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Two area prep football teams kick off final week of regular season today

The area will have two prep football teams in action today as Week 8 starts early due to the MEA break.

Dawson-Boyd, vying for a share of the Little Sioux Conference title with unbeaten Minneota/Lincoln HI and Adrian, hosts Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, while MACCRAY wraps up its regular-season schedule with a home game with Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

The other 17 schools in the Tribune coverage area play Wednesday, including Willmar at home against St. Cloud Tech and unbeaten Paynesville at home against Minnewaska.

MLB umpire Bell dead at 48 from heart attack

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell, who worked the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals this month, has died. He was 48.

Major League Baseball confirmed Bell’s death Monday. He died of an apparent heart attack in his home state of Ohio.

Bell worked the 2006 World Series and three All-Star games, including this year’s event at Citi Field, where he was stationed at first base. A veteran of 21 big league seasons, he had also worked four league championship series since joining the major league staff in 1993.

According to Bell’s biography on, his proudest moment as a big league umpire was returning to the field after having open heart surgery in 1999.

Hurting Bills sign veteran backup quarterback Flynn

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Flynn is getting his latest chance at a fresh start, this time in Buffalo on a team that has spent the past week scrambling to shore up its injury-depleted quarterback position.

A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn signed with the Bills on Monday after spending the morning working out for general manager Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff. The sixth-year NFL player is now on his third team since December; the Raiders acquired him in a trade with Seattle this past offseason.

Flynn’s signing marks the latest in a series of quarterback moves the Bills have made since rookie starter EJ Manuel sprained his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland on Oct. 3.

In the previous eight days alone, the Bills promoted Thad Lewis from their practice squad to take over as interim starter. They worked out free agents Dennis Dixon and Pat White before signing Dixon to the practice squad. And Buffalo failed in a bid to land former Tampa Bay starter Josh Freeman, who instead signed with Minnesota.

Despite Flynn’s addition, Marrone intends to stick with Lewis as his starter Sunday, when Buffalo (2-4) travels to play Miami (3-2).