Monday June 20th Local Sports

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Clear Lake softball vs. Webster City — 7:30



PHOENIX (AP) — Buddy Kennedy hit a grand slam for his first big-league homer, Christian Walker added two solo shots and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1. Merrill Kelly threw seven effective innings as the D-backs built their lead. The right-hander gave up one run on five hits, striking out five and walking none. The Diamondbacks took two of three games in the series. Chris Archer took the loss for the Twins after giving up two runs in four innings.





BUFFALO — Former Iowa star Micah Hyde says the Buffalo Bills are focused on taking the next step. The Bills are coming off two straight AFC East division titles but despite all the progress have come up short in the playoffs.

Hyde feels the signing of two time Super Bowl winner Von Miller at outside linebacker could be a difference maker.

Hyde says Miller’s championship history is a plus.

Buffalo last year was 11-6 overall and fell to Kansas City in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.





IOWA CITY — Iowa sophomore Payton Sandfort has experienced growth on the court and off. The Waukee native is coming off a freshman season in which he averaged just over five points per game and shot 37-percent from three point range. He is also approaching six feet, eight inches.

Sandfort’s role increased as the Hawkeyes made a second half run that included the Big Ten Tournament championship.

Sandfort was able to find a role even though he was part of a team loaded with veteran players.

Sandfort is working on areas this summer that will help him get an expanded role next season.

Iowa ended with a record of 26-10 this past season.





LAS VEGAS (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, Dearica Hamby added 16 — including a 3-pointer in the closing seconds — and the Las Vegas Aces rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Lynx 96-95. Chelsea Gray shook a reaching Kayla McBride with a behind-the-back move to get into the lane and kicked it out to a wide-open Hamby for a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Las Vegas a 96-91 lead with 15.5 seconds left. Minnesota’s Jessica Shepard inexplicably drove for layup with 0.4 seconds left to make it 96-95. Shepard had a career-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, a career-best 18 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes off the bench. Kelsey Plum had 21 points and six assists and Gray added 16 and 9 for Las Vegas.

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