MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Freeman on his way to Minnesota in a one-year deal
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has a new home. Multiple media outlets report that Freeman will sign a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal is for a reported three-million dollars. Freeman was cut by Tampa Bay last week after a tumultuous season with the Bucs. The signing adds a 25-year-old former first-round draft choice to the crowded mix at quarterback for Minnesota. Christian Ponder started the season's first three games, losing all three. Reserve signal-caller Matt Cassell (KASS-uhl) started game four of the season and led the Vikes to a win.
The Vikings get back to work today following their bye. At 1-and-3, Minnesota is in the basement of the NFC North. Detroit and Chicago are tied atop the division at 3-and-2. The Vikings will host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Mall of America Field. Carolina is 1-and-3 on the season following a 22-6 loss at Arizona.
Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill suffered another seizure and did not make the trip to Ann Arbor as the Gophers took on Michigan Saturday. It was Kill's fifth seizure-related episode since he took the job at Minnesota in 2011. The epileptic Kill also had a seizure during a game last month against Western Illinois.
The Minnesota Lynx stomped the Atlanta Dream 84-59 in Game One of the WNBA Finals at the Target Center last night in Minneapolis. Behind 23 points and seven rebounds from Maya Moore, Minnesota grabs a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five set. Monica Wright added 20 points off the bench. The series resumes tomorrow night in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Wild hit the road for the first time this season as they meet the Predators tomorrow night in Nashville. The Wild are 0-0-and-2 on the season following losses to the Kings and most recently the Ducks on Saturday at The X. Both defeats, however, came in overtime or via shootout, so the Wild did capture a point in the standings each night. The Preds are also 0-and-2.
Former Twin and current Pirate starter Francisco Liriano worked seven innings to help Pittsburgh get past St. Louis 5-3 in Game Three of the N-L-D-S yesterday in Pennsylvania. Liriano got a no-decision. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin hit back-to-back RBI-singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Pirates. Game Four is this afternoon in the Steel City.