The Latest – October 5, 2011 05 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: Vikings search for first win versus Cards. NBA gets more bad news. Lynx look to grab Game Two. Whalen and Augustus earn honors.

Vikes Look For First Win This Weekend
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings will be back out on the practice field today, preparing for a matchup with the 1-and-3 Arizona Cardinals who come to town this Sunday. Minnesota will be looking for its first victory of the season with Donovan McNabb at quarterback as announced by head coach Leslie Frazier on Monday. There had been grumblings that rookie Christian Ponderer or Joe Webb could take over at the QB position for the veteran McNabb. The Vikes also made a move yesterday to bolster depth at fullback. The team signed Ryan D’Imperio off the practice squad and released rookie tight end Allen Reisner, who could clear waivers and be added to the practice team.

NBA Labor Talks Stall
(New York, NY) — The idea of canceling regular-season games is becoming a very real possibility after collective bargaining talks

between the NBA owners and players stalled on Tuesday. The owners and players began the talks on Tuesday afternoon knowing if they failed to produce significant results, there may not be enough time left to avoid the cancellation of regular-season contests. Union president and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher says the two sides are still very far apart on an agreement. The players received 57-percent of basketball-related income in the last year of the expired CBA and made a new proposal of 53-percent on Tuesday. The league countered with 47-percent, which ultimately ended the meetings.

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, which seems very unlikely. The NBA locked out its players July 1st after the most recent labor deal between the sides expired.

Lynx Back In Action Tonight For Game Two
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Lynx are back in action tonight 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.

Whalen And Augustus Honored
(New York, NY) — Lynx star Lindsay Whalen has been named as an All-WNBA First-Team selection and fellow teammate Seimone Augustus was selected to the Second-Team. It’s the second career selection to the top unit for Whalen, who joins MVP Tamika Catchings of Indiana, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi, Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, and Connecticut center Tina Charles on the squad. Augustus is joined by fellow forward Penny Taylor of Phoenix, Chicago center Sylvia Fowles, and guards Sue Bird of Seattle and Cappie Pondexter of New York.