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Thursday's sports briefs: 8/29/13

QB Club to begin Wednesday

By The Daily Republic

The Mitchell Quarterback Club’s first meeting is Wednesday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.

All paid members will receive a free meal and beverages, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting officially begins at 7:30 p.m. each week and will continue every Wednesday at The Depot through the school year.

Sioux Falls’ minor league teams earn top 10 ranking

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls has received a journal’s top 10 ranking for minor league sports teams.

Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal has listed the South Dakota city No. 10 on its list of 239 minor league sports markets.

The ranking marks the second time Sioux Falls has made the top 10, hitting No. 9 in 2007.

The journal reports that although Sioux Falls has the lowest population and total wealth of any of the top 10 markets, it also has the lowest unemployment rate. And attendance at games has gone up 5 percent over the past five years, matching the population growth.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says the city is hoping to break into the Top 5 with a new events center opening soon.

Men’s flag football meeting to be held Wednesday

By The Daily Republic

For those interested in men’s 5-on-5 flag football, there will be a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Recreation Center.

For more information, contact Kevin at 605-995-8450 or email

Twins’ Willingham claimed off waivers

By The Daily Republic

According to a report in the Minnesota Star Tribune, Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham was claimed off waivers Wednesday.

He was placed on waivers Tuesday by the Twins.

Willingham won the Silver Slugger Award last year after recording a .260 batting average with 35 homeruns and 100 RBIs. Willingham returned this season hitting .215 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 88 games this season. The leftfielder missed 33 games after having arthroscopic knee surgery in early July.