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Justice is getting what you deserve (punishment).

Mercy is not getting what you deserve (no punishment).

Grace is getting what you don't deserve (salvation).

- Lee Strobel

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K-Heart Sports - Wednesday - 09/11/19 - PM Edition

No. 1-ranked North Dakota State heads east to face 18th-ranked Delaware this Saturday....

    FARGO, ND (NDSU) - No. 1-ranked North Dakota State heads east to face 18th-ranked Delaware this Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m. Central at Delaware Stadium in Newark. Both teams are 2-0 after NDSU beat North Dakota 38-7 in the home opener and Delaware opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a triple-overtime 44-36 win at Rhode Island.

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    UND FOOTBALL

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) - North Dakota returns home for the 54th annual Potato Bowl USA game on Saturday against No. 24/21 Sam Houston State. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
 
    This will be only the second meeting between the Fighting Hawks and Bearkats, with UND claiming last season's thrilling, 24-23 matchup at Bowers Stadium to snap the FCS' longest home winning streak at 21 games. The fifth-ranked Kats were the highest-ranked team that North Dakota has defeated in its Division I history.

    After a showdown with the top team in the nation last Saturday, the schedule doesn't get any easier for the Fighting Hawks the rest of the way. UND does not play a team that is currently unranked or not receiving any votes in either the STATS or Coaches poll until Nov. 16 vs. Northern Colorado, including four currently sitting inside the top-10.

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     WNBA-PLAYOFFS

     NEW YORK (AP) - After a wild regular season, the WNBA postseason gets underway with a pair of first-round games. One of them has the Minnesota Lynx playing at Seattle. The other is th Phoenix Mercury at Chicago. Both are single elimination games.

    The Lynx were 1-3 against the Storm in the regular season. Tip-off is 9 pm Central on ESPN2.

    Top seeds Washington and Connecticut don't play for another week as the two teams earned double byes to the semifinals. Los Angeles and Las Vegas don't play until Sunday against the winners of tonight's games. The Los Angeles Sparks have been nearly unbeatable at home this season, winning 15 of 17 contests. Playoff newbies the Las Vegas Aces were the preseason pick by the WNBA's general managers and coaches to win the league this year.

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    MINNESOTA TWINS

    MINNEAPOLIS - Martin Perez (10-6, 4.75 ERA) takes the mound for Minnesota in the middle game of a three game series with Washington. Stephen Strasburg (16-6, 3.50 ERA) starts tonight for the Nationals.

    The Twins head into the matchup after a strong showing by Jose Berrios who threw seven innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with four strikeouts last night.

    Minnesota holds a five game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central standings.

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     MLB-NEWS

     UNDATED (AP) - Major League Baseball pays tribute to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy with a moment of silence before all games. First responders will be among those honored in pregame ceremonies. Players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear caps that have a side patch of a "We Shall Not Forget" silhouette, which will also be displayed on bases and lineup cards. The Toronto Blue Jays will wear caps that salute Canada and the United States.

     Elsewhere in the majors:

     - Big league hitters are poised to set the single-season home run record following another day with lots of long balls. The mark of 6,105 homers was set in 2017. There have been 6,084 so far this season - there were 57 more Tuesday, with Kris Bryant, Matt Olson, George Springer, Didi Gregorius and Corey Seager among several hitters who homered twice during the day.

     - NL MVP Christian Yelich travels back to Milwaukee for further tests, a day after breaking his right kneecap when he fouled a ball off himself. The Brewers said the star outfielder is done for the regular season. They didn't say whether Yelich might be able to return for the playoffs that begin Oct. 1 if they make it that far.

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     NFL-NEWS-ANTONIO BROWN-LAWSUIT

     UNDATED (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he expects Antonio Brown to practice with the team for the first time today, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida and says she will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies. Belichick declined to comment on additional questions about Brown, including his status for Sunday's game at Miami. Brown has denied all allegations through his attorney.

     Elsewhere in the NFL:

     - Bengals receiver A.J. Green has started running for the first time since he hurt his ankle during the opening practice of training camp, an indication he's healing quickly from surgery. Green was out of his protective boot for the first time since the injury.

     - The girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith has been killed in an accident. She was 26. The team said Petara Cordero, died when she was struck by an oncoming car at around 2 a.m. Smith and Cordero had pulled to the side of the road after the car he was driving had a tire malfunction and spun out. She had exited the vehicle with Smith and was standing on the road's shoulder. Cleveland police said the other driver admitted to drinking.

     - New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will be sidelined the rest of the season with a neck injury. It is Enunwa's second neck injury in just over two years. Coach Adam Gase says Enunwa is still undergoing tests. The 27-year-old Enunwa missed the entire 2017 season after injuring his neck in training camp.

     - A former NFL football player and a Georgia doctor face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that former New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. The 40-year-old Hodge is accused of illegal distribution of controlled substances, among other charges.

     - Twenty-eight counterfeit NBA championship rings have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. The rings were in a wooden box shipped from China with a final destination in Arizona. Officials say if the rings were real, the collection could be worth more than $550,000.

     - Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa is not practicing as the San Francisco 49ers began three days of workouts at Youngstown State. The No. 2 overall pick from Ohio State missed the entire preseason with a high ankle sprain, but played 39 total snaps and had a sack Sunday. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will update Bosa's status following the conclusion of the outdoor practice.

     - Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry will be placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

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     GOLF-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

     PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year over Brooks Koepka after posting the most top-10 finishes and winning the FedEx Cup. It's the third time McIlroy has won the Jack Nicklaus Award, and the first without having won a major.

     McIlroy had three victories among his tour-best 14 finishes in the top 10, including The Players Championship. He also won the Canadian Open and the Tour Championship, giving him the FedEx Cup for the second time.

     The tour does not release vote totals. PGA Tour members who played at least 15 times may vote.

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     NHL-BRUINS-CASSIDY

     BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins have signed coach Bruce Cassidy to a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for the team's trip to the Stanley Cup Final in just his second full season on the bench. Cassidy is 117-74 as the Bruins coach, leading Boston to back-to-back 100-point seasons. The Bruins reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in June, losing to the St. Louis Blues 4-1. He is 117-74 as the Bruins coach, leading Boston to back-to-back 100-point seasons. The Bruins reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in June, losing to the St. Louis Blues 4-1.

 


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