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Bison backup QB Davis expected to miss ‘at least four weeks’

By Eric Peterson Forum News ServiceFARGO — North Dakota State took a hit to its quarterback depth over the weekend. Bison head coach Chris Klieman said Monday he expects fifth-year senior backup Cole Davis will miss “at least four weeks” with a shoulder separation. Redshirt freshman ...

Kolpack: Bring on the Missouri Valley Football Conference, thankfully

FARGO — At least Robert Morris University’s third trip to Fargo didn’t come without setting some sort of record. The Colonials had six kickoff returns. In the first quarter. You won’t be able to find that in any record book, of course, but it reached the point that by the sixth time, ...

DETROIT — Wherever he goes these days, Byron Buxton has a new constant companion: A rectangular blue box called the True Wave that helps speed his recovery from a bone contusion in his left hand. “That’s my best friend,” Buxton said Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, as he sat at his Comerica Park locker. In between baseball activities at the park and during his down time at the hotel or while flying from city to city, Buxton has found relief in hooking up a small, oval-shaped electrode patch to the back of his hand and letting the electronic stimulator work its magic. “You don’t feel anything” while it’s on, Buxton said, but that changes once he removes the patch and holds his hand down by his side. “I feel a rush of blood,” Buxton said. “It’s like a tingling feeling but it feels good.” Since suffering the injury on an awkward swing on Wednesday, Aug. 30, Buxton has made 20 starts and hit .293 with a .361 on-base percentage in 83 trips. However, he also has 24 strikeouts against just five unintentional walks in that span. Seven of those strikeouts came during an 0-for-10 showing this week in his first career series at Yankee Stadium. Facing Yankees reliever David Robertson in Monday night’s sixth inning, he fouled off a pitch and immediately felt a stinging sensation shoot through his injured hand. “I think I got a backup slider or backup cutter and it was inside,” Buxton said. “I was trying to keep my hands inside and fouled it off. As I was swinging, I was like, ‘I feel good, I feel good.’ Then I got to that one point and I was like, ‘Ouch!’ Right after that, I was like, ‘Wow, that didn’t feel good!’ “ Buxton walked around for 10 seconds or so, let his hand “calm back down” and stepped back into the box to complete his strikeout. After that Sept. 18 game, he was using the True Wave when he asked the Twins’ medical staff for a favor. “I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to do something,’ “ he said. “I asked them, ‘Can I take this machine home?’ They said, ‘Yeah, you can take it home.’ And I haven’t taken it back to them since.” Buxton has been using the stim machine now for about 10 days, but since the first night at Yankee Stadium he’s been using it for up to 45 minutes at a time in two different periods “right before I actually fall asleep.” He uses it in the morning when he wakes up as well, then more at the ballpark, before and after games. “I do a little laser, and that usually calms it down and keeps (the pain) manageable,” he said. “Whenever I put it back on, it gives my hand a little more comfort. It’s been feeling a whole lot better the more that I do it.” Through the first two games of this series against the Tigers, Buxton was 4 for 8 with two doubles, four runs batted in and three runs scored. New approach to international scouting The decision to part ways with longtime Twins international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter had as much to do with a changing bonus structure for international talent than any other factor. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, major league organizations will pursue amateur players and professionals under the age of 25 with the same modest bonus pools. That means, for instance, Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Otani, expected to sign with a big-league team this winter, will count against the same 2017-18 bonus pool as 16-year-olds from Latin America. The Twins, who traded for an extra $500,000 in bonus-pool money from the Washington Nationals, have $5.75 million to spend in that realm during this period. “Historically you did have markets all over the place where you could run independently,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. “The way the bonus structures worked, there was no cap, there were no limitations. Now we have it all under one umbrella. Where we devote our time, our resources and otherwise, we’ve revisited that to some degree.” Under this “restructuring,” Falvey said the Twins would likely “re-appropriate some resources” toward Latin American countries. Fred Guerrero, 37, has served as the club’s Latin American scouting coordinator for the past several years and could take on a larger role under this new structure. “I know that most teams now have one person managing the pool because it all comes out of the same pot,” Falvey said. “In our minds we wanted to make sure we streamlined that moving forward.” Briefly Falvey said the Twins have advance scouts on site for all potential American League postseason opponents but will wait to scout National League teams until the postseason begins, should they secure the final AL wild-card spot. They also could have minor-league managers and special assistants Torii Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer conduct video scouting of potential postseason opponents. The Cleveland Indians juggled their rotation for next week’s series against the Twins at Progressive Field. Right-handers Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar will start on Tuesday and Wednesday with Thursday’s starter now likely to come from either Trevor Bauer or Carlos Carrasco. Mike Clevinger is heading to the bullpen.

FARGO — North Dakota State running back Lance Dunn’s yards-per-carry average is starting to look like a typo in the Bison football statistics. After three games, the junior is averaging nearly 14 yards per attempt. Dunn needed only three carries to gain 111 yards and run for three scores ...

Montana State hands UND its second straight blowout loss; Hawks drop to 1-3

GRAND FORKS — In two previous meetings, the University of North Dakota pushed Montana State around -- using a dominating run game to rack up big numbers and wins against the Bobcats. Montana State apparently was tired of the UND treatment So the Bobcats took out plenty of frustration ...

UND seeks to regroup, continue Big Sky win streak against Montana State

GRAND FORKS -- Simply put, the University of North Dakota football team -- a top 10 team at the time -- got smacked in the mouth last week. South Dakota put a 45-7 drubbing on UND, which came into the game ranked No. 10 in the FCS. It was supposed to be the FCS game of the week in the ...

Robert Morris head coach building program the old school, NFL way

FARGO — There’s a lot of history in Robert Morris University, starting with the namesake of the school. He’s one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, among other ventures. The football program is not shy about tapping into history, either. The head coach, John Banaszak, was ...

City of Dickinson, NDSU continue football marriage with Jordheim, Kubas

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO -- It’s one of those streaks that’s good for the sake of conversation while sitting around the tailgating grill on a nice Saturday afternoon in the Fargodome parking lot. You used to see the city prominently displayed on the Bison ...

UND picked third in preseason NCHC poll

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team may have lost 10 players to early signings in the last three summers, including stars Tyson Jost, Brock Boeser and Tucker Poolman this spring, but media members expect the Fighting Hawks to end up in a familiar spot. UND was ...

Stanton needs one last surge to match Maris’ 61 homers

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton asked to sit out a game — not so much because he was tired of playing, but because he was tired of making outs. Swinging a weary bat and stalled for a week at 54 homers, Stanton requested a day off Sunday and was held out of the Miami Marlins' starting ...

NDSU linebacker DeLuca expected to return

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO -- A week off from preparing to play an opponent helped North Dakota State University heal the usual assortment of minor injuries. More important, the Bison got some clarity with a nagging medical mystery that kept their fan base on edge for two ...

Yankees closer comes in to shut down Twins in tight game

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs after Dellin Betances loaded the bases in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees held on for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Chapman entered after Betances was booed off the mound for hitting Robbie Grossman ...

UND trying to regroup with Big Sky opener ahead

By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — UND senior quarterback Keaton Studsrud came to Memorial Stadium on Sunday and had to relive the 45-7 loss to South Dakota in Vermillion from the day before. “You want to watch all of (the film),” Studsrud said. “It’s a good learning ...

USD quarterback Streveler shows his value

VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of North Dakota football team saw South Dakota star Chris Streveler a year ago in the Alerus Center, and the dual-threat quarterback had his moments, throwing for four touchdown passes in his team’s double-overtime defeat. He also displayed some of his ...

South Dakota breezes past UND 45-7

VERMILLION, S.D. — As the only FCS matchup featuring Top 25 teams on Saturday, Sept. 16, the University of North Dakota and South Dakota was supposed to be a showdown. A showdown never materialized. Just a letdown and a beatdown. South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler threw for 290 ...

McFeely: North Dakota couple conflicted over Chiefs, Wentz

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Rob and Tina Hoggard are both Kansas City Chiefs fans from Hillsboro, but it’s only obvious in Rob’s case as the married couple sits at a high-top table in the Dirty Bird Sports Bar not far from Arrowhead Stadium. Rob is decked out in a red Chiefs jersey — No. 10, as ...

Will Vikings end road woes in Pittsburgh?

By Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings return Sunday to the state where their road woes began. Entering an Oct. 23, 2016, game at Philadelphia, Minnesota had won seven of eight road games. It started to go the other way that day in a 21-10 loss to the ...