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A quiet disposition and a heart giving thanks at any given moment is the real test of the extent to which we love God at that moment.

- Francis Schaeffer

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K-HEART SPORTS - THURSDAY - 04/12/18 - PM EDITION

Thanks to the Air-Supported Dome at Herb Parker Stadium more high school softball was played today....

    MINOT, ND - Thanks to the Air-Supported Dome at Herb Parker Stadium more high school softball was played today. Minot High began the season winning a doubleheader over Mandan. Marisa Andrysiak pitched a complete game with 15 strikeouts in game one as the Majettes won 9-2. Minot also won game two by a final of 8-7.

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    MINOT, N.D. (MSU) - Head coach Evan Forde says that five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and two more declared their intent to enroll at Minot State in the fall of 2018. The class includes Conner Ledoux from Bishop Ryan, Colton Miller from Des Lacs-Burlington and Joel Berg Rugby, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Shadi Mitwalli and Nahele Tonge from California and Lincoln Stormer from Montana.

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    MINOT, N.D. (MSU) - The Minot State women's soccer team added Carly McCuaig of Minot High to their 2018 class, head coach Jason Spain announced today. McCuaig was a four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer while also competing in volleyball and basketball and a member of National Honor Society.

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     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Next year's nonconference schedule for the University of North Dakota men's hockey team will feature several games against old Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals. UND now plays in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, but it will play nonconference games next year against Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota State, Bemidji State and Alaska Anchorage.
 
     An Oct. 27 matchup against Minnesota will be in the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Las Vegas.
 
     UND opens conference play at Miami in early November and will host its first NCHC series the following weekend against Western Michigan.
 
     UND also will serve as the host school for the NCAA West Regional in Fargo.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Lynx guard Lyndsay Whalen to returning to her alma mater as the University of Minnesota's new women's basketball coach. Athletics director Mark Coyle announced Whalen's hiring today. Whalen says becoming coach and being a Gopher again "is a dream come true."
 
     As Gophers coach, Whalen will continue to play for the Lynx. The two-time Olympic gold medalist announced in February that she was retiring from international competition. She had played for the U.S. National team since 2002, joining Team USA following her sophomore season with the Gophers, and played for two gold medal teams at the World Championships.
 
     The Hutchinson, Minnesota, native finished her career as Minnesota's all-time points leader, along with being second all-time in assists and third all-time in steals. Whalen led the Gophers to their only Final Four in program history in 2004.
 
     She replaces Marlene Stollings, who left Minnesota after four years to take over the program at Texas Tech.

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     UNDATED (AP) - Five more first-round playoff series begin today in the NHL. New Jersey is at Tampa Bay, Toronto visits Boston, Washington hosts Columbus, Colorado plays at Nashville and San Jose is at Anaheim.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - The NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule, and the reigning NBA champs will host the postseason opener. Game 1 between Golden State and San Antonio opens the slate on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern - a somewhat unusual noon local time tip-off for the Warriors. The Warriors-Spurs game will be followed Saturday by three other openers - Washington-Toronto, Miami-Philadelphia and New Orleans-Portland.
 
     On Sunday, the games are Milwaukee-Boston, Indiana-Cleveland, Utah-Oklahoma City and Minnesota-Houston.
 
     Game 2s will be held Monday through Wednesday. Game 3s start Thursday, and all Game 7s - if necessary - would be on April 28 and 29.
 
     The NBA Finals are set to begin on May 31.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - Two NBA teams fired their coaches today, hours after wrapping up losing seasons.
 
     The New York Knicks parted ways with Jeff Hornacek shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish the season 29-53. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was fired. Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract.
 
     The Orlando Magic fired Frank Vogel after the team completed its sixth consecutive losing season. Vogel was with the Magic for two years, going 54-110. He had one year left on his contract. Vogel was hired by the Magic after six seasons with Indiana, where he won 250 regular-season games and got the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in three consecutive seasons. But with the Magic, he went 29-53 and 25-57.
 
     In other NBA news:
 
     - Free agent guard Ty Lawson has signed a contract with the Washington Wizards, giving them additional depth heading into their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. The 30-year-old Lawson played most recently in the Chinese Basketball Association.
 
     - The NBA set an attendance record for the fourth straight season, surpassing 22 million for the first time. The league says 22.1 million fans attended games in the regular season, eclipsing 21.9 million during the 2016-17 season. The NBA also announced a record for average attendance at 17,987, improving from last season's high of 17,884.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing a contract extension with star wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The sides remain in talks but expect to complete a deal soon, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity today.
 
     The Browns acquired the three-time Pro Bowler from Miami in a trade last month. Landry, who caught a league-best 112 passes last season, signed a $16 million, one-year franchise tag with the Dolphins before he was traded.
 
     In other NFL news:
 
     - The Buffalo Bills have placed Richie Incognito on their reserve/retired list in a move confirming the offensive guard's intention to abruptly quit football after 11 seasons. Incognito cited health concerns involving his liver and kidneys. He also expressed second thoughts over accepting a pay cut when restructuring the final year of his contract.
 
     - The Houston Texans have released right tackle Derek Newton. Newton tore the patellar tendon in both knees in a Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos in 2016. He didn't play again for Houston, sitting out 2017 on the physically unable to perform list. Newton failed a physical in March.
 
     - Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State University football player Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, says the honor for Gleason is sought for his work as an advocate for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Gleason, who has ALS, has spearheaded efforts to develop and provide technology to help ALS patients live longer, more fulfilling lives.

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     SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Tiger Woods has filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. The USGA says Woods officially entered today, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters. Even exempt players have to formally enter the U.S. Open. Woods hasn't played the U.S. Open since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay with rounds of 80-76.
 
     The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, where Woods made his U.S. Open debut in 1995 as the U.S. Amateur champion. Woods is in the last year of a 10-year exemption from winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
 

 

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