MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: No starting QB named yet for Sunday
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has not named a starting quarterback for this Sunday's home game against Carolina. Frazier says it will either be Christian Ponder or Matt Cassell. Ponder is nursing a fractured rib, while Cassell is healthy. Cassell's lone start resulted in Minnesota's lone win so far this year. Frazier says the team will not use new Q-B Josh Freeman until he learns the offense. Frazier says the coaching staff will monitor the quarterback play in practice this week and likely announce something close to gameday. Kickoff on Sunday is noon at the Metrodome.
The Vikings have agreed to a contract extension with defensive end Brian Robison. Through four games this season, he has 10 tackles, one sack and a 61-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Robison is in his seventh season with the Vikings and has appeared in 94 games with 38 starts. The Vikings also waived defensive end Justin Trattou.
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby is the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for Week Five. Crosby connected on all five of his field goal attempts and added an extra point in the Packers' 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday. The 29-year-old has made all nine of his field goal attempts this season and all 13 extra points The Packers are at Baltimore this weekend.
Minnesota forward Kevin Love scored a game-high 20 points as the Timberwolves topped the Raptors 101-89 in Toronto. Nikola Pekovic and J.J. Barea both had 12 points for Minnesota, which improved to 1-and-1 in preseason play. The T'wolves take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Minnesota Lynx can win their second WNBA championship in the last three years if they can beat Atlanta in tonight's Game Three of the WNBA Finals. The Lynx dominated the first two games of the series in Minneapolis. Star guard Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson says they know Atlanta will come back more aggressive and more determined in this evening's game, so she says it will be important for Minnesota to set the tone early in the contest. Here are the schedule and results of the 2013 WNBA Finals:
Game One: Minnesota 84, Atlanta 59 (Final - MN leads series 1-0)
Game Two (Minnesota 88, Atlanta 63 (Final- MN leads series 2-0)
Game Three (Thursday, October 10th): Minnesota at Atlanta, 7:30pm
Game Four (Sunday, October 13th): Minnesota at Atlanta, 7pm (if necessary)
Game Five (Wednesday, October 16th): Atlanta at Minnesota, 7pm (if necessary)
The Minnesota Wild begin a two-game homestand tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota will then host Dallas on Saturday. The Wild are still in search of their first win of the season following losses to Los Angeles, Anaheim and most recently at Nashville on Tuesday. The Jets are 2-1.
The No. 11 University of Minnesota volleyball team lost a heartbreaker last night at fourth-ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions beat the Golden Gophers in five sets, claiming the decisive set 15-11. Penn State won the first, third, and fifth sets, while Minnesota captured the second and fourth sets. Minnesota is now 15-and-3 on the season, while Penn State moves to 13-and-2. The Gophers are at No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday.