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K-Heart Sports - Thursday - 01/10/19 - Morning Edition

No changes in the top three of the Class A Boys and Girls Basketball Polls this week.....

     MINOT, ND - No changes in the top three of the Class A Boys and Girls Basketball Polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Class A Boys Basketball Poll

            Team (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week            

1.    Fargo Davies (15)                      9-0         91      1        
2.    Jamestown (4)                          9-0         80      2
3.    West Fargo Sheyenne               8-1         46      3
4.    Bismarck Legacy                      7-1         33     NR    
5.    Bismarck High                          6-2         21     NR    
    Others receiving votes: Minot High (5-2) and Mandan (6-4)


Class A Girls Basketball Poll

            Team (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week               

1.    Bismarck Century (18)               9-0        94      1        
2.    Devils Lake (1)                          8-0        74      2    
3.   Mandan                                     9-1        59      3            
4.   Fargo Shanley                           9-1        33      5        
5.   Bismarck Legacy                       9-1        24      4    

    Others receiving votes: Grand Forks Red River (5-3)



    MINOT, N.D. (MSU) - Minot State University head soccer coach Jason Spain has resigned to accept the head coach position at NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
    Spain built the Minot State program from scratch - starting it in the 2009 season - earning four trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, one berth in the NAIA National Tournament during the team's inaugural season, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season title, and an NSIC Tournament title. The Beavers were 109-53-18 overall in his nine seasons as head coach.

    The Beavers finished 2018 with a 13-6-3 record and went 9-4-2 in NSIC play, making the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time overall and third time in four years. Minot State returns 12 letterwinners from the 2018 team, including three All-NSIC performers.



    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) - Playing without Summit League leading scorer Lexi Klabo due to injury, North Dakota produced a 68-57 home win over Omaha Wednesday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND's posts stepped up in her stead as Julia Fleecs made her first career start with a game-high 14 points and Melissa Leet chipped in nine points, six boards, four blocks and three assists. UND improves to 8-9, 3-1 Summit League.



     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have appointed Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator, after his interim stint over the last three games of the season. The 36-year-old Stefanski was promoted on Dec. 11 to replace John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job amid persistent struggles by the Vikings in moving the ball. Stefanski was a candidate for the head coach vacancy with the Cleveland Browns, who instead picked their own interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.

     UNDATED (AP) - Second-ranked Michigan and No. 3 Virginia are the only Division I teams without a loss following Houston's setback in Philadelphia.
     Quinton Rose scored 22 points and Temple improved to 12-3 with a 73-69 victory over the 17th-ranked Cougars. Shizz Alston Jr. had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the Owls' fifth win in six games.
     Breaon Brady had 19 points to lead the Cougars, who started 15-0 for the first time since the 1967-68 team won its first 31 games.
     Houston wasn't the only ranked team to lose on Wednesday.
     Mississippi is a surprising 12-2 after Terence Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead an 82-67 upset of No. 11 Auburn. Davis shot 9 of 15 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
     Geo Baker nailed a jumper with 10.3 seconds to play as Rutgers scored its most impressive Big Ten Conference victory under coach Steve Pikiell, a 64-61 decision over No. 16 Ohio State. Baker finished with 15 points and Montez Mathis had a team-high 16, including a pair of big contested layups down the stretch.
     In Wednesday's other top-25 finals:
     - No. 4 Virginia remains perfect on the season after Mamadi Diakita and De'Andre Hunter each scored 18 points apiece in an 83-56 thrashing of Boston College. Ty Jerome added 13 points and Kyle Guy 10 for the 14-0 Cavaliers.
     - Seventh-ranked Kansas led by just two midway through the second half before Dedric Lawson scored nine straight to lift the Jayhawks past No. 25 TCU, 77-68. Lawson finished with 31 points and 14 boards, while Lagerald Vick contributed 12 points and four assists for the 12-2 Jayhawks.
     - Virginia Tech picked up its ninth straight win as Ahmed Hill scored 15 points in the ninth-ranked Hokies' 52-49 squeaker at Georgia Tech. Kerry Blackshear added 14 points and 10 boards for the Hokies, who improved to 14-1 despite shooting 5-for-27 from 3-point range.
     - Caleb Martin scored 21 of his 23 points in the second-half and Jordan Caroline chipped in 19 as part of 10th-ranked Nevada's 92-53 blowout over San Jose State. Corey Henson added 15 and Cody Martin scored 14 to help the Wolf Pack bounce back from their first loss of the season.
     - David Nichols had 13 points and PJ Savoy scored eight of his 10 in the second half as the bench players helped No. 13 Florida State hold off Miami, 68-62. The Hurricanes used an 8-0 run to get within 64-62 in the final minute, but Terance Mann's putback with 29 seconds remaining gave the Seminoles breathing room.
     - Markus Howard scored 14 of his career-high 53 points in overtime to help No. 21 Marquette pull out a 106-104 triumph at Creighton. Sam Hauser chipped in 13 points and hit a deep 3-point at the end of regulation to tie it for the Golden Eagles.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Bucks have regained the top spot in the NBA's overall standings, moving percentage points ahead of Toronto following another outstanding performance from Milwaukee's MVP candidate.
     Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 27 points and grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds as the Bucks outscored the Rockets, 116-109 in Houston. The Rockets got within 109-106 with 2 1/2 minutes left before the Greek Freak contributed a free throw and a layup to make it a six-point game with 40 seconds to play.
     Malcolm Brogdon added 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting in the Bucks' seventh victory in eight games.
     James Harden delivered 42 points for the Rockets but missed four straight 3-point attempts down the stretch.
     Checking out Wednesday's other NBA action:
     - Bradley Beal scored 14 straight Washington points in the fourth quarter and finished with 34 in the Wizards' 123-106 downing of the Sixers. The Wizards guard outscored the 76ers 14-5 during the stretch to give Washington a 116-95 lead with 4:22 remaining.
     - Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown each scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 20 in the Celtics' 135-108 rout of the Pacers. Boston owns a four-game winning streak following its highest scoring performance this season.
     - CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to send the Bulls to their fifth straight loss, 124-112 on Wednesday night. Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and eight rebounds in Portland's third win in a row.
     - The Grizzlies ended their six-game skid as Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds to carry Memphis past the Spurs, 96-86. Mike Conley had 15 points and six assists for the Grizzlies, who took advantage of San Antonio's 36 percent shooting and 15 turnovers.
     - The Lakers improved to 3-5 without injured forward LeBron James as Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points to lead a 113-110 decision over the Pistons. Kuzma had scoring runs of 10 and six points while delivering 22 in the third quarter.
     - The Pelicans have their first three-game winning streak since mid-November after Anthony Davis contributed 38 points and 13 rebounds in a 140-124 victory against the Cavaliers. New Orleans rookie Frank Jackson reached a season high in points for the second straight game, finishing with 19 off the bench as New Orleans dealt Cleveland its 11th consecutive loss.
     - Luka Doncic scored 30 points on 8-for-14 from the field as the Mavericks beat the Suns for the first time in eight tries, 104-94. Doncic went 4 of 9 from beyond the arc, including a four-point play in the first half.
     - Donovan Mitchell's 33 points and seven assists carried the Jazz past the Magic, 106-93. Joe Ingles added 16 points and seven assists, and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 14 rebounds as Utah climbed back to .500.
     - D'Angelo Russell scored 23 points and the Nets won for the eighth time in their last nine home games by topping the Hawks, 116-100. Ed Dravis grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds and DeMarre Carroll added 17 points as Brooklyn improved to 21-22 with their 13th victory in 17 games.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Predators struggled against the Blackhawks in Chicago on Wednesday before an overtime tally sent Nashville to the top of the NHL's Central Division standings.
     Filip Forsberg scored his second goal of the game one minute into the extra session to complete the Predators' 4-3 win against the Hawks. Forsberg gave Nashville a 3-1 lead in the second period, but Chicago eventually tied it on a goal by Artem Anisimov with 2:21 left in regulation.
     Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators improve to 3-0-1 on a six-game trip.
     Nashville is one point ahead of the Jets in their division, and three points behind Calgary for the Western Conference lead.
     Elsewhere on NHL ice:
     - The Flames were 5-3 winners against the Avalanche as Johnny Gaudreau set up two goals to extend his point streak to six games. Mark Giordano had three assists and Calgary won for the sixth time in eight games to take over the Western Conference lead.
     - The Senators' eight-game losing streak ended when Colin White scored at 1:34 of overtime to give Ottawa a 2-1 victory over the Ducks. Bobby Ryan also scored for the Senators and Anders Nilsson stopped 32 shots as Ottawa handed Anaheim its team-record ninth consecutive loss.

     UNDATED (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies swingman Dillon Brooks is slated for surgery on a ruptured ligament in his right big toe hurt. Brooks was injured in last weekend's 108-88 loss to the Spurs, his seventh game back after missing 21 straight with a sprained left knee. He is averaging 7.5 points in 18 games this season. The Grizzlies say they will update his expected recovery time following surgery.

     UNDATED (AP) - Automatic ejections for targeting could be dropped in some cases as early as next season if an American Football Coaches Association proposal is approved by the NCAA Football Rules Committee.
     AFCA executive director Todd Berry says there should be Targeting 1, which would carry a 15-yard penalty. Targeting 2 would be for hits with malicious intent and it would mean an ejection as well as the 15-yard penalty.
     Rogers Redding, the NCAA's national coordinator of officials, said that because the AFCA proposal concerns player safety, it would go into effect in 2019 if approved.
     The targeting penalty was introduced in 2008. It has included automatic player ejections since 2013.
     In other college football news:
     - Suspended Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is going to the NFL. The junior lineman became the third defensive starter for Clemson's national championship team to give up their eligibility to turn pro. Lawrence missed Clemson's two College Football Playoff games after he tested positive for the banned substance ostarine.
     - Two people familiar with the situation say Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database portal. Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Hurts, who has already graduated and is eligible to play his final season as a graduate transfer. It's not a binding decision to transfer. Hurts is a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman.
     - Kansas running back Pooka Williams has been granted diversion in a domestic battery case, meaning he has a chance to keep the allegation off his record. Williams is accused of punching an 18-year-old woman in the stomach and grabbing her by the throat last month.  Diversion allows someone to avoid the usual legal procedures and complete specific requirements, which can include rehabilitation programs or fines.


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