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The captain of the Delta flight headed to Omaha, Neb., on an early March day in 2003 informed us that we wouldn't be taking off from Fargo Hector International Airport. Some kind of mechanical problem, said the pilot. Scott Swygman was sitting next to me. Upon hearing the news, Swyg growled. And growled some more, as only Swyg could do. We had only eight hours to reach Kearney, Neb., where the UND men's basketball team was playing in an NCAA regional tournament. Swyg was scheduled to call the game for the UND radio network.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LSU interim head football coach Ed Orgeron said Monday he plans to run a more creative offense with Steve Ensminger as the new offensive coordinator. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva introduced Orgeron at a press conference Monday, one day after longtime coach Les Miles was fired following a 2-2 start. Alleva also fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who at $1.2 million was one of the highest paid assistants in college football. --One day after being fired by LSU, Miles is thinking about finding his next head coaching job.
Organizers of the Wild Hog Marathon likely will take a day or two to regroup. After that, however, work begins for next year's event. Saturday's initial marathon went well, according to organizers. Approximately 2,000 runners competed in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K races over the weekend. It was the first time in five years of the event that the Wild Hog sponsored a full marathon. Approximately 250 runners ran the full marathon. Steffan Reimer of Blumenort, Man., won the marathon, finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 17 seconds.
PGA ATLANTA—FedEx Cup points leader Dustin Johnson birdied the 18th hole to shoot a 4-under-par 66 on Thursday and join Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama at the top of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship, the final event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Fourteen of the 30 players in the field shot par or better on the sunny, wind-free day at East Lake Golf Club. Three players are tied at 3-under 67 - Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World No. 1 Jason Day. Finishing at 68 were defending champion Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy.
Questions remain as to what team will win the Big Sky Conference volleyball race. UND, based on its No. 3 preseason league ranking, legitimately has a shot at winning the Big Sky title. There is no question, however, concerning UND's nonconference schedule. It's been the most demanding since the Fighting Hawks moved to Division I. Whether that schedule has prepared UND well for the comping league season remains to be seen. But part of that question may be answered tonight as UND opens Big Sky play at The Betty against Southern Utah.
Cory Mack, a third-generation sprint car driver from East Grand Forks, died Sunday. He was 23. Mack raced at River Cities Speedway the past few seasons. During his career, Mack won two NOSA-sanctioned sprint features, the first on Sept. 13, 2013, at RCS, and the second coming on July 18, 2015, at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minn. He also won the Tyler Fedyk Memorial at Nodak Speedway in Minot on Sept. 6, 2015. His final two races of this season came July 21 in Ada, Minn., and at RCS on July 22. He finished second in Ada and third at RCS.
NFL Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler sustained a sprained right thumb in Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and his status is day-to-day, according to coach John Fox. Fox said Tuesday that the injury won't require surgery. He said Cutler will undergo rehab. Cutler is scheduled to undergo more tests on Tuesday to determine the severity.
Today's local calendar Boys tennis Red River at GF Central, 3:30 p.m. Boys soccer West Fargo Sheyenne at Red River, 7 p.m. GF Central at Fargo South, 7 p.m. EGF Senior High at Walker-H-A, 5:45 p.m. Volleyball Red Lake County Central at Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m. Red River at Fargo Davies, 7 p.m. GF Central at Wahpeton, 7 p.m. Girls soccer EGF Senior High at Walker-H-A, 4 p.m. Girls swimming Red River, Central at Central quad, 5 p.m. Cross country EGF Senior High at Bagley, 4:30 p.m.
As usual, Mark Dobmeier parked his blue No.13 sprint into Victory Lane on Friday night at River Cities Speedway. But there was more than one winner at The Bullring. On another rainy night, RCS somehow managed to pull off another night of racing. When it was over, there was a first-time RCS track champion. Casey Mack, a third-generation driver, won his first RCS season points title as he finished second to Dobmeier. Mack came into the night with a 33-point lead in the points race and capped the year with a strong finish.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—When asked if he knew beforehand that he would carry the heavy load of 32 carries in Friday's high school football game here, Larimore running back Royce Verkuehlen said: "I had no idea." Off to the side, coach Kal Triplett briefly interrupted with a smile and the words: "I did." It turned out to be a good idea, as Verkuehlen had 32 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown for the icing on a surprising 40-0 beatdown of two-time defending Class A state champion Park River/Fordville-Lankin on Friday.