Valley City State’s Kaminsky wins No. 400

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A North Dakota college men's basketball coach has notched his 400th career victory.

Valley City State University's Jeff Kaminsky reached that milestone Saturday when the visiting Vikings defeated Mayville State 68-49.

Kaminsky is in his eighth season at Valley City State, where he has compiled a record of 131-99. He previously coached at University of Wisconsin-Superior for 11 seasons.

Valley City is 19-5 this season.

Gus Kueber led the Vikings with 17 points in the win. ...

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Vikings to play St. Louis in Week 1 of upcoming NFL seasonComments Off

MINNEAPOLIS – The schedule for the upcoming NFL season was announced Wednesday and the Minnesota Vikings open with a road game at St. Louis on Sept. 7.

The Vikings’ first home game is Week 2 against the New England Patriots and the team’s first NFC North contest is Week 5 at Green Bay.

Minnesota, which has its bye in Week 10, will close the season by hosting Chicago on Dec. 28.

The Vikings will play Oakland, Arizona, Kansas City and Tennessee in the preseason.

Minnesota Vikings

Preseason

Week 1 vs. Oakland , 7 p.m.

Week 2 vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m.

Week 3 at Kansas City, 7 p.m.

Week 4 at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Regular season

Week 1 at St. Louis, noon

Week 2 vs. New England, noon

Week 3 at New Orleans, noon

Week 4 vs. Atlanta, 3:25 p.m.

Week 5 at Green Bay, 7:25 p.m.

Week 6 vs. Detroit, noon

Week 7 at Buffalo, noon

Week 8 at Tampa Bay, noon

Week 9 vs. Washington, noon

Week 10 bye

Week 11 at Chicago, noon

Week 12 vs. Green Bay, noon

Week 13 vs. Carolina, noon

Week 14 vs. New York Jets, noon

Week 15 at Detroit, noon

Week 16 at Miami, noon

Week 17 vs. Chicago, noon

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Swimmer Phelps withdraws from event in return bidComments Off

PHOENIX – Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming.

Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday.

But the 28-year-old, who had retired after the 2012 London Olympics only to announce his comeback last week, told a news conference on Wednesday that he was cutting back to two events.

“I’m scratching from the 100 freestyle,” he said.

Phelps evaded questions about his long-term goals, but did not rule out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Phelps already has a record 18 Olympic gold medals and even below his best, he would be a strong contender to add to his tally just on the strength of the U.S. relay teams.

He has swum in each of the three relay events at the past three Olympics, collecting seven golds from the team races.

Phelps entered a total of eight events at the 2004 Athens Olympics, then again in Beijing in 2008 before dropping back to seven for London.

His long-time coach Bob Bowman has already said Phelps would almost certainly have a reduced workload in the future although neither would specify which events they had in mind.

“I always have goals and things that I want to achieve and I have things that I want to achieve now,” Phelps said. “Bob and I can do anything that we put our minds to.

“That’s what we’ve done in the past so I’m looking forward to wherever this road takes me and I guess the journey will start tomorrow.”

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Minnesota-Duluth takes two-game series from MSUMComments Off

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota-Duluth took both games of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheader from Minnesota State Moorhead on Wednesday.

Brooke Neuroth and Megan Mullen each hit home runs as the Bulldogs doubled up the Dragons 4-2 in Game 1.

Lauren Meeker homered for MSUM in the first game.

Minnesota-Duluth hit two more home runs in Game 2 to claim a 5-3 victory.

Mollie Annen hit a solo homer for the Dragons in the second game.

MSUM 000 200 0– 2 3 1

D 002 000 2– 4 10 1

Nybo and York. Sadler and Lewis. W–Sadler (17-10). L–Nybo (7-10). HR–MSUM, Meeker. D, Mullen, Neuroth.

MSUM 010 100 1– 3 2 0

D 000 230 x– 5 13 1

Nordby and York. Mullen, Sadler (5) and Lewis. W–Sadler (18-10). L–Nordby (7-11). HR–MSUM, Annen. D, Rice, Schilling.

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Weekend Watch: F-M Derby GirlsComments Off

F-M Derby Girls

Saturday

The F-M Derby Girls are about to roll up their fifth season, but not before another knock-down, drag-out dust-up. The final bout may be billed “Summer Lovin,’ ” but this bash will be a blast. The Derby Girls are hoping their fans feel the heat by wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis, grass skirts and other signs of warmer weather ahead. The action starts at 7 p.m. at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N., Fargo. Tickets range from $7 to $12, with $2 off with a college ID. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to the Cass-Clay YWCA. www.ticketmaster.com.

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Cobbers push softball doubleheader back a dayComments Off

MOORHEAD – Concordia’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball doubleheader against St. Catherine, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Thursday.

The Cobbers had to cancel Thursday’s doubleheader with MSU Moorhead to make space on the schedule for St. Catherine.

The start times for Thursday’s doubleheader are 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

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