The Latest – October 26, 2011 26 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: Vikings CB Cook out on bail. Vikes release Berrian. Twins decline option on Nathan. Wild on the ice tomorrow. Kill signs seven-year deal with Minnesota. NBA talks to resume today.

Vikings CB Cook Out On Bail, Assault Hearing Today
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is due in court today for a hearing on felony domestic assault charges. According to the “Minneapolis Star-Tribune,” Cook was released from jail Tuesday after posting $40-thousand bail. The 24-year-old was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly attacking his girlfriend at his Eden Prarie home. Police found the woman sitting on the living room floor of the house with a bloody nose and holding her head. She told officers Cook tried to strangle her because she had spoken to a former boyfriend.

Vikes Release WR Berrian
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings released wide receiver Bernard Berrian on Tuesday. Berrian had seven receptions for 91 yards in five games this season, and was inactive twice in the past three weeks. The 30-year-old Fresno State product spent four seasons in Minnesota. He had his best year with the Vikings in 2008 when he caught 48 balls for 964 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games played. To fill Berrian’s spot on the roster, the Vikings activated wide receiver Stephen Burton from the practice squad. They also released defensive lineman Cedric McKinley from the practice squad.

Twins Decline 2012 Option On Nathan
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Twins have declined the 2012 contract option on reliever Joe Nathan. The right-hander was due to make $12.5-million next season, but the Twins will instead exercise a $2-million buyout. That will make the soon-to-be 37-year-old a free agent, but the Twins say they may try to re-sign him. Nathan had 13 saves and a 4.84 ERA in 48 games this year after missing all of 2010 following Tommy John surgery. He’s the Twins’ all-time leader with 260 saves.

Wild Host Ducks Tomorrow
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild are back on the ice tomorrow night as they kick off a two-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have dropped three of their last four games and are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver on Saturday to fall to 3-2-and-3 on the season. Minnesota wraps up the homestay on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Kill Signs Seven-Year Deal With Minnesota
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill finally signed a seven-year contract on Tuesday. The deal is effective as of December 2010, and runs through February 2018. Kill signed a memorandum of agreement when he was originally hired on December 6th, 2010. He coached the first seven games of the season without a signed contract. The Gophers are 1-and-6 in Kill’s first year and will host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday.

The 50-year-old Kill has been hospitalized this season because of seizures, once when he collapsed on the sideline against New Mexico State on September 10th. Kill came to Minnesota after spending three seasons as head coach at Northern Illinois. He guided the Huskies to a record of 23-and-16 with three bowl game appearances during his tenure.

NBA, Players To Meet Again Wednesday
(New York, NY) — The cancellation of more NBA games has apparently been put on hold. The move has apparently been delayed as a result of both the owners and the players scheduling another meeting today to resolve their differences. The first two weeks of the season, a total of 100 games, have already been canceled. The sides remain divided over the two main issues, the division of revenues and the structure of the salary cap system. Neither issue could be resolved last week despite three meetings overseen by federal mediator George Cohen. NBA commissioner David Stern said two weeks ago that the league’s popular Christmas schedule could be jeopardized if a deal wasn’t reached by last Tuesday. The regular season was supposed to start November 1st. The first two weeks of cancellations affected games up to November 14th.