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West Central Broncos play in Willmar this Saturday

The West Central Broncos, coming off a 7-6 win over the Brainerd Lumberjacks last Saturday, return to Hodapp Field in Willmar this Saturday for a 1:15 p.m. game against the Granite City Renegades from Burnsville.

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The original schedule that came out earlier in the year had the game being played at 6 p.m. in New London.

Saturday’s game is in conjunction with Willmar Fests and the Broncos are partnering with the Willmar Area Food Shelf to give out free hot dogs to the first 100 people through the ticket gates. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

The Renegades lead the Midwest Premier Football League’s West division at 4-2, while the Broncos are tied for third at 2-4.

Minnesota’s Banham has successful knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota junior captain Rachel Banham has undergone successful surgery for patellar tendonitis in both knees.

Coach Pam Borton made the announcement Tuesday. Banham had the surgery earlier this week.

Borton says the surgery was performed in the summer to make sure Banham “will be at 100 percent for her junior year.”

Banham, who’s from Lakeville, averaged 20.7 points per game average and posted five games with 30 or more points and 16 games with 20 or more points last season.

Back injury forces Venus to pull out of Wimbledon

After 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament Tuesday, citing a lower back injury.

Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, never had missed Wimbledon since making her debut there in 1997, although she lost in the first round a year ago. She won the singles trophy in 2000-01, 2005 and 2007-08.

But Williams has been dealing with a bad back for a while, playing only three matches in the last two-plus months. She was clearly hampered by the injury during a three-set, three-hour loss to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland in the first round of the French Open last month, then cited her back when she and younger sister Serena withdrew from the doubles competition in Paris.

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