Hawaii Sports

UH takes on Army team seeking third straight win


The Associated Press

It’s been almost a month since Army lost its fifth straight game. That narrow defeat to Air Force, however, is far in the rearview mirror.

Two convincing victories since have given the Black Knights (5-6) new life as they await the Universiy of Hawaii football team at Aloha Stadium tonight.

“It was good to get a couple of victories in a row for sure,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “It was an agonizing month of October and beyond. Just to go through that stretch was frustrating and disappointing for everybody. Our guys were playing hard and I thought we were practicing well, it’s just we weren’t making enough plays to win games.

“It doesn’t diminish the sense of urgency for this game. It’s a big game for us and one that we really need to win to push ourselves closer to the team we want to be.”

Army’s triple option is averaging 302.6 rushing yards a game, up to third nationally. The totals, however, are due in large part to lopsided wins over struggling UMass (63-7) and VMI (47-6) in the past three weeks. The Black Knights totaled 1,092 yards rushing in those two games and now have 40 rushing scores, tied for first in the nation.

The Rainbow Warriors (8-4) have defeated Army three times in four meetings and have clinched the West Division of the Mountain West Conference for the first time. They’ll play No. 20 Boise State for the league title next week, but coach Nick Rolovich says his team is not looking past the Black Knights..

“We’ve got to take care of Army,” Rolovich said. “We know what kind of game that’s going to be.”

Bye Advantage

Hawaii defeated San Diego State 14-11 last Saturday to capture a share of the division title with the Aztecs, earning the berth in the title game due to its head-to-head win. Army is coming off a bye week, a blessing of sorts for injury-plagued quarterbacks Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and Jabari Laws.

“They know what we do,” said Hopkins, a senior who gained a career-high 208 yards rushing two weeks ago in relief of an injured Laws during the win over VMI at Michie Stadium. “They play Navy, they play Air Force, and in the past two years they’ve played all three of us, so they know what the option is like and they’re a really aggressive, athletic team.

“We’re just going to try to do our job and keep them (the Hawaii offense) off the field as much as possible.”

Defenses Rising

UH has won three straight and in the past two games has allowed only 18 points and an average of 276.5 yards of total offense. The Rainbow Warriors gave up 52 or more points in three of their losses.

“We just really needed to prove that we’re a good defense after giving up (so many) points in two or three games,” linebacker Solomon Matautia said. “It’s just a combination of everybody giving their best.”

Army’s defense has allowed just 13 points in the last two games, the first time the Black Knights have accomplished that since 1977 when they held Holy Cross to seven points and Air Force to six in consecutive games. Army is 11th nationally in passing defense (178.7) and 23rd in total defense (323.8). UH quarterback Cole McDonald is averaging 286.5 yards passing and has thrown for 26 TDs with 13 interceptions.

Common Foe

Air Force dominated the fourth quarter against Hawaii after the Rainbow Warriors pulled within nine points. The Falcons, second nationally in rushing (304.4), scored three straight touchdowns to win 56-26, finishing with 353 yards rushing and averaging 6.9 yards a carry to more than offset Hawaii’s 404 yards passing. Army lost 17-13 to the Falcons on the road, denied victory by a goal-line stand in the final minute.

Win Win

Army lacks two victories to become bowl-eligible because two of its wins came against teams from the Championship Subdivision and only one of those can be counted toward the necessary six wins. The Black Knights finish the regular season against Navy in two weeks riding a three-game winning streak against the Midshipmen and can keep possession of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for a third straight year with a victory.

Home Sweet Home

Hawaii has won 14 of its last 15 regular-season, nonconference home games and is 9-1 in those games under Rolovich, its only loss coming against BYU in the season finale two years ago. The Rainbow Warriors are 2-0 against Army at Aloha Stadium, winning 59-28 in 2003 and 49-42 in 2013. The Black Knights won last year’s game at Michie Stadium, 28-21.

Hawaii Sports

Buggs’ 25 points lead UH past USF

The Maui News

Drew Buggs scored a career-high 25 points, and the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team handed San Francisco its first loss of the season with an 85-75 win on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Buggs was 11 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc, for UH (5-2). The junior guard also had six assists and four rebounds before fouling out with about a minute and a half left and the win well in hand.

Eddie Stansberry added 21 points for the Rainbow Warriors. Zigmars Raimo had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Samuta Avea chipped in 14 points.

Hawaii closed the first half on a 10-4 run to lead 39-30 at the half. An 8-0 run gave the Dons a 55-51 lead with 10 minutes, 48 seconds remaining. The Rainbow Warriors grabbed back the lead with a 7-0 run of their own and were able to pull away from there.

Jimbo Lull had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dons (7-1).

UH hosts Hawaii Pacific on Sunday before traveling to Eugene, Ore., to take on the No. 11 Ducks on Dec. 7.

Hawaii Sports

Rainbow Wahine fall to Mean Green 66-60

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team’s comeback bid fell short Friday night as UH lost to North Texas 66-60 in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Mean Green used an 18-point second quarter to take a 38-28 lead into halftime. They still led 50-41 after three quarters before the Rainbow Wahine rallied in the fourth.

UH went on a 7-0 run to close within 56-50 with 4 minutes, 30 seconds to go in the game. The Rainbow Wahine continued to chip away, and Amy Atwell’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left closed the deficit to 60-58, but North Texas was able to hold on by going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Julissa Tago had 15 points and Atwell added 13 for UH (3-3).

Anisha George led the Mean Green (3-3) with 21 points.

Hawaii plays No. 12 N.C. State today and Texas on Sunday to wrap up the tourney.

Hawaii Headlines

Department of Education to offer Hawaiian courses

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Education plans to offer free Hawaiian language courses to its employees, officials said.

The department’s 22,000 salaried employees, including 13,000 teachers, will be able to take courses beginning in January, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

The program is a partnership between the education department’s Office of Hawaiian Education and the University of Hawaii’s community colleges, officials said.

“We are excited to announce this new learning opportunity aimed at honoring the essential role that olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language) plays in our educational system,” state schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a statement.

The Education Department has incorporated Hawaiian language, culture and history in its curriculum since an 80-year public education ban on the language was overturned at the 1978 state Constitutional Convention.

Education officials subsequently created the Hawaiian Studies program, the Hawaiian Language Immersion program and the Office of Hawaiian Education.

Employees can enroll in scheduled courses at seven community colleges beginning in the spring semester or join custom courses for education department staff groups, officials said.

Teachers completing courses will receive professional development credits, while other employees will be given college credit, officials said.

National Sports

Antetokounmpo leads Bucks by Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee held off Cleveland for its 10th straight victory.
Antetokounmpo grabbed 12 rebounds and has had double-doubles in every game this season for Milwaukee, at 16-3 the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks hadn’t won 10 in a row since the 1985-86 season.
Hill scored 18 points, and Middleton, playing for the second time since missing seven games with a bruised left thigh, had 12.
Cleveland has dropped nine of 10. Rookie Darius Garland scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Cedi Osman had 20. Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 13 rebounds, including the 5,000th of his career in the first half.
Love, who is playing despite dealing with a sore back, had 16 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.

Minnesota Sports

Wild use 3-goal burst to coast past Senators 7-2

By Brian Murphy
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Zack Parise stayed hot and Minnesota scored three goals in a 4:13 span of the second period to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.
The Wild had their highest-scoring game of the season, beating the Senators for the eighth straight time since November 2016. It was the first time Minnesota scored seven goals since a Dec. 11, 2018, victory over Montreal.
All four forward lines had a goal and Alex Stalock made 33 saves to improve to 6-3-2 as starter Devan Dubnyk takes more family leave to deal with his wife’s undiagnosed illness.
After Minnesota took a 3-2 lead into the third period, Luke Kunin, Ryan Hartman and Eric Staal added insurance goals.
The Wild extended their points streak to eight games (5-0-3). Only the Boston Bruins (10 games) have a longer active streak.
It was the fourth time this season Ottawa allowed five or more goals in a game after yielding just five in its previous four games.
The Wild dominated the scoring chances in the first period but were denied by the goal post and Senators goalie Anders Nilsson. Meanwhile, Ottawa opened the scoring when Nick Paul re-directed Nikita Zaitsev’s point shot at 15:37. It was Paul’s first goal in 15 games.
Minnesota came to life in the second period with 17 shots and a trio of goals 4:13 apart to take a 3-2 lead into the third. Ryan Donato got it rolling with his second goal in three games, grabbing a loose puck in the corner, cutting to the net and roofing a backhander over Nilsson.
The Senators regained the lead only 54 seconds later off an offensive-zone faceoff. Brady Tkachuk, despite being knocked to the ice by Parise, managed to one-time Connor Brown’s centering pass past Stalock for his ninth of the season.
The Wild quickly answered off the rush. Staal fed Zuccarello in the left circle. His shot toward the net was tipped by Spurgeon, who celebrated his 30th birthday with his third goal of the season.
Just 28 seconds later, Parise gave Minnesota its first lead. His goal-line shot ricocheted off Nilsson’s skates and through the goaltender’s legs. Parise continued his torrid pace. His team-leading 11th goal of the season was his seventh in eight games.
NOTES: Staal became the 113th player to skate in 1,200 NHL games. …The Senators finished 0 for 1 on the power play and remain mired in last place in the NHL with a 9.3% conversion rate.

National Sports

Patriots sign kicker Kai Forbath to replace Nick Folk

By Glen Farley
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots turned their revolving door on kickers Friday, signing veteran Kai Forbath to replace Nick Folk.
Folk was released one day after he reportedly underwent an emergency appendectomy. He signed with the team on Oct. 30.
Forbath becomes the Patriots’ fourth kicker this season, succeeding Stephen Gostkowski, Mike Nugent and Folk.
Gostkowski, the kicker since 2006, was placed on the injured reserve on Oct. 2. He converted 7-of-8 field-goal attempts and 11-of-15 conversions in four games.
Nugent signed on Oct. 3 and was released on Oct. 29 after missing three of eight field-goal attempts and one point-after in four games. Folk appeared in three games, connecting on 7-of-9 field-goal attempts and all three PATs.
Originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent out of UCLA in 2011, Forbath spent his rookie season on IR. He has since kicked for Washington (2012-15), New Orleans (2015), Minnesota (2016-17) and Jacksonville.
He has made 120-of-140 field goals (86% percent) and 173-of-182 PATs (94%) in 77 regular-season games.

North Dakota

Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women that has floundered in Congress for two years may have the missing ingredients to become law — money and muscle.
The money comes from an appropriations subcommittee chaired by Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who told The Associated Press that for the first time funding is being directed specifically to murdered and missing indigenous people. The muscle comes from the White House and specifically the Department of Justice, which last week unveiled a plan that would investigate issues raised in the bill like data collection practices and federal databases.
It adds up to a strong outlook for Savanna’s Act, which was originally introduced in 2017 by Murkowski, Democratic Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro and former North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Murkowski and Heitkamp, longtime allies on issues affecting indigenous people, also created the Commission on Native Children, which recently held its first meeting.
“The great thing about Lisa’s work has been her willingness to not just pass this law but make sure there’s an appropriation for it,” Heitkamp said Friday.
The bill is named for Savanna Greywind, a Native American North Dakota woman who was killed in 2017 when her baby was cut from her womb. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven, earlier this month advanced another version of bill to the full Senate for consideration.
Gloria Allred, an attorney for Greywind’s family, said they are “encouraged by what appears to be the strong efforts of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s commitment to gather support for this bill in order for it to be signed into law one day.”
Savanna’s Act passed the Senate in 2018 but was blocked in the House by former Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte because he said it would hurt some agencies that have no link to tribal communities. Heitkamp said a new companion piece to the bill, the Not Invisible Act, has helped broaden the scope of the initiative and address concerns raised by Goodlatte.
“We are making some headway,” Murkowski said. “Not fast enough, but I think we’re making the efforts that are going to make a difference in the long haul. The legislative initiatives that we have used have successfully raised the issue of awareness.”
Savanna’s Act was introduced in the House earlier this year. Three of its co-sponsors are Native American — Sharice Davids of Wisconsin and Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.

North Dakota Sports

Salmon spawn finished

Fisheries crews have completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System, after collecting more than 1.6 million eggs.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System supervisor Dave Fryda said crews easily collected enough eggs to stock the 400,000 smolts planned for Lake Sakakawea in 2020.
Unlike past years, Fryda said the majority of eggs were collected from the Garrison Dam Tailrace and the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery salmon stream instead of from Lake Sakakawea. Average size of female salmon was 6.5 pounds, which is similar to the last few years.
“The high releases through Garrison Dam this summer, which continued through the fall, resulted in extensive entrainment of salmon from Lake Sakakawea,” Fryda said. “Salmon were scarce in Lake Sakakawea during the spawning season but abundant below the dam. In fact, 94% of all eggs collected in 2019 were from below the dam.”
Annual tagging of young salmon prior to stocking allows positive confirmation that the abundant salmon found below Garrison Dam were from fish stocked in Lake Sakakawea, Fryda said.

North Dakota Sports

Mountain lion late season opens

North Dakota’s early mountain lion season in Zone 1 closed Sunday, Nov. 24, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, is now open.
During the early season, hunters took six cats from a harvest limit of eight. Under the season structure, a conditional season could open five days after the late season closes, for hunters to pursue the additional two mountain lions that were not taken.
The late season in Zone 1 is scheduled to run through March 31 or until the harvest limit is reached. The late season harvest limit is seven total lions or three female lions, whichever comes first.
Hunters are advised to check the status of the late season by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,
Zone 1 includes land in western North Dakota south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea, then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
The mountain lion season in Zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside Zone 1, has no harvest limit and is open through March 31.
The mountain lion season is open only to North Dakota residents. Hunters need a furbearer or combination license to participate.