K-Heart Sports – 11/22/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 112221 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot State men’s hockey team spent the weekend in Champaign, Illinois at the ACHA Chicago Classic. The #2-ranked Beavers blew out #15 Arizona State on Friday 11-1. Minot State suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to #5 UNLV 2-1. They bounced back with a 5-2 win over Adrian College on Sunday. The Beavers are now 12-1-0 on the season and are off until Dec. 3 & 4 when they play the University of Mary.
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FCS PLAYOFFS-BISON
 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State is the No. 2 overall seed for the NCAA Division I Football Championship and will host a second round playoff game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, against the winner of this week’s first-round game featuring Southern Illinois at South Dakota. This is North Dakota State’s 12th straight postseason appearance. The Bison have a 37-3 record in the FCS playoffs, including a 28-1 mark in the Fargodome. As the No. 2 seed, NDSU will have home field advantage through the semifinal round.
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UND MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
BOCA RATON, Fla. (UND) – The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team dropped a 77-72 decision to UT-Martin its final game of the Paradise Classic at Albessinio Court on the campus of FAU on Sunday afternoon. 3-point shooting played a key factor in the loss, with UND (2-3) going 4-of-26 for 15.4 percent. Meanwhile, UTM (2-3) went 9-for-15 from beyond the arc for 60.0 percent. Caleb Nero led the Fighting Hawks with 20 points and now has back-to-back 20-point performances after pouring in a career-high 23 points against Florida Atlantic on Saturday night. Tsotne Tsartsidze was a bright spot for North Dakota, narrowly missing a double-double with career-highs of 13 points and nine rebounds. Mitchell Sueker also netted double digits with 11 points.
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VIKINGS-PACKERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota beat Green Bay by making sure Aaron Rodgers didn’t get to touch the ball last. Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 34-31 victory over the Packers. Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half. He finished 23 for 33 for a season-high 385 yards. Kirk Cousins passed for 341 yards and three scores. He led the Vikings on the game-winning drive with three straight completions for 51 yards. The Vikings improved to 5-5. The Packers fell to 8-3.
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WILD-LIGHTNING
 
TAMPA, Fla (AP) – Steven Stamkos scored the lone shootout goal while Brian Elliott stopped three shootout shots to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Minnesota rallied in the third period to tie it at 4 on two empty-net goals by Kevin Fiala and Joel Eriksson Ek. Marcus Foligno and Brandon Duhaime had the other goals for Minnesota, and Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 20 shots. Tampa Bay also got two goals from Anthony Cirelli and one each from Pat Maroon and Alex BarrĂ©-Boulet. Elliott made 28 saves in regulation.
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MINNESOTA UNITED
 
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Sebastian Blanco scored the go-ahead goal and adding an insurance score and the Portland Timbers eliminated Minnesota United from the MLS playoffs with a 3-1 opening-round victory Sunday. The fourth-seeded Timbers advanced to play the top-seeded Rapids in Colorado on Thanksgiving Day. Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller was held out of the match after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced his test results on Twitter just before kickoff. Larrys Mabiala also scored for Portland. Franco Fragapane opened the scoring for Minnesota.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Christian Koloko had 22 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Arizona to a dominating 80-62 win over No. 4 Michigan in the Roman Main Event. Michigan couldn’t get anything to fall from the perimeter, shooting 1 of 14 from 3.

 
In other Top 25 men’s college basketball games:
 
– No. 6 Purdue overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 5 Villanova 80-74 and win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Zach Edey scored 21 points and Caleb Furst and Isaiah Thompson each added 12 points for the Boilermakers.
 
– Tennessee’s two freshmen guards combined for 32 points and 13 assists as the Volunteers bounced back from their first loss of the season to beat No. 18 North Carolina, 89-72, in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament. Zakai Zeigler scored 18 points to go with five assists and Kennedy Chandler had 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the 17th-ranked Vols.
 
– No. 22 St. Bonaventure beat Marquette 70-54 to win the Charleston Classic. Jaren Holmes led the Bonnies with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Osun Osunniyi added 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
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T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-POLL

UNDATED (AP) – Ohio State is now No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, jumping three spots past No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati in a close vote. Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week. Alabama slipped past Cincinnati last week and then Ohio State leapfrogged them both after routing Michigan State. Notre Dame is up to a season-high No. 5 and Michigan will go into its game against Ohio State ranked No. 6. Oklahoma State moved to a season-high No. 7 and is one of three Big 12 teams in the top 10, along with No. 9 Baylor and No. 10 Oklahoma. Mississippi rounds out the top 10 at No. 8.

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NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Tyrod Taylor ran for two touchdowns and threw for 107 yards and the Houston Texans snapped the NFL’s longest active skid by beating the Tennessee Titans 22-13 on a wet and rainy Sunday. The Texans came in having lost eight straight since winning their season opener and hadn’t scored a TD on the road since Sept. 19. Desmond King had two of the Texans’ four interceptions. Three of those came in the fourth quarter to snuff out the Titans’ attempted rally. Houston turned those and a fumbled punt into 13 points.

 
Elsewhere around the NFL:
 
– Jonathan Taylor set a franchise record by scoring five touchdowns in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-15 rout of the unraveling Buffalo Bills. Taylor scored three times in the first half, including a 23-yard catch. He became the NFL’s first player with five TDs in in one game since Alvin Kamara ran for six last season. The Colts won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 6-5. The Bills dropped to 6-4 and ceded their lead atop the AFC East, falling a half-game behind New England.
 
– Minnesota beat Green Bay by making sure Aaron Rodgers didn’t get to touch the ball last. Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 34-31 victory over the Packers. Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, finishing 23 for 33 for a season-high 385 yards. Kirk Cousins passed for 341 yards and three scores.
 
– Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in his return from injured reserve as the Chiefs beat the Cowboys 19-9. Patrick Mahomes was 23 of 37 for 260 yards with an interception and a fumble for Kansas City, but he was bailed out by a defense that played its best game of the year. Charvarius Ward picked off Dak Prescott in the end zone near the end of the first half, and Chris Jones had 3 1/2 sacks while forcing and recovering a fumble.
 
– Colt McCoy was outstanding filling in for Kyler Murray, throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns, and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 23-13. The Seahawks lost their second straight and for the fifth time in the past six games. McCoy outplayed Russell Wilson in his first home game since finger surgery. Wilson was 14 of 26 for 207 yards.
 
– Justin Herbert threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 2:17 remaining and the Los Angeles Chargers held off the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-37. Los Angeles had a 27-10 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Steelers rallied to take a 37-34 lead on Chris Boswell’s 45-yard field goal with 3:24 left. Herbert finished 30 of 41 for 382 yards and three touchdowns, plus 90 yards rushing.
 
– Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns, Darius Slay returned an interception for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New Orleans Saints 40-29. The Eagles have won two in a row for the first time this season and rookie coach Nick Sirianni earned his first victory at home in five tries. The Saints dropped their third straight since losing quarterback Jameis Winston to a season-ending ACL injury.
 
– Washington spoiled Cam Newton’s return to Bank of America Stadium with a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. Taylor Heinicke threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s top-ranked pass defense. Terry McLaurin had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
 
– Devonta Freeman scored on a 3-yard run with 22 seconds remaining and the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears 16-13 even though star quarterback Lamar Jackson missed the game because of an illness. The Ravens ruled out Jackson 90 minutes before kickoff after he took some throws on the field. Chicago’s Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns after Justin Fields left the game with a rib injury in the third quarter, but the Bears lost their fifth straight.
 
– Nick Chubb caught a touchdown pass and ran for 130 yards as the Cleveland Browns held on to avoid a season-wrecking upset and keep Detroit winless with a sloppy 13-10 victory over the Lions. Chubb returned to Cleveland’s lineup after a one-game absence due to COVID-19.
 
– Joe Mixon rushed for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns and the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 32-13. The well-rested Bengals came out of their bye week and snapped a two-game skid to climb back into the AFC North race, while the Raiders lost their third straight since their bye week when they led the AFC West.
 
– Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Myles Gaskin early in the fourth quarter and the Miami Dolphins hung on to beat the New York Jets 24-17 for their third straight victory.
 
– Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes for the third consecutive week and the San Francisco 49ers dominated Jacksonville 30-10 for their third win in four games. Coming off their best game of the season – a 31-10 stunner against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night – the 49ers traveled cross-country on a short week and looked every bit like a playoff contender for the second time in six days, scoring on their first five possessions.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – LeBron James was ejected early in the third quarter after drawing blood by hitting Isaiah Stewart in the face, leaving Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to rally the Los Angeles Lakers to a 121-116 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Davis had 30 points, 10 rebounds and two big blocked shots late on Pistons 20-year-old rookie Cade Cunningham. Westbrook contributed 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become the youngest player in franchise history with a triple-double.

 
James and Stewart were tangled up while boxing out for a rebound. James’s left elbow and hand appeared to make contact with Stewart above the neck, sending him into a bloody rage. Detroit’s center had to be held back more than once, keeping him separated from the NBA superstar. Stewart was also ejected.
 
In other NBA games:
 
– Stephen Curry was back and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 119-104. But they were led by Jordan Poole, who had 33, including eight 3-pointers. Curry scored just 12 points but had eight assists, after sitting out a game with a sore hip.
 
– Cam Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, Deandre Ayton added 21 and the fast-starting Phoenix Suns ran their winning streak to 12, routing the short-handed Denver Nuggets 126-97. The Suns scored 48 points in the first quarter for a 20-point lead, hitting 7 3-pointers.
 
– DeMar DeRozan had 31 points, Zach LaVine added 21 and The Chicago Bulls rallied in the fourth quarter for a 109-103 victory over the New York Knicks. DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 31 points.
 
– Paul George scored 12 of his 29 points in the third quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers ended a two-game losing skid with a 97-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks played their third consecutive game without star Luka Doncic, who is on the mend from a sprained left knee and ankle.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Jaden Schwartz had a goal and three assists and the Seattle Kraken beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 to snap a six-game losing streak. Calle Jarnkrok and Yanni Gorde each added a goal and an assist for Seattle, which got 37 saves from Philipp Grubauer. Alex Ovechkin scored his 15th goal of the season for the Capitals.

 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– Defenseman Ryan Lindgren barely beat the third-period buzzer to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Lindgren’s heroics came after the teams scored three goals each in a wild second period, including four goals in an 82-second span.
 
– Steven Stamkos scored the lone shootout goal while Brian Elliott stopped three shootout shots to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota secured a standings point with a third period rally, tying it at 4 on two empty-net goals.
 
– Former Bruins goalie Dan Vladar stopped 27 shots for his second career shutout, and the Calgary Flames beat Boston 4-0. Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane scored a short-handed goal early in the third period for his 15th of the season.
 
– Mitch Marner scored the game’s only goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders 2-0. Toronto goalie Joseph Woll stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout.
 
– Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 40 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Brandon Hagel scored the game’s lone goal with a third-period tip-in.
 
– The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. It’s the first back-to-back wins this season for the Coyotes.
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PGA-RSM CLASSIC

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Talor Gooch has picked up his first PGA Tour title, and he played like he had done this before. Gooch played bogey-free at Sea Island in the final round. He led by as many as five shots on the back nine. He wound up with a 64 and a three-shot victory in the RSM Classic. The victory sends the former Oklahoma State player to the Masters in April.

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LPGA TOUR

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Jin Young Ko delivered her best performance against her toughest opponent. The South Korean star shot a 63 on Sunday to win the CME Group Tour Championship. That’s what she needed to overtake Nelly Korda for LPGA Tour player of the year.

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NBA-KINGS-WALTON FIRED

UNDATED (AP) – The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Luke Walton after getting off to a disappointing start in his third season in charge. Walton had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to get Sacramento to the playoffs. Associate coach Alvin Gentry takes over on an interim basis.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Florida has fired coach Dan Mullen a day after his sixth loss in nine games. The move comes two months after the Gators went toe to toe with defending national champion Alabama and a year after they had a chance to make the College Football Playoff.

 
In other college football news:
 
– Troy has fired football coach Chip Lindsey with one game left in his third season. Lindsey was 15-19 a Troy. Defensive coordinator Brandon Hall will finish out the season as interim coach.
 
 
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