K-Heart Sports – 12/31/21

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MINOT, ND – After two days of Class B boys basketball featured in Minot, it was the girls turn on Thursday with the Girl’s Hoopster Classic.
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 72, Jamestown 49
Bismarck Legacy 75, Turtle Mountain 63
Mandan 67, Watford City 40
Class B
Kenmare 45, Bottineau 36
Divide County 44, Ray 27
Girl’s Hoopster Classic – Minot Auditorium
Bishop Ryan 47, Dunseith 39
Our Redeemer’s 53, Stanley 44
Des Lacs-Burlington 30, TGU 26
#6 Shiloh Christian 52, #10 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 37
Kidder County 48, Velva 28
#7 Rugby 60, Beulah 37
High School Boys Basketball
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 63, Jamestown 52
Mandan 99, Watford City 42
Turtle Mountain 61, Bismarck Legacy 58
Class B
Garrison 53, Nedrose 40
Surrey 70, Parshall 41
Westhope-Newburg 88, Burke County 48
Minot Sophomores B 50, Central McLean 38
Divide County 43, Ray 24
High School Boys Hockey
Bismarck Legacy 5, Bottineau-Rugby 2
Jamestown 3, Williston 1
Roseau, MN Holiday Classic
Roseau MN 9, Minot 0
High School Girls Hockey
Bottineau 19U 4, Williston 3 SO
Fargo Davies 10, Jamestown 2

High School Boys Swimming & Diving

Mandan Pentahlon
1. Minot, 395.5
2. Bismarck Century, 221.5
3. Bismarck High, 216
4. Mandan, 87

High School Boys Wrestling
Rumble on the Red – Fargo Dome (Top 10)
1. Jackson Co. Central, 156.5
2. Stillwater, 145.5
3. Bismarck High, 111.5
4. Waconia, 110.5
5. Big Lake, 107
6. Royalton-Upsala, 96.5
7. New Prague, 95.5
8. Rapid City Stevens, 79.5
T9. Dawson-Boyd, 76.5
T9. Wayzata, 76.5
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team stormed back to erase a 20-point deficit in the second half, but ultimately South Dakota State earned a 90-86 victory over the Bison on Thursday night. The past seven games between the Bison and Jackrabbits have now all been decided by five points or less. A bucket by Sam Griesel and a putback by Rocky Kreuser tied the contest at 86-86 with 41 seconds remaining. SDSU’s Douglas Wilson got a dunk following a timeout with 14 seconds left, and then Wilson blocked Kreuser’s attempt at a game-tying shot at the other end. Griesel led all players with 25 points, matching his season-high. Kreuser finished with 17 points, Grant Nelson had 15, and Jarius Cook added 14. Saturday’s scheduled game vs. South Dakota was canceled due to COVID protocols at USD, so NDSU will return to action on the road next week at Denver on Thursday, Jan. 6.
BROOKINGS, S.D. (NDSU) – Ryan Cobbins netted a game-high 19 points as the North Dakota State women’s basketball team dropped a 77-60 decision at South Dakota State on Thursday night at Frost Arena. Emily Dietz reached double digits in scoring for the fourth time this season with 11 points to go along with three rebounds and one assist. She increased her career rebounding total to 602, which positions her in 20th place on the NDSU all-time list. Dietz also became only the third player in the division I era to surpass the 600-career rebounding mark. The Bison will continue their road swing at South Dakota (9-4, 2-0 Summit) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
VERMILLION, S.D. (UND) – The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team dropped 85-46 decision to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion on Thursday evening. Shooting was a factor in the loss with the Fighting Hawks shooting 31.6 percent from the field, 16.7 percent from beyond the arch, and 53.8 percent from the line. Comparatively, the Coyotes shot 53.2 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from beyond the arch, and 66.7 percent from the line. Claire Orth led UND’s offense scoring 13 points and securing three rebounds. Kacie Borowicz followed closely behind 11 points, four assists, and one steal. Joli Daninger was the third Fighting Hawk to reach double digits with ten points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists. North Dakota will head to South Dakota State to play the Jackrabbits on New Year’s Day at 2 p.m.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – The Minnesota Wild have signed coach Dean Evason and his staff to multiyear contract extensions. Evason is in his second full season as Minnesota’s coach. The Wild have won 19 of their 30 games so far this season and are on their way to a third consecutive playoff appearance with Evason in charge. He replaced Bruce Boudreau in February 2020. Assistant coaches Darby Hendrickson, Brett McLean and Bob Woods, goaltending coach Frederic Chabot and video coaches T.J. Jindra and Jonas Plumb were also extended.
NEW YORK (AP) – Matthew Slater and Lavonte David are nominees for the fourth time for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The league announced Thursday the eight finalists for the honor that recognizes players who best demonstrate the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. Joining Slater, a wide receiver and special teams standout for New England, and Tampa Bay linebacker David are Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, Houston receiver Brandin Cooks, Miami defensive back Jason McCourty, New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan, San Francisco fullback Kyle Juszczyk and Minnesota wideout Adam Thielen.


UNDATED (AP) – Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No. 11 Michigan State the lead with less than three minutes remaining and the Spartans overcame an 11-point deficit to beat No. 13 Pittsburgh 31-21 in the Peach Bowl. Linebacker Cal Haladay’s 78-yard interception return for a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining ended Pitt fill-in quarterback Davis Beville’s bid for a last-minute comeback. Thorne threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Michigan State rallied. The Panthers played without star QB Kenny Pickett and lost fill-in starter Nick Patti to an injury in the first quarter.

In other college football bowl games:
– South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was rewarded with a bucket of mayonnaise dumped over his head, after the Gamecocks’ 38-21 victory over North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. Jaheim Bell had five catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns for South Carolina. Kevin Harris added 169 yards rushing and a score. By agreeing to the mayo bath, Beamer got $10,000 donated to a favorite charity.
– The Music City Bowl in Nashville went to overtime, with Purdue emerging the victor 48-45 over Tennessee. Mitchell Fineran kicked a 39-yard field goal for the win, as the Boilermakers finished off their best season since 2003 by overcoming a 14-point deficit.
– Braelon Allen ran for 159 yards and Wisconsin drained the final 9:57 off the clock with an 18-play drive that sealed a 20-13 victory over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Allen, a 17-year-old true freshman, had 101 yards by halftime for his eighth 100-yard game of the season. The Badgers started the season 1-3 with Big Ten losses to ranked opponents Penn State and Michigan but answered with a seven-game winning streak to earn a 20th consecutive bowl bid.


UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers spoiled Kevin Durant’s return to the lineup by beating the Nets 110-102 in Brooklyn. Joel Embiid scored 34 points, including converting a tiebreaking three-point play with 3:14 remaining. Durant still had 33 points in his first game in two weeks, having missed three games in health and safety protocols.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
– The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to five games with a 136-118 victory over the Orlando Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks’ scoring with 33 points, while Jrue Holiday added 25 and Khris Middleton 22.
– Bradley Beal had 29 points and 10 assists in his return from the NBA’s health and safety protocols, leading the Washington Wizards to a 110-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first game action in 12 days, Beal played 34 minutes, shooting 13 of 23 from the floor. Cleveland played its first game since losing point guard Ricky Rubio for the season with a torn left ACL.


UNDATED (AP) – Anthony Duclair scored twice, Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and four assists, and the Florida Panthers romped to a 9-3 rout of the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida scored three times in each period against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions and snapped Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak. Eight Panthers in all scored, while Spencer Knight made 39 saves. Tampa Bay lost for only the second time in 11 games this month.

In other NHL action:
– Carolina excelled on special teams in a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Hurricanes scored three times on power plays and another time short-handed in their first game in nearly two weeks. Antti Raanta, usually the Hurricanes backup goalie, made 26 saves for his first shutout since February 2020.
– Gustav Nyquist scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Elvis Merzlikins made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game skid.
– The New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 for their third victory in four home games. Mathew Barzal added a goal and two assists while Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves as the Islanders improved to 3-5-3 at UBS Arena after an 0-5-2 start in their ornate new home.
– The Los Angeles Kings snapped the Vancouver Canucks’ seven-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Boudreau with a 2-1 shootout victory. Adrian Kempe and Viktor Arvidsson scored in the shootout for L.A., while Jonathan Quick made 17 saves.
– The Calgary Flames beat the Seattle Kraken 6-4 in their first game in nearly three weeks. Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal with 2:26 left and had two assists, while Johnny Gaudreau added two goals and assisted on the game-winner. Former Flames captain Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists in his first game against his old team.
– San Jose’s Tomas Hertl scored with 30.1 seconds remaining in overtime to spoil a dazzling debut by Philadelphia goaltender Felix Sandstrom in a 3-2 Sharks victory over the Flyers. The 24-year-old Sandstrom made 43 saves in his first NHL appearance, but couldn’t stop Hertl from close range on the deciding goal.


UNDATED (AP) – DeMarcus Ware, Andre Johnson and Devin Hester are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022 all in their first year of eligibility. The 15 modern-day players who will be considered on Jan. 18 by the selection committee include tackle Tony Boselli and defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Other finalists announced Thursday are safety Leroy Butler, wide receivers Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne, linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas. They are all finalists for the third time. Defensive linemen Jared Allen and Bryant Young and cornerback Ronde Barber are two-time finalists. Tackle Willie Anderson and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-time finalists.



UNDATED (AP) – Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is downplaying death threats he received following his four-interception performance at Green Bay. In a Zoom call with reporters as Cleveland prepares to face Pittsburgh Monday night, Mayfield said his focus is solely on the Steelers and dismissed his social media critics as “keyboard warriors that make empty threats.” Mayfield’s wife, Emily, first revealed the threats in an Instagram post earlier this week. Mayfield has had a stormy, injury-slowed fourth season in Cleveland. He threw a career-high four picks in a 24-22 loss to the Packers on Christmas after missing two weeks of practice because of a positive COVID-19 test.

Elsewhere around the NFL:
– Ben Roethlisberger could be making his final start at Heinz Field when the Steelers host Cleveland on Monday night. The Pittsburgh quarterback says he never speaks “in definites or guarantees,” but adds “looking at the bigger picture, I would say that all signs are pointing that this could be it.” The 39-year-old insists he won’t make any final decisions until after the season, but the comment stands as his first public acknowledgement that Monday could be his final home game.
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