Oct. 17 in Indian Wells. Djokovic didn’t provide a reason when he announced his change of plans on Twitter.



UNDATED (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board says college football players and some other athletes in money-making sports are employees of their schools. The guidance in a memo from the board’s top lawyer could lead to expansive rights for players to unionize and negotiate over their working conditions. NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo also threatened action against schools, conferences and the NCAA if they continue to use the term “student-athlete.” She says the term was designed to obscure the employment relationship with college athletes and discourage them from pursuing their rights.



CLEVELAND (AP) – Longtime AP Radio stringer and Cleveland sports fixture Matt Loede has died after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 46. Despite his diagnosis, Loede barely stopped working and continued to keep a positive attitude while undergoing chemotherapy treatments and hospital stays. He was still covering Indians games this month. Loede was one of the first two recipients of the “Marv Schneider AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award” in 2020.

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