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Negro League player to speak

The Negro Baseball League's players have aged into dying old men and their history is slowly dying with them. Dennis Biddle wants to make sure their light doesn't go out.

Biddle, a former player for the Chicago American Giants, will speak at Eureka College on Feb. 16 as part of the institution's celebration of Black History Month. The presentation, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cerf Center, is free to the public.

Biddle is the president of Yesterday's Negro Baseball Players' Foundation and the author of "Secrets of the Negro Baseball League."

With only about 120 players still alive, Biddle said it is important to tell the story now.

"The sad part about the whole thing is that most of the men are living without medical benefits at all," Biddle said. "Our names and likeness are being misused and abused and misquoted. The true history has never been really told."

Pro Wrestling

AAW coming to Bloomington

All American Pro Wrestling's Night of Legends 1: The Next Big Thing will be March 3 at the Interstate Center in Bloomington.

WWE Hall of Famers scheduled to be at the event are Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton. AAW champion Kurt Styles and many others are also on the card, which includes a sumbission match for the AAW title.

Tickets are available at the Interstate Center or and can be purchased in advance for $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Prices at the door will be $20 and $7 respectively.


Coaching, first aid clinic

The ASEP/NFICEP Bronze Level Coaching Principles and First Aid Clinics will be offered Feb. 19 at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington.

The clinics, which are for individuals wishing to become certified to coach in Illinois, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Summer leagues in Normal

The Normal Parks and Recreation Department will conduct registration for its 2006 summer softball leagues beginning March 6. Leagues are offered in men's rec, co-ed rec and church, with regular season play beginning the week of April 23.

Returning teams will register March 6-8. New teams will register on March 9 and should contact Cary Frey at the parks and recreation office at 454-9540 before that date to receive their registration materials. Entry fee will be $400 per team.


Miller Park Zoo Stampede

The Lake Run Club circuit will begin its 2006 season March 5 with The Miller Park Zoo 5K/3K Stampede and Quarter Mile Critter Crawl.

The 5K Run, which is for older children and adults, will begin at 10 a.m., while the 3K Stroll will start after the 5K run begins. Both events are being measured and timed by the Lake Run Club.

The Critter Crawl, for children 10 and younger, will start at 9:30 a.m. and everyone will win a prize.

Registration is $20 for both the 5K and 3K, and $3 for the Critter Crawl. Check-in and same-day registration will be available from 8 to 9:15 a.m., although preregistration is strongly recommended. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Miller Park Zoo's renovation of the 1914 Katthoefer Animal Building.

To print a registration form or get information about the race, visit or call (309) 434-2250.


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