The North Star Grand Prix will continue Saturday with the Menomonie Road Race.

It's a 101-mile course for the elite bicycle racers, marked by rolling hills and long climbs.

The first of five amateur criterium will start at noon in Menomonie, Wis.

The pro racers will begin their race at 1:30 p.m. in town, then ride through the countryside and pass through or near the towns of Elmwood, Knapp and Boyceville before returning to Menomonie about 4:50 p.m. to finish with four laps on an in-town circuit.

In Friday's stage, the Minneapolis Criterium in the Uptown area, Ryan Anderson led a pack of racers who finished with the same time.

In the lead pack was Ben Hill, who remained the overall leader.

Tom Zirbel is in second place, Anderson in third.

Fox9 to air four exhibitions

The Vikings announced a partnership with Fox9 (KMSP, Ch. 9) on Friday that will include the station airing four of the team's five preseason games.

Televised on Ch. 9 will be home games with Tampa Bay on Aug. 15 and Oakland on Aug. 22, and road games against Dallas on Aug. 29 and Tennessee on Sept. 3.

The team's preseason opener, the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 9 vs. Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio, will be on NBC.

Fox9 will also have a 9:30 a.m. pregame show on Sundays during the season.

Saints roll on

The St. Paul Saints rolled over the Gary SouthShore RailCats 15-2 at CHS Field in the American Association. The win improves the Saints' home record to 10-1; they are 23-4 overall and 10 games ahead in the North Division.

The highest-scoring team in the league produced its highest run and hit total of the season, pounding out 17 hits, six of them coming in an eight-run first inning.

Leadoff hitter Alonzo Harris hit a three-run homer for the Saints to make it 8-0. He finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored.

Award for Hopkins runner

 Hopkins senior Joe Klecker was named Gatorade's boys track and field athlete of the year in Minnesota.

He set a state meet record in winning the 1,600-meter run (4 minutes, 6.54 seconds) and also took first in the 3,200 (8:57.76).