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Area events

Friday 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Hinckley-Finlayson at Aitkin 4:30 p.m.

Crosby-Ironton at Pine River-Backus 4 p.m.

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Pequot Lakes at Pillager 4:30 p.m.

Pierz at St. Cloud Cathedral 5 p.m.

Staples-Motley at Park Rapids tournament 3 p.m.

Parkers Prairie at Wadena-Deer Creek 4:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Hinckley-Finlayson at Aitkin 4:30 p.m.

McGregor at Crosby-Ironton 4:30 p.m.

Staples-Motley at Little Falls 5 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

Crosby-Ironton in Shattuck-St. Mary’s Invite at Faribault 9 a.m.

Staples-Motley at Providence Academy Invite 2:30 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek at Perham Invite noon

TRACK AND FIELD

Pequot Lakes at Bemidji State Invite 4 p.m.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in Ottertail Central Invite at Battle Lake 4 p.m.

Saturday

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Perham at Little Falls 11 a.m. (2)

Staples-Motley at Park Rapids tournament

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Isle, Upsala, Milaca at Little Falls tournament 10 a.m.

Pequot Lakes, Pillager at Menahga tournament 10 a.m.

Pine River-Backus at Park Rapids tournament 11 a.m.

Staples-Motley at Frazee tournament

Wadena-Deer Creek at Fosston tournament

BOYS GOLF

Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Pine River 4 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek in Cardinal Invite at Cragun’s Legacy Courses 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

BOYS TENNIS

Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek at Park Rapids tournament 9 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD

Pillager at Pipestone Invite

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Riverland at Central Lakes 2 p.m. (2)

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Mesabi at Central Lakes noon (2)

TV and radio

Radio guide

WYRQ-FM (92.1), KBLB-FM (93.3), KFML-FM (94.1), KKIN-FM (94.3), KSKK-FM (94.7), 3WI-FM (95.9), KFGI-FM (101.5), KUAL-FM (103.5), KLKS-FM (104.3)

WCCO-AM (830), KWAD-AM (920), KKIN-AM (930), KLTF-AM (960), KVKK-AM (1070), 3WI-AM (1270), KVBR-AM (1340), KLIZ-AM (1380), KNSP-AM (1430)

Friday

AUTO RACING

11 a.m., SPEED: NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for Aaron’s 312, 

1 p.m., SPEED: NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Aaron’s 499, 

2:30 p.m., SPEED: NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for Aaron’s 499, 

4 p.m., SPEED: ARCA, 

1 a.m., SPEED: Formula One, qualifying for Grand Prix of China, 

BOXING

8 p.m., ESPN2: Junior welterweights, Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Ivan Popoca

GOLF

8 a.m., TGC: European PGA Tour, Malaysian Open, second round, 

11:30 a.m., TGC: Champions Tour, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, first round, 

2 p.m., TGC: PGA Tour, Texas Open, second round, 

5:30 p.m., TGC: Nationwide Tour, Fresh Express Classic, second round, 

NHL HOCKEY

6 p.m., VERSUS: Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh

9 p.m., VERSUS: Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, Chicago at Vancouver

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

6 p.m., FSN, KKIN-FM, KUAL-FM, WYRQ-FM, KNSP-AM, KWAD-AM: Twins at Tampa Bay

Saturday

Sports talk

10 a.m., 3WI-AM, 3WI-FM: Saturday Sports Talk with Patrick Reusse and Jud Zulgad

AUTO RACING

10:30 a.m., SPEED: NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Aaron’s 499, 

2 p.m., ESPN2: NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Aarons 312, 

5 p.m., ESPN2: NHRA, qualifying for 4-Wide Nationals, 

5 p.m., VERSUS: IRL, IndyCar, pole qualifying for Grand Prix of Long Beach, 

1:30 a.m., SPEED: Formula One, Grand Prix of China, 

BOXING

8:45 p.m., HBO: SAME-DAY TAPE: Champion Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey for WBA junior welterweight title; LIVE: champion Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz for WBC welterweight title, 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

1 p.m., VERSUS: Intrasquad, Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game, 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

11 a.m., ESPN2: Tennessee at LSU

3:30 p.m., FSN: Oklahoma at Missouri

GOLF

8 a.m., TGC: European PGA Tour, Malaysian Open, third round, 

Noon, TGC: PGA Tour, Texas Open, third round, 

2 p.m., CBS: PGA Tour, Texas Open, third round, 

3 p.m., NBC: Champions Tour, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, second round, 

5:30 p.m., TGC: Nationwide Tour, Fresh Express Classic, third round, 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

3 p.m., FOX, KKIN-FM, KUAL-FM, WYRQ-FM, KNSP-AM, KWAD-AM: Twins at Tampa Bay

7 p.m., WGN: Chicago Cubs at Colorado

MOTORSPORTS

9:30 p.m., SPEED: AMA Supercross, 

NBA BASKETBALL

2:30 p.m., ABC: Playoffs, first round, game 1, 

4:30 p.m., ESPN: Playoffs, first round, game 1, 

7 p.m., ESPN: Playoffs, first round, game 1, 

9:30 p.m., ESPN: Playoffs, first round, game 1, 

NHL HOCKEY

Noon, NBC: Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 1 or 2

6 p.m., VERSUS: Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, 

9 p.m., VERSUS: Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, 

PREP BASKETBALL

7 p.m., ESPN2: Jordan Brand Classic,

Fishing report

From Outdoor News

LAKE MILLE LACS 

The ice fishing season has ended now that the shorelines have started to pull away and there are cracks that have opened up on the lake. There’s plenty of ice on the main lake, but it’s also showing signs of a spring thaw.

LAKE OF THE WOODS

There hasn’t been much for ice fishing over the past week, but a few anglers were on the lake earlier this week. This area got some rain last week so the Rainy River got stirred up and the walleye bite has slowed. Bright-colored jigs are best for making a few fish bite.

LEECH LAKE AREA

There were people fishing on the ice early this week and there’s a chance you could get on this weekend if it doesn’t get too warm. Call ahead for up-to-the-minute ice conditions later this week.

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

The small lakes are ice-free and the bigger lakes are about three-quarters open. The crappies haven’t started to show up in their traditional spring spots and likely won’t until the water warms.

RAINY LAKE

Anglers continue to use ATVs and the walleyes are biting early and late in the day near Birch Point in 28 to 30 feet. In the Rainy Lake City area, walleyes and pike are hitting in 10 to 12 feet. It looks as if you should be able to ice fish through this weekend.

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

You could probably find a place to get on the lake this weekend if you looked hard, but the shorelines and access points are opening so there hasn’t been much activity.

NORTHEAST METRO

Small lakes are open and there isn’t much ice left on the bigger bodies of water. The open-water panfish bite has been slow and river fishing has been difficult.

WEST METRO

The small lakes are open and a handful of anglers have started to fish open water. The traditional spots haven’t started to produce panfish, but look to the culverts and shallow bays to start holding fish as the water warms.

BATTLE LAKE

There was some ice fishing taking place early this week, but it was not recommended. The shorelines are open beyond repair on most lakes and there are gaps of open water on some of the small lakes.

BEMIDJI AREA

There’s too much ice to fish open water and not enough to safely walk on. The shorelines really opened quickly last weekend putting an end to the ice fishing season. The creeks are open so there should be some suckers in them soon.

Bluewater Outdoors 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Shorelines have opened far enough to end the ice fishing season. There’s plenty of ice on most lakes but people can no longer get on it.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

It’s time to look at the traditional open-water spring panfish spots. Small, shallow bays, channels, and docks on area lakes will be the first spots to hold crappies and sunfish.

DETROIT LAKES

There was some ice fishing early this week, but the shorelines on most lakes have started to pull away. By this weekend, most fishing opportunities will likely have come to an end.

DULUTH AREA

Ice fishing has come to an end, but the Kamloops bite remains strong in front of the French River, Lester River, and Sucker River. Guys fishing from shore and in boats are doing well and there has been some lake trout caught by boat fishermen as well.

ELY AREA

Ice fishing is winding down quickly as the shorelines have started to deteriorate. Farm Lake and Garden Lake were producing a few crappies last weekend, but it’s best to call for ice conditions heading into this weekend.

GRAND MARAIS AREA

There’s water atop the ice, but shorelines haven’t started peeling away. Lake Saganaga is giving up walleyes in 14 feet, as is South Fowl Lake in four feet. A few steelhead have showed up at the mouths of the rivers.

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

For the most part, ice fishing has come to an end. The smelt have started to run on Lake Pokegama and there is some open water panfish action at the "hot pond" area of the Mississippi River.

RED WING AREA

The landings closed on Monday throughout the Mississippi River due to high water. Fish were biting, but boats weren’t allowed.

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