North Dakota State turns to Entz to lead program

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - FCS power North Dakota State stayed with a successful formula and promoted offensive coordinator Matt Entz to head football coach Thursday.

The 46-year-old Entz replaces Kansas State-bound Chris Klieman, who like Entz was an assistant with the Bison before being named to the top job. North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen said he likes the fact that Entz has a "sincere appreciation for the history and tradition" of the Bison program.

"I knew he possessed the qualities to be the head football coach at North Dakota State," said Larsen, citing Entz's leadership, integrity and toughness.

The Bison have preferred staying inside the program over the years. Five of the last six Bison head coaches have earned national championships and the only one who didn't pull it off was hired from the outside.

Entz, who is in fifth season as offensive coordinator and linebackers coach, said he doesn't expect to make any "big changes" to the program.

"NDSU has a recipe that has been successful and will continue to be successful in the future," Entz said.

Entz's defensive units have has consistently ranked among the best in the FCS. This year's team leads the FCS in red zone defense, allowing opponents inside the 20 only 21 times with six touchdowns and four field goals. The Bison are second in scoring defense and fourth in total defense.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Warriors star Stephen Curry didn't mean it.

Curry told ESPN this week he was joking when he questioned on a podcast whether astronauts landed on the moon, comments that sent social media into a tizzy.

He also said he will accept NASA's invitation to tour the lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Slugger Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to Seattle and first baseman Carlos Santana has returned to the Indians in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay.

The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor and minor league right-hander Cole Slusser from Cleveland. The Indians also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers.

The swap came Thursday at the close of the winter meetings.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers have added another reliever to their strong bullpen, getting durable left-hander Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for a draft pick.

The NL Central champion Brewers made the trade Thursday at the winter meetings.

Claudio was 4-2 with a 4.48 ERA and one save in 65 relief appearances and one start this year. He has a 13-6 record with 12 saves and a 3.20 ERA in 206 relief appearances and two starts in five big league seasons.

The 26-year-old Claudio is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter.

The draft pick is in competitive balance round A, currently projected to be No. 40 overall.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The revamped New York Mets bullpen is set to include a very familiar face - longtime reliever Jeurys Familia.

Familia reached agreement on a $30 million, three-year deal late Wednesday night with the team that traded him away last summer. The contract won't be complete until he passes a physical.

The 29-year-old righty will join a Mets bullpen that recently added major league saves leader Edwin Diaz in a trade with Seattle that also netted longtime All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, a move made by new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.


HANGZHOU, China (AP) - The United States has set a world record in the 200-meter mixed medley relay at the world short-course swimming championships.

Caeleb Dressel, Kelsi Dahlia, Michael Andrew and Olivia Smoliga won in 1 minute, 36.40 seconds, finishing 0.65 seconds ahead of the Netherlands.

American swimmers set the previous record of 1:37.17 in Glasgow in 2013.

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