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The Insider: Cardinal youth football camp next week

The annual Willmar Cardinal Youth Football Camp for this fall’s fifth- through ninth-graders will run Monday through Friday next week at the middle school fields. The time is 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Coaches and staff will be teaching fundamentals and drills specific to positions, followed by touch football games.

This is a no-pads needed camp through WCER. The fee is $40 and contact WCER at 320-231-8490 for more information.

Nielson, Lohre score aces at Eagle Creek, LCCC

Nathan Nielson of Spicer recorded a hole-in-one at Little Crow Country Club in Spicer on Tuesday.

Nielson aced the Pines course's 165-yard, par-3 No. 2 hole using a 5 iron.

Ben Lohre of Stordan aced the No. 16 hole at Eagle Creek Golf Course on Saturday.

Lohre's second lifetime hole-in-one came on the 155-yard, par-3 16th using a 4 hybrid.

Wild, Fontaine agree to two-year contract

The Minnesota Wild avoided an arbitration hearing with Justin Fontaine and signed the forward to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

Fontaine’s agent, Neil Sheehy, said the deal was worth $2 million.

The 26-year-old Fontaine had 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points and a plus-6 rating in 66 regular-season games as a rookie in 2013-14. He added two points in nine playoff games.

Fontaine finished tied for the fourth on the team in goals and tied for 12th among NHL rookies. His 11 regular-season goals were the third highest and his plus-minus rating the second highest by a Wild rookie in team history.

One of the highlights of his rookie season with a hat trick against the Coyotes on Jan. 9 — the first time a Wild rookie scored three goals in a game in franchise history.

Fontaine was an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota-Duluth in 2011.

Browns’ Gordon to use second-hand smoke as defense during appeal

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and his attorney will argue in an appeal to the NFL on Friday that second-hand smoke resulted in a failed drug test.

Gordon is working with Maurice Suh, the lawyer who assisted Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in his case against the NFL in 2012. Sherman’s four-game suspension was waived.

Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a third time. If the suspension is upheld, he will not be able to apply for reinstatement until one year has passed.

According to, Gordon was just over the threshold with his failed test with one of his samples. A second sample was more than a nonogram per milliliter below the cutoff line. His legal team plans to call witnesses to testify that the scores are an indication of second-hand smoke.

Female lawyer named executive director for NBA Players Association

Michele Roberts was elected executive director of the NBA Players Association nearly 18 months after Billy Hunter was ousted.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the move late Monday. Roberts is the first woman to be the union’s executive director.

“Let’s be clear: I’m sure there were people that noticed I was a girl,” Roberts said in an interview session with reporters after the vote. “Having said that, I frankly wanted to address that question up front whenever I spoke with any of the members of the executive committee and the union. My sense was, the only thing people cared about was my resolve.”

A profile on her law firm’s website lists Roberts as a 1977 Wesleyan University graduate who got her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley in 1980.

Roberts was a public defender before moving into private practice.

Hunter was fired in February 2013 after an independent audit questioned his business and hiring practices. The report accused him of nepotism and of abusing union resources for personal gain.