The Latest – October 12, 2011 12 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: Wild fall in shootout. Vikes dispute referendum on tax hike. AP earns weekly honor. Lynx celebrate championship with parade. Gray expected to start for Gophers against Huskers.

Senators Poach Wild Shootout Win
(Ottawa, Ontario) — Jason Spezza scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Ottawa rallied for a 4-3 win over Minnesota. Chris Neil registered a goal and an assist and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots as the Senators earned their first win of the season. Kyle Brodziak, Devin Setoguchi and Nick Johnson all found the back of the net for the Wild. Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on 44 shots, earning the first star for the Wild in a losing effort. Minnesota is back home tomorrow night to host the Edmonton Oilers.

Vikings Blast Referendum On Tax Hike
(St. Paul, MN) — Vikings vice president Lester Bagley wrote a letter to Charter Commission Chairman Richard Sonterre blasting a referendum on a proposed half-cent tax hike to help build a new football stadium. The Vikings say the county-wide referendum would delay the project by two years and add at least $110-million-dollars to the proposal in addition to postponing thousands of jobs for construction workers. The team stands firmly against the referendum, citing the fact that one wasn’t held when approval was granted for a sales tax increase to build Target Field for the Twins. A much-anticipated report about the site for a proposed stadium is expected to be released by the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission this morning at 10:30 a.m.

AP Named NFC Player Of The Week
(New York, NY) — The Vikings received more good news after their first win of the season on Sunday. Running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Minnesota’s 34-10 victory over the Cardinals. AP ran for 122 yards and three first quarter touchdowns in the rout. This is the fifth time Peterson has won the weekly award and also the fifth time he has scored three touchdowns in a game. The former Oklahoma standout has an NFL-best six rushing touchdowns on the season and is second in the league with 498 rushing yards behind Oakland’s Darren McFadden who has 519. The Vikes travel to Solider Field this week to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.

Lynx Draw Big Crowd For Celebration Parade
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Lynx celebrated their first WNBA championship yesterday morning with a parade through downtown. Approximately 15-thousand fans lined the streets as Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus led the caravan through downtown towards Target Center. About five-thousand people showed up for the celebration inside just four days after the Lynx completed a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream.

Kill Expects Gray To Start Against Nebraska
(Minneapolis, MN) — Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill expects MarQueis Gray to start at quarterback when Minnesota takes the field against Nebraska on October 22nd. Gray suffered a turf-toe ligament injury during Minnesota’s 37-24 loss to North Dakota State on September 24th. With the extended time off in between games, Kill expects Gray to take the place of freshman Max Shortell as the signal-caller. The Gophers are just 1-and-5 this season with an 0-and-2 mark in Big Ten play.