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RUNNING

Field full for 25th Fitger’s 5K

Grandma’s Marathon on Tuesday announced that the Fitger’s 5K has reached its capacity of 2,000 runners.

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The 25th running of the event, which benefits the Young Athletes Foundation, is April 19. The out-and-back race starts in front of Fitger’s, travels through downtown to Canal Park and then returns to Fitger’s.

Overall winner Joe Moore set a course record (14 minutes, 53 seconds) a year ago when there were a record 1,926 registrants.

The Young Athletes Foundation, the charitable arm of Grandma’s, has donated more than $600,000 to area nonprofits since its inception in 1990.

CURLING

Fenson’s rink on brink of elimination

A pair of defeats Tuesday left Pete Fenson’s Team USA rink in next-to-last position and on the brink of elimination at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Beijing.

The U.S. lost 8-6 to Scotland and 7-4 to Canada to fall to 2-5 and 11th place in the round-robin format. Scotland’s Ewen MacDonald rink broke open a 5-5 tie with three points in the ninth end and Kevin Koe’s Canadian team scored twice in the seventh end to break open a close match.

“Everybody’s confidence is lacking right now,” Chisholm’s Shawn Rojeski said in a news release. “We’re just frustrated. We’re not used to shrugging our shoulders because we don’t know. It’s been a frustrating week to this point. We were just an average team today.”

The U.S. must win its final four matches, starting today against China and Denmark, to have any chance to qualify for the four-team playoffs.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Bulldogs swept by No. 4 Mankato

Fourth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato swept Minnesota Duluth 3-1 and 8-7 on Monday in Mauston, Wis.

In the opener, T.J. Larson scattered seven hits over six innings to get the win, while outfielder Parker Sullivan had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Mavericks. Skyler Wenninger and Matt Vogt had two hits apiece to lead UMD.

In the second game, reliever Matt Geislinger got the final five outs to shut down a UMD rally and earn the victory. Nolan Johnson had three hits and Stetson Olson had a home run and three RBIs for the Mavericks (19-4), who beat UMD 3-0 and 8-6 on Sunday.

Alex Wojciechowski had three hits, a run and RBI, and Cody Assen added a three-run home run for the Bulldogs (4-12).

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

Ex-Husky Barrett a winner in MLB debut

Former Duluth Huskies pitcher Aaron Barrett had himself a pretty good night Monday.

Not only did the right-handed pitcher make his Major League Baseball debut, but he emerged with a victory after striking out two in a scoreless inning of work for the Washington Nationals, who beat the New York Mets 9-7.

Barrett, who played for the Huskies in 2008, made the Nationals’ Opening Day roster thanks to a solid spring in which he wasn’t scored on in 10 2/3 innings while striking out eight.

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