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The Insider: Vikings sign Crocker, waive Cox

The Minnesota Vikings signed safety Chris Crocker and waived defensive end Rakim Cox on Monday.

Crocker spent the last six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played under coach Mike Zimmer, who was the Bengals defensive coordinator at the time. He also played under Zimmer with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.

Crocker had 37 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven bass breakups, two interceptions and returned an interception for a touchdown.

In 151 NFL games, Crocker has 554 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 60 pass breakups and 15 interceptions. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2003 draft.

Northwoods League sets attendance record

The Northwoods League set an all-time attendance record of 973,950 fans following the games on Aug. 3. This number tops the 2012 season when 945,861 fans came through Northwoods League ballparks.

“We are very excited to be closing in on 1 million fans for the season,” said Northwoods League Vice President Matt Bomberg. “Hitting this milestone is a great testament to the amazing fan support we have garnered over our 21 seasons.”

Barring any major weather issues the Northwoods League expects to reach the one million fan mark in the next two to three days. And in doing so, the Northwoods League will become the first summer collegiate league to draw one million fans in a season.

Lynx’s Moore Named Western Conference Player of the Week

The WNBA named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday. The honor is Moore’s fourth consecutive Player of the Week, fifth this season and 10th of her career. Moore becomes first person in WNBA history to win Player of the Week four consecutive times.

Moore started off her week by leading all scorers with 20 points in the July 31 victory over Phoenix. She netted 12 of those points in the fourth quarter to help Minnesota snap the Mercury’s franchise-best 16-game winning streak. The victory was the Lynx’ 10th in a row at Target Center, the second-longest home streak in franchise history. She also added nine rebounds and four steals.

The 6-0 forward poured in a game-high 40 points, including 28 in the second half, shooting 14-of-22 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the Aug. 2 win at Tulsa, the Lynx’ ninth consecutive win. Moore joined Katie Smith (2001) and Diana Taurasi (2006) as the only players in WNBA history to register two 40-plus point outings in the same season. The Tulsa contest marked her 11th 30-plus point game this season, setting a WNBA record for most 30-plus point games in a single-season.

This season Moore leads the league in scoring and minutes played, averaging 24.7 points and 35.2 minutes per game. She also ranks eighth in rebounds (8.2 rpg), sixth in steals (1.96 spg), 15th in field goal accuracy (48.2 percent) and fifth in free throw accuracy (89.2 percent).

— Reuters/Staff reports