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K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 092820 – 1600
VALLEY CITY, ND – An interesting decision came out of the North Dakota High School Activites Association board meeting last Thursday. Formats for some fall tournaments will be changing due to COVID-19. That includes Class B Region Volleyball Tournaments which will be hosted at higher seeds throughout the duration of the tournaments. Officials say if like seeds play in the finals the matches may be played at a neutral site to be determined.
NDHSAA officials say limiting transmissible moments for COVID-19 was a big reason for the decision with concern about having eight communities coming into one site. They also noted that having it at one site may have also led to crowd limitations on guidance of local health units, while at home sites there is opportunity to be in compliance with local health unit guidance and have crowds. NDHSAA doesn’t not control District Tournaments, so those format decisions will need to be made by member schools of each district.
Other notable changes included the quarterfinal round of the Boys State Soccer Tournament played at the higher seed, with semifinal and championship rounds at Fargo South High School.
FARGO, ND – The No. 1-ranked North Dakota State football is preparing to play their only game this fall on Saturday afternoon. The Bison host No. 11-ranked Central Arkansas at 2:30 pm at the Fargo Dome. The Bears are 2-1 on the year, including a 27-20 win over Missouri State last Saturday. The Bison finished the first 16-0 season in modern college football history last year winning their eighth national FCS title in nine seasons and extending their winning streak to 37 games – tied for the third-longest in the history of Division I college football. COVID guidelines will be in place including limiting seating to about 10,000 in the Fargo Dome and no tailgating allowed.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning see tonight’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final very differently. After winning in double overtime to avoid elimination and keep the series going, the plucky Stars are embracing the underdog role missing several key players to injury and feel as if they’re playing with house money. The deep, talented Lightning still feel like the favorites up 3-2 in the series and are confident based on recent experience they’ll be able to close the series out.
BALTIMORE (AP) – The NFL’s Monday night matchup pits Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (2-0) against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (2-0), a team that has won 14 straight regular-season games. It’s also a showdown between the past two NFL MVPs, with Mahomes winning the award in 2018 and Jackson last season.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has confirmed Nick Foles will start at quarterback Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Nagy made the announcement today after hedging Sunday following the Bears’ 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Foles had come on in relief of an ineffective Mitchell Trubisky.

In other NFL news:
– After completing a winless September with their 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, the Broncos will now be without defensive lineman Jurrell Casey for the rest of the year. The 10th-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler tore a biceps tendon in the game. He joins Von Miller, Courtland Sutton, Drew Lock and others who are sidelined so far in 2020. Denver has a short turnaround with a game Thursday night against the winless Jets.
– Ron Rivera continues to support Dwayne Haskins one day after the quarterback’s four-turnover game. Only this time it came with a qualifier. Washington’s coach says he believes there is eventually a “cutoff point” in the long-term evaluation of a young quarterback such as Haskins. Haskins will remain the starter Sunday against Baltimore following Washington’s second consecutive loss. Haskins’ three interceptions in the 34-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns were his first three of the season. The Browns turned each of them into a touchdown.
– The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran place-kicker Steven Hauschka. He’s the team’s third kicker in the past week. Josh Lambo (hip) was placed on injured reserve last week. Jacksonville turned to undrafted rookie Brandon Wright against Miami. He missed an extra point and injured his groin. So Jacksonville will go with Hauschka at Cincinnati on Sunday. The Jaguars waived/injured Wright to make room for Hauschka. They also released veteran defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and promoted defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale from the practice squad to the active roster.


PARIS (AP) – Defending champion Rafael Nadal has reached the second round of the French Open after beating Egor Gerasimov 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Nadal is looking for a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros and a 20th major overall to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record.

– Also today, U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem advanced to the second round by beating former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic.
In women’s action, Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the French Open by beating Kristie Ahn. The 39-year-old Williams is a three-time French Open champion and is looking to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles.
– Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced with a win over Oceane Dodin.
– Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber lost in the first round of the French Open for the second straight year. The 18th-seeded German was beaten by 19-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan 6-3, 6-3.
– Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova also went out. The 2009 French Open champion was beaten by Russian countrywoman Anastasia
– Garbine Muguruza could have joined Kerber and Kuznetsova. But the 2016 French Open champion held firm to beat Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.
Elsewhere at the French Open:
– Qualifier Lorenzo Giustino took 6 hours, 5 minutes to beat Frenchman Corentin Moutet in the second-longest match in French Open history. The match was carried over from Sunday evening.
– The new roof over Court Philippe Chatrier is again proving its worth. The court hosted the only play as rain thwarted the start of all other matches at Roland Garros.
– A women’s doubles player has been removed from the main draw after she was declared a contact case following her coach’s positive coronavirus test. French Open organizers did not name the player. Doubles matches start on Wednesday.
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 092820 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Saturday scoreboard:
High School Football
Class AAA
#1 Bismarck Century 22, Minot 16
High School Boys Cross Country
RM Stoudt Invite – Jamestown
(Early Race)
1. Bismarck High, 38
2. Bismarck Century, 40
3. Jamestown, 50
Individual winner: Sean Korsmo of Bismarck High, 15:40
(Late Race)
1. Dickinson, 32
2. Williston, 34
3. Bismarck Legacy, 64
4. Watford City, 118
Individual winner: Brady Yoder of Dickinson, 16:15
High School Girls Cross Country
RM Stoudt Invite – Jamestown
(Early race)
1. Bismarck High, 28
2. Jamestown, 56
3. Bismarck Century, 60
4. Mandan, 100
Individual winner: Meghan Ford of Jamestown, 18:06
(Late Race)
1. Williston, 28
2. Watford City, 32
3. Bismarck Legacy, 84
4. Dickinson, 129
Individual winner: Eleni Lovgren of Williston, 18:36
High School Boys Soccer
Bismarck Legacy 10, Williston 0
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Minot Invite
1. Minot, 559
2. Bismarck Century, 557
3. Williston, 403
Mandan Triangular
1. Bismarck Legacy , 593
2. Mandan, 371
3. Bismarck High, 356
High School Boys Tennis
Jamestown 8, Williston 1
High School Girls Volleyball
Class B
#2 Linton-HMB def. Our Redeemer’s 25-23, 25-7, 25-18
#2 Linton-HMB def. #6 Rugby 25-9, 25-20, 27-25
Flasher def. Center-Stanton 25-18, 25-23, 25-13
Newburg-Westhope def. Rolette-Wolford 25-20, 25-8, 17-25, 25-19
Harvey-Wells County def. Griggs-Midkota 25-19, 23-25, 25-13, 25-20
South Border def. Shiloh Christian 25-17, 25-11, 25-15
Grant County def. Glen Ullin-Hebron 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles during a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 in a regular-season finale that determined postseason matchups. Cincinnati became the National League’s seventh seed and will play No. 2 seed Atlanta starting Wednesday. Minnesota clinched its second straight AL Central title despite the defeat when the Chicago White Sox lost to the Cubs. The third-seeded Twins host No. 6 seed Houston starting Tuesday.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Breanna Stewart scored a career playoff-high 31 points – tying Seattle’s franchise playoff record – and Sue Bird had 16 points and nine assists, and the Storm beat Minnesota 92-71 to sweep the Lynx and advance to the WNBA Finals. Stewart added six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Bird and Stewart combined to score or assists on 13 points during a 17-0 run that gave Seattle the lead for good at 24-8 with 54.2 seconds left in the first quarter. Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Stephen Gostkowski made his career-high sixth field goal of game, a 55-yarder with 1:44 left that lifted Tennessee to a 31-30 victory over Minnesota. Derrick Henry rushed for 119 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns for the Titans, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2008. Ryan Tannehill passed for 321 yards, guiding the Titans on a go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter or overtime for the sixth time in 16 games since becoming the starter. Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 181 yards and a score for the Vikings, who are 0-3 for the first time since 2013.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Aaron Rodgers passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers remained unbeaten with a 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Packers receiver Allen Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards, highlighted by receptions of 48 and 72 yards that each set up touchdowns. Alvin Kamara gained 197 yards from scrimmage, scoring twice on short passes from Drew Brees, followed by shifty runs after the catch. Kamara’s second TD was a 52-yarder in which he slipped four tackles. Brees passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Miami Heat are going to the NBA Finals. Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Heat closed out the Eastern Conference Finals in six games, rallying for a 125-113 win over the Celtics. Boston took its largest lead of the night at 96-90 before Adebayo and Tyler Herro sparked a 26-6 run that put the Heat in control. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points in earning his first trip to the Finals. Herro finished with 19 points, more than half of it coming down the stretch. Jaylen Brown had a team-high 26 points for the Celtics, who have been eliminated in the East finals three times in the last four seasons. Jayson Tatum had 24 and a career-high 11 assists in the loss, while Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker each scored 20. The Heat square off against the Lakers on Wednesday.



LAS VEGAS (AP) – Kurt Busch ended an 0-for-21 losing streak at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with good timing and then three tremendous restarts. Busch entered the race 12th in the standings and in danger of elimination from title contention, but the victory earned him an automatic berth into the next round. Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon are all below the cutline with two races remaining in the second round.



UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago White Sox could have won the American League Central title on Sunday. Instead, the Sox dropped all the way down to the seventh seed in the AL playoffs. Kris Bryant, Billy Hamilton and David Bote homered for the Cubs in a 10-8 win over the White Sox. The South Siders scored five in the eighth inning, and Yasmani Grandal’s two-run homer trimmed the Cubs’ lead to 10-8 in the ninth. Andrew Chafin struck out Nomar Mazara looking with two on and two out for his first save of the season.

Chicago’s loss allowed the Twins to win the AL Central despite Minnesota’s 5-3 loss to the Reds. Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suarez had RBI singles a three-run 10th as Cincinnati secured the National League’s seventh seed. The Twins enter the AL postseason as the third seed.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– Carlos Santana had four RBIs, including a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh, as the Indians rallied for an 8-6 win over the Pirates. The outcome gives Cleveland the fourth seed in the AL playoffs and home-field advantage in the wild card series.
– Rookie Josh Fleming ends the season 5-0 after allowing four hits over six innings of the Rays’ 5-0 shutout of the Phillies. Philadelphia would have ended a nine-year playoff drought with a victory.
– Mark Canha drove in four runs as the Athletics came back to beat the Mariners, 6-2 and take the second seed in the AL.
– Rougned Odor smacked a three-run homer and a solo shot as the Rangers doubled up the Astros, 8-4. Houston enters the AL playoffs with the sixth of eight seeds despite posting the worst record among postseason qualifiers.
– Toronto has to settle for the eighth seed in the AL after Cedric Mullins hit two triples for the Orioles in a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.
– Harrison Bader tripled and homered to help the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 5-2 and wrap up the fifth seed in the NL. Milwaukee managed to pick up the eighth and final seed despite the setback, thanks to losses by the Phillies and Giants.
– The Giants were 5-4 losers to the Padres as Wil Myers homered and Mitch Moreland doubled home the go-ahead run. San Diego already has clinched the fourth seed in the NL playoffs.
– The Dodgers finish the regular season with a major league-leading 118 home runs after AJ Pollock belted two more in a 5-0 shutout of the Angels.
– The Marlins ended a streak of 10 straight losing seasons as Jazz Chisolm homered and collected three RBIs in their 5-0 win over the Yankees. Miami has the sixth seed in the NL, while New York is No. 5 in the AL.
– The Red Sox ripped the Braves, 9-1 as Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and made a leaping catch. Atlanta enters the NL playoffs as the second seed.
– The Diamondbacks battered the Rockies, 11-3 as Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings to win his first game for Arizona in his ninth and final start this season.
– Rookie Brady Singer allowed an RBI double but just two other hits over seven innings of the Royals’ 3-1 victory against the Tigers.
– Juan Soto became the National League’s youngest batting champion, while Trea Turner hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs in the Nationals’ 15-5 laugher over the Mets.
UNDATED (AP) – The Buffalo Bills improved to 3-0 this season despite blowing a 28-3 lead in the second half. Josh Allen hit Tyler Kroft for a three-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left to give the Bills a 35-32 win over the Rams. Allen’s fourth touchdown pass of the day came after Los Angeles scored 29 consecutive points to go ahead by four. The Rams were poised to match the third-largest comeback in NFL regular season history after Jared Goff led the team to touchdowns on four straight drives, capped by Darrell Henderson’s 1-yard run with 4:30 remaining. Los Angeles almost got the ball back on downs in the closing seconds, but a pass interference call gave Buffalo new life.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
– Nick Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and tossed three touchdown passes over the final 6 1/2 minutes of the Bears’ wild 30-26 comeback win over the Falcons. The Bears improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 after becoming the latest team to rally from a huge second-half deficit versus Atlanta.
– DK Metcalf made up for a huge first-half blunder by catching a 29-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson with 1:47 remaining in the Seahawks’ 38-31 victory against the Cowboys. Wilson is the first NFL QB to throw 14 scoring passes in the first three games of a season after tossing five more versus Dallas.
– James Conner ran for 109 yards and the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the Steelers rallied past Houston, 28-21. The Steelers improved to 3-0 for the first time in a decade by holding the 0-3 Texans under 60 total yards in the second half.
– The Packers are 3-0 after Aaron Rodgers passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-30 win at New Orleans. Green Bay receiver Allen Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards and a TD, including gains of 48 and 72 yards on long throws that set up touchdowns.
– Nick Mullens threw for 343 yards and a touchdown to lead the 49ers to their second win at MetLife, 36-9 over the error-prone and winless Giants. Jerick McKinnon, Brandon Aiyuk and Jeff Wilson provided rushing TDs on a near flawless day for the Niners.
– The Lions ended an 11-game losing streak by stunning the previously-unbeaten Cardinals, 26-23 on Matt Prater’s 39-yard field goal as time expired. Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and the Detroit defense picked off Kyler Murray three times.
– Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for two more and the Browns moved over .500 for the first time since 2014 with a 34-20 win over Washington. With their second straight win under first-year coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns are 2-1 for the first time since 2011.
– The Buccaneers were 28-10 winners over the Broncos behind Tom Brady’s three scoring strikes. Former Bronco Shaq Barrett celebrated his return to Denver with a pair of sacks, one for a safety.
– Rex Burkhead scored three touchdowns and Bill Belichick became the third coach in NFL history to reach 275 regular-season victories in the Patriots’ 36-20 win over the Raiders. Sony Michel racked up 117 yards on just nine carries and Cam Newton was 17 of 28 passing for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception for New England.
– Stephen Gostkowski made his career-high sixth field goal of game, a 55-yarder with 1:48 left that lifted undefeated Tennessee to a 31-30 victory over the Vikings. Derrick Henry rushed for 119 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns while Ryan Tannehill passed for 321 yards for another comeback after trailing most of the game.
– Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie each returned an interception for a touchdown and Philip Rivers added his 400th career TD pass as the Colts clobbered the Jets, 36-7. Rivers moved into fifth on the all-time list for completions, he became the sixth player to amass 60,000 yards passing and also became the sixth QB with 400 TD throws.
– Joe Burrow tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Tee Higgins in regulation and Carl Wentz dove into the end zone for the tying score in the final minute as the Bengals and Eagles played to a 23-23 tie on Sunday. Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott lined up for a 59-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in overtime, but a false start on Matt Pryor forced the Eagles to punt it away and play for the tie.
– Carolina’s defense forced three Chargers’ turnovers and Joey Slye kicked five field goals in the Panthers 21-16 victory near Los Angeles. Teddy Bridgewater was 22 of 28 for 235 yards and a touchdown in helping the Panthers end a 10-game losing streak.
PARIS (AP) – Coco Gauff has won her French Open debut by beating No. 9 seed Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-3. The 16-year-old Gauff already owns four victories over opponents ranked in the Top 20. A half-dozen seeded players lost, while winners included No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 6 Alexander Zverev. Venus Williams lost in the first round at Roland Garros for the third straight year, falling to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-4.


UNDATED (AP) – There are a host of changes in The Associated Press football poll after several conferences changed course and elected to play a season. Ohio State, Penn State and Oregon returned to The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, weeks before they start playing. Clemson remained No. 1 with 55 first-place votes, followed by Alabama at No. 2 with three first-place votes. Third-ranked Florida is just ahead of Georgia and Notre Dame, while Ohio State, Auburn, Miami, Texas and Penn State round out the top 10. Oregon is 14th. Defending champion LSU and Oklahoma both took tumbles in the poll. LSU fell from 6th to 17th, and the Sooners dropped from third to 16th.



UNDATED (AP) – Authorities say Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their 9-month-old grandchild over the weekend in California. After a tussle, law enforcement officials say Jennifer Montana pried the baby out of the woman’s arms.

In other NFL news:
– The Raiders are being investigated by the NFL for allowing an unauthorized person in the locker room following the team’s home opener. A person familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that the employee entered the Raiders locker room without a credential following Monday night’s 34-24 win over New Orleans.
– The Patriots have placed starting center David Andrews and rookie linebacker Josh Uche on injured reserve. Andrews sat out practice all week with a hand injury and Uche was hampered by a foot injury.


UNDATED (AP) – Ron Roenicke has been told he will not return as manager of the Red Sox, ending a one-year, shotgun stopgap on the final day of a pandemic-shortened season that resulted in a last-place finish in the AL East. Roenicke was hired on the eve of spring training after Alex Cora was implicated in Houston’s sign stealing scandal.

In other MLB news:
– The Angels have fired general manager Billy Eppler after the long-struggling franchise finished its fifth consecutive losing season under his watch. The losing skid occurred despite many positive moves made by the former Yankees executive, all while dealing with the spending whims of owner Arte Moreno.
– Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed from the Atlanta Braves’ lineup in their regular season finale due to irritation in his left wrist He was on the 10-day injured list due to soreness in the same wrist from Aug. 12-25.
– Miami outfielder Starling Marte and right-hander Jose Urena left Sundays’ regular-season finale against the Yankees after getting hurt in the early innings. Marte was hit on the front of his helmet by a pitch and Urena took a liner off his pitching hand.
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 092620 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Gage Florence scored four times and Tyson Tomlinson twice as the #2-ranked Velva Aggies shutout Des Lacs-Burlington 38-0, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Florence finished with 86 yards rushing and three touchdowns, plus 90 yards receiving and one score. Tomlinson tallied 99 yards and two touchdowns rushing the ball. The Lakers were led by Caleb Rist with 39 yards rushing, while Carson Yale passed for 94 yards and had three interceptions. Velva improves to 5-0. Des Lacs-Burlington drops to 2-4.
Other scores:
High School Football
Class AAA
#3 Bismarck High 48, Bismarck Legacy 27
Jamestown 36, Valley City (Class AA) 8
Class AA
#2 Hillsboro-Central Valley 41, Wahpeton 14
Central Cass 30, Devils Lake 0
Watford City 40, Stanley 8
Class A
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 47, Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn 12
#2 Velva 38, Des Lacs-Burlington 0
#3 Lisbon 28, #4 Oakes 7
Shiloh Christian 45, #5 Killdeer 35
Bishop Ryan 54, Nedrose 12
Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 42, South Prairie 6
Grafton 41, Harvey-Wells County 8
Carrington 34, Bottineau 0
Rugby 33, Park River Area 14
Dickinson Trinity 42, Southern McLean 0
New Salem-Glen Ullin 60, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron 14
Thompson 46, Northern Cass 6
Sargent County 50, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 22
Fargo Oak Grove 21, Hatton-Northwood 6
#1 Kidder County 70, Mott-Regent-New England 70-12
#2 Cavalier 56, North Star 20
#3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 76, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 8
#4 St. John 50, T-G-U 24
#5 Linton-HMB 38, Beach 6
Surrey 28, Ray-Powers Lake 6
Divide County 54, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 36
Central McLean 42, Lewis & Clark 20
North Prairie 50, Dunseith 14
South Border 44, Hettinger-Scranton 14
Grant County-Flasher 68, Standing Rock 14
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 38, Enderlin-Maple Valley 12
Griggs-Midkota 42, Richland 39
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Minot Mini Meet
1. Bismarck Century, 217
2. Minot, 182
3. Dickinson, 163
4. Bismarck Legacy 134
5. Bismarck High 49
High School Boys Tennis
Century 8, Williston 1
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
#3 West Fargo def. Shanley 25-19, 25-13, 25-20
Minot def. Watford City 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-9
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Mike Moustakas homered twice, Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot and the Cincinnati Reds clinched their first playoff spot since 2013, beating the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 7-2. The Reds can finish as high as the fifth seed in the eight-team NL field. The Twins failed to secure home-field advantage for the wild-card series. They lead Chicago and Cleveland by one game in the division, with two to play. The Twins can still settle anywhere from the second seed to the seventh seed for the AL playoffs next week.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The struggling Minnesota Vikings defense will be further depleted this weekend, with two more starters sidelined. Cornerback Mike Hughes has a neck injury, and cornerback Cameron Dantzler has a rib injury. Both players were declared out for the winless Vikings when they host Tennessee on Sunday. Dantzler missed the previous game, too. Backup cornerback Kris Boyd was also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Two of the team’s stars on that side of the ball are on injured reserve: defensive end Danielle Hunter and linebacker Anthony Barr.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Boston Celtics have extended their season with an outstanding third quarter in Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics trailed by seven before outscoring the Heat 41-25 in the third period of a 121-108 win against Miami. Boston went on a 13-0 run over a stretch of only 3:06 to turn a nine-point deficit into a 64-60 lead. Jayson Tatum scored 17 of his 31 points in the third quarter and finished with 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown added 28 points and Daniel Theis had 15 with 13 rebounds for Boston, which missed 11 of its first 12 shots to fall behind, 17-5. Miami is shooting 24.8% on 3-pointers in its last 13 quarters after going 7-for-36 on Friday. Goran Dragic scored 23 points before fouling out with 4:27 left for the Heat. Game 6 is Sunday.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning showed the importance of power-play goals as they took a three-games-to-one lead in the Stanley Cup final. Kevin Shattenkirk’s power-play goal 6:34 into overtime sent the Lightning to their third straight win, 5-4 over the Stars. Brayden Point scored twice for Tampa Bay, which spotted Dallas a 2-0 lead before netting three goals on power plays. Yanni Gourde had a power-play goal and Alex Killorn gave the Lightning their first lead about seven minutes into the third period. Joe Pavelski forced OT midway through the third with his second goal of the game, which also tied him with Joe Mullen for most career playoff goals by a US-born player. The Lightning can wrap up the series on Saturday.
UNDATED (AP) – The National League Central race seems a bit more settled, but the AL Central picture is even more muddled than it was on Friday. The Chicago Cubs cut their magic number to one for wrapping up the NL Central, but the Minnesota Twins now find themselves just one game ahead of Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox with two to play.
The Cubs clobbered the White Sox, 10-0 behind Yu Darvish, who pitched seven strong innings for his NL-leading eighth win. Willson Contreras homered twice for the Cubbies, who also received round-trippers from Victor Caratini, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez.
The Cardinals split a pair with the Brewers to stay in second place in the NL Central. Brent Suter combined with Devin Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter in the Brewers’ 3-0 shutout of the Cardinals in the opener. Eric Sogard singled home the first run and Christian Yelich added a solo home run.
The Cardinals clobbered Milwaukee, 9-1 in the nightcap as Daniel Ponce de Leon no-hit Milwaukee until Orlando Arcia hit a leadoff homer in the sixth inning. Ponce de Leon gave up just the one hit over his six innings of work and Tommy Edman smacked a two-run homer.
Minnesota’s 7-2 loss to Cincinnati allowed the Reds to clinch their first NL playoff berth since 2013. Mike Moustakas homered twice and Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot to help the Reds move two games above .500 for the first time since May 13, 2017
The Indians picked up their third walk-off win in four days as Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with two out in the ninth inning to complete a 4-3 triumph over Pittsburgh. Delino DeShields supplied a game-tying, RBI single in a three-run ninth before Hernandez pushed the Indians within one game of the AL Central-leading Twins.
Elsewhere on the major league schedule:
– The Marlins beat the Yankees, 4-3 in 10 innings to clinch an improbable NL playoff berth in their coronavirus-decimated season. Jesus Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and Brandon Kintzler closed out the win by getting AL batting leader DJ LeMahieu to ground into a game-ending double play.
– The Braves clinched the No. 2 seed in the NL by beating the Red Sox, 8-7 on Freddie Freeman’s two-run homer leading off the 11th inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit the longest homer in the majors this season, a 495-foot rip to the top of the left-field seats leading off the bottom of the first.
– The Rays damaged the Phillies’ postseason chances as Joey Wendle stroked a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning to lead the AL East champions to a 6-4 victory against Philadelphia. Bryce Harper had a triple and drove in two runs for the Phils, who blew a 4-1 lead and lost for the fifth time in six games.
– Randal Grichuk and Travis Shaw homered for the Blue Jays in a 10-5 win over the Orioles. Toronto hurler Nate Pearson returned from an elbow injury that kept him out since Aug. 18, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings as he prepares to come out of the bullpen for the postseason.
– Joey Gallo drove home the winning run on a fielder’s-choice grounder in the 10th inning for a 5-4 Rangers win over Houston. The Astros were a strike away from victory until Ronald Guzman hit a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth off Ryan Pressly.
– The Astros backed into a playoff berth with the Angels’ 9-5 loss to the Dodgers. Justin Turner homered twice and the Dodgers also received longballs from AJ Pollock, Will Smith and Edwin Rios.
– The A’s pulled out a 3-1 win over the Mariners on Mark Canha’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 10th. Seattle scored in the 10th on a passed ball, but Ramon Laureano doubled home the tying run and scored on the homer.
– Wilmer Flores crushed a go-ahead homer in the fourth and Mike Yastrzemski splashed a two-run shot into McCovey Cove, both coming in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 5-4 win against the Padres in the opener of a twinbill.
– Trent Grisham hit a game-ending, three-run homer with one out in the seventh to lift the Padres to a 6-5 victory and a doubleheader split with the Giants. Dinelson Lamet had to leave early due to biceps tendinitis, a potential blow for a San Diego staff that could be without Mike Clevinger for the Wild Card Series.
– Zac Gallen had a career-high 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings of the Diamondbacks’ 4-0 blanking of the Rockies. Christian Walker belted a two-run homer to support Gallen, who finishes with a 2.75 ERA in his rookie season.
– Josh VanMeter crushed a three-run homer and the Diamondbacks completed a sweep of their doubleheader by whipping the Rockies, 11-5. David Peralta and Tim Locastro both had three hits in Arizona’s fourth win in a row.
– Adalberto Mondesi had three hits and an RBI in the Royals’ third straight win, 3-2 versus the Tigers. Brad Keller gave up four singles and struck out five over six shutout innings to move to 5-3.
– The battle for the NL East cellar is on hold after the Mets and Nationals were rained out in Washington. The game will be made up as part of a Saturday doubleheader before the teams close the season on Sunday.


UNDATED (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes has been placed on the injured list with a strained left oblique. Manager Craig Counsell says Burnes would be unavailable for the first round and would be doubtful for the second round if the Brewers make the playoffs. Burnes is 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings.

In other MLB news:
– San Diego pitcher Mike Clevinger received a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow Friday and the Padres are hopeful he’ll be OK for the playoffs. Clevinger left his start against the Angels on Wednesday after just one inning.
– A person with knowledge of the situation says manager Dave Martinez and the Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the club beyond next season. Martinez led the Nationals to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 2019, his second season as the team’s skipper. But the Nats are one loss away from clinching sole possession of the NL East cellar this year.
– White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs. The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central.
– The Reds say team broadcaster Thom Brennaman has resigned following his use of an anti-gay slur on air last month. Brennaman used the slur moments after the feed from the Fox Sports Ohio telecast returned from a commercial break during the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City on Aug. 19.
– Dodgers star Mookie Betts has supplanted Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for baseball’s top-selling jersey in his first year on the West Coast. Judge’s pinstriped No. 99 had been the most popular uniform in the majors for three straight years.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Bobby Ryan has been placed on waivers by the Ottawa Senators for the purpose of a buyout. Ryan won the Masterton Trophy earlier this month after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol issues. The 33-year-old forward had five goals and eight points in 24 games for Ottawa this season.

UNDATED (AP) – Nick Mullens will be the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Sunday against the New York Giants. Mullens replaces Jimmy Garoppolo, who suffered a high ankle sprain last weekend while playing on the same Meadowlands turf the Niners will contend with on Sunday. The Niners will play their second straight game without George Kittle because of a knee sprain.
In addition, San Francisco will play without injured running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and edge rusher Dee Ford. Defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were placed on injured reserve this week with season-ending knee injuries.
In other NFL news:
– The Falcons’ secondary will be without safety Ricardo Allen and cornerback Kendall Sheffield in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Allen has an elbow injury and Sheffield has a foot injury. Wide receiver Julio Jones still has a chance to play after missing practice this week with a hamstring injury.
– Jets wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman have been ruled out for the team’s game at Indianapolis on Sunday because of injuries. It will be the second straight game Crowder will miss with a hamstring injury, while Perriman was a long shot to be active after injuring his left ankle last Sunday against San Francisco.
– The Browns could be without both of their projected starting cornerbacks on Sunday against the Washington Football Team. Denzel Ward is listed as questionable with a groin injury, and Greedy Williams will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury sustained in training camp.
– The Bills will be without rookie running back Zack Moss for Sunday’s game against the Rams because of a toe injury. Linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano are questionable.
– The Raiders will be without speedy rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III because of injuries to his knee and hamstring. Ruggs has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Starting right tackle Trent Brown and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski also are out this week.
UNDATED (AP) – The Mid-American Conference had been the first major college football league to postpone its season. It’s now become the final one to jump back in. University presidents in the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West have all decided to play this fall after all instead of spring. MAC games will start Nov. 4 and the championship game will be played Dec. 18 or 19.
In other college sports news:
– Georgia State has postponed Saturday’s college football game at Charlotte because of the coronavirus. The school says it decided not to play out of an abundance of caution because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. It’s not known if the game will be rescheduled.
PARIS (AP) – Just days before the start of the French Open, organizers have reduced the number of spectators allowed to 1,000 per day because of the worsening coronavirus epidemic in Paris. Organizers have repeatedly had to scale back their ambitions as virus cases have climbed. Three weeks ago they were planning to have 11,500 spectators per day. That was scaled back to 5,000 per day.
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 092520 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Our Friday night football broadcast takes us to the Star City of Velva where the No. 2-ranked, and undefeated, Aggies play host to the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers in a Class A Region 3 contest. Live coverage is set for 6:45 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online heard at www.khrt.com.
MINOT, ND – Thursday’s local scoreboard:
High School Boys Soccer
Minot 1, Bismarck High 1
Bismarck Century 3, Mandan 0
Dickinson 2, Jamestown 0
High School Boys Tennis
Minot 7, Jamestown 2
Bismarck Legacy 9, Bismarck High 0
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Jamestown 121, Mandan 56
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
Bismarck def. Minot 25-13, 29-27, 23-25, 24-26, 15-6
Mandan def. Bismarck St. Mary’s 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18
Class B
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Our Redeemer’s 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12
Bishop Ryan def. South Prairie (3-0)
Glenburn def. Surrey 25-14, 25-23, 25-13
Lewis & Clark def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-2)
Stanley def. Powers Lake 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23
Kenmare def. Tioga 25-22, 25-23, 25-13
Nedrose def. Newburg-Westhope 25-13, 25-15, 25-10
Bottineau def. Drake-Anamoose 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-27, 18-16
Velva def. T-G-U 25-10, 22-25, 25-7, 25-16
Garrison def. Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 25-19, 25-14, 25-21
Washburn def. Grant County 24-26, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20
Benson County def. St. John 25-6, 25-9, 25-12
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The Missouri Valley Football Conference has announced its league schedule for the spring 2021 season, which will begin the weekend of Feb. 20 and includes eight games in nine weeks ending April 17.
The NCAA Division I Football Championship selection show is scheduled for Sunday, April 18. The FCS playoffs, reduced from 24 teams to 16 teams this year, will run four straight weeks culminating with the national championship game the weekend of May 15.
North Dakota State will play its conference opener at home Sunday, Feb. 21, against Youngstown State. The Bison have a bye in Week 2 before returning to play March 6 at Indiana State. NDSU has four home and four road games. Other home games are March 13 against Illinois State, April 3 against South Dakota State and April 17 against North Dakota. NDSU will travel to South Dakota, Missouri State and Northern Iowa.
The Bison will not play Southern Illinois or Western Illinois due to the conference scheduling rotation for 11 teams.
ST. LOUIS (UND) – The Missouri Valley Football Conference will play an eight-game conference-only Spring 2021 schedule over a nine-week period beginning the weekend on Feb. 20, with North Dakota at home against Missouri State from the Alerus Center. That will be the first of three home games to start the season, including South Dakota State on February 27th and South Dakota on March 4th. The other home game for UND is April 3rd against Southern Illinois.
Road games include March 20th at Illinois State, March 27th at Western Illinois, April 10th at Youngstown State, and April 17th in Fargo against NDSU.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Jewell Loyd scored 20 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 89-79 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 WNBA semifinal series. Loyd had 10 points in a 12-0 run to end the first half, including consecutive 3-pointers, for a 46-33 lead and the Storm led the rest of the way, fending off multiple Lynx charges. Damiris Dantas made five 3-pointers and led the Lynx with 23 points. Odyssey Sims added 18 points.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – In one sense, the Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from a berth in the NBA Finals after taking a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets. In another sense, the Nuggets have the Lakers right where they want them. Anthony Davis scored 34 points and LeBron James had 26 in the Lakers’ 114-108 victory over the Nuggets in the Western Conference finals. Davis made his first six shots before another Laker made a basket.

James added nine rebounds and eight assists for Los Angeles, which had 12 offensive rebounds for a whopping 25-6 advantage in second-chance points. Jamal Murray had 32 points and eight assists, but Nikola Jokic battled foul trouble and finished with just 16 points and seven rebounds. The Nuggets are in a familiar position down 3-1 heading into Game 5 on Saturday. They were in identical situations in the first two rounds, only to storm back to beat the Jazz and Clippers.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Well-traveled Ryan Fitzpatrick has become the first NFL quarterback to beat the same opponent with six different teams. Fitzpatrick also led the Miami Dolphins to their first victory of the year, accounting for three touchdowns in a 31-13 downing of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He completed his first 12 passes for the first time as Miami scored touchdowns on its first three drives, something the Dolphins hadn’t accomplished since 2011. Fitzpatrick passed for 160 yards and two scores while completing 18 of 20 attempts, the last one to himself. He also beat the Jaguars while with the 2008 Bengals, 2012 Bills, 2013 Titans, 2014 Texans and 2015 Jets.



UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have rebounded nicely since an eight-game losing streak seemed to knock them out of contention for the AL Central title. The Indians completed a four-game sweep of the White Sox by putting together a four-run seventh in a 5-4 victory against the former division leaders. Jose Ramirez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh, giving him a .485 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs over his last 13 games. Chicago scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead before suffering its fifth consecutive loss. The latest setback leaves the White Sox one game behind the division-leading Twins and one game ahead of Cleveland for the fourth seed in the AL.

Elsewhere on the big league schedule:
– The Blue Jays beat the Yankees for the third time in four days as Hyun Jin Ryu scattered five hits over seven shutout innings of Toronto’s 4-1 victory. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smacked a solo homer and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s two-run double to help Toronto wrap up its first playoff berth in four years. The Jays also climbed within two games of New York for second place in the AL East.
– Jose Altuve and George Springer each launched three-run homers and Alex Bregman delivered a two-run blast and three RBIs in Houston’s 12-4 dismantling of the Rangers. Josh Reddick also hit a two-run shot and rookie Cristian Javier gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings for his fifth win. The Astros won for just the ninth time in 29 road games and moved a step closer to wrapping up second place in the AL West.
– The Cubs lost for the fifth time in six games as Chad Kuhl held them to two hits over seven innings of the Pirates’ 7-0 shutout of the NL Central leaders. Geoff Hartlieb and Blake Cederlind completed the whitewash in which the Bucs’ staff was backed by four homers. Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds had home runs among their three hits as Pittsburgh kept the Cubs’ magic number at two for winning the NL Central.
– Rookie Dylan Carlson drove in three runs on a homer and a double as the Cardinals doubled up the Brewers, 4-2 to pull within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central lead. St. Louis starter Kwang Hyun Kim gave up a run over five innings to pick up the win. Milwaukee ace Corbin Burnes was reached for three runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings, leaving the game with lower back discomfort.
– Walker Buehler worked four scoreless innings and combined with five relievers on a 3-hitter as the Dodgers silenced the Athletics, 5-1. Corey Seager had two RBIs, including a solo homer in the third inning. Kike Hernandez contributed an RBI single that sparked the Dodgers’ three-run fifth.
– Raimel Tapia lifted a go-ahead, sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to push the Rockies past the Giants, 5-4. Brandon Belt hit a game-tying home run in the eighth for his 1,000th career hit before San Francisco fell behind the Reds for the first NL wild card.
– Miami snapped a four-game losing streak as Jon Berti had three hits, including a two-run double in a 4-2 verdict over the Braves. Pablo Lopez allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings to help the Marlins bolster their NL playoff hopes. Atlanta rookie Ian Anderson threw five scoreless innings before giving up three unearned runs in the sixth.
– Robinson Chirinos slammed a two-run homer and drove in three as the Mets earned a 3-2 win over the Nationals to barely stay alive in the NL wild-card race. Lefthander David Peterson closed his rookie season with his longest outing, going seven innings and allowing four hits and one run for his team-high sixth win.
– Salvador Perez belted a three-run home run and Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead blast in the sixth inning as the Royals outscored the Tigers, 8-7. Adalberto Mondesi had four hits and two RBIs for Kansas City.
– Jose Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered for the Orioles in a 13-1 laugher over the Red Sox. Hays, Valaika, Rio Ruiz and Ramon Urias each had three of Baltimore’s 18 hits as the Birds won for just the second time in eight games.


UNDATED (AP) – There’s great news for West Coast football fans. The Pac-12 has decided to play football this fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns over COVID-19. The conference’s CEO group of university presidents voted unanimously to resume football and basketball, lifting a Jan. 1 moratorium on athletic competition for Pac-12 schools. The football season will begin in early November and culminate with a championship game to be held on Dec. 18. The men’s and women’s basketball seasons can start Nov. 25, in line with the NCAA’s recently announced opening date.

The Pac-12 is the latest Power-5 conference to reverse course after announcing the football season would be postponed. The Big Ten will open its season next month after initially deciding to delay or if necessary, cancel the season. The ACC and Big 12 began their seasons this month and the SEC starts up on Saturday.


UNDATED (AP) – The Mets have placed Michael Conforto on the injured list with a hamstring injury, ending the outfielder’s regular season. Conforto was hitting a career-high .322 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs this year, ranking sixth in the National League with a .412 on-base percentage and eighth with 40 runs scored.

Also around the majors:
– Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has announced he will retire after the season, after spending his entire 14-year career with Kansas City. While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon turned himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He helped the Royals to two World Series trips and a championship in 2015.
– Longtime baseball executive Sandy Alderson will return to the Mets as team president if Steve Cohen’s purchase of the club is approved by MLB owners. The 72-year-old Alderson is currently a senior adviser for the Athletics. He was the Mets’ general manager from 2010-18 and stepped down after being diagnosed with cancer.


UNDATED (AP) – The new turf at MetLife Stadium is good to go for Sunday’s game between the Giants and 49ers. The NFL says an inspection of the field Wednesday found that the Field Turf surface meets all applicable standards and protocols for its field surfaces. It was conducted after the 49ers lodged complaints that the “sticky” surface caused at least four players to sustain knee injuries in a 31-13 win over the Jets last Sunday.

In other NFL news:
– Niners All-Pro tight end George Kittle practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day on Thursday, a sign that he could be ready to return after missing one game with a knee injury. Kittle got hurt when he was hit late in the first half of the opener by Arizona safety Budda Baker while trying to reach for a high pass from Jimmy Garoppolo.
– Jets coach Adam Gase says it’s doubtful wide receiver Jamison Crowder will play Sunday at Indianapolis. The Jets are expected to be without wide receiver Breshad Perriman for the next two games because of an ankle injury.
– Chiefs coach Andy Reid says top cornerback Charvarius Ward will return to practice in some capacity and could play Monday night against the Ravens. Ward missed last week’s win over the Chargers with a fractured hand.


UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have dealt away a key piece to their most recent Stanley Cup teams. The Florida Panthers have acquired Patric Hornqvist from the Pens for Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour. The 33-year-old Hornqvist scored 132 goals in 407 games for the Penguins. He added 22 more in the playoffs, including 14 during Pittsburgh’s run to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

In other ice news:
– The Sabres have signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract. The restricted free agent split last season between the NHL and the American Hockey League, scoring five goals and 10 points in 38 games with Buffalo.


PARIS (AP) – Rafael Nadal will begin his bid for a record-extending 13th French Open title against Egor Gerasimov in the first round of the tournament, which starts Sunday. The 34-year-old Nadal is aiming to equal the absent Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Serena Williams starts her attempt for a record-equaling 24th major against Kristie Ahn in all-American matchup. Williams turns 39 on Saturday. She fell short in her bid to equal Margaret Court’s record at the U.S. Open. WIlliams has won the French Open three times.
Thursday’s draw at Roland Garros also pits top-ranked Novak Djokovic against No. 80 Mikael Ymer of Sweden in their first career meeting.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR has fined Hendrick Motorsports $100,000 for exceeding the amount of wind tunnel testing allowed in a year. The organization has also been docked 10 hours of wind tunnel time for next year. The testing is defined as billable hours reported by the wind tunnel. Hendrick Motorsports self-reported the violation after discovering it had exceeded 70 hours by “less than an hour.”

(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 092420 – 0700
MINOT, ND – No change to the top four in both the 9-Man and Class A Football polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
9-Man Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Kidder County (15) 4-0 84 1
2. Cavalier (1) 5-0 60 2
3. Lamoure-Litchville-Marion(1) 5-0 56 3
4. St. John 5-0 30 5
5. Linton-HMB 1-1 23 4
Others receiving votes: Mayport-CG (5-0), Ray-Powers Lake (4-0), North Border (4-1)
Class A Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week

1. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich(17) 5-0 90 1
2. Velva 4-0 58 2
3. Lisbon 4-0 55 3
4. Oakes 3-0 37 4
5. Killdeer 5-0 28 5

Others receiving votes: Thompson (3-1), Bishop Ryan (3-2)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda finished off his regular season with another strong start and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 to take over sole possession of the AL Central lead for the first time since late August. Eddie Rosario added a two-run homer for Minnesota, which has won four straight. The Twins moved a half-game ahead of the second-place White Sox. Maeda allowed three runs and four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts, improving to 6-1.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Lucas Zelarayán and Pedro Santos each had a goal and an assist and the MLS-leading Columbus Crew beat Minnesota United 2-0 on Wednesday night. The Crew are unbeaten in six games and have won four of their last five. Santos bent an arcing ball to the center of the area, where Zelarayán opened the scoring with a diving header in the 31st minute. Santos faked right and went back to his left before blasting a left-footer the deflected off the hands of goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and then the crossbar in the 70th. Robin Lod scored in the 88th minute for Minnesota.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning are two wins away from their second Stanley Cup after knocking off Dallas in Game 3. Steven Stamkos scored in his return to action as the Lightning whipped the Stars, 5-2. Stamkos played for the first time since undergoing core muscle surgery in early March, but he didn’t hit the ice for the final 46 minutes of the game.

Goals by Nikita Kucherov and Stamkos put Tampa Bay ahead 2-0 just seven minutes into the contest. Victor Hedman, Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat added second-period goals to make it 5-1. Dallas netminder Anton Khudobi was pulled just before the third period. Jason Dickinson and Miro Heiskanen did the scoring for the Stars, who have dropped two straight since taking the series opener.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Tyler Herro shot his age – and then some – in helping the Miami Heat take a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. The 20-year-old Herro set a Miami rookie playoff record by pouring in 37 points in a 112-109 victory over the Celtics. He was 14 of 21 from the floor and 5 of 10 from 3-point range in joining Magic Johnson as the only 20-year-olds in NBA playoff history to score at least 37 in a game. Herro delivered 17 points in the fourth quarter, including five straight to push Miami ahead, 91-85. Goran Dragic added 22 and Bam Adebayo had 20 with 12 rebounds for the Heat.

The Celtics erased a double-digit deficit and took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before fading. Jayson Tatum scored all 28 of his points in the second half. Jaylen Brown provided 21 points and Kemba Walker added 20 for the Celtics, who will try to stave off elimination on Friday.


UNDATED (AP) – The San Diego Padres dropped a game and may have lost one of their top starters for an undetermined period. Mike Clevinger was suddenly pulled after only one inning of the Padres’ 5-2 setback against the Angels. The team said Clevinger’s departure wasn’t planned, adding that he was sent for an MRI on his right biceps. Clevinger’s start had been pushed back from Saturday night because of tightness in the biceps. Manager Jayce Tingler said on Tuesday that Clevinger threw a bullpen session the previous day and seemed good to go for Wednesday’s start.

San Diego also was unable to clinch home-field advantage in the wild-card series that begins next week. Second-inning homers by Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and Anthony Bemboom led Los Angeles to victory. Five Angels pitchers combined to blank the NL’s second-best team after Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– Trevor Bauer was dominant on short rest as he allowed four hits and struck out 12 over eight innings of the Reds’ ninth win in 11 games, 6-1 against the Brewers. Joey Votto was 0-for-22 versus Milwaukee this season before homering to give Cincinnati a 2-0 lead in the opening inning.
– The Pirates were 2-1 winners over the Cubs as Adam Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back homers off Kyle Hendricks. Chicago has scored just nine times in dropping four of its last five games.
– Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero each slammed two-run homers and collected five RBIs in the Royals’ 12-3 thrashing of the Cardinals. Cordero added a solo shot in the seventh for his second career multi-homer game, helping Kansas City keep St. Louis 3 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
– Logan Webb came out of the bullpen to fire 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball as the Giants picked up a 7-2 win over the Rockies. Mauricio Dubon ripped a tiebreaking, three-run home run to cap a four-run fifth and help San Francisco improve its postseason hopes.
– Dansby Swanson belted a three-run homer as the Braves cruised to their third straight win over the Marlins, 9-4. But Atlanta finished the game without Max Fried, who lasted just one inning after tweaking an ankle while fielding a bunt down the third-base line by Starling Marte.
– Bryce Harper homered twice against his former team to lead the Phillies’ 12-3 thrashing of the Nationals. Zach Eflin earned his fourth win by giving up three runs in eight-plus innings.
– Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years with an 8-5 victory over the Mets. Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe also went deep for Tampa Bay.
– Danny Jansen homered twice and the Blue Jays reduced their magic number for clinching an AL wild card berth to one by crushing the Yankees, 14-1. New York committed four errors and are in danger of playing its wild-card series on the road.
– Shane Bieber finishes his regular season with an AL-leading eight wins and a major league-best 1.63 ERA by allowing an unearned run and two hits in five innings of the Indians’ 3-2 triumph over the White Sox. Jordan Luplow’s walk-off homer dropped Chicago into second place in the AL Central.
– The Twins top the AL Central by a half-game after Jake Cave smacked a pair of home runs in a 7-6 decision over the Tigers. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) allowed three runs and four hits while fanning nine over six innings to help Minnesota regain the division lead for the first time since Aug. 11.
– Ramon Laureano blasted a tiebreaking, two-run homer into the night at Dodger Stadium to lift the Athletics over Los Angeles, 6-4. Laureano’s RBI single put Oakland ahead, 4-2 in the seventh before the NL West champs tied it on solo blasts by Cody Bellinger and Edwin Rios.
– Nick Margevicius tossed six shutout innings and Ty France drove in a pair of runs in the Mariners’ 3-2 verdict over the Astros. Houston starter Zach Greinke was reached for three runs and eight hits over 4 2/3’s to drop his third consecutive start.
– Wyatt Mathisen hit his first two career homers and fellow rookie Daulton Varsho tripled home the go-ahead run as the Diamondbacks dumped the Rangers, 7-3. Arizona wiped out a 3-1 deficit with a six-run sixth.
– Rafael Devers furnished a three-run double that capped a six-run third in the Red Sox’s 9-1 pounding of the Orioles. Boston hurler Nathan Eovaldi fanned eight over six shutout innings.


UNDATED (AP) – New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair says he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. Walton is the team’s 10th coach since the Kings last made the playoffs in Rick Adelman’s final season in 2005-06. Sacramento went 31-41 in Walton’s first season at the helm.



UNDATED (AP) – Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung. That’s according to a person familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of medical restriction issues. Coach Anthony Lynn said Taylor is still not 100% and that rookie Justin Herbert will get his second NFL start on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Herbert was the Chargers’ surprise starter in last Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other NFL news:
– Packers wide receiver Davante Adams says he doesn’t know yet whether he’ll be able to play Sunday night at New Orleans after leaving Green Bay’s previous game early with a hamstring injury. Adams was pulled from last Sunday’s 42-21 victory over the Detroit Lions in the second half and didn’t practice Wednesday.
– Two-time Pro Bowl halfback Devonta Freeman has signed with the Giants. He replaces 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn right ACL.
– The Panthers have placed Christian McCaffrey on short-term injured reserve, meaning the All-Pro running back will miss at least three games. McCaffrey suffered a high ankle sprain in Carolina’s 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, an injury that normally requires a 4 to 6 week recovery period.
– The Raiders have put starting left guard Richie Incognito on injured reserve with an Achilles issue, the latest injury to their offensive line. Incognito left Monday’s 34-24 win over New Orleans in the first quarter with the injury that slowed him in practice the previous week.
– The Jaguars will be without kicker Josh Lambo for at least the next three games. The team placed Lambo on injured reserve Wednesday with a hip injury and called up rookie Brandon Wright from the practice squad to make his NFL debut Thursday against the Dolphins.


UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Cougars are still waiting to play their season opener as more major college football games were wiped out by COVID-19 issues. Houston is again without a game to play after a third consecutive opponent had to pull out because of COVID-19 tests or contact tracing made players unavailable. This time it was North Texas. The number of FBS games canceled or
postponed since Aug. 26 is now 21.

In other virus related college sports news:
– The postponed football game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest will be moved to Dec. 12, while the Demon Deacons also are moving their nonconference game against Campbell a week earlier to Oct. 2. The ACC’s revamped scheduling model allows for 11 games to be played over 13 weeks through Dec. 5, as well as the possibility of playing Dec. 12.
– Ohio State says it is cutting a handful of jobs, furloughing hundreds of other employees and asking coaches to take pay cuts to deal with a budget shortfall expected to be over $100 million because of the pandemic. Athletic director Gene Smith says none of the 36 sports will be cut and athlete support services will be maintained.


CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has died. Sayers made his mark as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with a Bears teammate with cancer. Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet,” Sayers was considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen. Yet it was his rock-steady friendship with Brian Piccolo depicted in the 1971 film “Brian’s Song” that marked him as more than a sports star.

Sayers died Wednesday at the age of 77, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Relatives have said that Sayers had been diagnosed with dementia. In March 2017, his wife, Ardythe, said she partly blamed his football career.
Sayers was a two-time All-American at Kansas and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as well. He was selected by Chicago with the fourth pick overall in 1965. He tied one NFL record with six touchdowns in a game and set another with 22 touchdowns in his first season: 14 rushing, six receiving, one punt and one kickoff return. Sayers was a unanimous choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Sayers followed that by being voted an All-Pro during the first five of his seven NFL seasons from 1965-71. But he was stuck on a handful of middling-to-bad Bears teams and, like Dick Butkus, another Hall of Fame teammate selected in the same 1965 draft, he never played in the postseason.
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MINOT, ND – A few changes in the Class A and Class B Volleyball polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Class A Volleyball Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Bismarck Century (13) 5-0 65 1
2. Jamestown 5-1 49 2
3. West Fargo 8-1 41 3
4. Bismarck Legacy 5-1 24 5
5. West Fargo Sheyenne 7-4 12 RV
Others receiving votes (RV): Fargo Davies (7-4) 3, Mandan (3-1) 1
Class B Volleyball Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Thompson (12) 6-0 128 1
2. Linton-HMB (1) 5-0 112 2
3. Oakes 5-0 105 4
4. Northern Cass 6-0 91 5
5. Dickinson Trinity 6-0 79 6
6. Rugby 6-1 56 7
7. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 3-2 55 3
8. Carrington 5-2 22 RV
9. Beulah 5-0 16 RV
10. Grafton 3-2 13 8
Others receiving votes (RV): Flasher (7-0), Kindred (2-0), North Star (3-1), Richland (4-0), Heart River (5-1)
MINOT, ND – Tuesday’s local scoreboard:
High School Boys Soccer
Minot 11, Williston 0
Bismarck Century 2, Jamestown 1
Bismarck Legacy 3, Dickinson 0
Bismarck High 9, Mandan 0
High School Boys Tennis
Minot 8, Williston 1
Bismarck Legacy 9, Jamestown 0
Mandan 9, Bismarck High 0
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High 25-14, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16
Mandan def. #2 Jamestown 25-16, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22
Minot def. #4 Bismarck Legacy 26-24, 25-23, 15-25, 25-19
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Watford City 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13
Class B
#6 Rugby def. T-G-U 25-16, 25-17, 25-13
#9 Beulah def. Beach 20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-10
Our Redeemer’s def. Bishop Ryan 21-25, 25-13, 25-23, 26-24
Des Lacs-Burlington def. South Prairie 25-23, 25-18, 25-7
Surrey def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-2)
Glenburn def. Lewis & Clark 23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-18
Nedrose def. Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 25-20, 26-24, 25-21
Newburg-Westhope def. Bottineau 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-9
Harvey-Wells County def. Washburn 18-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-8
Dunseith def. St. John 25-17, 25-12, 25-17
Garrison def. Center-Stanton 25-18, 17-25, 26-24, 25-20
Flasher def. Underwood 25-11, 25-18, 25-9
Trenton def. Powers Lake 25-15, 25-10, 25-17
Stanley def. Trinity Christian (3-0)
Divide County def. Burke County 25-16, 25-7, 25-11

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Alysha Clark’s putback at the buzzer lifted the Seattle Storm past the Minnesota Lynx 88-86 in the first game of the semifinal series. Seattle inbounded it with 14.8 seconds left after Napheesa Collier tied it on an up-and-under move. Sami Whitcomb got it in the corner and drove the baseline for a layup that didn’t hit the rim but it fell to Clark, who corralled it and released it just before the final buzzer. Seattle, which has won seven straight games against Minnesota, hadn’t played since Sept. 13 after earning a double-bye to the semifinals. Collier had 25 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for Minnesota.

In the other semifinal, A’ja Wilson had 29 points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces past the Connecticut Sun 83-75 to even the best-of-five playoff series at 1-1.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Max Kepler hit the tying home run in the eighth inning and the game-winning single with two outs in the 10th, giving the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. That tightened the AL Central race for the Twins, who are a half-game behind the Chicago White Sox. Byron Buxton and Mitch Garver also homered for the Twins, who have all four of their remaining games at home where their 22-5 record is the best in baseball. Jeimer Candelario’s RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Jamal Murray had 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-106 to cut the Lakers’ lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference finals. The Nuggets lost almost all of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter but held on to win, avoiding a 3-0 hole that would have been daunting even for these never-out-of-it Nuggets. Denver has set a record by erasing two 3-1 deficits in this postseason, but no NBA team has ever come back from 3-0. Jerami Grant added a playoff career-high 26 points and Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.



ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves clinched another National League East title. Bryse Wilson pitched five scoreless innings, Marcell Ozuna drove in five runs with four hits that included two home runs as Atlanta Braves clinched their third straight division pennant by beating the Miami Marlins 11-1. The Braves hit five homers in all, including shots by Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman in a five-run seventh. Miami remains in position to earn its first playoff berth since winning the World Series in 2003.

In other major league action:
– Pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh, Austin Slater also connected, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to stay right in the playoff race. Dickerson hit his first pinch-hit homer since exactly four years earlier on Sept. 22, 2016, with San Diego against the Giants at Petco Park. It was his 10th homer that season, and his 10th this year.
– Corey Seager had three hits, including one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, as the Dodgers clinched the National League’s top postseason seed and eighth straight NL West title Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers were the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff berth on Sept. 16. They will open postseason play on Sept. 30 by hosting one of the NL’s four best-of-three wild card series. Robbie Grossman homered for Oakland, which has clinched the AL West.
– Pete Alonso and the New York Mets prevented Tampa Bay from clinching the AL East crown, beating the Rays 5-2 behind three home runs and Seth Lugo’s bounce-back pitching performance. The Mets are desperately trying to stay in the National League playoff chase with five games remaining in the regular season. Tampa Bay’s situation is much simpler. Already assured a playoff berth, they need just one win or a New York Yankees loss to secure their first division title in 10 years.
– Gerrit Cole limited Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs, and Aaron Hicks drove in three runs in a 12-1 Yankees rout of the Blue Jays. Cole finished his first season with the Yankees 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 73 innings after signing a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent.
– The Philadelphia Phillies have tumbled out of a playoff position, after getting swept in a doubleheader by the Washington Nationals. Yadiel Hernandez hit a game-ending, two-run homer off Brandon Workman for a 2-1 win in the second game. Austin Voth pitched a three-hitter to win the opener 5-1. Philadelphia lost its fourth game in a row and dropped behind Cincinnati, Milwaukee and San Francisco for the National League’s eighth and final playoff berth.
– Facing a loss that would have left them on the periphery of the playoff field, Milwaukee pulled one out against Cincinnati’s bullpen. Tyrone Taylor homered, Eric Sogard doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and the Brewers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the surging Reds.
– Cleveland clinched a playoff berth with a wild win over their division leaders. Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, giving the Indians a 5-3 decision over the Chicago White Sox. It’s Cleveland’s fourth trip to the postseason in five years.
– Max Kepler hit the tying home run in the eighth inning and the game-winning single with two outs in the 10th, giving the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. That tightened the AL Central race for the Twins, who are a half-game behind the Chicago White Sox.
– Jacob Stallings hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates slowed the Chicago Cubs’ bid to win the NL Central with a 3-2 victory. The Cubs began the day with a 4 1/2-game lead over St. Louis and Cincinnati in the division standings and a magic number of four to clinch the title. The Pirates won for just the second time in 15 games.
– Austin Gomber tossed six innings of four-hit ball in a crucial spot start, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The Cardinals still trail the Chicago Cubs by 3 1/2 games in the NL Central, but they improved to 27-25 and edged ahead of Milwaukee and Cincinnati for the No. 2 spot in the division.
– Max Stassi had two impressive home runs among his four hits, Griffin Canning struck out 10 in six crafty innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the punchless but playoff-bound San Diego Padres 4-2. The loss, plus St. Louis’ 5-0 win at Kansas City, kept the Padres from assuring themselves the NL’s No. 4 seed in the playoffs and homefield advantage in the wild-card round next week.
– The Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 to close on their fourth straight playoff berth. Martin Maldonado hit a three-run home run and Framber Valdez struck out eight, setting career highs for wins and strikeouts.
– Carson Kelly had a three-run homer, Caleb Smith and Riley Smith combined to throw a six-hitter and the Arizona Diamondbacks rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. David Peralta had three hits for the Diamondbacks. The Rangers have a 6-23 record on the road this season.
– Nick Pivetta struck out eight in five innings of one-run ball in his Boston debut, Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-3. There were a total of five errors in the game, a misplayed fly ball and a runner picked off third to kill a rally, a performance befitting the AL East’s worst two teams.


CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls have hired Billy Donovan as their coach. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. Donovan went 243-157 as coach of the Thunder and reached the playoffs each season. Now he joins a rebuilding franchise with new leadership in the front office.

In other NBA news:
– NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January. And he acknowledged that the later-than-usual schedule could mean top U.S. men’s players miss next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Silver, a guest in a series of panel discussions on CNN, did not indicate that any decisions are finalized.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels’ season. The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop’s decision before they faced the San Diego Padres. Los Angeles is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision. The 31-year-old Simmons can be a free agent this winter. He is finishing his fifth year with the Angels.

In the other baseball news:
– Seattle Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore’s season is over after he was placed on the seven-day concussion list Tuesday. Moore was hit in the head for the second time in a week, taking a 92 mph fastball from Houston Astros reliever Brandon Bielak off the helmet in a 6-1 win over Houston on Monday night. Moore remained in the game, but began to feel effects afterwards. Moore was also hit in the helmet by a 99 mph fastball from San Francisco Giants reliever Sam Coonrod last week.
– The St. Louis Cardinals have shut down Dakota Hudson for the season, transferring him to the 45-day injured list. Hudson left his start last Thursday against Pittsburgh after two innings with elbow tightness, and Cardinals president John Mozeliak said an MRI exam revealed a “flexor tendon issue.” Hudson went 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts.


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Two more NFL head coaches and their teams have been fined for not wearing masks on the sideline. A person with knowledge of the punishment says Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean Payton of the Saints were each fined $100,000 for not wearing masks on the sideline. The teams were fined $250,000. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league wasn’t announcing specific fines. The league already handed out similar punishments to Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll.

In other NFL developments:
– A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos are in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as their backup quarterback. Bortles is a seventh-year veteran who spent five years as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starter and backed up Jared Goff with the Rams last season. The Broncos have lost starting quarterback Drew Lock to a shoulder injury. He’s expected to miss three to five games. Jeff Driskel replaced him and gets the starting nod this weekend against Tampa Bay with practice squad QB Brett Rypien expected to serve as his backup.
– The New York Giants placed running back Saquon Barkley on injured reserve Tuesday, a day after confirming the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year tore his right ACL. The Giants made the move Tuesday and replaced Barkley’s roster spot by signing cornerback Ryan Lewis off the practice squad.
– The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United will have some fans at home games in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, beginning with the Falcons’ home game against the Carolina Panthers next month. Team and stadium officials announced the decision to allow a limited number of fans, based on the recent decline in COVID-19 cases in Georgia, among other factors. The teams say they reserve the right to go back to playing without fans should conditions in the pandemic change.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The San Jose Sharks have retained Bob Boughner as their coach. They’ve removed the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history. Boughner rejoined the Sharks’ coaching staff as an assistant to Peter DeBoer in the summer of 2019, and he took over as interim coach after DeBoer and the rest of his assistants were fired last Dec. 11. Boughner went 14-20-3 behind the bench as the Sharks missed the playoffs for only the second time since 2003, but general manager Doug Wilson saw enough progress to stick with Boughner.



UNDATED (AP) – Notre Dame’s game at Wake Forest on Saturday has been postponed after positive COVID-19 tests landed 13 Fighting Irish players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine. Notre Dame says the process of rescheduling the game is underway. Both teams are off Oct. 3. Notre Dame said 94 football players were tested for COVID-19 on Monday and of those seven were positive. Those players were in isolation along with others who tested positive last week.

Elsewhere in college football:
– Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman has decided to opt back in to the 2020 football season in light of the Big Ten’s resumption of fall competition. That’s contingent on the star junior gaining eligibility clearance. Bateman signed with an agency this summer in anticipation of declaring for the next NFL draft so his playing status has not yet been established. Minnesota is scheduled to open the season against Michigan on Oct. 24. Bateman had 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games for the Gophers last year.


PARIS (AP) – Bianca Andreescu, last year’s U.S. Open champion, will sit out the French Open and the rest of 2020. The 20-year-old Canadian announced her decision to remain sidelined this season via a post on social media. She says she wants to focus on her health and training. Andreescu became the first tennis player from Canada to win a Grand Slam singles title in New York in 2019 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 4. But she hasn’t competed since last October because of an injured knee, including missing the chance to try to defend her title at the U.S. Open.

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MINOT, ND – A few changes in the Class AAA and Class AA Football polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Class AAA Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Bismarck Century (11) 2-0 72 1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (3) 4-0 67 2
3. Bismarck High (2) 3-0 49 3
4. Fargo Davies 4-0 29 5
5. Fargo Shanley 3-1 20 4
Others receiving votes: Jamestown (3-0)
Class AA Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Bismarck St. Mary’s (16) 4-0 80 1
2. Hillsboro-Central Valley 3-1 62 4
3. Kindred 2-0 41 3
4. Beulah 3-1 38 2
5. Valley City 1-1 13 5
Others receiving votes: Central Cass (2-1)
MINOT, ND – Scores from Monday:
High School Volleyball
Class B
Kenmare def. Nedrose (3-0)
Bismarck Century JV def. Underwood 25-9, 25-4, 25-8
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Vikings four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle, according to coach Mike Zimmer. Barr was hurt before halftime of Minnesota’s 28-11 loss Sunday at Indianapolis. Zimmer said the seventh-year pro would be placed on injured reserve. Barr has not missed more than four games in any of his previous NFL seasons. The Vikings drafted him out of UCLA with the ninth overall pick in 2014. The Vikings have started 0-2 for the first time with Zimmer as coach.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Stanley Cup final is knotted at a game apiece after the Tampa Bay Lightning rediscovered their power-play touch. The Lightning scored three goals in a 3:53 span of the first period to beat the Dallas Stars, 3-2. Tampa Bay netted back-to-back power-play goals to go ahead for good and break a 1-for-18 skid with the man advantage. Brayden Point opened the scoring 11:23 into the contest, three minutes before Ondrej Palat made it 2-0. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman set up both power-play goals. Kevin Shattenkirk provided the game-winner at the 15:16 mark of the opening period. Goals by Joe Pavelski and Mattias Janmark got Dallas within 3-2, but Andrei Vasilevskiy shut the door over the final 14 1/2 minutes to secure the victory for the Lightning. Game 3 is Wednesday.



LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Las Vegas Raiders have won their first game in a new hometown. Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and the Raiders rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat the Saints, 34-24. Carr was in complete control for most of the night, completing 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards. Darren Waller caught 12 of the passes for 103 yards as Carr’s most trusted option. Carr engineered four straight scoring drives in the second and third quarters to turn a 10-0 deficit into a 24-17 lead. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 26 of 38 for 312 yards with one TD and one interception.



UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have moved closer to an American League playoff berth while stalling the Chicago White Sox’s charge to an AL Central title. Carlos Santana’s two-run blast snapped a tie and Jose Ramirez homered again as the Indians downed the White Sox, 7-4. Ramirez has homered five times in his last five games, giving him 16 for the season. Cleveland wasted a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning before reducing their magic number to one for a postseason berth.

Elsewhere around the majors:
– Marco Gonzales fired eight shutout innings and Evan White broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh inning to guide the Mariners to a 6-1 win over the Astros. Seattle’s victory clinched the AL West title for Oakland, ending Houston’s three-year run atop the division.
– The Rays’ magic number is one for clinching the AL East after Nate Lowe hit a solo homer to put Tampa Bay ahead 2-0 in a 2-1 win against the Mets. New York wasted a stellar performance by Jacob deGrom, who struck out 14 over seven innings.
– Rookie Alejandro Kirk fell a triple shy of the cycle while collecting four hits in the Blue Jays’ 11-5 rout of the Yankees. Randal Grichu hit is first homer since Aug. 28 and drove in two runs as Toronto dropped New York 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota for home field in the wild-card round.
– The Cubs were 5-0 winners over the Pirates as Jon Lester scattered four hits over six innings of his first victory since Aug. 11. Kyle Schwarber doubled twice and drove in a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning for Chicago, which finished the game without Kris Bryant because of right lower oblique tightness.
– The Reds are above .500 for the first time since opening day following their eighth victory in nine games, 6-3 over the Brewers. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer to back Luis Castillo, who won his fourth straight start by allowing four hits while fanning nine over 6 2/3 innings.
– Maikel Franco furnished the go-ahead, two-run single with two out in the sixth inning of the Royals’ 4-1 victory against the Cardinals. The Kansas City bullpen pitched shutout ball from the fourth inning on and ended the Redbirds’ four-game winning streak.
– The Braves fell behind 3-0 before scoring four times in the bottom of the first to beat the Marlins, 5-4. Austin Riley’s two-run double capped the early rally and helped Atlanta creep closer to their third straight NL East title, which the Braves can wrap up by Tuesday.
– Zack Wheeler absorbed his first loss in five decisions this season by allowing two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of the Phillies’ 5-1 setback against the Nationals. Philadelphia fell back to .500 with its first loss in seven games against the defending champs.
– The Rockies damaged the Giants’ playoff hopes as Elias Diaz laced a two-run single and Kevin Pillar smacked a solo homer in Colorado’s 7-2 victory. German Marquez held San Francisco to a run and five hits over six innings.
– Jared Walsh homered for the seventh time in 12 games, a grand slam that highlighted a seven-run fourth in the Angels’ 8-5 win over the Rangers. Max Stassi had a two-run single to help Los Angeles win for the 12th time in its last 18 games.


UNDATED (AP) – Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock could be out until midseason due to a shoulder injury suffered in yesterday’s loss to Pittsburgh. The Broncos also lost Pro Bowl wide receiver Courtland Sutton for the season after he tore an ACL in his left knee against the Steelers. Sutton made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 72 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns.

In other NFL-related news:
– Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss “multiple weeks” with a high right ankle sprain he sustained in Carolina’s 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
– The 49ers have contacted the NFL about the conditions of the new artificial playing surface at MetLife Stadium after several players went down with injuries in a victory over the Jets. The 49ers players complained before the game that the turf was “sticky.” Those complaints only grew louder after Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman all had knee injuries, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his ankle.
– Giants running back Saquon Barkley will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Barkley was injured during Sunday’s loss to the Bears. The team said that the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will undergo surgery in the near future.
– Vikings four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle. Barr was hurt before halftime of Minnesota’s 28-11 loss Sunday at Indianapolis.
– A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been heavily fined for violating the league’s rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline. The person says Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll were each docked $100,000. Their teams were fined $250,000 each.


NEW YORK (AP) – The higher seeded team reaching the World Series will have last at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and if needed Games 6 and 7, not necessarily the team with the best record. This year’s change means a No. 1 seed from one league with fewer regular-season wins than a lower seed from the other league would have the “homefield advantage” for the World Series should they both win pennants. In the event both pennant winners have the same seed, regular-season winning percentage would decide which team is “home” for the first two games.

In other baseball news:
– Braves pitcher Cole Hamels is done for the season after telling the team that he didn’t feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.
– The Rockies have shut down third baseman Nolan Arenado for the rest of the regular season because of a sore left shoulder. The loss of the five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner is a big blow for a Rockies team trying to hang in the postseason chase after starting 11-3.
– Blue Jays closer Ken Giles will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season and sending him into free agency on an uncertain note. Giles has no record, a 9.82 ERA, and one save in four appearances this season.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award after recording his second consecutive 100-point season. He netted 43 goals and had a career-high 67 assists for 110 points to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer, edging teammate Connor McDavid. The Hart Trophy is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and the Lindsay Award is voted on by members of the NHL Players’ Association. Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon finished second in the Hart balloting, just ahead of New York Rangers winger Artemi Panarin.

In other NHL Awards:
– Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender. Hellebuyck was second in the league with 31 wins while posting a .922 save percentage.
– Nashville’s Roman Josi got the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman. Josi had a 12-game point streak and broke a team record for blueliners with 65 points.
– Colorado defenseman Cale Makar came away with the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. Makar produced 12 goals and 50 points with a +12 in 57 games.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Denny Hamlin is starting his own race car team in partnership with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver. The three-time Daytona 500 winner and top contender for this year’s Cup title made the announcement on social media. The team will be a single-car Toyota entry aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin said additional details would be forthcoming.

Meanwhile, Ross Chastain has snagged one of the coveted open Cup seats in a promotion at Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 next season. The car has been filled by Matt Kenseth, who came out of retirement to drive after Kyle Larson was fired in April.


AMHERST, Mass. (AP) – UMass says it will play football this fall, reversing an August decision to postpone the season until the spring. One of few independents in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the school says it will start in mid-October. Games still need to be scheduled, which could be a challenge since most leagues are playing a limited number of nonconference games, if any.



JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders has been hired as Jackson State’s football coach. This will be Sanders’ first head coaching job. He replaces John Hendrick and will take over the Tigers this spring. The Southwestern Athletic Conference school postponed fall sports because of the pandemic.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville has refuted NCAA allegations against its men’s basketball program. The school is requesting that the highest-level violation be reclassified. The university is also challenging the charge that former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program. The university filed a 104-page response last week to the Notice Of Allegations sent to the school in May. It states that college sports’ governing body seeks to ignore wire fraud convictions against several people involved in the scheme by suggesting they were representing Louisville’s athletic interests.



UNDATED (AP) – The former NHL player and fan favorite Bob Nevin has died. The NHL says he died early Monday but did not give a cause. Nevin won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before a successful run as captain of the New York Rangers. He also played for Minnesota and Los Angeles during a 19-year career. Bob Nevin was 82 years old.

The Montreal Canadiens announced the death of Albert Langlois, who won three straight Stanley Cups with the team from 1958-60. Langlois also played for the Rangers, Bruins and Red Wings, finishing with 21 goals and 112 points in 497 games from 1957-66. Langlois was 85.
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