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Monday August 6, 2012

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Saturday

Twins cant sweep Red Sox in Fenway, fall 6-4


BOSTON (AP) Minnesotas magic couldnt last another day . Less than 24 hours after pulling out an improbable win, the Twins scored three times in the ninth inning Sunday but came up short, falling 6-4 to the Boston Red Sox. It was a successful trip for Minnesota, which took three of four at Fenway Park. The fact that we didnt just lay over and die right there, too, kept fighting and got back to pretty close. I thought we had a decent chance there in the ninth, said Twins starter Nick Blackburn, who allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings. Obviously, its very late in the season, but were not just laying down and shutting it off, which is good to see. The Twins followed a shutout on Thursday with a pair of dramatic wins over the Red Sox. They erased a four-run deficit before winning in 10 innings Friday and then delivered an even more exciting encore Saturday With . two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth, Joe Mauer deposited a full-count pitch from Boston closer Alfredo Aceves into the seats above the Green Monster, handing the Red Sox a 6-4 setback. The Twins were growing accustomed to these lategame heroics. Not this time, though. Josh Willingham started Sundays ninth-inning rally with a solo home run off Vicente Padilla, his 28th of the season. After a walk to Justin Morneau, Padilla served up a homer to Ryan Doumit, bringing the Twins within two. But Aceves came in and atoned for his rough outing, retiring the final three batters and helping the Red Sox snap a four-game skid. Were not going to quit. I can guarantee you that, said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. These guys are in it until the last out. Thats the feeling you want to have on the bench and right now we have that feeling going on pretty good. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Franklin Morales turned in another solid substitute start for Boston. Gonzalez finished with three RBIs. Carl Crawford added three singles, an RBI and a leaping catch for the Red Sox on his 31st birthday . Ben Revere extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games with a single, drove in a run and made a splendid over-the-shoulder catch for Minnesota. Reveres hitting streak is the longest by a Twins player since Torii Hunter had a 23-game one in 2007. Morales (3-2), taking Josh Becketts turn in the rotation after the right-hander left his previous start with a back spasm, gave up one run on three hits in six innings. The Red Sox hadnt been swept in a four-game series at home by Minnesota since 1991. Morales has given up two runs or fewer in five of his six starts this season. Leading 2-1 with two outs in the fifth, Gonzalez hit a drive into seats above the Green Monster off starter Blackburn (4-7) after Crawford singled. Cody Ross RBI single made it 5-1 in the seventh. Jacoby Ellsbury added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Blackburns road woes continued, dropping to 17-35 in career road starts. Revere robbed Jarrod Saltalamacchia, running full speed to the center-field wall to make the grab on the track and then turning to throw to second to complete a double play . Boston had jumped in front 2-0 with a pair of runs in the third. Crawford had an run-scoring grounder after Mike Aviles singled and Ellsbury doubled.

Shorts Maah Daah Hey Trail completely open again


MEDORA (AP) The U.S. Forest Service has reopened an eight-mile stretch of the Maah Daah Hey Trail in western North Dakota that was closed due to a wildfire. The Plumely Draw Fire in the Badlands was controlled last Thursday, but the stretch of trail remained closed while firefighters finished mopup operations. It reopened Friday afternoon. The 100-mile trail for hikers, bikers and horseback riders connects the northern and southern portions of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and attracts thousands of people each year.

WILLISTON STATE COLLEGE

1,300 fall wild turkey licenses remain in ND


BISMARCK (AP) More than 1,300 fall wild turkey hunting licenses remain after North Dakotas license lottery . The state Game and Fish Department says the remaining licenses are in 10 units and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Aug. 15. Hunters are allowed a maximum of 15 licenses for the fall season. North Dakotas fall turkey season runs from Oct. 13 through next Jan. 13.

WSC Basketball hires assistant coach


Andrew VanHavermaet newest addition to Eric Petersons coaching staff
By MaRk MCNeillie WilliSton HErAld

Richards-Ross takes 1st US gold at Olympic track


LONDON (AP) Disappointment, tears and that oh-so-unsatisfying color bronze are all in the past for Sanya Richards-Ross. On this trip to the Olympics, she closed the deal. Four years after a late fade left her crying and wearing the Olympic bronze medal, Richards-Ross won the 400-meter gold she always thought she could. What I have learned is you dont win the race until you win the race, RichardsRoss said. I knew I had to cross the finish line first to call myself the Olympic champion. She did it. Nearly banging elbows with runners on both sides of her, Richards-Ross got stronger, not weaker, this time over the last 100 meters. She surged to the finish, won by about a bodys length and punched her fist when she crossed the line in 49.55 seconds Sunday night to give the U.S. its first track and field gold medal of the London Olympics. I just kept saying, You can do this, you can do this, Richards-Ross said. I just dug really deep and Im very happy . Defending champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain finished second in 49.70 and American DeeDee Trotter, decked out in red, white and blue glitter on her face, won the bronze in 49.72. This moment, though, belonged to Richards-Ross, whose parents relocated from her home country of Jamaica when she was 12, in part to advance what looked like a promising running career. At the end, she wrapped herself in the American flag and went to the stands to embrace her husband, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Aaron Ross, who took time off from NFL training camp to travel to London. You finally did it, you finally did it, babe, he told his wife. Enjoy the moment. Back in Florida, the Jaguars invited about 1,200 fans into their stadium to watch their favorite adopted track star on the big screen. Across town at their new house, the Rosses have to make more space in the trophy room. Ross has two Super Bowl rings, the last one captured last season with the New York Giants. His wife now has an individual gold to go with two others she won in previous Olympic relays, with more possible in this years relays. We dont compete, Richards-Ross said. His Super Bowl ring just gave me motivation. The worlds top runner at this distance for much of the last four years, RichardsRoss has been waiting for another shot at the gold she thought shed grab in 2008. That time, the final 100 meters of her race was a disaster. Leading coming into the stretch, she fell back dramatically, and a few minutes later, Ohuruogu was clutching the gold and Richards-Ross was crying in the lower level of the Birds Nest.

Licenses available for swan hunting season


BISMARCK (AP) Hunters can apply online for one of the 2,200 licenses being made available for North Dakotas 2012 tundra swan season. Online applications can be made via the state Game and Fish Departments website, at http://www. gf.nd.gov . Paper applications also will be available this month at Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. The statewide tundra swan hunting season begins Sept. 29 and runs through Dec. 30. It is open to resident and out-of-state hunters

ND expected to have plenty of ducks this fall

BISMARCK (AP) The fall duck flight in North Dakota is expected to have twice as many birds as last year. The state Game and Fish Department says the fall flight estimate is a combination of a spring breeding duck survey and a summer brood survey The . indexes in both surveys were up over the year and more than double the longterm average.

New Williston State College assistant basketball coach playing for Minnesota State College - Moorhead

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Williston State College has a new assistant basketball coach. Andrew VanHavermaet was announced as the newest member of the WSC coaching staff on Aug. 1. He graduated from Minnesota State University - Moorhead in May, with a degree in Exercise Science. VanHavermaet will bring a lot of experience to the post. He played at NCAA Division II level for the MSU - Moorhead Dragons, starting the final 16 games of his senior campaign. The Dragons went to the Division II National Tournament on 2012 with 21-10 record, their first tournament appearance since 1994, and won their first tournament game since 1965. Starting 45 games during his time with the Dragons, VanHavermaet is second in career three-point shooting with 198 three-pointers made. He was named NSIC player of the week in 2010 after going 8-for-12 from behind the three-point arc in a 30 point effort. VanHavermaet was also named to the All-Academic team from 2008-2012. There isnt a better fit for our program than Andrew, said Williston State College head coach Eric Peterson in a press release. He has the highest basketball IQ out of any player I have ever coached. He will be very hands on with all of our workouts, in the weight room, and will run our academic program.
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Bolt told to get in line


About to run in the 100 meters? Doesnt matter get in line. Usain Bolt was left baffled by Londons rigid security rules on Sunday night as he made his way to the stadium for his race. I was in the line, we were waiting to run and the guy was telling me to line up straight, Bolt said. I was like, Really? Were about to run and they are going to make me stand in a straight line? There are just some weird rules here. Such as not being allowed to get skipping ropes past security . Games organizer Sebastian Coe says there will be an investigation, but joked Monday that the delay didnt seem to slow him up too much. Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London organizing committee. London police say they have arrested the man, who has not been identified or charged. He was being held Monday morning at a police station in east London. The suspect was reportedly hit by a Dutch judo champion after he threw the bottle on the track moments before the start of the 100-meter final With two gold medals in her pocket already, Gabby Douglas is back for more.

Pro Baseball
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Carroll leads Frontier Conference preseason poll


WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) Frontier Conference football coaches are predicting 12-time defending league champion Carroll College will win its 13th consecutive title this fall. Carroll received seven first-place votes in the preseason poll released Saturday Montana State. Northern finished in second. Eastern Oregon was a close third followed by Rocky Mountain College. Southern Oregon is ranked fifth, followed by Montana Tech, and Dickinson State.

MORE GOLD FOR GABBY?

BOTTLE THROWER

The dynamic gymnast who helped the Americans to their first team gold since 1996 and then won the allaround competition returns to action on the uneven bars on Monday . Douglas also competes on the balance beam on Tuesday, giving her a chance for four golds in these London Games. Shes also hoping to avoid disappointment after McKayla Maroney, the overwhelming favorite in the vault, wound up with a silver on Sunday .

Sundays Games Detroit 10, Cleveland 8, 10 innings N.Y. Yankees 6, Seattle 2 Boston 6, Minnesota 4 Baltimore 1, Tampa Bay 0, 10 innings Chicago White Sox 4, L.A. Angels 2 Kansas City 7, Texas 6, 10 innings Toronto 6, Oakland 5 Mondays Games Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Tuesdays Games Minnesota (Deduno 3-0) at Cleveland (Kluber 0-0), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 11-8) at Detroit (Porcello 8-6), 7:05 p.m. Seattle (Beavan 7-6) at Baltimore (Britton 1-1), 7:05 p.m. Texas (Dempster 0-0) at Boston (Lester 5-9), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (Happ 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Shields 9-7), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (B.Chen 7-9) at Chicago White Sox (Peavy 9-7), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 9-7) at Oakland (B.Colon 8-8), 10:05 p.m.

Sundays Games Pittsburgh 6, Cincinnati 2 Philadelphia 5, Arizona 4 Atlanta 6, Houston 1 Washington 4, Miami 1 San Francisco 8, Colorado 3 San Diego 7, N.Y. Mets 3 L.A. Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 0 Mondays Games Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Washington at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Tuesdays Games Arizona (Corbin 3-4) at Pittsburgh (Karstens 4-2), 7:05 p.m. Atlanta (Minor 6-7) at Philadelphia (Hamels 11-6), 7:05 p.m. Miami (LeBlanc 1-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 8-5), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Detwiler 6-4) at Houston (Lyles 2-8), 8:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 14-5) at Milwaukee (Fiers 5-4), 8:10 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 8-8) at St. Louis (Lynn 13-4), 8:15 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Garza 5-7) at San Diego (Ohlendorf 3-2), 10:05 p.m. Colorado (White 2-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Harang 7-6), 10:10 p.m.

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Olympic officials say there will be zero tolerance for any more incidents such as the throwing of a plastic bottle onto the track before Sundays 100-meter final. Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable, its not just unacceptable at an Olympics Games but at any sporting event and anybody who does that will be removed, says