The Latest – December 2, 2011 02 Dec 11

McNabb Out
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings waived veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb yesterday. The 35-year-old signal-caller was brought to Minnesota in the off-season after a trade with the Redskins. He led a sputtering Vikings offense to a 1-and-5 start and was relieved of his starting duties in favor of rookie Christian Ponder, who is 1-and-4 in his five start. Any team claiming McNabb would owe him the remaining money due on his contract, roughly one-point-two-million dollars. There could be some candidates for his services with the Bears and Texans running thin at the position. Head coach Leslie Frazier says McNabb has handled himself with class throughout the entire season.

Game On Television
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings announced yesterday that the Sunday game against Denver will be shown on local television. The team needed to sell about one-thousand tickets today to cross the threshold to avoid a local TV blackout. The game is now an official sellout after enough ducats were purchased today. The Vikings-Broncos will be televised on FOX-TV beginning at noon on Sunday. The team has now sold out 142 consecutive games at the Metrodome.

Dayton: Budget Forecast Improves Vikings Stadium Chance
(St. Paul, MN) — Will the state now having a budget surplus improve prospects for a new Vikings stadium? Governor Dayton says “yes.” He says the fact that they don’t have to contend with a budget deficit does free up time and also creates a better opportunity to proceed. The governor says he’s encouraged that the Senate is holding Vikings stadium hearings and a bipartisan group of lawmakers is working on coming up with a proposal. Dayton terms it “real progress” but adds there’s a lot more that will be needed.

Broncos’ Miller Wins Monthly Award
(New York, NY) — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been named the Defensive Rookie of the Month Miller captured defensive honors after recording 31 tackles with four-and-a-half sacks to help the Broncos to a 4-and-0 mark for November. His best game of the month came in a 17-13 win over Jets in Week 11 when he registered ten tackles, three for loss, and one-and-a-half sacks. The second overall pick of the 2011 draft out of Texas A&M has ten-and-a-half sacks this season, surpassing Mike Croel’s team rookie mark of ten in 1991. He leads the AFC and is tied for third in the NFL in sacks. Miller is the fourth Bronco to be honored as rookie of the month. There’s a chance Miller could be held out of Sunday’s game at Minnesota, as he nurses a thumb injury. Miller has missed two practices this week.

Seahawks Fly By Eagles
(Seattle, WA) — Marshawn Lynch had a pair of powerful touchdown runs and the Seahawks created four turnovers in a 31-14 defeat of the Eagles in NFL football last night. Seattle intercepted Eagles QB Vince Young on Philadelphia’s first play from scrimmage and a total of four times in the game. Young’s third pick sealed the outcome, as David Hawthorne returned it 77 yards to make it 31-14 Seattle with less than five minutes to go. Lynch finished with 148 yards on 22 carries

Kill Sends Video Thank You
(Minneapolis, MN) — University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill sent a video “thank you” to his team’s season tickets holders this week. The 90-second video was filled with the highlights of the 3-and-9 season. Kill told Gopher fans in the recorded piece that he was appreciative of their support and he was already looking forward to next year. The video can now be found on You Tube.

Gopher Women Fall At Wake Forest
(Winston-Salem, NC) — The Golden Gopher women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start last night at Wake Forest and lost 82-65 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kiara Buford of Minneapolis paced Minnesota with 15 points on four-of-five shooting from the floor and six-of-seven shooting from the free throw line. Freshman Rachel Banham of Lakeville scored 12 poitns, but had five turnovers and struggled with a 4-for-16 shooting night. Minnesota is now 4-and-4 and welcomes top-ranked Baylor to Williams Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Gophers Move To 7-1
(Minneapolis, MN) — The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team moved to 7-and-1 with a 58-55 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. The Gophers notched the win without star player Trevor Mbakwe [[ em-BOCK-way ]], who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Minnesota was also without center Ralph Sampson the Third, who continues to nurse a sore ankle. The Golden Gophers host Southern California tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. The Trojans beat UC-Riverside 55-36 Wednesday and are 4-and-4 on the season.

Kahn Ready For Season
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn met with reporters yesterday and said he was thrilled that there will be an NBA basketball season after all. It appeared the season might be washed out by the ongoing labor stoppage, but the two sides have struck a tentative agreement to begin the season under a new collective bargaining agreement. Kahn says he senses the region is getting excited about the future of this team with the addition of players Ricky Rubio [[ ROO-bee-oh ]] and Derrick Williams, and head coach Rick Adelman.

Wild-Devils
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild made a roster move yesterday, recalling forward Cody Almond from their AHL affiliate in Houston. The 22-year-old Almond has posted seven points in ten games with the Aeros after missing some time with injury early in the year. Minnesota hosts New Jersey tonight at 7 p.m.

Golden Bears In Final Four
(San Bernadino, CA) — The Concordia-St. Paul volleyball team is one step closer to winning its fifth consecutive NCAA Division IInational championship. The Golden Bears beat Central Missouri in the national quarterfinals yesterday in San Bernadino, California. The straight set win moves Concordia-St. Paul into a Final Four match tonight against Tampa tonight at 7 p.m. Katie Habeck of Farmington and Megan Carlson of Andover led the way for the Golden Bears in yesterday’s win. Habeck has a career high 15 kills, while Carlson had 19 digs.

Union Ratifies New Baseball CBA
(Irving, TX) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has approved the new collective bargaining agreement with owners that was reached last week. A unanimous vote from the MLBPA’s executive board ratified the new deal that will keep labor peace in the sport through the 2016 season. In addition to the Basic Agreement, the union’s board also unanimously approved the Joint Drug Agreement and Benefit Plan Agreement. The conclusion of a new five-year pact will give the sport uninterrupted labor peace for 21 years, something once considered unimaginable after constant battles between the owner and players led to strikes in 1981 and 1994, the latter of which eventually forced the cancellation of that year’s World Series and delayed the start of the 1995 campaign.