K-Heart Sports

 
K-HEART SPORTS – SUNDAY – 041821 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Megan Norris tallied a hat-trick as #2 Minot State ended pool play with a 7-0 win over #6 McKendree University at the ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament at MAYSA Arena. Norris notched a goal in each period.
 
College Women’s Hockey
ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament – Minot
 
Pool Play
#3 Midland University 2, #4 Lindenwood University 0
#2 Minot State 7, #6 McKendreee University 0
#1 Liberty University 3, #5 Adrian College 2
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#2 Minot State vs #4 Lindenwood University, 1 pm
#1 Liberty University vs #3 Midland University, 4 pm
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MSU MEN’S HOCKEY
 
MINOT, ND – Nick Davis and Davis Sheldon scored in the second period and the Minot State men’s hockey team held on for a 2-1 win over #11 Calvin University in the first round of the ACHA Men’s Division I National Hockey Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. The #6 Beavers play #3 Lindenwood Unversity today at 1:30 pm in the second round.
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ACHA MEN’S DII

 
BISMARCK, ND – Pool play finished Saturday at the ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament in Bismarck/Mandan. Games are played at Starion Sports Complex Schwan Cadillac Rink in Mandan and Bismarck’s Wachter Arena at Capital Ice Complex.
 
College Men’s Hockey
ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament – Bismarck/Mandan
 
Pool Play
#13 Concordia University of Wisconsin 5, #12 Aurora University 4
#11 Williston State 7, #14 University of Jamestown 4
#9 University of Providence 6, #16 Davenport University 3 #15 East Texas Baptist University 11, #10 Adrian College 4
#4 Liberty University 4, #5 Florida Gulf Coast 1
#3 Iowa State 4, #6 Marian University 3
#1 University of Mary 5, #8 North Carolina State 1
#2 Lindenwood University 4, #7 Dakota College at Bottineau 1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#2 Lindenwood University vs #3 Ioway State, 2:30 pm
#1 University of Mary vs #4 Liberty University, 6 pm
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LOCAL SCORES
 
MINOT, ND – Other local scores from Saturday.
 
High School Baseball
Class A
 
Fargo Shanley 6, Bismarck St. Mary’s 0
Fargo Shanley 7, Bismarck St. Mary’s 5
 
Dickinson 12, West Fargo 5
Dickinson 14, West Fargo 11
 
West Fargo Sheyenne 6, Bismarck Legacy 2
West Fargo Sheyenne 12, Bismarck Legacy 0
 
High School Girls Softball
Class A
 
Bismarck Legacy 15 Fargo Shanley 3
Fargo Shanley 11, Bismarck Legacy 8
 
High School Boys Golf
Class A
 
Bismarck Century-Bismarck Legacy Invite
1. Bismarck Century, 306
2. Minot, 314
3. Williston, 326
4. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 336
5. Dickinson, 345
6. Bismarck High, 347
7. Bismarck Legacy, 349
8. Mandan, 350
9. Jamestown, 362
 
Medalist: Trey Hohbein of Mandan, 71
 
High School Girls Soccer
Minot 19, Bismarck St. Mary’s 0
Mandan 1, Bismarck High 0
 
High School Girls Tennis
Mandan 5, Bismarck Legacy 0
Mandan 4, Bismarck St. Mary’s 1
Bismarck Legacy 5, Bismarck High 0
Bismarck St. Mary’s 3, Bismarck High 2
 
High School Boys Track & Field
Class A
 
Mandan Invite
1. Bismarck High, 168.5
2. Bismarck Legacy, 157
3. Bismarck Century, 140
4. Minot, 117
5. Mandan, 58.5
6. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 38
 
Class B
 
Sakakewea Classic – Hazen
1. Killdeer 139.5
2. Hazen 96.5
3. Southern McLean 79
4. Surrey 68
5. Shiloh Christian 66
6. Powers Lake 61
7. Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark 51
8. Central McLean 36
9. Bishop Ryan 21
10. Linton-HMB 19
11. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 12
12. Center Stanton 10
13. White Shield 6
14. Divide County 1
 
High School Girls Track & Field
Class A
 
Mandan Meet
1. Minot, 179
2. Bismarck Legacy, 162
3. Bismarck High, 144
4. Mandan, 111
5. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 43
 
Class B
 
Sakakewea Classic – Hazen
1. Killdeer 147
2. Bishop Ryan 92
3. Linton-HMB 91
4. Shiloh Christian 90.5
5. Hazen 76
6. Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark 55.5
7. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 48
8. Southern McLean 44
9. Kidder County 28
10. Center-Stanton 18
11. Surrey 9
12. Central McLean 6
13. Powers Lake 4
 
College Mens Baseball
Minot State 6, Northern State 4
Minot State 13, Northern State 3
 
College Womens Softball
Augustana 11, Minot State 2
Augustana 4, Minot State 1
 
College Womens Soccer
Minot State 1, MSU-Moorhead 0
 
NAHL Hockey
Austin Bruins 4, Minot Minotauros 2
Aberdeen Wings 3, Bismarck Bobcats 1
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NDSU-SDSU FOOTBALL
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Mark Gronowski passed for 149 yards and ran for 126 yards to help South Dakota State beat North Dakota State 27-17, ending the Bison’s 32-home game winning streak and nine-year streak with at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The No. 4 Jackrabbits clinched the conference’s automatic qualifier for the FCS playoffs in the 17th annual Dakota Marker game. The last home loss for the No. 2 Bison came against James Madison 27-17 on Dec. 16, 2016, in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs. Their streak ended as the fourth-longest home winning streak in FCS history.
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WILD-SHARKS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Joel Eriksson Ek, Zach Parise, Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm also scored on a night when 12 different Wild players had at least one point. Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves as Minnesota won its third straight and improved to 17-4-0 at home this season. Brent Burns and Joel Kellman scored for San Jose. Sharks forward Patrick Marleau tied Gordie Howe’s NHL record by playing in his 1,767th game. He is set to break the mark on Monday in Las Vegas.
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TWINS-COVID
 
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Twins’ games against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and Sunday have been postponed due to Minnesota’s COVID-19 problems. Major League Baseball didn’t immediately announce when the games will be made up. Kyle Garlick, another unnamed Twins player and a team staff member tested positive in the two days before the postponements, manager Rocco Baldelli said. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons already hadn’t made the trip to Anaheim after testing positive early in the week, and he hadn’t been around the team since Tuesday.

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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – A change of scenery has done wonders for Steven Matz. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts after carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the Blue Jays’ 5-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Matz only allowed a pair of walks before Nicky Lopez’s bloop single to left with one out in the sixth. Matz was reached for just one run and two hits over six frames against Kansas City. He was 0-5 with a hefty 9.68 ERA in nine games for the Mets last season, surrendering 14 home runs in just 30 2/3 innings. Jonathan Davis and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered in the seven-inning win.

 
In the nightcap, the Royals followed veteran Ervin Santana’s spot start with four relief pitchers before Salvador Perez’s two-out, walk-off homer gave them a 3-2 win. Greg Holland was the last of the relievers in Game 2 for Kansas City, working around an error in the seventh inning to keep the game tied 2-all.
 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– Manuel Margot launched a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Joey Wendle furnished a game-breaking, two-run blast as the Rays beat the Yankees for the fourth time in five games this season, 6-3. Tyler Glasnow overcame cramps and poor control to pitch five innings of one-run ball. New York is an AL-worst 5-9, the latest into a season New York is at the bottom of the league since a 9-17 start in 1991.
 
– The Red Sox beat the White Sox 7-4 as Marwin Gonzalez homered to key a four-run rally in the eighth inning. Xander Bogaerts and Kike Hernandez each had a double and three singles for the Red Sox, with Bogaerts supplying a two-run double in the eighth. Boston wore its new blue-and-yellow uniforms honoring the Boston Marathon with the colors that stretch across the finish line of the famous race which is Monday.
 
– The Athletics won their seventh in a row as Matt Olson, Aramis Garcia and Mark Canha homered in a 7-0 shutout of the Tigers. Cole Irvin struck out six, didn’t walk a batter and allowed four hits over six innings to earn his first victory since joining the A’s. Oakland has won 21 of its last 22 meetings with Detroit.
 
– Zack Greinke pitched eight sharp innings and rookie Taylor Jones drove in the only run as the Astros knocked off the Mariners, 1-0 to end a six-game losing streak. Greinke allowed four hits and walked none while fanning six, leaving him with 2,705 career Ks. Chris Flexen picked up the loss as Houston snapped Seattle’s three-game winning streak.
 
– Josh Naylor lined into a triple play in the eighth inning and let a routine grounder roll through his legs at first base with two out in the ninth, leading to the tying run in the Reds’ 3-2 comeback over the Indians. Pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson’s single in the 10th won it. Sonny Gray made his first appearance of the season for the Reds after being sidelined with a muscle strain in his back, allowing two runs and six hits while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings.
 
– The Orioles beat the Rangers, 6-1 as Trey Mancini had a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning. Baltimore rallied after Texas rookie starter Dane Dunning threw six scoreless innings. Maikel Franco socked a two-run homer and Freddy Galvis went 4-for-4.
 
– Clayton Kershaw starred on the mound and also worked out a bases-loaded walk in helping the Dodgers top the Padres, 2-0. Kershaw struck out eight while working six innings of three-hit ball. Mookie Betts preserved L.A.’s eighth straight win by snaring a sinking liner with the tying run at second for the final out.
 
– Jorge Alfaro hit a game-ending, two-run double and the Marlins rallied from two-run deficits in the ninth and 10th innings to beat the Giants. 7-6. San Francisco led 5-3 before RBI singles in the ninth by Alfaro and Starling Marte off Jake McGee. Brandon Belt’s run-scoring double against Yimi Garcia put the Giants ahead 6-5 in the 10th.
 
– Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom struck out nine straight batters and finished with 14 in a 4-3 win over the Rockies in a doubleheader opener. DeGrom fell one short of the major league record for consecutive strikeouts set by Tom Seaver for the Mets against the Padres 51 years ago this month. DeGrom also allowed three unearned runs and trailed 3-1 until Pete Alonso homered in the sixth, Jonathan Villar doubled home the tying run in the seventh and Dominic Smith added a sacrifice fly.
 
– German Marquez pitched a two-hitter for his second career complete as the Rockies won the nightcap 7-2, stopping a seven-game losing streak and the Mets’ four-game winning streak. Josh Fuentes broke open the game with a three-run homer in the fifth off Jacob Barnes.
 
– Yadier Molina hit two home runs, doubled and drove in four runs as the Cardinals outscored the Phillies, 9-4. Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong also went deep to help St. Louis win for just the second time in its last seven games. Rhys Hoskins had three hits and Alec Bohm drove in two runs for the Phillies, who played without Bryce Harper due to tightness in his lower back.
 
– Brett Anderson pitched seven innings and the Brewers built a big lead early in a 7-1 drubbing of the Pirates. Anderson allowed one unearned run and six hits, walking one and striking out three. Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits, tripled and scored in the second as Milwaukee made it 7-0.
 
– The Cubs were averaging less than three runs in 13 games this season before Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each homered twice in Chicago’s 13-4 pounding of the Braves. Javier Baez and David Bote (BOH’-tee) also homered in the Cubs’ first win in three games. Atlanta returned Sean Kazmar Jr. to the major leagues for the first time in 13 years, but the infielder hit into double play as a pinch-hitter.
 
– The Nationals have their first winning streak of the season after Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI single in a 6-2 victory against the Diamondbacks. Gomes also became the first major league catcher to throw out Arizona’s Tim Locastro on a steal attempt, ending the center fielder’s MLB-record streak of 29 successful swipes to begin a career. Erick Fedde tied his career high with nine strikeouts and limited Arizona to one run and five hits over five frames.
 
– The Twins-Angels game in Anahaim was postponed due to Minnesota’s COVID-19 problems. MLB didn’t immediately announce when the game will be made up, or what will happen with the Twins’ series finale at Angel Stadium on Sunday.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers won a matchup of short-handed teams as they try to scramble a top-4 seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. Dennis Schroder hit the tying basket to force overtime and finished with 25 points as the Lakers downed the Jazz, 127-115. LA carried a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter but needed Schroder’s layup with three seconds remaining to extend the game. Andre Drummond added 27 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 25 points for the Lakers, who continue to play without Anthony Davis and LeBron James. The NBA-leading Jazz were without injured starters Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert.

 
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
 
– Rudy Gay scored 19 points and the Spurs cruised to a surprisingly easy 111-85 rout of the Suns in Phoenix. Drew Eubanks added 13 points and 13 rebounds to help the Spurs win without some of their key players, including leading scorer DeMar DeRozan. The Suns had their 10-game home winning streak snapped and fell to 40-16 for the season.
 
– Grayson Allen shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range and scored 26 points as the Grizzlies downed the Bucks, 128-115. Dillon Brooks had 21 points for Memphis, which has opened its seven-game road trip with consecutive wins. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee.
 
– Kemba Walker made a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to lead the Celtics to their sixth straight win, 119-114 over the Warriors. Walker scored 26 points in all, grabbing his eighth rebound after Golden State’s last shot. Jayson Tatum scored 44 points to win a shootout with Stephen Curry, who had 47.
 
– The Wizards rolled to a 121-100 win over the Pistons as Russell Westbrook had his 25th triple-double of the season and Bradley Beal scored 37 points. Westbrook finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the fourth straight win for Washington, which continues its late-season push. He has 17 triple-doubles, 10 shy of Oscar Robertson’s record.
 
– Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points and Lauri Markkanen added 16 off the bench to help the Bulls beat the Cavaliers, 106-96 and end a five-game losing streak. Backup Denzel Valentine had 13 points as the Chicago reserves accounted for 45 points. The Bulls were playing for a second straight game without All-Star Zach LaVine, who is in the NBA’s health and safety protocol and not with the team.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals have added a point to their lead in the NHL’s East Division, and there’s a new No. 2. Alex Ovechkin scored his 729th and 730th career goals as the Capitals downed the Flyers, 6-3. Ovechkin is one behind Marcel Dionne for fifth on the all-time goals list. John Carlson set up four goals for the Capitals, who are three points ahead of the Penguins and four in front of the Islanders. Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha also scored to support Ilya Samsonov, who stopped 22 shots. Wade Allison got the Flyers within 4-3 in the third period before the Caps won for the fourth time in five games.

 
The Penguins jumped ahead of the Isles in the East Division standings with a 3-2 win over the Sabres, eliminating Buffalo from the playoff race. Bryan Rust and Evan Rodrigues scored second-period goals in helping the Penguins improve to 10-2-2 in their past 14. Jared McCann also scored and Tristan Jarry turned back 27 shots for the Pens.
 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Jani Hakanpaa scored his first goal with Carolina to break a tie in the third period of the Hurricanes’ 3-1 decision over the Predators. Hakanpaa blasted in a shot with 11:05 left after receiving the puck when Vincent Trocheck won a face-off. Jaccob Slavin scored in the first period and Andrei Svechnikov had an empty-net goal for the Canes, who completed a season-high homestand at 5-2-1 to take a one-point lead in the Central Division.
 
– Brandon Montour, Patric Hornqvist and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period of the Panthers’ 5-3 verdict over the Lightning. Frank Vatrano and Anthony Duclair also scored, and Sam Bennett had two assists to help Florida jump one point ahead of Tampa Bay for second place in the Central Division. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots in the win.
 
– Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist for the Wild in a 5-2 decision over the Sharks. Joel Eriksson Ek, Zach Parise, Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm also scored on a night when 12 different Wild players had at least one point. Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves as Minnesota won its third straight and improved to 17-4-0 at home this season.
 
– Joe Pavelski scored his team-high 18th goal of the season as one of five Dallas players with a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win versus the Blue Jackets. Denis Gurianov, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg and Esa Lindell also had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who are on a season-high six-game point streak. Rookie goalie Jake Oettinger made 20 saves in improving to 5-0-1 this season against Columbus.
 
– Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots in his return to the lineup and the Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Blues, 3-2. Arizona tied it on power-play goals by Alex Goligoski and Clayton Keller before ending a five-game skid. Michael Bunting scored early in the third and Kuemper was sharp after the early goals in his first game since missing 19 with a lower-body injury.
 
– Malcolm Subban made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, 4-0. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which was coming off a 4-1 loss to last-place Detroit. Alex DeBrincat, Wyatt Kalynuk and Pius Suter also scored, and Vinnie Hinostroza had three assists.
 
– Pavel Buchnevich celebrated his 26th birthday with his first career hat trick as the Rangers beat the Devils 6-3, the Blueshirts’ third win over their Hudson River rivals in five days. Artemi Panarin had a goal and three assists as the Rangers improved to 12-4-3 in their last 19 games. Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist in a three-goal first-period outburst.
 
– The Oilers blanked the Jets, 3-0 as Mike Smith stopped 26 shots in his third shutout of the season. Tyson Barrie, Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson scored for the Oilers, who had not played since a 5-0 loss at Calgary last Saturday. Captain Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists.
 
– The Senators knocked off the slumping Canadiens, 4-0 as Matt Murray made 23 saves in his first shutout of the season and No. 12 for his career. Drake Batherson had two goals and an assist for Ottawa, which also got goals from Artem Zub (zoob) and Nikita Zaitsev. Montreal has scored just 11 times in dropping five of its last seven games.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has been placed on the 10-day injured list. The move comes after he missed four straight games with a sore back. The 2018 NL MVP, is hitting .333 with no home runs and one RBI.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez doesn’t anticipate missing significant time after being hit in his right hand by a foul ball. Sanchez was pulled from Saturday’s game an inning later and sent for X-rays, which were negative.
 
– The Rays activated Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 10-day injured list prior to their game at Yankee Stadium. Kiermaier had been out since April 5 with a strained left quadriceps.
 
– The Royals have traded outfielder Nick Heath to the Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Eduardo Herrera. Heath was designated for assignment earlier this week.
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NHL-NEWS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (oh-POH’-soh) will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left cheek. He was struck by teammate Matt Irwin’s shot in the first period of a 5-2 win at Washington on Thursday.

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INDYCAR-JIMMIE JOHNSON

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Jimmie Johnson has made his IndyCar debut with a slow but steady first practice session. The seven-time NASCAR champion turned 22 laps in the first IndyCar practice of the season Saturday morning. He was slowest of the 24-car field but thrilled with the experience. Johnson will be a 45-year-old rookie when he takes the green flag Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 041721 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Sami Jo Henry scored with 35-second left in game to send #2 Minot State to a 3-2 victory over #3 Midland University in pool play at the ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament at MAYSA Arena. The Beavers are now 1-1 in pool play and finish by taking on #6 McKendree University at 1 pm.
 
College Women’s Hockey
ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament – Minot
 
Pool Play
#4 Lindenwood University 2, #5 Adrian College 1
#2 Minot State 3, #3 Midland University 2
#1 Liberty University 4, #6 McKendree University 1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Pool Play
#3 Midland University vs #4 Lindenwood University, 10 am
#2 Minot State vs #6 McKendreee University, 1 pm
#1 Liberty University vs #5 Adrian College, 4 pm
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MSU MEN’S HOCKEY
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot State men’s hockey team begins play at the ACHA Men’s Division I National Hockey Tournament today in St. Louis, Missouri. The Beavers are the #6-seed, the same seed they were when they won it all in 2019. The 2021 national tournament comes with a new structure. Only 16 teams qualified for the single elimination tournament. Minot State plays #11 Calvin University at 1:30 pm in the first round of the tournament.

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ACHA MEN’S DII

 
BISMARCK, ND – Yesterday was also day two at the ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament in Bismarck/Mandan. Games are played at Starion Sports Complex Schwan Cadillac Rink in Mandan and Bismarck’s Wachter Arena at Capital Ice Complex.
 
College Men’s Hockey
ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament – Bismarck/Mandan
 
Pool Play
#5 Florida Gulf Coast 7, #13 Concordia University of Wisconsin 2
#6 Marian University 8, #14 University of Jamestown 3
#8 North Carolina State 5, #16 Davenport University 3
#7 Dakota College at Bottineau 7, #15 East Texas Baptist University 2
#4 Liberty University 8, #12 Aurora University 5
#3 Iowa State 3, #11 Williston State 1
#1 University of Mary 3, #9 University of Providence 1
#2 Lindenwood University 8, #10 Adrian College 2
 
Today’s schedule
 
Pool Play
#12 Aurora University vs #13 Concordia University of Wisconsin, 10 am – Starion
#11 Williston State vs #14 University of Jamestown, 10:30 am – Capital Ice
#9 University of Providence vs #16 Davenport University, 1 pm – Starion
#10 Adrian College vs #15 East Texas Baptist University, 1:30 pm – Capital Ice
#4 Liberty University vs #5 Florida Gulf Coast, 4 pm – Starion
#3 Iowa State vs #6 Marian University, 4:30 pm – Capital Ice
#1 University of Mary vs #8 North Carolina State, 7 pm – Starion
#2 Lindenwood University vs #7 Dakota College at Bottineau, 7:30 pm – Capital Ice
 
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LOCAL SCORES
 
MINOT, ND – With melting snow and slowly warming temps, some high school sports returned to the schedule on Friday.
 
High School Baseball
Class A
 
Bismarck St. Mary’s 6, Bismarck Century 5
Bismarck St. Mary’s 6, Bismarck Century 4
 
Dickinson 8, West Fargo Sheyenne 7
West Fargo Sheyenne 11, Dickinson 1
 
West Fargo 7, Bismarck Legacy 5
Bismarck Legacy 3, West Fargo 0
 
Class B
 
Velva-Drake-Anamoose 5, Rugby 1
 
High School Girls Softball
Class A
 
Minot 23, Watford City 1
Minot 20, Watford City 3
 
Bismarck Legacy 22, Williston 2
Bismarck Legacy 15, Williston 1
 
Bismarck High 4, Bismarck Century 2
Bismarck Century 20, Bismarck High 2
 
High School Girls Tennis
Minot Duals (3-2 format)
 
Minot 5, Bismarck Century 0
Minot 5, Jamestown 0
Minot 5, Williston 0
Minot 5, Dickinson 0
 
Bismarck Century 5, Jamestown 0
Dickinson 5, Jamestown 0
Dickinson 3, Williston 2
Bismarck Century 3, Williston 2
 
NAHL Hockey
Minot Minotauros 6, Austin Bruins 3
Bismarck Bobcats 3, Aberdeen Wings 2
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UND MEN’S HOCKEY
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – Three University of North Dakota players who were earlier named on the All-College Hockey News Teams also found places on the All-USCHO.com Teams also. Sophomore forward Shane Pinto was on the All-USCHO First Team with senior forward Jordan Kawaguchi making the second team on both lists and senior defenseman Matt Kiersted on the third team by the USCHO.com voters. The trio helped North Dakota to a 22-6-1 season, a National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season title for the second season in a row and a league tournament title. UND earned the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, downing AIC, 5-1, before a historic five-overtime 3-2 loss in the Midwest Regional Final to Minnesota Duluth.
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NDSU-SDSU FOOTBALL
 
FARGO, ND (NDSU) – No. 2-ranked North Dakota State (6-1, 5-1 MVFC) and No. 4-ranked South Dakota State (4-1, 4-1 MVFC) are scheduled to play the 17th annual Dakota Marker football game at 2:30 pm today at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The game was originally scheduled for April 3, but was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. The winner of the this game earns the league’s automatic berth into the postseason. The 16-team FCS playoff bracket is set to be announced Sunday morning. The FCS title is scheduled May 16 in Frisco, Texas.
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TWINS-ANGELES
 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Justin Upton hit a grand slam and Jared Walsh homered and drove in three runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Mike Trout delivered a go-ahead, two-run single as the Angels opened a six-game homestand with a prolific offensive performance. Upton’s eighth career slam off Caleb Thielbar was part of a six-run, six-hit rally by the Angels in the seventh. Mitch Garver had a two-run double and Josh Donaldson a go-ahead RBI single for the Twins, who opened a six-game California road swing with their sixth loss in seven games.

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WILD-SHARKS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot made 20 saves and the Minnesota Wild held on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who won their second straight. Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane scored Martin Jones stopped 15 of 18 shots for the Sharks, who lost their fourth in a row. The teams face off again Saturday night in St. Paul.
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WOLVES-HEAT
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-111 win against the Miami Heat. Ricky Rubio added 17 points and Naz Reid scored 16 off the bench for Minnesota. Towns keyed a 22-6 run midway through the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves pulled away. Jimmy Butler had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but Miami lost its third straight game. Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 21 points for the Heat, who started the seventh in the East and a half-game ahead of Charlotte.
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UNITED-SOUNDERS
 
SEATTLE (AP) – João Paulo scored a goal of the season candidate early in the second half, Raul Ruidiaz added two goals three minutes apart, and the Seattle Sounders welcomed fans back to its home stadium with a 4-0 win over Minnesota United. The start to the 2021 season for the reigning Western Conference champions was a rousing celebration welcoming fans back to Lumen Field for the first time in 13 months with a foursome of masterful goals in a game that was otherwise choppy and at times sloppy. Fredy Montero added the fourth goal for Seattle in his first match for the Sounders since the 2012 season.
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MLB-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first meeting of the season with the San Diego Padres was as intense as it was long. The Dodgers blew leads in the eighth and ninth innings before Corey Seager slammed a tiebreaking, two-run homer leading off the 12th to help the defending World Series champs beat the Padres, 11-6 in San Diego. Luke Raley provided a solo homer and added an RBI single while L.A. broke it open in the 12th. Winning pitcher David Price worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 11th and furnished a sacrifice fly before tossing a perfect 12th. Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a solo homer hours after coming off the disabled list, but he also was called out on strikes with the bases loaded to end the 10th.
 
Elsewhere on the Major League schedule:
 
– J.T. Realmuto belted a two-run homer and Andrew McCutchen collected three RBIs as the Phillies battered the Cardinals, 9-2. Zach Elfin scattered six hits and blanked St. Louis until a two-run homer by Justin Williams ended his night in the eighth inning. Bryce Harper hit a two-run double and Jean Segura was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
 
– The Marlins won first the fifth time in six games by defeating the Giants, 4-1 on Starling Marte’s three-run homer in the eighth. Jazz Chisholm Jr. also homered and Anthony Bass pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. San Francisco starter Anthony DeSclafani allowed four hits and struck out four in six innings, blanking Miami until Chisolm’s fifth-inning blast.
 
– Kyle Wright plunked four batters, but he also collected his first major league hit with a double as the Braves handed the Cubs their fifth loss in six games, 5-2. Wright also allowed two runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings in place of Drew Smyly, who was placed on the injured list with left forearm inflammation. The Braves took the lead for good with a three-run fourth, highlighted by Ronald Acuna Jr.’s two-run single.
 
– Kyle Schwarber homered in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Nationals’ 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Max Scherzer struck out the side in the seventh while passing Cy Young to move into 22nd place on baseball’s strikeout list. He finished with 10 on the day, giving him 2,808 for his career.
 
– Joey Votto smacked a two-run homer to cap a seven-run third in the Reds’ 10-3 pounding of the Indians. Jeff Hoffman gave the Reds another solid start, surrendering just a run and seven hits through six innings. Hoffman blanked the Reds until Nick Castellanos homered in the sixth.
 
– JT Brubaker was sharp in the Pirates’ 6-1 win over the Brewers, allowing one run and four hits while striking out eight over six innings. Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco homered for the Pirates, who have followed a six-game skid by winning five of seven. Adam Frazier added a two-run triple and Brubaker lowered his ERA to 1.76.
 
– Brandon Lowe laced a two-run double in the first inning and the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays kept up their domination of the New York Yankees with a 8-2 win. Tampa Bay sprinted to an 8-0, seventh-inning lead and beat the Yankees for the 16th time in their last 21 meetings, including during last year’s Division Series. Michael Wacha lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 4.20, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.
 
– Rio Ruiz and D.J. Stewart homered while Jorge Lopez struck out eight in five innings of the Orioles’ 5-2 victory over the Rangers. No. 9 hitter Freddy Galvis had two extra-base hits and scored twice as Baltimore improved to 5-2 on the road this season. The Rangers didn’t have a hit off Lopez until David Dahl and Nick Solak started the fifth with back-to-back homers.
 
– Frankie Montas allowed two hits in six inningso f the Athletics’ sixth consecutive win, 3-0 over the Tigers. Mitch Moreland and Sean Murphy had two-out, RBI hits in the fourth against Jose Urena. Oakland joined the 1991 Mariners and 1915 White Sox as the only teams to have both a six-game winning streak and six-game losing streak in the first 14 games of a season.
 
– Ty France hit a game-ending RBI single to give the Mariners their seventh win in nine games, 6-5 versus the Astros. Mitch Haniger had three hits for the second time this week, and France and Kyle Seager each drove in two runs. Seattle trailed 5-4 before Evan White connected for a solo drive in the eighth.
 
– Justin Upton, Jared Walsh and Mike Trout provided the big at-bats as the Angels blasted the Twins, 10-3. Upton crushed a grand slam in the seventh inning and Walsh also homered and drove in three runs. Trout delivered a go-ahead, two-run single to back Andrew Heaney, who pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning.
 
– The Mets and Rockies were snowed out in Denver, marking the seventh postponement for New York already this season. The Mets have had four games rescheduled because of weather since last Sunday after their season-opening, three-game series in Washington was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests among several Nationals. Friday’s game is now part of a Saturday doubleheader.
 
– Snow in Boston caused the postponement of the Red Sox-White Sox game, leading to a Sunday twinbill.
 
– The Royals and Blue Jays were rained out in Kansas City. The teams will play a pair on Saturday.
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UNDATED (AP) – Jordan Clarkson came to the rescue for the Utah Jazz after Donovan Mitchell was helped off the court. Clarkson came off the bench to score 18 points and the Jazz rallied to beat the Pacers, 119-111. Mitchell went to the locker room after suffering a right ankle sprain with 8:18 left in the third quarter. In Mitchell’s absence, the Jazz erased a double-digit deficit and tied the game at 89 heading into the fourth quarter on back-to-back baskets from Clarkson. Bojan Bogdanovic had 24 points, Mitchell furnished 22 and Rudy Gobert added 13 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks in Utah’s second straight win. Domantas Sabonis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists for the Pacers.

 
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
 
– The 76ers ended the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak as Joel Embiid had 36 points and 14 rebounds in Philadelphia’s 106-103 victory. Furkan Korkmaz chipped in 18 points and Ben Simmons added 12 with and nine rebounds to help the Sixers win their fourth in a row. Paul George had 37 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who hadn’t lost since April 1.
 
– Philly continues to lead the East by one game over Brooklyn after the Nets blew out the Hornets, 130-105. Kevin Durant had 25 points and 11 assists for the Nets, who also received a team-high 26 points from Joe Harris and 20 from Landry Shamat. The Nets shot 21 for 41 from 3-point range, with Harris and Shamat draining six apiece.
 
– The Knicks own their first five-game winning streak in seven years after Julius Randle poured in 44 points to lead a 117-109 victory at Dallas. RJ Barrett had 24 points and eight rebounds for New York, which is three games over .500 for the first time since December 2017. Derrick Rose added 15 points with fellow backup guard Alec Burks sidelined by COVID-19 protocols.
 
– Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and Michael Porter Jr. added 21 for the Nuggets in a 128-99 thumping of the Rockets. Jokic dominated in the paint, hitting 10 of 12 field goals and adding 16 rebounds. Denver made just 9 of 31 from 3 but bullied Houston in the paint, outscoring the Rockets 62-52 from close range and outrebounding them 54-35.
 
– The Timberwolves knocked off the Heat, 119-11 as Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, including eight in the fourth quarter before fouling out. Towns keyed a 22-6 run midway through the fourth as the Timberwolves pulled away. Jimmy Butler had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but Miami lost its third straight game, all coming on the road.
 
– CJ McCollum scored 29 points and the Trail Blazers escaped with a 107-106 victory after the Spurs missed three shots on their final possession. Norman Powell added 22 points for Portland, which snapped a two-game skid despite playing without injured All-Star guard Damian Lillard. DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and Dejounte Murray had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for San Antonio.
 
– Dylan Brooks scored a season-high 32 points and the Grizzlies took control in the second half to beat the Bulls, 126-115. Brooks had 15 points in the third quarter to lead Memphis’ charge. Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and seven rebounds while Ja Morant scored 15.
 
– Russell Westbrook scored 10 of Washington’s 12 points in overtime, including a pair of free throws with one second remaining in the Wizards’ 117-115 triumph over the Pelicans. Westbrook accumulated 36 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, just shy of what would have been a seventh consecutive triple-double. NBA leading scorer Bradley Beal added 30 points despite going 0 for 9 on 3-point attempts.
 
– Paul Watson Jr. scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the third quarter of the Raptors’ 113-102 victory over the Magic. Watson converted six straight 3-point shots in the third as Toronto outscored Orlando, 38-19.
 
– Josh Jackson scored 29 points, and the Pistons overcame several key absences to hand the Thunder their ninth loss in a row, 110-104. Isaiah Stewart had 15 points and 22 rebounds for Detroit.
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UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins are very much in the thick of the NHL’s East Division title race after beating the New York Islanders for the second straight night. Jeremy Swayman posted his first career shutout with 25 saves in the Bruins’ 3-0 victory over the Isles. David Pastrnak put the B’s ahead with three seconds left in the first period. Taylor Hall doubled the lead 47 seconds into the second with his second goal in two games. Swayman helped Boston kill off the Islanders’ five power plays while outplaying fellow rookie Ilya Sorokin, who stopped 25 of 27 shots. The outcome puts the Bruins within six points of the division-leading Capitals with two games in hand. The Isles wasted a chance to pull even with Washington.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Robin Lehner turned back 16 shots in his first shutout of the season and 16th of his career, leading the Golden Knights to a 4-0 downing of the Ducks. Chandler Stevenson had a goal and an assist to help Vegas climb within two points of the Avalanche for first place in the West Division. William Karlsson, Nicolas Roy and Brayden McNabb provided the Knights’ other goals.
 
– The Wild picked up a 3-2 win over the Sharks as Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist to support Cam Talbot’s 20-save performance. Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise also scored in Minnesota’s second straight win. Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane tallied for the Sharks, who lost their fourth in a row.
 
– Tyler Toffoli’s second goal of the game broke a 1-1 tie with 4:15 remaining in the Canadiens’ 2-1 victory over the Flames. Toffoli was credited with the go-ahead goal after he deflected in a pass from Joel Armia over the glove of Jacob Markstrom, ending Calgary’s three-game winning streak. Jake Allen made 13 of his 28 saves in the first period for the Canadiens, who had lost three of their previous four games.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Dodgers will be spending time without Cody Bellinger. Manager Dave Roberts says the outfielder has a hairline fracture in his left fibula. Roberts says there is no timetable for his return. The 2019 NL MVP was injured on April 5 when he was cleated on a close play at first base. He was placed on the 10-day injured list the next day and was eligible to be activated before Friday’s game against the Padres.

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NBA-JAZZ OWNERSHIP-WADE

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Dwyane Wade is an NBA owner. The Utah Jazz announced Friday that the 13-time NBA All-Star will join the youngest ownership group in the league. The group is headed by technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, who along with his wife, Ashley, acquired majority interest in the Jazz in late 2020.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Three Colorado Avalanche games have been postponed after a third player entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols. Pending test results, the team could return to practice as early as Wednesday and resume play Thursday at St. Louis. The Avalanche were scheduled to host the Los Angeles Kings Friday night and Sunday and play at St. Louis on Tuesday. The NHL also rescheduled a pair of games between the Vancouver and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Canucks come back from a COVID-19 outbreak. The Leafs were set to play in Vancouver Saturday and Monday, but those games have been rescheduled for Sunday and Tuesday.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have released veteran defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. He spent two seasons with the team after signing a three-year, $37 million free agent deal with Cleveland in 2019. His release opens an additional $12 million in salary-cap space for the Browns. The 6-foot-3, 294-pounder started all 16 games last season, finishing with 64 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. His departure comes two days after the Browns signed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year, incentive-laden contract.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Bears have signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a one-year contract. Goodwin has 140 receptions for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns over seven seasons with the Bills and 49ers. He had a career-best 962 yards in 2017 with San Francisco.
 
– The Patriots have re-signed cornerback J.C. Jackson, bringing back the former undrafted free agent who finished second in the NFL with nine interceptions last year. The restricted free agent returns to New England where he will be paid $3.88 million this upcoming season.
 
– The Steelers have become the 10th group of NFL players to say they won’t be attending in-person voluntary offseason workouts. With a post through the NFL Players Association, the Steelers joined the Buccaneers, Broncos, Seahawks, Giants, Bears, Raiders, Lions, Browns, and Patriots in declaring their intent to skip the sessions that can begin on Monday.
 
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 041621 – 0700
 
 
MINOT, ND – Despite the cold weather, a handful of girl’s soccer matches were held on Thursday. Minot improves to 2-0-0 with a win at Bismarck Legacy.
 
High School Girl’s Soccer
 
Minot 5, Bismarck Legacy 1
Mandan 4, Jamestown 3
Bismarck High 2, Bismarck Century 1
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ACHA WOMEN’S HOCKEY
 
MINOT, ND – The ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament began yesterday at MAYSA Arena here in Minot.
College Women’s Hockey
 
ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament – Minot
 
Pool Play
#3 Midland University 3, #6 McKendree University 0
#5 Adrian College 3, #2 Minot State 1
#1 Liberty University 4, #4 Lindenwood University 0
 
Today’s schedule
 
Pool Play
#4 Lindenwood University vs #5 Adrian College, 10 am
#2 Minot State vs #3 Midland University, 1 pm
#1 Liberty University vs #6 McKendree University, 4 pm
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ACHA MEN’S HOCKEY
 
BISMARCK, ND – The ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament got starting in Bismarck with pool play on Thursday.
College Men’s Hockey
 
ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament – Bismarck/Mandan
 
Pool Play
#5 Florida Gulf Coast 10, #12 Aurora University 3
#11 Williston State 4, #6 Marian University 3 OT
#8 North Carolina State 6, #9 University of Providence 4
#7 Dakota College at Bottineau 4, #10 Adrian College 2
#4 Liberty University 4, #13 Concordia University of Wisconsin 0
#3 Iowa State 4, #14 University of Jamestown 2
#1 University of Mary 6, #16 Davenport University 0
#2 Lindenwood University 10, #15 East Texas Baptist University 2
 
Today’s schedule
 
Pool Play
#5 Florida Gulf Coast vs #13 Concordia University of Wisconsin, 10 am Starion
#6 Marian University vs #14 University of Jamestown, 10:30 am Capital Ice
#8 North Carolina State vs #16 Davenport University, 1 pm Starion
#7 Dakota College at Bottineau vs #15 East Texas Baptist University, 1:30 pm Capital Ice
#4 Liberty University vs #12 Aurora University, 4 pm Starion
#3 Iowa State vs #11 Williston State, 4:30 pm Capital Ice #1 University of Mary vs #9 University of Providence, 7 pm Starion
#2 Lindenwood University vs #10 Adrian College, 7:30 pm Capital Ice
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Max Kepler’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Boston, stopping a five-game losing streak for the Twins and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox. The Red Sox tied it in the eighth on Alex Verdugo’s three-run double. They were on their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2018, the season they won the World Series. The Twins avoided matching their longest losing streak in three years under manager Rocco Baldelli, a six-game slide from July 31-Aug. 5, 2020. Kepler singled with the bases loaded off Adam Ottavino.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The San Diego Padres have left Pittsburgh after finishing 5-2 on their road trip. The Padres cruised to an 8-3 win over the Pirates as Manny Machado hit his third home run of the season and drove in three runs. Eric Hosmer added two hits and two RBIs to help the Padres gain a split of their four-game set with the Bucs. Chris Paddock labored over five innings and Craig Stammen worked three frames to pick up just the sixth save of his 12-year big league career and first since 2019.

 
In other Major League finals:
 
– The Dodgers have a six-game winning streak after Max Muncy clubbed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning of a 7-5 decision over the Rockies. Justin Turner also smacked a three-run shot after homers by Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson gave Colorado an early 2-0 lead. The Dodgers own the majors’ best record at 11-2, while the Rockies own the worst at 3-10.
 
– The Braves ended a four-game losing streak by scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat Miami, 7-6. Ozzie Albies walked with the bases loaded before Dansby Swanson swatted a walk-off single. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer for Atlanta’s only runs off Trevor Rogers, but Pablo Sandoval smacked a three-run shot for the Marlins.
 
– Andrew Young delivered a grand slam while the Diamondbacks exploded for seven runs in the second inning of an 11-6 rout of the Nationals. Carson Kelly and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back homers in the first inning off Patrick Corbin, who was rocked for nine earned runs over the first two frames before leaving. Corbin owns an 0-2 record and a 21.32 ERA while in the third season of a six-year, $140 million contract.
 
– Max Kepler’s bloop RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Boston, stopping the Twins’ five-game skid and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox. Michael Pineda allowed only two singles over seven scoreless innings for the Twins, who had a home run by slump-ridden slugger Miguel Sano in the sixth. Pineda left with a 3-0 lead but the Red Sox tied it on Alex Verdugo’s three-run double in the eighth.
 
– Adolis Garcia’s first major league homer was a two-run shot in the 10th inning, giving the Rangers a 6-4 triumph over the Rays. Nick Solak and Charlie Culberson also homered for the Rangers, who have won three straight following a four-game losing streak. Solak had a solo homer in the second and an RBI single off Andrew Kittredge to drive in the final run charged to Rays starter Rich Hill in the fifth.
 
– Jose Ramirez connected for a go-ahead, two-run homer off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning of the Indians’ 4-2 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Lynn was nursing a 1-0 lead when Ramirez launched a full-count pitch with two outs deep to right for his third home run. Anthony Civale allowed only a first-inning run and five hits through six frames in his third straight strong start.
 
– Jakob Junis ran his consecutive scoreless streak to 14 innings as the Royals staked him to a seven-run lead before the Kansas City bullpen held on for a 7-5 win against the Blue Jays. Junis was charged with two runs on five hits and a walk while pitching into the sixth, but both runs scored with reliever Jake Newberry on the mound. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished a triple shy of the cycle for the Blue Jays, including a solo blast that went an estimated 456 feet.
 
– Stephen Piscotty and Matt Olson each homered to back Sean Manaea’s first victory of the season, an 8-4 trouncing by the Athletics over the Tigers. Manaea allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, striking out seven without a walk. Matt Chapman had a two-run double and the defending AL West champs have won six of seven since an 0-6 start.
 
– Mitch Haniger became the first Mariner to homer out of the leadoff spot in both ends of a doubleheader, hitting a tiebreaking drive in the second game that led Seattle over the Orioles, 2-1 for a sweep. J.P. Crawford hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth inning that lifted The M’s to a 4-2 win in the opener. The Orioles managed just seven hits in the twinbill and have lost eight of 10 following an opening three-game sweep at Boston.
 
– The finale of the four-game series between the Mets and Phillies was postponed because of rain. It was New York’s third washout in five days.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the Milwaukee Bucks’ lineup after a six-game absence due to a left knee injury. His teammates made sure he didn’t need to perform any heavy lifting. Antetokounmpo was among seven Bucks to score in double figures in a 120-109 win over the Hawks. The NBA’s two-time reigning MVP played 25 minutes and delivered 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting to go with five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. Jrue Holiday led Milwaukee’s scoresheet with 23 points, while Brook Lopez provided 19 with 12 rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic drained six 3-pointers and had a game-high 28 points, but the Hawks lost for only the fifth time in 22 games since Nate McMillan became head coach.

 
Checking out Thursday’s other completed NBA action:
 
– The Suns earned their 10th straight home win as Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 122-114 downing of the Kings. Devin Booker furnished 23 points as Phoenix improved to 40-15 for the season, hitting 40 wins for the first time since 2014. De’Aaron Fox had a team-high 27 points for the Kings, losers of nine straight.
 
– The Celtics squandered most of a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter before Jaylen Brown scored four of his 40 points in the final minute
to help them secure a 121-113 victory over the Lakers. Brown made 13 of his first 14 shots and hit three 3-pointers in Boston’s fifth win in a row. Talen Horton-Tucker led a 24-2 run by the Lakers that forced Brown and the Boston starters back into the game.
 
– Stephen Curry reached 30 points for a career-high ninth straight time as he finished with 33 in the Warriors’ 119-101 victory against the Cavaliers. Curry made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers over the previous three games and is averaging 38.2 points during his run. Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points and Juan Toscano-Anderson had 20 for Golden State.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals were unable to increase their lead in the NHL’s East Division. The Capitals are two points ahead of the Islanders and three ahead of the Penguins. Anders Bjork scored his first goal with his new team and added an assist as the Sabres surprised the Capitals, 5-2. Sam Reinhart scored his 15th goal and Victor Olofsson added his 12th for Buffalo, which has won five of its last nine following an 18-game winless streak. Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 31st assist of the season and became the second player to reach the 1,000-game mark for the Capitals, joining teammate Alex Ovechkin.

 
The Islanders were 4-1 losers in Boston as Taylor Hall scored his first goal as a Bruin. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots to earn his first victory since February as the goaltender played for just the second time since March 7 due to a back injury. Brad Marchand scored twice for the Bruins, who were 0-3-2 in their previous five games with the Isles this season.
 
The Isles are one point ahead of third-place Pittsburgh following the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Flyers. Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier did the scoring in the shootout before Carter Hart stopped Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang to seal the win. Jakub Voracek scored his eighth in regulation for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game skid and won for just the ninth time in their last 25 games.
 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– The Hurricanes scored three times in an eight-minute span to beat the Predators, 4-1. Warren Foegele opened the scoring late in the first period before Andrei Svechnikov and Vincent Trochek tallied in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second. Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for Carolina, improving to 3-0-1 since returning from a thumb injury that sidelined him for more than two months.
 
– The Canes and Lightning continue to share the Central Division lead after Victor Hedman scored 54 seconds into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory against the Panthers. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 36 saves for his league-leading 26th victory of the season and added an assist. Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist for the Bolts.
 
– The Stars played to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets as Denis Gurianov had his first two-goal game of the season. Miro Heiskanen and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Stars, who took the lead when Jason Dickinson assisted on goals by Gurianov and Heiskanen just more than a minute apart late in the second period. Columbus scored on its first shot, but Jake Oettinger (AH’-tihn-jur) stopped the final 17 shots he faced.
 
– Igor Shesterkin got his second straight shutout by making 16 saves in the Rangers’ 4-0 win over the Devils. Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist for the Blueshirts, also also got goals from Jacob Trouba and Ryan Lindgren ni their sixth win in nine games. Colin Blackwell had a career-high three assists and Ryan Strome added two.
 
– Jakub Vrana scored in his Detroit debut and Troy Stecher added two goals in a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Thomas Greiss had 24 saves for the Red Wings, who have a three-game winning streak for the first time this season. Chicago remains four points behind Nashville for the fourth spot in the Central Division.
 
– Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored twice for the Jets in a 5-1 downing of the Maple Leafs. Winnipeg trailed, 1-0 until Ehlers, Connor and Mark Scheffele scored in a 3:09 span of the first period. Scheffele also had two assists and Connor collected three points in the Jets’ fifth win in six games, which puts them three points behind the North Division-leading Leafs.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Duron Harmon and four-time All-Pro return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson to one-year contracts. Harmon started all 16 games for Detroit in 2020 and set a career high with 73 tackles. Patterson earned first-team All-Pro honors as a kick returner in 2013, 2016 and 2019-20 with Minnesota and Chicago.

 
Elsewhere in the NFL:
 
– The Steelers have re-signed the veteran inside linebacker Vince Williams to a one-year deal. The signing comes a month after the Steelers released Williams in a cost-cutting measure.
 
– The Raiders have cut defensive linemen Maurice Hurst and Arden Key before their fourth seasons with the team.
 
– The Cardinals have re-signed linebackers Dennis Gardeck and Kylie Fitts to one-year contracts.
 
– The Browns are the latest NFL team to say they’ll skip mandated in-person workouts.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained lat muscle. The team says Cueto has a Grade 1 strain beneath his pitching shoulder. Cueto exited in the sixth inning of his start Wednesday against Cincinnati.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– Cubs pitcher Ryan Tepera was suspended for three games by MLB, which concluded he intentionally threw at Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff this week. Tepera appealed the penalty and will not serve any discipline until after his hearing. Cubs manager David Ross was suspended for one game and fined because of Tepera’s actions.
 
– A diversity study finds Major League Baseball with slightly lower scores for racial and gender hiring but earning bonuses for social-justice initiatives and hiring milestones. Thursday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport issued an overall grade of C-plus for MLB. That included a B-plus for racial hiring and a C for gender hiring for the 2021 season.
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NBA-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) – The NBA says the rate of players needing to miss games because of injuries is down 6% from last season and within the normal range for what the league has seen over the last five seasons. Several marquee players have dealt with injuries in recent weeks, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, James Harden and most recently Jamal Murray. NBA teams are playing 3.6 games per week, up 5% from last year. This year’s schedule compressed 72 games into 146 days, as opposed to the usual 82 games into 170 days.

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NHL-NEWS

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks’ return to competition has been delayed by the NHL. The league has announced the team won’t resume its schedule on Friday against visiting Edmonton as expected. The Canucks haven’t played a game since March 24 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Vancouver forward J.T. Miller said it would be “very challenging and not very safe” to play Friday night because the pandemic-hit team has not had enough time to recover and get back in shape. The NHL said the decision was made with input from the NHL Players’ Association and medical staff from teams.

 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 041521 – 1600
 
MINOT, ND – The ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament is underway at MAYSA Arena here in Minot. Today is the first of three days of pool play for the six teams.
 
The Minot State women lost their first game of the tournament this afternoon. #5 Adrian College defeated the #2-seed Beavers 3-1. Haley Wickham scored early in the first period, but the Beavers where shutout after that. Jordan Ivanco takes the loss making 28 saves. Halle Faulkner got the win for the Bulldogs with 38 saves.
 
In the first game of the day #3 Midland University shutout #6 McKendree University 3-0. Robin Hatcher scored in the first period, Mackenzie Bertolas in the second, and Alicia Williams a power play goal in the third for the Lady Warriors. Hannah Stone gets the win stopping all 13 shots on goal by Bearcats. Naomi Leasck takes the loss for McKendree stopping 40 of 43 shots. The teams combined for 11 penalties.
 
The third, and final, game of the day has #1 Liberty University playing #4 Lindenwood University this afternoon.
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ACHA DII MEN’S TOURNAMENT
 
BISMARCK, ND – The University of Mary is hosting the ACHA Men’s Division II National Hockey Tournament today through Tuesday. The 16 teams are in pool play today through Saturday at two different locations, the Starion Sports Complex Schwan Cadillac Rink in Mandan and the Wachter Arena at Capital Ice Complex in Bismarck. The semifinals on Monday and the championship game on Tuesday at the Starion Sports Complex Schwan Cadillac Rink.
 

The Marauders are the #1-seed and headline Group A, which also included 8th seed North Carolina State University, #9 University of Providence and #16 Davenport University.

Group B includes #2 Lindenwood University, #7 Dakota College at Bottineau, #10 Adrian College and #15 East Texas Basin University.

Group C is comprised of #3 Iowa State University, #6 Marian University, #11 Williston State College and #14 University of Jamestown.

Group D consists of #4 Liberty University, #5 seed and two-time defending national champion Florida Gulf Coast University, #12 Aurora University and #13 Concordia University.

 
Finals from today’s games include
 
Florida Gulf Coast 10, Aurora University 3
Williston State 4, Marian University 3 OT
North Carolina State 6, Providence 4
Dakota College at Bottineau 4, Adrian College 2
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Max Kepler’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Boston, stopping a five-game losing streak for the Twins and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox. The Red Sox tied it in the eighth on Alex Verdugo’s three-run double. They were on their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2018, the season they won the World Series. The Twins avoided matching their longest losing streak in three years under manager Rocco Baldelli, a six-game slide from July 31-Aug. 5, 2020. Kepler singled with the bases loaded off Adam Ottavino.
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NBA-ALDRIDGE RETIRES
 
NEW YORK (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge has retired from the NBA after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old Aldridge posted a statement on social media saying the heart concerns he had during and after Brooklyn’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday were one of the “scariest things” he’s experienced. He says he feels better now after getting it checked out but decided to end his 15-year career. The seven-time All-Star signed with the Nets on March 28 and became their starting center. He previously played for San Antonio and Portland.
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NBA-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) – The NBA says the rate of players needing to miss games because of injuries is down from last season and within the normal range for what the league has seen over the last five seasons. League data shows the player injury rate this season is down about 6%. That’s hardly abnormal even after several marquee players- including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, James Harden and most recently Jamal Murray – have dealt with injuries in recent weeks. NBA teams are playing 3.6 games per week, up 5% from last year. This year’s schedule compressed 72 games into 146 days, as opposed to the usual 82 games into 170 days.

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NFL-NEWS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Duron Harmon and four-time All-Pro return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson to one-year contracts. Harmon started all 16 games for Detroit in 2020 and set a career high with 73 tackles. Harmon addresses a glaring void on the Falcons’ depth chart after the team lost starting safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to free agency. Patterson earned first-team All-Pro honors as a kick returner in 2013, 2016 and 2019-20 with Minnesota and Chicago.

 
Elsewhere in the NFL:
 
– Vince Williams isn’t going anywhere after all. The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed the veteran inside linebacker to a one-year deal. The signing comes a month after the Steelers cut Williams in a cost-cutting measure. Financial terms were not disclosed but the salary comes at a significant discount against what Williams was scheduled to make in 2021 before being released in March.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-LEROY KEYES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (AP) – Purdue football star Leroy Keyes has died. His family says he died at his home Thursday in Indiana. Keyes was a two-time All-American and one of the greatest players in school history. He finished his career as the school record-holder for touchdowns, points and all-purpose yards. He was named the Boilermakers’ greatest player in 1987, as the program celebrated its 100th year of football. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Keyes with the third overall pick in 1969, and Keyes was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Leroy Keyes was 74 years old.

 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 041521 – 0700
 
WINONA, MINN. (MSU) – Minot State baseball traveled to Winona to take on the Warriors of Winona State University in a location-adjusted double-header. The Beavers and Warriors were originally scheduled to face off at Corbett Field, the recent snowstorm forced the NSIC two-gamer to move south. Sophomore Garrett Nicholson’s eight strikeouts over three innings were not enough for the Beavers as Minot State lost game one to the Warriors 12-1. Six Minot State pitchers totaled 12 strikeouts, but the Beavers fell to Winona State 5-2 in the second game. The Beavers are back in action on Saturday, Apr. 17, and Sunday, Apr. 18 as they open a three-game series at Northern State. The first pitch of Game 1 on Saturday is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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MSU VOLLEYBALL
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot State volleyball was on the road yesterday.
 
College Women’s Volleyball
Minnesota-Crookston def. Minot State, (3-2)
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ACHA NATIONAL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
 
MINOT, ND – The ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament begins play today at MAYSA Arena. Six teams are in town with defending champion Liberty University as the No. 1-seed. Minot State is the No. 2-seed, Midland University is No. 3, Lindenwood University is No. 4, Adrian College is No. 5, and McKendree University is No. 6. Pool play runs today through Saturday then the semifinals are Sunday and the championship on Monday.
 

Pools
Group A
#1 Liberty
#4 Lindenwood
#5 Adrian

Group B
#2 Minot State
#3 Midland
#6 McKendree

 
College Women’s Hockey
ACHA Women’s Division I National Hockey Tournament – Minot
 
Pool Play – Thu
Midland vs McKendree, 10 am
Minot State vs Adrian, 1 pm
Liberty vs. Lindenwood, 4 pm
 
Pool Play – Fri
Lindenwood vs Adrian, 10 am
Minot State vs Midland, 1 pm
Liberty vs McKendree, 4 pm
 
Pool Play – Sat
Midland vs Lindenwood, 10 am
Minot State vs McKendree, 1 pm
Liberty vs Adrian, 4 pm
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MSU MEN’S HOCKEY
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot State men’s hockey team is one of 16 teams headed to St. Louis, MO for the ACHA Men’s Division I National Hockey Tournament which runs Friday through Tuesday. The defending champion Beavers enter the tournament in a familiar spot as the sixth seed, a spot they held entering into the 2019 tournament on route to its second national championship. Minot State will face the 11th seed Calvin Knights in the first round on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The University of Jamestown is the #10-seed and plays #7-seed Indiana Tech in the first round on Saturday at 4:45 pm.
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UND FOOTBALL-CANCELED
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Missouri Valley Football Conference says it has canceled the North Dakota at Youngstown State game scheduled Saturday. The league said in a release that the Penguins played a league-high seven games in eight weeks this spring and determined they could not play the game. The school said its players need to focus on academics. North Dakota will share the league title with Missouri State and the winner of Saturday’s game between South Dakota State and North Dakota State. The 16-team FCS playoff bracket is set to be announced Sunday morning. The winner of the SDSU-NDSU game earns the league’s automatic berth into the postseason. The FCS title is scheduled May 16 in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota played only five games this spring with the last on on March 20th at NDSU.
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs over five innings of the Red Sox’s 3-2 victory over the Twins in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Christian Arroyo, Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits for Boston. Kenta Maeda was undone by Minnesota’s defense in the second inning, including his own throwing error that allowed a run to score.
 
Alex Verdugo had three hits, including a two-run single in a six-run fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox extended their winning streak to nine games, beating the Minnesota Twins 7-1 to sweep a doubleheader. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits for Boston. The Red Sox have come from behind in six of their nine wins this season after opening the year with three straight losses. José Berríos surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings for Minnesota to take the loss. The Twins have lost five straight.
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WILD-COYOTES
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Nick Bonino had a goal and two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. Both of Zuccarello’s goals came on Minnesota’s resurgent power play, which converted all three of its opportunities in the game. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Cam Talbot made 28 saves for Minnesota, which beat Arizona for the fifth time in six games this season and solidified its hold on third place in the West Division. Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel scored for the Coyotes, who wrapped up a nine-game road grip with their fifth straight loss. Antti Raanta, who had been out since March 22 because of an injury, stopped 17 of 22 shots.
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TIMBERWOLVES-BUCKS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Khris Middleton had 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in three quarters, as the Milwaukee Bucks breezed to a 130-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Brook Lopez added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Jrue Holiday pitched in 15 points and three steals for the Bucks. They built a lead as big as 30 points early in the fourth quarter on the way to their second consecutive blowout. The Bucks beat Orlando 124-87 on Sunday. Anthony Edwards scored 24 points on 5-for-11 shooting from 3-point range for the Timberwolves, who have lost 11 of their past 15 games.
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VIKINGS-PIERCE
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Michael Pierce is entering what ought to be the prime of his NFL career. Last year, he had an early vision of his retirement. Pierce opted out of the 2020 season because of health concerns around COVID-19. He has suffered from asthma since he was a child. Pierce says he regretted his decision at times. Watching the Vikings defense deteriorate on TV during the season was difficult. The 6-foot, 340-pound Pierce was categorized as a high-risk opt-out and had his three-year, $27 million contract toll to 2021.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Carlos Rodon has thrown the second no-hitter of the major league season, and second in five days. Rodon was two out from a perfect game before settling for a no-no in the White Sox’s 8-0 thrashing of the Indians. Perfection ended when he hit Roberto Perez on the foot with a pitch. Rodon recovered to fan Yu Chang before retiring Jordan Luplow on a grounder to third. The Chicago hurler pitched most of the night with a huge lead as Yermin Mercedes belted a three-run homer in a six-run first. Indians starter Zach Plesac was yanked after two-thirds of an inning, charged with six runs and seven hits.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– Joe Musgrove suffered a loss in his first start since tossing San Diego’s first-ever no-hitter, allowing one run over four innings of a 5-1 setback against the Pirates. Musgrove had thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings dating to last season with Pittsburgh before Gregory Polanco homered in the second off his former teammate. Tyler Anderson gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings to get his first win with the Bucs.
 
– The Brewers won for the sixth time in eight games as Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six dominant innings of a 7-0 shutout of the Cubs. Burnes allowed just two hits and delivered a two-run single for his first career RBIs. Travis Shaw hit a solo homer and an RBI single for the Brewers, who have allowed just 19 runs over their last eight games.
 
– Johnny Cueto worked the first 5 2/3 innings of the Giants’ 3-0 shutout of the Reds before leaving the game with a tight lat muscle. Showing no signs of physical duress before his injury occurred, the 35-year-old Cueto surrendered three hits and walked none while striking out four against his former team. Austin Slater doubled up the game’s first run and came around to score on a grounder.
 
– The Marlins coughed up a 5-0 lead before Jesus Aguilar doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning of Miami’s 6-5 victory in Atlanta. Jazz Chisholm Jr. staked the Marlins to their big lead with a three-run homer in the third inning against Charlie Morton. Ronald Acuna Jr. homered twice for the Braves, who are 0-3 in extra innings.
 
– David Peterson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts while tossing two-hit ball over six innings of the Mets’ third straight win over the Phillies, 5-1. Brian McCann had three hits, including a two-run blast for his first homer as a Met. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also got three hits apiece, and Francisco Lindor scored twice.
 
– Joe Ross tossed six innings of four-hit ball as the Nationals downed the Cardinals, 6-0. Ross also singled and scored a run before four relievers combined to hold St. Louis hitless the rest of the way. Ryan Zimmerman hit his first homer of the season, a two-run drive off Adam Wainwright.
 
– Nate Lowe smacked a solo homer and rookie Kohei Arihara got his first major league victory, pitching into the sixth inning of the Rangers’ 5-1 win over the Rays. Arihara allowed two singles and a double over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his third start since signing with the Rangers. David Dahl’s two-run double and Adolis Garcia’s two-run triple broke it open in the seventh.
 
– Salvador Perez homered and doubled to cap off an impressive series, leading Brad Keller and the Royals over the Angels, 6-1. The All-Star catcher drove in two runs Wednesday and went 8 for 12 with four RBIs in the series. Carlos Santana also homered as the Royals took two of three from the Angels.
 
– Bo Bichette’s second homer of the day was a walk-off blast in the ninth inning of the Blue Jays’ 5-4 win over the Yankees. Bichette extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 3-for-4 with his two solo blasts and a stolen base. Alejandro Kirk belted a two-run shot and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had two hits as the Jays took the rubber match of the three-game set.
 
– Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs over five innings of the Red Sox’s 3-2 victory over the Twins in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Christian Arroyo, Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits for Boston. Kenta Maeda was undone by Minnesota’s defense in the second inning, including his own throwing error that allowed a run to score.
 
– The Red Sox also took the nightcap of the twinbill for their ninth straight win, their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2018. Verdugo had three hits, including a two-run single in a six-run fifth that fueled a 7-1 victory at Minnesota. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits for Boston.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers are sole owners of the NBA’s Eastern Conference after defeating the short-handed Brooklyn Nets. Joel Embiid had 39 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Sixers to their third straight win, 123-117. Embiid scored 21 points by halftime, his 14th 20-point 1st half this season. Tobias Harris made all six shots in the second quarter and scored 13 of his 26 points to help the Sixers move one game ahead of Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving scored 23 of his 37 points in the first half for the Nets, who were without James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.

 
Checking out Wednesday’s NBA action:
 
– Khris Middleton had 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in three quarters of the Bucks’ 130-105 blowout over the Timberwolves. Brook Lopez added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who were coming off a 37-point win over the Magic. Jrue Holiday pitched in 15 points and three steals as Milwaukee improved to 3-3 since Giannis Antetokounmpo was taken from the lineup due to left knee soreness.
 
– Reggie Jackson sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds left against his former team to give the Clippers their seventh straight victory, 100-98 over the Pistons. The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter despite playing without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris. Jackson finished with 29 points and ex-Piston Luke Kennard had 17 with 10 rebounds.
 
– Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 15th triple-double of the season, guiding the Nuggets to a 123-106 victory versus the Heat. Michael Porter Jr. added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Six Denver players scored in double figures in the team’s first game without Jamal Murray, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
 
– Luka Doncic hit a leaning, lunging 3-pointer as time expired to give the Mavericks a 114-113 victory over the Grizzlies. Doncic ended the night with 29 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points. Grayson Allen paced the Grizzlies with 23 points, but the 90.6% free throw shooter missed a pair of foul shots with 2.2 second left to set up Doncic’s heroics.
 
– Caris LeVert delivered 27 points and Domantas Sabonis added 22 for the Pacers in a 132-124 victory against the Rockets. Sabonis was dominant in the paint, making 10 of 18 shots from the field while also grabbing 11 rebounds and adding seven assists. Malcolm Brogdon fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double and his first since his rookie season in 2016-2017, finishing with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
 
– Stephen Curry contributed 25 of his 42 points in the third quarter to help the Warriors run away from the Thunder, 147-109. Curry went 8 for 8 from the field and made all six of his 3-point attempts in the third quarter to post his high point total for a quarter this season. He finished 11 of 16 from 3-point range and was 14 of 20 overall.
 
– OG Anunoby scored 22 points and Pascal Siakam added 20 with 11 rebounds in the Raptors’ 117-112 verdict over the Spurs. Raptors rookie Malachi Flynn had a productive fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points in the period and finishing with seven assists. Derrick White led San Antonio with 25 points and Patty Mills added 23.
 
– Julius Randle scored 32 points against his former team to lead the Knicks to a 116-106 decision over the Pelicans. Alec Burks scored New York’s first 11 points of the fourth quarter and finished with 21 in the Knicks’ season-high fourth straight win. Brandon Ingram scored 28 and Zion Williamson added 25 in New Orleans’ first loss in four games.
 
– The Cavaliers knocked off the Hornets, 103-90 as Taurean Prince scored a season-high 25 points with six 3-pointers. Jarrett Allen had 15 points and eight rebounds in his first action since March 26. Kevin Love added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which snapped a two-game skid and handed Charlotte its third straight home loss.
 
– James Ennis scored 22 points and the Magic ended a six-game losing streak by defeating the Bulls, 115-106. Wendell Carter Jr. added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which outscored Chicago by 20 in the third quarter to take a 21-point advantage into the final period. Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 11 rebounds in his first game against the Magic since they dealt the two-time All-Star to Chicago at the deadline.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Wild took another major step toward securing a Stanley Cup playoff berth. Mats Zuccarello scored two power-play goals as the Wild beat the Coyotes for the fifth time in six meetings this season, 5-2. Zuccarello’s power-play tallies give Minnesota 12 in their last seven games. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Cam Talbot made 28 saves to help the Wild solidify their hold on third place in the West Division. Parise’s second-period goal put the Wild ahead to stay. Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel scored in Arizona’s fifth straight loss.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher each had a goal and an assist as the Avalanche won their fourth in a row, 4-3 against the Blues. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Brandon Saad also scored, and Liam O’Brien had a pair of assists to help Devan Dubnyk win his Avs debut. Colorado is 17-1-2 since March 10, setting a mark for the best 20-game stretch in franchise history.
 
– Mathieu Perreault and Trevor Lewis scored third-period goals to rally the Jets past the Senators, 3-2. Mark Scheifele also scored in Winnipeg’s fourth win in five games. Laurent Brossoit finished with 27 saves in place of Connor Hellebuyck, who had made seven straight starts.
 
– The Flames won their third in a row as Mark Giordano had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Canadiens. Noah Hanafin, Josh Leivo and Sean Monahan also scored, and Chris Tanev had two assists for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots to help the Flames get within four points of Montreal for the final North Division playoff berth.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Astros will spend time without second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay), third baseman Alex Bregman, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, catcher Martin Maldonado and infielder Robel Garcia. They’ve been placed on the injured list because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

 
Also, Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19. He was placed on the COVID-19 injured list before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox. Simmons has said he doesn’t plan to get the vaccine, which was made available to the team in a single-shot dosage last week.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– Braves left-hander Max Fried has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring after injuring himself while running the bases. Cristian Pache is also on the injured list with a strained left groin. Left-hander Tucker Davidson and outfielder Guillermo Heredia were called up from the alternate-training site to fill the openings.
 
– Toronto Blue Jays closer Julian Merryweather has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. The right-hander felt discomfort in the left side of his abdomen on his final warmup pitch in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 7-3 victory over the Yankees.
 
– Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray is set to make his first start of the season Saturday at Cleveland. Gray began spring training as the Reds’ possible opening day starter but began the regular season on the 10-day injured list. The two-time All-Star was 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA last year.
 
– The Orioles and Mariners were rained out in Baltimore, the teams’ second rainout in three days. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Dallas Stars high-scoring forward Alexander Radulov won’t return this season, and goaltender Ben Bishop won’t play at all. Radulov needs surgery to repair a core muscle injury after playing only 11 games this season. Bishop hasn’t played while rehabbing from twice having knee surgery last year. Both players are expected to be healthy for next season.

In other NHL news:
– Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss the rest of the season with a herniated disc in his neck. Eichel had 18 points in 21 games before coming out of Buffalo’s lineup.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has signed a one-year, $10 million contact with the Cleveland Browns, where he’ll be paired with All-Pro Myles Garrett. The No. 1 overall pick in 2014 hasn’t always played up to his reputation and has dealt with numerous injuries. The sides agreed to a deal after he completed a medical exam.

 
In other NFL news:
– The Giants have waived cornerback Ryan Lewis and added cornerback Adoree Jackson in free agency. They have 14 defensive backs on the roster, including James Bradberry, Darnay Holmes, Julian Love, Logan Ryan, Jabrill Peppers and Xavier McKinney.
 
– A lawyer has told Pittsburgh police that Rams star Aaron Donald and others assaulted his 26-year-old client at a nightclub last weekend, causing multiple injuries. De’Vincent Spriggs’ attorney say Spriggs required 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone in his head, a broken nose and a sprained or broken arm at a bar around 3 a.m. Sunday.
 
– One of the 22 women who filed lawsuits accusing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment has dropped her case The woman cites privacy and security concerns after some of the women were ordered to make their names public following court hearings last week. In court documents an attorney says the women have faced death threats since accusing Watson.
 
– The NFL’s revised offseason program still includes a post-draft rookie minicamp, voluntary workouts and a mandatory minicamp next month despite the union’s objection to in-person activities due to COVID-19 concerns. The league says that its altered offseason program complies with COVID-19 protocols agreed upon last season.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Louisville guard David Johnson will enter the NBA draft and forego his final two seasons of eligibility after being one of the Cardinals’ most productive players the past two years. The 6-foot-5 Louisville native averaged 12.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 19 games and was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention.

 
In other college basketball news:
 
– Michigan guard Eli Brooks is returning for a fifth season with the Wolverines. Brooks started 27 games this season and was one of the key players on a team that won the Big Ten title.
 
– UConn swingman Tyler Polley has announced plans to take advantage of an extra year of eligibility and return to the school but says he’ll put his name into the NBA draft pool for evaluation purposes. The decision will allow the 3-point specialist to continue exploring his professional options and receive feedback from pro scouts.
 
– Duke forward Matthew Hurt is declaring for the NBA draft and intends to hire an agent following a breakout sophomore season in which he became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top scorer. Hurt averaged 18.6 points in conference play, and ranked second in ACC shooting at 56%.
 
– South Florida forward Alexis Yetna is headed to Seton Hall as a graduate transfer. Yetna returned to the court this past season and averaged 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds for South Florida.
 
– Arizona has hired longtime Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd as its men’s basketball coach. Lloyd replaces Sean Miller, who was fired last week after 12 years amid an NCAA infractions investigation.
 
– Arkansas has signed men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman to a new, five-year agreement that runs through April 2026. The extension comes a month after Arkansas reached its first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in more than 25 years.
 
– Joe Golding has been named the new men’s basketball coach at UTEP. The move comes after a decade at Abilene Christian that included an upset victory for the 14th-seeded Wildcats over No. 3 seed Texas in the first round of this season’s NCAA Tournament.
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NCAA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Major college football and basketball players will be permitted to transfer one time before graduating without being required to sit out a year of competition starting next season. The NCAA Division I Council voted to changed the long-standing rule which has helped deter players in high-profile sports from switching schools. Starting this fall semester, all athletes will be operating under the same rules: Transfers will be allowed to play right away.

 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 041421 – 0700
 
 
MINOT, ND – Despite the snowy weather, high school softball was played yesterday in the Bubble at Minot State.
 
High School Girls Softball
Class B
Westhope-Newburg-Bottineau 18, Bishop Ryan 12
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MSU BASEBALL
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State University baseball team was set to host Winona State University today at Corbett Field, but due to unplayable weather, the home midweek doubleheader has been moved to Loughrey Field in Winona, Minnesota. MSU enters the series 12-7 overall and 10-4 in conference play. The Beavers are sitting in fourth place in the NSIC after taking two-of-three from the No. 15 team in the country, Minnesota State, over this past weekend.
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UND HOCKEY-HONORS
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – It was a complete sweep of National Collegiate Hockey Conference monthly awards for March for UND athletes, the league announced Tuesday. Forward Collin Adams was the NCHC Player of the Month with Riese Gaber winning Rookie of the Month and Adam Scheel taking home Goalie of the Month accolades.
 
Adams tallied a conference-leading 11 points and was an NCHC-best +12 in March as North Dakota marched to the postseason. He paced the league with five goals and six assists in March.
 
Gaber was the NCHC Frozen Faceoff’s Most Outstanding Player, guiding the Fighting Hawks to their first-ever NCHA Tournament championship. The Gilbert Plains, Manitoba product scored three goals in the NCHC playoffs, including a pair of tallies in the championship win over St. Cloud State. He added an assist in the win to give him four points in the Frozen Faceoff.
 
Scheel started all five postseason games for North Dakota, winning four games before the NCAA Midwest Regional final. That game saw
Scheel play 140:59 in net, stopping a career-high 51 shots before a fifth-overtime goal gave UMD the win. Scheel finished the season with a 20-4-1 record and a 1.74 GAA. His career GAA set a new UND mark (1.95).
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Rafael Devers homered for the fourth straight game and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on a snowy afternoon in a series opener moved back following the fatal police shooting of a Black man in the Twin Cities area. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo homer and Bobby Dalbec added a pair of RBI doubles as Boston won its seventh in a row. Monday’s game was postponed due to safety and sensitivity concerns after the police shooting a day earlier of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. The Twins held a moment of silence for Wright prior to Tuesday’s game. Snow flurries fell for most of the day. Monday’s game will be made up with a doubleheader today.
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TIMBERWOLVES-NETS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting in his most productive performance in 2 1/2 months, as the Brooklyn Nets blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-97. Durant played 27 minutes in his third game back from a strained hamstring that kept him out for 23 games. The game was rescheduled from the previous night, in the aftermath of a fatal police shooting of a Black man in a nearby suburb. The Timberwolves held a moment of silence before tipoff for 20-year-old Daunte Wright. The Timberwolves played without Karl-Anthony Towns on the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death from COVID-19.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Wilmer Flores’ tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh held up in a strange, back-and-forth game that featured four two-run homers in the first inning alone, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. Austin Slater put the Giants ahead on an RBI triple in the sixth following three home runs by San Francisco. That lead didn’t last: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Tommy La Stella collided trying to chase down pinch-hitter Alex Blandino’s fly in shallow center in the seventh, and the ball fell to the grass for a single as the Reds scored the tying run to make it 6-6.

 

In other action on the diamonds:

– Mookie Betts homered and Trevor Bauer pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in both veterans’ first home games in front of their new Dodgers fans. Together they propelled Los Angeles to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Corey Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back homers in the first, while Max Muncy homered and drove in two runs for the defending World Series champions. Bauer had nine strikeouts in his first start at Dodger Stadium since signing with his hometown team in February. Antonio Senzatela couldn’t get out of the third for the Rockies, who have lost four straight.

 
– AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber pitched three-hit ball over nine innings for Cleveland while Lucas Giolito nearly matched him before the Indians broke through in the 10th to beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0. The matchup between All-Star aces sure lived up to its billing. Bieber struck out 11 and has fanned 35 in his first three starts of the season for the second straight year. Giolito also allowed only three hits and fanned eight. He was pulled after issuing his second walk to begin the eighth inning.
 
– Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter all homered off Stephen Strasburg and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Washington Nationals 14-3. Jack Flaherty allowed one run on three hits in five innings as St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak. Strasburg was hammered for eight runs on eight hits and five walks, two of them intentional.
 
– Wilson Ramos hit two home runs and Renato Nunez and rookie Akil Baddoo each homered for the second straight game as the Detroit Tigers slugged their way to an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros. Baddoo is off to a scorching start to his major league career and has four home runs in just eight games.
 
– Willson Contreras struck back after getting plunked again by the Brewers, hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs rallied past Milwaukee 3-2 on Tuesday night. Contreras has already been hit by a pitch from the Brewers three times this season. He got his revenge when he hit a towering drive off Brent Suter.
 
– Jacob Stallings had three hits and three RBIs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates chased Blake Snell in the first inning of an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres. The game lasted 4 hours, 7 minutes, and included 17 walks, seven hit batters and 27 runners left on base.
 
– Hyun Jin Ryu cruised into the seventh inning, Marcus Semien and Rowdy Tellez homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-3. Ryu allowed only an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and limiting the Yankees to four hits and a walk. The Blue Jays ace retired 12 in a row.
 
– Ramon Urias hit a game-ending single with two outs in the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the miscue-prone Seattle Mariners 7-6 to earn a doubleheader split. Baltimore had lost four in a row and six of seven. Seattle’s three-game winning streak was halted. Kyle Seager’s RBI double in the eighth inning helped the Mariners earn a 4-3 victory in the opener.
 
– Royals catcher Salvador Perez picked David Fletcher off third with the bases loaded for the final out in the ninth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2. Danny Duffy pitched one-run ball over six innings, and Perez had two hits and an RBI.
 
– Back on the mound two days after an abbreviated start, Marcus Stroman tossed six spotless innings and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 for a doubleheader sweep. In the first game, Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar hit RBI singles in the eighth to give New York a 4-3 victory in extra innings.
 
– Adam Duvall drove in seven runs against his former Atlanta teammates with four hits, including two home runs, and the Miami Marlins beat Max Fried and the Braves 14-8. Duvall tied a Marlins record by becoming the sixth player to drive in seven.
 
– Jed Lowrie hit a tying, three-run homer in the seventh inning, Seth Brown had a solo shot in the next frame and the Oakland Athletics rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. Carson Kelly hit a three-run homer and Arizona led 5-0 after three innings. Mark Canha made it 5-2 win an RBI single in the seventh and Lowrie followed with a three-run homer off Kevin Ginkel. Brown led off the eighth with his homer off Anthony Swarzak and Matt Chapman’s run-scoring triple off the wall in the ninth made it 7-5. Oakland has won five of six since starting the season 0-6.
 
– Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar each hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the New York Mets a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of their doubleheader. Both games of the single-admission twinbill, booked to make up Monday night’s rainout at Citi Field, were scheduled for seven innings in keeping with a rules change introduced during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
 
– Kyle Seager hit an RBI double in the eighth and the Seattle Mariners won their third extra-inning game in as many tries this season, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. Seager has reached base in nine of his last 10 plate appearances. The Orioles have dropped four straight and six of seven since opening with a three-game road sweep of Boston.
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UNDATED (AP) – Jayson Tatum had 32 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final moments, and the Boston Celtics held off the Portland Trail Blazers 116-115 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four games. Jaylen Brown added 24 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for Boston, winners of six of their last seven games. Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists, and Carmelo Anthony had 25 points off the bench for Portland.

 
Elsewhere in the NBA on Tuesday:
 
– Paul George scored 36 points and Marcus Morris Sr. added 22 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 victory at Indiana. The Clippers have won six straight and 12 of 14 overall. George has won all four games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he was traded by the Pacers in July 2017. Indiana was led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 29 points. Caris LeVert scored 26. Los Angeles broke it open by starting the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to make it 108-97. Indiana never recovered.
 
– Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns got 65 points from their bench on the way to a 106-86 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Four bench players scored in double figures, including Cam Johnson, Cam Payne, Torrey Craig and Dario Saric.
 
– The Phoenix Suns tied an NBA record with 18 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 126-120 victory over the Houston Rockets. Jae Crowder led the Suns with 26 points, all in the first half, and Devin Booker added 24. Crowder made a career-high eight 3-pointers. Christian Wood led the Rockets with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Kevin Porter Jr. added 22 points.
 
– Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 101-93 win Tuesday night against a Charlotte Hornets team missing five of its six top scorers. Dennis Schroder added 19 points and Andre Drummond chipped in with 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who closed out a seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record. Devonte Graham led the Hornets with 19 points.
 
– Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and Donovan Mitchell added 22 as the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder 106-96 on Tuesday night. Luguentz Dort scored career-high 42 points and Moses Brown had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11.
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UNDATED (AP) – Anthony Mantha had two points in his Washington debut, Alex Ovechkin scored the 728th goal of his NHL career and the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1. The East Division-leading Capitals went 3 for 3 on the power play as part of another offensive outburst. Mantha had a goal and an assist after a trade from Detroit. Ovechkin scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season. The Capitals have won three in a row. The Flyers lost for the sixth time in eight games.

 
In other ice action:
 
– Johnny Gaudreau scored 36 seconds into overtime and the Calgary Flames beat the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Juuso Valimaki and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Flames. Gaudreau and Lindholm each added an assist, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots. Calgary won its second straight to pull six points behind Montreal for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division. Toronto lost for the second straight night.
 
– Roman Josi had a goal and an assist in Nashville’s three-goal first period as the Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 for their fifth win in six games. Josi also had an assist in the third.
 
– Frank Vatrano scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Aleksander Barkov and Radko Gudas scored in regulation, and Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. The Stars are seven points out of the division’s last playoff spot with 15 games to play after playing in last season’s Stanley Cup Final.
 
– Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves in posting his first NHL shutout and the New York Rangers opened a four-game series against the rival New Jersey Devils with a 3-0 victory. Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored and Adam Fox had assists on both goals as New York improved to 10-4-3 since March 13. Pavel Buchnevich scored into an empty net with 28 seconds to play for the 20,000th goal in Rangers’ franchise history. Mackenzie Blackwood had 17 saves as the Devils fell to 2-7-2 in their last 11.
 
– Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored in Boston’s only two chances in the shootout and the Bruins, with newcomer Taylor Hall, rebounded for a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Craig Smith and David Krejci scored in regulation for Boston, which had lost its last two games yet improved to 4-2-1 in its last seven. Jeremy Swayman made 21 saves for the Bruins and stopped Buffalo’s two shootout attempts. Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves for the Sabres.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton will undergo season-ending surgery. That word comes from manager Scott Servais. Paxton left his April 6 start – his first since returning to Seattle on a 1-year, $8.5 million deal – with left elbow discomfort. Paxton received a second opinion Monday, when the need for surgery was confirmed.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– With the team facing a COVID-19 scare, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night after the right-hander indicated he wasn’t feeling well. The Cubs didn’t provide specifics about Hendricks’ health, saying only the move was made from “an abundance of caution.” Four Cubs were added to the COVID-19 injured list over the last two days.
 
– Cleveland Indians first baseman Yu Chang has shared some racist tweets he received after making a costly error in Monday night’s game in Chicago. The Taiwanese player posted some of the anti-Asian tweets on his Twitter account Tuesday while asking for tolerance. One of the messages referred to the shape of his eyes and another referred to the coronavirus. Chang included the hashtag StopAsianHate in his tweet.
 
– Nick Solak and Charlie Culberson drove in three runs apiece, Kyle Gibson pitched seven strong innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 Tuesday night to end a season-high four-game losing streak.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Denver Nuggets will be without Jamal Murray indefinitely after the dynamic point guard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. It’s a big blow to a team coming off a season in which it advanced to the Western Conference finals and currently sits in fourth place in the West. Murray was hurt late in a loss at Golden State on Monday night. He drove the lane, tried to elevate off his left foot and fell to the ground, instantly grabbing at his knee in pain. The 24-year-old Murray previously missed four games with a sore right knee.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Gabriel Deck to a multi-year contract. The 6-foot-8 forward who played for Argentina at the 2016 Olympics spent the last three seasons with Real Madrid of the Spanish Liga ACB. During the 2020-21 season, he averaged 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 52% from the field.
 
– Former NBA player and Hall of Fame coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard has died. The Indiana Pacers announced his death Tuesday. Leonard went 573-534 and won three ABA championships in 14 seasons as a coach, the last 12 with the Pacers. He also made the winning free throws in the 1953 NCAA Tournament to give the Indiana Hoosiers the second of five national titles. In 1985, he became the Pacers color commentator on television broadcasts and later moved into the radio booth. Leonard was 88.
 
– The Golden State Warriors have promoted Brandon Schneider to president and chief operating officer to replace Rick Welts, a Basketball Hall of Fame member who is moving to an advisory role after the season. Schneider will assume his new position July 1. He has nearly two decades of experience with the franchise and worked closely with Welts for 10 years.
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NFL-NEWS

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added yet another offensive playmaker for Tom Brady. The Super Bowl champions and running back Giovani Bernard have agreed to a one-year contract, a person person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Bernard was released this month after spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the second round in 2013. In addition to rushing for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns, the 29-year-old has 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 TDs.

 
In other NFL moves:
 
– The Arizona Cardinals have signed running back James Conner to a one-year contract. The 25-year-old Conner played his first four seasons in Pittsburgh and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He ran for a career-high 973 yards and 12 touchdowns that year. He played in 13 games in 2020 and started 11, finishing with 721 yards and six touchdowns.
 
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s Twins, Wild and Timberwolves all postponed their games scheduled for Monday because of safety concerns following the fatal police shooting of a Black man in a nearby suburb. The Red Sox and Twins were scheduled for a four-game series beginning Monday afternoon at Target Field. There was no word yet about rescheduling or the status of games set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Wild’s game against the St. Louis Blues that was scheduled for Monday night was rescheduled for May 12. The Timberwolves’ game against the Brooklyn Nets also was postponed. Daunte Wright was killed Sunday when a police officer in Brooklyn Center fired a handgun instead of a stun gun after a traffic stop.
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UNDATED (AP) – The San Diego Padres have continued their strong start to the season. Wil Myers drove in five runs and the Padres improved to 8-3 with a 6-2 victory in Pittsburgh. Yu Darvish allowed three hits over seven dominant innings, striking out six and walking one in San Diego’s fourth win in a row. Myers ran his hitting streak to seven games, putting the Padres in front with a two-run homer in the sixth and adding a two-run single.

 
In other Major League games:
 
– Garrett Cooper had three RBIs and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lift the Marlins past the Braves, 5-3. Brian Anderson followed with an RBI double, and the Braves couldn’t muster a rally in the bottom of the inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. tripled and scored two runs for Atlanta.
 
– Kyle Schwarber doubled home a run in his delayed Nationals debut and Andrew Stevenson had a pinch-hit homer in a 5-2 victory at St. Louis. Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were in the starting lineup after being sidelined for Washington’s first six games by a coronavirus outbreak that forced the postponement of the team’s first four contests. Stevenson’s solo shot was just his fourth homer in 221 career at-bats.
 
– Pinch-hitter Luis Urias drove in three runs with a go-ahead double while the Brewers scored six times in the sixth inning to beat the Cubs, 6-3. Freddy Peralta struck out 10 over six innings of two-hit ball for the victory. Milwaukee has won five of six, while the Cubs lost for the fifth time in six games.
 
– Joey Votto splashed a home run into McCovey Cove and Jesse Winker hit a two-run homer for the Reds in a 3-0 shutout of the Giants. Winker’s first home run of the year marked the first hit off Aaron Sanchez in the third and provided left-hander Wade Miley with some early support. Miley allowed two hits over five innings as Cincinnati bounced back from a two-game skid that followed a six-game winning streak.
 
– Matt Chapman homered and got three hits and the Athletics roughed up Madison Bumgarner in a 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks. Jed Lowrie doubled home two runs in the third inning and singled and scored in a three-run fifth capped by Chapman’s second homer of the season for a 6-2 lead. Bumgarner gave up seven hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings.
 
– Kyle Higashioka homered twice to support Gerrit Cole in the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. Cole allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked one. He retired his final 15 batters but saw his ERA rise a tick to 1.47.
 
– Tyler Glasnow struck out a career-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings of the Rays’ 1-0 win over the Rangers. Glasnow allowed two hits and got his first win of the season following two strong performances in no-decisions. Willy Adames homered off Taylor Hearn with two out in the seventh, just the third hit yielded by Texas pitchers.
 
– The White Sox scored on a wild play in the ninth inning to beat the Indians, 4-3. First baseman Yu Chang hit Yasmani Grandal with a throw trying to force him at second base as Nick Madrigal raced home with the winning run. Adam Eaton homered in his second straight game and rookie Yermin Mercedes got the winning rally started with a one-out single.
 
– Rookie Casey Mize tossed seven scoreless innings for his first career win, pitching the Tigers past the Astros, 6-2. Akil Baddoo homered again to help manager A.J. Hinch win his first game in Houston since he was fired for the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. Renato Nunez and Grayson Greiner also homered as Detroit jumped on Zack Greinke for six runs to snap a four-game skid.
 
– The Angels rolled to a 10-3 win over the Royals as Shohei Ohtani had three hits and three RBIs. Ohtani hit a two-run double off Scott Barlow in the seventh for a 6-3 lead. Mike Trout added a two-run homer and Alex Cobb struck out 10, his high since he fanned 12 in a July 2014 game for the Rays against the Brewers.
 
– The Mets and Phillies were rained out in New York, as were the Orioles and Mariners in Baltimore. It’s the second straight rainout for the Mets, who will make up the game as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday. The Orioles-Mariners tilt is rescheduled as part of a Tuesday twinbill.
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UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have taken a half-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for first place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid was 14 of 15 from the line while scoring 36 points in the Sixers’ 113-95 romp over the Mavericks. Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz was 4 of 7 from 3-point range and matched his season high with 20 points. Ben Simmons had eight points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Sixers, who went 8-4 in a stretch of mostly road games.

Luka Doncic scored 32 points but the young Dallas star didn’t have enough help with European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis sitting out the second night of a back-to-back.
 
Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:
 
– Utah’s team-record, 24-game home winning streak is over following a 125-121 loss to the Wizards. Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the Wizards, who have swept the season series with the Jazz after shooting 52% from the field and 47% from 3-point range. Bradley Beal paced all Washington scorers with 34 points.
 
– Jae Crowder scored 26 points and the Suns tied an NBA record with 18 3-pointers in the first half to build an 81-58 lead in a 126-120 win against Houston. The Suns were 18 of 24 from beyond the arc in the opening half and finished with a team-record 25. Devin Booker had 24 points as Phoenix climbed within 1 1/2 games of Utah for first place in the NBA’s Western Conference.
 
– Stephen Curry scored 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the most in Warriors franchise history, doing it in a 116-107 win over Denver. Draymond Green had 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Warriors. Nikola Jokic had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for the Nuggets, who have dropped two straight since an eight-game winning streak.
 
– The Knicks picked up their third straight win as Julius Randle had 34 points and 10 rebounds against his former team to lead a 111-96 drubbing of the Lakers. Elfrid Payton scored 20 points and Derrick Rose added 14 off the bench as the Knicks showed plenty of energy on the second night of back-to-back games. Dennis Schroder scored 21 points and Markieff Morris had 17 for the Lakers, who fell to 5-7 since LeBron James sprained his ankle March 20.
 
– Jonas Valanciunas delivered 26 points and 14 rebounds to carry the Grizzlies to a 101-90 victory over the Bulls. Valanciunas scored 10 in the fourth as Memphis used an 18-6 run to break open a close game. Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points and Grayson Allen added 14 for the Grizzlies.
 
– DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points in less than three quarters of work and Dejounte Murray added 17 as the Spurs clobbered the Magic, 120-97. The Spurs’ wins on Sunday and Monday gave them their first consecutive victories since a three-game winning streak from March 15-19. They led by 60-37 at the half, by as much as 30 in the third period and never allowed their lead fall less than 20 throughout the second half.
 
– Brandon Ingram scored 34 points, Zion Williamson added 30 and the Pelicans held off a furious Kings comeback for a 117-110 victory. Steven Adams had 16 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe scored 13 points for the Pelicans, who saw their 26-point, second-quarter lead trimmed down four in the final minute. De’Aaron Fox poured in 43 points to pace Sacramento.
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UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes hosted the cellar-dwelling Detroit Red Wings on Monday with a chance to take sole possession of the NHL’s Central Division lead. The Red Wings played spoilers as Adam Erne and Filip Zadina zah-DEE’-nah) scored two quick third-period goals in a 3-1 victory over the Canes. Sam Gagner added a clinching empty-net and Jonathan Bernier finished with 37 saves. Bernier blanked Carolina until Nino Niederreiter made it 2-1 with 6:06 to play. The outcome keeps the Hurricanes and Tampa Bay tied with 58 points. Each team has 15 games remaining.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Mikko Rantanen had two goals and the Avalanche beat the Coyotes 4-2 for their eighth victory in nine games. Brandon Saad and Nathan MacKinnon also scored as the West Division leaders improved to 12-0-1 in their last 13 games at home. Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for his career-high 25th win.
 
– Vegas remains four points behind the West-leading Avs after Max Pacioretty scored his 300th career goal and Mark Stone furnished a goal and an assist in the Golden Knights’ 4-2 decision over the Kings. Nicolas Roy and Alex Tuch (tuhk) also scored for the Golden Knights, who won their third straight game. Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots.
 
– Anthony Stolarz made a career-high 45 saves for his third career shutout as the Ducks dumped the Sharks, 4-0. Alexander Volkov had two goals to help the Ducks beat the Sharks handily on their home ice for the second time in less than a week. Martin Jones finished with 15 saves for the Sharks, who began the night four points out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the West and lost for the third time in four games.
 
– The Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets, 4-3 on Brandon Hagel’s goal 1:25 into overtime. Duncan Keith, Philipp Kurashev and Brett Connolly also scored for Chicago, and Patrick Kane had two assists in the team’s fifth straight win against Columbus. Kevin Lankinen stopped 30 shots as the Blackhawks won for the third time in four games to move within two points of Nashville for the final Central Division playoff berth.
 
– The Maple Leafs’ six-game streak is over after Tomas Tatar scored twice in the Canadiens’ 4-2 victory over the North Division leaders. Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson also scored for the Canadiens, who blew a 2-0 lead before winning for the first time in four games. It was the first loss of the year for Toronto goalie Jack Campbell, who set an NHL record with 11 straight wins to start a season.
 
– The Senators fell behind 2-0 before Brady Tkachuk scored twice and Evgeni Dadonov provided the tiebreaking tally midway through the third period of Ottawa’s 4-2 win over the Jets. Tkachuk began the comeback with a power-play goal in the first period and added the insurance score. Connor Brown extended his franchise-record goal-scoring streak to eight games.
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NHL-TRADE DEADLINE

UNDATED- The Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins picked up forwards as they battle the New York Islanders for the NHL’s East Division title. The Capitals made a blockbuster deal to acquire Anthony Mantha from the Red Wings before Monday’s trade deadline. Detroit gets wingers Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first- and a 2022 second-round pick. The Bruins acquired 2018 NHL MVP Taylor Hall in a trade with the Sabres. Boston also gets forward Curtis Lazar in a swap that brings Anders Bjork and a second-round pick. The Pens improved their forward depth by getting Jeff Carter from the Kings for a pair of conditional draft picks. Only 17 trades were completed Monday, involving just 26 players. That’s down from the NHL trade deadline day record of 32 deals involving 55 players a year ago.

 
In other activity at the trade deadline
 
– The NHL-leading Avalanche reacquired forward Carl Soderberg, sending unsigned prospect Ryder Rolston and 23-year-old Josh
Dickinson to the Blackhawks. The 35-year-old played four seasons for Colorado from 2015-19 before stints with Arizona and Chicago.
 
– The Blackhawks have acquired Adam Gaudette from the Canucks for Matthew Highmore in an exchange of forwards.
 
– The Lightning have picked up Frederik Claesson from the Sharks for goaltending prospect Magnus Chrona.
 
– The Golden Knights are acquiring center Mattias Janmark from the Blackhawks. A third team could be involved to help salary cap-strapped Vegas make the money work.
 
– The Devils traded defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the Oilers for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The pick becomes a third-rounder if Edmonton advances to the second round of the playoffs.
 
– Some players rumored to be involved in trades are instead staying with their current team. The Flyers signed forward Scott Laughton to
a $15 million, five-year extension. The Kings re-upped forward Alex Iafallo (eye-ah-FAH’-loh) for $16 million over four years and the Sabres are hanging on to goaltender Linus Ullmark in the hopes the two sides can agree on a new contract before he hits the free-agent market this summer.
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NBA-KINGS-FOX FINED

NEW YORK (AP) – Sacramento guard De’Aaron Fox has been fined $20,000 for criticizing the officiating following the Kings’ 128-112 loss to the Utah Jazz over the weekend. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell kept Fox from going after the officials after the game in Salt Lake City. The Kings guard had been bothered throughout the second half and Mitchell wanted to save him from a potential fine. Fox scored 30 points during the loss. He’s averaging 24.7 points and 7.2 assists for the season.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED – The Chicago Cubs are concerned about a possible COVID-19 outbreak after two coaches tested positive for the virus and three relievers were placed on the COVID-19-related injured list. The team announced the positive test for bullpen coach Chris Young on Monday, with first base coach Craig Driver already away from the team following his positive test. Relievers Brandon Workman, Jason Adam and Dan Winkler were placed on the COVID-19-related injured list. There was no word on whether their designation was the result of a positive test or contact tracing.

 
Also around the Majors:
 
– Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber and Josh Harrison have been reinstated from the injured list by the Washington Nationals. That makes the team’s roster nearly whole again after a coronavirus outbreak sidelined nine players and caused postponements of the Nats’ first four games on their schedule.
 
– Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a strained groin. Rendon was hurt while making a throw late in a 15-1 loss to Toronto on Saturday. Angels manager Joe Maddon said he hopes Rendon will be sidelined for the minimum 10 days.
 
– Right-hander Zac Gallen is set to return for the Diamondbacks after missing the season’s first few games with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. Manager Torey Lovullo says Gallen is scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Athletics.
 
– Rangers right-hander Jonathan Hernandez has had ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow. It comes less than two weeks after fellow reliever Jose Leclerc had the same procedure.
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NFL-NEWS

BOSTON (AP) – One of the most productive wide receivers in NFL playoff history says he has played his final game. Julian Edelman has announced his retirement after failing his New England Patriots physical on Monday. Edelman cited a knee injury that cut his 2020 season short after just six games. It brings an abrupt end to the 11-year New England tenure of the 34-year-old, whose fingertip catch helped complete the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl 51 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. A seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft out of Kent State, Edelman retires ranked second in team history with 620 receptions, fourth in receiving yards 6,822 and ninth with 36 receiving touchdowns.

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NFL-CHIEFS-BRITT REID CHARGES

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a crash that critically injured a 5-year-old girl. Prosecutors allege the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was driving about 84 mph, and he had a blood alcohol level of .113 about a half hour after the crash near Arrowhead Stadium on Feb. 4. Police say his truck slammed into two cars stopped along an entrance ramp to Interstate 435 near the Chiefs’ training facility. Five-year-old Ariel Young, who was in one of the cars, suffered a traumatic brain injury.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Aaron Henry has decided to skip his senior season at Michigan State to enter the NBA draft. Henry said Monday he plans to sign with an agent after averaging a team-high 15.4 points for the Spartans last season. He helped Michigan run its NCAA Tournament streak to 23, extending the longest run in Big Ten history and trailing only Kansas’ 31-year stretch among active streaks.

 
Meanwhile, seniors Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels have announced that they will return to Villanova next season. Gillespie was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard and co-BIG EAST Player of the Year. He averaged 14 points before suffering a torn MCL in his left knee on March 3 against Creighton. Samuels averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the postseason for the Wildcats, helping them reach the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
 
 
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MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The nationally-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks were too much for Minot State on this particular day, as the Beavers fell 4-2 on Sunday. RJ Martinez (2-2) started and took the loss on the mound for Minot State (12-7, 10-4). The right-hander went five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits, allowing one walk and striking out five.
 
The Beavers were trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning when they finally put something on the board. Minot State got an RBI single from Kaiden Cardoso, scoring Jake Collins from second base. The Beavers deficit expanded to 4-1 before their offense got back on the scoreboard, cutting into that deficit in the eighth inning. Minot State picked up a run on Drew Behling’s one-out solo home run off of Jack Zigan, which tightened the Mavericks lead to 4-2. The Beavers were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.
 
Minot State baseball will return for another mid-week double-header this Wednesday. The Beavers will host Winona State at Corbett Field with games scheduled for 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
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NDSU FOOTBALL
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Christian Watson scored on a 100-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and No. 2-ranked North Dakota State led the rest of the way in a 23-20 victory over No. 21 Northern Iowa on Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. North Dakota State (6-1, 5-1 MVFC) is scheduled to host South Dakota State in the annual Dakota Marker game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17.
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WOLVES-BULLS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell scored 27 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 121-117. Ricky Rubio connected on five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 17 points. Minnesota held on a game after allowing Boston to come back from 17 points down in the second half in an overtime loss on Friday. Zach LaVine scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half for Chicago. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and Daniel Theis scored 13. The Bulls lost for the sixth time in nine games since acquiring them at the trade deadline.
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TWINS-MARINERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kyle Seager hit his second homer of the game, a three-run drive in the ninth inning to complete the Seattle Mariners’ comeback from a six-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6. Seager had four hits and Taylor Trammell also homered for Seattle, which trailed 6-0 going into the sixth. The Mariners won a road series for the first time since September 2019 at Arizona. Byron Buxton continued his early season success with a homer, double and single and Luis Arraez had a pair of hits for the Twins.
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GOLF-THE MASTERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Hideki Matsuyama has become the first Japanese man to win a major championship. Matsuyama has captured the Masters by closing with a 1-over 73, good enough for a one-stroke win over Will Zalatoris. A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Matsuyama took control of the tournament with a brilliant 65 on Saturday, doing his best work after a rain delay softened the greens.

 
The new champion struggled to close it out. He carried a four-shot lead into the final round and was five ahead at the turn. Xander Schauffele got within two shots with three holes remaining following four straight birdies. But Schauffele’s chances of catching up ended with the first triple-bogey of his major championship career, a 6 on the par-3 16.
 
Zalatoris stamped himself as a future star with a 9-under 279. He closed with a 2-under 70 to end up two ahead of Schauffele and Jordan Spieth.
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NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) – Martin Truex Jr. battled teammate Denny Hamlin for the lead before winning Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Truex nudged Hamlin repeatedly in the turns and tried to get to his inside on the straightaways without success. Truex, finally made the pass with 15 laps to go, ducking underneath Hamlin coming out of the second turn. Truex sailed off to victory without another challenge as Hamlin and Chase Elliott battled the rest of the way for second. It’s the third victory in the last four races on the 0.526-mile oval for Truex, who also became the first repeat winner this season after seven different drivers posted victories. Elliott was second, followed by Hamlin, William Byron and Kyle Larson.

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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Denver Nuggets appeared on their way to a ninth straight victory as they took a 79-65 lead on a 3-pointer by Facundo Campazzo late in the third quarter. But the Boston Celtics immediately went on a 31-3 run and allowed just five more points after that in a 105-87 win at Denver. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the Celtics’ attack after both were questionable to play. Tatum finished with 28 points and Brown had 20 as Boston won for the fifth time in six games to stay one game behind Atlanta for fourth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Michael Porter Jr. led the Nuggets with 20 points despite missing 11 of 12 from beyond the arc. Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Denver’s first loss since acquiring Aaron Gordon just before the trade deadline.

 
Checking out the rest of Sunday’s NBA schedule:
 
– Marcus Morris Sr. scored 33 points to lead seven Clippers in double figures in a 131-124 win over the Pistons. Paul George registered 32 points and nine assists, giving him three straight 30-point games despite dealing with a nagging toe injury. Los Angeles picked up its fifth straight win by climbing out of a 93-81 hole against the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
 
– Khris Middleton scored 21 points and the Bucks ended a three-game losing streak by topping the Magic, 124-87. Middleton shot 8 of 13 from the field and added eight rebounds and five assists to help the Bucks lead wire to wire. Bobby Portis added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds off the bench.
 
– Bam Adebayo dropped in 22 points and Jimmy Butler added 20 to lead the Heat to a 107-98 victory over the Trail Blazers. Miami led by 20 early in the fourth quarter en route to its sixth win in seven games. CJ McCollum and Norman Powell each finished with 17 points for the Blazers, who were hurt by 17 turnovers.
 
– DeMar DeRozan drained the tiebreaking jumper with 0.5 seconds left, giving him 27 of his 33 points in the second half and lifting the Spurs to a 119-117 victory over the Mavericks. Dejounte Murray scored 25 points as San Antonio stopped a season-worst five-game losing streak and avoided the first season sweep by their Texas rival. Luka Doncic scored 29 points, including a tying basket in the final minute of a game that had 10 deadlocks and 12 lead changes.
 
– The Hawks battled back from a 10-point, fourth quarter deficit to beat the Hornets, 105-101. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 32 points on a career-high eight 3-pointers to help Atlanta win without Trae Young, who was out with a left calf injury. Clint Capela added 20 points and 15 rebounds in the Hawks’ sixth win in seven games.
 
– Julius Randle scored 26 points and the Knicks pulled out a 102-96 win over the Raptors after blowing an 18-point lead. RJ Barrett added 19 as the Knicks won their second straight to get back to .500 at 27-27. Nerlens Noel finished with nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for New York.
 
– Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds, while D’Angelo Russell also contributed 27 points in the Timberwolves; 121-117 downing of the Bulls. Ricky Rubio connected on five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 17 points. Zach LaVine scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half as Chicago rallied before losing for the sixth time in nine games since the trade deadline.
 
– Caris LeVert scored 34 points and two other Pacers just missed triple-doubles in a 132-125 victory over Memphis. Malcolm Brogdon had 29 points, matched his season-high with 11 assists and had nine rebounds. Domantas Sabonis (soh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, part of the Pacers grabbing a season-high 53 rebounds en route to their third straight victory.
 
– Zion Williamson provided 38 points and Brandon Ingram had 27 with eight assists in rallying the Pelicans to a 116-109 victory over the injury-plagued Cavaliers. Williamson scored 25 points in the first half and finished 16 of 22 from the field. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as New Orleans pulled within one game of the final play-in tournament spot in the West.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – It turned out that J.D. Martinez only had a cold, which was great news for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Martinez slammed three home runs and had four RBIs after coming off the COVID-19 list, highlighting the Red Sox’s 14-9 thumping of the Orioles. Martinez went on the COVID-19 list after complaining of cold-like symptoms, but he was reactivated after testing negative twice before gametime. Rafael Devers homered twice and Alex Verdugo added a three-run shot in Boston’s sixth consecutive win.

 
Also around the Majors:
 
– Rougned Odor singled home the tiebreaking run while sparking a four-run 10th that gave the Yankees an 8-4 win over the Rays. Odor went 0-for-4 before his go-ahead hit allowed him to celebrate his first start as a Yankee. Gio Urshela added a two-run homer and an RBI single as New York avoided a three-game sweep.
 
– Kyle Seager’s second homer of the game was a three-run drive in the ninth inning to complete the Mariners’ rally in an 8-6 win over the Twins. Seager had four hits and Taylor Trammell also homered for Seattle, which trailed 6-0 going into the sixth. The Mariners won a road series for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 2019, at Arizona.
 
– Michael A. Taylor scored when Garrett Crochet misplayed Andrew Benintendi’s bunt in the 10th inning, sending the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the White Sox. Kansas City forced extra innings on Carlos Santana’s home run leading off the ninth. Greg Holland worked two scoreless innings for the win, and Kyle Zimmer tossed a perfect 10th for his first career save.
 
– Logan Allen loaded the bases in the first inning but allowed just one run and two hits over five frames to lead the Indians to a 5-2 victory and a three-game sweep of the Tigers. Allen needed 33 pitches to get through the first but escaped major damage after hitting Robbie Grossman, walking two and giving up a bloop RBI single to Jeimer Candelario. Detroit scored just six times in the series and played the finale without Miguel Cabrera, who was placed on the injured list with strained biceps.
 
– Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of five-hit ball while outpitching Max Scherzer in the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Nationals. Rookie Zach McKinstry homered and drove in all three runs for the defending World Series champion Dodgers, who are off to a major league-best start of 8-2 after sweeping Washington. Scherzer threw six innings of three-hit ball with five strikeouts and a walk, but he left trailing 1-0 following McKinstry’s double in the second.
 
– The Padres completed a three-game sweep as Trent Grisham and Manny Machado homered in a 2-0 shutout of the Rangers. Craig Stammen led a parade of six effective San Diego relievers after starter Adrian Morejon left early with an injury. Stammen took over and pitched through the fourth inning, his longest appearance since May 2017.
 
– There also was a three-game sweep in San Francisco as Anthony DeSclafani and three relievers combined to scatter eight hits in the Giants’ 4-0 shutout of the Rockies. DeSclafani struck out eight and gave up six hits in six innings. Brandon Belt and Alex Dickerson homered for the Giants, and Evan Longoria had two hits and two RBIs.
 
– Luke Weaver retired the first 17 batters he faced and Eduardo Escobar homered for the fourth straight game as the pair carried the Diamondbacks to a 7-0 win against the Reds. Weaver took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a broken-bat single to Eugenio Suarez, whose ground ball found a hole up the middle. The right-hander hit Alex Blandino with a pitch with two out in the sixth, the first of three baserunners he allowed over seven innings of work.
 
– The Brewers hammered the Cardinals, 9-3 as Avisail Garcia homered for the second day. Travis Shaw belted a three-run homer and Manny Pina added a two-run shot in Milwaukee’s fourth win in five games. Brett Anderson allowed a run and five hits over five innings, but Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado singled off him to run his hitting streak to nine games.
– JT Brubaker pitched into the sixth inning and had the first three RBIs of his career to lead the Pirates over the Cubs 7-1. Brubaker allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings and supplied a two-run single to cap a three-run second that gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds had the third four-hit game of his career.
 
– Didi Gregorius crushed a three-run homer and had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth to help the Phillies snap the Braves’ four-game winning streak, 7-6. Alec Bohm doubled in the ninth and scored the tiebreaking run, although it appeared he didn’t get his foot on the plate against catcher Travis d’Arnaud’s tag attempt. Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phillies, who had lost three of four.
 
– The Mets and Marlins were postponed by rain in New York, as were the Blue Jays and Angels in Dunedin, Florida. Mets starter Marcus Stroman was particularly upset that his game actually started in a steady rain before it was stopped after nine pitches, potentially preventing him from pitching again until the weekend. Stroman was worried about the safety of his teammates.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders continue to share the NHL’s East Division lead following victories by both teams. TJ Oshie, Conor Sheary and Lars Eller each scored twice as the Capitals crushed the Bruins, 8-1. Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd each had one of the season-high goals scored by the Capitals in their first victory in regulation against Boston this season. Rookie Vitek Vanecek stopped 34 shots, but lost a chance for his second shutout when Craig Smith scored a power-play goal 3 minutes into the third.

 
The Isles pulled out a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Ryan Pulock’s goal 73 seconds into overtime. The Islanders blew a 2-0 lead before Pulock netted his first goal of the season. Kyle Palmieri and JG Pageau scored in the first period for the Islanders, who have won eight of 11 and are 18-2-2 at home.
 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Colton Sceviour scored two quick goals just hours after coming off waivers, helping the Penguins post a 5-2 win over the Devils. Bryan Rust scored a controversial goal and Jake Guenzel added two late ones as the Penguins won their third straight and improved to 9-2-1 in their last 12. Tristan Jarry was outstanding, making 28 saves.
 
– Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Asplund scored 25 seconds apart before Buffalo added an empty-netter to complete the Sabres’ 5-3 comeback win at Philadelphia. Shayne Gostisbehere scored early in the third period, and the lead held up until Skinner beat Carter Hart with 3:03 remaining.
 
– Nathan MacKinnon stretched his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist in Colorado’s 4-1 victory over the Ducks. MacKinnon has seven goals and eight assists during his streak, the longest for the Avalanche this season. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists as the Avs won for the seventh time in eight games.
 
– The Golden Knights came away with a 1-0 win over the Coyotes as Tomas Nosek scored the game’s lone goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 14 shots. Fleury snapped a season-high three-game losing streak and tied Ed Belfour for fourth in NHL history with 484 wins. Adin Hill stopped 28 shots and blanked Vegas until Nosek beat him midway through the third period.
 
– Ryan Johansen was the lone scorer in the shootout as the Predators posted a 3-2 win over the Stars. Ryan Ellis and Yakov Trenin tallied in regulation for Nashville, which has won four of five. Roope Hintz and Jamie Oleksiak lit the lamp for Dallas in its first loss in three games.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler has a torn ACL in his left knee that requires season-ending surgery. Fowler was hurt when he took an awkward step on second base in Friday’s game against Toronto. The Angels initially thought Fowler had avoided a serious injury until an MRI exam on Saturday found the tear.

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NHL-TRADE

UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Maple Leafs have added Nick Foligno before Monday’s NHL trade deadline. The Blue Jackets have shipped Foligno to the Leafs for a 2021 first- and 2022 fourth-round pick, part of a three-team swap with the Sharks. Toronto also acquired forward Stefan Noesen from San Jose, which got a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft for retaining 25% of Foligno’s salary. The 33-year-old Foligno has seven goals and 16 points in 42 games this season. He was in his sixth season as the Columbus captain.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNG

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Texas Tech junior guard Mac McClung intends to go through the NBA draft process while the team’s leading scorer from last season also has his name in the NCAA transfer portal. The Georgetown transfer’s decision is the latest in the potential exodus of key players since coach Chris Beard took the job at Texas. Texas Tech assistant Mark Adams was promoted to take Beard’s place. McClung and fellow junior guard Kyler Edwards are in the transfer portal.

 
 
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