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K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 070420 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Nik Levenstein hit two home runs as the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs started Independence weekend with a 5-1 win over Western Nebraska last night at Corbett Field. The Dogs improve to 3-4 on the season and will host the Pioneers in game two of the three tonight at 7:05 pm.
 
Elsewhere in summer baseball:
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
Bismarck Governors 6, Mandan Chiefs 1
 
Class A
 
Bismarck Reps 17, Mandan A’s 10
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TWINS-TRAINING CAMP
 
MINNEAPOLIS – Willians Astudillo and another Minnesota Twins player tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Minnesota for the start of training camp according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey made the announcement Friday. In addition, he identified minor leaguers Nick Gordon and Edwar Colina as players whom he said earlier this week had tested positive while at their homes, separate from Major League Baseball’s testing process. All four players missed on the first day of workouts at Target Field.
 
Astudillo is asymptomatic, Falvey said, and will quarantine for the next several days until he can pass two consecutive COVID-19 tests, with the first one probably taking place on Sunday. Falvey declined to identify the other player who tested positive, but his test also occurred upon arrival in Minneapolis.
 
A couple of players also reported having been in the proximity of an infected person, and though they subsequently tested negative, they are being held out for the first day or two of camp as a precaution, Falvey said.
 
In addition to those in quarantine, Byron Buxton and Cody Stashak have been excused from the first couple of days of workouts to be with their wives for the birth of children. Stashak’s wife, Taylor, gave birth in the past couple of days, and Buxton’s wife, Lindsey, gave birth to a son Friday. Both players will rejoin the team soon, Falvey said.
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GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC
 
DETROIT (AP)- Bryson DeChambeau chose to compete in the Rocket Mortgage Classic while many of the PGA Tour’s top players skipped the tournament in Detroit. He’s aiming to take full advantage of the relatively weak field and course. DeChambeau had four birdies on his back nine Friday to close with a 5-under 67, giving him a share of the lead among the early starters in the second round. Matthew Wolff, Seamus Power and Mark Hubbard also were in front at 11-under 133 after the first wave of players finished their second round.
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NASCAR-JIMMIE JOHNSON
 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. The seven-time champion will miss what was supposed to be his final Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. He will be sidelined and miss testing an Indy car on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. Johnson had talked about the test and the possibility of running the Indianapolis 500. Hours later, he said he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL
 
UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press the NFL plans to consider the NFL Players Association’s recommendation to cancel the preseason though the league prefers to cut the schedule in half. The NFL decided Wednesday to cut its preseason from four games to two. The union’s board of player representatives voted Thursday to ask the league to cancel the entire preseason schedule, according to two people who were part of that conversation. The four people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and the union haven’t reached an agreement.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings. The NFL club acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July.
 
– A person familiar with the request says agent Drew Rosenhaus has asked the Cleveland Browns to trade tight end and former first-round draft pick David Njoku. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity says the Browns have no plans to move Njoku. Rosenhaus told ESPN that “it is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” Njoku has caught 93 passes and scored nine touchdowns in three seasons.
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MLB NEWS
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home of the Braves since 2017. The pandemic had already delayed opening day from March 26 to July 23 or 24. This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston’s Fenway Park from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Washington Nationals showed up to training camp hoping to follow manager Dave Martinez’s mantra on the way to winning the World Series: go 1-0 every day. Baseball’s defending champions got camp underway with 57 healthy bodies and a 2020 first-round pick on the way. Martinez learned depth catcher Welington Castillo was joining Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross in opting out of the 60-game major league season. But aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked sharp on the first day of workouts, and there’s plenty of hope ahead as long as the Nationals can remember all the protocols in place.
 
– New Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is busy on and off the field this week. Cole and his wife, Amy, celebrated the birth of their first child on Tuesday. Cole has been working out at Yankee Stadium. After a near-miss in the World Series last year with Houston, the All-Star right-hander is hoping to help pitch the Yankees to their first championship since 2009. He signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract that set a record as the highest for a pitcher. Cole says the delay caused by the pandemic might benefit the Yankees because it allowed many to heal. The Yankees open on July 23 at Washington.
 
– Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout participated in the Los Angeles Angels’ first workout of summer camp, but says he hasn’t made a final decision on playing this year. Trout and wife Jessica are expecting the couple’s first child in August. The outfielder said his mindset is to play in the virus-delayed season, but a lot will hinge on how he feels the next couple weeks. The three-time AL MVP continues to have discussions with general manager Billy Eppler and manager Joe Maddon. Trout wore an N-95 mask throughout the two-hour workout at Angel Stadium on Friday. Trout did leave open the possibility of possibly not playing until the baby arrives.
 
– Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work after all. The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic. But he says it wasn’t difficult to start playing again after the players’ agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries. Snell says most of what he said in May was “correct.”
 
– Atlanta Braves left-hander Cole Hamels is feeling good as a long layoff has helped him recover from a sore left shoulder. Hamels hopes he’ll be ready for the start of the 60-game season i less than three weeks. He says he is interested in logging quality innings, even if he’s not able to pitch deep into games. The Braves opened their summer training at newly renamed Truist Park. A sore left shoulder could have forced Hamels to miss two months if the season started on time. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic ended spring training in mid-March and allowed Hamels to have a more relaxed approach to his rehabilitation.
 
– The Texas Rangers have opened their summer camp in their new home. Their first official workout in their new stadium with a retractable roof came three weeks before they expect to finally play a game there. Left-hander Brett Martin was away from the team after he tested positive for COVID-19 during intake testing this week. Martin was already at higher risk because he has Type 1 diabetes. The pitcher had some mild symptoms with congestion and fatigue.
 
– Prized shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. wore a facemask throughout the reboot of spring training for the San Diego Padres, who reported that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. Pham will be able to return when he clears the protocol. Pham was obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Tatis and outfielder Franchy Cordero appeared to be the only players who wore a mask through the whole workout at Petco Park.
 
– The Cincinnati Reds resumed with a familiar scene: hitters slapping batting-practice pitches around Great American Ball Park while a mash-up of disco, rap and Motown reverberated. It looked and sounded like baseball but felt very different in many ways. Manager David Bell hadn’t slept well the last few days, anxious over how to hit a restart button on a shortened season while keeping players safe from COVID-19. Outfielder Nick Senzel is worried about whether major league players will be cautious when they go out in public, so not to catch and spread the coronavirus.
 
– Carlos Carrasco is making another comeback. The popular Indians pitcher is eager to get back on the mound after missing most of last season while battling leukemia. The 33-year-old is in remission but he’s at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Carrasco has the blessing of the team’s medical staff to play as baseball resumes, and he’s thankful his teammates will look out for him. Carrasco spent the months since baseball was paused by working out at his home in Florida. He even installed a mound near his front yard so he could throw.
 
– Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He will have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.
 
– Most of the Los Angeles Dodgers were masked men when they gathered to restart spring training. Players arrived and departed Dodger Stadium at staggered times. They worked in groups divided between pitchers and position players while maintaining a safe distance. Clayton Kershaw says he trusts his teammates to take precautions when they’re away from the ballpark in order to complete the shortened 60-game season. Testing has shown an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California.
 
– Mets’ Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound. No hugs or handshakes or good-natured ribbing with teammates close by – because there weren’t any. Players kept a safe distance even while simply walking across the diamond at Citi Field, adapted from home ballpark to spring training site as the Mets prepare for opening day in three weeks. Welcome to Major League Baseball in the age of the coronavirus.
 
– The Seattle Mariners kicked off summer camp trying to figure out how to get pitchers ready in just three weeks. One way the Mariners hope to combat worries about putting strain on pitchers’ arms is by going with a six-man rotation for the full 60-game season. The Mariners most likely already have the six starters set between Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Kendall Graveman, Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn and Taijuan Walker. They may end up averaging just one start per week during the shortened season.
 
– A top Canadian government health official says the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t guaranteed to get an exemption for the regular season. The Blue Jays got one to hold training camp in Toronto this week. But the regular season will require players to frequently travel back and forth between the United States. The official noted that a lot of American states that have teams are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
 
– The Chicago Cubs were glad to be back on the field. . New manager David Ross said he felt like a “12-year-old thinking about baseball” and how much he missed it. With the season cut from 162 games to 60, the Cubs are gearing up for a sprint they hope ends in the playoffs after missing out for the first time since 2014. Chicago went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last season and finished behind St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Cubs kept their roster largely intact. But they made one big change when they hired Ross to replace Joe Maddon.
 
– Baseball’s return to Comerica Park meant Michael Fulmer was back on the mound in Detroit. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery and missed the whole 2019 season. He said this was his first time throwing off the game mound at Comerica Park in about a year and a half.
 
– Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech missed the start of the team’s summer camp due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn’t have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.
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MLB-INDIANS
 
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have announced that they too are reviewing their nickname. The team released a statement on Friday night saying it is committed to making a positive impact in their community and that they embrace their responsibility to advance social justice and equality. The club said it plans to review a nickname it has had since 1905. In 2018, the Indians removed their Chief Wahoo logo from caps and jersey worn by the team. The red-faced mascot, however, remains on some team merchandise.
 
The move mirrors one made by the NFL’s Washington Redskins, who Friday said they are embarking on a “thorough review” of their name. FedEx on Thursday called for the Redskins to change their name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store.
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NBA RESTART-TOP SEEDS
 
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have all but guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a balancing act when the NBA returns to action. While other teams will be fighting for a postseason berth or playoff seedings when they play the final eight regular season games in Florida, the Lakers and Bucks will be looking to shake off the rust after a 4 1/2-month hiatus and staying as healthy as possible. Milwaukee owned the NBA’s best record at 53-12 and the Lakers were No. 1 in the West at 49-14 when the pandemic halted play in mid-March.
 
In other NBA news:
 
– Utah center Rudy Gobert is standing tall, even after having coronavirus and dealing with an enormous amount of scorn after being diagnosed. Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus and that prompted many to blame him for the league’s shutdown in response to the pandemic. Plenty of eyes will be on Gobert when the NBA season takes a giant step toward returning by having teams gather at the Disney complex in Central Florida over the next few days.
 
– Plenty of aches and pains around the NBA have healed in the almost-four-month span since the league had to suspend its season because of the pandemic. That means the 22 teams that will be arriving at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida next week should be coming in with mostly healthy rosters. Keeping players healthy once they get to Disney will be another challenge, as workloads ramp up quickly for the July 30 resumption of games. But at least at the start of camps, rosters will be deeper than they were when the league shut down on March 11.
 
– A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus. The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday. The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week.
 
– The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement that the timing of the league’s restart and Oladipo’s lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult for the guard to commit to play “at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.”
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 070320 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot Vistas were on the road yesterday in Bismarck. The Governors jumped out to 6-0 lead in securing the win.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
Bismarck Governors 9, Minot Vistas 1
 
Dickinson Roughriders 10, Glendive MT 6
Dickinson Roughriders 13, Glendive MT 5
 
Williston Keybirds 13, Grand Forks 9
Williston Keybirds 15, Grand Forks 13
 
Class A
 
Minot Metros 2, Williston Oilers 0
 
Watford City Walleye 7, Mandan A’s 1
Mandan A’s 7, Watford City Walleye 3
 
Independent League Baseball
Class B
 
Renville County 6, Surrey 3
 
Expedition League
 
Badlands Big Sticks 11, Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 1
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GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC
 
DETROIT (AP) – Doc Redman took a step toward remaining among those to make the cut in every event since the PGA Tour resumed, opening with a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman closed his first round Thursday with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. He went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. The 22-year-old Redman is shooting to take the next step with his first PGA Tour victory.
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MLB NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.
 
In other baseball news:
 
– The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans.
 
– The Philadelphia Phillies have placed infielder Scott Kingery and pitchers Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Tommy Hunter on the 10-day injured list with no specified injuries. The team opens camp today but the four players won’t be eligible to return until late next week at the earliest. The Phillies had seven players test positive for Covid-19 last month, but manager Joe Girardi couldn’t answer whether any of the players were among them because of medical privacy.
 
– Chicago Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss.
 
– New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater
 
– Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.
 
– Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.
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NBA-NEWS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.
 
In other NBA news:
 
– Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.
 
– Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he feels like he’s in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans’ eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. Williamson says his top priorities include bonding with teammates after the NBA this week allowed team facilities to reopen for mandatory workouts. Williamson says the Pelicans can be “really special” if they are healthy and in sync when the season resumes July 30 in Orlando. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points in 19 games since coming back from a preseason knee injury.
 
– Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better.
 
– The sudden suspension of the NBA season was a double disappointment for Anthony Davis because it happened on his birthday. Davis is back at work with the Lakers on achieving their interrupted goals after a few homebound months spent largely improving his video game skills. The Lakers were leading the Western Conference and preparing for their first playoff run together when the season stopped. Davis still loves the Lakers’ chances of contending for the franchise’s 17th championship largely because his team is healthy. Davis, LeBron James and the Lakers are gathered for individual workouts this week in preparation for their trip to Orlando.
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SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK
 
UNDATED (AP) – Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million. The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.
 
In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak:
 
– Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run.
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 070220 – 1600
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs have begun the season with a 2-3 record, all games played against the Badlands Big Sticks. The Sabre Dogs went 1-2 last weekend in Dickinson to begin the season. They returned home and went 1-1 against Badlands this week with a win in the home opener on Monday, a rain postponement on Tuesday, and a heartbreaking loss by one run in 11 innings last night. Souris Valley will play one more game against Badlands, tonight in Dickinson before returning home for a weekend series against Western Nebraska on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Corbett Field.
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TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN
 
PARIS (AP) – The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament. The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24 but was postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It then got pushed back another week. The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans.
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NASCAR-WATKINS GLEN
 
UNDATED (AP) – Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York. Track president Michael Printup says most of the employees who were furloughed because of the pandemic have returned to work. Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.
 
In other racing news:
 
– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports.
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NBA-76ers-SIMMONS
 
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.
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NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM
 
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 
COLLEGE STATION (AP) – The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order. The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit. Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 070220 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – It was a beautiful day for baseball yesterday and there was lots of action on area diamonds.
 
Independent League
Class B
 
Burlington 4, Crosby 0
Crosby 12, Burlington 2
 
Velva 9, Garrison 6
Garrison 12, Velva 1
 
Renville County 10, Stanley 0
Renville County 10, Stanley 7
 
Senior Babe Ruth
Class AA
 
Grand Forks 4, Dickinson Roughrider 3
Dickinson Roughriders 2, Grand Forks 1
 
Bismarck Governors 12, Fargo Post 400 2
Bismarck Governors 12, Fargo Post 400 7
 
Mandan Chiefs 12, Aberdeen Smittys 7
Mandan Chiefs 17, Aberdeen Smittys 6
 
 
Expedition League
 
Badlands Big Sticks 7, Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 6 (11)
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MLB-BASEBALL RETURNS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks.
 
In other baseball news:
 
– An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.
 
– The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.
 
– Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018.
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NFL-PRESEASON
 
UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28.
 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.
 
– Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.
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NBA NEWS
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) – J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push. The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando. The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals.
 
In other NBA news:
 
– Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.
 
– Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.
 
– Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career.
 
– The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season.
 
– The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not
traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
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NHL-COYOTES-KESSEL
 
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run.
 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-Heart Sports – WEDNESDAY – 070120 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Due to rain, just one Summer Baseball score to report. The Minot Metros defeated Williston via the 10-run rule with a 15-4 score in 5 innings. The Metros led 5-4 in the second game when it was rained out.
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MINOR LEAGUE SEASON CANCELED
 
NEW YORK (AP) – Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.
 
The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, made the long-expected announcement. National Association president Pat O’Conner says the leagues “don’t have national TV revenues.” O’Conner estimated 85-90% of revenue was related to ticket money, concessions, parking and ballpark advertising. The minors drew 41.5 million fans last year for 176 teams in 15 leagues, averaging 4,044 fans per game. MLB teams are planning for a 60-game regular season and most of their revenue will derive from broadcast money.
 
In other baseball news:
 
– Major League Baseball says a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a player who is removed from the club after testing positive, just an IL trip. MLB’s operations manual says a positive test and exhibiting symptoms that require isolation for additional assessment or exposure to someone who has had the virus are cause for placement on the new COVID-19 IL.
 
– Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic right fielder Aaron Judge, left-hander James Paxton, center fielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play in the time for New York’s rescheduled opener at World Series champion Washington on July 23. Judge did not play in any exhibition games due to discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. Paxton had surgery Feb. 5 to repair a herniated disk in his back.
 
– Outfielder Heston Kjerstad agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles that includes a $5.2 million signing bonus, well below the slot value of $7,789,900 assigned to the No. 2 overall pick. The 21-year-old joins a rebuilding Orioles team that has lost at least 100 games in two straight seasons and used the No. 1 pick in 2019 to secure catcher Adley Rutschman out of Oregon State.
 
– The San Diego Padres have acquired infielder Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics in the first trade since baseball resumed after a shutdown of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Padres will send either a player or cash to the A’s for the 25-year-old Mateo, who will be added to the player pool for the resumption of spring training. The Padres are scheduled to have their first workout Friday at Petco Park.
 
– Shohei Ohtani will resume his two-way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirms his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He wasn’t expected to pitch in 2020 until at least May, and Eppler confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t altered the Angels’ plans. The Angels could have a six-man rotation for the short season.
 
– Sinkerballing reliever Jared Hughes and the New York Mets agreed to a $700,000, one-year contract, a deal that amounts to $259,259 in prorated pay over the 60-game season. He had a 6.35 ERA over five appearances and 5 2/3 innings during spring training with the Houston Astros and was released March 19. A right-hander who turns 35 on July 4, Hughes was 5-5 with a 4.04 ERA last season for Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
 
– The Oakland Athletics are selling cardboard cutouts with fans’ photos that they will put in the seats at the Coliseum this season. The team also plans to mix in images of former players and celebrities alongside the fan cutouts. Major League Baseball is looking to play a 60-game regular season this summer because of the coronavirus. There will be no fans at ballparks on opening day, but some markets are hoping to play in front of smaller crowds by the end of the season. The cardboard cutouts for A’s games range in price from $49 to $129. Proceeds from the sales go to charity.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA-PELICANS
 
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others. Griffin declined to identify the players, citing medical privacy laws.
 
The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic. Griffin says the Pelicans have had no players test positive since.
When the Pelicans return to action on July 30 against Utah at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando, Florida, they will be 3 1/2 games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with eight games left.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL-HURRICANES
 
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Members of the Carolina Hurricanes have returned to their home ice at PNC Arena as the team began voluntary training sessions amid the second phase of the NHL’s return plan. In a video conference with reporters, captain Jordan Staal said the players went through safety protocols that included wearing a mask and getting a temperature check when arriving at the arena, as well as “keeping your distance as best you can.” The team had announced last week that roughly 16 players were expected to participate, divided into two groups, with workouts closed to the public and media.
 
In other developments related to the coronavirus:
 
– The LPGA Tour lost another tournament when the Canadian Women’s Open was canceled because of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements from the COVID-19 pandemic. The CP Women’s Open was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The LPGA Tour and Golf Canada say it will return to Shaughnessy the last week in August next year.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-Heart SPORTS – FRIDAY – 062620 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters (NDAPSSA) have been announcing their year end awards this week. We finish up today with the high school awards.

 

High School Female Athlete: Callie Ronningen

Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich won both the volleyball and girls basketball Class B state championships during the 2019-20 high school year. On both teams, Callie Ronningen was the player who led the Cardinals to the titles.

 
Ronningen paced the undefeated (27-0) L-E-M basketball team with averages of 18.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.6 steals and was second on the team with 5.7 rebounds a game. She was a repeat first-team All-State selection and was named Class B Senior Girls Basketball Player of the Year as well as being a Miss Basketball finalist.
 
Ronningen led the 38-3-2 L-E-M volleyball team in kills (441), digs (547) and blocks (67, tied for first). She was named to the Class B All-Atate team for the third consecutive season.
 
Ronningen finished her high school career with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in basketball and more than 2,000 kills and 2,000 digs in volleyball.
 
Other finalists: Jes Mertens, Devils Lake, and Reile Payne, Fargo Shanley.
 
 
High School Female Team: Devils Lake girls basketball
 
The Firebirds graduated three starters from the team that was runner-up in the 2019 Class A state tournament. Rebuilding went well. Devils Lake opened the season with 22 straight wins before dropping a 79-70 decision to Fargo Davies in the East Region tournament semifinals. The Firebirds bounced back, winning a loser-out state-qualifier game, then won two straight at the Class A state tournament.
After the semifinals, however, the season was canceled to end a Devils Lake-Fargo Shanley state championship matchup. Devils Lake was 2-0 against the Deacons this season. The Firebirds finished 25-1.
 
First team All-Stater Jes Mertens paced a balanced lineup that also included all-East Region selections Jailyn Martinson, Ramsey Brown and Abby Johnson. All four averaged between 11 and 12.8 points in the balanced, high-powered offense.
 
Other finalists: Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich girls basketball and Langdon-Edmore-Munich volleyball
 
 
High School Female Coach: Rob Sherr / Justin Klein
 
Rob Scherr, Langdon-Edmore-Munich basketball, and Justin Klein, Devils Lake basketball: Scherr and Klein were co-winners of the award after their two basketball teams had a combined 52-1 record.
 
Scherr’s Cardinals were 27-0 relying on balance. Ronningen was not only L-E-M’s lone all-stater; she was the team’s lone pick on the All-
Region 4 team. Scherr’s starting five all averaged between 6.5 and 17.7 points. Scherr also had the Cardinals playing stingy defense. The result was L-E-M almost doubled its opponents in scoring average, getting 64.8 points a game while allowing an average of 33.6.
 
Klein also had a team built around a balanced offense. No Firebirds player averaged as many as 13 points a game. Yet Devils Lake had a 72.6 scoring average that was highest among all of the Class A teams in the state. That was only a 3-point drop in scoring average from a year ago, despite Klein having to work three new starters into the lineup and rebuild his bench.
 
Other finalist: Rob McIvor, Devils Lake hockey
 
 
High School Male Team: Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich football
 
The Cardinals had a second straight undefeated season, repeating as Class A state champions. They did so in dominant style. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich capped a 13-0 season by beating Minot Bishop Ryan 42-14 in the state championship game.
 
That was a typical margin of victory. In each of its 13 victories, L-E-M had a winning margin of 28 or more points. The Cardinals scored 39 or more points in every game while not allowing more than 16 in any game. They ended the season averaging 47.4 points a game while allowing an average of 7.5.
 
L-E-M was led by first-team all-staters quarterback Simon Romfo, linebacker Grant Romfo and wide receiver Jackson Delvo and second-team picks Sean Gette and Jesse Fetsch.
 
Other finalists: Hillsboro-Central Valley football and Bismarck High wrestling
 
 
High School Male Athlete: Cade Feeney, Bismarck Century
 
The senior is a multisport standout who wasn’t able to play baseball — a sport he’ll play at North Dakota State University — due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Feeney excelled in football and basketball.
 
Feeney was named Class AAA Senior Football Player of the Year after leading the Patriots to a 12-0 season and the state championship. Feeney accounted for almost 2,000 yards in total offense, as he passed for 1,293 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 703 yards and 13 TDs. He was intercepted only once all season.
 
The senior was a second team All-State selection in basketball with a strong all-around game. He averaged 21 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals.
 
In his career, Feeney played on state championship teams in football, baseball and basketball and earned all-state honors in all three sports.
 
Other finalists: Carson Henningsgard, Hillsboro-Central Valley; Oscar Benson, Hillsboro-Central Valley; Elijah Klein, Mandan; and Bo Belquist, New Rockford-Sheyenne
 
 
High School Male Coach: Mike LaMoine, Grand Forks Red River hockey
 
LaMoine was named interim head coach of the Roughriders at the end of October, approximately a month before Red River’s season opener. The Riders finished the season 18-7-2 and state champions.
 
LaMoine, a former defenseman for the UND hockey team, brought defense to the Riders. Other than a 4-4 tie against East Grand Forks Senior High, Red River held every opponent to less than four goals. Noah Burger and Nick Antonenko, splitting time in goal, had a combined 1.7 goals-against average.
 
Red River took the No. 4 seed into the East Region tournament. LaMoine’s stingy defense went 6-0 in the postseason, with its 4-3 win against Grand Forks Central in the state semifinals the most goals allowed in those six games.
 
Eleven teams had at least one all-state pick. Red River had no all-staters, but it had a state title under LaMoine.
 
Other finalists: Rick Smith, Four Winds-Minnewaukan basketball, and Jordan Wilhelm, Bismarck High basketball
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Metros pick up a pair of wins Thursday.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
Minot Metros 15, Dickinson Volunteers 5
Minot Metros 13, Dickinson Volunteers 7
 
Jamestown Eagles 10, Mandan A’s 2
Jamestown Eagles 11, Mandan A’s 1
 
Class AA
 
Billings MT 10, Dickinson Roughriders 2
Independent Baseball
Class B
 
Surrey 13, Crosby 2
Crosby 6, Surrey 5
 
Renville County 5, Garrison 0
Renville County 5, Garrison 3
 
Bismarck Reps 11, Bismarck Senators 4
Bismarck Reps 7, Bismarck Senators 6
 
Bismarck Capitals 9, Watford City Walleye 3
Bismarck Captials 14, Watford City Walleye 0
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MLB-DOMINICAN-TWINS-SANO’
 
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man. The Twins, however, said they were told Sano was cleared of the accusations.
 
Sano, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed. The player appeared Thursday at a hearing in the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris. The hearing was called so the sides could present their versions of events and seek a conciliation, but none was reached. No charges have been filed against Sano.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it’s “a delicate subject” and he declined to identify those with positive tests. Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Minnesota had “a few” players in the organization recently test positive. He said each player is “doing well” in self-isolation at home.
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NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY
 
UNDATED (AP) – The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in March. Lafreniere, an 18-year-old winger, is the consensus top prospect available and appears to be talented enough to potentially help next season and for years to come.
 
The Red Wings and the rest the league will find out tonight which team will be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to take him. Detroit has an 18.5% chance of having the No. 1 pick overall in the draft, on a day to be determined, after trailing every NHL team by at least 23 points and finishing 61 points behind the league-leading Boston Bruins.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-Heart SPORTS – THURSDAY – 062520 – 1600
 
VALLEY CITY, ND – What will high school sports look like in the COVID-19 era? We may have a better idea about that in a couple weeks. The North Dakota High School Activites Association Board of Directors met on Wednesday. It was determined that the guidelines for a return to competition for extracurricular activities will be aligned with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s K-12 Restart Plan. A final draft of that plan, approved by Governor Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health, is slated for mid July.
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EXPEDITION LEAGUE
 
MINOT, ND – Year three of the Expedition League begins tomorrow, and the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs start on the road.
Due to COVID-19, the season is beginng about a month later than normal. And because of coronavirus restrictions only six of the ten teams in the league will be able to play this summer. Souris Valley, Badlands and Pierre will make up the Lewis Division, while Freemont, Hastings and Western Nebraska comprise the Clark Division. Casper, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Wheat City will not be able to participate.
 
Teams will play a 52-game regular season schedule between now and August 19th. Badlands has won the Lewis Division the first two seasons and last year capped it off winning the Expedition League Championship. Souris Valley travels to Dickinson to battle the Big Sticks in a three-game series Friday – Sunday. The Sabre Dogs host the Big Sticks in their home opener series Monday – Wednesday at Corbett Field.
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PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
 
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) – Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 to take the early lead at the Travelers Championship. The 29-year-old Canadian flirted with 59 today as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus. TPC River Highlands is no stranger to low scores – Jim Furyk shot a tour-record 58 there four years ago. Hughes was bogey-free and made a 30-foot putt on his second-to-last hole to get to 10 under. But he left his 40-foot birdie try short on the last hole. It was good enough for a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy among the early starters.
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PGA-U.S. OPEN EXEMPTIONS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, the scene of Mickelson’s toughest loss in 2006.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS
 
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021. The 2021 inductees will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day.
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NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIRE
 
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Motor Speedway will allow fans in the grandstands and suites for the Aug. 2 NASCAR Cup Series race. Fans will be subject to social distancing requirements and additional health and safety protocols. The race was originally scheduled for July 19 and was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NBA-HAWKS-CARTER RETIRES
 
UNDATED (AP) – Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast today that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA.
 
His 22 seasons are the most in league history. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Carter started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.
 
Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) on the league’s all-time list. He started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.
 
Carter’s first season was the 1998-99 campaign, which was shortened to 50 games because of labor strife. His final season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Hawks will not be part of the 22 teams headed to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, next month for the planned resumption of NBA play.
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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K-Heart SPORTS – THURSDAY – 062520 – 0700
 
FARGO, ND – A football dynasty and its new quarterback, a hockey coach, an NAIA volleyball team and its coach and a junior college basketball player received college year-end awards from the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
North Dakota State’s football team, which has won eight of the last nine Football Championship Subdivision titles, was named the College Male Team of the Year while its first-year quarterback Trey Lance was named College Male Athlete of the Year. Brad Berry, who guided the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a No. 1 ranking, was named the College Male Coach of the Year.
 
The University of Jamestown volleyball team, which reached the semifinals of the NAIA national tournament, was named the College Female Team of the Year while its coach Jon Hegerle was named the College Female Coach of the Year. Amber Stevahn, a basketball player from Bismarck State College, was named the College Female Athlete of the Year.

College Male Team: NDSU football

 
The Bison capped a perfect season and became the first college football team to go 16-0 since the Yale Bulldogs in 1894. NDSU has won 37 consecutive games and eight of the past nine FCS championships, including the past three.
 
James Hendricks intercepted a pass near the goal line in the final seconds to seal a 28-20 victory against James Madison for the FCS championship last January before 17,866 fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
 
NDSU has a 128-8 record over the past nine seasons. The Bison are the sixth FCS team to go undefeated en route to a national title. They also had perfect seasons in 2013 and 2018. The eight national titles are also an FCS record. Georgia Southern has the second most FCS crowns with six.

College Male Athlete: Trey Lance

 
Lance, a standout quarterback from Marshall, Minn., became the first freshman to win the Walter Payton Award – the Football Championship Subdivision equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
 
Lance, who was offered a scholarship to play quarterback at Boise State, started all 16 games in leading the Bison to its eighth national title in the last nine years. Lance, who became the first Bison player to win the Payton Award, also won the FCS Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman. He was also the first freshman voted the Missouri Valley Football Conference offensive player of the year.
 
Lance set the NCAA all-divisions record for most passing attempts in a complete season (287) without an interception. He finished the year with a school-record 288 career consecutive passing attempts without an interception. He threw for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns and led the Bison in rushing with 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns.

College Male Coach: Brad Berry

 
Brad Berry has been head coach at UND for five years. In that short time, he has already led the program to two of its four best seasons in the 74 years of UND hockey.
 
The first one resulted in the 2016 NCAA national championship. This year, UND didn’t get the chance. But Berry, whose team won the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Penrose Cup and held the No. 1 spot in the Pairwise Rankings when the season came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus outbreak, has been recognized with the country’s top coaching honor.
 
Berry became UND’s first to win the Spencer Penrose Award as the national coach of the year as decided by the American Hockey Coaches Association since Dean Blais won it in 2001, which was Berry’s first year as a UND assistant coach.
 
College Female Team: Jamestown volleyball
 
The University of Jamestown 2019 volleyball season ended on Dec. 7 with a 3-1 loss to eventual NAIA national champion Marian University (Ind.) in the NAIA national semifinals at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
 
The Jimmies, who finished the season with a 33-6 record, were ranked No. 4 in the NAIA postseason coaches Top 25 Poll – the highest final ranking achieved in the program’s 44-year history. Jamestown finished the 2017 season ranked No. 15 in the postseason poll, which had been the best final ranking prior to this season.
 
One-third (11 of 33) of Jamestown’s wins came against opponents ranked in the NAIA Top 25. The Jimmies beat sixth-ranked Southern Oregon in the fourth game of the season, then in perhaps its signature win of 2019, defeated then-No. 2 ranked Northwestern (Iowa) in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.
 
Britta Knudson and Isabell Wedell were named NAIA All-Americans. Knudson was a second-team selection and Wedell was an honorable mention selection.
 
College Female Athlete: Amber Stevahn
 
Stevahn was one of only 10 players to earn All-American honors at the National Junior College Athletic Association level during her
sophomore season at Bismarck State College.
 
The 2018 Bismarck Shiloh Christian High School graduate averaged 25.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game in leading the Mystics to a 24-7 record. The 6-foot Stevahn amassed 1,519 points, 453 rebounds, 176 assists and 158 steals in her two-year career at BCS.
 
Stevahn, who will play at NCAA Division II Minot State next season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, led NJCAA Division I in scoring as a freshman (24.7). She ranked second this past season (25.1 ppg).
 
College Female Coach: Jon Hegerle
 
Hegerle, who has a 270-127 record in 11 seasons as the University of Jamestownwomen’s volleyball coach,led the Jimmies to a program-record 33-match victories in 2019 – becoming the first Jamestown sports program to compete in an NAIA championship semifinal.
 
His Jamestown teams have never won less than 20 matches in a season. The Jimmies won the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference championship on their home court on Nov. 16, defeating College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 3-0 at Harold Newman Arena, marking the first conference championship won inside the $16 million facility opened in 2017.
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MINOT, ND – The Bismarck Reps remain undefeated after sweeping the Minot Metros on Wednesday.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
Bismarck Reps 7, Minot Metros 5
Bismarck Reps 5, Minot Metros 1
 
Class AA
 
Pierre SD 10, Mandan Chiefs 4
Pierre SD 7, Mandan Chiefs 3
 
Independent League
Class B
 
Velva 7, Burlington 3
Burlington 12, Velva 4
Summer Softball
 
Westhope-Newburg-Bottineau 13, Heart River 13 (tie)
 
Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark 10, Wilton-Wing 0 (5)
Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark 11, Wilton-Wing 8
 
 
(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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K-Heart SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 062420 – 0700
 
FARGO, ND – A professional golfer from Fargo, an American Legion baseball team from Fargo and its coach and an American Legion baseball player from Thompson received year-end awards from the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Tom Hoge, a Fargo South High School graduate who has been on the Professional Golf Association Tour for the last six years, was named the winner of the Dakota Award – which annually goes to a North Dakotan who had outstanding achievements outside the state.
 
The Fargo Post 2 American Legion baseball team, which placed runnerup in the Legion World Series, was named the non-school team of the year award while its manager Luke Rustad was named the non-school coach of the year award. Marcus Hughes of the Thompson Legion baseball team was named the non-school athlete of the year award.
 
Dakota Award: Tom Hoge
 
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the stoppage of the PGA Tour in March came at an unfortunate time for Hoge, who was enjoying his best first-half of the season in his six full years on the tour. Prior to the stoppage, Hoge ranked 23rd on the PGA money list at $1,716,865. He had three top-10 finishes with a runner-up to his credit in the first tournament of the season at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
 
Hoge ranked 22nd in the FedEx Cup Standings, important status for retaining his tour card and earning his way into invitational tournaments. He recently received a call from Steve Stricker, the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup, to let Hoge know he is on the radar in making the team. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits, located north of Milwaukee, Wis., on Lake Michigan.
 
Other Dakota Award finalists were: Amy Olson, an LPGA golfer from Fargo; Cameron Morman, a professional rodeo steer wrestler from Glen Ullin and Andrew Towne, a rower from Grand Forks.
 
Non-School Team: Fargo Legion baseball
 
In the 91-year history of Fargo American Legion baseball, no Post 2 team had ever reached the championship game of the Legion World Series.
 
That was until last August when Post 2 became the third team to advance to the World Series and the first to reach the title game. In the tournament played in Shelby, N.C., Post 2 worked its way through the loser bracket to play Idaho Falls in the championship game.
Post 2 had a 2-1 lead when a Tuesday night, rain-suspended game resumed on a Wednesday morning. Post 2 loaded the bases twice but was unable to score, eventually losing 5-3.
 
Post 2, who lost to the same Idaho Falls team 7-3 in the opening round, finished the season with a 54-8 record.
 
The other Non-School Team finalist was Thompson’s Legion baseball team.
 
Non-School Coach: Luke Rustad
 
In his eighth season as the Fargo Post 2 American Legion baseball coach, Rustad had his most successful season as his team posted a 54-8 record enroute to a second-place finish at the Legion World Series.
 
“Being here was quite surreal,” said Luke Rustad, who has compiled a 363-113 record and five state titles in his eight seasons. “I hope our kids look at themselves and realize that Fargo Post 2 can compete with anybody in the nation. We are just that type of baseball program. This is something that isn’t just talked about but can be achieved.”
 
Other finalists for the Non-School Coach award were: Ryne Dolleslager, Thompson Legion baseball and Josh Allmaras, Kindred Legion baseball.
 
Non-School Athlete: Marcus Hughes
 
Hughes came up big on the mound and at the plate in leading Thompson to its third straight Class B American Legion state baseball championship.
 
Hughes pitched a no-hitter, striking out eight, as Thompson beat Carrington 6-0 in the second round of the state tournament. He followed that by driving in the game-winning run as Thompson scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Fargo Bombers 3-2.
 
Hughes had two hits and scored three runs as Thompson beat Carrington 15-5 in the state final. Hughes was named most valuable player in the state tournament.
 
The right-hander also threw a 2-hitter in a 1-0 win against Park River in a matchup of unbeatens in the District 5 tournament.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Vistas were on the road yesterday playing in Dickinson.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class AA
 
Dickinson Roughriders 8, Minot Vistas 7
Dickinson Roughriders 6, Minot Vistas 3
 
Bismarck Governors 6, West Fargo Patriots 2
West Fargo Patriots 3, Bismarck Governors 2
 
Independent League
Class B
 
Minot Expos 4, Makoti 3
Makoti 8, Minot Expos 7
 
Velva 6, Surrey 4
Surrey 6, Velva 1
 
Hazen 11, Stanley 0
Hazen 16, Stanley 4
 
Rugby 12, Cando 2
 
 
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BISMARCK (AP) – Four longtime coaches and a well-known member of the Fargo baseball community have received year-end awards from the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Darrel Anderson, Barry Holmen, Greg Ladoucer, Don Larson and Jim Pettersen have been selected for the Special Achievement award.
 
Darrell Anderson
 
Anderson retired as track and field coach at Bismarck High School after 30 seasons, leading the Demons to 14 state championships, including 11 in a row from 2004-2014. Anderson was named the 2012 national coach of the year. BHS athletes won 91 individual state championships under Anderson, including 40 relay titles. Anderson will coach one final season of cross country for the Demons. The upcoming season will be his 40th. The 1973 BHS grad has led the Demons to 11 cross country championships.
 
Barry Holmen
 
Holmen spent the past 35 years on the Minot High football coaching staff, including the last 15 as head coach before resigning his position in February. During Holmen’s tenure in charge, the Magicians had a record of 112-50, including Class AAA runner-up finishes in 2006, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Holmen also was an assistant track coach for the Magi from 1990-2004 and 2015-2020, and head coach from 2005-2010. Minot produced 11 state champions under Holmen, who worked specifically with hurdlers and high jumpers.
 
Greg LaDouceur
 
LaDouceur retired this spring after serving as a head high school tennis coach in Grand Forks for 30 years, first at Grand Forks Central, then at Grand Forks Red River. His teams won 21 state team championships — one with the Central boys program, 15 with the Red River boys team and five with the Red River girls program. LaDouceur had 19 teams that had undefeated seasons. His players won a total of 15 singles and 20 doubles state championships.
 
LaDouceur has been a part of two of the longest winning streaks in the state’s history.
 
LaDouceur has been the Red River boys tennis coach since the fall of 2001. He succeeded Kerry Jaeger, whose team closed the 2000 season with 11 straight dual wins. The Roughriders didn’t lose again until the 2015 season — a run of 211 consecutive dual wins.
 
LaDouceur replaced Tim Wynne as the Riders girls tennis coach in 2012 in the midst of another long winning streak. The team would extend its run to 203 consecutive dual wins before suffering a loss in the 2016 season.
 
He was named 2012 national tennis coach of the year and a finalist two other times. LaDouceur was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.
 
Don Larson
 
The plan this spring for Don Larson was to coach the North Dakota State men’s track and field team like he has for the last 41 years. The hope was the season would culminate with another Summit League Outdoor Track and Field team title and then he was to share some news to his athletes: He’s retiring. The news came earlier than expected. One of the most successful coaches in school history in any sport called it a career in late March. The end came sooner and not as anybody would have wanted with spring sports being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Larson will leave with 11 Summit outdoor titles in the 12 years the Bison have been in the league including the last 10 in a row. In all, he won 58 conference championships that includes indoor track and field and cross country.
 
Jim Pettersen
 
Pettersen left a baseball legacy in the Fargo-Moorhead area and beyond. He was the head coach at North Dakota State from 1985-1992, winning 131 games, the third most coaching wins in program history.
 
Pettersen, Fargo Post 2 Legion baseball chairman, died April 15, after a battle with COVID-19. He was 75 years old. Pettersen was hospitalized in Phoenix in early April after testing positive for the coronavirus. Pettersen was the chairman of a Post 2 team that advanced to the American Legion World Series championship game last summer.
 
To earn the Special Achievement award, recipients had to achieve 75% of the vote by the NDAPSSA members.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Metros were in Mandan and showed off their power in sweeping the Mandan A’s.
 
Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Class A
 
Minot Metros 11, Mandan A’s 3
Minot Metros 18, Mandan A’s 1
 
Bismarck Reps 5, Jamestown 3
Bismarck Reps 8, Jamestown 6
Independent League
Class B
 
Garrison 21, Stanley 0
Garrison 14, Stanley 0
 
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