K-Heart Sports – 10/22/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 102221 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The State Cross Country Meet is this weekend in Jamestown at Parkhurst Campground/Pipestem Reservoir. The Class B races will be today with the Class A races to follow on Saturday. Bowman County is the defending Class B boys champion, ending New Town’s winning streak at eight last year. Rugby has won the past two Class B girls titles. In Class A, Bismarck Century is the two-time defending boys champ, while Williston won the girls title last year.
MINOT, ND – A handful of Class 11AA an 11A football games were played last night. Class 11B and 9B holds playoff games tomorrow.
High School Football
Class 11AA
#2 Bismarck Century 27, Minot 0
#3 West Fargo 35, #5 Fargo Shanley 21
Mandan 32, Bismarck Legacy 28
Class 11A
Fargo South 37, Grand Forks Central 0
Grand Forkds Red River 21, Valley City 0
College Womens Hockey
Midland University 4, Minot State 2


MINOT, ND – Some area athletes have received All-State honors. In boys tennis, the duo of Aiden and Zach Diehl of Minot High were named to the All-State Doubles Team. They finished in 4th place at the State Tournament. Ezra Hagerott of Minot was named to the Boys Soccer All-State first team. Lauren Keller of Des Lacs-Burlington and Libby Dulmage of Rugby were chosen for the Class B Girls Golf All-State Team. Those teams are put together by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association.



UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers are still alive in the NL Championship Series after snapping out of their hitting funk while getting an outstanding performance from six relievers. Chris Taylor slammed three home runs and drove in six as the Dodgers clobbered the Braves, 11-2 in Game 5, sending the series back to Atlanta. Taylor belted two-run homers in the second and fifth innings before delivering a solo shot. He overshadowed teammate AJ Pollock, who provided a solo shot and a three-run blast. Taylor had four of the Dodgers’ 17 hits, while Pollock, Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger had three apiece.

The LA bullpen limited Atlanta to three runs while striking out nine over 8 1/3 innings. Dodgers relievers allowed their team to rebound after starter Joe Kelly left with an injury in the first inning, shortly after giving up a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman. Losing pitcher Max Fried was lifted with two out in the fifth, charged with five runs and eight hits. Game 6 is Saturday in Atlanta.
Braves slugger Jorge Soler struck out as a pinch-hitter after being cleared for COVID-19. Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is done for the season following a hamstring injury sustained in Wednesday’s loss.


HOUSTON (AP) – It will be Luis Garcia starting for the Astros against Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series today. Astros manager Dusty Baker announced his pitching selection Thursday afternoon as his team holds a three-games-to-two lead in the series. Garcia started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first inning before leaving with no outs in the second because of discomfort in his right knee.



CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Browns put together just enough offense with quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt out with calf injuries. Third-string back D’Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards in guiding the Browns’ offense in a 17-14 victory over Denver. Johnson scored on a 4-yard run in the first half and picked up 52 yards on seven carries as the Browns chewed up the final 5:17. Case Keenum threw for a TD and was 21 of 33 for 199 yards in his first start in two years. Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of TD passes and gutted it out while playing with foot and quadriceps injuries. He finished 23 of 33 for 187 yards with one interception. The Broncos finished the game without linebacker Von Miller because of a sprained ankle. The Browns improved to 4-3, while the Broncos dropped their fourth in a row since a 3-0 start.



UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks have begun their season in much the same manner they ended the previous regular season. Cam Reddish scored 20 points and Trae Young added 19 in the Hawks’ 113-87 rout of Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. Atlanta added to a seven-point, halftime lead by outscoring Dallas, 35-20 in the third quarter. Young scored 12 points and dished out nine assists in the decisive period. Reddish led a stellar effort from the deep Hawks bench, which contributed 44 points. Doncic was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Checking out the rest of the NBA action:
– Tyler Herro scored 27 points in 24 minutes off the bench as the Heat blew out the Bucks, 137-95. Miami took control for good by outscoring the defending NBA champs, 40-17 in the first quarter. Bam Adebayo provided 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler chipped in 21 points.
– Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds remaining as part of his 45-point performance in the Warriors’ 115-113 triumph over the Clippers. Damion Lee hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining and scored 11 points off the bench for Golden State. Paul George had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Clippers’ season opener.


UNDATED (AP) – The Florida Panthers are 4-0 for the first time in team history. Sam Bennett scored the go-ahead goal and Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his 300th NHL win as the Panthers dumped the Avalanche, 4-1. Bennett’s power-play goal put the Panthers ahead 2-1 midway through the second period. Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist for Florida, which also received goals from Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:
– Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first goal for Carolina in his return to Montreal, helping the Hurricanes beat the winless Canadiens, 4-1. Sebastian Aho had two goals and an assist against the Habs, who are 0-5 just months after reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
– Daniel Sprong set up the Capitals’ first goal and scored on a second-period breakaway to lead a 4-1 victory over the Devils. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the third time in two games for Washington, which also received goals from Anthony Mantha and Dmitry Orlov in improving to 3-0-1.
– The Blue Jackets pulled out a 3-2 win over the Islanders on Patrik Laine’s goal 1:49 into overtime. Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves as Columbus improved to 3-1.
– Alexis Lafreniere furnished the tiebreaking goal with 9:07 remaining in the third period of the Rangers’ 3-1 verdict over the Predators. Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow also scored and Igor Shesterkin made 28 saves in New York’s third win in a row.
– The Flames blanked the Red Wings, 3-0 as Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves in his ninth career shutout. Erik Gudbranson set up second-period goals by Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane before Matthew Tkachuk pushed a shot into an empty net.
– Jason Dickinson, Tanner Pearson and Brock Boeser each scored their first goals of the season to help the Canucks defeat the winless Blackhawks, 4-1. Thatcher Demko made 29 saves and Conor Garland added an empty-netter with 1:02 left to secure Vancouver’s first victory in four games.
– Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored in the second period of the Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Senators. James Reimer finished with 30 saves for the 3-0 Sharks.
– The Jets got their first win of the season as Kyle Connor scored twice and added an assist in a 5-1 downing of the Ducks. Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and assist as Winnipeg won while top forwards Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele were in COVID-19 protocol.
– Connor McDavid went over the 200-goal threshold for his career by scoring twice in Edmonton’s 5-1 thumping of the Coyotes. Zach Hyman also tallied twice for the 4-0 Oilers.


DALLAS (AP) – SMU has continued its perfect start to the season. Tanner Mordecai leads the nation with 29 touchdown passes after tossing three more to lead the 21st-ranked Mustangs to a 55-26 romp over Tulane. Mordecai had 300 of his career-high 427 yards by halftime. The Mustangs are a victory away from their second 8-0 start in the past three seasons as they get ready to play three of the next four games on the road, a stretch that ends with a trip to No. 2 Cincinnati.



UNDATED (AP) – The Green Bay Packers have signed veteran outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus in hopes of boosting not only their pass rush but their championship hopes. A first-round pick by the Houston Texans in 2012, Mercilus had 57 sacks in nine-plus seasons. He has three sacks this season, but only one season of eight-plus sacks. The Texans released the 31-year-old this week.

Elsewhere around the NFL:
– Wide receiver/return specialist Andre Roberts signed with the Chargers after being released earlier this week by the Texans. Roberts is in his 11th season and is one of the league’s top kick and punt returns.
– Former Cowboys offensive lineman Brandon Knight says he’s taking a break from football to address his mental health. Knight went from the Cowboys to Baltimore via waivers this week, but he did not report to the Ravens.


UNDATED (AP) – The NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team team is actually a 76-man roster following a tie in the voting. The list of newcomers announced Thursday include Dominique Wilkins and Bob McAdoo, who were curiously left off the top-50 team 25 years ago. The other newcomers announced on Thursday are Dennis Rodman, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Paul Pierce, along with Stephen Curry, Reggie Miller, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.



NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Devils forward Jack Hughes is sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder suffered in Tuesday’s game against Seattle. The Devils say the top pick in the 2019 NHL draft has begun physical therapy and will not need surgery at this time. The team says Hughes will be re-evaluated next week.



UNDATED (AP) – The American Athletic Conference will add UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to the league. The AAC is replacing three schools that are scheduled to depart for the Big 12 Conference and is growing to 14 teams. The additions all come from Conference USA, leaving that league both searching for new members and trying to fend off other poachers. The Sun Belt has said it is interested in expanding beyond its current 10 football members and some of C-USA’s remaining eight schools would be geographic fits.

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