The Latest – October 4, 2011 04 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: McNabb to start against Cards. Lynx look to Game Two. NBA talks continue.

McNabb Remains Vikes Starter
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Despite an 0-and-4 start, the Minnesota Vikings aren’t ready to make a quarterback change. Head coach Leslie Frazier indicated today that veteran Donovan McNabb will remain the team’s starter for at least the foreseeable future. The Vikes are 0-and-4 for the first time since 2002 following Sunday’s 22-17 loss at Kansas City. There has been speculation that Florida State rookie Christian Ponder could soon replace McNabb under center. Minnesota hosts 1-and-3 Arizona this Sunday.

Twins’ Cuddyer Nominated For Hank Aaron Award
(Undated) — Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer [[ cuh-DYE-er ]] has been nominated for the Hank Aaron Award. Major League Baseball made the announcement on Monday for the annual award that goes to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Each team gets a nominee and Cuddyer was the Twins after clubbing 20 home runs on the campaign to go with a .284 batting average and 70 RBI.

Lynx Look To Move Closer To Title
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Lynx are back in action tomorrow night at Target Center in the WNBA Finals against the Atlanta Dream. Minnesota won the first game of the best-of-five series, 88-74 on Sunday. The series heads to Atlanta on Friday for Game Three and if necessary, Game Four on Sunday.

NBA Labor Talks Continue
(New York, NY) — NBA owners and players talked again on Monday, mostly to set up a bigger meeting for Tuesday as the league’s labor dispute moved into its fourth month. The latest round of meetings came on the day training camps were originally scheduled to open for the 2011-12 season and included “constructive” talks on how to come to an agreement. Meetings scheduled for Tuesday will reportedly include the NBA’s full labor relations committee, about 10 owners, and a large group of players. On Monday, Celtics forward Paul Pierce and union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers were on hand for the talks. Players and owners will meet separately before getting together for the larger meeting Tuesday afternoon that will go a long way in determining if regular season games need to be canceled.

Last month, the league postponed training camps and canceled 43 preseason games scheduled between October 9th and 15th. The regular season is scheduled to begin November 1st as long as there is a new collective bargaining agreement in place. The NBA locked out its players July 1st after the most recent labor deal between the sides expired.