NIU makes debut in AP poll at No. 23
Its 38-24 win over Kent State securing a 5-0 start, Northern Illinois made its first appearance of the season Sunday in the Associated Press top 25 poll at No. 23.
Northwestern fell three spots to No. 19 in the AP poll after a 40-30 loss to Ohio State, which remained in the No. 4 slot.
Michigan, the only other Big Ten team in the AP rankings, moved up a spot to No. 18 after routing Minnesota 42-13 on Saturday.
Kill suffers fifth seizure in 3 years
Less than 3 hours before kickoff between Minnesota and Michigan, the Gophers’ athletic department announced that head coach Jerry Kill had suffered a seizure Saturday morning and did not travel to Ann Arbor with the Golden Gophers.
The Wolverines won 42-13. Kill, a former coach at Northern Illinois, was spelled by Tracy Claeys. Kill has suffered five seizures since joining the Gophers’ staff in 2011.
Source: Vikings will sign Freeman
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is signing with the Minnesota Vikings, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Vikings gave Freeman a 1-year deal worth about $3 million, according to the source.
All totaled, Freeman will make more than $9 million until he becomes a free agent this winter, factoring in the roughly $6.2 million owed from the Bucs this year, and his new deal with Minnesota.
Hawks blow lead, lose to Tampa in shootout
The Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at the United Center.
Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored in regulation for Chicago, but Ben Bishop stopped all three of the Hawks’ attempts in the shootout.
Corey Crawford allowed two goals – both in the third period – on 16 shots, and Valtteri Filppula scored the winning tally in the shootout.
Franchitti injured in harrowing wreck
Dario Franchitti suffered multiple injuries in a serious accident on the final lap of Sunday’s second race at Houston’s Reliant Park, won by Will Power.
Franchitti, a four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, sustained a spinal fracture, a fractured right ankle and a concussion during the incident.
Djokovic wins China Open over Nadal
Novak Djokovic won his fourth China Open title in 5 years Sunday, prevailing 6-3 6-4 in the final against Rafael Nadal – who will replace him as the men’s world number one today.
The Serb continued his love affair in Beijing, improving his tournament record to 19-0 while snapping a three-match skid against Nadal.