Viking running back Adrian Peterson had all contact restrictions eliminated Wednesday and will no longer be protected in practice. Peterson is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and was listed as limited in practice Wednesday. Peterson's status Sunday is still undetermined.
The Twins lost 6-2 in Chicago Wednesday to close a 3-game series against the White Sox. Alex Rios hit a pair of homeruns and drove in all 6 runs for the White Sox. Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee each had 2 hits and both Matt Carson and Eduardo Escobar had 1 hit and 1 RBI. P.J. Walters allowed 6 earned runs in 5 innings to take the loss and drop to 2-3. Jake Peavy allowed 1 earned run in 6 innings to get the win.
The Dallas Cowboys downed the New York Giants 24-17 Wednesday night in the NFL season opener. Tony Romo threw for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Cowboys. Kevin Ogletree led the Cowboys with 8 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Demarco Murray ran for 131 yards on 20 carries for Dallas.
The Twins outscored the White Sox 18-9 in Chicago Tuesday night. Minnesota scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning and added 10 runs in the 5th inning. Chris Parmelee hit a 3-run homerun and 4 RBIs, Ryan Doumit was 3-6 with a homerun and 3 RBIs, and Eduardo Escobar had 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs for the Twins. Escobar made his Twins debut after being chosen as a September call-up. The Twins acquire Escobar in the Liriano trade in July.
The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 88-77 Tuesday night to win their 9th game in a row. Maya Moore led the Lynx with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Seimone Augustus added 23 points to become the all-time scoring leader in franchise history passing Katie Smith. Lindsay Whalen chipped in 12 points for Minnesota. The Lynx forced 19 L.A. turnovers and committed just 14 themselves.
The NFL regular season kicks-off tonight (Wednesday) and for the first time in 14 years Mike Spanier of Sartell will spending the weekend at home, instead of on the field. Spanier is a longtime NFL referee.