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Vikings' plan progresses

A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a bill for a public subsidy to help the Vikings build a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

The Local Government and Elections Committee passed the stadium bill on a vote of 8-6 Friday. The vote revives the struggling stadium bill just a few days after a House committee rejected a version of it.

Earlier Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urged state lawmakers to resolve the stadium issue for the sake of ensuring the Vikings' future in Minnesota.

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Amerks face deficit

It's back to work today for the Rochester Americans, who play Game Two of their series with the Toronto Marlies in Toronto (3 p.m., TWC 13). The Amerks lost the opener of the best-of-five series, 4-3 on Thursday night.

The two teams have played 11 games so far this season, and all have them have been decided by one goal.

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Gardner hangs 'em up

Forty-year-old heavyweight Rulon Gardner has ended his comeback bid a day before the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Gardner didn't show up to weigh in on Friday, ending his quest. USA Wrestling did not disclose details or a reason.

Gardner won the gold medal in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Athens eight years ago.

From News staff and wire service reports.