KHRT ND News

K-Heart Sports – 09/02/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/02/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Class 11B high school football is on the air tonight as we travel down to Velva where the Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose Aggies host the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers. The Aggies are 2-0 on the season and ranked #3 in this week’s poll. The Lakers lost to Dickinson Trinity in their season opener and then had a bye last week. Pre-game is set for 6:40 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at khrt.com.
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MINOT, ND – Thursday’s scores:
 
High School Football
Class 9B
Dunseith def. Lewis & Clark, 32-30
 
High School Boys Soccer
Bismarck Legacy 1, Minot High 0
Mandan 1, Jamestown 1
Bismarck High 2, Bismarck Century 0
Williston 5, Dickinson 1
 
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Minot High 115, Bismarck Legacy 69
Bismarck Century 108, Minot High 77
Dickinson 114, Mandan 72
Jamestown 99, Bismarck High 86
 
High School Boys Tennis
Bismarck Century 6, Mandan 3
Bismarck Legacy 6, Bismarck High 1
 
High School Volleyball
 
Class A
Dickinson def. Minot High (3-1) 25-22, 25-19, 16-25, 25-19
Williston def. Watford City (3-1) 25-14, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck St. Mary’s (3-1) 25-20, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18
Bismarck High def. Turtle Mountain (3-0) 25-18, 25-15, 25-14
Bismarck Legacy def. Jamestown (3-1) 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17
 
Class B
Kenmare def. Our Redeemer’s (3-0) 25-14, 25-22, 25-18
South Prairie-Max def. Nedrose (3-1)
Newburg-Westhope def. Surrey (3-0) 25-15, 25-23, 25-17
Velva def. Berthold (3-1) 27-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21
Bottineau def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-0) 25-7, 25-19, 25-10
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Garrison (3-1) 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17
Central McLean def. TGU (3-0) 25-22, 29-27, 25-11
Harvey-Wells County def. Drake-Anamoose (3-2) 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9
Ray def. Tioga (3-0) 25-11, 25-17, 25-19
Divide County def. Powers Lake-Burke Central (3-1) 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23
Killdeer def. Washburn (3-2)
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UND FOOTBALL
 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (UND) – Former North Dakota wide receiver Travis Toivonen was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday afternoon. He will join the team’s practice squad and is one of the 14 players on the scout team. Toivonen ranks third in UND’s Division I era in both career receptions (139) and yards (1,719). He also sits fourth in career touchdown grabs with 13. Toivonen played four seasons with North Dakota graduating in 2019. He helped the Fighting Hawks reach the postseason in both 2016 and 2019, the first two appearances for the program in its Division I era (2008-present). He was undrafted in 2020 and spent the year signed with the Fan Controlled Football League. Toivonen was later signed by the Seattle Seahawks and then spent the end of the 2021 season with the New York Giants. Most recently, Toivonen was resigned by the Giants and then let go last week. The Red Wing, Minn., native is now one of three UND products on current NFL rosters, joining Kenny Golladay (2012-13) who is with the New York Giants and recent Fighting Hawk Matt Waletzko (2018-21) who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2022 NFL Draft.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 09/01/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/01/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Kindred and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion remain atop the Class 11B and Class 9B football polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)                   Record    Points    Last Week
1. Kindred (11)                                     2-0          73         1
2. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (5)  1-0          69         2
3. Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose    2-0          37         5
4. Dickinson Trinity                               2-0          30        RV
5. Shiloh Christian                                2-0          14        RV
 
Others receiving votes: Thompson (2-0), Hillsboro-Central Valley (1-1), Oakes (2-0), Central Cass (1-1)
 
Class 9B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)            Record    Points    Last Week
1. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (16)  2-0          80        1
2. New Salem-Almont                   2-0          51        3
3. Cavalier                                     2-0          47        2
4. MayPort-C-G                             2-0          42        4
5. North Star                                  2-0            6        RV
 
Others receiving votes: North Prairie (2-0), South Border (2-0), Divide County (2-0), Nelson County (2-0)
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NFL-VOLSON
 
MINOT, ND – An All-State football player from Drake-Anamoose High School will be starting in the NFL as a rookie. Cordell Volson was named starting left guard on Wednesday for the Cincinnati Bengals when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener on September 11 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Volson was drafted by the Bengals, who are defending American Football Conference (AFC) Champions, during the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft held in Las Vegas on April 30. Volson was a standout lineman playing 9-Man football for Drake-Anamoose High School, earning All-State First Team honors in 2015 (senior season) as a defensive lineman. He then went to NDSU and played in a school record 65 career games including 41 consecutive starts over his last three seasons with the team. Volson was part of four FCS National Championship teams with the Bison and a member of five NDSU squads that won Missouri Football Conference championships. Twice, Volson was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America First Team. Volson joins a successful Bengals squad who made it all the way to the Super Bowl last season before losing to the Los Angeles Rams. He will now be tasked with protecting Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow.
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VIKINGS-REAGOR
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Wide receiver Jalen Reagor was acquired by Minnesota in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday, sending two draft picks to the Eagles for the player who was selected immediately in front of Vikings star Justin Jefferson two years ago. The Vikings dealt a seventh-round 2023 pick and a conditional fourth-round 2024 pick to the Eagles, whose choice of Reagor out of TCU at No. 21 overall in 2020 delighted Vikings officials and allowed them to take Jefferson next out of LSU. Jefferson has the most receiving yards (3,016) in NFL history over a player’s first two seasons. Reagor has 64 receptions for 695 yards and three touchdowns over two years. With Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn entrenched as the top three wide receivers, Reagor will bring more value as a punt returner. He returned one punt for a 73-yard touchdown as a rookie and averaged 7.3 yards per punt return in 2021 on 31 attempts. That’s the role the Vikings were targeting for wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who was waived to make room on the 53-man roster for Reagor. Smith-Marsette, a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa last year, had an uneven training camp. As a rookie, he had four kickoff returns for an average of 20.8 yards and took two of his five receptions for touchdowns.
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, J.D. Martinez also homered to back Michael Wacha’s strong start for Boston and the Red Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday night. Bogaerts and Martinez went deep during a five-run third inning against Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Bogaerts added an RBI double in the sixth as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak. Wacha (10-1) won his seventh straight decision, yielding two runs on four hits in six innings and striking out seven. Garrett Whitlock surrendered three runs in two relief innings. Matt Barnes allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach but finished out his fourth save. Ryan (10-7) gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He had allowed just four runs over his previous three starts, spanning 17 2/3 innings. The Twins lost for the first time in six games but didn’t lose any ground in the AL Central. Cleveland, which lost 4-0 to Baltimore, leads the division by 1 1/2 games. Minnesota starts a road swing on Friday with the first of three against the White Sox. RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.04) will start Friday’s game and Chicago counters with RHP Davis Martin (2-4, 4.62).
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MINNESOTA UNITED
 
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Sergio Cordova, Jefferson Savarino and Anderson Julio each scored as Real Salt Lake earned a 3-0 win over Minnesota United on Wednesday night. Cordova opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Savarino made it 2-0 in the 23rd. Julio scored in the 79th. Zac MacMath saved the one shot he faced for RSL (11-8-9). Dayne St. Clair saved two shots for United (13-10-5). RSL next plays on Sunday against Los Angeles FC on the road, and United will host Dallas on Saturday.
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WILD-DUCKS TRADE
 
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in a trade for future considerations. The 31-year-old Kulikov had seven goals and 17 assists with a plus-23 rating over 80 games last season for the Wild, who signed the Russian to a two-year contract as a free agent last summer. The Florida Panthers’ first-round pick in 2009 will begin his 14th NHL season with his seventh team next month. He has 42 goals and 156 assists in 805 career games. Kulikov is the latest low-risk veteran addition to the rebuilding Ducks, who have bolstered their gifted young core with complementary talent during their first offseason under new general manager Pat Verbeek. Anaheim signed productive defenseman John Klingberg to a one-year deal after signing center Ryan Strome and forward Frank Vatrano to multiyear deals. Kulikov has one year and $2.25 million remaining on his contract. Minnesota has spent much of the summer attempting to squeeze its payroll under the NHL salary cap. Anaheim is still currently near the league’s minimum payroll as Verbeek carefully manages his long-term commitments with a rebuilding roster.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/31/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/31/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Volleyball took center court on the local sports schedule for Tuesday.
 
High School Girls Volleyball
 

Class A
Minot High def. Jamestown, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18
Bismarck Legacy def. Mandan, 25-14, 25-11, 25-20
Bismarck High def. Williston, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-23
Bismarck Century def. Watford City, 25-16, 25-14, 25-11

Class B
Our Redeemer’s def. Nedrose, 25-7, 25-12, 25-17
Bishop Ryan def. Velva, 25-19, 25-21, 25-10
Garrison def. Berthold, 25-12, 25-21, 25-15
Kenmare def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 25-15, 25-23, 25-13
Glenburn def. TGU, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22
Bottineau def. South Prairie-Max, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9
Central McLean def. Surrey, 25-21, 23-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-13
Newburg-Westhope def. St. John, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14
North Prairie def. Drake-Anamoose, 25-16, 25-12, 25-20
North Star def. Rugby, 25-21, 25-12, 18-25, 24-26, 15-5
Carrington def. Harvey-Wells County, 25-12, 25-9, 25-12
Stanley def. North Shore-Plaza, 25-4, 25-14, 25-12
Powers Lake-Burke Central def. Trinity Christion, 25-9, 25-11, 25-15

 
High School Boys Soccer
Minot High 5, Dickinson 0 (Magicians improve to 6-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 WDA)
Bismarck Century 2, Bismarck Legacy 1
Mandan 6, Williston 2
Bismarck High 2, Jamestown 0
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
Minot High 6, Bismarck Legacy 1 (Minot now 8-1 on the year)
Mandan 7, Jamestown 2
Bismarck Century 5, Bismarck High 2
 
 
High School Girls Golf
Class A
 
Bismarck Legacy Invite – Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck
1. Bismarck Century, 337
2. Mandan, 340
3. Minot High, 359
4. Bismarck Legacy, 360
5. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 376
6. Williston, 378
7. Jamestown, 380
8. Dickinson, 394
9. Minot North, 418
10. Watford City, 476
 
Medalist: Anna Huettl of Mandan, 76
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MSU GOLF
 
FARIBAULT, Minn. (MSU) – Turning in the third-best round of the day on Tuesday, Minot State’s Holly Knudsen charged up the leaderboard for a Top 5 finish at the season-opening Maverick Invitational hosted by Minnesota State, Mankato. Knudsen fired a 7-over 79, one of just four rounds in the 70s for the ladies in the final round Tuesday at the Faribault Golf and Country Club, finishing tied for fifth at 19-over 163 (84-79) to lead the way for the Beaver women’s golf team, which finished sixth in the first event of the fall.
 
On the men’s side, Colton Horn and Aaron Grandy each shot 4-over 76s on the second day, improving over their first-round effort on Monday to finish 20th and tied for 22nd, respectively, as Minot State cut seven shots from its team score on the second the day to finish fifth. Andrew Makarchuk had the top finish for the Beavers as he tied for 13th overall with two consistent rounds of 76 and 77 for a 9-over 153, while Horn shot rounds of 81 and 76 for a 13-over 157, and Grandy carded an 83 and 76 to finish at 15-over 159. Aimery Barrault tied for 17th for the Minot State men at 10-over 154 (76-78) and Zach Hendrickson was 26th with a 19-over 163 (81-82) in his first collegiate tournament. The Minot State men finished sixth with a team total of 45-over 621 while Minnesota State also grabbed the men’s team title with an 11-over 587 (292-295).
 
On the women’s side, Knudsen led the way with the first top five-finish of her collegiate career while teammate Taylor Cormier added a Top 10 finish as she shot 83 and 84 to finish tied for 10th at 23-over 167. Jaci Jones was next for the Beavers in 29th at 44-over 188 (94-94), Abigail Goettle finished 34th at 67-over 211 (110-101), and Averi Bradley was 35th at 76-over 220 (108-112). The tournament was the first collegiate event for both Goettle and Bradley. The Minot State women finished sixth with a team total of 151-over 727 (369-358) while host Minnesota State won the tournament with a score of 85-over 661 (332-329).
 
The Minot State golf teams get nearly two weeks off before hitting the course again, playing at the Bemidji State Invite at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12-13.
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MSU SOCCER
 
SPEARFISH, S.D. (MSU) – The Minot State women’s soccer team opened their 2022 season with a dramatic finish to earn a 1-1 draw at Black Hills State on Monday at Ronnie Theisz Field. Black Hills State (0-2-1) broke the scoreless tie when Emma Avery scored in the 50th minute on a penalty kick. The Beavers responded to make it a 1-1 game on a penalty-kick goal from Hadlee Paxman in the 88th minute. The goal was the first of the collegiate career for Paxman. Minot State received one yellow card. Maddie Kindred recorded two saves for the Beavers out of seven total Yellow Jackets shots. Minot State totaled six shots on goal. Minot State moved to 0-0-1 on the season with the draw. The Beavers next play their home opener against No. 14-ranked Emporia State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at First Western Bank Field at Herb Parker Stadium.
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Gordon hit his first career grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, Jake Cave and Gary Sánchez also homered, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 10-5 on Tuesday night. Gordon lined a two-run double in the first inning and followed with a drive to the upper deck in right field in the fifth to lead Minnesota to its fifth straight win. The Twins trail AL Central-leading Cleveland by 1 1/2 games. “His nickname’s ‘Flash’ and he was definitely that spark for us tonight,” said Chris Archer, who started for Minnesota and allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Michael Fulmer (5-5) worked 1 1/3 innings of relief with two strikeouts. Kutter Crawford (3-6) surrendered five runs — four earned — on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for Boston, which has lost seven of nine, Boston will have RHP Michael Wacha (9-1, 2.53 ERA) on the mound for the series finale tonight. Minnesota counters with RHP Joe Ryan (10-6, 3.65).
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VIKINGS-ROSTER CUTDOWN
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings waived quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond at the NFL’s roster cutdown deadline Tuesday, keeping only one backup for Kirk Cousins. Mannion and Mond became expendable last week when the Vikings acquired Nick Mullens in a trade with Las Vegas for a conditional 2024 seventh-round draft choice. Cousins has never missed a game to injury in his NFL career.
 
Mond was the first of four picks the Vikings made in the third round in 2021, the 66th overall selection out of Texas A&M. Ryan Tannehill (No. 8 in 2012) and Johnny Manziel (No. 22 in 2014) were the only other Texas A&M quarterbacks in history to be drafted higher. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound native of San Antonio was deemed too raw as a rookie for any role beside the No. 3 job. He was only active for one game, when Cousins was out with COVID-19 and Mannion started at Green Bay in Week 16, but he attempted only three passes in relief in that game. Over three preseason games this month, Mond went 29 for 51 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while taking five sacks.
 
Mannion has drawn rave reviews from Cousins and the coaching staff for his character and intelligence, but since being drafted in the third round in 2015 by the Rams he has only three career starts. Filling in for Cousins against the Packers last year, Mannion went 22 for 36 for 189 yards, one touchdown and two sacks with no turnovers. Both Mannion and Mond are candidates for the practice squad.
Of the 11 players the Vikings drafted in 2021, only five remained on the active roster after the latest cuts: starting left tackle Christian Darrisaw (first round), backup outside linebacker Patrick Jones II (third), backup running back and kickoff returner Kene Nwangwu (fourth), starting safety Camryn Bynum (fourth) and backup wide receiver and punt returner Ihmir Smith-Marsette (fifth). Linebacker Chazz Surratt and guard Wyatt Davis, both third-rounders last year, were also among the players waived.
 
The Vikings made two trades, sending guard Jesse Davis to Pittsburgh for a conditional 2025 seventh-round draft pick and acquiring Houston defensive lineman Ross Blacklock and a seventh-round 2023 draft pick for a 2023 sixth-rounder. The departure of Davis all but secured a starting spot at right guard for rookie Ed Ingram Jr. Blacklock was a second-round pick in 2020. He’ll essentially replace defensive lineman Armon Watts, the most accomplished of the 23 players let go by the Vikings. Watts was the only player listed on the first team on the depth chart who participated in the second preseason game on Aug. 20, so the coaching staff was clearly not yet sold on his status in the lineup next to Harrison Phillips and Dalvin Tomlinson on the interior of the 3-4 base defense.
 
Luiji Vilain, an outside linebacker from Wake Forest, and Ryan Wright, the punter from Tulane, were the only undrafted rookies to make the initial 53-man roster.
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WILD-STEEL SIGNING
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed former Anaheim Ducks center Sam Steel to a one-year, $825,000 contract on Tuesday, adding depth at a vital position. The 24-year-old Steel played in a career-most 68 games for the Ducks last season, collecting six goals, 14 assists and a career-high 27 blocked shots. The 2016 first-round draft pick has 24 goals and 41 assists in 197 career NHL games over parts of four seasons, all with Anaheim. The native of Alberta became the youngest Ducks player to record a hat trick when he scored three goals on March 26, 2019, as a 21-year-old.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/30/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/30/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – West Fargo Sheyenne and Jamestown remain atop the Class 11AA and 11A football polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11AA Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)          Record    Points    Last Week
1. West Fargo Sheyenne (16)   1-0           84         1
2. Mandan                                 1-0           61         3
3. Fargo Shanley                      1-0            47         4
4. West Fargo (1)                      1-0           33         RV
5. Bismarck Century                  0-1           16         2
 
Others receiving votes: Fargo Davies (0-1), Minot High (1-0)
 
Class 11A Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Jamestown (15)                1-0          83         1 
2. Fargo North (2)                 2-0          68         2
3. Dickinson                          1-0          48         3
4. Fargo South                      1-0          37         5
5. Grand Forks Red River     1-1          10         4
 
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (1-0)
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MINOT, ND – Monday’s scores:
 
High School Girls Volleyball
 
Class B
Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. Turtle Mountain Sophomores, 25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 25-20
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TWINS-RED SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gio Urshela’s three-run double in the fifth inning pushed Minnesota ahead and four relievers made the lead hold up as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win. Urshela punched a 3-2 pitch from John Schreiber into the right-field corner, scoring all three runners who had walked. Caleb Thielbar (3-2) earned the win in relief of starter Dylan Bundy. Thielbar pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings after Bundy had allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings. There were runners on the corners with two outs when Thielbar entered and struck out pinch hitter Rob Refsnyder to end the inning. Thielbar, Jhoan Duran, Griffin Jax and Jorge López combined to allow just one baserunner in the final 4 1/3 innings. López finished for his 23rd save, fourth with Minnesota. The Twins pulled within 1 1/2 games of idle Cleveland in the AL Central.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.30 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox tonight. Minnesota will start RHP Chris Archer (2-7, 4.34).
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TWINS-INJURY UPDATE
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As they try to stay in the playoff race, the Minnesota Twins could get back several reinforcements from the injured list in the next few weeks. Former ace Kenta Maeda is unlikely to be one of them. Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said Monday that All-Star center fielder Byron Buxton, who’s out with low grade right hip strain, will stay in Minnesota to rehab when the team leaves for a road trip that starts Friday. Falvey said Buxton still has soreness in his hip. “Obviously, most focused on getting Byron where he needs to be, more than anything,” Falvey said.
 
Falvey outlined where multiple players are in their rehab, noting outfielder Trevor Larnach and pitchers Josh Winder, Bailey Ober and Randy Dobnak are getting closer to a return. Right-hander Tyler Mahle (right shoulder inflammation) has thrown bullpen sessions and could be ready to return to the Twins later this week.
 
But while reports are encouraging on Maeda’s rehab from elbow replacement surgery, the team won’t push for a return for the pitcher this season. Maeda had Tommy John surgery last September and a recent check-up with Dr. Keith Meister was promising. “Everything kind of feels like it’s in a good place,” Falvey said. “However, based on the return progression from the doctor’s standpoint and from what Kenta feels comfortable with, we aren’t going to push as hard over the next couple of weeks because we just want to make sure he’s comfortable, the doctor’s comfortable and otherwise.”
 
Maeda has been throwing bullpens and the team originally believed he might be ready to help in September. Falvey said he’s been throwing upper-80s to low-90s mph in his throwing sessions. Maeda and Dobnak (right middle finger strain) have missed the entire season. Dobnak has returned to throwing — he’s part of a group of three pitchers with Winder (shoulder impingement) and Ober (right groin strain) that could help Minnesota soon. Winder is scheduled to pitch three innings for Triple-A St. Paul on Tuesday. Ober has thrown live batting practice and is lined up to start for Single-A Fort Myers on Sept. 1. Winder, Ober and Dobnak are former starters who will likely return in a bullpen role.
 
Larnach has missed the past 56 games with a core muscle injury, but he’s scheduled to play for Fort Myers by the end of this week. Also, catcher Ryan Jeffers has gone to Fort Myers to increase his activity after surgery on a fractured right thumb.
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VIKINGS-JOHNSON OUT
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson will miss the season with a knee injury for the second straight year. Johnson was placed on injured reserve on Monday, one day before the NFL’s deadline for reducing rosters to the 53-player limit for the regular season. The fourth-year player was hurt in the team’s final preseason game at Denver on Saturday, after which coach Kevin O’Connell confirmed the injury was serious. Johnson suffered a torn ACL during training camp last year. He was firmly in the mix for a backup spot behind Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn. Drafted in the seventh round in 2019 out of Colorado State, Johnson had 31 catches for 294 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. The Vikings also placed defensive lineman T.Y. McGill on injured reserve, after the veteran hurt his ankle in the last preseason game. McGill had 3 1/2 sacks over the three exhibition games, the second-most in the league this preseason. By landing on injured reserve before the roster cutdown, Johnson and McGill are not eligible to return to the active roster in 2022.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/28/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/28/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Saturday’s scores
 
High School Football
Class 11A
#5 Dickinson def. West Fargo (11AA), 42-0
 
 
High School Boys Cross Country
Grand Forks Invite
1. Fargo Davies, 48
2. Grand Forks Red River, 57
3. West Fargo Sheyenne, 101
4. Kindred, 116
5. Devils Lake, 137
6. Minot High, 155
7. Grand Forks Central, 156
8. West Fargo, 176
9. Fargo South, 238

Individual winner: Aiden Johnson of West Fargo Sheyenne, 16:11

 
 
High School Girls Cross Country
Grand Forks Invite
1. Minot High, 55
2. Grand Forks Red River, 55
3. Fargo Davies, 75
4. West Fargo, 100
5. West Fargo Sheyenne, 107
6. Grand Forks Central, 142
7. Central Cass, 184
8. Devils Lake, 199
 
Individual winner: Trinity Jessen of Minot High, 19:21
 
 
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Coyote Invite – Williston
1. Bismarck Century, 397
2. Minot High, 395.5
3. West Fargo Sheyenne, 358.5
4. Dickinson, 298.5
5. Bismarck Legacy, 226.5
6. Williston, 224
7. Mandan, 134
 
High School Boys Soccer
Minot High 1, Mandan 0
Dickinson 3, Bismarck Century 3
Jamestown 2, Williston 1
Bismarck Legacy 1, Bismarck High 0
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
Minot High 8, Fargo Shanley 1
Fargo Davies 5, Minot High 4
West Fargo Sheyenne 9, Jamestown 0
Bismarck Legacy 7, Williston 0
West Fargo Sheyenne 6, Bismarck Century 3
 
 
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
 
East-West Crossover – Bismarck (Minot High results)
Fargo South def. Minot High, 25-16, 25-20, 11-15
West Fargo Sheyenne def. Minot High, 25-14, 25-5, 10-15
Minot High def. Devils Lake, 25-9, 25-17, 16-14
Fargo Davies def. Minot High, 25-13, 25-15, 15-10
 
Class B

Coal Country Invite – Beulah / Hazen

 
Gold Bracket
First Round
Beulah def. Shiloh Christian, 25-22, 25-19
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Dickinson Trinity, 26-24, 25-18
Bishop Ryan def. Flasher, 25-14, 25-15
Our Redeemer’s def. Center-Stanton, 23-25, 25-12, 15-12
Consolation
Dickinson Trinity def. Shiloh Christian, 25-20, 25-15
Center-Stanton def. Flasher, 25-14, 25-19
Semifinal
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Beulah, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14
Our Redeemer’s def. Bishop Ryan, 18-25, 25-16, 15-7
7th Place
Shiloh Christian def. Flasher, 29-27, 20-25, 15-5
5th Place
Dickinson Trinity def. Center-Stanton, 25-16, 25-14
3rd Place
Beulah def. Bishop Ryan, 25-20, 25-15
Championship
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Our Redeemer’s, 25-22, 26-24
 
Silver Bracket
First Round
Stanley def. New Salem-Almont
Lisbon def. Richardton-Taylor
New England def Berthold
Hazen def. Ray
Consolation
Richardton-Taylor def. New Salem-Almont
Ray def. Berthold
Semifinal
Lisbon def. Stanley
New England def. Hazen
7th Place
New Salem-Almont def. Berthold
5th Place
Ray def. Richardton-Taylor
3rd Place
Stanley def. Hazen
Championship
Lisbon def. New England
 
College Womens Volleyball
Rosella Meier Fall Classic – Kearney, Nebraska
Central Washington def Minot State, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14
Midwestern State University Texas def. Minot State, 22-25, 25-11, 19-25, 25-20, 15-12
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TWINS-GIANTS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gilberto Celestino walked with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday night. It was the second straight win for Minnesota, which had previously lost six in a row. Pinch-runner Caleb Hamilton started the extra inning on second base and advanced to third on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Nick Gordon. Gio Urshela walked and Max Kepler was intentionally walked before Celestino took four straight balls from Dominic Leone (4-5), San Francisco’s fifth reliever of the night. Minnesota scored all its runs in the final two innings.
UP NEXT
Today’s series finale has San Francisco RHP Jakob Junis (4-3, 3.58) scheduled to face Minnesota RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 7.36).
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VIKINGS-BRONCOS
 
DENVER (AP) — Third-year defensive tackle McTelvin Agim’s spot on the Denver Broncos roster is all but assured. Still, he went into the final tune-up determined to stand out in case he finds himself looking for work. Agim forced two fumbles and broke up two passes in the Broncos’ 23-13 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night, and his best play, a strip-sack of Sean Mannion, led to Baron Browning’s 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown just before halftime. “That was my mind-set,” Agim said, “just put the best film out there so all 31 other teams see it, as well.” They’ll be impressed, but it won’t matter. Agim isn’t going anywhere. Both teams rested their starters in the preseason finale, and none of the four backup quarterbacks threw a touchdown.
 
Browning, whom the Broncos (2-1) moved from inside linebacker to the edge this year, stunted up the middle and nearly pried the ball from Mannion’s grasp himself as he swept past him in the final minute of the first half. Agim was right there to slap the ball out as he wrapped up Mannion from behind for a 10-yard sack. Browning reached back, grabbed the ball with his right hand and zipped into the end zone to give Denver a 17-7 lead. “That was a killer,” Vikings rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell said. “Sean’s trying to get ready check the ball down. We coach real hard to have two hands on it in the pocket.”
 
Mannion got the Vikings, who went winless in the preseason, to midfield for Greg Joseph’s 46-yard field goal as time expired, cutting Minnesota’s deficit to 17-10 at halftime. Joseph’s 58-yarder five seconds into the fourth quarter made it 17-13 and the Vikings were driving again when safety rookie safety Dalarrin Turner-Yell returned from a concussion check to sack Kellen Mond on fourth-and-goal from the Denver 5. Brandon McManus capped the scoring with a pair of field goals over the final 3:19.
 
With Kirk Cousins sitting out again, Mannion was 9-of-16 for 121 yards and Mond went 10 for 17 for 102 yards in the second half. Like Cousins, Russell Wilson didn’t play at all in the preseason. Brett Rypien was 14 for 21 for 137 yards in the first half and Josh Johnson threw for 107 yards on 11-of-14 passing. Wilson dressed out in full pads and even put on his eye black to watch the action from the sideline with Denver’s other resting starters were decked out in street clothes. He also had a headset and a microphone to listen to rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett calling the offensive plays and consulting with offensive coordinator Justin Outten. “So, he got to hear how I talked to the coaches and how I call plays,” said Hackett, whose first real-game experience with Wilson will be in the opener at Seattle.
 
Rypien drove the Broncos to the Minnesota 8 on Denver’s opening possession but his throw over the middle to K.J. Hamler on first-and-goal was tipped by Myles Dorn and intercepted by Luiji Vilain. Johnson drove Denver on a pair of drives that ended in field goals. McManus’ 40-yarder made it 20-13 with 3:19 remaining. That’s when Denver’s defense, which collected five sacks, showed up again.
Rookie Nik Bonnito recorded consecutive sacks of Mond, Agim batted down his fourth-and-27 pass with 2:07 remaining, and Denver took over at the Vikings 8. McManus added a 31-yard field goal in the waning seconds. Minnesota’s first touchdown came on Bryant Koback’s carry on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Officials initially ruled he was stuffed by Turner-Yell but the Vikings won the challenge, giving them a 7-3 lead. Montrell Washington’s 11-yard TD on a reverse gave Denver the lead for good at 10-7.
 
NOT-SO-SPECIAL TEAMS
The Broncos have been dreadful on special teams for several years and things didn’t look much different Saturday night as returner Jalen Virgil muffed the opening kickoff, knocking the ball out of bounds at the 2. In the third quarter, Broncos snapper Jacob Bobenmoyer inexplicably carried the ball several yards across the goal line for a touchback that left punter Sam Martin perplexed as to why he didn’t just down the ball inside the 10.
 
INJURIES
Vikings: DL T.Y. McGill Jr. (ankle) and LB Troy Dye (foot) both were injured in the first quarter and didn’t return. WR Jalen Nailor was ruled out with a concussion early in the third quarter. WR Bisi Johnson left shortly thereafter with what O’Connell feared was a serious knee injury.
 
UP NEXT
The Vikings open the season at home against rival Green Bay on Sept. 11.
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/27/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/27/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – It was a wild start to our high school football broadcast last night in Surrey. Easton Andel returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn. Jesse Dalby then returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a Mustang touchdown. The Sioux would eventually win by a final of 44-28. Andel would tally 17 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while Walker Braaten added 17 carries for 108 yards and a score in the win. The two also connected on a 55 yard touchdown pass. Braaten also had four interceptions with one of them returned 75 yards for a TD. The Mustang offense was led by Will Webb with 21 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.
 
Other scores from Friday:
 
High School Football
 
Class 9B
#1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Enderlin, 59-0
#3 New Salem-Almont def. Grant County-Flasher, 44-22
#4 MayPort-CG def. Hankinson, 52-12
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. #5 North Border, 36-26
Divide County def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 54-0
Tioga def. Dunseith, 42-8
Alexander def. Lewis & Clark, 18-16
North Star def. TGU, 48-0
North Prairie def. St. John, 20-14
Central McLean def. Hettinger-Scranton, 14-8
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter def. Richard-Taylor-Hebron, 44-6
South Border def. Hettinger County, 38-8
Beach def. Kidder County, 22-14
Nelson County def. Four Winds, 30-26
Center-Stanton (6-Man) def. Midway-Minto, 28-6
Hatton-Northwood def. Tri-State, 36-0
Maple River def. Richland, 24-8
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood def. Griggs-Midkota, 65-8
 
Class 11B
#1 Kindred def. #3 Hillsboro-Central Valley, 36-0
#2 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. Harvey-Wells County, 48-8
Oakes def. #4 Central Cass, 22-14
#5 Velva-Drake/Anamoose-Garrison def. Beulah, 30-19
South Prairie-Max def. Killdeer, 34-7
Dickinson Trinity def. Bishop Ryan, 61-22
Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central def. Southern McLean, 22-8
Bowman County def. Stanley, 36-0
Ray-Powers Lake def. Heart River, 31-0
Shiloh Christian def. Nedrose, 39-7
Hazen def. Watford City (11A), 26-16
Bottineau def. Grafton, 30-8
Rugby def. Carrington, 12-7
Thompson def. Park River Area, 20-16
Northern Cass def. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 21-13
Lisbon def. Linton-HMB, 20-12
Sargent County def. Fargo Oak Grove, 20-13
 
Class 11A
#1 Jamestown def. #4 Grand Forks Red River, 28-12
#2 Fargo North def. Grand Forks Central, 35-12
#5 Fargo South def. Williston (11AA), 45-6
Valley City def. Turtle Mountain, 35-0
Wahpeton def. Devils Lake, 21-12
 
Class 11AA
#1 West Fargo Sheyenne def. Bismarck Legacy, 35-14
West Fargo def. #2 Bismarck Century, 7-6
#3 Mandan def. #5 Fargo Davies, 34-26
#4 Fargo Shanley def. Bismarck High, 40-18
Minot High def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 28-0
 
 
High School Boys Cross Country
Class A
 
Bismarck Rusty Bucket
1. Bismarck High, 26
2. Bismarck Legacy, 44
3. Bismarck Century, 62
4. Mandan, 96
 
Individual winner: Brady Korsmo of Bismarck High, 15:37
 
 
High School Girls Cross Country
Class A
 
Bismarck Rusty Bucket
1. Bismarck High, 40
2. Bismarck Legacy, 42
3. Bismarck Century, 69
4. Mandan, 113
 
Individual winner: Bayla Weigel of Bismarck High, 14:39
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
Bismarck Century 8, Williston 1
West Fargo Sheyenne 7, Bismarck Legacy 2
West Fargo Sheyenne 8, Mandan 1
Minot High vs. Valley City (Match could not be completed due to weather)
 
 
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
 
East-West Crossover – Bismarck
Pool Play
Minot High def. Valley City, 25-14, 25-20, 9-15
Grand Forks Red River def. Minot High, 25-17, 25-17, 8-15
Minot High def. West Fargo Horace, 25-14, 25-23, 13-15
 
 
College Womens Volleyball
Rosella Meier Fall Classic – Kearney, Nebraska
#10 Nebraska-Kearney def. Minot State, 25-16, 25-10, 25-13
#2 Washburn (Kansas) def. Minot State, 25-9, 25-12, 25-17
 
Beavers play Central Washington and Midwestern State University Texas today
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TWINS-GIANTS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gilberto Celestino hit a bases-clearing double and Gary Sánchez added two-run home run, all in a six-run third inning, as the Minnesota Twins snapped a six-game skid with a 9-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Carlos Correa and Kyle Garlick also homered for Minnesota, which scored just a dozen runs and batted .176 during its nearly week-long losing streak. Garlick had three hits in his return to the lineup after being sidelined since Aug. 1 with a right rib contusion. Joe Ryan (10-6) said he didn’t feel great, yet scattered just two hits and struck out eight in six shutout innings to become the first rookie in the majors to win 10 games this season. He’s struck out an American League rookie-high 113 batters, including 20 in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts. Austin Slater, Mike Yastrzemski, Tony La Stella and Joc Pederson accounted for all of the hits for the Giants, who have lost six of eight. San Francisco starter Alex Wood (8-11) had a season-worst start for the second straight Friday, allowing eight earned runs on six hits, including two home runs. He also hit two batters.
UP NEXT
San Francisco RHP Alex Cobb (4-6, 3.99) is scheduled to face Minnesota RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.10) tonight for game two of this three-game set.
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VIKINGS-OSBORN
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings held out their entire starting offense for last weekend’s second preseason game, there was a notable addition to the list — K.J. Osborn. Minnesota features one of the league’s top duos in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Osborn, the third-year receiver, has clearly established himself as the next man up in the pecking order. It’s a position that carries more significance for the offense being implemented by new coach Kevin O’Connell. The willingness to hold Osborn out of a preseason game is a sign of his importance to the Vikings.
 
After years of a run-focused approach with former coach Mike Zimmer, with tight ends and fullbacks pivotal to the scheme, Minnesota is likely to opt for more multiple-receiver sets under O’Connell. “That’s what you play for,” Osborn said. “That’s what you come out here and bust your tail for all offseason, all out there in practice for opportunities. This stuff is practice, but you’ve got to do it when it counts, that’s in a game. I’m excited for the opportunity and I’m ready to take advantage of it.”
 
Osborn’s breakout, essentially, started last season when Thielen missed four games late in the season. A 2020 fifth-round draft pick out of Miami, Osborn didn’t catch a pass in his first season. Last year, he ended up starting nine games and catching 50 of 82 targets for 655 yards and seven touchdowns. “What was funny was last year he showed up a lot in our two-minute stuff because in two-minute, we weren’t formulating the plays to get the ball to Adam or Justin as much,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “It was just base formations and trying to run fast. And, so, KJ started showing up a lot, and I was saying to the coaches, ‘We might want to get him more involved in the first and second down game plan throughout the whole game, because in two-minute he’s really making plays for us.’ I’m excited to have a player of his caliber that can help take the pressure off of Justin and Adam.”
 
Osborn’s numbers from last year could be surpassed easily in the new offense, health permitting. According to the Football Outsiders website, the league-wide rate for 11 personnel – one back, one tight end and three receivers – was 59.2 percent last season. The Los Angeles Rams, where O’Connell was the offensive coordinator, used three receivers on a league-high 84.9 percent of their snaps. Minnesota, with Zimmer’s more conservative approach, used 11 personnel on just 42.5 percent of snaps. While it was a double-digit increase from the previous season, it was still the fourth-lowest total in the NFL. O’Connell, after learning from Rams coach Sean McVay, will certainly increase the Vikings’ multi-receiver usage.
 
“I think you guys are going to continue to see K.J. making a lot of plays down the field in the passing game and that’s the stuff, rightfully, so that should be applauded,” O’Connell said earlier in training camp, adding that the third receiver will also need to be attentive as a blocker. “That third receiver position requires a guy to do a lot of jobs,” O’Connell said. “Those jobs aren’t always the glitzy glamor ones where we all take note of that. It might be setting a block or understanding how to hit a block in the run game and ultimately how he plays with some of those screens and variations of what we do. He’s been really, really good. There’s no other way to describe it early on in camp. What I’ve challenged him to do is consistency.”
 
Osborn started the offseason in a competition for the job, along with Bisi Johnson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and others. As camp progressed, Osborn was increasingly treated like a first-team player, including sitting out last week’s game. “Year Two, I was just coming in trying to earn a roster spot,” Osborn said. “Hadn’t played any snaps yet. Last year, I played a full season, got some catches and things like that, have some success. Now, I’m coming out here trying to even maximize that, build off that and just become the player that I want to be.”
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/26/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/26/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – It’s Friday, and that means high school football! We’ll bring you a Class 9B game as Surrey will host Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn. Surrey won their opening game last week over TGU 68-6, while the Sioux lost a tough fought battle with North Prairie 58-26. Pregame is set for 6:40 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at khrt.com.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot High boys soccer team improved to 4-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the WDA with a win on Thursday. The Minot High boys tennis team remains undefeated at 6-0 after a win Thursday.
 
High School Boys Soccer
Minot High 6, Williston 0
Bismarck Century 2, Jamestown 2
Bismarck High 5, Mandan 0
Bismarck Legacy 4, Dickinson 0
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
Minot High 8, Bismarck High 1
Bismarck Legacy 8, Jamestown 1
 
 
High School Football
Class 9B
Larimore 38, Benson County 13
 
 
High School Boys Cross Country
Bowman County Invite
1. Williston, 17
2. Bowman County, 49
3. New Town, 92
4. Watford City, 132
5. Beulah, 138
6. Dawson County MT, 149
7. Hebron, 170
 
 
High School Girls Cross Country
Bowman County Invite
1. Williston, 28
2. Bowman County, 58
3. Killdeer, 61
4. New Town, 101
5. Beulah, 129
6. Dawson County, 150
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WDA VOLLEYBALL
 
BISMARCK, ND (WDA) – Defending WDA, West Region and Class A Tournament champion Bismarck Century again is a unanimous pick to capture the WDA regular season volleyball title. The Patriots received 10 of 11 first place votes to go along with 100 total points in preseason voting. Coaches cannot vote for their own team, so the only other first place vote went to Bismarck High which is second in the poll with 87 points. Jamestown is third with 78 points followed in fourth by Bismarck Legacy with 74 points. Mandan is fifth; Bismarck St. Mary’s, sixth; Minot High, seventh; Dickinson, eighth; Williston, ninth; Watford City, 10th; and TMCHS Belcourt is 11th. This marks the 40th season of WDA/West Region play. The season begins for a majority of teams today with the Bismarck Pubilc Schools East-West Crossover.
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TWINS-ASTROS
 
HOUSTON (AP) — Trey Mancini homered for a second straight game, a three-run shot that led the Houston Astros to a 6-3 win and a three-game sweep of the slumping Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Mancini, who hit a two-run homer Wednesday, has six home runs and 16 RBIs in 18 games since being traded from the Orioles. The game was tied at 1 in the first when Mancini connected off Chris Archer (2-7) on his shot to the seats in left field. Archer allowed eight hits and five runs in four innings. The Twins have lost a season-high six games and finished 0-6 against the AL West-leading Astros this season. Luis Garcia (11-8) yielded five hits and three runs with five strikeouts in five innings for his third straight win. Rafael Montero struck out one in a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. Jorge Polanco gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead with his homer to right field with two outs in the first inning.
UP NEXT
Joe Ryan (9-6, 3.86 ERA) will start the opener of a series against San Francisco tonight against Alex Wood (8-10, 4.54).
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (VIKINGS.COM) — The Vikings on Thursday announced they have re-signed cornerback Tye Smith. In order to add Smith to the roster and remain at the current NFL maximum of 80 players, Minnesota released punter Jordan Berry. Smith spent 2021 on the Vikings practice squad and was elevated for five games last season. He played 17 snaps on defense and 40 on special teams, totaling six tackles last season. Originally a fifth-round pick by Seattle in 2015, Smith has appeared in 45 NFL games with seven starts. The Vikings released Smith on Aug. 16 when they had to reduce their roster from the offseason max of 90 players to 85. Berry joined Minnesota last September and played all 17 games for the Vikings in 2021, grossing a career-best 46.5 yards per punt. The Vikings opened a competition this offseason between the former Pittsburgh Steeler (2015-20) and undrafted rookie free agent Ryan Wright, who played collegiately at Tulane. Additionally, the Vikings reached an injury settlement with undrafted rookie defensive lineman Tyarise Stevenson, who played in Minnesota’s preseason opener at Las Vegas but was waived with an injury designation on Aug. 16. Minnesota is scheduled to close its preseason at 8 p.m. (CT) Saturday in Denver.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/25/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/25/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The second Class 11B and Class 9B football polls have the same teams in the top four. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)                    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Kindred (11)                                     1-0           66        1
2. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (4)  1-0           61        2
3. Hillsboror-Central Valley                   1-0          40         3
4. Central Cass                                    1-0          35         4
5. Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose    1-0            8        RV
 
Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian (1-0), Dickinson Trinity (1-0), Beulah (1-0), Thompson (1-0)
Class 9B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)            Record    Points    Last Week
1. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (15)  1-0          75         1
2. Cavalier                                      1-0          54         2
3. New Salem-Almont                    1-0          43         3
4. MayPort-C-G                              1-0          30         4
5. North Border                              1-0            8         RV
 
Others receiving votes: North Prairie (1-0), South Border (1-0), North Star (1-0), Divide County (0-0), Nelson County (1-0)
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NORTHWOODS LEAGUE-MINOT
 
MINOT, ND – The Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league, is expanding to Minot. The ownership team, Minot Baseball LLC, held an introductory press conference on Wednesday. The team has signed a 10-year lease with the Minot Park Board and will use Corbett Field as its home. They will begin play in the summer of 2023.
 
The teams general manager, Monica Blake, has been involved in the Bismarck Larks organization for the past four years. She is the only active female owner in the Northwoods League. Blake announced a “Name Your Team” contest at the press conference. Submissions will be accepted through September 2nd. The top names will be announced on September 12th. Voting on those names will be through September 23rd with the winning team name announced on October 20th. Blake says the grand prize will include two season tickets for life, plus several other prizes will be given. Official #NameYourTeam Contest for the Minot NWL Baseball Team! : Minot Northwoods League
 
The Northwoods League was established in 1994 and features two dozen teams.
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SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST-BISON
 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State has three players on the preseason watch list for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, widely regarded as the top college football all-star game each year. NDSU tight end Noah Gindorff, fullback Hunter Luepke and offensive tackle Cody Mauch are among the prospects announced Wednesday. An important step in the NFL draft process, the Reese’s Senior Bowl attracted more than 900 NFL personnel last year and represented 40 percent of the entire NFL draft including 45 of the top 100 selections. North Dakota State has had 11 players selected to the Senior Bowl, including eventual NFL draft picks Stacy Robinson (1985), Lamar Gordon (2002), Billy Turner (2014), Joe Haeg (2016), Carson Wentz (2016), Jabril Cox (2021), Dillon Radunz (2021) and Christian Watson (2022). The Reese’s Senior Bowl is the longest continual-running all-star game. The 74th annual game will be played at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in Mobile, Ala.
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TWINS-ASTROS
 
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer and Trey Mancini added a two-run shot to back up another quality start by Framber Valdez, and the Houston Astros held on for a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. The Twins lost their fifth in a row. Valdez (13-4) allowed two hits and one run with eight strikeouts in seven innings for his 21st consecutive quality start. That moved him past Mike Scott (20) for the longest streak in franchise history. It’s the longest such streak in the Majors since Jacob deGrom made 26 in a row from May 18, 2018-April 3, 2019.
 
The Twins’ hitters struggled for a second straight game., managing just two hits in the first eight innings a night after being no-hit by Justin Verlander through six innings of a 4-2 loss. Down 5-1, Minnesota tried to rally in the ninth. Gio Urshela singled and scored on a double by Luis Arráez that was misplayed for an error by left fielder Mauricio Dubón. Rafael Montero then walked pinch-hitter Nick Gordon before the Twins scored another run when pinch-hitter Jake Cave reached on a grounder to second that Altuve couldn’t handle. But Max Kepler lined into a double play and pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez grounded out to end it.
 
UP NEXT
Minnesota’s Chris Archer (2-6, 4.02 ERA) opposes Luis Garcia (10-8, 4.09) when the series wraps up tonight.
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VIKINGS-COUSINS
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As Kirk Cousins enters his fifth year with the Minnesota Vikings, he’s working with his fifth different play-caller. For a quarterback long at his best when his surroundings in both the facility and the pocket are stable, this carousel of offensive coordinators has not been ideal. The systems themselves haven’t changed all that drastically, though, and new head coach Kevin O’Connell has brought the welcomed perspective of a former quarterback and a big slice of the offense the Los Angeles Rams used to win the Super Bowl last season. Above all else, Cousins still has Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen running hard-to-guard routes up and down the field and Dalvin Cook behind him waiting for a handoff.
 
“We’re all learning this together, but we’ve also played some meaningful snaps together too and we’ve got banked reps and some good memories on these fields together, so that’s kind of a comforting thing,” Cousins said. From the new staff to the well-regarded scheme to the returning skill-position stars, Cousins has about as favorable of a situation as he’s had in his 11-year NFL career to build on the unfulfilled resume that includes a 59-59-2 record as a starter and only one playoff win.
 
With the Vikings having signed Cousins to a third salary-cap-gobbling contract this spring because new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was hesitant to start over at this vital position and give up the certainty of his high-floor ability. Instead, Minnesota is banking on O’Connell and his staff to get a more consistently higher level of performance out of a well-proven player who has yet to cross that intangible threshold into the league’s top tier. As long as he’s got a trio like Jefferson, Thielen and Cook healthy and at his disposal, Cousins ought to have a fighting chance to find that next gear. “We’ve been working with each other for two years now, so that connection is always growing every single practice, every single play,” said Jefferson, whose 3,016 receiving yards are the most in NFL history for a player’s first two seasons.
 
O’Connell’s first foray into game management, play calling and player leadership will be under just as much of the spotlight as the much-scrutinized quarterback. That all starts on Sept. 11 when the Vikings host rival and defending NFC North champion Green Bay. “They know I’m going to be honest with them,” O’Connell said. “They know I’m always going to stand out in front and lead and challenge our leadership and challenge our players to be right by my side as we attack every challenge that comes our way.”
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VIKINGS-DARRISAW
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Christian Darrisaw walked off the Vikings practice field this week and immediately went to the weight room to ride an exercise bike. For the big, second-year left tackle, it’s a tactic to help his cardio endurance and to recover from the day’s practice. That he’s adding in extra work in August is a blessing for the 2021 first-round draft pick. Darrisaw’s first NFL season was hampered by injury, first to a core muscle that twice led to surgeries between his final college snap and his Minnesota debut. Later, he missed two games with an ankle injury. After a healthy offseason, Darrisaw is ready to meet the expectations that came with being the No. 23 overall pick out of Virginia Tech last year and the long-sought anchor at left tackle on the Vikings line.
 
“One hundred percent, night and day, just having a full offseason, able to get out here and get the live work against the whole of the defensive line,” Darrisaw said of the differences in his second season. Meeting his favorite NFL player might also add to Darrisaw’s development. Growing up in Maryland, Darrisaw became a fan of Trent Williams, who was a Pro Bowl left tackle with Washington. Mutual acquaintances introduced the two this year and they met in person when the San Francisco 49ers were in town last week for joint practices.
 
’That’s why I wear 71,” Darrisaw said. “It’s just like everyone knew he was my favorite player and like, ‘you need to get in contact with him.’ I get little things from him. Like, he watched the film from the first joint practice and some of the things I can correct, just like little bad habits I can break.” After practices, Williams would talk with Darrisaw and discuss techniques and tips for improvement. “I do see a lot of myself in him, especially the young Trent,” Williams said. “That’s how a lot of our conversations are, me just helping him morph into a more consistent professional. He took a huge leap from Year 1 to Year 2. And then just the little things.” The little things, Darrisaw says, include being tough on himself. Williams and Darrisaw are similar sized (the younger comes in at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds). But the ability to dominate physically can lead to bad habits. “When I’m watching myself on film, be hard on myself because there may be some times I may get the job done and against a different pass rusher like a Nick Bosa, you can’t do that type of stuff because he’ll expose that,” Darrisaw said. “Even if the set’s not good and I won my rep, like, correct it. Even though I won, still be hard on myself. The little things really matter.”
 
Williams is a nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle, who was a first-team All-Pro last year in his second season with San Francisco. Over an 11-year career, he’s learned what it takes to elevate his game and Williams is hoping he can help Darrisaw avoid some of the same mistakes. “He’s such an athlete that he overlooks the technical part of the game because he can just wake up and win,” Williams said. “That’s how I got through college. That’s how I got through my first three or four years in the NFL. I still have bad habits going back to that. That’s all I’m working on him about, just letting him know what’s to come, what changes to make and what can help him in the future.”
 
The core muscle surgeries pushed back Darrisaw’s Minnesota debut. After missing training camp, he was inactive for the first three games. He made his offensive line debut in Week 5 and started a week later. He ended up starting 10 games. With a full offseason and training camp, Darrisaw is making an impression on Minnesota’s new coaching staff, who see the physical talent with a mind to match. “He’s not one of those guys that needs to be told every little thing, every little adjustment,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said earlier in training camp. “He naturally sometimes just does things based upon the right play — the smart way to hit a block, how to pass off a stunt — just understanding how we want to execute in the screen game, the play pass game. I couldn’t be more excited about where he’s at right now.” Being healthy is a good start.
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VIKINGS-NEWS & NOTES
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Justin Jefferson has looked in training camp every bit the part of the best wide receiver in the league that he has stated his goal to be, and judging by age alone there’s clearly room for more ascension for the player nicknamed “Jet” by his teammates and fans. “I feel like my game can go up even more than what it has been,” Jefferson said. “It’s really just more focused on the team at this point. We’re trying to get back to that winning record. I hate losing. I’m a competitive person. I’ll be satisfied once we win the big goal.”
 
In other Vikings news:
 
– After lagging badly over head coach Mike Zimmer’s last two seasons, the defense will again be relying on a group of largely unproven cornerbacks next to veteran Patrick Peterson. Safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Eric Kendricks are still entrenched in their roles, though, and the arrival of Za’Darius Smith and the return of Danielle Hunter has given the Vikings a dangerous pair of outside pass rushers for new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell’s 3-4-based system. Hunter and Smith were each sidelined by major injuries last year, primed for an impactful comeback behind their 105 combined career sacks.
 
– The Vikings will have yet another new starting right guard — an almost unfathomable seventh in seven years. Over that span, they’ve given 12 different players at least one start at this problematic position including Oli Udoh (14) and Mason Cole (three) last season. Rookie Ed Ingram Jr., who was drafted in the second round out of LSU, has emerged as the front-runner ahead of veterans Jesse Davis and Chris Reed. Reed has also been in competition at center, where the Vikings have been pushing incumbent Garrett Bradbury. “I’ve showed myself that I can roll with the big boys, so I just want to keep proving to myself that I belong in that position,” Ingram said.
 
– The Vikings have a prime opportunity to take early control of the division, getting NFC North foes Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago as their first three home opponents and having their road game against New Orleans on Oct. 2 in a neutral venue in London. They’ll be in the elements in the last two weeks, though, at the Packers on Jan. 1 and at the Bears to finish the regular season on Jan. 8. November won’t be easy, either, with trips to Washington and Buffalo followed by home games against Dallas and New England — on Thanksgiving night.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/24/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/24/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot High boy’s soccer team tallied their first draw of the season and stand at 3-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 in the WDA. Meanwhile, the Minot High boy’s tennis team improved to 5-0 on the season on Tuesday.
 
High School Boys Soccer
Minot High 0, Bismarck High 0
Jamestown 3, Dickinson 0
Bismarck Legacy 4, Williston 0
Mandan @Century, PPD
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
Minot High 7, Williston 0
Bismarck High 4, Jamestown 3
Mandan 5, Bismarck Century 2
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MINOT, ND – Parshall High School has made the decision to cancel the Varsity 2022-2023 football season due to a low participation rate and practice commitments. We had two Parshall games on our broadcast schedule and will update that schedule soon.
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MSU BASEBALL
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Beaver baseball program is moving forward under a new leader who brings plenty of experience in the NSIC with him to the diamond. Minot State’s Director of Athletics, Kevin Forde, is pleased to announce the hiring of Sam Boisner as the new head baseball coach for the Beavers. Boisner takes over the Beaver baseball program after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at NSIC rival Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Prior to joining the staff at Northern State, Boisner spent two seasons as an assistant for the University of Illinois-Springfield where he coached both the hitters and catchers and was in charge of recruiting. Boisner, who earned his master’s degree in Sport Performance and Leadership from Northern State, takes over for former Minot State coach Scott Eul who after six winning seasons took the head coaching position at the University of Missouri-St. Louis last month.
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TWINS-ASTROS
 
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander was totally fine leaving with a no-hitter intact after six innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Verlander posted his major league-leading 16th win and the Astros beat the Minnesota Tuesday night in Carlos Correa’s return to Houston. Verlander (16-3) allowed just one runner to reach base — Nick Gordon struck out in the second inning on a wild pitch to get aboard. Verlander fanned 10 and lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.87 in his spectacular return after missing almost two seasons after Tommy John surgery. The 39-year-old Verlander was pulled after 91 pitches. Alex Bregman’s homer helped the AL West-leading Astros build a 4-0 lead. The Twins scored twice in the ninth and had the bases loaded before Bryan Abreu struck out Jake Cave to end it.
 
UP NEXT
Houston’s Framber Valdez (12-4, 2.72) opposes Dylan Bundy (7-5, 4.60) when the series continues tonight.
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TWINS-BUXTON IL
 
HOUSTON (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed All-Star outfielder Byron Buxton on the 10-day injured list with a low grade strain of his right hip. “It’s very tough news, of course,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But also knowing with what Buck’s been dealing with, there wasn’t actually much of a decision to be made… and I think Buck also knows that the right thing for him to do was to take a period of time… and get himself in a better spot physically so he can come back and do all the things that he’s been doing for us all year long and hopefully more.” Buxton, who is tied for third in the American League with 28 homers, left Monday’s loss to the Rangers with tightness in the hip.
 
“I think we were able to avoid a major, major injury or something where we’re talking about a month or the rest of the season,” Baldelli said. “We’re not talking about that, which is a good thing.” Buxton has also been dealing with a knee problem and Baldelli hopes the time off will help him recover from both issues. “His knee has been a fairly consistent issue since April,” Baldelli said. “So I think this period of time will help that also settle down.”
 
Buxton is hitting .224 with 13 doubles, three triples and 51 RBIs. An All-Star this season, Buxton has a.306 on-base percentage, a .526 slugging percentage and an .833 OPS in 92 games this season.
 
Also on Tuesday, the Twins selected the contract of right-hander Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A St. Paul, recalled catcher Caleb Hamilton and optioned left-hander Devin Smeltzer.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/23/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/23/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The first Class 11AA football poll has the defending champ on top. Jamestown remains atop the second Class 11A poll. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11AA Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)             Record    Points
1. West Fargo Sheyenne (11)       0-0          62
2. Bismarck Century (1)                0-0          48
3. Mandan                                     0-0          23
4. Fargo Shanley                           0-0          20
5. Fargo Davies                             0-0          19
 
Others receiving votes: West Fargo (1) (0-0), Bismarck Legacy (0-0), Bismarck St. Mary’s (0-0)
 
Class 11A Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Jamestown (14)                0-0          78          1
2. Fargo North (2)                 1-0          64          2
3. Dickinson                          0-0          35          3
4. Grand Forks Red River     1-0          31          5
5. Fargo South                       0-0          29         4
 
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (0-0), Grand Forks Central (1-0)
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MINOT, ND – Bismarck Century won its second conference tournament of the regular season.
 
High School Girls Golf
Class A
 
Mandan Invite – Prairie West Golf Course
1. Bismarck Century, 337
2. Mandan, 345
3. Bismarck Legacy, 348
4. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 368
5. Minot High, 371
6. Williston, 392
7. Dickinson, 394
8. Jamestown, 402
9. Minot North, 415
10. Watford City, 481
 
Medalist: Anna Huettl of Mandan, 76
 
Minot High Top 4
Cali Wilson, 86; Morgan Strange, 93; Mackenzie Strange, 94; Adison Dittus, 98
 
Minot North Top 4
Emersyn Kopp, 86; Kinzy Welstad, 94; Ava Landsiedel, 111; Ally Larson, 124
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TWINS-RANGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twins All-Star center fielder Byron Buxton exited early with hip trouble and the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota 2-1 Monday night as Adolis García homered and Corey Seager singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Buxton came out in the seventh with right hip tightness. Although he’s listed day-to-day, “it could be more than a day-to-day issue,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. The oft-injured Buxton singled and stole a base in his 92nd game of the season. Since making his major league debut in June 2015, only once has he played 100 games in a year.
 
After leading the AL Central for much of the season, the Twins have gone 9-10 in August and now trail Cleveland by two games. They scored just six runs in the four-game series against Texas in the midst of a team-wide hitting slump. García extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games as Texas took three of four in the weekend wraparound series. The Rangers are 5-3 since replacing Chris Woodward with interim manager Tony Beasley last week.
 
The Twins pulled off a triple play with Marcus Semien on second and Seager on first. Miranda caught Lowe’s liner and stepped on first base, and his throw to Correa beat Semien back to second base for the third out. Minnesota also turned a triple play on July 4 against the White Sox in Chicago.
 
A.J. Alexy (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Cole Ragans to earn the win. Brett Martin, José Leclerc and Matt Moore blanked the Twins the rest of the way, with Moore earning his third save of the season. Sonny Gray (7-4) gave up two runs on five hits while fanning six for the Twins. He gave up three singles in the sixth inning, with Seager’s hit driving home Brad Miller to give Texas the lead.
 
Minnesota starts a three-game series in Houston tonight. RHP Tyler Mahle (shoulder fatigue) will miss his turn in the rotation after being placed on the IL Saturday. The Twins announced Monday night that RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 7.68) would be called up from Triple-A St. Paul to start the series opener.
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VIKINGS-TRADE
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After another inconsistent preseason performance, the Minnesota Vikings added another quarterback to the competition to be the backup to Kirk Cousins. Minnesota acquired backup quarterback Nick Mullens from the Las Vegas Raiders for a conditional 2024 seventh-round draft pick. The Vikings announced the deal Monday and said it will be finalized as soon as Mullens passes a physical. The Raiders will get the 2024 pick only if Mullens is on the active roster for at least one game this season. Mullens will compete with second-year player Kellen Mond and veteran Sean Mannion, who both struggled to move the ball much against San Francisco in Saturday’s second preseason game.
 
Mond and Mannion have split time this preseason with Cousins sitting out. Mond, the team’s third-round pick in 2021, threw two TD passes in the Vikings’ exhibition opener against Las Vegas but had two interceptions against San Francisco. Mannion, who has thrown 110 passes in seven seasons as a backup in the NFL, was 18 of 27 in two preseason games, but averaged 5.33 yards per attempt. Combined Mond and Mannion were 20 of 35 for just 147 yards, and the offense generated only 195 yards Saturday. Kevin O’Connell said he’s been pleased with the backs and offensive line in the running game, so he was more focused on the passing game against San Francisco.
 
The 27-year old Mullens has appeared in 20 career games with 17 starts with San Francisco and Cleveland since entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Niners in 2017. He has completed 64.6% of his passes, averaging 267.8 yards passing in his starts, with 26 TDs, 22 interceptions and an 87.3 passer rating. He went 20 for 30 for 147 yards and a TD in his only appearance last season for the Browns. Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah knows Mullens well, having spent time with him during his tenures in both San Francisco and Cleveland. Mullens was 21 for 29 for 205 yards and a TD in three exhibition games for the Raiders this summer.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/21/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/21/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Saturday’s scores:
High School Football
 
Class 11B
Beulah def. Turtle Mountain (11A), 36-24
 
Class 9B
Four Winds def. Dunseith, 56-22
 
 
High School Boys Cross Country
 
Jamestown Originals Invite
1. Williston, 37
2. Fargo Davies, 72
3. West Fargo Sheyenne, 123
4. Dickinson 157
5. Grand Forks Central, 158
6. Mandan, 191
7. Jamestown, 202
8. Minot High, 206
9. Devils Lake, 214
10. Rugby, 232
11. Ellendale, 296
12. Beulah, 307
13. Shiloh Christian, 352
14. Watford City, 353
15. Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 356
 
Individual winner: Quinn Roehl of Grand Forks Central, 16:06
 
 
High School Girls Cross Country
 
Jamestown Originals Invite
1. Grand Forks Red River, 61
2. Minot High, 80
3. West Fargo, 117
4. Williston, 118
5. Fargo Davies, 125
6. Rugby, 158
7. West Fargo Sheyenne, 158
8. Fargo Shanley, 172
9. Grand Forks Central, 262
10. Fargo North, 265
11. Dickinson, 283
12. Central Cass, 286
13. Devils Lake, 323
 
Individual winner: Jaelyn Ogle of Watford City, 19:07
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
 
Minot Round Robin
1. Minot High, 29 points
2. Mandan, 22
3. Bismarck Legacy, 16
4. Bismarck Century, 15
5. Jamestown, 10
6. Bismarck High, 7
7. Williston, 6
 
 
College Mens Basketball
Minot State 64, University of Winnipeg 63
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TWINS-RANGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Corey Seager hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and Mark Mathias added an RBI single in the frame, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Seager’s hit off Twins reliever Caleb Thielbar (2-2) drove in Marcus Semien, who was the automatic runner at second base. Mathias later drove in Seager with a single to center off Griffin Jax. Minnesota scored a run in the 10th after reliever Jonathan Hernández (1-0) couldn’t handle a slow roller off the bat of Max Kepler. But Jose Miranda flew out one batter later to end the game with runners on the corners. Texas improved to 8-25 in one-run games. Interim manager Tony Beasley is 3-3 since replacing Chris Woodward. Right-hander Glenn Otto put together a strong start for Texas, allowing one unearned run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Chris Archer also allowed one run on three hits for Minnesota in five innings. Otto did issue three walks, his third straight game walking three or more batters. But, he otherwise kept Minnesota’s hitters quiet.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Kohei Arihara (0-1, 4.76 ERA) will make his second start of the year for the Rangers today. Minnesota counters with Joe Ryan (9-5, 3.92), who earned a win his last time out against Kansas City.
 
The Twins inducted former manager Ron Gardenhire into the team’s Hall of Fame before Saturday’s game. Gardenhire managed the Twins from 2002-14, leading Minnesota to six division titles with a career record of 1,068-1,039. Nearly two dozen of his former players were on hand for the induction ceremony. “This group of guys, some of them got me fired,” Gardenhire joked. “And I still love them to death.” The Twins will induct Dan Gladden and the late Cesar Tovar into the team’s Hall of Fame today.
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VIKINGS-49ER’S
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A week of joint practices in Minnesota allowed the Vikings and San Francisco 49ers to evaluate their starters in a controlled environment. Their preseason game Saturday night was all about the backups. Nate Sudfeld led a 14-play, 79-yard drive for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and San Francisco beat the Vikings 17-7. Sudfeld started and went 13 of 17 for 102 yards in the competition with rookie Brock Purdy to back up starting quarterback Trey Lance. JaMychal Hasty caught the touchdown toss from Sudfeld and rookie Danny Gray hauled in a 2-point conversion after a busted coverage by Minnesota. Robbie Gould converted each of his three field-goal attempts for San Francisco.
 
In the second preseason game for both teams, it was largely a sloppy performance after nearly all the projected first-team players were held out. There were four combined turnovers, three by Minnesota, with three fumbles — with each team losing one. The 49ers averaged 4.6 yards per play and the Vikings were held to 3.9 yards per play in their first home game with Kevin O’Connell as head coach.
 
Second-year quarterback Kellen Mond started for Minnesota,but was intercepted on the first drive of the game. Mond finished 10 of 20 for 82 yards and was also picked off on his final throw of the night. Sean Mannion was 10 of 15 for 65 yards as he and Mond battle for the backup job to Kirk Cousins. Rookie Ty Chandler had 19 yards rushing, including a 3-yard TD on an eight-play, 60-yard drive engineered by Mannion.
 
Purdy finished 14 of 23 for 128 yards for San Francisco and had some strong moments, but he dropped an exchange with running back Tyrion Davis-Price with the 49ers at the goal line. Lance, a Minnesota native, didn’t play, nor did Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Vikings play at Denver on Aug. 27 in the preseason finale.
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MINNESOTA UNITED
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Franco Fragapane’s goal led Minnesota United to a 2-1 victory Saturday over Austin. Fragapane’s winner came in the 62nd minute to put United (12-9-5) ahead 2-1. United also got one goal from Emanuel Reynoso. Sebastian Driussi scored the only goal for Austin (14-6-6). United outshot Austin 15-13, with six shots on goal to two for Austin. Dayne St. Clair saved one of the two shots he faced for United. Brad Stuver saved four of the six shots he faced for Austin. United hosts the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, while Austin will host Los Angeles FC on Friday.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/20/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/20/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The first night of high school football games in North Dakota saw Lewis & Clark defeated Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 30-18 in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Gunnar Deaver returned in interception 90 yards for a score, quarterback Mark Schauer rushed for two touchdowns, and runningback Cooper Bredahl tallied 154 yards on 25 carries as the Bombers improve to 1-0 on the season. Lewis & Clark led 22-0 at halftime and then made it 30-0 with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter. MLS made a change at quarterback replacing Rafe Varner with Riley Morlock and it payed off for the Mavericks. Morlock completed 4 of 7 passes for 115 yards, including two touchdowns to Chris Peppard. Morlock also rushed for 105 yards, including a 63 yard scoring run as the Mavericks drop to 0-1 to begin the season.
 
Other results from the opening night of football:
 
High School Football
 
Class 11A
#2 Fargo North def. West Fargo Horace, 56-7
#5 Grand Forks Red River def. Williston (11AA), 43-14
Grand Forks Central def. Watford City, 33-0
 
Class 11B
#1 Kindred def. Lisbon, 19-0
#2 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. #5 Bishop Ryan, 50-20
#3 Hillboro-Central Valley def. Park River Area, 28-0
#4 Central Cass def. Fargo Oak Grove, 34-14
Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose def. Hazen 44-12
Dickinson Trinity def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 36-0
Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central def. Bowman County, 20-18
Southern McLean def. South Prairie-Max, 26-6
Killdeer def. Stanley, 14-13
Shiloh Christian def. Ray-Powers Lake, 34-8
Harvey-Wells County def. Rugby, 34-14
Bottineau def. Carrington, 26-14
Linton-HMB/Strasburg-Zeeland def. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 41-22
Thompson def. Grafton, 54-0
Oakes def. Sargent County, 45-8
 
Class 9B
#1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Maple River, 50-0
#2 Cavalier def. Northern Cass, 42-6
#3 New Salem-Almont def. Beach, 44-20
#4 MayPortCG def. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, 38-16
South Border def. #5 Grant County-Flasher, 46-34
Surrey def. TGU, 68-6
Tioga def. Parshall, forfeit
Divide County def. Alexander, 44-14
North Star def. St. John, 34-28
North Prairie def. Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn, 58-26
Central McLean def. Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, 30-0
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter def. Hettinger County, 36-28
Hettinger-Scranton def. Kidder County, 14-12
Nelson County def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 36-22
North Border def. Benson County, 56-7
Larimore def. Center-Stanton, 30-6
Hankinson def. Hatton-Northwood, 26-8
Richland def. Griggs-Midkota, 25-6
Enderlin def. Tri-State, 44-20
 
Independent 6-Man
Trenton def. New Town, 43-6
 
 
High School Girls Golf
Class A
 
Bismarck Invite – Tom O’Leary Golf Course in Bismarck
1. Mandan, 325
2. Bismarck Legacy, 329
3. Bismarck Century, 334
4. Minot High, 354
5. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 369
6. Williston, 379
7. Jamestown, 388
8. Dickinson, 400
9. Watford City, 431
10. Minot North, 432
 
Medalist: Anna Huettl of Mandan, 70
 
 
High School Boys Tennis
 
Minot High Dual Invite
Minot High def. Mandan, 4-1
Jamestown def. Bismarck Century, 3-2
Minot High def. Jamestown, 5-0
Bismarck Legacy def. Mandan, 4-1
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High, 4-1
Bismarck Legacy def. Williston, 3-2
Bismarck High def. Williston, 3-2
Bismarck Legacy def. Jamestown, 3-2
Mandan def. Williston, 4-1
Minot High def. Bismarck High, 5-0
Minot High def. Bismarck Century, 5-0
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MSU MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
REGINA, Saskatchewan (MSU) – The Minot State men’s basketball team won the battle of the boards but it wasn’t enough to beat back host Regina. In their second international tour exhibition game of the week, the Beavers grabbed 50 rebounds, including 22 on the offensive end, but the host Cougars rallied in the second half for a 76-68 win Friday night. For the second straight night, Minot High product Jaxon Gunville led all scorers with 17 points for the Beavers who led 52-32 at one point in the first half. Calvin Sisk added three points and 10 rebounds on the night for Minot State, which continues its four-game international tour in Canada today and Sunday playing exhibition contests at the University of Winnipeg.
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TWINS-RANGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Arraez and Jose Miranda hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, and that was enough for Dylan Bundy as the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday night. Bundy (7-5) gave up a run on just two hits in 5 1/3 innings. Minnesota won its fourth game in a row and kept pace with Cleveland, which leads the Twins by one game in the American League Central. The Rangers have lost three of four and 13 of 17 since the All-Star break. Martín Pérez (9-4) surrendered two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. The former Twins left-hander had seven strikeouts.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Chris Archer (2-6, 4.15 ERA) will start for Minnesota this evening in the second game of the four-game series. Texas will counter with RHP Glenn Otto (5-8, 4.96). Archer gave up three runs in four innings in his last start. Otto has allowed two runs or less in his last three starts.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/19/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/19/22 – 0700

MINOT, ND – The high school football season kicks into high gear today with games across all four classes in North Dakota. We’ll bring you a Class 9B game as we travel to Berthold for the Lewis & Clark Bombers hosting the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks. Pre-game is set for 6:40 pm with kickoff at 7 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at www.khrt.com.

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MINOT, ND – The first Class 9B and Class 11B football polls of the season have been released. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Class 9B Football Poll

          Team (First Place Votes)            Record     Poll Points

  1. Lamoure-Litchville-Marion (11)  0-0           55
  2. Cavalier                                     0-0           34
  3. New Salem-Almont                    0-0           33
  4. May-Pot-C-G                              0-0          18
  5. Grant County-Flasher                0-0             8

 
Others receiving votes: North Prairie (0-0), North Border (0-0), North Star (0-0), Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (0-0), South Border (0-0), St. John (0-0), Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter (0-0), Divide County (0-0)

Class 11B Football Poll

          Team (First Place Votes)                Record     Poll Points

  1. Kindred (8)                                      0-0            48
  2. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (2) 0-0            35
  3. Hillsboro-Central Valley                  0-0            27
  4. Central Cass (1)                              0-0            26
  5. Bishop Ryan                                    0-0            16
Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian (0-0), Velva-Garrison (0-0), Hazen (0-0), Beulah (0-0), Bowman County (0-0)

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MINOT, ND – The Minot High boys soccer team earned their first conference win and improved to 3-1 on the season.

High School Boys Soccer
                                    Minot High 2, Jamestown 0
                                    Bismarck High 5, Dickinson 1
                                    Bismarck Century 6, Williston 2
                                    Bismarck Legacy 2, Mandan 1

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MINOT, ND – The Minot High boys tennis team begins play today with dual invite.

High School Boys Tennis
            Minot High Dual Invite – Hammond Park
                        West Court
                                    Minot vs Mandan, 9:30 am
                                    Bismarck Century vs Jamestown, 11 am
                                    Minot vs Jamestown, 12:30 pm
                                    Bismarck High vs Bismarck Century, 2 pm
                                    Minot vs Bismarck Century, 3:30 pm
                                    Bismarck High vs Minot, 5 pm

                        East Court
                                    Bismarck Legacy vs Williston, 9:30 am
                                    Bismarck High vs Williston, 11 am
                                    Bismarck Legacy vs Mandan, 12:30 pm
                                    Bismarck Legacy vs Jamestown, 2 pm
                                    Mandan vs Williston, 3:30 pm

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MSU MEN’S BASKETBALL

REGINA, Saskatchewan (MSU) – The Minot State men’s basketball team got a jump-start on their 2022-23 season playing at the University of Regina in an international exhibition tour. Jaxon Gunville led the way with a game-high 23 points, Ben Bohl added 19 points, and Dylan Gichaba scored 12 for the Beavers, who fell 87-79 to the University of Regina. The game was the first of four exhibition games in four days for Minot State in Canada. Minot State plays the Cougars again tonight in Regina, before heading to Winnipeg for the weekend.

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TWINS-MAHLE MRI

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The MRI exam on Tyler Mahle’s shoulder showed no damage, and the Minnesota Twins right-hander avoided landing on the injured list. The Twins announced Thursday that Mahle will be listed as day to day with general soreness and fatigue, after their newest starting pitcher was pulled from his outing Wednesday in the third inning. His next turn in the rotation is unclear. Making his third start since he was acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, Mahle faced eight batters before his early exit against Kansas City. He pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball, throwing 29 of 42 pitches for strikes with diminished velocity. On July 6, the Reds placed Mahle on the 15-day injured list with a strained right shoulder, and an MRI then ruled out any serious issues.

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LANCE-MINNESOTA

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The buses bound for the Twin Cities left southwestern Minnesota at 6:30 a.m. sharp, carrying the biggest Trey Lance fans that San Francisco’s young quarterback will ever meet. Players and staff from the Marshall Tigers football team — the team Lance led as a prep star just five years ago — attended the joint 49ers-Vikings practice Thursday, with more than 100 guests from his hometown flanking the practice fields in orange and black T-shirts.

“The kids are all wearing Marshall today, but they all have their Trey Lance jerseys in their bag ready to go,” said Tigers head coach Terry Bahlmann, whose son played baseball with Lance in the backyard, the two families living a block apart.

The Vikings covered the team’s 150-mile ride from the prairie town of 13,000 people to the team’s sprawling suburban headquarters, where Lance and the 49ers worked out against the Vikings for a second straight day. The third overall selection in the 2021 draft picked up the tab for all of their meals. Bahlmann also wanted to make sure his team didn’t skip a practice, so the Vikings helped arrange for the Tigers to use the fields at nearby Eagan High School before returning home.

Lance became a quarterback in eighth grade when the Tigers needed a backup, and that’s where this journey began in earnest. “When Trey wants to do something, he puts his mind to it,” Bahlmann said. After taking Marshall to the Class 4A state tournament, Lance had FBS schools considering him at safety or linebacker. Adamant about remaining a quarterback, he picked FCS power North Dakota State. Lance had only one full season as the starter there, because the pandemic wiped out the 2020 schedule, but his big arm and fast feet were too appealing for the 49ers to pass up.

Lance’s rise to second-year starter on a confident, talented 49ers team that finished a few points short of the Super Bowl last season came full circle this week with his old high school watching him throw passes across the field for his current NFL team. “That was always the dream, but it happened fast,” Lance said.

After Jimmy Garoppolo helped guide the 49ers to the NFC championship game, where they led the Super Bowl champion Rams midway through the fourth quarter, the decision was made to move on from the nine-year veteran and turn over the offense to Lance. In the preseason opener against Green Bay, Lance finished one of his two series with a 76-yard touchdown pass. He is not expected to play Saturday against the Vikings.

“Things have slowed down a lot, both mentally and physically,” Lance said. “I feel like I’m in a much better spot at both ends.” The 49ers have repeatedly expressed faith in his ability to handle the job despite the little experience. “I’ve seen him continually make strides every day,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “I’ve seen him poised in the pocket, getting through his reads, not getting chatter feet and just looking for somewhere to run. That’s all we can ask for. He’s going to continue to improve, and we’ve got a ton of confidence in the kid.”

The Vikings gave Lance and his offensive line plenty of valuable practice, particularly facing outside linebackers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith. Williams has been an offseason training partner with Hunter for several years, and the nine-time Pro Bowl pick shared with reporters an amusing perspective on their relationship. In head-to-head matchups in 2016 and 2017 while Williams played for Washington, Hunter used some of Williams’ tips against him.

“We used to get together after a workout, and I would kind of go through what we think on this side and what he should be thinking and he gave me those same type of jewels,” Williams said with a smile. “I kind of regret doing that sometimes, but he’s a great friend of mine. He’s an outstanding player. He definitely makes us better.”

 

 


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K-Heart Sports – 08/18/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/18/22 – 0700

BISMARCK, ND (WDA) – Defending WDA and West Region Tournament champion Minot High is the clear-cut favorite to capture this season’s regular season boys’ tennis conference title, according to coaches. The Magicians received a six first place votes to accumulate the maximum amount of points at 36. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team. Bismarck Legacy is second with 29 points and earned the other first place vote. Mandan is third with 26 points followed by Bismarck Century with 23. Bismarck High is fifth with 14 points; Jamestown sixth with 12 and Williston is seventh with seven points. The WDA season gets underway on Friday for a number of teams. Minot is again hosting its annual round robin event on Saturday.

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MSU MEN’S BASKETBALL

MINOT, ND (MSU) – Taking advantage of an NCAA rule allowing international exhibition tours every fourth year, the Minot State men’s basketball team is in Canada for four games, playing at the University of Regina today and then at the University of Winnipeg on Saturday and Sunday. The Beavers then return to campus to begin class with their next action tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 22, a 3 p.m., an exhibition game against visiting Dickinson State at the MSU Dome.

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NDSU FOOTBALL

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State had six players named to the HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-America Team for the 2022 season. NDSU fullback Hunter Luepke, tight end Noah Gindorff, left tackle Cody Mauch and safety Michael Tutsie were all named to the first team. Bison left guard Nash Jensen and defensive tackle Eli Mostaert were named to the third team. North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

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NDSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins has announced the addition of Emily Dietz to the Bison staff as a graduate student manager. In her role, Dietz will assist with the day-to-day operations of NDSU women’s basketball, film breakdown, analytics and community service activities. Dietz played at NDSU for five seasons from 2017-22 and is the all-time leader in games played with 131, including a streak of 114 consecutive games to conclude her career. The West Fargo, N.D. native finished her career ranked fifth on the NDSU all-time field goal percentage list shooting 51.2 percent and was only the ninth player in the NDSU Division I era to surpass 1,000 career points with 1,142.

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TWINS-ROYALS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Emilio Pagán pitched two scoreless innings after Tyler Mahle departed with right shoulder fatigue, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep. Jose Miranda homered for Minnesota, which is fighting with Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox for control of the crowded AL Central. Miranda finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Nick Gordon had a run-scoring double. After Mahle left in the third, Pagán (4-6), Griffin Jax, Jhoan Duran, Michael Fulmer and Trevor Megill finished Minnesota’s second straight shutout. A diving catch by center fielder Gilberto Celestino saved a run in the seventh. Mahle pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball, walking one. He threw 29 of his 42 pitches for strikes, but his velocity was diminished. Mahle is going to get an MRI and the team is expected to provide an update later. The Twins are off today and then begin a four-game home series Friday against Texas.

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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After catching COVID-19 and staying home for five days in line with the current guidelines, Kirk Cousins returned to practice Wednesday with the Minnesota Vikings for their first of two joint sessions with the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Cousins played crisply during the full-team drills against San Francisco’s defense, even uncharacteristically showing strong emotion after a completion to Adam Thielen.

Just like in the 49ers preseason game Friday against Green Bay, Trey Lance hit rookie Danny Gray on a deep ball for a long touchdown. The connection Wednesday came in a 7-on-7 drill against veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson. Lance is a Minnesota native who played at North Dakota State before being drafted No. 3 by San Francisco in 2021.

The Vikings and 49ers practice again today before Minnesota will host San Francisco in a preseason game at US Bank Stadium on Saturday at 6 pm.

 


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K-Heart Sports – 08/17/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/17/22 – 0700

 

MINOT, ND – Boys soccer teams began conference play on Tuesday. Defending champion Minot High hosted Bismarck Century. The Magicians led 1-0 at halftime, but a strong push by the Patriots sent them home with the victory. Minot drops to 2-1 overall, 0-1 in the WDA.

High School Boys Soccer
                                    Bismarck Century 2, Minot 1
                                    Mandan 7, Dickinson 1
                                    Bismarck High 4, Williston 0
                                    Jamestown 1, Bismarck Legacy 0

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JAMESTOWN, ND – In Class A girl’s golf, the East-West Classic finished up in Jamestown. The tournament was shortened to just one round due to inclement weather on Monday. Defending Class A champion Fargo Davies won the title.

High School Girls Golf
            Class A

East-West Classic – Jamestown Country Club
         1. Fargo Davies, 322
         2. Bismarck Century, 332
  1. Grand Forks Red River, 347
  2. Mandan, 348
  3. Bismarck Legacy, 351
  4. Minot High, 354
  5. Wahpeton, 356
  6. Fargo Shanley, 371
  7. West Fargo, 373
  8. Fargo North, 383
  9. Fargo South, 383
  10. West Fargo Sheyenne, 383
  11. St. Mary’s, 386
  12. Dickinson, 392
  13. Williston, 400
  14. Jamestown, 422
  15. Grand Forks Central, 469

Medalist: Lexi Bartley of Fargo Davies, 74

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TWINS-ROYALS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sonny Gray matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and Gio Urshela had four hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Tuesday night. Gilberto Celestino homered and Luis Arraez picked up three more hits to raise his MLB-best batting average to .336. The Twins moved within a game of AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Gray (7-3) struck out the side in the second inning, all on called third strikes. He got Nicky Lopez and MJ Melendez swinging in the sixth to equal the 10 strikeouts he had against Detroit back on May 24. Gray exited to a standing ovation when manager Rocco Baldelli pulled him in the seventh after hits by Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino. Gray had allowed just one hit through six innings. Including Tuesday’s scoreless outing, Gray has surrendered just five total runs over his last five starts.

Zack Greinke (4-8) gave up three runs, only one them earned, in six innings. Minnesota scored its first two runs in the second after an error by third baseman Bobby Witt Jr. Tuesday was the third time this season the 38-year-old Greinke had faced the Twins. The nine hits were the most Minnesota had against him this year.

UP NEXT

LHP Daniel Lynch (4-7, 4.52 ERA) takes the mound for the Royals in the series finale at Noon today, facing the Twins for the third time this season. Minnesota counters with RHP Tyler Mahle (6-7, 4.26), who will make his third start in a Twins uniform since being acquired from Cincinnati in a trade earlier this month.

 

 


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K-Heart Sports – 08/16/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/16/22 – 0700

 

MINOT, ND – The high school football season is underway and the pre-season Class 11A Football has been released. The poll is voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Class 11A High School Football Pre-Season Poll
 
             Team (1st Place Votes)   Record   Points
  1. Jamestown (14)                0-0           74      
  2. Fargo North (1)                 0-0           51        
  3. Dickinson                          0-0           35        
  4. Fargo South                      0-0           28        
  5. Grand Forks Red River     0-0           23         
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (0-0), Devils Lake (0-0), Grand Forks Central (0-0), West Fargo Horace (0-0)

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MSU-HEAD SOFTBALL COACH

MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State’s Director of Athletics, Kevin Forde, announced Monday that the Beavers have hired former University of Hawaii at Hilo assistant coach and player Bailey Gaspar as the new head softball coach. Gaspar most recently spent the past year as an assistant coach with the Vulcans in Hawaii, her second stint as a coach at Hawaii at Hilo as she also worked as a student coach after completing her collegiate eligibility while finishing her degree. Gaspar will begin her duties with the Beavers on August 20. She replaces Nat Wagner who resigned on July 1 to spend more time with his family. Gaspar takes over a program that went 28-20 this past spring, the Beavers sixth consecutive winning season.

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FCS COACHES PRE-SEASON POLL

WACO, Texas (NDSU) – Defending national champion North Dakota State will begin the 2022 season as the No. 1 team in the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll. North Dakota State went 14-1 overall and won its ninth national title in 11 seasons last year. The Bison earned 24 of 25 possible first-place votes in the poll. Montana, a national quarterfinalist last year, is No. 2 in the preseason poll followed by South Dakota State, which received one first-place vote. National runner-up Montana State starts the year No. 4 followed by Villanova at No. 5. The Missouri Valley Football Conference has five ranked teams including No. 8 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern Illinois and No. 21 Northern Iowa.

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MVFC ADJUSTED SCHEDULES

LOUIS (NDSU) – The Missouri Valley Football Conference has announced dates and matchups in league play for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. With the addition of Murray State to the conference in 2023, there will be 12 MVFC institutions with all league members playing eight conference games each year. While the conference cannot play a full round-robin schedule each season, teams will play every MVFC institution at least four out of every six seasons, supporting a continuation of league identity and increasing competitive fairness over time. Staff considered multiple options, including divisional play, four-team pods and a true rotation, before arriving at the current model, which utilizes agreed-upon scheduling principles, including maximizing bus trips to the greatest extent possible and protecting rivalries.

 

 In the two-year cycle for 2023 and 2024, North Dakota State will not play Illinois State, Indiana State or Youngstown State. NDSU is scheduled to host South Dakota, Western Illinois, Murray State and Southern Illinois in 2023. The Bison will host Missouri State, North Dakota, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa in 2024.

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TWINS-ROYALS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins stumbled home with a bunch of hitters in need of a boost, none more than Max Kepler and his 0-for-29 skid. The guy who needed a spark the most was the first one to get it going. Kepler went 3 for 4 with a slump-busting RBI to give the lagging lineup a lift, and the Twins started a vital homestand with a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Jorge Polanco, Jose Miranda and Gary Sánchez each drove in a run for the Twins, who moved within two games of AL Central-leading Cleveland (61-53) after the Guardians split a doubleheader with Detroit. The Twins (59-55) are percentage points ahead of Chicago (60-56) for second place.

Joe Ryan (9-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win, deftly recovering from a two-run home run by thriving rookie Vinnie Pasquantino in the first inning. Caleb Thielbar relieved him with a 3-2 lead and runners at second and third, retiring pinch-hitter Brent Rooker on a shallow pop fly and striking out pinch-hitter Michael A. Taylor to end that threat. Thielbar pumped his first and uncharacteristically screamed in exhilaration after retiring Taylor to preserve the lead. Thielbar has 13 strikeouts in his last 10 1/3 innings, without an unearned run.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Zack Greinke (4-7, 4.29 ERA) takes the mound tonight. He’s coming off his best start of the season, 6 1/3 shutout innings in a win over Chicago last week.

Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.33 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series. He beat Kansas City on May 29 with six innings, two hits, one run and no walks.

 

 


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K-Heart Sports – 08/05/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/05/22 – 0700
 
FARGO, ND – The West Fargo Patriots suffered a lose in round two of the American Legion Central Plains Region Tournament in Rapid City, SD. The Patriots lost to Millard South of Nebraska 11-3 on Thursday in the winners bracket. West Fargo will fight to keep their season alive as they play Mankato National of Minnesota in a loser out game today.
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NDSU FOOTBALL-WATCH LIST
 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege, linebacker James Kaczor and safety Michael Tutsie were named to the 2022 Buck Buchanan Award preseason watch list announced Thursday, Aug. 4, by Stats Perform. The Buck Buchanan Award is presented annually to the national defensive player of the year in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. NDSU has had nine finalists for the award including the 2014 winner, defensive end Kyle Emanuel.
 
Waege, a senior from South Shore, S.D., returns to the Bison for his sixth year after a season-ending injury during the third game of the 2021 season. Waege has played in 42 career games with 24.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He was a second team FCS All-American in the spring of 2021 with 8.0 TFLs and 4.5 sacks in nine games.
 
Kaczor, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., is also in his fifth year of eligibility after an injury limited him to nine games last season. A second team All-American in the spring of 2021 with 70 tackles in eight contests, he has played 43 career games with 192 total tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass breakups.
 
Tutsie, a sixth-year senior from Indianapolis, Ind., was a first team All-American last season and has started 41 consecutive games at strong safety. Second on the team in 2021 with 81 total tackles, Tutsie has played 53 games with 253 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions. He ranks 10th in school history with 136 solo tackles.
 
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
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TWINS-BLUE JAYS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer, Teoscar Hernández homered for the second straight day and the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 9-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Whit Merrifield, who revealed earlier in the day that he’s now vaccinated against COVID-19 and cleared to play in Canada, had two hits in his Blue Jays debut after being acquired from Kansas City for two minor leaguers at the trade deadline. Toronto won for the 12th time in 15 games and got six effective innings from Alek Manoah. Manoah (12-5) allowed two runs on two hits but tied a season high with four walks. Twins starter Sonny Gray also had a no-hitter working into the middle innings before Cavan Biggio had a two-out single in the fifth. Gray was done after five innings, giving up just one hit, but he walked a season-high five batters. Emilio Pagán (3-5) relieved Gray and allowed three runs — two earned — on four hits in an inning. Hernández sent Pagán’s offering to the back of the second deck in left field to start a three-run sixth. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Merrifield added RBI singles. Guerrero’s 22nd homer capped a six-run eighth. Jose Miranda had two RBIs for Minnesota on a hit-by-pitch and groundout. Jake Cave hit his first home run in his third game this season.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Tyler Mahle will make his Twins debut Friday after being acquired at the trade deadline from Cincinnati for three prospects. Mahle was 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 games for the Reds. Toronto counters with former Minnesota RHP José Berríos (8-4, 4.96). Berríos has faced the Twins three times since the 2021 trade deadline deal, including a seven-inning, two-run start this season.
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NFL-HALL OF FAME GAME
 
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders gave coach Josh McDaniels a successful homecoming in his debut on their sideline. Josh Jacobs, rookie Zamir White and Austin Walter ran well on a rain-soaked field and the Raiders routed Jacksonville 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game Thursday night, spoiling coach Doug Pederson’s first game with the Jaguars. McDaniels grew up in this historic football town and played for his father, Thom McDaniels, at Canton McKinley High School on this field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, known as Fawcett Stadium during his time as varsity quarterback and kicker.
 
“It was a unique opportunity, very grateful that I had it,” McDaniels said. “It’s the first time I’ve been to this Hall of Fame game it in 22 years. To have an opportunity to do that with him here, my family and people who helped me along the way, it was a special night for them. I really savored it.”
 
Derek Carr and Davante Adams warmed up but they didn’t get a chance to play their first game together since Fresno State. Carr, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Adams, the All-Pro receiver acquired in blockbuster trade with Green Bay, were among many starters who sat out for both teams. Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence wore a backward cap on the sideline while third-string quarterback Jake Luton started.
 
The NFL’s first preseason game began 40 minutes late due to severe weather that forced fans to seek shelter. As expected, things got sloppy after the opening kickoff. Top pick Travon Walker committed a roughing-the-passer penalty on Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham on the first play from scrimmage. Walker later registered a sack. The highlight of the game didn’t count. Jacksonville’s Willie Johnson returned a punt 88 yards for a score on the final play of the third quarter but it was nullified by a holding penalty.
 
The 46-year-old McDaniels begins his second stint as an NFL head coach after winning six Super Bowls as an assistant under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. McDaniels was 11-17 with Denver in 2009-10. Pederson also begins his second turn as an NFL head coach after sitting out 2021. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory and three playoff appearances in five seasons from 2016-20. Pederson has already changed the culture in Jacksonville following a disastrous 2021 season under Urban Meyer, who lasted only 11 months. He’s tasked with trying to turn one of the league’s worst organizations into a winner. The Jaguars have had one winning season in the last 14 years.
 
“You want a place where everybody enjoys coming to work and they enjoy the environment, the people, understanding we’re going to put in the hard work,” Pederson said. “You can’t substitute for hard work and preparation as you strive for a championship and these guys have bought in.”
 
Daniel Carlson connected on field goals of 32 and 55 yards to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Ameer Abdullah scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter and Stidham scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0 late in the first half. Down 27-3, the Jaguars found the end zone when Kyle Sloter tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Nathan Cottrell late in the fourth quarter. Cottrell ran up the middle for the 2-point conversion.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/04/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/04/22 – 0700
 
FARGO, ND – North Dakota’s representative at the American Legion Central Plains Region Tournament in Rapid City, SD earned a victory on day one of the tournament. The West Fargo Patriots were down 5-0 to Sioux Falls, SD after four innings, but exploded for six runs in the fifth inning as they went on to a 10-8 win. The Patriots play Millard South of Nebraska today in the winners bracket.
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MSU FOOTBALL-WATCH LIST
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Returning to the gridiron after earning First Team All-NSIC honors last fall, it’s no surprise that Ali Mohamed and Knylen Miller-Levi have been named as Players to Watch by the league’s coaches for this season. Mohamed, a junior who led the NSIC in total rushing yards with 1,159 in 2021 and was named a Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-American, was named Minot State’s Player to Watch on offense. Miller-Levi, a redshirt junior defensive back who had two interceptions, 43 tackles, and scored a pair of special-teams touchdowns – including a 63-yard TD reception on a fake punt that was ESPN’s No. 2 Play of the Day – was Minot State’s Player to Watch on defense.
 
They lead the way for a Minot State team tabbed as an underdog by the NSIC’s coaches as the Beavers were picked to finish seventh in the North Division in the 2022 NSIC Football Preseason Coaches poll released today, and 12th overall in the NSIC. Minot State received 8 points in the North Division poll and sits just behind Concordia, St. Paul, which garnered 10 points. Bemidji State was the heavy favorite to win the NSIC North Division with six first-place votes and 36 points. Minnesota Duluth was the No. 2 pick with one first-place vote and 31 total points.
 
In the South Division, Augustana was the favorite in a tight race with Minnesota State, Mankato, and Sioux Falls. Augustana had 32 points and two first-place votes, Minnesota State, Mankato had 31 points and three first-place votes, and Sioux Falls had 27 points and two first-place votes. Overall, Augustana was favored to win the NSIC title with five first-place votes and 153 points, with Bemidji State picked at No. 2 with 4 first-place votes and 145 points. Minnesota Duluth was picked to finish third with 142 points, then Minnesota State, Mankato and Sioux Falls tied for fourth with 136 points, and three and two first-place votes, respectively.
 
Minot State was picked 12th by the coaches with 36 points in the overall NSIC standings, edging out South Division foes Southwest Minnesota State and Upper Iowa, who were picked 13th and 14th with 26 and 25 points, respectively. The Minot State football team kicks off the 2022 season on Saturday, Sept. 3, hosting Winona State at Herb Parker Stadium at 1 p.m. Winona State was picked fourth in the South Division and 6th overall in the NSIC Preseason Poll.
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MSU MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State men’s basketball team is getting the chance to jump-start their 2022-23 season. NCAA schools are allowed to participate in an international competition tour every four years and the Beavers are taking advantage of that fact as they will head north of the border to play a pair of games at the University of Regina, and two more contests at the University of Winnipeg later this month.
 
The international tour begins on Thursday, August 18, with the Beavers tipping off against the University of Regina Cougars in Saskatchewan at 7 p.m. Game two of the trip will be on Friday, August 19, at 6 p.m. against the University of Regina. The Beavers then head East to Manitoba to play the University of Winnipeg Wesmen in two more games with the first contest Saturday, August 20, at 3 p.m. Minot State wraps up the international tour with a final game against the Wesmen on Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m. The Minot State men’s basketball team then returns to campus to begin class with their next action tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 22, a 3 p.m., an exhibition game against visiting Dickinson State at the MSU Dome.
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MSU SOFTBALL-COACH

 
MINOT, N.D. – Coming off a strong spring season that saw the Beavers rack up 28 wins, the Minot State softball team is reloading its coaching staff with stellar leadership. The first addition on the Beaver bench is new assistant coach Chelsea “Holli” Holliday, who began her duties with the team earlier this month. Holliday joins the Beaver staff after spending the last three years at Grambling University in Louisiana as a graduate assistant for the NCAA Division I Tigers where she earned her Masters in Sports Administration. Prior to Grambling, she was the head coach for five seasons for the Saint Mary’s School high school softball team in Raleigh, N.C.
 
As a collegiate player at Shaw University in North Carolina, Holliday earned All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) honors and was named to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman. Following her sophomore season, she also earned the chance to compete internationally as a member of Team USA at the 2012 Curacao Friendship Series. At Shaw, Coach “Holli” hit .266 for her career with 14 home runs, 64 RBIs, 78 runs scored, and 60 stolen bases. She also majored in Athletic Training. Holliday graduated from Burlington Township High School in Burlington, New Jersey, where she was a two-time 1st Team All-Conference selection, class Treasurer, a student athletic trainer, and Vice President of the Women’s Club.
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SUMMIT LEAGUE-BASKETBALL SCHEDULES
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Summit League released the league slate for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons on Wednesday The schedules feature a total of 18 conference games, including nine home and nine road games. The men’s schedule includes the in-state rivalry games between North Dakota and North Dakota State on December 30th in Grand Forks and January 27th in Fargo. The game in Grand Forks will be the first home league contest of the season for the Fighting Hawks. The women’s schedule features NDSU hosting UND on New Years Eve, while the Fighting Hawks host the Bison on January 28th.
 
The 2023 Summit League Men’s Basketball Championships will take place on March 4-7 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship.
 
The 2023 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship returns to its familiar home at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the eighth time. For the first time in League history, the 2023 Women’s Basketball Championship will feature all 10 members with St. Thomas competing in its first basketball tournament as a League member. The new format will cover five days on the calendar, starting March 3 and culminating with the title game on Tuesday, March 7. The tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trade acquisition Jorge López earned his first save with his new team, newcomer Sandy León drove in two runs
and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Wednesday. Carlos Correa and Gio Urshela added RBIs for the Twins, whose lead in the American League Central remains one game over Cleveland. Entering to a nice ovation, López, an All-Star acquired Tuesday from Baltimore, earned his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed just seven pitches, including a three-pitch strikeout of Eric Haase.
 
López’s outing came after Minnesota starter Joe Ryan bounced back from a career-worst outing with five mostly solid innings. Michael Fulmer then pitched a scoreless inning in his Twins debut against the team from which he was traded Tuesday, before Caleb Thielbar and Jhoan Duran each tossed a scoreless frame. Rocked on Saturday in San Diego, allowing 10 earned runs and five home runs in 4 2/3 innings, Ryan (8-4) tied a season high with nine strikeouts — also April 27 vs. Detroit — and allowed three hits as he again dominated the Tigers. In three 2022 starts against Detroit, Ryan is 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.
 
Acquired Tuesday from Cleveland, León had two hits, including a two-run double in the second for Minnesota. He had two hits in 15 at-bats for the Guardians this season, spending much of the year in the minors.
 
RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.41) is to pitch today when Minnesota starts a four-game home series with Toronto. Alek Manoah (11-5, 2.43) is the Blue Jays scheduled starter.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins was looking for more variety and more fun in his offseason training a few years ago when he developed a deep appreciation for a different sport. Pickup basketball posed too strong of a sprained-ankle risk, so he turned to the tennis court for inspiration and invigoration. Cousins soon learned that 14-time major singles title winner Pete Sampras once threw a football to warm up for matches, further entrenching his belief he’d found the right activity. Then during a conversation at the Pro Bowl with fellow quarterback Drew Brees, Cousins learned that serving not only accurately mimics passing but — because the racket doesn’t leave the hand, unlike a football — acts as a bonus muscle-strengthener for the back of the shoulder. The two motions are strikingly similar. The hand-eye coordination work can always help. The lateral agility required to go get a ball on the baseline is akin to moving around in the pocket. These are all reasons why Cousins believes his favored summer sport has helped him become more mobile on the field in the fall for Minnesota.
 
“I’ll never be a Lamar Jackson type, but I think playing tennis is just one way to kind train that instinct of moving and running,” Cousins said before practice Wednesday with the Vikings. Fueled by his own interest in history and museums, Cousins visited the International Tennis Hall of Fame last month in Newport, Rhode Island. One of Cousins’ hitting partners from his hometown in Michigan connected him with Andy Murray, John Isner and some other pros who were in town for a tournament. There’s an unpredictability to returning serves and strokes, too, that can stand as a metaphor for the curveballs that routinely come the quarterback’s way.
 
There are the pre-snap disguises Cousins must diagnose, even in practice against defensive coordinator Ed Donatell’s scheme. Then there are the setbacks that arise, such as the thumb injury suffered by top tight end Irv Smith Jr. in practice on Monday. The fourth-year player, who missed the entire 2021 season after tearing the meniscus in his knee, had surgery on Tuesday that went as planned and is on a recovery track to return for the opener on Sept. 11 against Green Bay. Smith’s absence has increased the roles of newcomer Johnny Mundt, returner Ben Ellefson and youngster Zach Davidson, who was drafted in the fifth round last year out of Central Missouri and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Davidson has exceptional speed for his size and position. The bio trackers players wear during practice and games have clocked Davidson as high as 20.9 mph, Cousins said, leaving him a fraction short of the 21 mph mark that comes with an honorary T-shirt from the strength and conditioning staff.
 
“I’m never going to see 21 miles an hour, but obviously the fastest guys on the team are going 21. So it’s an elite group, and Zach’s one of those guys,” Cousins said. “Whenever he gets a vertical route, I know he’s going to be flying because he wants that tracker at the end of practice to say that he went 21. So one of these days we’re going to get him his T-shirt.”
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NFL-BARR
 
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday. The 32-year-old Barr was a first-round pick by Minnesota in 2014 and has played his entire eight-year career with the Vikings. He was a Pro Bowler every year from 2015-18 and had a career-high three interceptions along with 2 1/2 sacks and 72 tackles last season. Barr will join a linebacker group led by AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons and 2018 Pro Bowler Leighton Vander Esch. Dallas opened a roster spot by waiving rookie linebacker Aaron Hansford.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/03/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/03/22 – 0700
 
FARGO, ND – The West Fargo Patriots begin play today at the Central Plains Region Tournament in Rapid City, SD. The Patriots play the third game of the first round against Sioux Falls, SD at 3:30 pm. The Central Plains Region Tournament runs through Sunday. The winners of each of the eight regions advance to the 95th American Legion World Series, Aug. 11-16 in Shelby, N.C.
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NDSU-MVFC PRESEASON
 
ST. LOUIS (NDSU) – North Dakota State is picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference according to a preseason poll of the league’s coaches, media and sports information directors. NDSU received 39 of 41 first-place votes followed by South Dakota State, which had two votes. Missouri State was picked third followed by Southern Illinois fourth, Northern Iowa fifth, South Dakota sixth and North Dakota seventh. Illinois State, Youngstown State, Indiana State and Western Illinois rounded out the poll in order eighth through 11th.
 
North Dakota State returns 13 full-time starters from last year’s 14-1 team that won the program’s ninth NCAA national championship in 11 seasons. The Bison claimed their 10th MVFC title with a 7-1 record in conference play.
 
Twelve NDSU players were named to the Preseason All-MVFC Team including four on the first team: fullback Hunter Luepke, left tackle Cody Mauch, defensive tackle Eli Mostaert and safety Michael Tutsie. NDSU’s eight preseason second-team honorees were running back Kobe Johnson, tight end Noah Gindorff, left guard Nash Jensen, defensive end Spencer Waege, linebacker James Kaczor, cornerback Destin Talbert, safety Dawson Weber and return specialist Jayden Price.
 
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Riley Greene had two hits and two RBIs as the Detroit Tigers spoiled Minnesota’s big trade deadline day, beating the Twins 5-3 on Tuesday night. Minnesota made big moves to bolster its hopes for a division title by acquiring starter Tyler Mahle and right-handed relievers Jorge López and Michael Fulmer before the deadline. Fulmer made the short walk from one clubhouse to the other after the trade from Detroit was announced. But it was the last-place Tigers, who were sellers, who earned a win on a sweltering night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
 
Jason Foley (1-0) earned his first career win with a scoreless inning in relief of starter Matt Manning, who was activated off the 60-day injured list before the game after missing three months with right shoulder inflammation. Gregory Soto earned his 20th save.
Griffin Jax (5-3) retired just one batter and allowed three runs on three hits in the seventh for Minnesota. Mark Contreras hit his first career homer for the Twins, who have lost five of seven. Minnesota’s lead in the American League Central remained one game over Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox closed within two games.
 
UP NEXT
 
RHP Joe Ryan (7-4, 3.78 ERA) will start the series finale this afternoon for Minnesota. Detroit will have LHP Tyler Alexander (2-4, 4.10) start. Ryan is coming off his worst start of the season, giving up 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings against San Diego. Alexander will make his second straight start after two months in the bullpen.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. will miss the remainder of the preseason after having surgery on his injured thumb. Coach Kevin O’Connell announced that Smith had the procedure done Tuesday after getting hurt during practice Monday. He’s on track to return for the first game on Sept. 11 against Green Bay. “We still feel very strongly about our process to get him back and hopefully have him, barring any setbacks, available for that opener,” O’Connell said. Smith missed the entire 2021 season after surgery on his injured knee, and the Vikings are counting on him as their top player at the position this year. Smith has 676 yards and seven touchdowns over two NFL seasons, after being drafted in the second round out of Alabama in 2019.
 
Backup running back and kickoff returner Kene Nwangwu has also been sidelined in the second week of training camp with a lower leg injury, O’Connell said. “We’re just trying to be smart and make sure we don’t turn a short-term setback into what could be a longer-term deal,” O’Connell said.
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MLB-TRADE DEADLINE
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Juan Soto is joining Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. in San Diego. Jorge López, Michael Fulmer and Tyler Mahle are going to Minnesota. Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson and Brandon Marsh are heading to Philadelphia, and Joey Gallo is looking for a fresh start with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baseball’s trade deadline day was an action-packed affair — 27 trades in all — and no one had more fun than the Padres.
 
San Diego made the biggest splash, acquiring Soto in a massive deal with the Washington Nationals. The sweet-swinging Soto, still just 23 years old, joins Machado in the middle of the Padres’ order, and Tatis is on his way back after being sidelined by a broken left wrist. “It’s pretty impressive to have those three types of guys on one team in the same lineup,” said Wil Myers, the Padres’ longest-tenured player. “Excited to see that trio, hopefully in the next week or two.”’
 
The Cardinals and Yankees swapped big leaguers, with Gold Glove-winning center fielder Harrison Bader going to New York in exchange for left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery. The Atlanta Braves geared up for their title defense by sending former closer Will Smith to the Houston Astros for right-hander Jake Odorizzi, and then acquiring reliever Raisel Iglesias in a deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
 
The Toronto Blue Jays got second baseman Whit Merrifield in a trade with Kansas City — it’s unclear if Merrifield plans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to play in Canada — and fortified their bullpen by adding Anthony Bass and Zach Pop in a deal with the Miami Marlins. The Brewers added reliever Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with San Francisco.
 
San Diego acquired Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from Washington for rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore, first baseman/DH Luke Voit and prospects James Wood, C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Jarlin Susana. After landing Soto, a generational talent who helped Washington win the 2019 World Series, San Diego also acquired infielder Brandon Drury from Cincinnati. The Padres sent minor league shortstop Victor Acosta to the Reds for the 29-year-old Drury, who has a career-high 20 homers this year. “The atmosphere here is they want to win, and not just go to the playoffs but win a World Series,” said All-Star closer Josh Hader, who was obtained by San Diego on Monday in another big deal with Milwaukee.
 
Eric Hosmer was part of the Soto deal before he vetoed the move, and San Diego ended up trading the first baseman to Boston along with two minor leaguers and cash in exchange for minor league left-hander Jay Groome.
 
The Twins bolstered their pitching staff with three trades, acquiring López in a deal with the Baltimore Orioles and Mahle in a swap with rebuilding Cincinnati. Fulmer came over from Detroit for minor league right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long. The 29-year-old López is in the middle of a breakout season, with a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves. The 27-year-old Mahle is 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts. Fulmer has a 3.20 ERA and two saves in 41 appearances. “Just completely life-changing. I’m just really thankful for the Orioles and what they’ve been doing, and I’m glad it’s coming to a new chapter with the Minnesota Twins,” López said on a conference call with reporters. The Twins, who took a one-game lead in the AL Central into Tuesday night’s game against Detroit, have a 5.30 team ERA since the All-Star break. Baltimore received minor league pitchers Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nuñez and Juan Rojas from Minnesota for López. Cincinnati got the bigger haul of prospects — infielders Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Spencer Steer, and left-handed pitcher Steve Hajjar.
 
The Yankees and Cardinals are both eyeing October and they pulled off an old-school baseball trade. A speedy 28-year-old from Bronxville, New York, Bader has not played since June 26 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. When he returns, he likely would share center field with newly acquired Andrew Benintendi in a move that would put Aaron Judge back in right and see Aaron Hicks and Benintendi split time in left, with Giancarlo Stanton as the designated hitter. Montgomery, who could make his Cardinals debut against the Yankees this weekend, is 22-20 with a 3.94 ERA in six big league seasons.
 
Looking for its first playoff appearance since 2011, Philadelphia added Robertson to its bullpen in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, and got Marsh and Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels. Philadelphia sent minor league pitcher Ben Brown to the Cubs for the 37-year-old Robertson, one of the top relievers on the market ahead of the deadline. The Phillies got Marsh from the Angels in exchange for catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe, then separately acquired Syndergaard for outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez. Robertson is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances this year. The right-hander finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Cubs on March 16. Marsh is a lefty-hitting, righty-throwing 24-year-old with speed and power projection. He ranked among Los Angeles’ top prospects before debuting in the majors last season, but he has struggled in the big leagues. Syndergaard, the former Mets star, is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in his first full season since 2019 due to Tommy John surgery.
 
Also on the move: Gallo was traded by the New York Yankees to the Dodgers for minor league right-hander Clayton Beeter, and Darin Ruf went from the Giants to the New York Mets for J.D. Davis and three pitching prospects. The Mets also acquired reliever Mychal Givens from the Chicago Cubs for a minor league pitcher.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/02/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/02/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Today is championship day at the State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament- Watford City
 
Semifinal
(E#3) Fargo Jets def. (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 4-3
(E#2) Casselton def. (E#1) Kindred, 7-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Championship
(E#2) Casselton vs (E#3) Fargo Jets, 10 am    (if Casselton loses, a second championship follows at 1 pm)
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LEGION BASEBALL-WEST FARGO
 
FARGO, ND – The West Fargo Patriots won the State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament last week. That qualifies them to play in the American Legion Central Plains Region Tournament in Rapid City, SD. The Patriots will begin play on Wednesday against Sioux Falls, SD at 3:30 pm. It will be the third game in the first round. The Central Plains Region Tournament runs through Sunday. The winners of each of the eight regions advance to the 95th American Legion World Series, Aug. 11-16 in Shelby, N.C.
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NDSU-FCS PRESEASON TEAMS
 
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State led the nation with six players selected to the Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America Team announced Monday. Fullback Hunter Luepke, left tackle Cody Mauch and defensive end Spencer Waege were named to the first team, safety Michael Tutsie was named to the second team, and linebacker James Kaczor and punt returner Jayden Price were third team.
 
Luepke, the Most Outstanding Player in last season’s NCAA national championship game, has been a postseason first team All-American by Stats Perform each of the past two years. Tutsie was a first-team All-America pick by HERO Sports in 2021 and Mauch was an Associated Press second team All-American in 2021. Price made the Stats Perform third team in 2021 and Waege was a second team All-American in 2020 selected by the American Football Coaches Association.
 
South Dakota State also had six selections to the Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America Team and the Missouri Valley Football Conference led the FCS with 22 total players honored.
 
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
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NDSU-STEINDORF
 
AUGUSTA, Ga. (NDSU) – North Dakota State’s Kaedin Steindorf was one of 22 candidates named to the preseason watch list for the 2022 FCS Punter of the Year Award announced Monday. Steindorf, a sophomore from Sherwood, Ore., averaged 40.2 yards per punt in his rookie season with a long of 53 yards in the NCAA championship game against Montana State. Steindorf had four punts of 50-plus yards and pinned 18 punts inside the 20-yard line with only two touchbacks on 50 attempts. Opponents averaged just 5.87 yards per return. The 2022 FCS Punter of the Year watch list was compiled based on the 2021 watch list, all-conference teams, All-America teams and 2022 preseason all-conference teams. The FCS Punter of the Year award was established in 2019 by the Augusta Sports Council, which is also home to the Ray Guy Award presented annually to the top punter at the FBS level. The winner will be selected by a vote of the FCS Punter of the Year Award and Ray Guy Award Committee and announced after the regular season.
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UND FOOTBALL-TICKETS
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – With the 2022 football season less than a month away, the University of North Dakota announced on Monday that single-game tickets will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. Single-game tickets can be purchased at https://ticketmaster.com, by visiting the UND Ticket Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or at the Alerus Center Box Office.
 
2022 UND Football Home Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 10 vs. Northern Iowa (Potato Bowl) | 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. Missouri State (Hall of Fame/Homecoming) | 12 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 vs. South Dakota State (#SetTheExpectation | Family Weekend) | 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Abilene Christian (Youth Day) | 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. South Dakota (Senior Day/Military Appreciation) | 12 p.m.
 
All times listed are in central time
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gio Urshela went right back to work after his wife delivered their new daughter and gave the Minnesota Twins a critical comeback victory with the first game-ending home run of his career. The injury-depleted Twins badly needed the jolt. Urshela’s two-run homer in the 10th inning drove in Jose Miranda, who had three RBIs as Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Monday night and maintained its one-game lead in the AL Central. “A lot of emotions,” said Urshela, who was on the paternity list for three days while his wife, Danna, gave birth to a healthy girl, Gianna. “Baby and walk-off and winning. It’s good for the team.”
 
The Twins played their first of 20 home games in August, their most in a month since they played 22 times at Metropolitan Stadium in June 1977. The turn of the calendar and the promise of home-field comfort couldn’t have come soon enough, after a 10-12 record in July that saw their slim division lead become even more precarious beneath the weight of a sputtering pitching staff.
 
Aaron Sanchez, who made seven starts for Washington with an 8.33 ERA earlier this season before being released, was called up from Triple-A St. Paul to fill in for Minnesota’s reeling rotation and provided five solid innings. Sanchez gave up four hits, including a two-out RBI single by Barnhart in the fourth, and one walk with eight strikeouts.
 
UP NEXT
Tigers: RHP Matt Manning is slated for reinstatement from the 60-day injured list so he can start Tuesday night, the first appearance for the 2016 first-round draft pick since developing shoulder inflammation on April 16 that forced him off the mound.
Twins: RHP Chris Archer (2-5, 4.04 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the middle game of the series, after a season-worst outing when he allowed six runs in three innings at Milwaukee last week. Archer’s turn in the rotation was pushed back one day, prompting Sanchez to be promoted.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Cameron Dantzler was the most obvious party to perhaps the lowest moment of last season for the Minnesota Vikings, when he backpedaled too deep in the end zone in Detroit and let the Lions complete the game-ending touchdown pass right in front of him. Dantzler has had at least as many downs as ups over his first two years, and now his starting spot has been threatened by a second-round draft pick in Andrew Booth Jr. Nonetheless, the lanky hard hitter who drew the nickname “The Needle” in high school in Louisiana has returned for 2022 with an ample supply of determination, maturity and motivation to show the Vikings and the rest of the NFL that he can be a reliable part of the lineup for seasons to come. “Just doing whatever helps the team. If me not starting helps the team win, then I’m OK with it. I’m a team-first guy. Booth, he looks pretty good. He brings a lot of juice to the secondary. I know that part,” Dantzler said.
 
After a standout training camp as a rookie in 2020, the third-round selection from Mississippi State earned a starting spot and had flashes of success. Listed at 6-foot-2 and just 190 pounds, Dantzler missed five games to a variety of injuries (rib, hamstring, concussion). He was hurt again in another setback during spring 2021 practice (quadriceps). While he didn’t miss any games to injury he was a healthy scratch for the opener after falling out of favor of head coach Mike Zimmer and the defensive staff. “It was kind of a bumpy road. I feel like Year 3 will be my best year. I’m more confident than ever. Picked up weight. Did everything I needed to do this offseason to get better,” Dantzler said.
 
During practice on Monday, Dantzler was beaten by K.J. Osborn for a 30-yard touchdown pass in a full-team 2-minute drill. So the learning curve has yet to completely flatten. But to hear his coaches and teammates tell it, Dantzler has come a long way from the struggles of last fall. “He’s working with a new slate with a new coaching staff. I believe he’s more dialed in. He doesn’t have the outside noise, and you can tell,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “I’m proud as heck of him. You can tell he was willing to take that next step throughout the offseason.”
 
Peterson, who in his 12th season in the league is the only sure bet for the Vikings at this vital position, has spent plenty of time with Dantzler and the other youngsters since arriving as a free agent last year. Peterson’s strongest impact this offseason on Dantzler was to teach him how to study opponents in a deliberate manner that can carry over to the field in a more meaningful way. “He taught me a lot on how to break down film, how to make the game slow down,” Dantzler said.
 
After switching his jersey number from 27 to 3, which he wore in college, Dantzler has visual evidence of the fresh start. Far more poignantly and painfully, he also has the memory of his former teammate, Jeff Gladney, to guide him this season. Gladney, who was in Dantzler’s draft class and played for the Vikings in 2020 before being released amid off-the-field trouble, died in a car crash earlier this year after signing with the Arizona Cardinals. Dantzler reported to camp last week carrying Gladney’s No. 22 jersey and said he has dedicated the season to his late friend. He spoke with Gladney two days before his death and had planned to visit him in the Dallas area soon after the crash. “I know he would love to be back out there,” Dantzler said. “Everything I do this year is for him.”
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MLB-TRADE DEADLINE
 
NEW YORK (AP) — The trade market got busy ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, with the New York Yankees acquiring pitcher Frankie Montas from Oakland for four prospects. As contenders bulked up ahead of stretch runs and possible postseason appearances, San Diego got All-Star closer Josh Hader from first-place Milwaukee on Monday, and Houston obtained designated hitter/first baseman Trey Mancini from Baltimore as part of a three-team trade that included Tampa Bay. The AL West leaders also added catcher Christian Vázquez from Boston, which in turn acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from Cincinnati. St. Louis obtained left-hander José Quintana and right-hander Chris Stratton from Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee added right-hander Matt Bush from Texas. World Series champion Atlanta acquired outfielder Robbie Grossman from Detroit and brought back infielder Ehire Adrianza from Washington. The Yankees got reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago White Sox obtained left-hander Jake Diekman from Boston. Montas became the second front-line starting pitcher to switch teams ahead of the deadline, after Seattle got Luis Castillo from Cincinnati.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 08/01/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 08/01/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – For the third consecutive year LaMoure is the champion of the State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament. This year they they had to come through the loser’s bracket. LaMoure lost their first round game to Garrison and then won six in a row. That included a 9-4 win in two extra innings over Cando in the first championship on Saturday, forcing a decisive championship on Sunday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
Championship
LaMoure def. Cando, 10-0 (5)
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MINOT, ND – The State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament is down to four teams.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament- Watford City
 
Loser Out
(E#1) Kindred def. (E#4) Wahpeton, 4-2
(W#3) Bismarck Senators def. (W#4) Watford City Walleye, 11-1
Third Round
(E#2) Casselton def. (E#3) Fargo Jets, 3-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
(W#3) Bismarck Senators vs (E#3) Fargo Jets, 3 pm
(E#1) Kindred vs (E#2) Casselton, 6 pm
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TWINS-PADRES
 
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego beat the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday, winning the three game series. Jurickson Profar homered for the second straight game and had a hand in the go-ahead rally in the sixth inning. That rally backed Sean Manaea (6-5), who overcame home runs by Luis Arraez and Jose Miranda to get the win. Luis Garcia pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. Profar homered off Dylan Bundy (6-5) with two outs in the third for a 1-0 lead. It was his 11th. The Twins came back with homers by Arraez leading off the fifth, his sixth, and Miranda with one out in the sixth, his 10th. The Padres took the lead while chasing Bundy during a sixth-inning rally. Trent Grisham and Profar opened the inning with consecutive singles to run Bundy, who was replaced by former Padres reliever Emilio Pagán. After Manny Machado lined out to center, Jake Cronenworth singled in the tying run and Luke Voit singled in the go-ahead run. Manaea allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked three. Bundy gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings, struck out three and walked none. The Twin return home for the first of three against Detroit tonight.
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NBA-RUSSELL OBIT
 
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell redefined how basketball is played, and then he changed the way sports are viewed in a racially divided country. The most prolific winner in NBA history, Russell marched with Martin Luther King Jr., stood with Muhammad Ali and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. The centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years, Russell earned his last two NBA titles as a player-coach — the first Black coach in any major U.S. sport. Russell died Sunday at the age of 88, with his wife, Jeannine, at his side, his family said in a statement posted on social media. No cause of death was immediately available; Russell, who had been living in the Seattle area, was not well enough to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy in June due to a long illness.
 
A Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star, Russell in 1980 was voted the greatest player in the NBA history by basketball writers. He remains the sport’s most decorated champion — he also won two college titles and an Olympic gold medal — and an archetype of selflessness who won with defense and rebounding while others racked up gaudy scoring totals.
 
Russell’s No. 6 jersey was retired by the Celtics in 1972. He earned spots on the NBA’s 25th anniversary all-time team in 1970, 35th anniversary team in 1980 and 75th anniversary team. In 1996, he was hailed as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. In 2009, the MVP trophy of the NBA Finals was named in his honor. (Russell never won the honor, because it was awarded for the first time in 1969.) He presented his namesake trophy for many years, the last in 2019 to Kawhi Leonard.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/31/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/31/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – There will be a second championship game at the State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
Semifinal
LaMoure def. Langdon, 2-0
Championship
LaMoure def. Cando, 9-4 (9)
 
Today’s schedule
 
Championship
Cando vs LaMoure, 1 pm
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MINOT, ND – West Fargo won the State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament on their home field.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
Semifinal
#3 West Fargo Patriots def. #5 Mandan Chiefs, 2-0
Championship
#3 West Fargo def. #7 Jamestown Eagles, 2-1
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MINOT, ND – Today is the third day of the State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament- Watford City
 
Loser Out
(E#1) Kindred def. (W#2) Bismarck Reps, 13-8
(W#3) Bismarck Senators def. (W#1) Williston Oilers , 6-2
Second Round
(E#2) Casselton def. (E#4) Wahpeton, 7-1
(E#3) Fargo Jets def. (W#4) Watford City Walleye, 15-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
(E#1) Kindred vs (E#4) Wahpeton, 12 pm
(W#3) Bismarck Senators vs (W#4) Watford City Walleye, 3 pm
Third Round
(E#2) Casselton vs (E#3) Fargo Jets, 6 pm
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TWINS-PADRES
 
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins had a nice bounce-back win against the San Diego Padres, spurred by some big home runs and a big break. All-Star Byron Buxton hit a tying homer in the fourth inning off Joe Musgrove, and Carlos Correa gave the AL Central leaders some breathing room with a two-run shot during a five-run eighth that helped them beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 on Saturday. The Twins got a huge break in the seventh. With the Padres trailing 2-1 and rookie C.J. Abrams at second base on a one-out infield single and throwing error by Correa at shortstop, Jurickson Profar’s sharp grounder hit second base umpire Jerry Layne, rolled several feet away and was ruled a dead ball. Abrams almost certainly would have scored had Profar’s ball gone through the infield, but he had to stay at second. Manny Machado struck out and Eric Hosmer popped up to end the inning. Correa then homered to straightaway center field with one out in the eighth off Adrian Morejon for a 4-1 lead. It was his 13th. Minnesota added on with an RBI single by Jose Miranda, a run-scoring double by Nick Gordon and a throwing error by Abrams to make it 7-1. Sonny Gray (6-3) allowed a solo home run to Machado with two outs in the third, but otherwise kept the Padres in check through five innings. Gray allowed five hits while striking out five and walking one. Buxton tied it at 1 when he homered off the brick warehouse in the left field corner at Petco Park with one out in the fourth. It was his 26th. The Twins took the lead on Gilberto Celestino’s RBI single in the fifth.
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TWINS-INJURIES
 
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Max Kepler and infielder Miguel Sanó on the 10-day injured list Saturday, a big setback for a team with playoff hopes. Sanó’s return to the IL with left knee inflammation is particularly tough because he had returned just four days earlier from missing 75 games after having surgery to repair torn meniscus in the knee in May. He apparently aggravated the knee during his recent rehab assignment. The Twins say he will undergo an MRI when they return to Minneapolis after a weekend series at San Diego. Sanó went 0 for 6 in his three games back. Kepler broke the fifth toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch at Detroit on Sunday. He had gone through workouts and the Twins hoped to keep him on the active roster but decided to shut him down. Kepler was hitting .244 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. To take their spots on the roster, the Twins recalled outfielder Mark Contreras and selected the contract of infielder Tim Beckham from Triple-A St. Paul.
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MINNESOTA UNITED
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Luis Amarilla scored two goals, including the equalizer, for Minnesota United in a 4-4 tie with the Portland Timbers on Saturday. Amarilla’s tying goal came in the 69th minute for United (10-8-5). Amarilla added one more goal in the game. United also got one goal each from Franco Fragapane and Bongokuhle Hlongwane. Sebastian Blanco scored two goals and Jaroslaw Niezgoda added another for the Timbers (7-6-10). The Timbers outshot United 17-13, with seven shots on goal compared to six by Minnesota. Dayne St. Clair stopped four shots for United and Aljaz Ivacic had two saves for the Timbers. United plays on the road on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids, while the Timbers will host Nashville on Wednesday.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The evidence of Irv Smith Jr.’s rejuvenated outlook jumps out from underneath his chinstrap, an ink outline of a butterfly on the left side of his neck that signifies a fresh start. After a freak knee injury that occurred while making a pedestrian weakside block in a preseason game, knocking him out of the 2021 season, Smith has returned his enviable tight end skills and up-for-anything personality to a Minnesota Vikings offense that badly missed him. Fully recovered from surgery to fix a torn meniscus, Smith has been cleared to practice without limitation. “It’s like a new beginning. All the things I’ve done in my past, I still reflect on, but I’m excited for what the future holds for myself, the team, the offense,” Smith said.
 
For further motivation, the third-year player — and son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith — added an even larger tattoo on the other side of his neck depicting his mother, Rose Matamoros. Then there’s another superhero inked on his right hand: The Incredible Hulk. “We’re about to smash some folks,” Smith said with a wide grin.
 
The 2020 second-round draft pick out of Alabama, who turns 24 on Aug. 9, rarely goes long without smiling. His confident and upbeat demeanor certainly came in handy during the double-whammy slog of knee rehab, a grueling process made potentially more frustrating by the powerless feeling of being sidelined and unable to contribute. “That’s kind of life. Things get thrown at you that you’re not expecting, but it’s how you bounce back,” Smith said. “You have to keep looking forward. You can’t look back.”
 
Considering the amount of attention Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook have commanded from opposing defenses, a strategy that’s unlikely to stop, there’s a clear opening for Smith to seize a vital role for the Vikings. That’s what everyone was anticipating last season, after much of Smith’s playing time was chewed up by veteran Kyle Rudolph in 2019 and 2020. “I felt he was one of our most impactful players in training camp last year,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said.
 
The athleticism and versatility Smith possesses to be able to line up at the traditional end spot in a three-point stance, in the backfield, the slot or even split wide makes him a sound fit with the new offense under head coach Kevin O’Connell. O’Connell and offensive coordinator Wes Phillips, who built their philosophy with Super Bowl champion Los Angeles, have quickly pointed to Rams tight end Tyler Higbee as their preferred prototype for the position as a capable blocker with downfield speed to burn. Phillips was the tight ends coach for the Rams. “When Irv really opens it up, there’s a lot in the tank there,” O’Connell said on Saturday, before the Vikings staged their first full-team practice of training camp that was open to fans.
 
The fact that the workout included Smith was a significant win for the Vikings. “I feel like I got faster, honestly, through this process, just giving my whole body a reset,” Smith said. “I’ve never really had this kind of break before. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. Reflecting and working on things that I wanted to work on that I usually wouldn’t have the time to work on, it’s been really good.”
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/30/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/30/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament is down to three teams.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
Loser Out
MayPort def. Garrison, 6-2
LaMoure def. Hazen, 11-0 (5)
Semifinal
Cando def. Langdon, 4-2
Loser Out
LaMoure def. MayPort, 10-0 (6)
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
Langdon vs LaMoure, 1 pm
Championship
Cando vs Langdon/LaMoure winner, 4 pm (if Cando loses, second Championship is Sunday at 1 pm)
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MINOT, ND – Today is the final day of the State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament in West Fargo. Three teams enter the day with one lose each.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
Semifinal
#3 West Fargo Patriots def. #1 Fargo Post 2, 3-1
#5 Mandan Chiefs def. #7 Jamestown Eagles, 14-12
 
Today’s s schedule
 
Semifinal
#3 West Fargo Patriots vs #5 Mandan Chiefs, 12 pm
Championship
#7 Jamestown Eagles vs West Fargo/Mandan winner, 3 pm
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MINOT, ND – Today is the second day of the State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament- Watford City
 
First Round
(E#4) Wahpeton def. (W#1) Williston Oilers, 11-0 (5)
(E#2) Casselton def. (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 8-2
(E#3) Fargo Jets def. (W#2) Bismarck Reps , 5-4
(W#4) Watford City def. (E#1) Kindred, 4-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
(W#2) Bismarck Reps vs (E#1) Kindred, 11 am
(W#1) Williston Oilers vs (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 1:30 pm
Second Round
(E#2) Casselton vs (E#4) Wahpeton, 4:30 pm
(E#3) Fargo Jets vs (W#4) Watford City Walleye, 7 pm
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TWINS-PADRES
 
SAN DIEGO (ESPN) – It’s been a while since the San Diego Padres had a game like this. Jorge Alfaro launched a three-run homer, Luke Voit and All-Star Manny Machado each hit a two-run shot and the Padres enjoyed their first five-homer outburst in more than a year to beat the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 10-1 Friday night. Kim Ha-seong and Eric Hosmer added solo shots for the Padres, who gave left-hander Blake Snell (3-5) all the runs he needed in the first inning. All-Star Byron Buxton homered for the Twins in the fourth, his 25th. Right-hander Joe Ryan (7-4) yielded all five Padres homers, including Machado’s and Alfaro’s in a six-run fifth, when all the runs scored with two outs. Ryan allowed eight hits and 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked two. Twins RHP Sonny Gray (5-3, 3.52 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (8-3, 2.63) are scheduled to start this afternoon.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taking a day of regular training camp away from their team facilities, the Minnesota Vikings traveled for an afternoon practice at U.S. Bank Stadium as a way for the new coaching staff and players to become more comfortable with their gameday surroundings. Like many things under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O’Connell, the trip offered a fresh outlook for a team needing one after missing the playoffs three of the past four seasons. Three days into camp, Vikings ownership is enjoying what it sees from its new leadership.
 
“The energy, the positivity, the communication, the collaboration, between the two of them and across the whole team and organization has been excellent,” Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said after practice. “We couldn’t be more happy to have them on board. We’re really excited about the season and seasons because they work well together and I think the players, especially veterans who have said, ‘You know what, this is good energy and we are looking forward to playing with these guys and the leadership.’ It’s been positive from that standpoint. Can’t wait to get this thing going.”
 
With only one home preseason game this year, the team took the opportunity to practice at its sun-splashed downtown stadium. Former Vikings All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen spoke to the team after practice and the team surprised Allen by announcing he’ll be inducted into the team’s ring of honor this fall. The Wilf family, who approved the trade for Allen in 2008 after three playoff-less seasons, hope their most recent acquisitions pay off in the same manner. Allen had 85.5 sacks in six years in Minnesota and helped break the playoff drought in his first season with the Vikings. Minnesota made it to the NFC Championship in Allen’s second season.
 
“I remember like any trade, there’s nerves and anxiousness,” Wilf said “We gave up some picks for him and it was a lot of discussion about it, but it turned out to be one of the best things we did as ownership and in this franchise history is to get a player of his level here. Our first two seasons out of the block, we won the division. So, he made a big impact right away and we’re fortunate it worked out.”
 
Moving on from the disappointment of the final years of Mike Zimmer’s tenure as coach, the Vikings chose not to make dramatic, sweeping personnel changes. Instead, the Wilf’s believe a coaching change will be enough to get the team back in the postseason. All of the main offensive pieces, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook and receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen return in O’Connell’s new system.
 
“I do believe we have a great roster and I give Kwesi and Kevin a lot of credit,” Wilf said. “They did a great job of balancing a lot of factors to get us to be really competitive and I know our fans when they seem them starting tomorrow practicing, we have a lot of great talent here and more importantly it’s starting to gel together in terms of a new system and new leadership and they’re really taking well to it.”
 
Like the move for Allen, ownership made the leadership change hoping for immediate returns. “It burns all of us to get back to winning ways and competitiveness to be where we want to be, winning divisions and championships and competing,” Wilf said. “We feel we made a lot of great strides on that front and I can tell you the players are super energized and motivated as well. They don’t like losing. A lot of them have come from winning college programs or they are winners in their own right and they don’t like that taste either. “So, like I said before, there’s a lot of good energy and good positivity working toward these goals and I believe we’ll get there.”
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MLB-TRADE
 
SEATTLE (AP) — After more than two decades without a playoff appearance, the Seattle Mariners made a clear statement Friday night they intend to see their postseason drought come to an end this year. The Mariners acquired perhaps the top starting pitcher on the trade market, getting All-Star Luis Castillo from the payroll-paring Cincinnati Reds for four minor league prospects. Seattle has not been to the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in the four major North American professional sports.
 
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. He’s really established himself as a dominant starter,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in Houston. “We’ve got a chance to do something really big here this year. You have to step out and take a chance once in a while if you ultimately want to get the reward, take a little risk. Dominant starting pitcher, and I’m anxious to meet him.”
 
At 54-47, the Mariners are in the second of three AL wild-card spots, a half-game in front of Tampa Bay (53-47) and two games ahead of Cleveland (51-48). Seattle won its final 14 games before the All-Star break, one short of the longest winning streak in team history and the best run by any club heading into the break since 1933. But the Mariners are 3-5 since, following an 11-1 loss at Houston on Friday night.
 
Acquired from Miami before the 2017 season, Castillo is a two-time All-Star with a 44-53 record and 3.62 ERA in six seasons. He has a $7.35 million salary this season, is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2023 season. He joins a rotation that includes Logan Gilbert, Robbie Ray, Marco Gonzales and Chris Flexen. Touted rookie George Kirby appears likely to be displaced, but Dipoto said the goal is to be creative to keep Kirby on a regular turn and contributing.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/29/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/29/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Thursday was day two of the State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament in Garrison.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
Loser Out
MayPort def. Renville, County, 13-1 (5)
LaMoure def. Carrington, 10-8
Second Round
Cando def. Hazen, 5-4 (10)
Langdon def. Garrison, 4-2     (Langdon scores all their runs in the top of the 7th)
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
Garrison vs MayPort, 10 am
Hazen vs LaMoure, 12:30 pm
Semifinal
Cando vs Langdon, 3 pm
Loser Out
Garrison/MayPort winner vs Hazen/LaMoure winner, 5 pm
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MINOT, ND – Thursday was day three of The State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament in West Fargo.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
Loser Out
#5 Mandan Chiefs def. #2 Bismarck Governors, 12-4
#3 West Fargo Patriots def. #4 Dickinson Roughriders, 10-4
Third Round
#7 Jamestown Eagles def. #1 Fargo Post 2, 11-8
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#1 Fargo Post 2 vs #3 West Fargo Patriots, 2 pm
#5 Mandan Chiefs vs #7 Jamestown Eagles, 5 pm
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MINOT, ND – The State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament begins today in Watford City.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament- Watford City
 
First Round
(W#1) Williston Oilers vs (E#4) Wahpeton, 10 am
(E#2) Casselton vs (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 3 pm
(W#2) Bismarck Reps vs (E#3) Fargo Jets, 12:30 pm
(E#1) Kindred vs (W#4) Watford City, 7 pm
 
The tournament runs through Tuesday.
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LYNX-DREAM
 
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Aerial Powers scored 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx started fast and held on for a 92-85 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night. Moriah Jefferson finished with 14 points and seven assists for Minnesota (11-19), which ended a three-game skid. Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Kayla McBride scored 11. Powers had 10 points and Minnesota shot 65.6% (21 of 32), including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to take a 49-29 lead at halftime. Atlanta (12-17) shot 34.4% and made just 2 of 9 from distance before intermission. Tiffany Hayes scored 24 to pace the Dream, Rhyne Howard added 18 points, while Cheyenne Parker scored 14 with six rebounds. Atlanta outscored the Lynx 40-27 in the final quarter.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins dropped back during a drill this spring, looked left and pivoted right to pass to a different spot he felt better about on that particular play against that defensive alignment. Then came the correction from Minnesota’s new head coach. Experience, instinct and comfort told Cousins to automatically move to his second option, but Kevin O’Connell and the offensive staff were adamant about wanting the ball in that scenario going to the receiver running the route designated as the first read. When the Vikings ran that play several more times throughout their offseason practices, Cousins heeded the instruction.
 
“It’s important to understand what he wants and not just play to, ‘Well, I’ve done this before, so I’ll just do this again,’” Cousins said. “It’s more of a, ‘How do you want it to look? Let me execute that way.’ But that takes time to learn.”
 
Such is the situation for the 11th-year veteran, beginning his fifth season in Minnesota. Though Cousins had O’Connell as his quarterbacks coach with Washington in 2017 and thus has been transitioning to a system he’s relatively familiar with, there will still be a getting-to-know-you process that Cousins and O’Connell must go through together to strengthen one of the most vital relationships on an NFL team. O’Connell’s predecessor, Mike Zimmer, clearly never warmed to Cousins due to a variety of factors. Only last year did the two of them sit down together in the head coach’s office to study film together and talk strategy from one side of the ball to the other. That’s one reason why replacing the defensive-minded Zimmer, who led the team for eight seasons, with O’Connell — a former quarterback who had a brief stint in the league — ought to help create a better environment for Cousins to work in this year.
 
“You want everybody to be on the same page as much as possible, and certainly the head coach and the quarterback falls under that umbrella. But I’d hate to have anybody not on the same page with the head coach or with each other in this building,” Cousins said. “It makes it harder to win.” Being able to see the game through his eyes makes O’Connell a natural ally. He doesn’t want Cousins to feel forced to make a certain throw simply because the game plan calls for it. He’s cognizant of making sure the quarterback feels a similar dose of confidence that the staff does. “But in the end, I’m still going to coach him really hard,” O’Connell said.
 
For now, the onus is on Cousins to continue to absorb himself in the terminology and the philosophy that O’Connell, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips and quarterbacks coach Chris O’Hara brought from Super Bowl champion Los Angeles. “Those guys are in charge of all of it,” O’Connell said. “I can only speak into the headset, but once that goes in, it’s their show.”
 
Some quarterbacks can thrive with an ad-lib approach to a broken play or a fierce pass rush, but Cousins is frequently at his best when there’s order around him, not chaos. As far as his detailed focus has led him in his career, his methodical approach has been a detriment at times, too. Now with O’Connell and his staff in place, plus a host of top-flight skill-position supports in Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Irv Smith Jr., Cousins ought to be as comfortable as he’s ever been in purple. Yet there’s still a decided lack of permanence to this, too.
 
The Vikings gave him at least one more year and another $35 million, another kick-the-can-down-the-road contract that was the second extension he signed since the fully guaranteed $84 million deal that landed him in Minnesota in the first place in 2018.
 
In a USA Today profile on Kwesi Adofo-Mensah published last week, the new general manager suggested the Vikings brought Cousins back more out of fear of the unknown than out of faith that he is the quarterback who can take them to the Super Bowl. Asked Tuesday about those comments, Adofo-Mensah said he was speaking generally about the team-building process surrounding the position and not expressing specific skepticism about Cousins. “Kirk knows how I feel about him. We’re in a good place. I love his mindset coming into camp, and that’s where we’re at,” Adofo-Mensah said.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/28/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/28/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament began Wednesday in Garrison.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
First Round
Cando def. MayPort, 2-0
Hazen def. Renville County, 7-3
Langdon def. Carrington, 11-1
Garrison def. LaMoure, 1-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
MayPort vs Renville, County, 10 am
Carrington vs LaMoure, 12:30 pm
Second Round
Cando vs Hazen, 3 pm
Langdon vs Garrison, 5:30 pm
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MINOT, ND – Wednesday was day two of The State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament in West Fargo.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
Loser Out
#4 Dickinson Roughriders def. #8 Williston Keybirds, 8-4
#2 Bismarck Governors def. #6 Fargo Post 400, 7-1
Second Round
#1 Fargo Post 2 def. #5 Mandan Chiefs, 11-4
#7 Jamestown Eagles def. #3 West Fargo Patriots, 2-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#2 Bismarck Governors vs #5 Mandan Chiefs, 1 pm
#3 West Fargo Patriots vs #4 Dickinson Roughriders, 4 pm
Semifinal
#1 Fargo Post 2 vs #7 Jamestown Eagles, 7 pm
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MSU-HALL OF FAME
 
MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State Athletic Hall of Fame is set to grow with the addition of four new inductees. Minot State Athletics and the Beaver Booster Club are pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 which includes two-sport star student-athlete Jen Dixon (softball and volleyball), former Beaver golfer and golfer coach Whitney (Stanley) Aberle, NAIA track and field national champion Travis Hanson, and the Beavers’ 1986 NAIA runner-up national champion gymnastics team. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. at Clarion Hotel as part of the Homecoming 2022 festivities. The Class of 2022 also will be honored at halftime of the Beavers’ homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, against Northern State at 2 p.m. at Herb Parker Stadium.
 
Dixon is a former softball and volleyball player who earned All-American honors on the diamond, and All-Conference honors on the
hardwood.
 
Aberle is a former Dakota Athletic Conference champion golfer who went on to coach the Minot State women’s golf team for five seasons.
 
Hanson is an NAIA national champion in the indoor triple jump and four-time NAIA All-American in track and field.
 
And the 1986 gymnastics team of Stacey Aberle, Judy Kraljic, Renae Newman, Lori Swanson, Jody Thompson, Nancy Ward, Robin Wheeler, and Coach Gary Leslie finished second to Wisconsin-Oshkosh at the NAIA National Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Wheeler was the individual national champion in balance beam that season.
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TWINS-BREWERS
 
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of three-run homers, Corbin Burnes won his fifth straight decision and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game series between Central Division leaders. Tellez homered off a wild Chris Archer (2-5) for a 3-0 lead in the first and against Jharel Cotton for an 8-3 advantage in a five-run fourth. Tellez has 20 homers, one shy of his career high in 2019 with Toronto, and nine multihomer games, including four this season. His only game with more RBIs was on May 4, when he had eight against Cincinnati. Burnes (8-4) struck out 11 in six innings, reaching double digits for the eighth time this year and 20th in his big league career. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up three runs and five hits while walking none and retiring 14 of his last 15 batters. Archer tied his career high with six walks. He allowed six runs and three hits in three innings.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — There’s a long list of standout NFL wide receivers who have found their footing in Year 3, when that learning curve for complex playbooks, quarterback chemistry and super-skilled cornerbacks starts to flatten and the breakthrough on the field begins. If Justin Jefferson has yet to hit his stride, well, that’s a daunting thought for the defensive backs around the league asked to cover him in 2022 when they face the Minnesota Vikings. No player in the history of the NFL has totaled more than the 3,016 receiving yards Jefferson racked up over his first two seasons. To hear anyone associated with the Vikings tell it, including Jefferson himself, there was still plenty of meat left on the production table.
 
“Hopefully we don’t have that comment after the season,” Jefferson said. “There’s always room for improvement, always things I need to touch upon. I’m not the best ever to play the game. There’s always stuff I need to touch upon, some weaknesses I feel that I still have.”
 
Jefferson has gone on the record during the offseason stating his confidence in being able to be the first 2,000-yard receiver. He also has declared Davante Adams, who was recently traded by rival Green Bay to Las Vegas, the best player in the league at their precocious position. That’s a label, Jefferson acknowledged again Wednesday before the first full practice of training camp, he’s aiming to steal for himself sooner rather than later.
 
Even if he has a surprising drop-off in production, should extra attention on him yield more catches for Adam Thielen, K.J. Osborn, Irv Smith Jr., Dalvin Cook or anyone else, Jefferson has set himself up for a mammoth payday next spring when he is eligible for his first extension. With new deals doled out in recent months to Tyreek Hill, Cooper Kupp, Terry McLaurin and several others, there are now 12 wide receivers in the NFL with an annual average contract value of $20 million or more, according to salary data compiled by Over The Cap. “I’m not really too fond of money,” Jefferson said. “I’m really just trying to get that goal of being the best receiver.”
 
Getting the Vikings back in a groove as a contending team will also go a long way toward his feelings about signing his next deal. After leaving LSU as a national champion, Jefferson has a 15-18 record without an appearance in a playoff game. “But I’m ready to change things around. We’re all ready to change things around, get back to that old Vikings team that they used to be,” Jefferson said.
 
The on-field session Wednesday included full participation for tight end Irv Smith Jr., who missed the entire 2021 season after knee surgery. Linebacker Ryan Connelly and wide receiver Blake Proehl are on the physically unable to perform list, still rehabilitating from ACL tears, and cornerback Nate Hairston is on the non-football injury list for an undisclosed reason.
 
Fans won’t be allowed to watch until Saturday at TCO Performance Center, the sparkling, sprawling, suburban headquarters the Vikings opened four years ago, but even when practice attendance is limited to staff, guests and media. the spotlight on Jefferson remains clear. The player with the nickname “Jet” is, by all accounts, still on the verge of taking off. “Why not set the record for yards, catches in a year? Why not you?” wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell told Jefferson earlier this year. “What you did last year was good. Now let’s be great.”
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/27/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/27/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament began Tuesday in West Fargo.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
First Round
#1 Fargo Post 2 def. #8 Williston Keybirds, 11-0 (5)
#5 Mandan Chiefs def. #4 Dickinson Roughriders, 7-3
#7 Jamestown Eagles def. #2 Bismarck Governors, 8-3
#3 West Fargo Patriots def. #6 Fargo Post 400, 3-2
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#4 Dickinson Roughriders vs #8 Williston Keybirds, 10:30 am
#2 Bismarck Governors vs #6 Fargo Post 400, 1:30 pm
Second Round
#1 Fargo Post 2 vs #5 Mandan Chiefs, 4:30 pm
#3 West Fargo Patriots vs #7 Jamestown Eagles, 7:30 pm
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MINOT, ND – The State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament begins today in Garrison.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
First Round
MayPort vs Cando, 10 am
Hazen vs Renville County, 12:30 pm
Langdon vs Carrington, 3 pm
LaMoure vs Garrison, 6 pm
 
The tournament runs through Saturday. The if needed championship would be Sunday.
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MSU-EUL RESIGNS
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – After six winning seasons, Minot State baseball’s head coach is moving on to a new challenge. Minot State Director of Athletics Kevin Forde announced Tuesday that coach Scott Eul has announced his resignation as he will be taking over as the head coach for the University of Missouri-St. Louis Titans. In six seasons leading the Beavers, Coach Eul compiled an impressive 159-102 record which saw Minot State post six consecutive winning seasons, a school record 36 wins in 2019 (36-18), and the Beavers won the 2018 NSIC Regular Season Championship. Coach Eul made the move to be closer to family in Missouri while continuing his coaching career. A national search for his replacement at Minot State currently is underway.
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TWINS-BREWERS
 
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have displayed a flair for the dramatic ever since returning from the All-Star break. Luis Urías delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to bring home Andrew McCutchen as the Brewers edged the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Tuesday night. The NL Central-leading Brewers have gone 4-1 since the All-Star break. In three of those wins, they were tied or behind in the eighth inning or later. McCutchen started the winning rally with a one-out single off Tyler Duffey (2-4), who then walked Kolten Wong and Hunter Renfroe to load the bases. Urías followed with a fly ball, and McCutchen slid home head first well ahead of right fielder Alex Kirilloff’s throw. Gio Urshela hit a three-run homer and Byron Buxton added a solo shot for the Twins, his 24th. Chris Archer (2-4, 3.41 ERA) starts for the Twins and Corbin Burnes (7-4, 2.20) pitches for the Brewers as this two-game series ends this afternoon with a matchup of right-handers.
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VIKINGS-TRAINING CAMP
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Harrison Smith caught himself recently, like a play-action fake that got him going the wrong way, when an acquaintance asked him his age. The longest-tenured player on the Minnesota Vikings and one of the oldest safeties in the NFL turned 33 earlier this year, but the six-time Pro Bowl pick clearly does not feel that old. “I started saying 20-something,” Smith said. “You just forget. It just flies by. I still feel good, but every old guy says that. You’ve just got to see how I look, I guess.”
 
When the Vikings line up for their first full-team drills of training camp today, Smith will start his 11th season next to rookie Lewis Cine. Cine is the latest partner the Vikings have presented Smith in the back of the defense, and the first-round draft pick from Georgia has the potential to be the greatest of the group. From Jamarca Sanford (2012-13) to Robert Blanton (2014) to Andrew Sendejo (2015-17) to Anthony Harris (2018-20) to Xavier Woods last year, Smith has a track record of helping elevate the players at the opposite safety spot. None of them came with a skill set like Cine’s.
 
Smith has played in 145 regular season games, the most by any safety in the league who is currently on a roster. Devin McCourty (New England) and Kareem Jackson (Denver) are the only active players at the position who were born before Smith, who will be 34 on Feb. 2. If Smith appears in every game, as he’s done five times in 10 years, he would move into 15th place all-time for games played by a safety, according to Sportradar data. The only defensive players who’ve played in more games since he entered the NFL are Cameron Jordan (160), McCourty (158), Fletcher Cox (156), Bobby Wagner (151), Cameron Heyward (150) and Lavonte David (149).
 
Selected in the first round out of Notre Dame in 2012, Smith has made more Pro Bowls than every player in his draft class except three: Russell Wilson (nine), Bobby Wagner (eight) and Luke Kuechly, who retired with seven. Smith and wide receiver Adam Thielen, who joined Minnesota’s practice squad in 2013, are the only players who were with the Vikings before Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach in 2014. Zimmer was replaced by Kevin O’Connell this season, and with the staff change came a new system under defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. The learning process — and seeing strategy through a new set of eyes — has been nothing but invigorating for Smith.
 
“That stuff has always intrigued me,” Smith said. “Once you’re out there, as long as you know what you’re doing to some degree, you can still let it loose, go have fun and play football.”
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/26/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/26/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament begins today in West Fargo.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
First Round
#1 Fargo Post 2 vs #8 Williston Keybirds, 10:30 am
#4 Dickinson Roughriders vs #5 Mandan Chiefs, 1:30 pm
#2 Bismarck Governors vs #7 Jamestown Eagles, 4:30 pm
#3 West Fargo Patriots vs #6 Fargo Post 400, 7:30 pm
 
The tournament is set to run through Saturday.
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MSU-COACH HIRED
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – A former Olympian is the new head of the Minot State track and field programs. Minot State’s Director of Athletics Kevin Forde announced that former Olympic hurdler Greggmar Swift is the new head coach of the Beaver men’s and women’s track and field programs. Swift, a native of Barbados, competed for his home country in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics and in that event at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, as well.
 
The Beavers newest head coach spent the last 3 ½ years in California filling a variety of roles at Merritt College, a junior college in Oakland where he was an assistant track and field coach for the Thunderbirds, head women’s soccer coach, and a Kinesiology instructor. Prior to coaching and teaching in California, Swift spent two years as Vice Chairman of the Olympic Athletes Commission in Barbados, and also served as an assistant coach for track and field for four seasons at Indiana State, his alma mater.
 
Swift was a five-time NCAA Division I All-American, earning that honor in the 60-meter hurdles as a junior and senior in indoor track and field, and as a sophomore, junior, and senior outdoors in the 110-meter hurdles. The new Minot State head coach also holds the Barbados national record for the indoor 60-meter hurdles of 7.54 seconds, and twice finished fourth at the Pan American Games – in 2015 in Toronto, Canada and again in 2019 in Lima, Peru.
 
Swift takes over for Mark Del Monaco who led the Beaver program for five seasons. Swift begins his coaching duties at Minot State on Monday, August 22.
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MSU-CLEMENTS RESIGNS
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Beavers soccer head coach Chris Clements has resigned his position and accepted the role of Athletic Director at Hastings College in Nebraska. Clements, who last season guided the Minot State women’s soccer team to an 11-6-2 overall record, a fourth-place finish in the NSIC, and a home playoff berth, will begin his duties at Hastings on August 8. His final day at Minot State will be August 5. Clements spent three seasons as the head coach at Minot State and compiled an overall record of 19-25-2. Prior to taking over the Beaver program, he spent five seasons as the head coach at Hastings and served as Associated Athletic Director for the Broncos. T.J. Perez, who spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Minot State soccer program, will take over as interim head coach for the Beavers.
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MSU-TURF REPLACEMENT
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The new turf is hitting the ground at Herb Parker Stadium and will be ready for action when the Minot State football and soccer teams kick off their seasons in early September. The project began last week with the removal of the old turf and now Beaver fans can own a little piece of Herb Parker as the rolls of old turf are being sold for $10 per roll. The sections are being sold by the North Dakota State Surplus, and checks should be made out to State Surplus. Cash and credit options are also available. For more information, contact (701) 858-4093.
 
The Minot State football team makes its debut on the new turf at Herb Parker Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m., hosting Winona State in the season opener for both teams. The Minot State soccer team is slated to host three scrimmages on the new turf in August, against the Magic City Legends U19 on August 13 at 7 p.m., against the University of Winnipeg on August 16 at 5 p.m., and against Laramie County Community College at 7 p.m. on August 18. The Beaver women’s soccer team will make its official home debut at Herb Parker on Sunday, Sept. 4, hosting Emporia State at 1 p.m.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/25/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/25/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Pairings are set for the State Legion Baseball tournaments.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
 
First Round – (Tue 7/26)
#1 Fargo Post 2 vs #8 Williston Keybirds, 10:30 am
#4 Dickinson Roughriders vs #5 Mandan Chiefs, 1:30 pm
#2 Bismarck Governors vs #7 Jamestown Eagles, 4:30 pm
#3 West Fargo Patriots vs #6 Fargo Post 400, 7:30 pm
 
The tournament is set to run through Saturday.
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American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
State Tournament – Garrison
 
First Round – (Wed 7/27)
MayPort vs Cando, 10 am
Hazen vs Renville County, 12:30 pm
Langdon vs Carrington, 3 pm
LaMoure vs Garrison, 6 pm
 
The tournament runs through Saturday. The if needed championship would be Sunday.
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American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
State Tournament – Watford City
 
First Round – (Fri 7/29)
(W#1) Williston Oilers vs (E#4) Wahpeton, 10 am
(E#2) Casselton vs (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 3 pm
(W#2) Bismarck Reps vs (E#3) Fargo Jets, 12:30 pm
(E#1) Kindred vs (W#4) Watford City, 7 pm
 
The tournament runs through Tuesday, August 2nd.
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TWINS- TIGERS
 
DETROIT (AP) — Sonny Gray allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Gray (5-3) is 2-0 against the Tigers this season, allowing one run on six hits in 13 innings. Jose Miranda had three hits and scored twice for the Twins, who are 2-0 since the All-Star break. The bottom three hitters in Minnesota’s order – Miranda, Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez – combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs. The Tigers (38-58) are a season-worst 20 games under .500 and have lost 11 of their last 13. The Twins are off today, and start a two-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Dylan Bundy (6-4, 4.71 ERA) will get the start against a to-be-announced Brewers pitcher.
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LYNX-SUN
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Natisha Hiedeman had 19 points, Brionna Jones scored 18 and Alyssa Thomas added a double-double to power the Connecticut Sun to an 86-79 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night. Hiedeman hit five 3-pointers and had five assists for Connecticut (19-9). Jones grabbed eight rebounds and Thomas finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jones had 11 points in the first half to help the Sun take a 42-32 lead into intermission. Moriah Jefferson hit a bucket and 1 of 2 free throws to give Minnesota a 47-46 lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter. But DeWanna Bonner sank a jumper and 1 of 2 foul shots, Bria Hartley buried a 3-pointer and Bonner capped an 8-0 run with a basket and the Sun never trailed again. Courtney Williams scored 12 for the Sun, who have won three straight and five of six. Bonner finished with nine points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals. Aerial Powers topped Minnesota (10-19) with 17 points. Rookie Nikolina Milic scored 14 before fouling out, while Rachel Banham came off the bench to score 11.
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VIKINGS-SIGNINGS
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed rookies Andrew Booth Jr. and Ed Ingram to complete their draft-class contracts Sunday as players began to report to training camp. Booth, a cornerback, was a second-round pick out of Clemson, 42nd overall. Ingram, a guard, was a second-round selection out of LSU, 59th overall. The Vikings signed their eight other draft picks earlier this summer. The Vikings announced 31 players who reported to team headquarters. The first wave included all rookies, some inexperienced returners, some players recovering from injuries and all three quarterbacks on the roster: Kirk Cousins, Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond. The remainder of the players must report by Tuesday. The first full-team practice is Wednesday at the TCO Performance Center, where the team shifted training camp in 2018.
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MLB-HALL OF FAME
 
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — David Ortiz promised to speak from the heart. As usual, Big Papi delivered. His megawatt smile tinged with a tad of emotion, the former Boston Red Sox slugger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday — after his daughter Alexandra sang the national anthiem — and was humbled by his surroundings.
 
“I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here today and for giving me the joy of being able to travel this path, this path that has allowed me to be here today and hopefully inspire everyone to believe in yourself,” Ortiz said.
 
Ortiz was greeted by a raucous crowd chanting “Papi! Papi!” as many fans made the four-hour drive from the vicinity of Fenway Park to attend the festivities. When he took the stage, Ortiz pointed skyward as is his wont in special moments, a way of honoring his late mother, who died two decades ago after a car accident.
 
“I always tried to live my life in a way … so I can make a positive influence in the world,” said the 46-year-old Ortiz, just the 58th player elected in his first year on the ballot. “And if my story can remind you of anything, let it remind you that when you believe in someone you can change the world, you can change their future, just like so many people believed in me.”
 
Ortiz, who survived a nightclub shooting in the Dominican Republic three years ago, soaked in the celebration. Legions of fans crowded onto the field adjacent to Clark Sports Center, sun umbrellas and Dominican Republic flags sprinkled all around. Ortiz’s No. 34 was seemingly everywhere as fans chanted and sang in Spanish. A sign that read ‘I Love U’ summed up the admiration for Big Papi on his special day.
 
Six Era Committee selections also comprised in the Class of 2022 — former Twins teammates Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva, the late Minnie Miñoso, former Dodgers star and Mets manager Gil Hodges, and Black pioneers Buck O’Neil and Bud Fowler.
 
In 14 years with the Red Sox, Ortiz hit 500 homers — 17 of them in the postseason. If there was a blemish, there was a report by The New York Times that said he tested positive during the 2003 survey drug test conducted by MLB and the players’ association. Ortiz was never penalized for performance-enhancing drugs, and MLB and the union never confirmed there was a positive test. The sides said the survey test results never were vetted to the point of the testing with penalties that started in 2004. That was far from the mind on this day as Ortiz paid tribute to many in both English and Spanish. “It’s an honor to be on this stage,” Ortiz said. “I can ask for no more.”
 
The 83-year-old Kaat, now a broadcaster for the Twins, pitched for a quarter of a century, winning a World Series a year before retiring in 1983. He thanked his dad for instilling the discipline needed to succeed, his wife for always being there, and his former minor league manager, 94-year-old Jack McKeon, who was in the audience. “I am humbled and honored to be included in this fraternity, some of the greatest players to play the game, and I thank you for being part of this wonderful day,” said Kaat, a native of Zeeland, Michigan.
 
Oliva was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1964, led the league in hits five times, and became the first player in major league history to win batting titles in each of his first two seasons, finishing with a lifetime average of .304 in 15 seasons with the Twins. Oliva got his chance in part because of Miñoso, the Cuban Comet. “I’ve been so blessed, so lucky,” said Oliva, who turned 84 four days ago. “I appreciate it very much. I’d like to say thank you to all those friends, all those wonderful friends, all those friends from all over the world. I appreciated it very much, very much.”
 
Miñoso grew up on a sugar plantation and played ball on weekends as a kid and became a star with the New York Cubans in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first Black Latino player in the major leagues in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke in. To Cuban players, Miñoso was the Jackie Robinson of Latino America and starred for the White Sox in the 1950s. He was a nine-time All-Star and finished his career with 2,110 hits and a .299 batting average. He died in 2015. “From a humble ranch in Cuba to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, what a way to honor such a remarkable life lived and to service in the sport he loved. He would have been so very proud to be a Hall of Famer,” said his wife, Sharon.
 
Irene Hodges spoke on behalf of her father, a hard-hitting first baseman who had 370 homers and 1,274 RBIs in 18 major league seasons — all but the last two with the Dodgers. He retired in 1963 and five years later was hired to manage the Mets, leading them in 1969 to their improbable World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles before dying of a heart attack three years later at 47. “He would be so proud. Today I am especially happy for my mother,” Irene Hodges said. “When the call came from the Hall of Fame … I began sobbing probably as much as I did when I lost my father. I was so beyond happy for him, and even thrilled that my mom at 95 would be able hear this news. My mom is watching today from our home in Brooklyn.”
 
O’Neil, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues and was a tireless advocate for the game until his death in 2006, was represented by a niece, Dr. Angela Terry. “He would remind all of us that his playing careeer was in the Negro Leagues and today he was being inducted into the same class as a Black baseball pioneer, Bud Fowler, and a former Negro League All-Star, Minnie Miñoso,” Terry said. “Man, oh man. Nothing could be better. Thank you for loving our uncle.”
 
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield paid tribute to Fowler, the first Black to play on a white professional team nearly seven decades before Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers. Fowler also is the first person from the Cooperstown area to receive the honor. He was born in nearby Fort Plain but grew up in Cooperstown, where he learned to play the game. A second baseman who batted just over .300 in 13 seasons, Fowler was signed at age 20 by a all-white professional team in Massachusetts in 1878. It was the start of a 13-year career that saw him play for 18 teams, including four in one year, the constant moves a direct reflection of the racism he had to endure.
“I ask that you remember Bud Fowler in a broad context,” Winfield said. “Remember him as a skilled athlete who endured obstacles that are hard to imagine today. I personally hope that all of you will see him as a man who loved the game of baseball from its beginning.”
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/22/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/22/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Renville County and Garrison won their respective district Legion Baseball Tournaments. Garrison will host the State Class B Legion Baseball Tournament beginning Wednesday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 2 Tournament – Corbett Field in Minot
 
2nd Championship
#2 Renville County def. #1 Surrey, 7-1
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District 3 Tournament – Bottineau
 
Semifinal
#5 Rugby def. #2 Velva, 12-1
Championship
#5 Rugby def. #1 Cando, 12-11
 
Today’s schedule
 
2nd Championship
#1 Cando vs #5 Rugby, 12 pm
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District 1 Tournament – Hettinger
 
2nd Championship
#1 Garrison def. #2 Hazen, 3-1
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American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Bismarck
 
First Round
#2 Bismarck Senators def. #7 Jamestown Blues, 5-0
#3 Bismarck Reps def. #6 Minot Metros, 7-1
#1 Mandan A’s def. #9 Watford City Walleye, 4-3
#5 Williston Oilers def. #4 Bismarck Capitals, 5-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#6 Minot Metros vs #7 Jamestown Blues, 11 am
#4 Bismarck Capitals vs #9 Watford City Walleye, 1:30 pm
Semifinal
#2 Bismarck Sentaors vs #3 Bismarck Reps, 4 pm
#1 Mandan A’s vs #5 Williston Oilers, 6:30 pm
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American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
Dickinson Roughriders 9, Minot Vistas 7
Minot Vistas 11, Dickinson Roughriders 2
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NFL-MURRAY EXTENDED
 
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The drama is over and the decision is in: Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals have made a long-term commitment to each other with a new contract that would keep the quarterback in the desert through the 2028 season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was taken with the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma after he won the Heisman Trophy and has largely delivered in his quest to make the Cardinals a better franchise. The team announced the new contract on Thursday. ESPN reported that the contract could be worth $230.5 million, with $160 million guaranteed. Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
 
Murray’s new contract puts him on par with other young star quarterbacks throughout the league like Buffalo’s Josh Allen, who signed a deal worth more than $250 million last season. Murray will make an average of more than $46 million per season, which is similar to other elite quarterbacks such as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Allen.
 
Listed at just 5-foot-10, some around the NFL worried the 24-year-old Murray was too short to be a dominant pro quarterback, but his stats through three seasons prove otherwise. He’s completed nearly 67% of his passes through 46 career games for 11,480 yards and 70 touchdowns while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 TDs. Murray is particularly good at extending plays with his feet, using his scrambling ability for spectacular gains. Arizona had a 5-10-1 record during his rookie season in 2019 but the Cardinals improved to 11-6 last season before losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card round during the playoffs.
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/21/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/21/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – It will take a second championship to determine the winner of the District 1 and 2 Legion Baseball Tournaments.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 2 Tournament – Corbett Field in Minot
 
Semifinal
#1 Surrey def. #3 Burlington, 4-2
Championship
#1 Surrey def. #2 Renville County, 5-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Championship
#1 Surrey vs #2 Renville County, 7 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Bottineau
 
Loser Out
#4 Rolla def. #6 Harvey, 17-2
#5 Rugby def. #3 Bottineau, 11-0
Semifinal
#1 Cando def. #2 Velva, 1-0
Loser Out
#5 Rugby def #4 Rolla, 9-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#2 Velva vs #5 Rugby, 1 pm
Championship
#1 Cando vs Velva/Rugby winner, 3:30 pm (if needed, second championship is Friday at 5 pm)
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District 1 Tournament – Hettinger
 
Semifinal
#2 Hazen def. #3 Hettinger-Scranton-Bowman-Lemmon, 3-2 (9)
Championship
#2 Hazen def. #1 Garrison, 10-7 (8)
 
Today’s schedule
 
Championship
#1 Garrison vs #2 Hazen, 1:30 pm MT
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American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Bismarck
 
Play In
#9 Watford City Walleye def. #8 Dickinson Volunteers, 13-6
 
Today’s schedule
 
First Round
#2 Bismarck Senators vs #7 Jamestown Blues, 11 am
#3 Bismarck Reps vs #6 Minot Metros, 1:30 pm
#1 Mandan A’s vs #9 Watford City Walleyes, 4 pm
#4 Bismarck Capitals vs #5 Williston Oilers, 6:30 pm
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American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
Mandan Chiefs 5, Grand Forks Royals 4
Grand Forks Royals 10, Mandan Chiefs 9
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TWINS-BUXTON
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The soaring home run Byron Buxton hit in the All-Star game served as the winning run for the AL team and another signature moment in an uneven career for Minnesota’s multi-skilled center fielder. Just being there was the bigger deal. Buxton’s first appearance at baseball’s midsummer showcase probably meant as much to him as any player ever selected, given how early struggles and untimely injuries prolonged the wait until his eighth major league season. Appearing in 73 of 94 games for the Twins before the break while avoiding the injured list was a significant step forward for the 28-year-old.
 
“I know what I’m capable of doing. Just staying on the field is the biggest situation,” Buxton said last week before leaving for Los Angeles, where he starred for the AL squad on Tuesday night. When Buxton hurt his right knee on April 15 and missed five games in a row, his outlook for a healthy season was considerably dimmed. As the soreness and swelling persisted, the Twins carefully scheduled days off. Having Buxton in the lineup for two-thirds of the time, they figured, was better than an aggravation and a subsequent month-long absence. “It’s been a strenuous, truly 24-hour-a-day job for him to take the field each day,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s not looking for any breaks right now. He’s trying to take the field.”
 
Buxton is batting only .161 in July, with 23 strikeouts in 61 plate appearances. Playing in 14 of 15 games this month is the more important number for the Twins, particularly considering his career-high 23 home runs and Gold Glove-caliber defense in center. He’s on pace for 126 games, which would be the most for him since 2017. “Buck’s doing pretty well, but it’s still going to be something we’re going to have to pay attention to going forward,” Baldelli said. “If there’s 12 days, 14 days in a row? At this point, he’s going to play most of those games. I don’t think he’s playing all those days if there’s no days off built in.”
 
The Twins, who have a two-game lead in the AL Central on Cleveland and a three-game edge over Chicago, will need Buxton as much as possible to stay in front. “You just make sure you’re being smart and being the best person you can be to give your best version that you can, day in and day out,” said Buxton, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract last December. “Days are good, days are bad, but each and every day for me is a good opportunity to try and get a win for my teammates.”
 
When Baldelli announced to the Twins earlier this month that Buxton and first baseman Luis Arraez had been named to the All-Star team, the sense of accomplishment after all the setbacks he’s endured caused Buxton to choke up a bit in the moment. Having his family accompany him to Los Angeles to soak up the festivities was another experience to treasure, particularly his father, Felton Buxton. When Buxton celebrates a home run or a clutch hit with his teammates, he pumps his arm up and down the way a kid will signal to a truck driver to sound the horn. That’s an ode to his father’s occupation and a nod to the memory of making that same motion to his dad when he pulled up to their home in rural southwest Georgia at the end of the work day. Felton Buxton giddily told his son last week he was taking a dozen baseballs to Los Angeles for signatures from the stars. “He’s excited,” Buxton said. “For me, that’s what makes me happy. That’s all that matters.”
 

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