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Vikings extend DE Robison's contract

Defensive end Brian Robison reached agreement on a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Wednesday.

The four-year, $28 million extension includes $13 million guaranteed, according to reports. Robison is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed in 2011.

The 30-year-old Robison has 10 tackles, one sack and 11 quarterback hurries in four games this year. In the previous two seasons, he totaled 16.5 sacks. The seven-year pro has 31 career sacks.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Fred Evans and backup defensive end Everson Griffen remain unsigned past this season. Allen, 32, had 34 sacks the previous two years.

Bethel-Thompson claimed off waivers by 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday claimed quarterback McLeon Bethel-Thompson off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.

The 49ers then waived quarterback John Skelton to make room for Bethel-Thompson, who will likely compete with Colt McCoy for the 49ers' backup QB job.

Bethel-Thompson is making his second tour of duty with the 49ers. The 6-3, 230-pound signal caller came to the 49ers as a rookie free agent in 2011, but was released at the end of training camp that year.

He then signed with the Miami Dolphins practice squad, where he remained for the rest of the year.

He then was signed in early January 2012 by the Vikings, but was never activated for any games last season. The Vikings waived him on Oct. 9, 2013.

Bethel-Thompson also has spent time with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League and the USFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.

Willmar hosts Mankato East in 2A QF today

The Mankato East Cougars boys soccer team scrubbed No. 10 seed Marshall from the 2A playoff on Tuesday to earn a trip to Willmar to meet the Cardinals at the Kennedy pitch at 4:15 today.

 Willmar is seeded No. 2 and the Cougars No. 7, though East split matches with No. 1 seed Mankato West.

In other quarterfinal matchups today, No. 6 St. Peter is at No. 3 Waseca, No. 9 Hutchison meets No. 1 Mankato West and No. 5 New Ulm is at No. 4 Worthington. 

Intro to girls hockey day set for Saturday

Willmar Hockey Association Girls Hockey Day is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Brick Hockey Dry Land Facility at Lincoln Field on East Trott Avenue.

This introduction to hockey is for all girls and families to learn about the game. Experience includes street hockey, shooting, puck handling skill stations and more, plus a chance to meet the 2012-2013 Willmar varsity players.  There will be prizes and treats. For questions please check out or call Karen Skaggs at 320-979-0619.

— Reuters/Staff reports