The Latest – October 14, 2011 14 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: The Wild won in a shootout. Percy Harvin missed practice Thursday. The Vikings battle the Bears Sunday night. The Gophers have the weekend off.

Wild Wins In Shootout
(St. Paul, MN) — Devin Setoguchi’s goal in the fourth round of a shootout gave the Wild a 2-1 victory over the Oilers at The X. Matt Cullen scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won 17 straight over the Oilers at home. Niklas Backstrom stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced in the win. The Wild continues a three-game homestand tomorrow evening against the Detroit Red Wings.

Vikings’ Harvin Misses Thursday Practice
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver/kick returner Percy Harvin did not participate in Thursday’s practice due to a rib injury. Harvin, who recorded just one catch for 11 yards in last Sunday’s 34-10 win over Arizona, took only limited reps in practice on Wednesday. In addition, cornerback Antoine Winfield missed his second straight day of practice with a neck issue that prevented him from playing last week. Linebackers E.J. Henderson and Kenny Onatolu were limited for the second straight practice.

Bears Battle Vikes In NFC North Affair At Soldier Fiel
(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings square off on “Sunday Night Football” in a Week Six NFC North tilt at Soldier Field. The Vikings snapped a four-game losing skid to start the season with a 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week in Minneapolis. Adrian Peterson had three scores via the ground and a season-high 122 yards in the win. It marked just the second time in franchise history that Minnesota scored 28 points in the first quarter. The Bears have lost only one game at home this season, but comes into the contest winless in divisional action. Chicago beat the Vikes in both meetings last season.

Gophers Have Weekend Off
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Golden Gophers have the weekend off. They will continue Big Ten action next Saturday against 14th-ranked Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers have dropped three straight games and are coming off a 45-17 setback to Purdue last weekend to fall to 1-and-5 overall and 0-and-2 in conference play. The last time these two teams played was in 1983 when Nebraska mauled Minnesota, 84-13.

Stern Fears Season Could Be Lost
(New York, NY) — NBA commissioner David Stern is sounding rather pessimistic about playing basketball this season. Stern said Thursday in an interview with NBA TV that if significant progress toward a labor deal isn’t reached early next week, the entire 2011-12 season could be lost. The league and union are slated to meet Monday with a federal mediator in an effort to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. The NBA locked out its players July 1st after the old CBA expired.