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K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 080520 – 0700
 
VALLEY CITY, ND – The Minot Metros lost their opening game at the Senior Babe Ruth Class A North Dakota State Baseball Tournament in Valley City.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Charlie Brown Field in Valley City
First Round
(E1) West Fargo Vets def. (W4) Minot Metros 9-0
(E3) Fargo Jets def. (W2) Bismarck Reps 6-4
(W3) Bismarck Capitals def. (E2) Devils Lake 13-1
(E4) Valley City def. (W1) Jamestown Eagles 7-4
 
Today’s schedule
Loser Out
(W4) Minot Metros vs (W2) Bismarck Reps, 10 am
(E2) Devils Lake vs (W1) Jamestown Eagles, 1 pm
2nd Round
(E1) West Fargo Vets vs (E3) Fargo Jets, 4 pm
(W3) Bismarck Capitals vs (E4) Valley City, 7 pm
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BISMARCK, ND – The Minot Vistas lost their first round game at the Senior Babe Ruth Class AA North Dakota State Baseball Tournament in Bismarck.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Municipal Ballpark in Bismarck
First Round
(1) Fargo Post 2 def. (8) Fargo Post 400 10-0 (5)
(4) Grand Forks def. (5) Williston Keybirds 2-0
(3) West Fargo def. (6) Dickinson Roughriders 11-0
(2) Bismarck Governors def. (7) Minot Vistas 2-1 (8)
 
Today’s schedule
Loser Out
(5) Williston Keybirds vs (8) Fargo Post 400, 10 am
(6) Dickinson Roughriders vs (7) Minot Vistas, 1 pm
2nd Round
(1) Fargo Post 2 vs (4) Grand Forks, 4 pm
(2) Bismarck Governors vs (3) West Fargo, 7 pm
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs were finishing a short 2-game home series against Pierre last night when rain in the bottom of the 2nd inning cancelled the game. The two teams travel to Pierre, SD for a 2-game series tonight and Thursday.
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MINNESOTA TWINS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – José Berríos pitched six innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat Pittsburgh 7-3 for their fifth straight win. Minnesota improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The other was 2001. The Pirates lost their fifth in a row and have baseball’s worst winning percentage at .182. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when an unauthorized drone flew over center field at Target Field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the drone but missed.
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MINNESOTA WILD-PLAYOFFS
 
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even their qualifying series at a win each. Tanner Pearson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves. Kevin Fiala had two goals and Luke Kunin scored for Minnesota. Alex Stalock made 24 stops. Game 3 is Thursday, when lower-seeded Minnesota will be the home team for the first time in the series.
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VIKINGS-HALL TRADE
 
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The trade that sent defensive tackle P.J. Hall from Las Vegas to Minnesota for a conditional draft pick has been negated after Hall failed a physical with the Vikings. Minnesota had agreed to send a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 to the Raiders for Hall. The Vikings sent him back to the Raiders and he was then waived by Las Vegas.
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MLB SCHEDULE-MARLINS-ORIOLES
 
BALTIMORE (AP) – Finally back on the baseball diamond after enduring eight days of virus testing, hotel room service and lengthy bus rides, the Miami Marlins scratched out a victory worth savoring.
 
Following one final delay in their effort to return from a miserable coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday night. Francisco Cervelli and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who had their season halted after 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia.
 
All the happiness that playing baseball brings was displayed when Cervelli slammed a 3-1 pitch from John Means over the left-field wall to give Miami a 1-0 lead in the fifth. The players in the dugout cheered, and Cervelli saluted them as the rounded third and headed for home.
 
In other Tuesday action:
 
– Mike Trout homered in his first plate appearance as a father, Albert Pujols moved one step closer to Willie Mays on the career home runs list and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3. Trout missed four games while on paternity leave for the birth of his son, Beckham Aaron Trout. He returned with a solo shot to left-center in the first inning on a day full of news for the Angels as top prospect Jo Adell also made his debut. Pujols hit a two-run homer later in the first for a 3-0 lead, giving him 659 for his career, one behind Mays on the career list.
 
– Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and the Houston Astros roughed up Madison Bumgarner in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Altuve hit his homer in the first inning and Correa followed with another in the second. The Astros put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, including two on Springer’s bases-loaded double. The Diamondbacks have lost five of six games. Bumgarner had a rough night, giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings.
 
– Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1. Riley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoemaker into the Blue Jays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall in the fifth. It was the third homer allowed by Shoemaker. Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers hit homers in the second. Fried was thrust into the role of staff ace when Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on Monday night, ending his season.
 
– Stephen Piscotty hit Oakland’s second walkoff grand slam of the year and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
 
– Jose Berrios pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh 7-3 Tuesday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field. The Twins won their fifth in a row and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder but missed.
 
– Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1. The Blue Jays played their first game since Thursday in this virus-interrupted season.
 
– Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, helping Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox edge the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The White Sox have won six consecutive games for the first time since April 2017 as they attempt to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. This latest victory may prove costly. White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with an injured left shoulder.
 
– Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition.
 
– Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season with the coronavirus and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped their losing streak at five by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1. Boston lost its fourth in a row, including a three-game sweep at Yankees Stadium over the weekend, and fell to 3-8 overall.
 
– The Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel.
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NBA-SCHEDULE
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Luka Doncic punctuated a triple-double by making the tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime Tuesday and leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings, 114-110. Doncic was sensational, finishing with 34 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 12 assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and seven rebounds before fouling out late in regulation. It was the Mavs’ first victory since arriving at Walt Disney World and allowed them to remain the only NBA to avoid three straight losses this season.
 
In other action:
 
– Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Blazers led by one before Lillard made one of two free throws. Anthony’s 3 then extended the lead to 107-102 when less than a minute to go. Anthony had 15 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden led Houston with 23 points and nine assists on a night he was slowed by foul trouble. Jeff Green added a season-high 22 points
 
– Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot hit back-to-back 3’s to put Brooklyn ahead to stay, and the Nets beat Milwaukee 119-116 to keep the Bucks from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with a career-high 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 16 points playing only the first half for Milwaukee, which now has lost two of three seeding games.
 
– T.J. Warren scored 32 points and Myles Turner added 21 to send the Indiana Pacers past Orlando 120-109 for their third consecutive victory. Warren has topped the 30-point mark in each game at Walt Disney World and tied Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record for most points in a three-game stretch with 119. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic.
 
– Bam Adebayo had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat never trailed in beating the Boston Celtics 111-106. The Heat remained alone in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics had their lead for the No. 3 seed cut to 1 1/2 games over the Heat. Miami has a game lead on Indiana and improved to 2-1 so far in the seeding games despite Jimmy Butler sitting out with a sore right ankle.
 
– Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns improved to 3-0 in the bubble as they chase a playoff spot. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 27 points and George added 23.
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NHL-SCHEDULE-HURRICANES-RANGERS
 
TORONTO (AP) – Sebastian Aho scored twice in the third period while James Reimer was strong in net to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night and sweep the Stanley Cup qualifier series. Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period for the Hurricanes. Reimer added 37 saves for the Hurricanes in his first start of the series. Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers. Rookie Igor Shesterkin finished with 27 saves in his postseason debut for New York.
 
In other Tuesday action:
 
– The Nashville Predators stumbled in their postseason opener by falling into an early hole, putting themselves in a must-win situation for Game 2. Behind steady goaltending and a dedication to clogging shooting lanes, the Predators snatched the momentum back less than 24 hours before Game 3.
 
– Aware of how much back-to-back losses could devastate their playoff hopes, the Calgary Flames wrested momentum back in their series with the Winnipeg Jets with a 6-2 win Tuesday. The Flames lead the best-of-five qualifying series 2-1. Game 4 is Thursday.
 
– Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NHL preliminary round playoff series. Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin also scored, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots in a game New York overcame a pair of one-goal deficits. Mike Hoffman had a goal and assist and captain Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, which is one loss from going one-and-done in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive time.
 
– Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday to even their best-of-five qualifying series at one game. Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 1:52 left in the game after his head made violent contact with Columbus’ Oliver Bjorkstrand behind the Blue Jackets net. He was taken to a hospital.
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MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALS-MOLINA
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19. The nine-time All-Star revealed his results in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive. The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Atlanta Braves have placed right-hander Mike Soroka on the 45-day injured list following his torn right Achilles tendon and have designated right-hander Chris Rusin for assignment. Soroka was the team’s opening day starter. He had to be helped off the field after suffering his season-ending injury in Monday night’s loss to the New York Mets.
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NBA-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Jamal Crawford made his Brooklyn debut and it ended quickly. Crawford hurt his left hamstring in the second quarter of the Nets’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Crawford had five points and three assists in six minutes off the bench. He got hurt while being guard by Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, who appeared to step on Crawford’s foot.
 
In NBA news:
 
– The Memphis Grizzlies will be without forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. for whatever remains of this season after he hurt his left knee. The Grizzlies said Jackson was hurt when he landed awkwardly after making contact with an opponent while contesting a shot. Further evaluation found a meniscus tear in his left knee. Jackson is expected to make a full recovery.
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NFL-STAFFORD-FALSE POSITIVE
 
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Lions removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list, saying he received a false positive test result – and drawing the ire of the quarterback’s wife toward the NFL. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative. The team issued a statement saying Stafford does not have the virus and never did.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon. That’s according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players. There also are opt-out provisions for players who experience emergency or extenuating circumstances during the season due to the coronavirus. Another person with direct knowledge of the agreement between the league and the players’ union tells The Associated Press that relief in the 2020 salary cap is being provided to the 32 teams.

– Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns. Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front. Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck. The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

 
– Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons. Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.
 
– The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list. Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker. The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.
 
– Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the signing, the Bucs add another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. The 32-year-old McCoy is entering his 12th NFL season.
 
– The New York Giants improved their pass rush by re-signing linebacker Markus Golden. The Giants announced Tuesday the signing on
their leader in sacks last season. Golden’s contract is a one-year tender for $5.1 million. Golden had 10 sacks in 2019, more than twice the total of any other Giants defender. The 29-year-old is entering his sixth season.
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NASCAR-ILLEGAL TEST
 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR has fined an Xfinity Series team $50,000 because driver Alex Labbe violated the testing policy for the road course at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR will race on that configuration for the first time later this month and is not holding any practice sessions before the events. The sanctioning body has said drivers may participate in only one race that weekend in an effort to prevent competitors from gaining experience on the course. In an attempted workaround of the rules, Labbe went to an SCCA event last weekend at Daytona to try to learn the circuit. NASCAR officials caught wind of his presence and ordered Labbe off the track.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 080420 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – The Senior Babe Ruth Class AA North Dakota State Baseball Tournament begins today in Bismarck.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Municipal Ballpark in Bismarck
First Round
(1) Fargo Post 2 vs (8) Fargo Post 400, 10 am
(4) Grand Forks vs (5) Williston Keybirds, 1 pm
(3) West Fargo vs (6) Dickinson Roughriders, 4 pm
(2) Bismarck Governors vs (7) Minot Vistas, 7 pm
 
The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday.
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VALLEY CITY, ND – The Senior Babe Ruth Class A North Dakota State Baseball Tournament begins today in Valley City.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Charlie Brown Field in Valley City
First Round
(E1) West Fargo Vets vs (W4) Minot Metros, 10 am
(W2) Bismarck Reps vs (E3) Fargo Jets, 1 pm
(E2) Devils Lake vs (W3) Bismarck Capitals, 4 pm
(W1) Jamestown Eagles vs (E4) Valley City, 7 pm
 
The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday.
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SABRE DOGS-WIN
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs are undefeated in the month of August. The Dogs are in the midst of seven consecutive games against the Pierre Trappers. After a three games series in Pierre, SD over the weekend, the Dogs hosted the Trappers in the first of two games at Corbett Field last night winning 11-5. Souris Valley has outscored Pierre 35-13 in the three wins. The teams play again tonight here in Minot before returning to Pierre for games Wednesday and Thursday.
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TWINS-WALK OFF WIN
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Nelson Cruz’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates for their fourth straight win. Cruz knocked in two runs to raise his season total to 14 RBIs. He drove a pitch from Pirates reliever and former Twins draft pick Nick Burdi over the head of center fielder Cole Tucker with runners at second and third and one out to knock in Jorge Polanco. The Pirates have lost five straight games.
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VIKINGS-TRADE
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have acquired defensive tackle P.J. Hall from the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2021. Hall provides reinforcement for the interior for the Vikings after the opt out by expected starter Michael Pierce. Hall was a second-round pick in coach Jon Gruden’s first draft back with the Raiders in 2018. He was selected 57th overall out of Sam Houston State. The 6-foot, 305-pound Hall played mostly as a reserve as a rookie and then started 12 games last season but failed to make much of an impact.
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VIKINGS-SPIELMAN
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed general manager Rick Spielman to a multi-year contract extension. This is latest move toward maintaining continuity among the club’s key leaders. As they’ve done with previous deals, the Vikings matched their commitment to Spielman with theirs to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer signed a three-year extension last month. Both Spielman and Zimmer had begun the final season of their contracts until gaining the extra job security this summer. Spielman was hired in 2006 as vice president of player personnel. He had his role elevated to general manager with full authority over the roster in 2012.
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MLB-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies were back in action after a week-long hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak in baseball. They ran into a buzz saw on Monday as the New York Yankees rolled to their seventh consecutive win, 6-3 over the Phils. The Phillies were able to end Aaron Judge’s career-high home run streak at five games, but the Yankees still hit three to take a 6-1 lead. Gio Urshela belted a three-run shot for the Bombers, who also received home runs from DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner. That was enough offense for Gerrit Cole as he won his 19th consecutive regular-season decision. Cole allowed one run and five hits over six innings for his second win as a Yankee, helping his new team improve to a major league-best 8-1. Jay Bruce homered for the Phillies.
 
In other MLB action:
 
– Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings to lead the Cubs to their fourth straight win, 2-0 over the Royals. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment. Javier Baez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since its 2016 title run.
 
– Jake Cronenworth singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 5-4. Trent Grisham, Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis Jr. homered off Walker Buehler to help Chris Paddack beat Los Angeles for the first time. Paddack allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
 
– Jacob deGrom notched his first win of the season by striking out 10 while allowing two runs over six innings of the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Braves. DeGrom received support from batterymate Wilson Ramos, who belted a two-run homer that put New York ahead, 7-0. Ramos and Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’) each finished with three RBIs as the Mets ended a five-game skid and stopped the Braves’ five-game winning streak.
 
– Nolan Arenado slammed his first homer of the season to ignite a five-run sixth in the Rockies’ 7-6 win versus the Giants. Colorado trailed 4-1 until Arenado furnished a two-run blast. The Rockies have tied their best nine-game start at 7-2.
 
– The Twins earned their fourth straight win by downing the Pirates, 5-4 on an RBI double by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the ninth. Cruz knocked in two runs to raise his season total to 14 RBIs. Pittsburgh dropped its fifth in a row and owns the majors’ worst record at 2-8.
 
– The White Sox picked up their fifth win in a row by scoring four times over the last three innings of a 6-4 win at Milwaukee, spoiling the Brewers’ belated home opener. Jose Abreu smacked a tying, two-run homer in the seventh, Leury Garcia scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth. Avisail Garcia doubled, singled and drove in three for the Brewers.
 
– Ramon Laureano and Chad Pinder both had two-run singles while the Athletics erupted for eight runs with two out in the fifth inning of an 11-1 laugher against the Mariners. Winning pitcher Frankie Montas cruised through seven innings, giving up four hits and struck out nine. Seattle’s only run came on Kyle Seager’s two-out double in the third inning.
 
– Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer and Nick Castellanos also connected to power the Reds to a 3-2 victory against the Indians. Sonny Gray worked six innings despite allowed runs in each of the first two frames. Cincinnati ended a six-game home losing streak against their in-state rival.
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NBA-SCHEDULE
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have opened their NBA restart schedule with back-to-back wins over division leaders. Fred VanVleet poured in a career-high 36 points and the defending champions followed their win over the Los Angeles Lakers by downing the Miami Heat, 107-103. He finished 7 of 12 from 3-point range and was a perfect 13 of 13 from the line. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) added 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 with eight rebounds for Atlantic Division leaders. Goran Dragic had 25 points for the Heat.
 
Also around the NBA:
 
– The Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs as Anthony Davis contributed 42 points and 12 rebounds in a 116-108 downing of the Jazz. Davis’ final basket resulted in a 4-point play with 42 seconds left, as he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Rudy Gobert and made the ensuing free throw to give the Los Angeles a 114-104 lead. LeBron James scored 22 points for the Lakers, wile Donovan Mitchell was high man for Utah with 33 points.
 
– Michael Porter Jr. contributed a career-high 37 points and Nikola Jokic had a triple-double to help the Nuggets top the Thunder, 121-113 in overtime. Jokic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to help Denver strengthen its hold on third place in the Western Conference standings.
 
– Shake Milton drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining to push the 76ers past the Spurs, 132-130. Joel Embiid had 27 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia, finishing the scoring with a free throw with 0.4 seconds to play. The Sixers opened a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then recovered after falling behind by four in the final minute.
 
– T.J. Warren followed his career-high 53-point performance by providing 34 in the Pacers’ 111-100 victory over the Wizards. Warren had 16 points in the third quarter to spark a 22-2 run after Washington had fought back into the game.
– Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and the Pelicans got a much-needed 109-99 victory over the Grizzlies. Zion Williamson had 23 points, seven rebounds and tied a career high with five assists in his most extensive playing time since returning to the NBA bubble.
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NHL-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t beat the New York Rangers during the NHL regular season, but they find themselves up two-games-to-none in their best-of-5 qualifying series. Andrei Svechnikov recorded the first playoff hat trick in franchise history to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 verdict over the Blueshirts. The game was tied 1-1 until he and Jordan Martinook tallied 71 seconds apart early in the second period. Svechnikov got his third goal of the day on a sweet two-one-one breakaway with 5:58 remaining. Petr Mrazek stopped 23 shots for the Hurricanes, who can complete a sweep Tuesday in Toronto.
 
In other NHL action:
 
– Connor McDavid’s hat trick was the difference in the Oilers’ 6-3 win over the Blackhawks, evening the qualifying series at a game apiece. McDavid opened the scoring just 19 seconds in and added another goal less than four minutes later. Alex Chiasson added a goal and an assist for Edmonton.
 
– Nikita Kucherov scored the shootout winner in the Lightning’s 3-2 win against the Capitals in Eastern Conference round-robin play. Kucherov also scored in regulation, opening the scoring 12:53 into the first period. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped two of the three Capitals players he faced in the shootout after making 31 saves in regulation and overtime.
 
– The Penguins evened their qualifying series at a game apiece on goals by Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel in a 3-1 decision over the Canadiens. Zucker scored with about five minutes left to give Pittsburgh a two-goal cushion. Matt Murray stopped 26 shots and blanked Montreal until Jesperi Kotkaniemi beat him with 2:09 left.
 
– Nikolaj Ehlers scored a third-period power-play goal to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Adam Lowry led the
Jets with a goal and an assist as the Jets evened the NHL qualifying series at a game apiece. Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the win.
 
– Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left as the Golden Knights beat the Stars, 5-3 in Western Conference round-robin play. Dallas led 3-1 in the third period until Vegas scored three times in 5:02 to take control. Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone, Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson also scored for the Knights, and Robin Lehner handled 24 shots.
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MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALS

UNDATED (AP) – Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit. The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday. St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals’ series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily. The Cardinals are the second team sidelined by the novel coronavirus since the season started July 23. The Miami Marlins are set to resume play Tuesday in Baltimore.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in Monday’s loss to the Mets. Soroka broke toward first base to cover the bag after a grounder to Freddie Freeman, only to go down on his first step off the mound. He yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees.
 
– Tuesday’s game between the Yankees and visiting Phillies has been postponed because of the approach of Tropical Storm Isaisas. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Wednesday in Philadelphia, where the teams had been scheduled to play single games Wednesday and Thursday.
 
– Marlins CEO Derek Jeter blames the team’s coronavirus outbreak on a collective false sense of security that made players lax about social distancing and wearing masks. Infected were 21 members of the team’s traveling party, including at least 18 players. Jeter says none is seriously ill, and he expects all to return this season. With more than half of the team sidelined, Jeter said the Marlins still can be competitive when their season resumes Tuesday at Baltimore.
 
– Results of Covid-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a Monday night game. The Phillies have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus.
 
– Brewers manager Craig Counsell says bench coach Pat Murphy has been released from the hospital after suffering a heart attack during a team workout Saturday. Milwaukee doesn’t plan to bring in an additional staff member while Murphy recovers.
 
– Indians manager Terry Francona will not be with the club for its series opener in Cincinnati as he deals with a gastrointestinal issue. Francona was scheduled for an exam at the Cleveland Clinic to address his condition. Coach Sandy Alomar Jr. is running the team in Francona’s absence.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 080320 – 1600
 
BISMARCK, ND – The Senior Babe Ruth Class AA North Dakota State Baseball Tournament begins tomorrow in Bismarck.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Municipal Ballpark in Bismarck
First Round – Tue, 8/4
(1) Fargo Post 2 vs (8) Fargo Post 400, 10 am
(4) Grand Forks vs (5) Williston Keybirds, 1 pm
(3) West Fargo vs (6) Dickinson Roughriders, 4 pm
(2) Bismarck Governors vs (7) Minot Vistas, 7 pm
 
The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday.
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VALLEY CITY, ND – The Senior Babe Ruth Class A North Dakota State Baseball Tournament begins tomorrow in Valley City.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Charlie Brown Field in Valley City
First Round – Tue, 8/4
(E1) West Fargo Vets vs (W4) Minot Metros, 10 am
(W2) Bismarck Reps vs (E3) Fargo Jets, 1 pm
(E2) Devils Lake vs (W3) Bismarck Capitals, 4 pm
(W1) Jamestown Eagles vs (E4) Valley City, 7 pm
The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday.
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VIKINGS-SPIELMAN
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed general manager Rick Spielman to a multi-year contract extension. This is latest move toward maintaining continuity among the club’s key leaders. As they’ve done with previous deals, the Vikings matched their commitment to Spielman with theirs to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer signed a three-year extension last month. Both Spielman and Zimmer had begun the final season of their contracts until gaining the extra job security this summer. Spielman was hired in 2006 as vice president of player personnel. He had his role elevated to general manager with full authority over the roster in 2012.
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MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONA
 
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will not be with the club for its series opener in Cincinnati as he deals with a gastrointestinal issue. Francona was scheduled for an exam at the Cleveland Clinic to address his condition. He was forced to return to the team’s hotel Sunday in Minneapolis as the Indians completed a four-game series with the Twins. First-base coach Sandy Alomar filled in for the 61-year-old Francona, who is in his eighth season with Cleveland. Francona’s status beyond today’s game is not yet known.
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MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALS
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit. The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday. St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals’ series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily. The Cardinals are the second team sidelined by the novel coronavirus since the season started July 23. The Miami Marlins are set to resume play Tuesday in Baltimore.
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MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-PHILLIES
 
UNDATED (AP) – Results of Covid-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a game tonight. The Phillies have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Although the Phillies didn’t have any players test positive, their games last week were postponed as a cautionary measure.
The Phillies face a difficult assignment in their long-awaited return to action. They return from their week-long layoff to face Gerrit Cole and the AL East-leading New York Yankees on the road. This marks a homecoming of sorts for Phillies first-year manager Joe Girardi. He managed the Yankees from 2008-17 and helped them beat Philadelphia in the 2009 World Series.
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MLB-BREWERS
 
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers are finally playing their home opener a few days later than expected. Milwaukee planned to open its Miller Park schedule Friday against St. Louis, but the Brewers’ entire three-game weekend series got scrapped after multiple Cardinals tested positive for coronavirus.
The Brewers will try again when the Chicago White Sox come to town. Milwaukee won’t have two-time All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain or former MVP Ryan Braun in the lineup. Braun was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday, retroactive to July 30, with an infected right finger. Cain announced Saturday he was opting out of the rest of the season over virus concerns. That likely creates more playing time for Ben Gamel, who has a homer and a triple in 12 at-bats this season.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-RAIDERS
 
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team sent a letter to season ticket holders saying that after discussions with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans. Officials last week declared “substantial completion” of 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the Raiders. Both the New York Jets and Giants previously announced they would play without fans this season. Most other teams are hoping to be able to have at least limited crowds.
 
Elsewhere in the NFL:
 
– Denver Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James has decided to skip the 2020 season over concerns about the coronavirus. James says he already has one family member who was infected by the virus and he doesn’t want to risk bringing the virus home to his wife and newborn son. James and the Broncos were hoping for a bounce-back year in 2020 after he played just three games last year after signing a big free agent contract. A balky knee limited James to just 63 snaps over three starts last year.
 
– Panthers linebacker Christian Miller has informed the team he has opted out of the 2020 season. Miller, a fourth-round pick in 2019 out of Alabama, played in seven games last year. He had two sacks in the victory over the Cardinals in Week 3 but injured his ankle two weeks later and played just 25 snaps the rest of the season.
 
– The Atlanta Falcons have signed former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who adds needed experience to a young secondary. A first-round pick by the Bengals in 2014, Dennard has made 24 starts in 77 games. He has three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 passes defensed in his six seasons and started five games in 2019. The Falcons cut Desmond Trufant following the 2019 season. Isaiah Oliver, a second-round draft pick in 2018, and A.J. Terrell, a first-round pick this year, entered camp as the favorites to land starting jobs. Dennard’s three-year, $13.5 million deal with Jacksonville fell through in March without being signed.
 
– Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels great and has no symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. Pederson is quarantining at home away from family members and plans to run the team virtually while assistant head coach Duce Staley handles leadership duties during training camp. Pederson didn’t want to comment on how he contracted the virus but is comfortable with the safety measures at the team’s practice facility.
 
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 080320 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs won their road series in Pierre, SD this weekend. The Trappers took the opener on Friday 8-3, but the Dogs rebounded for a 18-6 win Saturaday and a 6-2 victory on Sunday. The series is part of seven consecutive games between the teams. The Dogs host the Trappers tonight and Tuesday, before returning to Pierre on Wednesday and Thursday.
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TWINS-CLEVELAND
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Minnesota Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The Twins took the four-game series from their primary division competitor. Max Kepler doubled and scored in each of his first two at-bats against Indians starter Aaron Civale. The defending American League Central champion Twins have outscored their opponents 28-8 over the first three innings this year. The Twins allowed only four runs over these four games, winning three of them to raise their record to 7-2.
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WILD-PLAYOFF WIN
 
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Jared Spurgeon scored twice and Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots to get his his first career postseason win, leading the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their qualifying series. Kevin Fiala also scored – one of Minnesota’s two power-play goals. Eric Staal had two assists and Spurgeon sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute. Jacob Markstrom, making his first career postseason start, also finished with 28 saves for Vancouver. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday.
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NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career. Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.

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GOLF-TOURNAMENTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Brooks Koepka bogeyed the hole. Thomas is No. 1 for the first time since June 2018. Koepka finished in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis at minus-10.
 
In other golf action:
 
– Richy Werenski is the winner of the Barracuda Championship, finishing one point ahead of Troy Merritt under the Modified Stableford System. Werenski collected 13 points in the final round for a 39-point total. Fabian Gomez and Matthias Schwab were two points back.
 
– Danielle Kang fired a final-round 2-under 70 at Inverness Club to clinch the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in more than five months. Kang claimed the victory when Celine Boutier made a tentative stroke on a tricky putt at 18. The ball caught the left edge of the cup and spun away, allowing Kand to win with a 7-under total.
 
– Jim Furyk closed with a 4-under 68 and won the Ally Challenge when Brett Quigley bogeyed his last two holes. Furyk became the first player since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2014 to win in his start on the 50-and-older circuit.
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MLB-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – It was vintage Clayton Kershaw on the mound as he made his injury-delayed season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Diamondbacks. He threw 81 pitches and retired his first 10 batters. Kershaw was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room. NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for the third time in four days. Mookie Betts homered and doubled before leaving early because of an injury.
 
Elsewhere in the majors:
 
– Aaron Judge extended his career-best home run streak to five games by going deep twice in the Yankees’ sixth consecutive win, a 9-7 comeback over the Red Sox. Judge banged out a three-run homer in the second inning and broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run shot with two out in the eighth.
 
– The Reds swept the first-ever seven-inning doubleheader in big league history. Shogo Akiyama hit an RBI single in the seventh that sent the Reds over the Tigers, 4-3. Cincinnati took the nightcap, 4-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out seven while allowing two hits over seven innings.
 
– Kyle Wright and the Atlanta bullpen combined on a 10-hit shutout as the Braves downed the Mets, 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep. The Braves have won five in a row, while the Mets have dropped five straight.
 
– Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Max Kepler doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score on RBI singles by Jorge Polando and Nelson Cruz.
 
– White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh that propelled Chicago to a 9-2 rout of the Royals. Yasmani Grandal added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep.
 
– The Orioles completed their first three-game sweep in almost two years as Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of their 5-1 decision over the Rays. Renato Nunez and Pat Valaika homered to help Baltimore send Tampa Bay to its fifth consecutive loss.
 
– Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMcMahon and Matt Kemp homered while the Rockies built a 9-1 lead in a 9-6 win against the Padres. Antonio Senzatela looked good in holding San Diego to a run and four hits over six innings.
 
– Javier Baez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning to
score David Bote and give the Cubs a 2-1 triumph over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a fifth-inning double before Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time at Wrigley Field.
 
– Alex Bregman poked an RBI single in the 11th inning to push the Astros past the Angels, 6-5. Bregman also homered in the seventh after Albert Pujols launched a grand slam that put Los Angeles ahead, 4-2.
 
– The Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2 as Ramon Laureano broke out of a slump with a three-run homer to help Chris Bassitt become the first Oakland starter to earn a victory this season. Bassitt struck out seven and allowed three hits with no walks in 5 2/3 innings.
 
– Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with a big three-run homer in the seventh inning that secured the Rangers’ win over the Giants, 9-5. Shin-Soo Choo slammed a two-run homer and Scott Hieneman hit a two-run double for Texas.
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NBA-SCHEDULE
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Boston Celtics are 1-1 since the NBA restart as they try to nail down the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30 as the Celtics got past the Trail Blazers, 128-124. Tatum rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting. Boston led by as many has 24 in the second quarter, but the Trail Blazers chipped away and used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a 101-98 advantage.
 
Damian Lillard had 30 points and 16 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic added 30 points in his second official game back after breaking his leg in March 2019. The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2 games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.
 
Also on the NBA schedule:
 
– Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Rockets relied on strong defense down the stretch to top the Bucks, 120-116. It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston’s offense on a night James Harden scored 24. Houston tied an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regulation game with 61, making 21 of them.
 
– The Spurs pulled out a 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second to play. Dejounte Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.
 
– Caris LeVert scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half of the Nets’ 118-110 downing of the Wizards. Joe Harris scored a season-high 27 points and Jarrett Allen added 22 with 15 rebounds, helping Brooklyn move seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
 
– The Magic improved to 2-0 since the restart as Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 132-116 rout of the Kings. Terrence Ross finished with 25 points and Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half to help Orlando win its fifth in a row dating back before the league shutdown.
 
– Devin Booker scored 30 points, but the Suns erased a double-digit deficit with their All-Star guard on the bench with foul trouble, rallying for a 117-115 victory over the Mavericks. The Suns have won both games in the restart after coming in with the worst Western Conference record among playoff hopefuls.
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NHL-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Flyers have taken Game 1 of their NHL round-robin series that will determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist while the Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Toronto. Raffl opened the scoring 5:33 into the period and set up Nate Thompson about four minutes later. Phillipe Myers restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead late in the period, eight seconds after Chris Wagner got the Bruins within 2-1. Scott Laughton also scored and Carter Hart turned back 34 shots in the Flyers’ 10th win in their last 11 games overall.
 
In other NHL postseason openers:
 
– Nazem Kadri scored a buzzer-beating power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 comeback victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues in Western Conference round-robin play. Kadri’s shot crossed the goal line with 0.1 seconds on the clock. The NHL reviewed the play for several minutes before calling it a good goal.
 
– Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series. Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored to support Darcy Kuemper’s 40-save performance. The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second of which got Nashville within 4-3 midway through the third period.
 
– Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start and Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs in the qualifying round tourney in Toronto. Korpisalo got a lot of help from a smothering Blue Jackets defense, which did not allow a Toronto shot in the last seven minutes of the game. Alexander Wennberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 19 seconds remaining.
 
– Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots and the Wild scored two power-play goals in a 2-0 shutout of the Canucks. Kevin Fiala (fee-AL’-ah) put Minnesota ahead 2:50 after the opening faceoff. Jared Spurgeon added a second-period goal and an empty-netter to clinch it.
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MLB-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday. The Marlins haven’t played since July 26 in Philadelphia because of an outbreak within their traveling party.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy suffered a heart attack during a Saturday team workout at Miller Park. Brewers general manager David Stearns said the 61-year-old Murphy received a stent and is expected to get released from the hospital “in a couple of days.” Stearns said it was too early to estimate when Murphy might be back in uniform.
 
– The Mets say slugger Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Cespedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season.
 
– Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, a day after reporting a stomach ailment. The Cubs says Bryant tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to be tested again on Monday. Manager David Ross said the team is taking the right precautions to keep everyone safe.
 
– Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been placed on the injured list. The team gave no reason for the move but specified the six-time All-Star is not on the 10-day injured list. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list.
 
– The Rockies may be without reliever Scott Oberg for the rest of the season after he developed blood clots in his right arm for a third time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg felt some discomfort in his throwing hand during a throwing session yesterday. He was evaluated by vascular doctors, who discovered the clots.
 
– Cleveland manager Terry Francona left the team before the game at Minnesota on Sunday, due to what the Indians said was a minor gastrointestinal condition not related to COVID-19. First base coach Sandy Alomar took over managing duty for the four-game series finale against the Twins.
 
– Mike Trout is expected to return to the Angels on Tuesday after taking the weekend to be with his wife and newborn son. Manager Joe Maddon said the three-time AL MVP is likely to play in Seattle at the start of a six-game road trip. Trout missed his fourth straight game Sunday after the birth of his first child, Beckham Aaron Trout, on Thursday.
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NBA-HEAT-BUTLER
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. The Heat said only that Butler had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler, saying “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in.” Crowder’s reference to “quarantine” suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors.
 
Also Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to team executives, coaches and health officers reiterating the importance of wearing face masks and coverings on the Disney campus, as well as adhering to social-distancing guidelines. The memo also stressed that eating or drinking while walking on campus is now prohibited. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.
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NHL DISCIPLINE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Drake Caggiula for Game 2 of their qualifying round series against the Oilers. Caggiula received a one-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis during the second period of Saturday’s win against Edmonton.
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NFL-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19. The Eagles released a statement saying Pederson hasn’t experienced any symptoms, is feeling well and under self-quarantine. The team also said any person who was in close contact with Pederson has been notified and will be tested daily. Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team’s practice facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Matt LaCosse joined a list of six other Patriots players who have already declared their intentions to sit out this season over concerns about the pandemic. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, tackles Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran, running back Brandon Bolden and fullback Danny Vitale previously opted out.
 
– Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list following offseason hip surgery. The team stressed that Landry remains on schedule to return this season, and he has said he expects to be back on the field sometime this month. The four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game during six NFL seasons with Miami and Cleveland.
 
– The Jets released right guard Brian Winters and will save $7.28 in salary cap room. The 29-year-old Winters was the Jets’ longest-tenured player and had been mostly a solid starter for New York, which drafted him in the third round out of Kent State in 2013.
 
– The Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list. Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also landed on the list. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day, then went back on the list due to the NFL’s pandemic procedures.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUT
 
UNDATED (AP) – A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag (hash)WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.
It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure. The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 080120 – 0700
 
 
JAMESTOWN, ND – Jamestown won the the Class A Senior Babe Ruth West Region Baseball Tournament on Friday. The top four teams from the tournament advance to State. The Minot Metros will be the #4-seed from the West.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Jamestown
Semifinal
#1 Bismarck Reps 8, #3 Bismarck Capitals 7
Championship
#2 Jamestown Eagles 11, #1 Bismarck Reps 3
 
That sets up the pairings for the State Tournament starting Tuesday in Valley City.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Charlie Brown Field in Valley City
First Round – Tue, 8/4
(E1) West Fargo Vets vs (W4) Minot Metros, 10 am
(W2) Bismarck Reps vs (E3) Fargo Post 2 Jets, 1 pm
(E2) Devils Lake vs (W3) Bismarck Capitals, 4 pm
(W1) Jamestown Eagles vs (E4) Valley City, 7 pm
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MINOT, ND – Pairings are set for the first round of the State Class B Independent League Baseball Tournament that begins Friday in Minot.
 
Independent League Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Corbett Field in Minot
First Round – Fri, 8/7
LaMoure vs Hazen, 12:30 pm
Thompson vs Renville County, 3 pm
Langdon vs Velva, 5:30 pm
Kidder County vs Garrison, 8 pm
 
The tournament continues with consolation and semifinal play on Saturday, August 8th. Sunday, August 9th, will be 7th, 5th, 3rd and Championship games.
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs began the first of seven games against the Pierre Trappers last night. The Dogs play a three-game series in Pierre, SD this weekend, then return home to host the Trappers in a two-game set Monday and Tuesday, before returning to Pierre for two more games Wednesday and Thursday. The Trappers scored a 8-3 win over Souris Valley last night.
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TWINS-INDIANS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Max Kepler hit his second leadoff home run of the season and Alex Avila added his first homer for Minnesota as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1. Randy Dobnak (1-1) pitched five scoreless innings for Minnesota following a day of COVID-19 testing and uncertainty due to positive virus tests of St. Louis Cardinals’ players. St. Louis had two players test positive after playing two games in Minnesota earlier in the week. The teams went through rapid testing and the visiting clubhouse underwent another round of cleaning before Friday’s game. Mike Clevinger (0-1) allowed four runs in four innings for Cleveland.
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VIKINGS-BARR COVID LIST
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the reserve list for COVID-19. Barr is the eighth player they’ve designated since training camp began. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Clubs are not permitted to disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.
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MLB-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season. Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup. Boston entered the day leading the majors with a .276 batting average and the AL with a .783 OPS. Michael Chavis homered for Boston and Phillips Valdez impressed over 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but the club couldn’t overcome another poor start by Ryan Weber.
 
Elsewhere in the majors:
 
– Jason Tucker was the hitting star in the Astros’ 9-6 win over the Angels, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a two-run single. Tucker’s seventh-inning single gave Houston an 8-4 lead. George Springer and Jose Altuve drove in two runs apiece in the win.
 
– Christian Walker lined a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth inning and came around to score an insurance run to carry the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 comeback over the Dodgers. Arizona rallied from a 3-1 with help from Justin Turner’s error at third base. Mookie Betts hit his first home run as a Dodger and added an RBI single.
 
– Travis d’Arnaud collected five RBIs, including a three-run double while the Braves scored five times in the eighth inning to beat the Mets, 11-10. Dansby Swanson and Matt Adams each had two RBIs for Atlanta, which trailed 8-2 and 10-6 before beating the Mets for the third straight time.
 
– Yu Darvish pitched six shutout innings and Jason Heyward laced a key two-run single to help the Cubs double up the Pirates, 6-3. Darvish allowed just two hits, struck out seven and walked one to bounce back from a rough outing against the Brewers last weekend. Chicago also got a solo home run from Jason Kipnis in its fourth win in five games.
 
– Max Kepler slammed his second leadoff home run of the season and Alex Avila added his first homer for Minnesota in a 4-1 verdict over the Indians. Randy Dobnak pitched five scoreless innings for Minnesota following a day of COVID-19 testing and uncertainty due to positive virus tests of Cardinals players. Mike Clevinger allowed four runs in four innings for Cleveland.
 
– The Tigers earned a 7-2 win over the Reds as Spencer Turnbull and the Detroit bullpen combined on a three-hitter. Turnbull allowed two runs and three hits over six innings in his second start of the season. Austin Romine and Travis Demeritte each drove in two runs to back Turnbull, who led the majors with 17 losses as a rookie last season.
 
– The White Sox earned a 3-2 win over the Royals behind Adam Engel’s three-run homer in the second inning. Dallas Keuchel picked up the win for the White Sox, yielding two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chicago prospect Nick Madrigal batted ninth and went 0-for-3 in his big league debut.
 
– Anthony Santander hit an odd home run and had three RBIs to help the Orioles beat the Rays, 6-3. Santander’s fly ball glanced off the glove of outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and over the wall to put the Orioles on the board. Pedro Severino followed with a far more traditional homer to chase Blake Snell.
 
– Fernando Tatis and Tommy Pham homered while the Padres were scoring four times with two out in the ninth to beat the Rockies, 8-7. Tatis tied it with a solo blast and Pham added a three-run blast to complete a 4-RBI performance. Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story homered for Colorado.
 
– The Giants rolled to a 9-2 rout of the Rangers as Wilmer Flores cracked a three-run homer off Mike Minor and Darin Ruf collected three RBIs. Chadwick Tromp had his first major league hit and RBI for the Giants. Shin-Soo Choo hit an opposite-field home run for Texas on the game’s first pitch.
 
– Taijuan Walker threw one-hit ball over seven innings to pitch the Mariners past the Athletics, 5-3. Walker struck out eight, walked two and allowed only a fourth-inning double in his first home start for the Mariners since being traded to Arizona after the 2016 season. Kyle Lewis had his sixth straight multi-hit game for Seattle.
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NBA-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of clinching the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference after winning their re-opening game. Giannis Antetokounmpo converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:28 left before the Bucks finished off a 119-112 win over the Celtics. Antetokounmpo was called for a charging foul, appearing to negate his basket and giving him a sixth foul. The call was changed to a blocking foul on Boston’s Marcus Smart after review. Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help Milwaukee get within one victory of wrapping up the No. 1 seed.
 
In other Day 2 action of the NBA restart:
 
– James Harden poured in 49 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to help the Rockets secure a 153-149 triumph over the Mavericks. It was the 20th 40-point game this season for Harden, who passed Calvin Murphy as the No. 2 scorer behind Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston history. Kristaps Porzingis had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, while Luka Doncic had a triple-double with 28 points.
 
– The Magic picked up their fourth straight win as Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 22 in a 128-118 dismantling of the Nets. Orlando led by 30 at one point and moved ahead of Brooklyn for seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are missing Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince after they tested positive for the coronavirus.
 
– CJ McCollum scored 33 points and teamed with Damian Lillard to provide 11 of Portland’s 16 in overtime, leading the Blazers past the Grizzlies, 140-135. Lillard finished with 29 points and nine assists, while Carmelo Anthony added 21. The Blazers are within 2 1/2 games of Memphis as Portland seeks its seventh consecutive playoff appearance.
 
– The Suns cruised to a 125-112 win over the Wizards as Devin Booker scored 27 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 with 12 rebounds. The Suns hit 30 of 32 from the line, with Booker hitting all nine of his attempts. Phoenix 52% from the field in propping up its playoff hopes.
 
– DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away and beat the Kings, 129-120. DeRozan shot 10 of 13 and had 10 assists for the Spurs, who shot 53.3 percent from the field. Derrick White matched a career high with 26 points in San Antonio’s first game of the restart.
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PGA-FEDEX INVITATIONAL
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Brendon Todd will carry a two-shot advantage into the third round of the PGA’s FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Todd followed Thursday’s 64 with a 5-under 65 that leaves him two ahead of Rickie Fowler. First-round leader Brooks Koepka shot a 1-over 71 that drops him into a third-place tie with Chez Reavie and Byeong Hun An at minus-7. Fowler closed with birdies on his final two holes for a 67.
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LPGA-DRIVE ON CHAMPIONSHIP
 
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The LPGA has made its return following a hiatus caused by the pandemic. Danielle Kang looked as though she’s been playing every week. Kang was bogey-free at Inverness Club for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship. With no leaderboards or fans at the course, Kang said she had no idea where she stood after closing with a birdie. Jodi Ewart Shadoff also played bogey-free for a 67. Celine Boutier and Lee-Anne Pace also were at 5 under until both made bogey on the closing hole.
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MLB-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to return to Yankee Stadium following a bout with the coronavirus. He was expected to play catch before New York hosted the Boston Red Sox. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Chapman’s return and said he wasn’t sure when the hard-throwing left-hander would be ready for game action. Chapman had been isolating in his Manhattan apartment since registering a positive test July 11. Also, Yanks right-hander Tommy Kahnle was added to the injured list with forearm tightness. He had an MRI taken Friday.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Cubs have signed former Indians closer Cody Allen to a minor league deal and sent him to their team’s training site in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs’ bullpen struggled in the first week of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked four batters and allowed two runs in his season debut Monday night.
 
– The White Sox have promoted second baseman Nick Madrigal, adding one of their top prospects to the roster. The 23-year-old had been training at the team’s auxiliary site. Madrigal was selected by Chicago with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft after a standout collegiate career at Oregon State.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALL
 
NEW YORK (AP) – The coronavirus continues to alter the Major League Baseball schedule.
Friday’s game between Milwaukee and visiting St. Louis had to be postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. The teams are now expected to play a doubleheader on Sunday. The Cardinals are quarantined in their Milwaukee hotel. The team says it learned of the positive tests on Thursday night.
 
Eight teams have been affected in the first nine days of the season. The Phillies and Marlins haven’t played since Sunday and are on hiatus until at least Sunday after 17 Marlins tested positive while staying in Philadelphia. Four other teams had their schedules altered due to the virus.
 
Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols. A person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press that the two discussed what is needed to be done to complete the season. ESPN was first to report the conversation. Concerns have been expressed about lax behavior by players on the field – such as spitting or high-fives – and off. The scrambled schedule has also heightened doubts about whether the owners’ desire to play is realistic.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Pac-12 has set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each team’s slate and moves the conference championship game back two weeks from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 or 19.
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NFL-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season under the league’s personal conduct policy. Brown currently is a free agent. He played one game last season for the Patriots before being released. Brown can be signed by any team and would be eligible to participate in all of his club’s preseason activities. The suspension would take effect when teams make their final cuts on Sept. 5. Brown pleaded no contest on June 12 to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. Brown has caught 841
passes for 11,236 yards and 75 touchdowns in parts of 10 NFL seasons.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended by the league for the first three games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on substance abuse. Kearse is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and can return to the active roster after the team’s Week 3 game at Arizona. Formerly with division rival Minnesota, Kearse signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit as a free agent.
 
– Bills starting right guard Jon Feliciano is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The team did not reveal when or how Feliciano was hurt in making the announcement on its website.
 
– Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick will be the new announce team for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” according to a person familiar with the decision. The trio has familiarity working together. They called the late game in last season’s Week 1 doubleheader between Denver and Oakland.
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NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTON
 
TORONTO (AP) – All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton won’t play for the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday’s opener against the New York Rangers in the NHL’s Eastern Conference’s expanded playoff qualifying round. Hamilton has missed multiple practices, though the league has prohibited teams from disclosing whether a player is injured or ill amid the coronavirus pandemic. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour says Hamilton is “getting better for sure,” and the team hopes he will play in the best-of-5 series. Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic.
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TENNIS-US OPEN
 
UNDATED (AP) – As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand. The U.S. Open usually is the year’s last Grand Slam tournament and its slated to run Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s now the second major championship because of the pandemic.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 073120 – 0700
 
 
MINOT, ND – It was a rematch in the District 2 Baseball Tournament championship as Renville County played Garrison. The two teams played Wednesday in the semifinal and Renville County won 8-4. However, the Muskrats had to forfeit the game after Garrison appealed to the state on an apparent and perceived violation of the maximum pitch count per game rule and won. That meant that Garrison advanced into the championship and Renville County played Surrey in the other semifinal on Thursday.
 
The Muskrats got a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th to win 2-1 over the Blue Sox in two extra innings. That set up the rematch in the championship where Garrison defeated Renville County 4-2. Both teams advance the State Class B Independent League Tournament next week in Minot as District 2 gets two spots as the host.
 
The other district to finish up play in Class B Independent League baseball was District 7 where LaMoure defeated Forman-Hankinson-Lidgerwood 8-4 in the title game.
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WEST REGION TOURNAMENT
 
JAMESTOWN, ND – The Class A Senior Babe Ruth West Region Baseball Tournament continues in Jamestown.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Jamestown
Loser Out
#3 Bismarck Capitals 2, #8 Mandan A’s 1
#4 Minot Metros 20, #6 Dickinson Volunteers 10
#3 Bismarck Capitals 4, #4 Minot 3 (8)
Semifinal
#2 Jamestown Eagles 8, #1 Bismarck Reps 1
 
Today’s schedule
Semifinal
#1 Bismarck Reps vs #3 Bismarck Capitals, 5 pm
Championship
#2 Jamestown Eagles vs Reps/Capitals winner, 7:30 pm
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MINOT, ND – Class AA Senior Babe Ruth Baseball teams are finishing their regular season. The Vistas are the #7-seed at the State Tournament which begins Tuesday in Bismarck. Minot will play #2 Bismarck in the first round.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
Williston Key Birds 7, Minot Vistas 4
 
Bismarck Governors 14, Fargo Post 400 8 (10)
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs tallied a 8-4 win over the Badlands Big Sticks last night at Corbett Field here in Minot. The Dogs win the series taking two out of three and moving within a 1/2 game of the Big Sticks in the Lewis Division standings.
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NDSU-LANCE
 
NEW ORLEANS (NDSU) – North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance was named to the preseason watch list for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, today. The list includes 30 of the top college quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2020 football season.
 
Lance, a sophomore from Marshall, Minn., was the 2019 Walter Payton Award and Jerry Rice Award winner as the FCS offensive player and freshman of the year, respectively. He led the FCS with a school-record 180.6 pass efficiency rating and set the NCAA all-divisions record for most passing attempts in a complete season without an interception (287). Lance passed for 28 touchdowns, rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns, and had a school-record 3,886 yards of total offense while leading the Bison to the first 16-0 season in college football since 1894.
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TWINS-INDIANS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Cleveland’s Shane Bieber has tied the major league record for strikeouts in a pitcher’s first two starts of the season. Bieber punched out 13 Minnesota Twins over eight innings and the Indians won 2-0. Bieber fanned 14 over six scoreless innings on Friday against Kansas City. His 27 strikeouts in the two games matched the record set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954. Facing a Twins team that came in with the second-best run differential in baseball, Bieber allowed three singles in his eight innings. Francisco Lindor supplied all the offense Cleveland needed with a two-run homer in the third inning off Jose Berríos.
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LYNX-SKY
 
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Napheesa Collier scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx held on to beat the Chicago Sky 83-81. Azura Stevens had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cheyenne Parker added 16 points and 10 boards for the Sky.
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VIKINGS-COVID LIST
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the reserve list for COVID-19. Barr is the eighth player they’ve designated since training camp began. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Clubs are not permitted to disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.
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CCHA-ST. THOMAS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The newly formed Central Collegiate Hockey Association has added the University of St. Thomas. The upstart conference will have eight teams for its inaugural 2021-22 season. St. Thomas received NCAA approval earlier this month to move its athletic programs from Division III directly to Division I. The Tommies will take most of their teams to the Summit League, but that conference doesn’t offer football or hockey. St. Thomas will be the 62nd team in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. They’ll be the third team in Minnesota in the new CCHA, joining Bemidji State and Minnesota State.
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NBA RETURNS
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to publicly test positive for the coronavirus, beginning a wave of sports disruptions in March. He had a productive performance in the NBA’s return to action, posting a double-double as the Utah Jazz reopened with a 106-104 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans.
 
Gobert sank two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to cap a 14-point, 12-rebound and three-block performance. He helped the Jazz erase a 16-point performance. Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points for Utah, which also received 20 points apiece from Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.
 
Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson scored 13 points in just over 15 minutes, highlighted by a couple alley-oop dunks. The first player taken in last year’s draft missed nearly two weeks of practice after leaving the team for a family medical matter on July 16.
New Orleans had a chance to avoid the loss until Brandon Ingram’s 3-point attempt rimmed out as time expired, a bitter end to his 23-point night.
The NBA’s marquee matchup of the night had the Lakers coming back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Clippers, 103-101. Anthony Davis scored 34 points and Lebron James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left. James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers move 6 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers in the West with seven games remaining. Paul George had 30 points and Kawhi Leonard scored 28 for the Clippers.
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MLB-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – Shane Bieber is off to a record-tying start to his season. Bieber was superb in the Cleveland Indians’ 2-0 shutout of the Twins, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits over eight innings. The right-hander has fanned 27 in his first two games this year, matching the major league mark set by Karl Spooner for the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954. Francisco Lindor’s second homer of the season accounted for the scoring.
 
Also on the MLB slate:
 
– The Yankees coughed up an early 5-0 lead before Aaron Judge slammed a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift New York past the Orioles, 8-6. Luke Voit launched a grand slam in the Yanks’ five-run first, but the Orioles stormed back to take the lead on two-run homers by Hanser Alberto, Rio Riuz and Pedro Severino.
 
– Home runs by A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager and Max Muncy powered the Dodgers to their third win in a row, 6-3 over the Diamondbacks. Ross Stripling won his second game in two starts, pitching 5 1/3 innings while giving up three runs.
 
– The Padres blew a 6-1 lead before erupting for six runs in the 10th inning to knock off the Giants, 12-7. Tommy Pham was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the extra frame.
 
– Kurt Suzuki lined a go-ahead, two-run double and Michael A. Taylor smacked a two-run homer as the Nationals downed the Blue Jays, 6-4. Starlin Castro was a sparkplug to the Nats’ 13-hit attack, going 4-for-5 and scoring twice.
 
– Max Fried retired his first 14 batters and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves beat the Rays, 2-1. Dansby Swanson had a run-scoring single in Atlanta’s two-run second inning.
 
– Christian Vazquez homered twice off Steven Matz and Martin (mahr-TEEN’) Perez gave Boston’s patchwork rotation a much-needed lift as the pair led a 4-2 victory over the Mets. Perez overcame four walks and some shaky defense behind him, allowing only two hits while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings for his first win with the Red Sox.
 
– Jose Marmolejos belted his first big league home run with a three-run shot in the first inning of the Mariners 8-5 victory against the Angels. Shed Long Jr. also went deep and Marco Gonzales was reached for two unearned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
 
– Bubba Starling poked a two-run double that gave the Royals a 5-2 lead in a 5-3 win at Detroit. The Tigers lost despite Miguel Cabrera’s first two-homer game in four years.
 
– Rain caused the postponement of the Cubs-Reds game at Cincinnati. No makeup date was set in this virus-shortened season, although the Cubs are scheduled to return to Cincinnati for a three-game series Aug. 28-30.
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PGA-FEDEX ST. JUDE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Defending champion Brooks Koepka has matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Brendan Todd in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut in Minnesota in the 3M Open. Sung Kang shot 65. Justin Thomas fired a 66 and was tied with Matt Kuchar, Chez Reavie and Max Homa. Thomas can reclaim the No. 1 ranking with a victory this weekend.

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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Tom Thibodeau is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach. The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. Thibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida following positive tests for the novel coronavirus. Budenholzer hasn’t announced a timeline for when either player could appear in a game.
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MLB-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed. The move is a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players have tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.
 
The Phillies said there were no positive results among players from Wednesday’s testing of their team. But there were two positives: One from a a member of the coaching staff and one from a member of the home clubhouse staff.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– Doubleheaders will now become a pair of seven-inning games in baseball’s latest radical rule change during a season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached agreement on the new twinbills. MLB had already added designated hitters to National League games this year and added an automatic runner at second base to start all half-innings in extras.
 
– Angels outfielder Mike Trout was placed on the paternity list before Thursday’s game against the Mariners. The reigning AL Most Valuable Player and his wife are expecting their first child, which was due Monday. Trout initially expressed reservations about playing the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
– Home plate umpire Joe West missed two innings of Thursday’s Nationals-Blue Jays game after getting bloodied when he was hit in the head by leadoff hitter Bo Bichette’s flying bat in the top of the first. The 67-year-old West is the senior umpire in Major League Baseball. He was struck near his left ear when Bichette lost hold of his bat while missing the first pitch thrown by Washington’s Erick Fedde (FEH’-dee). West returned in the middle of the third inning and began working at third base.
 
– Big league hitters have opened this 60-game sprint by stumbling out of the blocks. The league-wide batting average is .229, down from .252 last season. The number is stunning, considering the National League has adopted the designated hitter for this season. The all-time low for batting average is .237, set in 1968, “the year of the pitcher.”
 
– Mike Foltynewicz is getting another chance with the Braves. Foltynewicz has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the team’s alternate training site. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday following an alarming drop in velocity in summer camp and in his 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night.
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NFL-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– The New York Jets placed quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Avery Williamson and tight end Ryan Griffin on the physically unable to perform list. Flacco is recovering from a serious neck injury that sidelined him for half of last season with Denver. He was released by the Broncos in March, underwent surgery in April, and was signed to a one-year deal by the Jets in May. They hope he will be the backup to Sam Darnold.
 
– The list of players placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list now includes Browns punter Jamie Gillan, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Raiders running back Devontae Booker and 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. Meanwhile, rookie running back Malcolm Perry is among several Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19.
 
– The NFL’s chief medical officer says it’s not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. Dr. Allen Sills notes that the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Sills says the league wanted to examine the results of recent COVID-19 tests before releasing the number of positives.
 
– The Carolina Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the team’s kicker in 2012 and spent seven seasons handling field goals and kickoffs for the Panthers.
 
– Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused. Robinson said in a statement Thursday that Beasley told him he will be reporting to camp in the “near future.” Beasley was the Titans’ big free agent signee in March.
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PGA-PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Francesco Molinari and Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington have withdrawn from the PGA Championship next week at TPC Harding Park. Neither gave a reason, and both major champions have not played since the COVID-19 pandemic led to golf being shut down for three months. They were replaced by Troy Merritt and Talor Gooch.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA playing rules oversight committee has announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season. The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards. Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate.
 
In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.
 
In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:
 
– The SEC is the latest college conference to announce that it will play only league games in 2020. University presidents have agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26 and will conclude with the SEC title game on Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced plans to play only conference games, while the ACC has announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game.
 
– A total of 457 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 134 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 383 for the Football Championship Subdivision.
 
– Georgia Tech has moved this season’s home game against Notre Dame to its campus stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia Tech was set to play Notre Dame at Atlanta’s 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14. Uncertainty over the playing date prompted the school to move the contest to its regular home venue, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium.
 
– Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to pull out of the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. The U.S. Open is set to start Aug. 31.
 
– The LPGA Tour’s return to golf has yielded two positive tests for the coronavirus out of the 466 given to players and caddies before they traveled and when they arrived in Ohio for the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA says Marina Alex had no symptoms when she tested positive before leaving for Inverness, and she is expected to return to the tour next week following 10 days of quarantine. Gaby Lopez has the positive test result out of the 233 given to players and caddies at the tournament.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 073020 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Velva 39er’s are headed to the State Class B Independent League Baseball Tournament next week in Minot. The 39er’s scored four runs in the 5th inning to down Rolla 4-2 in the District 3 championship.
 
Hazen will be coming to Minot for State as well as they defeated Beulah in the District 1 championship 5-3.
 
District 4 will be represented by Kidder County who outlasted New Rockford-Sheyenne 1-0 in the championship.
 
Thompson wins District 6 with a 7-0 shutout of Hatton-Northwood in the championship.
 
Independent League Baseball
Class B
 
District 2 Tournament – Stanley
Loser Out
(5) Crosby 4, (6) Makoti 2
(4) Surrey 14, (3) Burlington 2
(4) Surrey 13, (5) Crosby 10
Semifinal
(1) Renville County forfeits to (2) Garrison, pitch count violation
 
Today’s schedule – moved to Velva
Semifinal
(1) Renville County vs (4) Surrey, 1:30 pm
Championship
(2) Garrison vs RC/Surrey winner, 4 pm
(if needed, second championship is Friday)
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WEST REGION TOURNAMENT
 
JAMESTOWN, ND – The Class A Senior Babe Ruth West Region Baseball Tournament continues in Jamestown.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Jamestown
Loser Out
#8 Mandan A’s 13, #5 Bismarck Senators 7
#6 Dickinson Volunteers 4, #7 Williston Oilers 3
2nd Round
#1 Bismarck Reps 11, #4 Minot Metros 6
#2 Jamestown Eagles 2, #3 Bismarck Capitals 1 (8)
 
Today’s schedule
Loser Out
#3 Bismarck Capitals vs #8 Mandan A’s, 12 pm
#4 Minot Metros vs #6 Dickinson Volunteers, 25 min after
Caps/Mandan winner vs Minot/Dickinson winner, 5 pm
Semifinal
#1 Bismarck Reps vs #2 Jamestown Eagles, 25 min after
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SABRE DOGS
 
MINOT, ND – It took extra innings last night at Corbett Field and in the end the Badlands Big Sticks walk away with a 3-2 win over the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs in 10 innings. The two teams have split the first two games of the series and finish up tonight at 7:05 pm.
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WDA CHANGES
 
BISMARCK, ND – Changes to the fall sports schedule were announced by the Western Dakota Association (WDA) Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic. Non-conference contests with East Region opponents are cancelled for most sports as well as in-season tournaments. Cross-country and swimming & diving will limit invitational meets to six teams or less. Officials say postseason tournaments remain in place for now. More information can be found at www.wdasports.org
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BISMARCK MARATHON CANCELLED
 
BISMARCK, ND – Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Bismarck/Mandan area organizers have cancelled the Bismarck Marathon. The 40th annual event had been scheduled for September 17th-19th.
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TWINS-SWEEP
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Rich Hill pitched five scoreless innings in a smooth Minnesota debut and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0. Eddie Rosario homered, Nelson Cruz had an RBI double and Alex Avila had an RBI single for the Twins. Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his first save, and the Twins finished a two-game sweep to improve to 4-1. The 40-year-old Hill is currently the second-oldest player in the majors. He needed 68 pitches to pick up his first victory for the Twins. Minnesota signed him this winter with the assumption he’d be ready around midsummer after his recovery from elbow surgery.
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MLB-BALLS
 
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Without fans clamoring to claim every ball that ends up in the seats, baseballs have been left scattered everywhere during this coronavirus-shortened 60-game season. Some clubs have been more frugal than others when it comes to collecting them. Dodgers star Mookie Betts took it upon himself to grab an abandoned ball after making a nifty grab on opening day, helping out with cleanup duty despite his new $365 million deal. Others, like Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse, have taken up ball-hawking as a new pastime. Morse spent the weekend scouring the stands for Minnesota’s home run balls.
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VIKINGS-COVID
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, linebacker Cameron Smith and offensive tackle Oli Udoh on their reserve list for COVID-19. That brings the team’s total on the list to seven players. Smith and Udoh were 2019 draft picks. Odenigbo is in line to take over as a starter, with the departure of 10-year veteran Everson Griffen. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons.
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MLB-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Dodgers and Astros kept their tempers in check just a night after a brushback pitch caused both benches to empty. This one lasted 13 innings as Edwin Rios belted a two-run homer to send the Dodgers past the Astros, 4-2. Los Angeles went ahead on an RBI double by Mookie Betts in the top of the 11th, but Carlos Correa’s run-scoring single extended the game. Corey Seager also homered for the Dodgers.
 
Before the game Major League Baseball announced that LA reliever Joe Kelly was hit with an eight-game suspension for brushing back Alex Bregman near the head and taunting Correa in Tuesday’s game.
 
The game marked the first time the teams had met since it was revealed Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers. LA manager Dave Roberts was suspended for Wednesday’s game and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined. Kelly elected to appeal and can continue to play.
 
Also around the majors:
 
– Homers by D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge powered the Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Orioles. LeMahieu provided four of New York’s eight hits to support Gerrit Cole, who won hits second straight start since signing with the Yankees last winter. Cole had a 7-1 lead until Dwight Smith’s two-run homer ended his night in the seventh inning.
 
– Adam Eaton delivered a go-ahead, RBI single in the 10th inning before the Nationals completed a tidy 4-0 win against the Blue Jays. Asdrubal Cabrera added a bases-loaded triple to cap the scoring in a game in which Toronto was the home team in Washington. Max Scherzer received a no-decision after limiting the Jays to three hits while striking out 10 over 7 1/3 innings.
 
– The White Sox also scored four times in their final at-bat, doing it in the ninth to beat the Indians, 4-0. Rookie Luis Robert hit a two-run single in the ninth as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak and salvaged one game in the series. Cleveland closer Brad Hand was tagged for three runs after Kevin Plesac struck out a career-high 11 while scattering three hits.
 
– Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff allowed one hit and struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning of a 3-0 shutout of the Pirates. Woodruff retired 19 of 21 batters, allowing a swinging bunt single to Phil Evans in the first. Ben Gamel gave Woodruff all the support he would need with a third-inning two-run homer
 
– The Reds outscored the Cubs, 12-7 as Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel homered in their returns from a COVID-19 scare. Nick Castellanos added a grand slam in helping Cincinnati halt a four-game slide. Sonny Gray extended his major league record to 35 consecutive starts allowing six hits or less, yielding up only Ian Happ’s double and fanning 11 as he pitched into the seventh inning.
 
– Freddie Freeman was productive in the Braves’ 7-4 victory against the Rays, going 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. Freeman snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in Atlanta’s three-run sixth. Darren O’Day blew a lead but got the victory after Mike Soroka left with a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
 
– The Red Sox ended a four-game losing streak by rallying against the Mets’ shaky bullpen in a 6-5 win at New York. Mitch Moreland provided a tiebreaking, RBI single in the eighth before Christian Vazquez following his solo blast with a two-run single later in the inning. Brandon Workman allowed a ninth-inning run before getting Robinson Cano to line out with the bases loaded to end it.
 
– The Twins were 3-0 winners over the Cardinals behind Rich Hill, who gave up just two hits over five innings. Four relievers completed the combined three-hitter in Minnesota’s fourth victory in five games this season. Eddie Rosario smacked a solo homer for the Twins.
 
– Mike Yastrzemski homered twice, including a walk-off homer in the ninth inning to complete the Giants’ comeback from a 6-2 deficit in a 7-6 triumph over the Padres. San Francisco tied it when Donovan Solano crushed a three-run homer in the eighth against his former team. Alex Dickerson also went deep and Solano finished with four RBIs.
 
– The Rockies capped a 4-1 road trip as German (hehr-MAHN’) Marquez struck out eight over six impressive innings of their 5-1 victory at Oakland. Charlie Blackmon delivered an insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth, then reached on an error in the ninth that led to a pair of runs. Garrett Hampson hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth to back Marquez.
 
– Joey Gallo slammed a tying, two-run homer in the eighth before the Rangers scored three more times in the inning to beat the Diamondbacks, 7-4. The Rangers loaded the bases with two out after the homer before Elvis Andrus hit a two-run single and Nick Solak added an RBI single. Todd Frazier hit his first homer and had two doubles for the Rangers, whose five-run inning accounted for only one run fewer than it had scored combined in their first four games in the new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof.
 
– Dylan Moore hit a three-run homer and Kyle Seager had three RBIs in the Mariners’ 10-7 defeat of the Angels. Seager’s sacrifice fly broke a 7-7 deadlock in the seventh inning. Shohei Ohtani (shoh-hay oh-TAH’-nee) clubbed a three-run blast for Los Angeles, which also got home runs from Justin Upton and Brian Goodwin.
 
– JaCoby Jones hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning to send the Tigers past the Royals, 5-4. Tigers relievers held Kansas City without a baserunner for four innings, one night after tossing six shutout innings. Jonathan Schoop also homered after the Royals took a 4-0 lead.
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MLB-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says one team employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus. But he says all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for a second straight day. The Phillies’ four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was supposed to be on the road but switched because the Blue Jays’ temporary ballpark in Buffalo isn’t ready.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is still waiting to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be allowed to work out with the team starting Saturday and play in their first game after that, which is next Tuesday at home against the Mets.
 
– The Indians have placed starting catcher Roberto Perez on the 10-day injured list with a sore throwing shoulder. Perez hurt his right shoulder while making an off-balance throw in Friday’s season opener. A Gold Glove winner in 2019, Perez has played since but the shoulder has continued to bother him.
 
– Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. The 31-year-old missed spring training with the injury, but he ramped up his activity after the virus shutdown and pitched four innings for the Cardinals in an exhibition game last week.
 
– Nick Markakis is returning to the Braves, three weeks after announcing he was opting out of the season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran outfielder said he changed his mind about sitting out after watching his teammates play the first five games. The 36-year-old Markakis says he has the full support of his family, including his three children, in his decision to return.
 
– The Astros have acquired right-hander Hector Velazquez from the Orioles for a player to be named. The deal comes after the AL champion Astros learned that reigning Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander will be out a while with a strained forearm. Velazquez went 1-4 with a 5.43 ERA with Boston last year before coming to the Orioles via a waiver claim in March.
 
– Former National League batting champion and four-time All-Star Jose Reyes has formally retired, two years after playing his final major league game. Reyes hit .283 with 145 homers, 719 RBIs and 517 stolen bases.
 
– Former Red Sox manager John McNamara has died at age 88. McNamara managed Boston to within one strike of a World Series victory in 1986 before an unprecedented collapse on the field extended the team’s championship drought into the new millennium. He was 1,167-1,242 over parts of 19 seasons while managing six big league clubs.
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NBA-NEWS
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. He said the plan is for him to play when the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first seeding game for both teams on Thursday. The Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for New Orleans’ Thursday opener against Utah. Williamson missed nearly two weeks because he left for a family emergency and then had to quarantine for four days upon his return.
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NFL-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Dolphins say rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa passed his physical when he reported to training camp. He will practice without restrictions as he begins his bid to overtake veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. The all-clear will allow Tagovailoa to practice for the first time since a career-threatening hip injury ended his Alabama career in mid-November.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– Chiefs running back Damien Williams is opting out of playing the upcoming season. Williams’ strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years.
 
– Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.
 
– A person familiar with the situation says Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.
 
– The Falcons have placed fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
 
– The Eagles have placed three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and tackle Jordan Mailata on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
 
– Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic. He cited his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy and his own history with cancer for his decision.
 
– Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus.
 
– General manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract with the 49ers that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season.
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PGA-US OPEN-NO FANS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The USGA says no fans will be allowed for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York Sept. 17-20 because of health and safety concerns about COVID-19. The U.S. Open already has been moved from its traditional Father’s Day finish. The pandemic caused the cancellation of more than 100 qualifiers.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year. The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.
 
In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
 
– Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season as part of a plan to play 10 league games and start the week of Sept. 7, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including one nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played.
 
– The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-HENSON
 
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Former New Mexico and Illinois men’s basketball coach Lou Henson died Sunday at age 88 and was buried on Wednesday. Henson took New Mexico State and Illinois to the Final Four during a 21-year career that included nearly 800 victories and a feud with fellow Big Ten coach Bob Knight. Henson left the game as the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State, and still ranks fifth all-time among Big Ten coaches with 214 conference wins and 423 total.
 
 
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