Wednesday June 26th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario had four hits, Willians Astudillo added three hits and the Minnesota Twins extended Blake Snell’s troubles in a 9-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron hit solo homers for Minnesota, which got to Snell for seven runs and 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings.



MASON CITY — Leah Martinez socked a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fifth to lift Newman to their 11th straight victory, a 3-2 win over Clear Lake in non-conference softball last night, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. After giving up a pair of runs in the first two innings, Paige Leininger settled in and only gave up two hits the rest of the way to pick up the win for the Knights, who improve to 16-9 on the season and will travel to Garrigan tonight. Clear Lake suffered their second-straight one-run loss, dropping to 7-10 on the season. Macy Mixdorf led the Lions offensively with a pair of doubles while Julia Merfeld had two singles. Clear Lake hosts Hampton-Dumont-CAL tonight in North Central Conference play.



— other softball last night
Belmond-Klemme 16, Rockford 12
Bishop Garrigan 23, Northwood-Kensett 9
Central Springs 11, Bishop Garrigan 0
Charles City 12-15, Oelwein 0-0
Hampton-Dumont 17, Aplington-Parkersburg 1
Nashua-Plainfield 5, West Fork 3
North Union 13, North Iowa 3



— high school baseball last night
Bishop Garrigan 16, Northwood-Kensett 9
Central Springs 6, Bishop Garrigan 4
Charles City 11-6, Crestwood, Cresco 2-5
Forest City 9, Spirit Lake 4
Rockford 8, Belmond-Klemme 2
West Fork 14, Nashua-Plainfield 5



IOWA CITY — College basketball players are spending this summer adjusting to a deeper three point shot. The NCAA is moving the three point line back to the International distance of 22 feet, one and three quarters inches. The arc was previously set at 20 feet, nine inches. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.

McCaffery hopes the change will give Iowa’s interior game more space.

Sophomore guard Joe Wieskamp worked with a longer three point shot while spending some time exploring the NBA Draft. He finished second in the Big Ten in three point percentage as a freshman.

Junior center Luka Garza hopes to keep the three point shot in his arsenal. Garza made 21 shots from distance last season.

Garza says no matter what the distance he wants to improve upon his 29 percent from three point range.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 25 points, including two free throws with 29.1 seconds left, and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Indiana Fever 78-74 despite blowing a 22-point lead. Minnesota was ahead 43-23 at halftime until Indiana scored 24 of the next 30 points to tie it at 60. Kelsey Mitchell sank a fade-away 3-pointer with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter for the Fever’s first lead, 63-61, since a 5-4 advantage.



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have extended qualifying offers to seven players eligible to become restricted free agents, including forwards Ryan Donato, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin Fiala to retain the rights to three key pieces of their young core. Forward Pontus Aberg was not tendered an offer, making him an unrestricted free agent next week. The Wild also named recently retired center Matt Hendricks their assistant director of player development.




DES MOINES — Iowa NCAA discus champion Laulauga Tausaga will be one of several college standouts who will challenge Olympic veterans next month at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines. Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon says a pair of NCAA standouts will help make the men’s 110 meter hurdles a loaded event.

Boldon says Florida NCAA champion Grant Holloway and runner-up Daniel Roberts of Kentucky will both make their pro debut in Des Moines. Roberts won at the Drake Relays in April.

Only the top three will qualify for the U-S team that will compete at the World Championships.

The U-S Championships are July 25 through the 28.