The Insider: Vikings’ Floyd says knee MRI shows no damage
Vikings rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd says an MRI on Sunday showed no damage to his left knee.
Floyd says in Mankato on Sunday that he’s ready to return to practice whenever the coaching and medical staff gives him the OK and there’s “no worries” on his part.
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier wanted the MRI because Floyd felt soreness and to “err on the side of caution” after the first-round draft pick out of Florida was injured in the second quarter of a 27-13 preseason loss to the Texans on Friday night.
Floyd was on the field for Sunday’s morning walk-through but didn’t participate. He had a tackle for a loss and deflected pass against the Texans.
Bills’ rookies impressive in win over Colts
First-round pick EJ Manuel completed 16 of 21 passes for 107 yards with one touchdown to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 44-20 victory over Indianapolis Sunday at Indianapolis.
Indy’s Andre Luck played only two series Sunday, finishing 4 of 6 for 51 yards and was the only Indy quarterback not to lead the Colts on a scoring drive.
Nadal beats Raonic
in Montreal final
Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal, spoiling Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in the event in 55 years.
Nadal, playing his first tournament since a first-round loss at Wimbledon in June, posted his eighth tournament win this year and the 58th of his career. On Saturday night in the semifinals, Nadal beat two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2).
Serena Williams wins Rogers Cup in romp
Serena Williams insists it’s not as easy as it looks.
The top-ranked woman breezed to her third Rogers Cup title Sunday in Toronto with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea. This was her eighth WTA title of the year and the 54th of her career.
With the absence of top-five players Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, and the early exit of Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli, all because of injury, Williams faced few obstacles in her path to the title.
Williams plays this week in Cincinnati and will be the defending champion at the U.S Open. Despite having lost only one match since March, a stunning early exit at Wimbledon, she says she can still improve.
“For me it’s always about constantly improving and never saying ‘I did great and I can be satisfied,’” she said.
— Associated Press/Staff reports