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North Dakota holds off Portland State 85-76

North Dakota holds off Portland State 85-76

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Aaron Anderson scored a career-high 25 points, Troy Huff added a season-high 25 of his own and North Dakota held off Portland State for an 85-76 victory Saturday afternoon.

Anderson and Huff were a combined 16 of 25 from the field and 13 of 13 from the line, and made five of UND's eight 3-pointers. Jamal Webb added 16 points for UND (7-10, 4-4 Big Sky), which shot 53 percent as a team.

Michael Harthun had 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Aaron Moore added 18 for the Vikings (5-10, 3-5), who fell to 0-8 on the road.

North Dakota never trailed after halftime, but the Vikings pulled within 77-73 on Gary Winston's jumper with 1:35 left. North Dakota made six free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.

North Dakota also won the only two previous meetings with Portland State. The last one came in 1979.

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2018 MLB Power Rankings: All-Star update

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2018 MLB Power Rankings: All-Star update

The All-Star break is a perfect opportunity to sit down and re-evaluate the landscape of Major League Baseball. As it turns out, however, there aren't as many meaningful moves as one might expect.

The unrivaled dominance of the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees sets us up for a wildly entertaining October, and the uber-talented rosters of the Indians, Cubs and Dodgers will make noise as well. Still, it means the top three (and, moving down, the next three to four teams) in our power rankings haven't experienced much variance in 2018.

The gap between the haves and the have-nots has never been more pronounced than it is in this era, which means the bottom-four teams have stayed pretty steady since May. Yes, the Reds have made a nice jump since Jim Riggleman took over, and the Orioles are about 15 spots lower than we had them in March, but none of the major moves will have any real impact on who we expect to win the World Series this year.

That doesn't mean it's not worthwhile to see where each team stands, however, and these are certainly still subject to change. The Nationals, for example, have enough talent and starpower on the roster to jump into the top six or seven teams as a legitimate title contender at some point.  

The stars are out in D.C. this week, as baseball converges onto the nation's capital. Are the hometown team's stars enough to keep the roster in the conversation for the playoffs? 

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