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Ridgewater hosting wrestling open Saturday

Upwards of 100 wrestlers are expected for the Ridgewater Open beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the college in Willmar.

The annual event draws from almost all the state’s college wrestling programs plus entrants from the Dakotas.

Willmar boys hockey plays Section 3A leader Luverne

The Willmar Cardinals boys hockey team (3-0 Section 3A, 6-6 overall) will be out to snap a two-game slide when they play the Luverne Cardinals (9-0 3A, 15-0-1) Saturday evening at 7:45 p.m. at the Blue Mound Ice Arena.

Luverne, No. 8 in the Minnesota Scores QRF rankings, is the last remaining unbeaten in Minnesota prep hockey. The tie, 1-1, was against St. Michael-Albertville at the Schwan Cup.

Figure skaters holding competition Saturday

The public is invited to the Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club’s Central Minnesota Figure Skating Skills Competition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center’s Cardinal Arena. There is no admission.

Skaters are expected to attend from Minnesota, as well as South Dakota. They will be judged and receive feedback for compulsory figures, free skate and a musical interpretation routine.

Yankees cut ties with veteran outfielder Wells

The New York Yankees designated veteran outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Wells, 35, confirmed the team cut ties with him through Twitter.

“Thank you @Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied franchise,” he wrote.

Wells had a batting line of .233/.282/.349 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 424 at-bats in 2013. His batting line over the last three seasons is .226/.267/.387.

He is still owed $21 million for 2014: $18.6 million by the Los Angeles Angels and $2.4 million by the Yankees. He played one season with the Yankees after getting traded by the Angels. This year is the final one on his $126 million contract he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008.

The Yankees no longer need Wells after adding Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to their crowded outfield that also includes Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki.