The Latest – October 17, 2011 17 Oct 11

Bears Embarrass Vikings
(Chicago, IL) — Devin Hester did it all as the Bears embarrassed the Vikings, 39-10, in the prime time Sunday Night Football game last night. Hester had five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. Jay Cutler passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bears even their record at 3-and-3. Donovan McNabb was 19-of-24 for 177 yards before being lifted for rookie Christian Ponder, who was 9-of-17 for 99 yards. Adrian Peterson had a touchdown run but was limited to 39 yards on 12 carries. The Vikings dropped to 1-and-5 with the lopsided loss. The Vikes return home next week to host another divisional foe, the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

Vikings Schedule/Results
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Here is the 2011 schedule and results for the Minnesota Vikings:

Sunday, September 11 – San Diego 24, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, September 18 – Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20 (final) Sunday, September 25 – Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (overtime) Sunday, October 2 – Kansas City 22, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, October 9 – Minnesota 34, Arizona 10 (final) Sunday, October 16 – Chicago 39, Minnesota 10 (final) Sunday, October 23 – vs. Green Bay, 3:15pm Sunday, October 30 – at Carolina, noon Sunday, November 6 – BYE WEEK Monday, November 14 – at Green Bay, 7:30pm Sunday, November 20 – vs. Oakland, noon* Sunday, November 27 – at Atlanta, noon* Sunday, December 4 – vs. Denver, 3:05pm* Sunday, December 11 – at Detroit, noon* Sunday, December 28 – vs. New Orleans, noon* Saturday, December 24 – at Washington, noon* Sunday, January 1 – vs. Chicago, noon*

(* – gametime subject to change due to NFL “flex schedule”)

Pack Roll Over Rams
(Green Bay, WI) — Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards with three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Packers in a 24-3 victory over the Rams. Rodgers finished 17-of-28 for 310 yards with TD tosses to Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Donald Driver to go along with an interception for Green Bay, which improved to a perfect 6-and-0 on the season. Mason Crosby added a 32-yard field goal for the Packers. Green Bay, which remains the only undefeated team in the NFL, heads to Minnesota to take on the division-rival Vikings next Sunday.

Harbaugh, Schwartz Exchange Words After Game
(Detroit, MI) — Two NFL coaches were involved in a heated exchange after a game yesterday. Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions had to be separated following San Fran’s 25-19 win. Schwartz took exception to an aggressive handshake and backslap from an exuberant Harbaugh after the game. Schwartz chased after Harbaugh and players had to step in between the men on the way to the tunnel. Harbaugh is in his first season as San Francisco’s head coach. Schwartz is in his third year with the Lions.

NFL Sides To Begin HGH Testing Soon
(Washington, DC) — It appears HGH testing in the NFL will begin sooner rather than later. The NFL, players union and a congressional committee met Friday to discuss how to implement testing as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the sides have agreed to begin testing immediately, but what to do with the results has yet to be determined. Players Association spokesman George Atallah said testing won’t begin until a fair and safe system is in place, but they’ll work toward that as fast as possible.

Huskers Inch Up In Poll
(Undated) — The idle Nebraska Cornhuskers moved to the Number Eleven spot in the “USA Today” college football poll this week. The Huskers were also listed at 13th as the first BCS standings of the 2011 season were released Sunday. Nebraska will take their 5-and-1 mark in to Minnesota this weekend as Big Ten play resumes. The Gophers are also coming off a bye week and have lost three-straight to fall to 1-and-5. Kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Gopher Football Schedule/Results
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are results and the remaining schedule for the University of Minnesota football team:

Saturday, September 3rd – USC 19, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, September 10th – New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21 (final) Saturday, September 17th – Minnesota 29, Miami (OH) 23 (final) Saturday, September 24th – North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 (final) Saturday, October 1st – Michigan 58, Minnesota 0 (final) Saturday, October 8th – Purdue 45, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, October 15th – BYE WEEK Saturday, October 22nd – vs. Nebraska, 2:30pm Saturday, October 29th – vs. Iowa, time TBD Saturday, November 5th – at Michigan State, time TBD Saturday, November 12th – vs. Wisconsin, time TBD Saturday, November 18th – at Northwestern, time TBD Saturday, November 26th – vs. Illinois, time TBD

“U” Soccer Notches Win
(Evanston, IL) — The Golden Gopher women’s soccer team scored a 1-0 win over Northwestern yesterday in Big Ten Conference play. Minnesota junior Allie Phillips of Vadnais Heights scored the only goal of the contest, while Gopher goalkeeper Cat Parkhill of Apple Valley got the win in net. Minnesota returns home Friday to play Indiana.

Gophers Sweep Duluth On Ice
(Duluth, MN) — The 14th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers earned a pair of victories over the weekend against ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth. The Gophers got a big performance from goaltender Kent Patterson as he stopped 46-of-50 shots as Minnesota backed up Friday night’s 5-4 overtime win with the same result in regulation on Saturday night. The 4-and-0 Gophers welcome Vermont for a pair of games this weekend at Mariucci Arena.

Gopher Women Get Big Win
(Madison, WI) — The No. 3 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team upset top-ranked Wisconsin 3-2 in Madison yesterday. The victory was the Golden Gophers’ first win at the Kohl Center since 2007. Wisconsin native Amanda Kessel broke a 2-2 tie with a Minnesota goal in the third period. Both teams are now 5-and-1 overall and 3-and-1 in the WCHA. The Golden Gophers host Minnesota State-Mankato in a Thursday night game this week.

Wild Host Pens Tomorrow
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Xcel Energy Center ice tomorrow night for an NHL game. Pittsburgh has a stop in Winnipeg for a game tonight before the Minnesota visit. The Wild lost in overtime to Detroit on Saturday in St. Paul. Pittsburgh lost to Buffalo on Saturday. Tomorrow’s game starts at 7 p.m.

Dan Wheldon Dies After Las Vegas IndyCar Crash
(Las Vegas, NV) — Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died following a 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during Sunday’s IndyCar Series season finale. The 33-year-old Wheldon was airlifted to University Medical Center after the fiery pile-up where he later passed away. The crash took place on Lap 12 of the IndyCar World Championships. Wheldon, who is from Emberton, England, was the 2005 series champion and was competing in just his third IndyCar race of the season. He won 16 races in his nine-year IndyCar career, including this year’s Indianapolis 500.