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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Carolina embrasses Vikings at home

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Cam Newton tossed for 242 yards and three touchdowns to guide the Panthers to a 35-10 victory over the Vikings in Minnesota. Newton added 30 yards and a TD on the ground for Carolina, which improved to 2-and-3. Brandon LaFell had four catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in the win. Matt Cassel threw for 241 yards, a score and two interceptions for Minnesota, which slipped to 1-and-4. Adrian Peterson played and ran for 62 yards despite the death of his young son earlier in the week. Kyle Rudolph hauled in nine balls for 97 yards and a score in defeat.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suited up and played for his team on Sunday, just days after the death of his two-year-old son. Peterson ran for 62 yards on ten carries and made three catches for 21 yards in the Vikings' 35-10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Peterson's son died Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from injuries sustained during an alleged aggravated assault. Police have charged 27-year-old Joseph Patterson with the crime. TMZ reported over the weekend that Peterson met his son for the first time on Thursday while the child was on life support The report indicated that Peterson only learned of the boy's existence a few months ago. Peterson declined to comment on his relationship with his son following Sunday's game.

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The NFL Players Association thinks Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano leaked confidential information about former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman's inclusion in the NFL's substance-abuse program. "USA Today" says the union wants the league to participate in a joint investigation of Schiano so it can question him. NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith said the union would investigate if the Buccaneers leaked information about the quarterback. Freeman said he never tested positive for an illegal drug but takes ADHD medication and said he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderall last year, which triggered a positive test. Freeman has since been released and joined the Minnesota Vikings.

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After enjoying four of the first five games at home the Wild hit the road for a four game trip out east starting tonight in Buffalo. The Wild went 2-0-2 in their first four games in St. Paul including back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and Dallas. After tonight's game against the Sabres the Wild move on to tomorrow night in Toronto followed by Thursday at Tampa Bay and then finish the trip on Saturday night at Florida. The Wild have played just one game on the road to this point and it was a loss last week in Nashville.

Lynx Celebrate Title

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Lynx will celebrate the WNBA title today in downtown Minneapolis. A parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on 12th street and Nicollet Avenue followed by a "Championship Celebration" at Target Center at 12:15 p.m. Following the procession, the championship celebration will begin at Target Center at 12:15 p.m. with a video commemorating the Lynx season. Lynx players and coaches will address the crowd. Both events are free and open to the public.  

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
(715) 273-4334
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