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Associated Press

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 3:35 AM

PRO FOOTBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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 rest of the season. Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Peyton Manning passed Dan Marino for second place on the career passing yardage list.

The Denver quarterback threw for 414 yards in a 51-48 victory over Dallas, moving past the former Miami star. Manning has 61,371 yards to 61,361 for Marino.

Brett Favre is the leader at 71,838 yards with Green Bay, the New York Jets and Minnesota.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jacksonville rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right ankle.

Joeckel was injured in the first quarter of a 34-20 loss to the Rams. He was taken off the field on a cart.

AUTO RACING

HOUSTON (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti fractured two vertebrae and broke his right ankle when his car went airborne into a fence on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston. The accident showered debris into the grandstand, injuring 13 fans and an IndyCar Series official.

Franchitti, who also sustained a concussion, was transported by ambulance to a hospital. The four-time series champion had surgery on his ankle and was being held overnight.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 13 fans were injured, and that 11 were treated on site at Reliant Park. Lozano said two were taken to the hospital for treatment.

It was a sobering moment for race winner Will Power, who broke his back in a Las Vegas crash, and for Scott Dixon, who took control of the IndyCar championship race but passed by teammate Franchitti's car and waved in an attempt to get an update on his condition.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won a wreck-filled race at Kansas Speedway, 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.

Harvick was chased across the line by Busch and Gordon. Joey Logano finished fourth, Carl Edwards was fifth, and Jimmie Johnson finished sixth despite a slight hiccup with his engine on the final lap that cost him a spot on the track.

Matt Kenseth held onto his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with an 11th-place finish. Johnson narrowed the gap to just three points, while Harvick moved into third place, 25 points out of first with six races left.

YEONGAM, South Korea (AP) — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won an eventful Korean Grand Prix to close in on his fourth straight Formula One championship.

The Red Bull ace led throughout to win by 4.2 seconds ahead of the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Nearest title rival Fernando Alonso was sixth, stretching Vettel's lead in the championship to 77 points with only five races remaining.

GOLF

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The Presidents Cup ended the same way it always does — with 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.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — For the fourth straight week, the top five teams in The Associated Press college football poll are unchanged, led by No. 1 Alabama.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes after an easy victory and No. 2 Oregon received the other five after its latest blowout. Clemson is No. 3, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Torre says he's "pretty hopeful" of having expanded video review by umpires in the major leagues next season.

The MLB executive vice president spoke about replay before the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NL division series.

Torre said the system isn't ready yet, but that it's getting closer to reality. Managers would be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until conclusion.

OLYMPICS

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin ceremoniously lit the Olympic flame on Red Square, but the four-month relay to Sochi for the Winter Games got off to a rocky start when one of the torches went out.

The Olympic flame, which was lit a week ago in Greece and flown to Moscow, kept burning in a cauldron on Red Square.

The glitch occurred when a torch bearer ran through a long passageway leading into the Kremlin, which apparently created a wind tunnel, extinguishing the flame. A man standing along the route, most likely part of the presidential security service, pulled out a lighter and the flame leaped back to life.

TENNIS

BEIJING (AP) — Novak Djokovic lost his top ranking to the resurgent Rafael Nadal, but lost no time in gaining some consolation with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Spaniard to claim the China Open for the fourth time in five years.

Nadal was assured of replacing Djokovic atop the rankings by reaching the final in Beijing.

TOKYO (AP) — Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Milos Raonic of Canada, 7-6 (5), 7-5 to win the Japan Open and claim his third title of the season.

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