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EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to make room for new quarterback Josh Freeman on the roster. Freeman’s contract was finalized Tuesday. He became available last week when he was cut by Tampa Bay after falling out of favor. Bethel-Thompson’s potential intrigued the Vikings enough to make him the third quarterback last season, and the team cut veteran Sage Rosenfels instead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals 39 seconds apart in the first period, and the Nashville Predators earned their first win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in their home opener. Eric Nystrom added his first career penalty shot goal all in the first period for Nashville, matching the goals the Predators had totaled in losing the first two games.
By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx looked every bit the favorite to win the WNBA title in their commanding victory over the Atlanta Dream in the opener. They have home-court advantage in the championship round for a third straight year, a proud, confident and determined bunch pursuing their second title in that span.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Harvick won a wreck-filled race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, keeping out of trouble all afternoon and making a big move in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Harvick pulled away from Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon on a restart with 19 laps to go for his third win of the year. It came after Harvick sat on the pole for the first time in 254 races. The last time he qualified first, at New Hampshire in 2006, he also won the race. “These guys just did a great job all weekend,” Harvick said.
DUBLIN, Ohio — The Presidents Cup ended Sunday the same way it always goes — an American celebration after Tiger Woods delivered the winning point. Woods’ back flared up on him again in the final hour at Muirfield Village. He still managed to hang on to beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time. It was the third straight Presidents Cup that Woods won the cup-clinching match — all three with Fred Couples as the captain.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 34-28 win over Seattle on Sunday. The Seahawks (4-1) lost their first regular-season game since last Nov. 25. Delano Howell scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field goal for Indy (4-1). Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16 of 29 for 229 yards, beating Russell Wilson in their first matchup.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL division series. Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each had three hits and scored three times on a big night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. Brooklyn beat the New York Yankees 13-8 in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series. Los Angeles can advance to the NL championship series with a victory at home in Game 4 on Monday night.
By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter to propel Minnesota from the start, and the Lynx delivered a dominant 84-59 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night. Moore shot 10 for 16 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds, and Monica Wright pitched in 20 points off the bench.
Pirates, Twins complete trade involving Morneau MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed their trade for Justin Morneau by sending right-handed pitcher Duke Welker to the Minnesota Twins. The final portion of the Aug. 31 trade was announced on Saturday.
By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Freeman is headed to Minnesota. Freeman’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, revealed the move in an exclamatory one-word tweet about his client Sunday night: “Vikings!!!” Burkhardt then confirmed to The Associated Press in a phone interview that the 25-year-old quarterback agreed to a deal. This became quite the bye week for the Vikings (1-3), who took a big step away from Christian Ponder by giving Freeman a $3 million contract for the r