NBA game in Mexico City postponed
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The NBA says the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The game scheduled for Wednesday night will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.
About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building. The Timberwolves bus followed soon after.
While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began pouring out of vents in the upper deck.
Vikings pick Williams for Ed Block Courage Award
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been picked by Minnesota Vikings players as the team's recipient this season of the Ed Block Courage Award.
The honor was announced Wednesday. Williams said he "was a little surprised" when he found out but noted his appreciation that his teammates "think that highly" of him. Williams has made a strong impression on the Vikings over the years with his production, durability and understated leadership. This is his 11th season, and his tenure is the longest on the team.
The Ed Block Courage Awards are given annually to a player on each NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Extra efforts on and off the field and the overcoming of adversity are part of the criteria.
Vikings QB Cassel on track to start for Ponder
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Matt Cassel is on track to start this week at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, with Christian Ponder recovering from a concussion.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that Cassel "more than likely" will start instead of Ponder when the Vikings play at Baltimore on Sunday. Cassel took over late in the second quarter last week when Ponder was hit in the head and passed for 243 yards in half of a game to help the Vikings beat Chicago in overtime.
Frazier said Ponder had yet to pass all of the post-concussion tests. Even if he can practice Thursday, that's not much time for a quarterback to properly prepare. Frazier said Josh Freeman will be the backup to Cassel, who has started two games and relieved Ponder in three others.
Ravens Tucker shows range in kicking and singing
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens most formidable offensive threat these days is Justin Tucker, a quirky fellow whose skill set transcends kicking a football with uncanny accuracy.
Despite scoring only one touchdown in each of its last two games, Baltimore won twice because Tucker kicked nine field goals - four in a 19-3 victory over the New York Jets and five more last Thanksgiving in a 22-20 win over Pittsburgh.
The second-year pro has made 27 straight field goal attempts and is 29 for 31 for the season.
Tucker hopes to extend his streak on Sunday, when the Ravens (6-6) pursue their season-high third consecutive win against Minnesota.
At Texas, Tucker majored in music. In the Baltimore locker room, he entertains his teammates by singing opera or performing freestyle rap.
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