- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014
MSU Mankato cancels hockey game due to flu

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - An early start to the flu season has claimed its latest victim: collegiate hockey.

Minnesota State University-Mankato cancelled its Saturday home game against Princeton because several players are out with the flu. The game will be recorded as “no contest” and not a forfeit because it was cancelled due to illness.

Kevin Buisman, Mankato’s athletic director, says there aren’t enough healthy players to ice a team.

The Mavericks beat Princeton 5-0 on Friday night. Plans for ticket reimbursement for Saturday’s game will be announced at a later date.

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Basketball squad ends 4-year losing streak

CLIMAX, Minn. (AP) - The coach and players of the Climax-Fisher girls’ basketball team are still basking in the glow of an improbable, double-overtime win that ended a four-year losing streak.

Playing in their home gym in the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Climax, the Knights beat Bagley High School 62-58 Tuesday for their first win in 84 games. They sealed the win in double overtime with just three players on the court - five players on an eight-team bench fouled out throughout the course of the game.

Coach Jonathon Vonesh says the gym erupted when the final buzzer sounded. He gives credit for his first win since taking over the team three years ago to his players’ hard work and determination.

Vonesh says there’s no way to “X and O something like that.”

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Bikers worry Minnesota’s lone velodrome may close

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - The days of Minnesota’s only bicycle racing velodrome may be numbered.

With a mounting list of necessary repairs at the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine, board members are weighing whether to put in hundreds of thousands of dollars for a facility that attracts just a few thousand spectators a year- or close it up.

Built in 1990 for $1.3 million, bikers race around the wooden track with 43 degree banks. Now, stretches of wood are rotting. Trusses supporting the track have aged. Officials estimate a renovation would cost $850,000. Rebuilding it could cost as much as $1.2 million.

“The question from a management standpoint is how much do you invest in repairing a facility that is used by under 200 regular riders,” Barclay Cruse, spokesman for the National Sports Center, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1xeU5Kj).

The National Sports Center’s Foundation will discuss their options Dec. 18. The next-closest velodrome is nearly 400 miles away in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Man gets 40-year sentence in 2nd body in car case

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) - A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for a second grisly killing of a young woman.

Alberto Palmer will serve at least two-thirds of the sentence imposed Friday by Anoka County Court for the 2013 death of 18-year-old Brittany Clardy. That’s in addition to the minimum of 30 years of a life sentence he’ll serve for killing Klaressa Cook, 24.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1A4bdA0) reports both sentences are part of a plea agreement Palmer made this summer. The sentences are consecutive, not concurrent.

Clardy’s body was found stuffed in a car in a Columbia Heights impound lot in February 2013. Three months later, Cook’s body was discovered in a car at a Minneapolis lot.

Palmer also was wanted for three attacks on escorts in Georgia.

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