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Record 82 teams ready for Spicer 3vs3 hoops

The Spicer 4th of July 3-on-3 basketball tournament this Saturday has a record 82 teams signed up, up 10 from a year ago and 20 from 2011. Ten courts will be used for the first time in the event’s 18-year run, which began originally in New London. This is the 13th year at Saulsbury Beach.

Youth games begin at 8 a.m. with the 17-team men’s division underway at about 2 p.m.

The Green Lake Road Race starts at 7 a.m. Sunday.   

MCGA sponsoring Jam the Stands at area speedways

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is sponsoring a free night of auto racing at three area speedways in July as part of its Jam the Stands promotion.

Fans will get free admission and the opportunity to learn more about ethanol during races at Willmar’s KRA Speedway on July 25 (starting at 6:30 p.m.), at Montevideo’s Fiesta Speedway on July 26 (7 p.m.), and at the Madison Speedway on July 20 (6 p.m.). Six other tracks in Minnesota are taking part in Jam the Stands.

Fans can win two $50 Visa gift cards and also can visit the Biofuels Mobile Education Center. The 45-foot mobile learning center will be at all nine speedways for fans to learn more about ethanol fuel through interactive touch-screen computers, educational displays, movies and tools to help people locate flex-fuel pumps in the area.

Wild waive Gilbert

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have waived defenseman Tom Gilbert.

The team announced the move Wednesday. The 30-year-old Gilbert had one season left on his contract for $3 million.

If he goes unclaimed by another team, the Wild will use one of their two available compliance buyouts to keep Gilbert’s money from counting against their salary cap. He would then become an unrestricted free agent Friday, eligible to sign with any team except the Wild.

— Associated Press/Staff reports