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Tim Orth Jam the Gym is Saturday in Bird Island

The annual Tim Orth Memorial Foundation “Jam the Gym” hoops festival is Saturday evening at the BOLD High School gymnasium in Bird Island.

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The evening begins at 5 p.m. with the 3-point prelims followed by the opening ceremony at 5:45 p.m., the 3-point finals at 6 p.m., followed by the girls and boys games.

Entertainment includes the Alexandria Aces, mascots Crunch and Goldy, the Utah Jazz Stunt Team, and NBA Dunk squads from Minnesota and Utah.

Both live and silent auctions will be available.

Over 15 recipients will be helped with the funds raised.

The mission of the foundation is to assist children in the west central Minnesota area who are facing substantial medical expenses incurred as a result of a serious accident or illness. The first benefit was held in 1996 to aid Tim Orth, a young athlete from Bird Island diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Vikings finalize contract with Pro Bowl FB Felton

EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton.

The contract was finalized Monday. The two sides agreed last week on a three-year deal worth as much as $7.5 million with a $2 million signing bonus.

Felton helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 yards rushing last season, the 26-year-old’s first in Minnesota. The Vikings are his fourth NFL team.

NFL to pay $42M for using retired players images

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The National Football League has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.

The league will use the money to fund a “common good” trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition. The settlement also establishes a licensing agency for retired players to ensure they are compensated for the use of their identities in promotional materials.

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