K-Heart Sports

 
K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 012521 – 0700
 
UNDATED (AP) – Guess who’s going back to the Super Bowl? Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are NFC champions following a 31-26 win at Green Bay. Their next opponent is the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs, who earned a 38-24 win over Buffalo in the AFC championship game. The game will be held on Feb. 7 in Tampa. Brady overcame interceptions on three straight drives by throwing for 280 yards and three touchdowns in reaching the Super Bowl for the 10th time in his career. Scotty Miller grabbed a 39-yard scoring strike with just one second left in the first half, putting the Bucs ahead 21-10. Brady struck again 66 seconds into the third quarter, hitting Cameron Brate for an eight-yard TD that made it 28-10
 
The Bucs earned their franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since their 2002 championship season. After winning three straight playoff games on the road, Tampa Bay will become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its own stadium.
 
Green Bay trailed 31-23 and had first-and-goal from the 8 in the last few minutes. But after Aaron Rodgers threw three straight incompletions, the Packers settled for Mason Crosby’s 26-yard field goal with 2:05 left despite owning all three of its timeouts. Rodgers fell to 1-4 in conference championship games as a starting quarterback. He was 33 of 48 for 346 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
 
The Chiefs will make consecutive Super Bowl appearances after going 50 years without one. Patrick Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, with most of it to favorite targets Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Kelce finished with 13 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Hill added nine catches for 172 yards. They became the first duo in NFL history with consecutive games of at least 100 yards receiving each in a single postseason. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams added short TD runs for Kansas City.
 
Josh Allen finished with 287 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception, but a big chunk of his numbers came as the Bills tried to rally from a 38-15 deficit in the final minutes. The Chiefs actually spotted the Bills a 9-0 lead, thanks in large part to Mecole Hardman’s muffed punt inside their 5 that gifted Buffalo a touchdown.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The NBA’s two best teams right now play their home games at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers picked up their seventh straight win and pulled even with the Lakers in the overall standings with a 108-100 victory over the Thunder. Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and Serge Ibaka added 17 as the Clippers improved to 13-4. Leonard also had nine rebounds and eight assists for L.A., which led by as many as 17 before extending the winning streak.

 
Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:
 
– Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists pushed the Bucks past the Hawks, 129-115. Bobby Portis added 21 points, and Khris Middleton had 19 in Milwaukee’s first win in three games.
 
– The Celtics ended their three-game skid as Jaylen Brown furnished 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter of a 141-103 thrashing of the Cavaliers. Kemba Walker added 21 points and Daniel Theis (tys) had 17 for the Celts, who carried a 73-51 edge into intermission.
 
– OG Anunoby scored a season-high 30 points and made three free throws in the final minute to break a tie and help the surging Raptors beat the Pacers, 107-102. Fred VanVleet added 21 points for the Raptors, who have won two straight and five of six since a 2-8 start.
 
– Damian Lillard had 39 points, including six 3-pointers as the Trail Blazers defeated the Knicks, 116-113. Anfernee Simons added 16 off the bench for the Blazers, who led by as many as 25 points but saw their advantage slip away in the final quarter.
 
– Gordon Hayward capped his 39-point performance by hitting a tiebreaking layup with 0.7 seconds left, giving the Hornets a 107-104 comeback victory over the Magic. Miles Bridges added 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting to help Charlotte erase a 14-point deficit and end a four-game losing streak.
 
– The Spurs were 121-101 winners over the Wizards as Patty Mills scored 21 points and Lonnie Walker IV added 16. Bradley Beal scored 31 points for Washington, which was playing for the first time since Jan. 11 due to COVID-19 protocols.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Chicago Blackhawks rookie Pius Suter was looking for his first NHL goal when he went to United Center Sunday morning. He now has his first hat trick after leading the Hawks to a 6-2 rout of Detroit. Suter scored the game’s first two goals and added a third-period tally in his sixth career game. Connor Murphy and Mattias Janmark each had a goal and an assist as Chicago swept its two-game set with Detroit after beginning the season with four straight losses in Florida.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Linus Ullmark turned back 28 shots before stopping all three Washington shootout attempts to secure the Sabres’ second win in six games, 4-3. Colin Miller, Victor Olfosson and Eric Staal each scored on the power play to back Ullmark, who picked up his first win of the season just days after the death of his father.
 
– The Devils were 2-0 winners over the Islanders as Scott Wedgewood turned back 28 shots in his third career shutout and first NHL win in over three years. Ty Smith assisted on goals by Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha as the Devils improved to 3-1-1.
 
– Jake Guentzel scored the 100th NHL goal with 1:31 left to rally the Penguins to their fourth win in a row, 3-2 over the Rangers. Bryan Rust also scored and Tristan Jarry made 20 saves for the Penguins, who started 4-0 at home for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
 
– Joe Pavelski helped the Dallas Stars tie the NHL record for power-play goals in the first two games, scoring once while the Stars went 3-for-4 with the man advantage in a 3-2 verdict over Nashville. Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz also scored on the power play after the Stars went 5 of 8 with the man advantage in a 7-0 thumping of the Predators.
 
– Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists to back Jonathan Quick’s 28-save effort in the Kings’ 6-3 downing of the Blues. Alex Iafallo, Carl Gundstrom, Gabriel Vilardi, Lias Andersson and Drew Doughty each scored as Los Angeles earned a split of its two-game set in St. Louis.
 
– The Golden Knights squeezed out a 1-0 win over the Coyotes on William Karlsson’s with 42 seconds left in regulation. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 16 shots in a tight-checking game after the two teams combined for 20 goals in the first three of four straight against each other.
 
– Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored before Hampus Lindholm added an empty-netter to secure the Ducks’ win over the Avalanche, 3-1. John Gibson made 32 saves and improved to 2-0-2 in his last four starts.
 
– Brent Burns supplied the tiebreaking goal with 1:48 remaining before the Sharks completed a 5-3 decision over the Wild. Ryan Donato, Evander Kane and Noah Gregor scored for San Jose before Matt Nieto (mee-EH’-toh) added an empty-net goal.
 
– Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal with Toronto and Morgan Reilly had assists on each Maple Leafs goal in a 3-2 decision over the Flames. Jake Muzzin got his first goal of the season, Auston Matthews also scored and Mitch Marner added two assists for the Leafs.
 
– Leon Draisaitl tallied with less than a second left to give the Oilers a 4-3 triumph over the Jets. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kyle Turris, and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for Edmonton, which received a 35-save effort from Mikko Koskinen.
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GOLF-TOURNAMENTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Si Woo Kim birdied two of the final three holes to close out an 8-under 64 and win The American Express for his third PGA Tour victory. Kim began the final round with a share of the lead as he attempted to win for the first time since the 2017 Players Championship. The 25-year-old South Korean didn’t flinch when Patrick Cantlay shot a 61 and surged out of 13th place to the front while breaking the Stadium Course record by two strokes. Playing six groups behind Cantlay, Kim comfortably birdied the par-5 16th to pull even, then buried a 19-foot birdie putt on the island green on the 17th to take the lead.
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LPGA-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Jessica Korda closed with a 5-under 66 and holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Danielle Kang in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Korda won for the sixth time on the LPGA Tour, and the first in nearly three years. She shot a career-best 60 on Saturday to surge up the leaderboard. Kang started the final round which she quickly stretched to four shots with an opening birdie before Korda dropping a shot on the third hole.
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NFL-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen says he’s ending his 14-year NFL career to join Fox as a game analyst. The 35-year-old Olsen played for the Bears, Panthers and Seahawks. He spent nine seasons with Carolina, catching 524 passes for 6,463 yards and 39 touchdowns. Overall, he made 742 receptions for 8,683 yards and 60 TDs.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Eagles have officially announced the hiring of Nick Sirianni as their new coach. Sirianni was the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts the past three seasons. He worked under coach Frank Reich, who was offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when the Eagles won the Super Bowl three years ago.
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MLB-YANKEES-PIRATES TRADE

NEW YORK (AP) – The Yankees have made a second offseason addition to their starting rotation, acquiring right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pirates for four prospects. The 29-year-old Taillon hasn’t pitched since May 2019 following his second Tommy John surgery. He is 29-24 with a 3.67 ERA over four major league seasons. Taillon joins a rotation headed by Gerrit Cole and is projected to include Deivi Garcia, Jordan Montgomery and Corey Kluber, who has a pending $11 million, one-year contract subject to a successful physical. In addition, Luis Severino is expected to return from Tommy John surgery last Feb. 27 and Domingo German is expected back from a domestic violence suspension that caused him to miss last season. This deal makes it less likely the Yankees will re-sign Masahiro Tanaka, who became a free agent.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-WTA-AUSTRALIAN OPEN
 
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The WTA has announced a new tournament in Melbourne for players undergoing a 14-day quarantine without an opportunity to practice ahead of the Australian Open beginning Feb. 8. A total of 72 players remain in hard lockdown after three chartered flights to the Australian Open returned positive COVID-19 cases. WTA players in hard quarantine include former Australian Open champions Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber as well as 2019 U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu.
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NHL-OBIT-ARMSTRONG
 
TORONTO (AP) – Longtime Toronto Maple Leafs captain and Hockey Hall of Famer George Armstrong has died at age 90. Armstrong spent 12 of his 21 seasons with the Leafs as captain, winning four Stanley Cups in the 1960s. The franchise leader in games played scored 296 goals and 713 points and remains the last captain to win a Stanley Cup with the team. Armstrong was one of the first players of Indigenous descent to play professional hockey. The Maple Leafs said he died of heart complications, citing his family.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – SUNDAY – 012421 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot High boys basketball team improved to 10-1 with a win over Mandan yesterday.
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#3 Minot 81, Mandan 75
#4 Bismarck High 89, Bismarck Century 53
#5 Jamestown 76, Turtle Mountain 56
 
Class B
Shiloh Christian 66, #8 Powers Lake 52
Velva 61, Wilton-Wing 47
Burke County 68, North Shore-Plaza 56
Trenton 41, Ray 38
Hazen 62, Hettinger-Scranton 43
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 67, Bismarck High 51
Jamestown 82, Turtle Mountain 36
 
Class B
#5 Glenburn 63, T-G-U 29
#8 Wilton-Wing 67, Grant County 59
Westhope-Newburg 50, South Prairie 41
Dunseith 66, Velva 54
Tioga 36, Berthold 25
Garrison 56, Surrey 40
Washburn 65, Max 29
Shiloh Christian 53, Four Winds-Minnewaukan 48
Rolette 43, Rolla 41
Dickinson Trinity 50, Stanley 27
North Shore-Plaza 45, Burke County 26
 
High School Boys Hockey
Bottineau-Rugby 5, Dickinson 2
Bismarck Century 9, Hazen-Beulah 0
 
High School Girls Hockey
Grand Forks 2, Minot 1
Williston 2, Devils Lake 1
Mandan 2, West Fargo United 0
Fargo Davies 6, Bismarck 1
 
High School Boys Swimming & Diving
Minot Invite
1. Minot, 691
2. Bismarck Legacy, 356
3. Bismarck High, 342
4. Mandan, 308
 
High School Boys Wrestling
 
Class A
Bismarck Century 40, Dickinson 34
Bismarck St. Mary’s 42, Dickinson 30
Jamestown 50, Williston 21
Williston 57, Turtle Mountain 21
Jamestown 68, Turtle Mountain 12
Jamestown 73, Watford City 6
 
Class B
Bishop Ryan 54, Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 21
Bishop Ryan 30, MonDak 12
Bishop Ryan 58, Williams County 12
Velva 48, Bishop Ryan 29
Velva 60, Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 15
Velva 36, MonDak 6
Velva 60, Williams County 10
Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 48, Williams County 30
Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 18, MonDak 9
Williams County 30, MonDak 18
 
Northern Light Quad
Northern Lights 102
Des Lacs-Burlington 65
Stanley 54.5
Rugby 32.5
 
 
College Mens Basketball
Minot State 77, Minnesota-Crookston 72
South Dakota State 85, North Dakota 74
North Dakota State 84, Denver 58
 
College Womens Basketball
Minot State 59, Minnesota-Crookston 47
South Dakota State 66, North Dakota 44
North Dakota State 74, Denver 56
 
College Mens Hockey
Minot State 14, Midland University 4
 
College Womens Hockey
Minot State 2, Midland University 1
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WOLVES-PELICANS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Naz Reid scored 20 points to lead a balanced offensive effort and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Pelicans 120-110. Anthony Edwards scored 18 points and Jared Vanderbilt set career highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game skid. Jarrett Culver and Malik Beasley each scored 16 points, and Jordan McLaughlin added 11. Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 30 points. Eric Bledsoe added 28 and Zion Williamson finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Ninth-ranked Kansas finds itself in the the midst of its first three-game losing streak in almost eight years. The Jayhawks absorbed a 75-68 loss to Oklahoma, the Sooners’ second win this month over a top-10 opponent. De’Vion Harmon provided 22 points for the Sooners, who have won three of their last four meetings with the Jayhawks in Norman. Austin Reaves scored all 16 of his points after halftime, including a pair of free throws down the stretch. Oklahoma went 8-for-8 from the line in the final 1:36 to wrap up the win. Marcus Garrett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks, who were limited to two offensive rebounds. Jalen Wilson added 13 points for Kansas.

 
In other Top-25 action Saturday:
 
– Top-ranked Gonzaga is 15-0 after Drew Timme provided 22 points and seven rebounds in a 95-49 laugher against Pacific. Corey Kispert chipped in 16 points and seven boards for the Bulldogs, who opened the second half on a 17-4 run to take a 44-point lead.
 
– Jared Butler pumped in 22 points and second-ranked Baylor improved to 14-0 by beating Oklahoma State, 81-69 at Stillwater. Butler was 6 of 7 from 3-point range, leaving him 13 of 16 in his last two games.
 
– Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore scored 15 points apiece as No. 3 Villanova rolled to a 71-56 win against Providence and improved to 10-1. The Wildcats led by just three before opening the second half on a 26-11 run.
 
– Xavier Pinson furnished 27 points to lead No. 19 Missouri to a 73-64 victory over sixth-ranked Tennessee. Pinson became the first opponent to score more than 20 points against the Volunteers this season.
 
– Eighth-ranked Houston won its sixth in a row by getting 15 points apiece from Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes in a 68-51 win at Temple. They each hit three 3s and Grimes had nine rebounds for the 13-1 Cougars.
 
– E.J. Liddell scored 20 points and 15th-ranked Ohio State never trailed in a 74-62 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin at Madison. The Badgers were 7-for-28 from beyond the arc in allowing the Buckeyes to beat a top-15 team for the third straight road game.
 
– Denzel Mahoney dropped in 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton shot 58% in the second half to pull away in a 74-66 win against No. 23 Connecticut. Marcus Zegarowski scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and Damien Jefferson added 12 as the Bluejays halted a two-game skid.
 
– Sam Hauser scored 11 of his 22 points during a 15-2, second-half run that allowed 13th-ranked Virginia to escape with a 64-62 triumph over Georgia Tech. Kihei Clark was shut out before nailing a jumper that broke a 62-all tie with 69 seconds to play.
 
– Miles McBride scored 18 and No. 14 West Virginia turned 28 Kansas State turnovers into 26 points for a 69-47 drubbing of the Wildcats. Jalen Bridges finished with 12 points and Taz Sherman 10 in the Mountaineers’ first game in two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols.
 
– Herbert Jones had 17 points and seven assists to guide streaking Alabama to an 81-73 decision over Mississippi State. Freshman guard Joshua Primo scored 16 points for the 18th-rated Crimson Tide, who have won nine in a row and are 8-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1986-87.
 
– Syracuse pulled off an upset as Quincey Guerrier delivered 20 points and Mark Doelzaj chipped in 20 to lead a 78-60 thumping of No. 16
Virginia Tech. Orange forward Alan Griffin had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks for his fourth double-double of the season.
 
– Maryland beat a ranked Big Ten foe on the road for the third time this season as Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals in a 63-49 stifling of No. 17 Minnesota. Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins, who’ve three conference wins have come against 10th-ranked Wisconsin, 22nd-rated Illinois and the Golden Gophers.
 
– Florida State hammered No. 20 Clemson, 80-61 as Balsa Koprivica had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Sardaar Calhoun added a career-best 13 points for the 9-2 Seminoles, who used an early 15-2 run to take control in their fourth win in a row.
 
– Abdul Alatishe had 14 points and 15 rebounds in Oregon State’s 75-64 upset at No. 21 Oregon. Beavers guard Ethan Thompson led all scoring with 19 points.
 
– Oscar da Silva scored off an inbound pass as time expired in overtime to lift Stanford over No. 24 UCLA. 73-72. Da Silva finished with 26 points in helping the Cardinal deal the Bruins their first conference loss.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Anthony Davis made another enjoyable return to his hometown while helping the Los Angeles Lakers move to the top of the NBA’s overall standings. The Lakers are 13-4 overall and 9-0 on the road after Davis pumped in a season-high 37 points on 14 of 21 shooting in a 101-90 win at Chicago. Davis scored 26 points in the highest scoring half by a Laker this season as Los Angeles grabbed a 63-33 lead. LeBron James added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Lakers’ eighth straight win over the Bulls.

 
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
 
– It’s now an eight-game winning streak for the Jazz after Donovan Mitchell’s 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists highlighted a 127-108 romp over the Warriors. Mike Conley scored 17 points and hit five 3s for Utah, which led by 30 at halftime and opened a 40-point bulge early in the fourth quarter.
 
– Joel Embiid dropped in 33 points, grabbed 14 boards and hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to secure the 76ers’ 114-110 verdict over the Pistons. Ben Simmons added 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Eastern Conference leaders.
 
– Kevin Durant poured in 31 points and Kyrie Irving added 28 as the Nets topped the Heat, 128-124. James Harden finished with 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Nets won for the first time with their three superstars playing together.
 
– Eric Gordon delivered a season-high 33 points and DeMarcus Cousins had his best game for Houston in a 133-108 thrashing of the Mavericks. Cousins finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, while John Wall had seven points and eight assists after missing five straight games with right knee soreness.
 
– Denver and Phoenix played extra basketball for the second straight day before the Nuggets prevailed, 120-112 in double-overtime. Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 22 rebounds for the Nuggets, who forced overtime on Jamal Murray’s difficult 3-pointer as regulation expired.
 
– Naz Reid contributed 20 points to lead a balanced offensive effort in the Timberwolves’ 120-110 downing of the Pelicans. Anthony Edwards scored 18 points and Jared Vanderbilt set career highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds in Minnesota’s first win in five games.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup champs on Saturday, hours after dealing their most dynamic forward. Elvis Merzlikens stopped 30 shots and the Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period of their win over the Lightning, 5-2. Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko and Vladislav Gavrikov provided first-period goals, with Foligno beating Andrei Vasilevskiy 17 seconds after Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman opened the scoring early in the contest. The Jackets played hours after sending disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Jets for forward Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) and Jack Roslovic. Dubois and Laine had been seeking trades.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron had two goals apiece for the Bruins in their first lopsided win of the season, 6-1 over the Flyers. Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist in the second period to break open a 1-1 tie.
 
– Torey Krug notched his first St. Louis goal and David Perron added a goal and an assist, in a 4-2 victory over the Kings. Jordan Binnington stopped 21 shots and moved to 3-1-1.
 
– Corey Perry scored in his Canadiens debut and Montreal finished 4-0-2 on their season-opening road trip by besting the Canucks, 5-2. Nick Suzuki, Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Joel Edmundson also tallied to support Carey Price’s 350th career win.
 
– The Jets scored for unanswered goals in the third period to double up the Senators, 6-3. Andrew Copp sandwiched his two goals around Paul Stastny’s game-winner with 4:15 remaining.
 
In other NHL news:
 
– Stars captain Jamie Benn missed practice a day after his right leg buckled during a collision in Friday’s season-opening rout of the Predators. Coach Rick Bowness says Benn is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Green Bay Packers have elevated recent cornerback acquisition Tramon Williams to their active roster for Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move Saturday comes two days after the Packers announced they had signed Williams to their practice squad. The 37-year-old Williams was waived by the Ravens on Monday, two days after their 17-3 AFC divisional playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills. Williams previously played for the Packers from 2007-14 and 2018-19

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – All-Star outfielder George Springer has finalized his $150 million, six-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming the most prominent free agent to reach an agreement this offseason. The 31-year-old Springer received the largest deal in team history, topping outfielder Vernon Wells’ $126 million, seven-year contract in 2006. Springer had spent his entire seven-season career with Houston and was the World Series MVP when the Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games for their first title in 2017. Springer hit .265 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs during the shortened 2020 season.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Cubs have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Austin Romine.
 
– The Astros have traded left-hander Cionel Perez to the Reds for minor league catcher Luke Berryhill. The 24-year-old Perez pitched seven games in relief last season, going 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA.
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PANDEMIC OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN ATHLETICS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s highly-ranked basketball programs are on hiatus, as is the rest of the athletic department. The school has been told to pause all sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued the mandate Saturday, with the school saying it follows positive COVID-19 tests for several individuals linked to the athletic department. They had the new variant that transmits at a higher rate. The entire department could be in quarantine for two weeks. The 11th-ranked women’s basketball team was set to play at home against Purdue on Sunday. The seventh-ranked men’s basketball team wasn’t supposed to play until Wednesday at Penn State.

 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 012321 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The area sports calander was full on Friday and included a bit of an upset as the #5 Glenburn girls basketball team suffered their first loss of the season making their record now 11-1.
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
Bismarck Legacy 72, Bismarck St. Mary’s 58
Turtle Mountain 83, Williston 52
 
Class B
#6 Dunseith 81, Westhope-Newburg 79
Velva 65, Carrington 49
T-G-U 66, Drake-Anamoose 59
Trenton 60, North Shore-Plaza 41
Ray 49, Parshall 45
Stanley JV 70, Alexander 40
Burke County 68, Trinity Christian 38
Divide County 57,Tioga 26
Beulah 70, Richardton-Taylor 23
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
Mandan 70, Minot 62
Bismarck Legacy 83, Bismarck St. Mary’s 49
 
Class B
Bishop Ryan 44, #5 Glenburn 29
#6 Kenmare 67, Powers Lake 27
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 52, Our Redeemer’s 45
Surrey 47, South Prairie 44
Des Lacs-Burlington 60, Berthold 38
Drake-Anamoose 54, T-G-U 52
Parshall 66, Ray 35
Central McLean 46, Beulah 41
Tioga 41, Divide County 19
Trenton 71, North Shore Plaza 19
Dunseith 83, Westhope-Newburg 42
Four Winds-Minnewauken 71, Harvey-Wells County 53
North Star 42, Rolette 36
 
 
High School Boys Hockey
Bottineau-Rugby 8, Hazen-Beulah 2
 
High School Girls Hockey
Bismarck 6, Jamestown 3
Grand Forks 4 Williston 3
Mandan 2, West Fargo United 1 SO
 
High School Girls Gymnastics
 
Mandan Starstruck Invite
1. Bismarck Legacy, 143.225
2. Valley City, 139.775
3. Bismarck Century, 128.700
4. Mandan, 126.125
5. Minot, 120.225
6. Bismarck High, 64.750
 
All-around winner: Joanne Lee, Legacy, 36.125
 
 
High School Boys Swimming & Diving
Minot 130, Williston 53
 
Jamestown 106, Dickinson 74
Capital City Triangular
1. Bismarck Century, 435
2. Bismarck High, 389
3. Bismarck Legacy, 363
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Jamestown 33, Minot 28
 
College Mens Basketball
Minot State 72, Minnesota-Crookston 61
South Dakota State 92, North Dakota 73
North Dakota State 70, Denver 58
 
College Womens Basketball
Minot State 76, Minnesota-Crookston 45
South Dakota State 81, North Dakota 52
Denver 62, North Dakota State 60
 
College Mens Hockey
Minot State 7, Midland University 4
 
College Womens Hockey
Minot State 3, Midland University 1
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MINOT STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
CROOKSTON, MN (MSU) -Sam Ohlrich led the way with career-high 20 points to lift Minot State to a 72-61 victory against the Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles on the road Friday. The Beavers (3-4, 1-2) had four players score in double figures, led by Ohlrich, who had a career-high 20 points and two blocks. Max Cody added 17 points and four assists and Melvin Newbern chipped in as well with his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Camron Dunfee added 11. MSU snaps a two-game losing skid with the victory.
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MINOT STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State held Minnesota-Crookston to only 19% shooting from the field as the Beavers throttled the Golden Eagles 76-45 at home Friday. The Beavers (1-4, 1-2) had three players score in double figures, led by Amber Stevahn, who secured a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lucy Chapman tacked on 11 points and Anna Counts chipped in as well with 10 points and seven rebounds.
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UND MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Noah Freidel had 24 points as South Dakota State got past North Dakota 92-73 on Friday night. Freidel hit 6 of 9 3-pointers. Luke Appel had 15 points for South Dakota State (9-3, 3-0 Summit League), which earned its fourth straight victory. Alex Arians added 12 points. Douglas Wilson had 12 points. Baylor Scheierman had 10 points and 10 rebounds. South Dakota State posted a season-high 21 assists. South Dakota State totaled 56 first-half points, a season best for the team.
 
Tyree Ihenacho had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Hawks (4-12, 3-4). Filip Rebraca added 14 points. Seybian Sims had 10 points. The Jackrabbits improve to 2-0 against the Fighting Hawks this season. South Dakota State defeated North Dakota 74-62 on Dec. 11.
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UND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
 
BROOKINGS, S.D (UND) – The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team fell, 81-52, to South Dakota State on Friday evening from Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D. In the first meeting since the 2020 Summit League Quarterfinal showdown, it was SDSU (12-2, 5-0 Summit League) who jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead and despite a strong third quarter from the Fighting Hawks (0-12, 0-6 Summit League), held on for the victory. It was another strong performance for Oliva Lane, leading the Fighting Hawks with 14 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting day for the sophomore. She was joined in double figures by her post mate Julia Fleecs, who bounced back from a tough first half to score 11 points in 28 minutes of action.
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NDSU MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Rocky Kreuser had 21 points and 10 rebounds as North Dakota State topped Denver 70-58 on Friday night. Kreuser shot 11 for 12 from the line. Jarius Cook had 16 points for North Dakota State (8-7, 8-2 Summit League). Sam Griesel added 13 points. Tyree Eady had 10 points and nine rebounds. Tristan Green had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Pioneers (1-11, 0-5), whose losing streak reached 11 games. Taelyr Gatlin added 11 points. Eric Moenkhaus had 10 points.
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NDSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The Denver Pioneers snapped the North Dakota State women’s basketball team’s five-game winning streak on Friday night, earning a 62-60 win at the Scheels Center. Sophomore Ryan Cobbins led the Bison with 18 points, tying a career high, as she went over 400 career points. Emily Dietz and Kadie Deaton each added nine points. Dietz and Cobbins each had nine rebounds, while Deaton had a season-high seven. With seven points, Michelle Gaislerova moved into 23rd in school history with 1,179 career points. Heaven Hamling and Kylie Strop each had two assists, a career-high for Strop. Anna Jackson led the Pioneers with 14 points. NDSU dropped to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in Summit League play, while Denver improved to 4-9 overall and 2-3 in league play.
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WILD-SHARKS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season to break a second-period tie, spurring the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Joel Eriksson Ek had an early goal for the Wild against former teammate Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk made 25 saves for the Sharks on the Minnesota ice he called home for the previous six years. Kevin Fiala and Jordan Greenway added empty-netters late for the Wild in their home opener. Matt Nieto scored for the Sharks.
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TWINS-HAPP
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins and pitcher J.A. Happ have finalized an $8 million, one-year contract. The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees. Acquired from Toronto at the 2018 trade deadline, the left-hander went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to finish 17-6. The Yankees then rewarded him with a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ was the second offseason addition by the Twins, who also added relief pitcher Hansel Robles to the team that has won the AL Central division in each of the last two years.รก
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TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Seventh-ranked Michigan is 13-1 after picking up a Big Ten road win. Isaiah Livers delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Wolverines topped Purdue, 70-53. Eli Brooks contributed 11 points for Michigan, which was never threatened after building a 34-21 halftime lead. Trevion Williams had team highs of 14 points and 10 boards for the Boilermakers.

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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Joel Embiid made sure the Philadelphia 76ers were able to beat the Boston Celtics for the second time in three days. Embiid followed his 42-point performance in Wednesday’s win by dropping 38 points on Boston while grabbing 11 rebounds in the Sixers’ 122-110 win. He made 14 of 15 from the free-throw line after Marcus Smart accused him two days earlier of flopping to get calls. Seth Curry provided 15 points in his return to the Sixers’ starting lineup following a seven-game absence because of a positive COVID-19 test.

 
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
 
– Kawhi Leonard pumped in 31 points and Paul George added 29 in the Clippers’ sixth consecutive win, 120-106 against the Thunder. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Los Angeles improve to 12-4, tying the Lakers for the NBA’s best record.
 
– Luka Doncic contributed 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Mavericks in a 122-117 win against the Spurs. Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points each for Dallas.
 
– Nikola Jokic scored 31 points and the Nuggets rallied to force overtime before outlasting the Suns, 130-126. Gary Harris added 19 points for Denver, which shot nearly 52% from the field and had six players scored in double figures.
 
– Trae Young scored a season-high 43 points and Clint Capella recorded a rare instance of a triple-double as the Hawks battered the Timberwolves, 116-98. Capella’s triple-double included 10 blocks to go with 13 points and 19 rebounds.
 
– Collin Sexton dropped in 25 points and had nine assists as the Cavaliers knocked off the Nets for the second time in three days, 125-113. Andre Drummond added 19 points and 16 rebounds to help Cleveland withstand Kyrie Irving’s 38 points for Brooklyn.
 
– Malcolm Brogdon capped his 23-point performance by draining the decisive 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in overtime, sending the Pacers past the Magic, 120-118. Jeremy Lamb and Myles Turner each scored 22 points, and Domantas Sabonis contributed 18 in the victory.
 
– The Raptors were 101-81 winners over the Heat as Norman Powell scored 23 points and OG Anunoby added 21. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Toronto, which never trailed on its way to avenging Wednesday’s loss to Miami.
 
– Harrison Barnes had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in carrying the Kings to a 103-94 victory over the Knicks. Sacramento made only three shots over the final six minutes but made up for it by going 7 of 8 on free throws down the stretch to end New York’s three-game winning streak.
 
– The Rockets were able to celebrate a 103-102 win over the Pistons after Jerami Grant’s driving layup on the final play came too late. Eric Gordon scored 20 points for Houston, which blew a 20-point lead before snapping a three-game losing streak.
 
– The Bulls picked up a 123-110 win over the Hornets behind Zach LaVine’s 25 points and nine assists. Lauri Markkanen chipped in with 23 points and Coby White added 18 with eight assists in Chicago’s third win in a row.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – For the Dallas Stars, the wait was worth it. Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov combined for seven points and the Stars finally opened their season by blowing out the Predators, 7-0. The Stars scored five times in the second period, three on power plays and once on Esa Lindell’s short-handed tally. Pavelski had four points in the rout, including a pair of power-play goals. Radulov delivered two goals and an assist while the Stars played in front of 4,200 fans, their first crowd since March. Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots in his first season-opening start, an assignment delayed after the Stars had to have four games postponed by a team COVID-19 outbreak.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– The Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit before Kris Letang notched the deciding shootout tally in a 4-3 win over the Rangers. Bryan Rust and Jared McCann collected their first goals of the season to help Tristan Jarry get his first win of the campaign.
 
– Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist and Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves through overtime before the Capitals finished off a 4-3 shootout win over the Sabres. Nicklas Backstrom and Nic Dowd also scored in regulation for the Capitals, who won the first of four games they must play without Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov because of pandemic protocols.
 
– The Avalanche pulled out a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Gabriel Landeskog’s goal 1:38 into overtime. Mikko Rantanen extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, Joonas Donskoi also scored to back Philipp Grubauer’s 36-save victory.
 
– Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season to break a second-period tie and spark the Wild’s 4-1 verdict over the Sharks. Joel Eriksson Ek had an early goal for the Wild against former teammate Devan Dubnyk, who made 25 saves for the Sharks on the Minnesota ice he called home for the previous six years.
 
– The Blackhawks earned their first win of the season as Patrick Kane furnished a goal and an assist in a 4-1 decision over the Red Wings. Andrew Shaw, Calvin de Haan and Mattias Janmark also scored for Chicago in its home opener after beginning the season with a four-game trip.
 
– Conor Garland had a goal and an assist and Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots for the Coyotes in a 5-2 downing of the Golden Knights. The Coyotes bounced back from a drubbing two nights earlier in Vegas with one of their best games of the early season, sending the Knights to their first loss.
 
– John Tavares broke a tie on a power play midway through the third period to help the Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 4-2. Adam Brooks scored his first NHL goal, Jimmy Vesey and Mitch Marner added goals and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves in Toronto’s fourth win in six games.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joe Thornton will miss at least four weeks because of a fractured rib. He was hurt during Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Oilers. He has been placed on long-term injured reserve, a move that helps the team’s salary-cap situation. Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe says that Auston Matthews also will sit out Friday night’s rematch against the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Jets have placed forwards Patrik Laine and Nate Thompson on injured reserve. Laine has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. Thompson suffered a lower-body injury Thursday in a win over the Ottawa Senators.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs will have their starting quarterback for the AFC championship game. Patrick Mahomes has been cleared from the league’s concussion protocol after his third consecutive day of practice and will be under center when Kansas City plays the Bills on Sunday. Mahomes was hurt in the third quarter of the Chiefs’ divisional-round win over Cleveland.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Bills are uncertain whether receiver Gabriel Davis will be available to play in the AFC championship game at Kansas City on Sunday. He sat out two midweek practices due to an ankle injury. Davis and defensive tackle Vernon Butler were listed as questionable after returning to practice on a limited basis Friday.
 
– The Buccaneers have bolstered their defense for Sunday’s NFC championship game by activating nose tackle Vita Vea from the reserve/injured list. The third-year pro is one of the top run-stoppers in the NFL but has been sidelined since early October with a broken ankle. But coach Bruce Arians says receiver Antonio Brown won’t make the trip to Green Bay because of a knee injury suffered during last week’s division playoff win over the Saints.
 
– Steelers tight end Vance McDonald is retiring after eight NFL seasons. The 30-year-old spent four seasons each with San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
 
– The Washington Football Team has hired Martin Mayhew as its general manager. He will report directly to Ron Rivera as part of the organization’s coach-centric front-office structure. Mayhew spent the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after stops with the Giants and Lions. The hiring of Mayhew makes Washington the only team in the NFL with a Black team president and GM.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Jurickson Profar is staying with the San Diego Padres, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person tells The Associated Press that Profar has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract. Profar hit a career-best .278 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with seven homers and 25 RBIs. He has a .238 average with 59 homers and 222 RBIs in seven major league seasons with Texas, Oakland and San Diego, missing the 2014 and 2015 campaigns due to a shoulder injury.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is returning to the Nationals after sitting out the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the one-year, $1 million contract would include additional bonus provisions. The 36-year-old Zimmerman has played 15 seasons in the majors, all for the Nationals. He helped the franchise win its first World Series title in 2019.
 
– A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Cubs have worked out a one-year, $1.5 million package with veteran catcher Austin Romine. The 32-year-old Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit last year.
 
– Utilityman Daniel Robertson has agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Brewers that allows him to earn an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses. Robertson batted .333 with no homers and two RBIs in 17 games with the Giants last season.
 
– Former Mets manager Davey Johnson is in a Florida hospital with COVID-19, according to former Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz. The 77-year-old Johnson was a four-time All-Star second baseman and managed the Mets to their last World Series title in 1986. He spent most of his playing career with the Orioles and Braves before managing the Mets, Reds, Orioles, Dodgers and Nationals.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO OLYMPICS

TOKYO (AP) – IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be canceled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears threatened again. The Times of London, citing unidentified government sources, reported that the games will have to be canceled. It quoted an unidentified senior member of the ruling government coalition. The IOC released a brief statement saying it is “fully concentrated on and committed to the successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this year.”

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NBCSN-SHUTTING DOWN

UNDATED (AP) – NBC will shut down the NBC Sports Network at the end of the year. The Network is best known for carrying NHL and English Premier League games as well as NASCAR and IndyCar races. It also carries a significant amount of programming during the Olympics. NBC will parcel out events between USA Network and its Peacock streaming service.

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MLB-OBIT-HANK AARON

ATLANTA (AP) – Hank Aaron is being remembered for the grace shown in the face of racism as the one-time home run king pursued Babe Ruth’s hallowed record nearly 50 years ago. Aaron died Friday at 86. Former presidents and fellow Hall of Famers recall his demeanor before and after hitting his 715th home run in Atlanta in 1974. Aaron endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth, breaking the career home run record in the pre-steroids era. Former President Barack Obama says he was “humble and hardworking” and unbowed by death threats and racist letters. Hall of Famer Chipper Jones calls him “transcendent person in American history.” Hall of famer Willie Mays says Aaron was “a great ballplayer who played hard every day and accomplished so much on and off the field.”

 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 012221 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – It was a full night of basketball in the area, including the Minot boys improving to 9-1 on the season.
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#3 Minot 94, Williston 52
Dickinson 85, Watford City 42
 
Class B
#8 Powers Lake 64, Kenmare 32
Bishop Ryan 66, Surrey 52
Our Redeemer’s 65, South Prairie 37
Berthold 45, Des Lacs-Burlington 44
Bottineau 64, Westhope-Newburg 58
Rugby 55, Nedrose 33
Dakota Prairie 63, Harvey-Wells County 29
Central McLean 75, Kidder County 71 2OT
Standing Rock 62, Washburn 52
White Shield 70, Trinity Christian 52
Glen Ullin-Hebron 67, Hazen 55
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#3 Watford City 62, Dickinson 61
 
Class B
#8 Wilton-Wing 41, Washburn 37
Velva 64, Nedrose 40
Bottineau 61, Rolla 56 OT
Benson County 53, Rugby 43
Garrison 41, Glen Ullin-Heabron 38
Beulah 60, Richardton-Taylor 36
Hazen 73, New England 40
Shiloh Christian 66, New Salem-Almont 22
Ray 53, Burke County 25
 
High School Boys Hockey
Minot 3, Bismarck High 0
Bismarck Century 3, Mandan 1
 
High School Girls Gymnastics
 
Mandan Starstruck Quadrangular
1. Jamestown, 144.000
2. Dickinson, 142.800
3. Breckenridge-Wahpeton, 127.350
4. Mandan, 125.000
 
All-around winner: Julia Skari of Jamestown, 36.400
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Minot 64, Mandan 12
Minot 52, Velva 25
Velva 42, Mandan 39
Bismarck High 58, Turtle Mountain 12
Bismarck High 57, Watford City 6
Jamestown 33, Bismarck St. Mary’s 32
 
College Mens Wrestling
Northern State 25, Minot State 13

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MVFC-REVISED SCHEDULE

 
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Valley Football Conference has revealed its updated 2021 spring football schedule. Indiana State opted out of the spring football season so the schedules needed to reworked. The MVFC will play a full 8-game schedule culminating the season with the NCAA Division I Football Championship, which begins with games on Saturday, April 24.
 
North Dakota State opens the season Sunday, Feb. 21, hosting Youngstown State. NDSU will also host three Saturday games against Illinois State on March 13, North Dakota on March 20 and South Dakota State on April 3. All four home games are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. NDSU’s road games are at Southern Illinois on Feb. 27, at Missouri State on March 6, at South Dakota on March 27, and at Northern Iowa on April 10.
 
The University of North Dakota begins the season on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Noon hosting Southern Illinois. The Fighting Hawks other home games include Feb. 27 at Noon against South Dakota State, March 5th at 5 pm against South Dakota, and April 3rd at 11 am agaist Missouri State. Road games for UND include March 13 at Western Illinois, March 20 at NDSU, March 27 at Youngstown State, and April 10 at Illinois State.
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VIKINGS-KUBIAK RETIRES
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has retired after a 36-year career as a player, coach and adviser in the NFL. The decision will force head coach Mike Zimmer to hire a sixth offensive coordinator in six seasons. Kubiak took over the role in 2020 after serving as an offensive adviser for the Vikings in 2019. He steered Minnesota’s most productive offense in more than a decade. The Vikings ranked fourth in the league in total yards and were tied for sixth in offensive touchdowns.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – A huge run allowed unranked Indiana to post its most impressive win of the season. The Hoosiers trailed 53-44 before reeling off a 22-3 spurt in an 81-69 victory at fourth-ranked Iowa. The Hawkeyes didn’t have a field goal for an 11-minute stretch until Joe Toussaint’s layup with 59.6 seconds remaining. Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 23 points despite second-half foul trouble. Rob Phinisee added 18 points for the Hoosiers, who ended the Hawkeyes’ five-game winning streak. Luka Garza led Iowa with 28 points and 12 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season.

 
In Thursday’s other Top-25 game:
 
– Cody Riley scored 13 points and No. 24 UCLA closed on a 7-2 run to pull out a 61-57 victory over California. Riley hit a go-ahead, basket and Jules Bernard followed with a 3-pointer that gave the Bruins a 59-55 lead. Bernard finished with 11 points to help the 12-2 Bruins overcome 14 turnovers.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers have made a successful start to their seven-game road trip by winning for the 12th time in 16 games. LeBron James pumped in a season-high 34 points and the Lakers bounced back from Monday’s meltdown against Golden State by downing the Bucks, 113-106 in Milwaukee. The Lakers shot 19 of 37 from 3-point range, with James going 6 of 10 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope making 7 of 10. Caldwell-Pope finished with 23 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, but he also committed nine turnovers. Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Khris Middleton finished with 20 for the Bucks, who have dropped two straight since a 9-4 start.

 
In Thursday’s other NBA action:
 
– The Jazz made it seven straight wins as Donovan Mitchell poured in a season-best 36 points in their 129-118 downing of the Pelicans. Mike Conley scored 20 points and Jordan Clarkson had 19 for Utah, which has the league’s longest active win streak. Joe Ingles made a fast break layup on a feed from Mitchell that capped a 21-2 run to give Utah a 96-80 lead with 4:27 to play in the third quarter.
 
– RJ Barrett had a career-high 28 points and the Knicks matched their longest winning streak of the season at three games by beating the Warriors, 119-104. Julius Randle added 16 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists to help New York continue its much-needed momentum following a five-game losing streak. Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored 30 points with five 3-pointers but shot just 9 of 19.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have continued their perfect start to the season. Brayden Point scored 1:56 into overtime to complete the Lightning’s 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead on goals by Blake Coleman and Mathieu Joseph 1:23 apart late in the second period. Columbus picked up a point courtesy of Nick Foligno’s power-play goal 47 seconds into the third. Andre Vasilevskiy stopped 23 shots for the Lightning, who have outscored their opponents 13-5 win winning their first three games. Joonas Korpisalo handled 34 shots for the Jackets.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– The Bruins scored four times in the third period before Jake DeBrusk delivered the lone shootout goal to give Boston a 5-4 triumph over the Flyers. The B’s didn’t take their first lead of the night until Nick Ritchie and Brandon Carlo scored in a 1:56 span late in regulation. James van Riemsdyk provided two goals for Philadelphia, including the tying tally.
 
– Jordan Eberle scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots as the Islanders won for the third time in four games, 4-1 over the Devils. Varlamov hadn’t allowed a goal in seven periods this season until Nathan Bastian beat him 2:10 in the second. Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists for New York, and Brock Nelson capped the scoring with a power-play goal.
 
– Adrian Kempe’s goal with 3:50 remaining was the winner as the Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Avalanche, 4-2. Drew Doughty and Gabriel Vilardi also scored against Hunter Miska, who was making his first NHL start. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist for Colorado.
 
– The Canadiens rolled to a 7-3 win at Vancouver to become the first team in 46 years to collect at least one point in its first five road games. Joel Armia had two goals and two assists to back Jake Allen, who needed to stop 14 shots in his 150th career victory. Tyler Toffoli had two more goals and an assist just a day after recording a hat trick against the Canucks.
 
– The Jets are 3-1 after Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 verdict over the Senators. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots and blanked Ottawa before Chris Tierney tallied with 2:57 remaining. Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg.
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NFL-CHIEFS-MAHOMES

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Patrick Mahomes is giving strong indication that he’ll be the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback for the AFC championship game Sunday against Buffalo. The 2018 NFL MVP took the majority of first-team reps in practice Thursday, even though he remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mahomes was initially listed as a full participant when he returned to practice Wednesday, but the Chiefs quickly corrected his status to limited because he remains in the protocol. He must be cleared by team physicians and an independent neural consult before the reigning Super Bowl MVP can be a full participant in practice or play in a game.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles appear to have found their next head coach. Two people familiar with the decision say the Eagles will hire Nick Sirianni, who has served as the Colts’ offensive coordinator since 2018. He worked under Indianapolis coach Frank Reich, who was offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when the Eagles won the Super Bowl three years ago. The 39-year-old Sirianni previously served as an assistant coach with the Chiefs and Chargers. The Eagles fired Doug Pederson following a 4-11-1 season, less than three years after he led the team to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title.

 
In other NFL moves:
 
– The Rams have hired Raheem Morris to be their new defensive coordinator. He replaces Brandon Staley, who became the Chargers’ head coach last weekend. Morris finished last season as the Atlanta Falcons’ interim head coach, going 4-7 as Dan Quinn’s temporary replacement.
 
– The Steelers have signed former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins to a futures contract, giving the 23-year-old a second chance after he flamed out in the nation’s capital in less than two seasons. 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft was ineffective on the field and a disruption off it, getting fined $40,000 and losing his captaincy for breaking COVID-19 rules by partying with several people without a mask. The signing comes as the Steelers await word on whether Ben Roethlisberger will return for an 18th season with the team.
 
– The Jaguars have hired Trent Baalke as general manager, removing the interim tag from his title and pairing him with new coach Urban Meyer. Baalke served as Jacksonville’s director of pro personnel in 2020, returning to a front-office role for the first time since San Francisco fired him and coach Chip Kelly following the 2016 season.
 
– The Packers have brought back veteran defensive back Tramon Williams and added him to their practice squad. The 37-year-old Williams played for the Packers from 2007-14 and from 2018-19.
 
– The Vikings say offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has retired after a 36-year career as an NFL player, coach and adviser. The Vikings ranked fourth in the league in total yards and tied for sixth in offensive touchdowns in their only season with Kubiak in charge of the offense. The decision was expected and will force head coach Mike Zimmer to hire a sixth offensive coordinator in six seasons.
 
– Former Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has died at 68 less than two years after being diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder. Thompson’s 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season. He drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that catcher Jason Castro has agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Houston Astros, pending completion of a successful physical. This will be Castro’s second stint with the team. He was selected in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft by the Astros and spent his first six MLB seasons with the team.

 
Elsewhere in the majors:
 
– Utilityman Daniel Robertson has agreed to a one-year, $900,000 package with the Brewers, a deal that allows him to earn an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses. Robertson batted .333 with no homers and two RBIs in 17 games with the Giants last season while making appearances at shortstop, second base, third base and the outfield.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies are the latest NBA team that will have a coronavirus-related extended break from games. The league announced Thursday that Memphis’ next three contests will be postponed because of a lack of available players. That decision came one day after the Grizzlies’ game at Portland was also called off.

 
Also around the NBA:
 
– Hornets starting center Cody Zeller is expected to return to action Friday night against the Chicago Bulls after missing four weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. Zeller went through a scrimmage on Wednesday and coach James Borrego has listed him as probable for the game.
 
– The Cavaliers are finalizing a trade to send troubled forward Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets for a protected second-round pick. That’s according a person familiar with the deal. Porter’s days with the Cavs came to an end late last week when he had an outburst in the team’s locker room after learning his space had been given to newly acquired forward Taurean Prince.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Capitals will be without three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin and three other prominent players for at least the next four games because of COVID-19 protocols. That announcement comes from coach Peter Laviolette and leaves the Caps without the quartet for two games each against the Sabres and Islanders. Ovechkin was placed on the league’s unavailable list Wednesday along with center Evgeny Kuznetsov, goaltender Ilya Samsonov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Laviolette indicated there was a positive virus test and the league did contact tracing. Washington was fined $100,000 for breaking pandemic protocol for the players being in a hotel room together unmasked.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-NCAA VIOLATIONS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Notre Dame’s football program is on NCAA probation until next January. The school admitted to recruiting violations in 2019 in which a now-former assistant had an impermissible in-person meeting with one prospect and sent impermissible text messages to another. Official recruiting visits will be reduced from 56 to 55 to this year and there will be cuts in number of days prospects can make unofficial campus visits.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 
UNDATED (AP) – Southern California postponed Thursday’s men’s basketball game against Stanford due to a suspected COVID-19-related issue within the Trojans program. The announcement came within an hour of the scheduled tip in Santa Cruz, California. The Pac-12 will work with both schools to try to reschedule. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 13, but was called off because of a case of COVID-19 within the USC program.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa says she has tested positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine in Australia, where she was preparing for Australian Open. The 23-year-old reached the fourth round at last year’s French Open. Badosa was among the 72 tennis players who have been placed under a stricter lockdown and are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms at all for two weeks after being on a flight with someone who tested positive upon arrival in Melbourne.

 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 012121 – 0700
 
 
MINOT, ND – West Fargo and Bismarck Century remain atop the Class A basketball polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class A Boys Basketball Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points LW
 

1. West Fargo (15) 9-0 95 1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (5) 10-1 82 2
3. Minot High 8-1 56 4
4. Bismarck High 8-2 34 3
5. Jamestown 8-2 32 5

Others receiving votes: Bismarck Legacy (7-3)

 
Class A Girls Basketball Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points LW
 
1. Bismarck Century (20) 8-0 100 1
2. Devils Lake 7-0 73 2
3. Watford City 9-1 65 3
4. Fargo Davies 9-1 42 4
5. Grand Forks Red River 7-3 17 5
 
Others receiving votes: Bismarck High (5-3), Bismarck Legacy (7-3), West Fargo (7-2)
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WILD-DUCKS
 
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist, including the game-winning score early in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild capped a successful season-opening road trip with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino also scored for Minnesota, a winner of three of its first four games. Kaapo Kahkonen made 22 saves. Nicolas Deslauriers and Cam Fowler scored for Anaheim, and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots.
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TIMBERWOLVES-MAGIC
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Cole Anthony hit a hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Orlando Magic stunned the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-96 to stop a six-game losing streak. Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and eight rebounds for Orlando. Evan Fournier added 24 points in his return to the lineup after missing nine games with lower back spasms. Minnesota led by 20 before the Magic slowly chipped away in the second half. Jarred Vanderbilt missed a pair of free throws with a chance to ice the game for the Timberwolves. D’Angelo Russell scored 19 points for the short-handed Wolves, who were without Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez as part of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
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TWINS-HAPP
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ have agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it. The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/2 seasons with the New York Yankees. Happ finished with a 2-2 record and 3.47 ERA in nine starts last year.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Tech returned from a 17-day layoff with one of its most impressive showings of the season. The Yellow Jackets routed No. 20 Clemson 83-65 as three players scored more than 20 points. Michael Devoe led the way with 22 points, while Moses Wright and Jordan Usher chipped in with 21 apiece. The Yellow Jackets built a nine-point halftime lead and led by as many as 22 to stretch its winning streak to five in a row. They handed the Tigers their second straight blowout loss. Aamir Simms led Clemson with 19 points.

 
Elsewhere in college basketball:
 
– Marcus Sasser scored 26 points, Quentin Grimes added 18 points and seven rebounds and No. 8 Houston avenged its only loss with an 86-59 win over Tulsa. Houston shot 43%, including 13 of 32 on 3-pointers. The Cougars outrebounded Tulsa 52-24 and held a 26-7 advantage in second-chance points.
 
– Nate Watson scored a career-high 29 points and Providence turned back Creighton each time it pulled close to beat the 11th-ranked Bluejays 74-70. Creighton lost its second straight after one of its worst offensive games of the season. The Friars built an early 17-point lead behind the strong inside play of the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Watson. Creighton battled back to 39-34 at halftime, fell behind by double digits in the second half and then made late runs that fell short.
 
– Tyler Wahl paced a balanced attack with 14 points and No. 10 Wisconsin pulled away in the second half for a 68-52 victory over Northwestern. The Badgers gained control with a 12-0 run midway through the second half. Micah Potter’s 3-pointer put Wisconsin up 56-39. Northwestern went scoreless for almost six minutes until Chase Audige’s 3-pointer made it 56-42 with 10:26 left. D’Mitrik Trice added 12 points, Brad Davison 11 and Potter 10 for Wisconsin. Audige had 16 points and Miller Kopp 10 for Northwestern, which has lost six straight.
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NBA SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Kyrie Irving returned from his personal “pause” to score 37 points in his first game with Kevin Durant and James Harden but the new-look, star-studded Brooklyn Nets struggled and lost 147-135 in double overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Collin Sexton scored 15 of his 42 points in the second OT – most of them over Irving – for the Cavs, who outplayed the Nets all night. Sexton dropped two 3-pointers and fed Taurean Prince for another in a span of 55 seconds as Cleveland put Brooklyn away. Durant led Brooklyn with 38 points and Harden added 21 for the Nets.

 
Elsewhere in the NBA:
 
– Stephen Curry had 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-99 while honoring new Vice President Kamala Harris and her Oakland roots. Rookie James Wiseman added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists and Draymond Green dished out six of the Warriors’ 31 assists. Golden State made it consecutive impressive wins after erasing a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter of a 115-113 road victory against the Lakers on Monday. Dejounte Murray scored 22 points to lead the Spurs, who had won the past three meetings with the Warriors and five of six.
 
– Deandre Ayton had season highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid. The Suns won for the first time since Jan. 9. Between the two losses, they had three games postponed because of health and safety protocols after playing at Washington. Devin Booker added 24 points for Phoenix. Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon had 22 points apiece for the Rockets. They have lost three of four since James Harden was traded to Brooklyn.
 
– Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, Paul George added 19 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 115-96 for their season-high fifth consecutive victory. The Clippers handed the Kings a 38-point loss at their place last Friday. A new week didn’t change anything. Sacramento dropped its fourth in a row and sixth of seven. The Kings were led by De’Aaron Fox with 25 points. The Clippers broke the game open with 34 points in the third quarter, when they had scoring runs of 9-0 and 13-0.
 
– Cole Anthony hit a hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Orlando Magic stunned the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-96 to stop a six-game losing streak. Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and eight rebounds for Orlando. Evan Fournier added 24 points in his return to the lineup after missing nine games with lower back spasms. Minnesota led by 20 before the Magic slowly chipped away in the second half. Jarred Vanderbilt missed a pair of free throws with a chance to ice the game for the Timberwolves.
 
– Joel Embiid had 42 points and 10 rebounds and Tobias Harris scored 22 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-109 win over the Boston Celtics. Embiid is off to the best start of his career and topped 40 points for the second time in three games. He made 12 of 19 from the floor and was 17 of 21 from the free-throw line. He did it in 34 minutes and scored 20 points in a half for the fifth time this season. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 26 points and Marcus Smart had 25.
 
– Kendrick Nunn scored 28 points and the injury-plagued Miami Heat pulled away in the second half for a 111-102 win over the Toronto Raptors. Bam Adebayo had 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Miami and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Nunn had scored just 33 points all season before his 18-point game on Monday night. He came off the bench in this one and shot 9 of 12 and had eight rebounds in 35 minutes. Fred VanVleet had 24 points and nine assists for the Raptors whose three-game winning streak ended.
 
– Trae Young scored 38 points, John Collins had 31 and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat Jerami Grant and the Detroit Pistons 123-115 in overtime. Grant had a career-high 32 points, including all of Detroit’s nine points in overtime, to continue his hot start to the season. Clint Capela had 27 points and a career-high 26 rebounds for Atlanta. Young scored 21 points in the third period, when Atlanta charged back after trailing by 14 points. The Pistons have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
 
– Kristaps Porzingis posted season-high totals of 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 124-112 victory at Indiana. Dallas was in control most of the game as it snapped a three-game losing streak against the short-handed Pacers. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 26 points and Domantis Sabonis had 25 points in Indiana’s first game with fans in the stands. Dallas took the lead for good on the final basket of the third quarter and pulled away with an 11-4 run in the fourth.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

TORONTO (AP) – Leon Draisaitl broke a tie on a power play midway through the third period in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Kailer Yamamoto was credited with the opening goal for Edmonton after the Maple Leafs fumbled the puck into their own net in the first. Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves, Josh Archibald scored into an empty net with 1:06 left, and Connor McDavid added two assists. Auston Matthews scored for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen made 19 saves.

 
Also in NHL action:
 
– Tomas Hertl scored the only goal in a four-round shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Marcus Sorensen scored the tying goal late in the second period and Martin Jones made 22 saves for the Sharks, who snapped a six-game losing streak to St. Louis that started in the 2019 playoffs. Jones denied all four Blues shooters in the tiebreaker. Brayden Schenn scored in his second consecutive game and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues. San Jose appeared to get the game-winner with 11 seconds left in overtime, but the officials quickly waved it off for goaltender interference on Ryan Donato. After a replay review, the call was upheld.
 
– Bo Horvat scored the shootout winner and the Vancouver Canucks overcame Tyler Toffoli’s hat trick and beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5. Horvat put a shot between the legs of Montreal goalie Carey Price to make the Canucks winners in their home opener. Horvat and Brock Boeser each finished with two goals and an assist for Vancouver in regulation. Tyler Motte also scored and J.T. Miller had three assists. In addition to Toffoli’s scoring, Jesper Kotkaniemi had a goal and an assist and Brendan Gallagher scored his first of the season in the loss.
 
– Shea Theodore scored two goals, Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 Wednesday night. It marks the first time the Golden Knights have started 4-0-0 in their four-year existence. They’re the first team in the NHL to reach four wins this season. Alex Tuch added a goal and two assists, Mark Stone had a goal and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal with Vegas. Nick Schmaltz and Phil Kessel scored for the Coyotes (1-2-1). Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Longtime NFL quarterback Philip Rivers has decided to retire after playing one season with the Indianapolis Colts. His decision at age 39 comes less than two weeks after the Colts suffered a 27-24 loss at Buffalo in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Rivers finishes his career ranked among the league’s top five in career completions, career yards passing and career TDs. His 240 consecutive regular-season starts was the second-longest streak since 1970, trailing only Brett Favre. He never played in a Super Bowl.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but he practiced in a limited capacity today, raising hopes that the reigning Super Bowl MVP can play in Sunday’s AFC title game against Buffalo.
 
– The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with Dan Campbell to be their coach. The Lions announced the agreement with the New Orleans Saints tight ends coach a day after formally introducing Brad Holmes as their general manager. A person familiar with the situation says Campbell will sign a six-year contract.
 
– The Browns can pick up Baker Mayfield’s fifth-year option this offseason and may look to sign him to a long-term contract. Before the Browns drafted him first overall in 2018, the team went through 29 starting quarterbacks. The team has until May to pick up Mayfield’s fifth-year option.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Outfielder Michael Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The deal is pending completion of a physical. Brantley spent the last two seasons in Houston after playing for Cleveland for his first 10 MLB seasons. Brantley hit .300 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 46 games in last year’s pandemic-shortened season.

 
Elsewhere in the majors:
– A person familiar with the negotiations says the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to contracts with free agent pitchers Kirby Yates and Tyler Chatwood. Yates received a $5.5 million, one-year deal with $4.5 million in potential performance bonuses. Chatwood agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with incentives that could take it to $5.5 million. Yates led the major leagues in saves in 2019 with 41 saves for San Diego and earned a place on the National League All-Star team. Chatwood went 2 – 2 with a 5.30 ERA in five starts with the Chicago Cubs last year.
 
– Reliever Wade Davis is returning to the Kansas City Royals, the team he helped pitch to the 2015 World Series title. Davis and the Royals agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract, and the 35-year-old right-hander will go to spring training trying to earn a spot on the major league roster. If added to the 40-man roster, Davis would get a one-year contract paying at a rate of $1.25 million while in the major leagues and $200,000 while in the minors.
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NBA NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Washington got back on the practice court Wednesday for the first time in more than a week, and Bradley Beal wondered if the Wizards need more time there before returning to game mode. The NBA apparently agreed. Not long after the league’s leading scorer said he believes the short-handed Wizards may be following “a recipe for injury” if they played Milwaukee as scheduled Friday night, the NBA said that game would be postponed in a move that simply gives Washington more time to get game-ready again.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The NHL has postponed games for the Carolina Hurricanes through “at least” Saturday after five Hurricanes players have been placed on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list, a day before the Hurricanes were set to host the Florida Panthers in their home opener. The teams were scheduled to play again Saturday afternoon. The league is reviewing and revising Carolina’s regular-season schedule.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– Three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin and three other Washington Capitals players have been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 list and the team has been fined $100,000 by the league for violating coronavirus protocols. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and top goalie Ilya Samsonov are the other Capitals who can’t practice for the time being. Five players from the Carolina Hurricanes also have been on that list and that team’s games were called off by the league through “at least” Saturday.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled in favor of New Orleans Pelicans player Zion Williamson in a case surrounding the validity of a contract he terminated with a Florida-based marketing agent who is seeking $100 million in damages from the former Duke star. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs in Winston-Salem ruled that marketing agent Gina Ford’s contract with Williamson was void because Ford was not licensed in North Carolina and because the contract did not comply with state laws meant to protect amateur athletes from being misled by sports agents.

 
In other virus-related postponements:
 
– The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that Saturday’s Pittsburgh-Boston College men’s basketball game has been postponed following a positive COVID-19 test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Boston College men’s program. No makeup date was given. The conference also said Pittsburgh’s men’s game at Wake Forest scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, will move to this Saturday evening.
 
– Georgetown’s men’s basketball game at Xavier scheduled for next week has been postponed because of a coronavirus-related issue in the Hoyas program. The game was supposed to be played Tuesday. No makeup date was announced.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UNDATED (AP) – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is stepping down at the end of June, ending an 11-year tenure in which the conference landed a transformational billion dollar television deal, but struggled to keep up in revenue and exposure with some of its Power Five peers. Sports Business Journal first reported the news Wednesday night and a person with knowledge of what was being called a mutual decision between Scott and university presidents who make up the league’s executive committee confirmed it to AP. Scott’s current contract was set to expire June 2022, but he will only finish out this academic year and assist with the transition to his successor.

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TENNIS-ADELAIDE-ASH BARTY

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) – Top-ranked Ash Barty is to return to the tennis court for something other than practice for the first time in 11 months. Barty says she plans to play in a one-day exhibition event in Adelaide which includes Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep. Called “‘A Day at the Drive,” the January 29 exhibition at Memorial Drive also features four of the top men’s players. The men’s lineup includes Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. Barty didn’t contest the U.S. Open or French Open last year because of travel restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OBIT-SADEK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Mike Sadek, a popular backup catcher who played all eight of his major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants, has died. He was 74. The team announced Sadek died Wednesday in San Andreas, California, following a short illness. Sadek was a .226 career hitter with five home runs and 74 RBIs in 383 big league games from 1973-81. His 64 games in 1980 were a career high. After his playing days ended, Sadek went on to work in the Giants’ community relations department from 1981-99 before retiring.

 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 012021 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Surrey Mustangs outscored the Our Redeemer’s Knights 18-9 in the fourth quarter to earn a 46-40 win in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Salym Klimpel tallied 13 points for the Mustangs. She was 7 of 8 from the free throw line, including a perfect 6 of 6 in the second half. Harli Dickman added 10 for Surrey, who improves to 9-3 overall, 2-2 in District 12. Maya Vibeto scored a game-high 19 points for the Knights, who drop to 10-3 overall, 2-2 in District 12.
 
Other scores from the area:
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 90, Minot 48
#3 Watford City 79, Williston 42
Bismarck High 61, Bismarck Legacy 54
Jamestown 66, Bismarck St. Mary’s 38
Mandan 76, Dickinson 58
 
Class B
#5 Glenburn 61, Des Lacs-Burlington 51
#6 Kenmare 67, Stanley 45
#8 Wilton-Wing 64, Center-Stanton 63
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 64, Bishop Ryan 62 OT
South Prairie 42, Berthold 33
Westhope-Newburg 58, Burke County 27
Velva 58, Drake-Anamoose 36
Rugby 55, Bottineau 36
Trenton 64, Parshall 37
Divide County 51, Ray 18
Harvey-Wells County 97, Warwick 27
North Star 48, St. John 47
Benson County 56, Rolla 47
Central McLean 47, Washburn 15
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
Bismarck Legacy 68, #3 Bismarck High 60
Bismarck Century 83, Turtle Mountain 73
Mandan 83, Dickinson 78
Williston 58, Watford City 54
 
Class B
#4 Langdon-Edmore-Munich 61, #6 Dunseith 58
#8 Powers Lake 74, Tioga 37
Beulah 73, New England 28
Trinity Christian 78, Alexander 41
Ray 60, Divide County 40
 
High School Boys Hockey
Bismarck Century 6, Minot 4
Bismarck High 2, Mandan 1
Jamestown 5, Dickinson 4 OT
 
High School Girls Hockey
Minot 5, Devils Lake 0
Fargo Davies 9 Jamestown 2
Bismarck 2, Dickinson 0
 
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Bismarck Legacy 54, Williston 24
Bismarck Legacy 67, Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark 9
Williston 51, Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark 22
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WILD-AVALANCHE TRADE
 
DENVER (AP) – Colorado and Minnesota have swapped veteran defensemen. The Avalanche are getting Greg Pateryn from the Wild in exchange for Ian Cole. The 30-year Pateryn has two assists in three games this season for the Wild. Cole, who turns 32 in February, hasn’t registered a point this season. The deal represents a significant salary-cap savings for Colorado. Cole was a $4.25 million hit compared with $2.25 million for Pateryn. It gives the Avalanche more room to work with for later deals and frees up a spot for prospect Bowen Byram.
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GARDENHIRE-TWINS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Toby Gardenhire will manage Minnesota’s new Triple-A baseball affiliate, the St. Paul Saints. He’s the son of former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. The 38-year-old Toby Gardenhire was supposed to manage Minnesota’s Triple-A team last season before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled minor league competition. He has served two previous seasons as a minor league manager for the Twins, with Class A Cedar Rapids in 2018 and Class A Fort Myers in 2019.
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T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – Noah Locke scored 14 points, Tyree Appleby added 13 and short-handed Florida stunned No. 6 Tennessee 75-49 on Tuesday night. Tre Mann chipped in 12 points for the Gators, who got unexpected help from several bench guys to offset being without three of their best four players. Guard Scottie Lewis (COVID-19 protocols) and forward Colin Castleton (ankle) missed the game.
 
In other Top 25 action:
 
– Mike Smith made three early 3-pointers as No. 7 Michigan raced to a 17-3 lead and cruised past Maryland. Michigan made its first five 3s
Isaiah Livers had the other two – in an opening flurry that put the Wolverines (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) in immediate control. Livers led Michigan with 20 points and Franz Wagner contributed 15. Smith had 11.
 
– Jaden Ivey scored 15 points and made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining, and Purdue rallied to beat No. 15 Ohio State. Trevion Williams scored 16 points for the surging Boilermakers, who have won four straight, three of them on the road. Sasha Stefanovic also had 15 points. Duane Washington Jr. led Ohio State with 21 points.
 
– Jeremiah Tilmon had 19 points and 10 rebounds and No. 19 Missouri beat South Carolina. Missouri had its best shooting performance overall at 58.3%. Mark Smith scored 18 points and went 3 for 5 from 3-point range. Dru Smith added 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Reserve Keyshawn Bryant scored 19 points for South Carolina.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds before calling it an early night as the Denver Nuggets routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-101. Jokic also had six assists before taking a seat on the bench with the other starters for the fourth quarter after helping Denver build a big lead. Reserve Monte Morris added 15 points and Paul Millsap finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Nuggets knock off the Thunder at home for the sixth straight time. Luguentz Dort kept the Thunder close early by scoring 15 of his 20 points in the first half.

 
In other NBA action:
 
– Donovan Mitchell had 28 points and seven rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-102 for their sixth straight victory. Mitchell also made four of Utah’s 21 3-pointers. Jordan Clarkson added 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists, and reserve Joe Ingles scored 15 points. Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks. Zion Williamson scored 32 points for New Orleans, and Brandon Ingram had 15.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Jack Hughes had two goals and an assist in New Jersey’s three-goal second period, Mackenzie Blackood stopped 47 shots and the Devils beat the New York Rangers 4-3. Miles Wood had a goal and an assist, and Travis Zajac also scored to give New Jersey at least a point in each of its first three games. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored on the power play, and Filip Chytil also had a goal for the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev gave up four goals on 20 shots through two periods. Igor Shesterkin came on to begin the third and finished with eight saves.

 
In other Tuesday action:
 
– Nathan MacKinnon became the first member of the 2013 NHL draft class to reach 500 points, Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen scored power-play goals and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Tuesday night. MacKinnon, selected by the Avalanche with the first overall pick in 2013, had a pair of assists to become the fourth player in Colorado history to reach 500 points. He picked up the milestone point late in the second period when he fed Rantanen on a cross-ice pass for a power-play goal to give the Avs a 3-0 lead.
 
– Nikolaj Ehlers and the Winnipeg Jets have yet to lead a contest in regulation and yet they’ve won two of their three games to start the NHL season. Ehlers scored in overtime as Winnipeg twice rallied from a two-goal deficit en route to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Jets (2-1-0) opened their season Thursday night with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames and were coming off a 3-1 loss Monday night to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
 
– Tyler Bertuzzi scored 15 seconds into overtime and Bobby Ryan became the first player to score four times in his first three games with Detroit, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bertuzzi was credited with the winning goal after the puck went off him and into the net following a rebound off Dylan Larkin’s shot.
 
– Frank Vatrano scored 2:50 into overtime, and the Florida Panthers beat the winless Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals for Florida, and Patric Hornqvist also scored. Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist. Dominik Kubalik scored his first two goals of the year for Chicago, which has dropped its first four games of the pandemic-shortened season. Patrick Kane also scored, and Phillipp Kurashev posted his first NHL goal.
 
– Sidney Crosby scored 1:11 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals. Crosby collected his third goal of the season when he pounced on a rebound off a Kris Letang shot and flipped it by Vitek Vanecek and into the open net to give the Penguins their second win over their rivals in three days. Colton Sceviour, Evgeni Malkin, Teddy Blueger and Jake Guentzel also scored for Pittsburgh. Tom Wilson scored twice for the Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller both picked up their first goals of the season but Washington let leads of 3-1 and 4-2 slip away.
 
– Brian Ellliott made 40 saves, Travis Konecny scored his fourth goal in four games and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0. Jakub Voracek also scored and Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter for Philadelphia, which bounced back from Monday night’s 6-1 loss to the Sabres. Konecny broke the scoreless tie with 2:09 left in the second on a breakaway, beating Carter Hutton with a backhand that went through the goalie’s legs. Oskar Lindblom set up the goal with a long bank pass from deep in the defensive zone that landed perfectly on Konecny’s stick in Buffalo’s zone.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Kyrie Irving has rejoined the Brooklyn Nets. Irving says he took a leave of absence because he “just needed a pause.” Irving practiced with the team and could play today in Cleveland. He has missed the last seven games – five while away from the team and two more while regaining his conditioning after he was eligible to return. Irving didn’t give a clear reason for his absence, saying he had a lot of family and personal stuff going on.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has a hairline fracture in his left foot. The team says McCollum will wear a walking boot and be reevaluated in four weeks. He was injured Saturday during a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
 
– Caris LeVert says he’s waiting for more test results on his left kidney before establishing a timeline for his debut with the Indiana Pacers. LeVert was traded to Indiana as part of a four-team trade that sent All-Star James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn and Victor Oladipo from the Pacers to the Rockets. Doctors found the mass during LeVert’s routine post-trade physical. He says the tests have not yet revealed if the mass is cancerous.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have named Terry Fontenot the team’s general manager. The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes Atlanta’s first Black general manager after spending 18 seasons with division rival New Orleans. Fontenot helped build a consistent winner as the Saints’ vice president and assistant general manager in charge of pro personnel. The Falcons fired general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn following a 0-5 start, which led to a 4-12 finish. It was Atlanta’s third consecutive losing season. The Falcons signed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Saturday to become their head coach.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The New York Jets officially announced they hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (SAH’-luh) as their head coach after agreeing to terms with the team last Thursday. Saleh said in a statement issued by the team Tuesday that it became clear throughout the interview process that the Jets were the right decision for him. The 41-year-old Saleh is the first Muslim coach in NFL history.
 
– Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced today by the NFL. Referee Carl Cheffers will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton has died. He was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, says Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. He was 75. The Atlanta Braves, where Sutton was a long-time broadcaster, said he died in his sleep. Sutton had a career record of 324-256 and an ERA of 3.26. He spent 16 of his 23 major league seasons with the Dodgers.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was memorialized during a private service at Dodger Stadium before his burial. He died on Jan. 7 after a heart attack at age 93. His casket, covered in a huge assortment of blue and white flowers, was placed on the pitcher’s mound with a blue 2, signifying Lasorda’s jersey number, on the back of the mound. Lasorda’s wife of 70 years, Jo, attended in a wheelchair, along with their daughter, Laura. The mourners stood socially distanced around the mound. Former Dodgers Mike Scioscia, Bobby Valentine, Eric Karros and Charlie Hough were among the 10 pallbearers.
 
– The San Diego Padres have brought right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown team, adding yet another starting pitcher in a seven-player trade involving the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets. The Padres will send major league reliever David Bednar and three prospects to the Pirates. As part of the agreement, the Padres will send left-hander Joey Lucchesi to New York, and the Pirates will receive catcher Endy Rodriguez from the Mets.
 
– Right-hander Hunter Wood has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Wood spent last season as part of Cleveland’s 60-man player pool but didn’t appear in any big league games. He had a 3.32 ERA in 66 games from 2017-19 with Tampa Bay and Cleveland.
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PGA-WOODS-BACK SURGERY

UNDATED (AP) – Tiger Woods has undergone a fifth back surgery that has put the start to his new year on hold. Woods did not say when he had the microdiscetomy, only that doctors deemed it a success and expect a full recovery. He will miss two tournaments he normally plays in Southern California – the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. Woods still plans to be at Riviera as the tournament host. He says the surgery was to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was giving him nerve pain last month when he played the PNC Championship with 11-year-old son Charlie.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL says the latest round of COVID-19 testing turned up three positive tests among players and six among other personnel as the Super Bowl nears. In weeklong testing that ended Saturday, 3,888 tests were given to 590 players and 5,985 were administered to 1,016 personnel. The new results bring the totals since testing began in August to 262 players and 460 other personnel who were confirmed positive out of nearly 950,000 tests.
 
In other pandemic developments:
 
– The NHL has postponed its first game since the league’s season began, postponing Tuesday night’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Predators hours after the teams played the first of a two-game set in Nashville. The league only said the game was postponed to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game-day personnel.
 
– Pro golfer D.J. Trahan has withdrawn from this week’s PGA Tour event, The American Express, after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was replaced in the field by Michael Gellerman. Trahan is the 22nd player to test positive since the tour returned to competition in June following a three-month shutdown.
 
– The Atlantic Coast Conference says this week’s women’s basketball games with No. 2 North Carolina State visiting Florida State and Clemson visiting Boston College have been postponed. The league announced the postponements Tuesday, two days before both games were scheduled to be played. N.C. State remains in COVID-19 protocols and hasn’t played since beating Boston College on Jan. 3.
 
– The No. 12 Texas Tech men’s basketball team has had its second Big 12 game postponed this week because of COVID-19 issues for its scheduled opponent. The conference on Tuesday postponed the Red Raiders’ home game Saturday against Iowa State, which will be the fourth game in a row the Cyclones will be unable to play.
 
– George Washington’s men’s basketball team is postponing two upcoming Atlantic 10 games after head coach Jamion Christian tested positive for COVID-19.Christian tweeted that he was told of his test result on Tuesday, a day after he said he was “experiencing some slight symptoms.”
 
– The Southeastern Conference has postponed Wednesday night’s game between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. The league says the postponement is because of a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining inside the Vanderbilt program. A make-up game has not been set.
 
– Rutgers women’s basketball has postponed home games on Thursday against Penn State and Sunday against Iowa. The Scarlet Knights have not played since an outbreak of COVID-19 hit the team on Jan. 3. By the end of this week, they will have postposed six games with only 10 left on the schedule.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Three more people linked to the Australian Open have tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne. That increases to 10 those associated with the Grand Slam tennis tournament which begins February 8. Victoria state Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville confirmed the new cases had been detected, adding that authorities are “very confident” one of the cases is a tennis player who is shedding the virus and is not infectious. The player is already in hard lockdown as they were on board a flight into Melbourne with another positive case. The other two cases are a player and their support person.

 
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 011921 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Already leading by nine points, Bishop Ryan outscored Des Lacs-Burlington 24-8 in the 2nd quarter to secure a 66-39 win, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Connor Thompson led the Lions with 19 points, including 12 in the 2nd quarter. Brady Feller chipped in 16, Jaxon Feller added 15 and Nick Sanders with 12 as Bishop Ryan improves to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in District 12. The Lakers were led by Will Mayo with 16 points while Carson Yale added 10. DLB drops to 4-5 overall, 1-1 in District 12.
 
Other scores from the area:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#5 Jamestown 83, Bismarck St. Mary’s 54
 
Class B
#6 Dunseith 67, Rolette 48
Our Redeemer’s 52, Berthold 51
Surrey 75, Glenburn 51
Bottineau 67, T-G-U 59
Drake-Anamoose 50, Velva 34
Harvey-Wells County 73, Lakota 44
Burke County 51, Stanley 50
Trenton 66, Divide County 47
Beulah 71, Hazen 65
Washburn 50, Killdeer 36
Wilton-Wing 59, Center-Stanton 38
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class B
#10 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 65, Rolette 38
South Prairie 60, Nedrose 54
Westhope-Newburg 65, T-G-U 50
Powers Lake 50, Alexander-Trinity Christian 28
Hazen 55, New Salem-Almont 33
 
High School Boys Hockey
Williston 3, Bottineau-Rugby 2
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Bismarck High 61, Dickinson 6
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MINOT, ND – The Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood boys basketball team is postponing their games this week do to quarantine. The Mavericks games at South Prairie Monday were postponed to Saturday, February 6th, at 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm. The MLS games at Glenburn for Thursday are postponed until Monday, February 15th, at 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm. We were schedule to broadcast Mavericks vs Panthers game, and still plan to at the new time.
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MINOT, ND – The top teams remain the same this week in the Class B Basketball polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Class B Boys Basketball Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
 
1. Enderlin (12) 8-1 205 1
2. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (8) 6-1 201 2
3. Dickinson Trinity 10-1 169 4
4. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (2) 7-0 158 5
5. Grafton 8-1 120 3
6. Dunseith 5-0 110 7
7. Kindred 6-1 41 6
8. Powers Lake 7-0 39 RV
9. Central Cass 8-1 38 9
10. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 7-1 37 RV
 
Others receiving votes: North Border (7-1), Rugby (8-2), Ellendale (8-1), Linton-HMB (7-1), Drake-Anamoose (8-1), Beulah (4-4), Bishop Ryan (6-1), Oakes (5-2)
 
Class B Girls Basketball Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Week
 
1. Central Cass (22) 9-0 220 1
2. Grafton 8-1 177 3
3. Kindred 9-2 176 2
4. Linton-HMB 9-1 158 4
5. Glenburn 10-0 112 6
6. Kenmare 11-0 107 7
7. Thompson 9-1 91 5
8. Wilton-Wing 10-0 85 8
9. Oakes 7-0 28 RV
10. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 9-3 23 9
 
Others receiving votes: Kidder County (7-1), Carrington (7-3), Center-Stanton (9-1), Northern Cass (6-2), Velva (8-2), Beulah (8-2), Trenton (6-2)
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UND HOCKEY
 
DENVER (UND) – The North Dakota Fighting Hawks wasted little time in erasing a sour taste from their mouths, as two quick goals set up a 5-1 win over host Denver Monday evening at Magness Arena to split the series. UND was coming off a 4-1 loss a night prior and sent a message early that this game would trend differently.
 
Matt Kiersted’s goal just 18 seconds in provided the spark. Just over three minutes later, Grant Mismash added another and the third-ranked Hawks seized control and never relinquished it. Jordan Kawaguchi, Gavin Hain and Josh Rieger also scored for the Fighting Hawks (10-3-1). UND goalie Adam Scheel stopped 32 shots for his ninth win of the season.
 
North Dakota, after 14 consecutive games away from home to start the season, will finally make its first appearance at the Ralph Engelstad Arena this coming weekend. UND will host Colorado College for a Saturday-Sunday series with both games starting at 6:07 p.m. Central
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WILD-DUCKS
 
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – John Gibson made 33 saves in his 20th career shutout, and Nicolas Deslauriers scored early in the third period of the Anaheim Ducks’ 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Deslauriers converted a superb pass from new Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk for his first goal of the season. The Ducks hung on to earn their first win of the season while winning their home opener for the fifth consecutive year. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots in the Wild’s first loss of the season. The Wild went 0 for 5 on the power play, dropping to 0 for 16 to begin the season.
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WOLVES-HAWKS
 
ATLANTA (AP) – Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds, De’Andre Hunter scored 25 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97. The Hawks wore black, tan and white uniforms with “MLK” sewn across the chest to commemorate the national holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Atlanta snapped a two-game skid. Trae Young had 20 points and 13 assists for Atlanta, which took its biggest lead, 15 points, on consecutive 3s from the right side by Kevin Huerter and Hunter with 5:59 remaining. D’Angelo Russell finished with 31 points for Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Kevin Durant made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left, James Harden had 34 points and 12 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123. Durant finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists to give the Nets their fourth straight victory in a game in which two of the East’s best went toe-to-toe right down to a tense finish that ended when Khris Middleton missed a potential winning 3-pointer from the corner. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, which had its four-game winning streak stopped. Middleton added 25 points and Jrue Holiday had 22.

 
In other King holiday action:
 
– R.J. Barrett scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds, and Julius Randle added 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 91-84 win over the Orlando Magic. Elfrid Payton chipped in with 12 points and rookie guard Immanuel Quickley added 11 for the Knicks, who improved to 7-8 with their second straight win. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando in its sixth straight loss.
 
– Ja Morant had 17 points and 10 assists and took a key charge late as the Memphis Grizzlies won their fifth straight, defeating the Phoenix Suns 108-104. Morant assisted on a Grayson Allen 3-pointer with 1:06 left to give Memphis a 101-98 lead, then scored on a drive with 30.8 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Morant took a charge against Chris Paul to help maintain the Memphis lead. Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Mikal Bridges with 17 points, while Paul had 16 points and seven assists for Phoenix.
 
– LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and 11 assists and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 125-104. Rudy Gay and Patty Mills came off the bench for 21 points apiece as the Spurs reserves outscored Portland’s 59-24. Reserve center Jakob Poeltl added 11 points and seven rebounds, six of which came on the offensive glass. Damian Lillard led Portland with 35 points.
 
– Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds, De’Andre Hunter scored 25 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97. The Hawks wore black, tan and white uniforms with “MLK” sewn across the chest to commemorate the national holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Atlanta snapped a two-game skid. Trae Young had 20 points and 13 assists for Atlanta, which took its biggest lead, 15 points, on consecutive 3s from the right side by Kevin Huerter and Hunter with 5:59 remaining. D’Angelo Russell finished with 31 points for Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10.
In other NBA news:
 
– A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on from troubled and talented forward Kevin Porter Jr. The Cavs will either trade or release Porter, who has not played for them this season. A first-round draft pick in 2019, Porter rejoined the team only last week after being away to attend to personal issues.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

DETROIT (AP) – Alexandre Texier and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 1:16 apart early in the third period to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a two-goal lead and they held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored late in the second period and Joonas Korpisalo finished with 35 saves in the Blue Jackets’ first win of the season. Bobby Ryan scored twice for Detroit. and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots.

 
In other Monday action:
 
– A stickless Chandler Stephenson was credited with the game-winning goal, Robin Lehner made 30 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. Not too long after the first of Reilly Smith’s two goals tied it early in the third period, Vegas defenseman Zach Whitecloud gathered a loose puck from a faceoff in Arizona’s zone and fired a shot off Stephenson’s back to give Vegas its first lead of the game. Max Pacioretty also scored for the Golden Knights, his third goal in three games.
 
– Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for the Calgary Flames in Monday’s 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Mark Giordano and Rasmus Andersson with an empty-net goal also scored for the Flames. Calgary goaltender Jacob Markstrom earned a second straight win over his former team with 25 saves.
 
– Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar each scored two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to their first win of the season, 6-1 over the Philadelphia Flyers. Carter Hutton stopped 21 shots for the Sabres. Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall each had three assists. Reinhart had his 10th career multigoal game. Hall became the fifth player in the last 20 years to record a point in each of his first three games as a member of the Sabres.
 
– Jordan Kyrou got the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, Justin Faulk scored twice and the St. Louis Blues rallied to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4. Mike Hoffman scored his first goal as a Blue and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis, which beat San Jose for the fourth straight time on home ice. Jordan Binnington made 22 saves. Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, Brent Burns had a goal and two assists, and Kevin Labanc also scored for the Sharks. Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots.
 
– Jake Allen made 25 saves in his first game with Montreal, Shea Weber got his first goal of the season and the Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. Artturi Lehkonen and rookie Alexander Romanov also scored for Montreal, which beat Edmonton for the second time in three nights. Montreal’s penalty kill was key in the victory, shutting down Oilers snipers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on seven power plays.
 
– John Gibson made 34 saves in his 20th career shutout, and Nicolas Deslauriers scored early in the third period of the Anaheim Ducks’ 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Deslauriers converted a superb pass from new Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk for his first goal of the season. The Ducks hung on to earn their first win of the season while winning their home opener for the fifth consecutive year.
 
– Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for his 29th career shutout, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored with 4:09 remaining, and the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 in their home opener. Adam Pelech fired a shot from the left point and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron deflected the puck up in air. Pageau batted it in past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to put the Islanders on the scoreboard. Varlamov missed Saturday’s game against the Rangers after he took a puck off his neck in pregame warmups. He got his second shutout in two starts this season. He had 24 saves in a 4-0 win against the Rangers last Thursday.
 
– Mitch Marner scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. John Tavares also scored and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for Toronto in first of 10 meetings between the North Division rivals. Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 35 shots inside an empty Scotiabank Arena because of COVID-19 protocols. The Jets were without star Patrik Laine, who sat out with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL

UNDATED (AP) – Gonzaga once again has racked up all but the two first-place votes that went to Baylor in the latest Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Villanova remained firmly behind the preseason top two despite not playing a game since Dec. 23 due to COVID-19 pauses within its program. Iowa and Texas swapped places to round out the top 5, while Duke plummeted from the poll for the first time since February 2016 following its loss to Virginia Tech. Louisville also fell out while No. 18 Alabama and No. 24 UCLA were newcomers to the poll.

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NFL-COMBINE

UNDATED (AP) – The NFL will not allow in-person workouts for the scouting combine for health and safety precautions because of COVID-19. The league informed teams Monday that any workouts will take place on the individual pro days on college campuses. Interviews of prospects and psychological testing and assessments will be done virtually. The league is working with club physicians and athletic trainers to obtain comprehensive medical information on each of the invited prospects. The plan will likely involve a combination of virtual interviews by club medical staffs and testing done at labs and medical facilities near the invited prospect’s residence.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Jon Arnett, one of Southern California’s greatest running backs who went on to become a five-time Pro Bowl player for the Los Angeles Rams, has died. He was 85. USC says Arnett died Saturday of heart failure in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Arnett earned the nickname “Jaguar Jon” for his acrobatic agility and elusiveness running the ball that he honed as a youth gymnast. He lettered at USC from 1954-56. Arnett was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Arnett was a five-time Pro Bowl selection with the Rams. He also played for the Chicago Bears during his 10-year NFL career.
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MLB-RED SOX-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired infielder C.J. Chatham from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash. Chatham hit .298 with 14 home runs and a .739 OPS in 266 minor league games. He batted .302 with two home runs in 20 games in Tripe-A in 2019.

 
In other MLB moves:
 
– A person with knowledge of the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that left-hander Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle in place for a one-year contract. The deal is pending the successful completion of a physical exam. ESPN was first to report an agreement between Lester and the Nationals, whose manager, Dave Martinez, was the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs when the starting pitcher helped the club win the 2016 World Series.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-PRUIT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt, two assistants and seven members of the Volunteers’ recruiting and support staff for cause after an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.” Chancellor Donde Plowman said Pruitt was responsible for overseeing the program. Tennessee has been conducting an internal investigation since at least the middle of November into allegations of recruiting violations. Tennessee will be looking for its fourth different coach since the Vols last won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title. Pruitt’s team went 3-7 last season.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALL

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State is postponing its game this weekend against No. 22 Illinois, moving a third straight basketball game due to a COVID-19 outbreak within coach Tom Izzo’s program. Izzo made the announcement Monday, a day after one additional player and two non-coaching staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. Last week, three players tested positive and that led to the Spartans postponing games at No. 4 Iowa and against Indiana.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball program has decided to end its season with the Commodores struggling with a depleted roster. The Commodores were 4-4. The start of their season had three cancellations, and they’ve played two games since having a game canceled and two others postponed. They lost on Sunday to No. 12 Kentucky 80-73. Vanderbilt’s roster has been thinned by COVID-19 issues, opt-outs, injuries, a player with myocarditis and another recovering from an ACL injury. The Commodores join a growing list of women’s basketball teams that have decided to stop playing that now includes Duke, SMU, Virginia and San Jose State.

 
In other virus news:
 
– UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma says playing the NCAA Tournament this year is a fiscal necessity for most schools. The Hall of Famer was responding to comments by Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, who said she believes the college basketball season will continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic because of “the almighty dollar.” Auriemma said most schools can’t afford to lose the money generated by the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year. He said he also believes most players, coaches and school administrators are in favor of completing the season.
 
 
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